Month: June 2016

Vodka-infused strawberries

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dessert / fruit / preserving

Too many strawberries? Soak them in vodka. Basically this works for just about any berries, and just about any alcohol. It is the easiest form of preserving. Just wash, dry, and hull the strawberries (about a pounds worth), and then put them in a pint-size jar with about ½ cup sugar. Then I filled the jar with vodka (about 1 cup). What happens is quick strange. I sealed the jar, and then put it in a cool, dark […]

Where to find a unique swiss cheese in Toronto?

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food

In Toronto on Danforth Avenue between Woodbine and Main stations lies a little gem, a small Italian supermarket called Vincenzo’s. being Swiss, I love Swiss cheese: Appenzeller, Tilsiter, Gruyère, Raclette, Emmentaler… but they have become very, how shall I say it? Common. There are other, more boutique Swiss cheeses like Bündner Bergkäse, and alp cheeses. There I found a nice boutique Swiss cheese, called Mont Vully. Unlike many of its counterparts, Mont Vully is a young cheese, born in 1994, […]

Where to find passionfruit in Toronto?

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cooking / ingredient

One of the hardest ingredients to find in Toronto? Passionfruit. That small round purplish fruit filled with seeds essentially, but extremely tasty. Yes, you can buy “fresh” passionfruit in supermarkets, individually wrapped in cling-wrap, but at $1.99 for maybe a teaspoon of passionfruit, it is extremely expensive. Enter the alternative – find a Latin grocery store like Perola’s Supermarket in Kensington Market (they have every possible latin ingredient you could hope for). There they sell cans of passionfruit for […]

Viking bakery!

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food

A great place on Danforth Ave. in Toronto is Viking Bakery, – Birgir Robertsson’s Icelandic bakery. It’s a small bakery, yet full of excellent treats! Some of my favourite are kleinur, kind-of like donuts, but more of a fried pastry. Why do I like them sooooo much? Because they are like Schenkeli, a traditional Swiss deep-fired cookie (recipe here on Linno Yum). And then there is Vinarterta – a multilayered torte filled with plum or raspberry jam. Now days it is better known amongst North […]