Month: May 2017

Rhubarb and strawberry shortcake

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baking / cake / recipe

Spring brings rhubarb, and that means looking for new ways to do something with it. This recipe, rhubarb and strawberry shortcake, is popular in New Zealand. This rhubarb is home grown. INGREDIENTS 3 cups rhubarb, cut into 2-3cm pieces 1 tbsp sugar 500g strawberries 225g butter (room temperature) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2½ cups plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll tin with parchment, and roast […]

Quebec artisans…

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Looking for handmade gifts? Here is a a great website, Chic&Basta, which promotes independent Quebec artisans who make handmade items. I bought a couple of beautiful large ceramic plate, and a smaller speckled stoneware plate… to be used for serving and future food photography for the blog

What am I listening to?

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I always like to try new music, and after trying Lisa Ekdahl’s 2014 album “Look to Your Own Heart”, I bought her 2009 album “give me that slow knowing smile“. Such a sweet voice. Also, Sting’s new album “57th and 9th”, a new classic. I also got somewhat nostalgic and bought his first album “Dream of the Blue Turtles”, which I have never owned as a CD (owned a tape once). First rock album in 13 years? Still […]

Camera straps for travel

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I’ve been looking for a neck strap for my Leica D-Lux 6 digital camera for a while now. Requirements were that it be hand-made, and preferably North-American made. After looking at a number of different straps, they seemed to most configurable and arguably *very* user friendly. I ended up ordering an “Adjustable Neck Strap Horizontal Lug-Mount”, 37-47″ (US$35.00), and added a neck pad (US$13.00), and O-ring strap bumpers (US$2.00). I lugged the Leica around Copenhagen, […]

My favourite potatoes

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There is no such thing as an “all-purpose potato”. In general there are two basic types: waxy and floury. Waxy potatoes have 13-15% starch, floury potatoes have more, 20-22%. At the St. Lawrence Market, there is a farmer at the farmers market on Saturday mornings, Robert Taylor, whose farm, The Potato Patch at Cedar Creek Farm, produces some of the best potatoes – almost 80 varieties worth. And they are not run-of-the-mill potatoes – some old heirloom […]

Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market

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food / food market

While Montreal has Jean Talon, and Atwater markets, Toronto has the St. Lawrence Market. If you are visiting Toronto, then it is one of the places to visit, right downtown. Although it has existed since the early 1800s, the current building is from 1902. It is an exceptional market where you will find a multitude of butchers, fishmongers, cheese shops, and places to eat under one roof, however it does have one caveat – the farmers […]