“It’s that comfort of connecting to heritage or connecting to a living thing, a microorganism like yeast….” – CBC News April 6, 2020 Here’s why everyone you know is baking bread in quarantine
https://www.cbc.ca/news/covid-19-hand-sanitizer-fact-check-1.5510163 “Ethyl will thrill you but methyl will kill you”……. Thank you to KB for scouting this out.
Basic Cooking Skills Basic cooking skills never go out of date. “Our grandmothers and mothers [sic] learned how to cook by the trial and error method….A child allowed to watch the cooking in the kitchen could be taught how a dough looked and felt when it was ‘right’….not many children or mothers [sic] have the […]
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/a-single-factory-is-now-working-24-7-to-keep-kraft-dinner-on-grocery-shelves-1.4862199 Happy World Home Economics Day!
The Easter Ham was a tradition in my family. Neither 12-foot drifts, 75 mile-an-hour winds, or the prospect of having to walk up to 25 miles could stop our dad from getting home to carve it. On March 15 and 16 of 1951, a huge snowstorm swept through Central and Northern Alberta. On the first […]
Seville Oranges and Dundee Marmalade Oranges do not have to be from Seville and marmalade doesn’t have to be made in Dundee, Scotland. Yet, marmalade that’s not made with bitter oranges runs the risk of being just “orange jam”. And Dundee marmalade is a Scots creation by a canny Dundonian, James Keiller who turned a […]
Chocolate – dream or nightmare Probably no food other than chocolate is as controversial, challenging and consequential. Ever since humans began to drink cocoa in the early days of Mayan society, there have been claims made for its health benefits. These many beneficial claims continue today, usually based on research funded by large chocolate companies.[i] […]
On Strike for “fair” Chocolate In the previous blog, I highlighted the irony that Carol Off considered in her book Bitter Chocolate[i] and the vast distance she described between the hand that picks the cocoa and the hand that picks the chocolate bar from the store shelf in our community. In both cases the hands […]
Love That Chocolate… Love that chocolate? Here we are in February also known as a chocolate month and the month of love. How did this association happen and what should we know about the widespread current passion for chocolate? These are some of the questions I’ll explore in February’s blogs and re-visit some writings on […]