Browsing Category : Cooking

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN


Fashions come and go but fermentation is forever In spite of today’s hustle, my soul yearns for slow food traditions and the return of time-honoured classics. I value and wish to learn some of the skills mastered by our ancestors. I am not alone in my hunger of more back-to-basics food preservation and sourcing, as similar feelings echo back to…

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THE SALTY CHEF


EGGS 101 There is nothing like the question, “How do I cook the perfect egg?”, that is more likely to devolve into a heated argument about one’s pedigree. A perfectly cooked egg is special. A little package of flavour, nutrients, and energy with one of the most pleasing shapes in nature and the cause of countless kitchen battles about the…

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WTF?


(what’s that food?) Take a look around the root vegetable section of your grocery store and you will probably see some cassava tucked in amongst the potatoes. This brown tuber is also called manioc, yuca, and macaxeira along with other names, and is native to Brazil. It is a starchy root that is a major staple for many people worldwide,…

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WTF?


What’s that food?   Molasses is a pantry item that most people are familiar with. Its uses are versatile, from baking cookies and cakes, to amping up sauces and marinades. Blackstrap molasses, made from sugar beets is most common in Atlantic Canadians’ kitchens and it’s often used to add a sharp-yet-sweet flavour to dishes. Carob molasses is different in that…

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OUTDOOR COOKING RULES THE SUMMER MONTHS


Time to break out the barbeque, smoker, or both if you have them Don’t let the memory of last month’s frost warnings put you off dreaming about summertime, which should be arriving any minute now, along with all of the mouthwatering, sun-drenched barbeque fare that accompanies it. From a home cooking perspective, there has never been a better time to…

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WTF


Banana Flower Banana flower is, as the name suggests, the blossom of a banana tree. If left on the tree, they would eventually develop into bananas. It is largely considered to be a vegetable in many parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia. Bananas themselves are the 4th largest fruit crop worldwide. Found in many Asian food stores, the flower…

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WTF?


What’s that food? Water chestnuts and the tree chestnuts found in your backyard are not related and belong to two different plant families, though they do look very similar and both are delicious. There are two different plants that are referred to as water chestnuts. The one we’re describing is the the Chinese eleocharis dulcis, not the water caltrop. Water…

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SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED


Meal kits deliver on promise of easy delicious meals Easy. Nutritious. Step-by-step recipes and all the needed ingredients, including fresh produce and meat, delivered weekly in a meal kit to your doorstep. Last month, Salty looked at meal kits from a waste perspective; this month taste testers sample the meal kits from HelloFresh and Chef’s Plate, two companies who began…

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Under Pressure


Modern pressure-canning extends shelf life of meats Raising a multitude of animals for food at Hope River Farm can mean an abundance of frozen meats for owner Nancy Sanderson. Despite a thriving CSA program, sometimes the freezers need to be cleared of excess meat. “I’ve got ten deep freezers that are mostly customer meat, however, anything that doesn’t sell over…

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Chef Mitchell Jackson Takes First Place


Claddagh Oyster House chef wins 2017 PEI Potato Chowder Competition at PEI International Shellfish Festival If you think the PEI International Shellfish Festival is about gorging on oysters and mussels, while listening to some of the biggest talents on the East Coast, you wouldn’t be wrong, but you’d only be partially right. The Festival, which celebrated its 22nd anniversary this…

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