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Mona Brown’s Fogo Island

15 Aug

“I grew up one of six siblings—three girls and three boys. During the day our mother and several other ladies would go out berry picking. They’d mark the trail with blue ribbons, so when we got home from school, we’d […]

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; […]

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.

Trout and Ratatouille en Papillote

13 May

There’s just ONE DAY left to enter my contest to win a 13-cup KitchenAid food processor with Exact-Slice system. I hope this dish inspires you, if you haven’t already entered. Details of the contest are here. I’m trying ratatouille three […]

Ratatouille & Goat Cheese Phyllo Tart

7 May

I fell in love with ratatouille when I was 17 and working as a chambermaid in Provence. For staff meals at the hotel where I worked and lived, we were usually served yesterday’s grey meat and a side of rice. I was a vegetarian at the time. There was also a big pail of rice pudding in the fridge, for those who wanted dessert. I always wanted dessert. So for the first few weeks, I was essentially living on rice and rice.

Summer Rolls with Mango, Lime & Mint Dipping Sauce

29 Apr

In anticipation of wearing way fewer clothes a few weeks from now, I decided to make the healthy summer rolls in vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Energy Cookbook. They combine cooling cucumber; tangy mango and papaya; and sweet, crunchy carrots; with fresh mint, basil and cilantro. They come with a mango, lime and mint dipping sauce that you’ll just want to drink from the bowl.