Posted on: November 15th, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments
The glorious, festive, food and treat-filled festive season is coming up and rum cake is going to be at a lot of gatherings. Mmm….rum cake. Soft, sweet, moist cake punched up with rum-soaked fruit. Oh, so delicious.
Start with my friend Adam’s phenomenal “Black Gold” Jamaican Rum Cake recipe and use these videos to help guide your baking. The first video does a good job of showing you the texture of the cake at each step in the process and the second video is how to make browning, the dark sauce that you add depending on how dark you want to make your cake.
Posted on: November 8th, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments
“I owe it all to art books, chocolate and young men.” ~ Beatrice Wood, 103
Sometime ago I posted some tasting/flavour wheels and I am happy to bring you an update. Hope these chocolate wheels help you enjoy your chocolade / chokolade / Schokolade / sjokolade / tjoklit / الشوكولاته / čokolada / chocolat.
For five years, Chef Tim prepared meals for the family and guests of our former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. With the change in government, Chef Tim is sadly facing a career change. He has not publicly shared what other opportunities may be in his future yet, but I certainly hope more than a few great offers come knocking on his door. In the meantime, you may be able to find him stirring up more beautiful creations at his family business The Winchelsea in Winchester, Ontario.
When the news broke, Chef Tim shared some heart-felt inside stories about the life of the Harper family in an article in the Ottawa Sun. While my personal political views are more to the left, I don’t try to toot my opinions too loudly because wonderful things happen across the full wing-span of politics and I truly enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of people in all walks of life.
The former chef said he never felt like a servant or a butler.
He recalled the first thing Laureen Harper saying to him as
“I want you to cook for my family the way you cook for your family.”
“And I often did,” he recalled.
~ Ottawa Sun, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Chef Tim, I wish you the best and I look forward to more wonderful culinary adventures in your future!
Posted on: November 1st, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments
On our kitchen counter, a beautiful wood inlay cheese board holds a place of honour. A gift from our best friends, we have pampered it, but it is starting to show wear and as much as it makes me a little sad, it also makes me a little proud that we are having so much fun with it. This great infographic is only going to wear it out more. I think I like that!
Posted on: October 27th, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments
My husband and I are usually pretty good to each other, but we sure can be bad influences on each other when it comes to food. He loves salty, fatty. I love sweet, chocolatey. He taught me to love potato chips and I taught him to love handfuls of chocolate – preferably dark chocolate.
Funny thing is, when he goes away I eat very healthfully. A few weeks ago he was gone for several days and I found this quiche recipe. It grabbed my attention because I had zucchini in the fridge needing to be eaten. It had an Italian lean to it so I wanted to mix in some grappa, but I went a delicate white rye distilled right here in Ontario. I added it to the onions while they were browning, along with some balsamic vinegar. I thought the red onions were a nice contrast to the green zucc. Plus, who doesn’t love to caramelize their onions!
The further Canadianize this recipe, I fried bacon instead of pancetta and used ready-made pie pastry. Plus I used Parmigiano-Reggiano instead of the grana Padano cheese and baked it at 400°C for 40 minutes.