word of mouth: 2018 Mar/Apr issue
hawksworth young chef scholarship 2018
This is the sixth year of the search to find Canada’s future stars of the culinary scene, where aspiring young chefs showcase their cooking skills in front of a panel of the country’s esteemed chefs and critics. The winner takes home a $10,000 grand prize and a stage at one of the top restaurants in the world. The nationwide search begins May 5 in Calgary followed by Vancouver, then moving east and finishing in Toronto on May 26. The final competition is held in October. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 2. Details and applications at hawksworthscholarship.com.
a great new line
City Palate has fallen in love with a new line of savoury condiments from Provisions Food Company, made in the Niagara region. The Red Onion Jelly is particularly lovely, but any of them will elevate your next cheese and/or charcuterie board. Try the jelly in a threecheese grilled sandwich on sourdough… divine. Look for them at Say Cheese in the Crossroads Market.
a very smart garden
Click & Grow’s new Smart Garden 9 lets you grow your own superfoods at home. From Palo Alto, California, Click & Grow has launched this new Smart Garden, an indoor garden that effortlessly grows fresh herbs, salads, flowers, fruits and vegetables with the proprietary technology to grow 30% to 50% faster with 600% more vitamins using 95% less water. You can visit clickandgrow.com for details and to order.
delicious food from urban grub
Take-home vegan soup or elk chili, and much more from Urban Grub, everyday awesome food to take home to help make your life less hectic and your dinners more delicious! Carrot Orange Ginger Soup is one of the faves, and it’s vegan, gluten-free and nut-free, but full of flavour. No preservatives, and they cook and can with their own two hands. Some other vegan offerings are basil tomato, curried lentil and more. And for your meat-lover friends there’s elk chili and Mexican chicken soup and more. All you have to do is take it home and warm it up. AND… Urban Grub also delivers. urbangrub.ca
a very old port
Attention all you port lovers! Watch for the March release of the limited edition 1968 Taylor Fladgate SHP (Single Harvest Port). What an amazing 50th anniversary gift it would make, but why wait… sip now. Wine Spectator awarded it 98 points!
a good red wine discovery
Our friend Adam Cook, who is owner and chef at Velvet Café in our neighbourhood, put us onto a red wine he said was great and we could get it at Liquor Lane, Liquor Outlet, 3106 – 4th St. NW, also in the neighbourhood. So we did and he was absolutely right about this amazing red wine – La Linda Private Selection, old vines malbec from Argentina’s Bodega Luigi Bosca. You can also find it at a couple of other places, check liquorconnect.com for locations.
lunch and brunch, yay!
Now the delicious fun food offered by Two Penny Chinese is offered at lunch, Monday to Friday, and Dim Sum Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two Penny also serves delicious boozy brunch cocktails, like coffee with aged rum, brown sugar and Chinese 5-spice whipped cream. Sounds good to us! Visit twopenny.ca to learn about all the good food that’s now available in the middle of the day, then take yourself to 1213 -1 St. SW and eat lots and very well.
OK, here’s a beautiful book that focuses on vegetables, and most of us are interested in vegetables: Six Seasons, A New Way with Vegetables, by Joshua
McFadden and Martha Holmberg ($50, hard cover, published in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son). This is for sure one of the most beautiful vegetable cookbooks
you’ll ever see, great pictures, delicious recipes, vegetables never had it so good! Rigatoni and Eggplant alla Norma, OMG, how good is this. And Sautéed Corn Four Ways will send all corn lovers ecstatically to heaven. Regan Johnson, who works at The Cookbook Co., loves this book, so that’s a great recommendation.
David Tannis Market Cooking, Recipes and Revelations Ingredient by Ingredient is another beautiful book from Canada’s Thomas Allen & Son ($58, hard cover) that’s a true teaching book, organized ingredient by ingredient, with 200 recipes and variations. Beautiful pictures and beautiful food, like Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta, Tomato Chutney, Chard Frittata, French Chicken Tarragon and so much more.
Brad Long on Butter (it’s good for you), Book 1 in the “Chefs to Readers” series published by The Harvest Commission, printed in Canada by Marquis Book
Printing, Inc. ($28, soft cover, theharvestcommission.com). Chef Brad Long promotes butter in ways that will amaze you, and none of us is surprised there’s
a book on butter and how to make it three different ways, because we all love butter. And really simple but great recipes, like Butter-Seared Boneless Half Chicken, Brown Butter Blondies and Brown Butter Vinaigrette to put on your St. Lawrence Salad, where he says, “You too can shine like a drunk guy lucking out in the kitchen.”