Book Launch

In Cuisine, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

After many years of research, writing, editing, and more editing, I am very excited to announce the upcoming launch of my book, Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey. The book launch will be held on Thursday, January 12th at the University of British Columbia. Presented by the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, the launch will begin with …

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Maple-fried porridge

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It is easy to overlook grains when studying cuisine. Even though the Prairie Provinces are blanketed in wheat, oats, barley, and the like, it isn’t always easy to find foods that celebrate these everyday ingredients. The common oat gets little attention in the professional kitchen, making the appearance of maple-fried porridge on a smattering of menus a welcome twist on …

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Saskatoon berries

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The prairie regions of Canada aren’t as well known for their foods as the coastal and central regions of the country, but one food that most people have heard about is the Saskatoon berry. With the shape of a blueberry and a rich purple colour, the Saskatoon at its best is rich and almost nutty in flavour. When slightly less …

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Toronto roti, Vancouver style

In Cuisine, Toronto, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I lived in Toronto for seven years, and there are things about Canada’s largest city I still miss. Simple things, like the sound of the streetcar wires on a cold morning, or the way the thunderstorms lash the old brick buildings with cooling rain on baking summer days. I miss the Herculattes at Moonbeans coffee in Kensington Market, and I …

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The Nanaimo Bar reveals some sweet secrets

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman2 Comments

I love Nanaimo Bars, with their combination of bittersweet chocolate, creamy sweet custard, and chocolate Graham Cracker base. I know they aren’t likely the healthiest food, and the dominant flavour is “toothache sweet”, but I grew up with them, and I am proud to call them a Canadian food. However the actual origin of this treat has been somewhat of …

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Rhubarb Butter Tarts

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Given its national distribution and historical staying power, rhubarb should take a place with salmon and maple syrup as one of our national-level foods. We are into the heart of rhubarb season, and I am finding all sorts of ways to slip this sour treat into pies and crisps. Last night I stewed some with onions and made a salad, …

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The Beavertail

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The Beavertail donut might not be made from Canada’s iconic and hardworking little dam builders, but it is a tasty treat that has spread nationally and then globally in a short period of time. I was in Ottawa last week to give a Walrus Talk, and I had enough extra time to spend a little time in the Byward Market …

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Prince Edward Island potato fudge

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman2 Comments

One of the stranger foods I found in my travels around Canada was Prince Edward Island potato fudge. This confection uses potato to replace the dairy in a traditional fudge recipe, and gives the fudge a light and fluffy texture, without leaving a taste of potato. I’m not a real fan of fudge, but this one was nice in moderation, …

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Thai food in rural Canada

In Cuisine, Restaurant by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I grew up in rural coastal British Columbia, and every now and then I like to sneak back to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend away from city life. It was a bit rainy today, but I still managed to sip coffee by the beach, take in the misty forest air, and I even managed to spot a golden eagle …

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Small batch cider

In Cuisine, Drink by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

Canada is in the middle of a craft alcohol revolution. Across the country people are distilling great spirits, pushing forward with interesting wines and beers, and even growing the raw materials, such as hops. However cider is just starting to appear on the radar in Canada. Cider has a bad reputation in this county as a bulk soft drink style …