Making sausages

Whoever first made sausages was a genius. They took pieces of meat that they perhaps weren't going to use right away, or at all, and combined them with spices and/or herbs, finally stuffing them into another part of the animal that might not otherwise get used. The result? Delicious. After thinking about...

A foraged wild mushroom feast at Les Jardins Sauvages

When I was young, I hated mushrooms. At least, I thought I did, but I hadn't really ever eaten them. I was under the impression that they were slimy and gross, which was the basic opinion of my parents. The only mushrooms I ate until my late teens were from a can, fried with onions and well-hidden in...

Canada’s current food-safety crisis

Canada is gearing up for a shift in its food system. Two things have happened to spur this possible upcoming shift in Canadians' buying and eating habits. First, Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's largest food processor, has announced that some of their products contain a strain of listeria bacteria. There have...

The banana situation in Montreal

While trying to base my entire diet on food that is grown, raised, and produced close to where I live in Montreal, there are a few items that I have decided simply to eat regardless of their source. At the top of that list sits the banana. I love bananas. Whether they are in my cereal, blended into my...

Coming out of hibernation

Finally, after 3 months of blizzards, winter seems to be showing signs of weakness in Montreal. I'm sure this doesn't mean that winter is over, even though spring officially began over two weeks ago, but still, today the sun was shining and the snow was melting, and people were out on the streets, chatting....

Canadian government wants feedback on food safety

On December 17, 2007, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the government will be implementing a new "Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan". Apparently, the federal health and agriculture departments want feedback from Canadians on how the government should carry out its proposed...

Do pineapples belong in a snowstorm?

Montreal enjoyed several days of warm weather last week, which melted almost all of the snow that had fallen over the last two weeks, and there was a lot of it. Just as I was beginning to enjoy walking to work in my hiking boots, mother nature dropped another big snowfall on us and I had to switch back to...

Michael Pollan on Canadian radio – CBC

Michael Pollan came to Canada — almost. The promotional tour for his new book "In Defense of Food" landed him an interview on CBC Radio's The Current (listen to the interview here) this past Wednesday, January 9th. He wasn't actually in Canada — he broadcast his bit from the CBC...

More Montreal winter

I wish I had a tomato. Instead, I get snow. That is what we woke up to on New Year's day. I would easily trade all this snow for a fresh tomato that I can slice as thick as I want, because I have so many tomatoes. My garden has given me so many tomatoes, and my CSA box is overflowing with them, I can hardly...

Keeping it local in the winter

I sometimes envy those of you who live in climates where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. I cherish those moments in July and August when I was able to bite into a fresh tomato that tasted like juicy paradise. Those days are long gone. This is what it looks like in Montreal, Canada...

Chewin’ in Charleston

Noshette and I went down south to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend a wedding of an old childhood friend of hers and we did a little bit of Ethicureanating while we were there. (once the word Ethicurean gets an entry in the dictionary, we'll have to figure out how to conjugate it.) A quick bit of...

Foraging in Quebec

This week was Noshette's birthday, and among the many things we did to celebrate was to have dinner at Les Jardins Sauvages, which in English means "the wild gardens", a woodland table restaurant in St.Roch de l'Achigan. (Since I no longer go by the name "Nosher", Noshette will now be...

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