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A Walk on the Wild Side

12 Aug

I’m staying in the Irish community of Tilting on Fogo Island. It’s a place of leaning fences, rust fishing stages and patchwork quilts on lines. The people here speak with more of a lilt and are known for their singing […]

More Newfoundland, Please

5 Aug

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know Newfoundland is my happy place.   I grew up on the East Coast of Scotland, so I think there’s something about the salty air, the wild landscapes and the way […]

Coca-Cola Cake, Popcorn Ice Cream and Twizzlers Sauce

1 Aug

“You might say this place is my second home; I’d say it’s more my home,” says 22-year-old Farzam Fallah, head pastry chef at Toronto’s Richmond Station. “I spend more time here than in my own house.”   It’s Sunday afternoon; […]

Tobacco, Turmeric and Twizzlers

1 Aug

At 22 years old, pastry chef Farzam Fallah is already making a name for himself thanks to the weird and wonderful desserts he creates at Richmond Station, in Toronto. I met with him recently on his day off to watch […]

Connie de Sousa: Iron Chef

18 Jul

CHARCUT chef co-owner Connie de Sousa has had a busy year. As well as running one of the best-loved restaurants in Alberta, she’s been working hard with kitchen- and business-partner John Jackson to open a second location, CHARBAR, for 2015, […]

First Canada Day as a Canadian

1 Jul

I’m standing in a room with about 100 people. A couple elementary-school boy are weaving in and out the crowd, wearing embroidered gold satin waistcoats, baggy pants and kufi hats; a baby girl sits on her suited up dad’s lap […]

Pizzatouille (a.k.a. Ratatouille-Pizza)

15 May

Welcome to the third and final recipe in my ratatouille-inspired series: Pizzatouille! This is a deconstructed dish, so you get all the gorgeous tastes and textures of ratatouille in different layers.