Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tube Tues: Celeb cookbooks

It seems like every celebrity is coming out with a cookbook now - Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria, Alicia Silverstone, etc. I liked Paltrow's food travelling show with Mario Batali, but I wonder how much of an expert that makes her on the subject, let alone the others. Ellen makes the same, but much better presented, point here:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Food find Friday: Duff's fondant

Again, I find interesting food items at Winners. I didn't, and wouldn't necessarily, buy this, but it looks pretty cool, and I'm wondering how this would be different from other ready-made fondant. That's right, my favourite cake maker Duff has a line of cake decorating products and I found fondant today.

Has anyone tried it?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tube Tues: Green papaya salad

I have a confession to make: I call myself adventurous when it comes to food, but I have a pretty traditional Chinese palate when it comes to a liking to drinking warm water and preference for hot foods over cold. However, now that the weather is getting warmer, I do crave a nice savoury salad now and then.

I like my salads pretty hearty, with meat and/or savoury sauces, like the flavours of Cobb salad, Caesar salad, Nicoise salad, or something with smoked meats. Lately, I've been craving Thai green papaya salad, after watching Triple D and seeing it made at Pok Pok in Portland. I took to the Internets to find a bunch of videos to compare, and I found this to be the most entertaining and impressive, although you need to have watched others to get a sense of what the heck the lady is putting into the salad (limes, garlic, chili, palm sugar, fish sauce, dried shrimps and/or dried crab, shredded green papaya, tomatoes, and peanuts -- I think that's it).

Nothing beats a video of food made in the most raw and authentic surroundings.

Not to insult your intelligence (I didn't know this beforehand, so I thought I'd share), but green papaya is just an unripe papaya, not a different variety.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Food find Friday: Razor clams

Most supermarkets carry the usual seafood selection, but I was able to find razor clams at Foody Mart in Markham. You have NO idea how happy I was to see them. I'll admit it, I couldn't resist touching them because they look so bizarre. For those of you who've never had razor clams, they're sweet and tender, and not as fishy as regular clams. I've always wanted to make the Spanish razor clam dish on a flat griddle. I'm hoping to achieve the same result with a wide bottomed non stick pan. I think that the best way to prepare them is just to steam them open quickly, sear them, and serve them in a sauce of garlic, paprika, and wine.

How do you like razor clams prepared?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tube Tues: Top Chef Canada

The big news yesterday was the first episode of Top Chef Canada. It still boggles my mind that we are finally on the Top Chef bandwagon years behind the U.S.

Well, I'm hoping it'll be an exciting show. For those of you who missed the first episode that aired last night, here's a recap.

Top Chef Canada episode 1

I always feel bad for the first one to go, but from the weird 'sauce' that he made, I guess it was deserved. My fave so far is Francois Gagnon. Let's see how far he goes in this competition.

Who's your fave of the bunch?