Browsing Category : Cooking

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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THE SALTY CHEF with Chef Stephen Hunter


It’s actually grilling First things first. When you cook outside on the ‘BBQ’ or ‘barbeque’ you are not technically barbequing, you are grilling. There are arguments to be made that grilling is just a fast version of barbequing but we will just leave those aside for the moment. Barbeque is all that smoke-and-low-heat stuff which is its own beast and…

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WTF?


(what’s that food) Grab a bag of these peppers and be prepared to enjoy their unique flavour. Native to China, the name would suggest that they are related to the black peppercorn (native to India), however these spices are not related. Sichuan peppercorns are the dried berries of a rue plant, not peppercorns at all. The rue plant falls into…

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THE SALTY CHEF-BISQUE


A Fancy Name for Simple Soup Say you have some shells and bones left over after processing your catch and selling the meat to the local swells, what is a poor fisherman to do? Why, create an inexpensive soup that will eventually be one of the pricier broths to end up on any menu all over the world. There are…

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WTF (What’s That Food?)


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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WTF?


(What’s that food?) Taro is a tropical root vegetable that originated in India and Southeast Asia, and it is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants. The most commonly eaten part of the taro plant is its starchy corm-similar to a tuber-and is a staple of worldwide cuisines, including in Africa, China, India, and throughout the South Pacific…

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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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