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January’s Official Duties

I'm hopelessly behind in my culinary duties. One trip to FoodReference.com and I'm in a tizzy. Who knew one month could be responsible for so much? You'd think January would be given light duties having carried in the new year. But no. If your birthstone...

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Cats got my tongue

Sorry, I've tried. I really have. I just can't face the topic of food today. I've been dealing with a couple of sick kittens (pictured above a couple of months ago in an adorably healthy state). While I am perfectly capable of writing between rounds...

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Bone Density Death by Chocolate

Andrew hides bars of my favourite chocolate around the house to pull out in emotional emergencies. Smart man. Although I'm not a fan of the chocolate/bacon combo, I bow to the irony of chocolate having saved his bacon more than once. It's hard to...

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SpiceStack – Why Didn’t I Think of This?

As a teen, I was convinced my mother was the weirdest parent on the planet. My girlfriends and I would try to outdo each other with stories of our mothers' embarrassing behaviour, like how they'd shop in curlers or forced us to wear bell bottoms...

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Culinary Offerings for 2008

Being right can be a burden. As predicted, my success rate with last year's resolutions has been less than stellar. While I've managed to wrestle my grocery bag dependency into submission, I have yet to dive into Sally Schneider's The Improvisational Cook but instead amassed...

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Is this thing on?

Okay. Dark chocolate and ginger. There's another combination I adore. Does that help? Frankly, I'm a tad disappointed. No one responded to Wednesday's invitation to share their favourite food duos to win fabulous prizes. (Okay. A recipe.) Not even my husband. And after melting my coffee maker...

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I’ll show you mine if you show me yours

How far will you go to get an out of print cookbook you know only by reputation? If Nigel Slater is the author, I'm willing to Google until my mouse dies and my fingers ache. It took more than a year to find Slater's Appetite...

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Now then, some cheese please, my good man…

Every time I stand at a cheese counter, I think of Monty Python's classic skit. I play a little game with myself to see if they have any of the varieties John Cleese rhymes off. Once when the vendor asked if he could help me,...

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Move over Rover

Common sense and the family dog aren't good enough anymore. I'm not making this up. A Toronto company is perfecting a plastic wrap that will warn you when your leftovers are no longer safe to eat. Antibodies stamped into the wrap react with pathogens in...

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Is black the new green?

In keeping with my 2007 new year's resolutions, I am now the proud owner of a dozen or so eco-friendly black PC grocery bags. If we all use these instead of the disposable version, we can divert 1 billion plastic bags from landfill -- each...

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