29 Apr Sour is the Dough: Homemade Sourdough Starter

I’m an odd piece of work sometimes. I love food, I love gastronomy, I love a challenge and I love constructing DIY eating experiences from scratch. But there’s one vast area of gastronomy I generally don’t touch upon, one that I don’t dare touch upon. And that’s baking. I tried once, with all the best...

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18 Mar Perfect Spaghetti and Meatballs: A (Pseudo) Italian Classic?

Think of Italian food as date food? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Ah yes, spaghetti and meatballs, that steaming hot Italian classic, featuring mountains of perfectly cooked spaghetti, generously splashed with creamy, rich, fruity and spicy tomato sauce, topped with countless giant spicy meatballs then covered in a generous snowfall of the best...

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14 Jan Review: CP44 – The World’s Best Curry Powder?

It’s no secret by now that I dig small-scale producers of quality foodstuffs. Producers whose efforts tell a story and who are devoted, passionate and geeky in what they do. Passionate and geeky, that is, on the brink of obsession. This is the story about one such person: More specifically, this is the story about Alex, a geek...

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11 Dec Crash Test Kitchen: Spicy Venison Chili Con Carne

It's Venison season here in the North and that's a pretty good thing. I took many years discovering my love for venison, but now that it's been located, I simply love finding new and creative ways of using the distinctly flavored meat of local game. Sometimes with a little help from unexpected places, such as my...

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14 Nov Simple Pleasures: Ron Zacapa Ice Cream

Well, it’s another first on the blog! Today, we're gonna turn things upside down by taking something reasonably complicated and making it dead simple. Today, I'm going to propose that given the right mindset and procedure, something as lush and seemingly complicated as ice cream can be made in as little as 3o minutes using very few...

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