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Cod Tongues

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I’ve been looking forward to trying one of the best known Newfoundland foods, the cod tongue. The dish is a slight variation on the traditional preparation of ┬ácod tongues and cheeks, which is based on the three fatty bits of meat from the head of the cod. The “tongue” isn’t actually a tongue; rather it is a fatty deposit found …

Lobster Poutine

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PEI is known for both potatoes and lobster, so it is not surprising that these two ingredients come together in many ways, including as a take on poutine. I tried this lobster poutine at Daniel Brenan Brickhouse in Charlottetown, which is a lovely old converted warehouse space with excellent drinks and also a few solid vegan options. The poutine uses …

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Rhubarb pie

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One of the challenges of doing food system research in a Northern country such as Canada is the strongly seasonal nature of our food systems. The foods change week to week, and there is no way to cover them all other than to stay put in a single spot for a full year. As I am in Atlantic Canada rather …

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In praise of the “hole in the wall”

In Canada, Cuisine, Toronto by 1 Comment

I love going out to eat, and I love the thrill of fine dining, with its presentation, rare ingredients, and technically difficult preparations. But fine dining is like theatre: sometimes I’m just not in the mood, sometimes I don’t have the time, and sometimes my wallet is empty except for a few lonely moths. At these times, it is pretty …

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On the trail of the butter tart

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As I am here in Southern Ontario I thought I would check out one of Canada’s very few home-grown recipes: the butter tart. Butter tarts are described as a pioneer food, which makes some sense as they are made of relatively common ingredients that would have been found in early Canadian kitchens, and they are typical of the high energy …

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The donut goes local

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

It’s no great secret that I am a fan of donuts. The local bakery in my home town made orange twists; sugary, greasy, yeast-raised figure eights. I can still taste them even though the baker is long dead. We would sneak out of school in those pre-Tim Horton days for a quick illicit sugar fix. Since then I have built …