Food

McDonald’s Poutine

McDonald’s Poutine

McDonald’s Canada introduced Poutine this week; at least in Ontario. I was there at lunch and had the opportunity to give it a try. Oddly it’s not “McPoutine” or anything catchy like that; slightly disappointing.   Poutine is $3.99 or $1.50 to substitute in a combo for medium fries. It comes packaged in a brown paper box, reminiscent of poutine joints I’ve frequented in Toronto. I watched the staff made it as...

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Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Sugar

Continuing my production of house made (homemade) gifts for friends and family this week I made vanilla sugar. This one is incredibly easy and allows time to do other things, like the 3o pounds of bacon I’m also making. Vanilla sugar is a combination of split vanilla beans and white sugar: that’s it. Get whole vanilla beans, split them in half and add them to white sugar. Give it time to draw the flavour and the beans out and you...

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Herb and Garlic Sea Salt

Herb and Garlic Sea Salt

Christmas is soon upon us so I gathered ingredients and started preparing my home made gifts. I like to make five or six items that I pass along to friends and family. I’ll feature one a week: first up is herb and garlic sea salt. Combine chopped herbs and crush or grated garlic with coarse sea salt and let dry for a day or two. The preparation is simple and the final product is wonderful: a perfect seasoning for all meats and a variety...

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Popovers, a.k.a. Yorkshire Pudding

Popovers, a.k.a. Yorkshire Pudding

I had read and seen Yorkshire Pudding for years but never had the chance to give it a taste. Over the holidays I had some extra time and was looking for something to add to a roast beef dinner when I came across Michael Ruhlman’s recipe. Giving that a once over and looking at other popover recipes I’d bookmarked over the years led to the simple list of ingredients and rapid cooking. At dinner my daughter said they tasted like...

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Buckboard Bacon

Buckboard Bacon

Over the Christmas season I make homemade (or house made, which seems to be more in style now and has been commandeered by restaurants) food gifts. While preparing twenty-five pounds of bacon using my standard recipe I also had purchased a whole shoulder, so I decided to cut off five pounds and make buckboard bacon. No idea why it’s called that, other than the pioneer reference, but a standard bacon cure can be used for any cut of pork...

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Make Superfine and Confectioners’ (Icing) Sugar

Make Superfine and Confectioners’ (Icing) Sugar

Cooks Illustrated has a great video series on their website with quick tips. This time was how to use regular sugar in the place of superfine sugar or confectioners’ (icing) sugar: use your blender! For one cup of superfine sugar process one cup plus two teaspoons granulated sugar for 30 seconds. For one cup of confectioners’ sugar process one plus granulated sugar plus one teaspoon cornstarch for at least one minute, then...

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