Friday, August 28, 2015

Season for a reason: why seasonal cooking is good for the body and the wallet

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Seasonal cooking has become me. When I say that, I mean that I've found myself making much more of an effort to find information that targets cooking and recipes that coincide with each season. Although many expert blogs and cooking sites all do phenomenal jobs touting the virtues of seasonal cooking, can seasonal cooking awareness truly be accomplished in a era of increasingly active people whom often reach for the first vegetable and/or fruit, regardless of season, simply because it is available?

Yes, a thousand times yes.

And a particular message that would resonate the most with the consumer crowd, is the fact that not only is cooking seasonally oh-so-good for the tummy, it's also very good to the wallet too. Sticking to seasonal shopping means buying food right at its peak of seasonal freshness, and it's cheaper too. Think about it. When you're paying twice as much for strawberries in November compared to peak season time in June, ask yourself if that makes sense. Are you that desperate to make a strawberry smoothie or shortcake in the dead of winter, when you can substitute that off season fruit for much more seasonal, and tastier, apples, bananas are even pears?

No one likes to be told what to do, but sometimes when your own money is on the line to feed yourself, little tips like this should always be welcomed. Take a look here and download this comprehensive season in produce chart, courtesy of It is a meticulously compiled, informative guide that will help you when you hit the grocery to start thinking about what fruit or vegetable is in season. More importantly, it helps you figure out what you can stock up on, and avoid making a huge dent to your wallet. It is well worth a look.

And remember: eat well, but eat wise!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A video journey of Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam: Beauty, serenity, peace

Preparing for the upcoming changes to the blog has resulted in my unearthing a treasure trove of pictures and videos from my personal travel archives. I'm throughly enjoying the revisit, and this video is a particular favourite.

Ah, memories, I remember this particular time in Viet Nam like it was yesterday. I'm particularly grateful that I captured it via video. That is what makes having pieces of personal memorabilia, well, memorable - and fun. It can transport you back to what was hopefully a pleasurable place.

I filmed this video when I was on board a private junk during my visit to Ha Long Bay. You will note upon watching, that there is virtually no sound - save for the sound of my breathing and the hum of the boat. The bay, at least the portion of it that my fellow travellers and I were visiting, was far from the madding tourists crowds and oh so gloriously quiet. It was a definitive moment in what was an exhausting, intriguing, frustrating and amazing journey through Viet Nam.

For a brief but beautiful look at the wonder that is Ha Long Bay, through my eyes, please click the video below.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sharpen those knives! A video lesson

I've talked at length about attending George Brown culinary school. The time that I spent at the school, honing my cooking skills, and just receiving a well-rounded, informative culinary education was the best educational decision I ever made. Yup, that means it tops my university education by a country mile!

I was looking for a recipe yesterday, and as I was going through my personal archives of notes and cooking instructions, I came across a video, courtesy of my culinary alma matter. It features the esteemed Chef John Higgins, demonstrating how to properly sharpen your chef knives using a sharpening stone.

It was great to hear that familiar Scottish accent again, and what's even better, the video was a friendly reminder that although you never forget how to sharpen your knives, it's never a bad thing to be reminded of ways you can do it better.

check it out here:

video courtesy of George Brown Culinary School

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Changes Part 2

It's time to make a change with the blog again and it'll be worth the wait, so stay tuned.

While re-vamp work continues behind the scenes, watch out for more posts!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teach 'yo' self: A crash course in sustainable food shopping

Whenever the word 'sustainable' rears its head, suddenly the world becomes hard of hearing. That response is somewhat understandable, as the word itself can bring up feelings of guilt and other unpleasant emotions within the human psyche.

The truth of the matter is that there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of when it comes to sustainable behaviour, or in this case, sustainable shopping.

In fact, the ability to teach 'yo' self (and by the way, that phrase is a less than subtle nod to the amazing writers of the recently cancelled sitcom, Parks and Recreation) about food sustainability can be quite simple, easy to understand and dare it be said, fun to learn.

We are all human and we all know how difficult it can be to follow rules or instructions. There will be moments when sustainable shopping may not work for you, your family or your budget and you will be forgiven for that. The goal here, is to provide small tips and hints in case you do have the time, money and options that can guide you on the food sustainable knowledge road, and "teach yo self" the next time you're hitting the grocery store.

Special thanks to the good folks at mindbodygreen (MBG), who provided the information which was condensed in order to create this infographic. Please visit them for more information about sustainable shopping and other articles here.

Infographic created by Stephen Wilson