Friday, June 25, 2010

top 5 farmers markets in GTA by has recently posted their pics for the top 5 farmers markets in Toronto. I haven't tried them all yet, but by the end of the summer i'll have plenty to report. Have a delicious weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CONTEST: by chefshaunice

A chance to win a set of Paula Deen prep bowls by fellow foodbuzz blogger
chefshaunice. Good luck yall

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cupcake heaven - ming makes cupcakes

Holy cupcake food porn, I 'm salivating all over myself.  The site of these sweet treats are almost satisfying enough. Everyone loves cupcakes and there is this ongoing battle for the best of. I would love the chance to try these cupcakes from mingmakescupcakes a site of amazing recipes by one very skilled cupcake baker.  I may just have to blog my way through their recipes a la "Julie and Julia" style. Maybe not such a great idea since i'm in the thick of my fat off. Must look fab for my engagement party in August. Will have to make these over the next few years or something... I usually try and make recipes healthier and less fattening, but that would just be wrong in this case. I challenge any of you to try some of these recipes - but please invite me over! Look out for my upcoming trip to NYC and my Magnolia Bakery review. Chow for now!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spring Veg- Buckwheat noodles with spring veg

This post should have been published a few weeks ago. I just love the spring! Seriously my friends are starting to think i've gone nuts - I get so excited to welcome asparagus and obviously tomatoes to Ontario. Being seasonally obsessed i've been deprived from my red seeded friends since I was in Mexico in december and oh how i've missed them. In tomato season I usually enjoy them raw since they are so sweet and delicious. This recipe should come right after my fiddle heads post as I used the left overs in this dish as well. Buckwheat noodles with spring veg INGREDIENTS:
left over fiddle heads - finely chopped (see Hey Diddle Diddle some shallots and some fiddle post)
Japanese buckwheat noodles - boil and rinse in ice cold water
1 garlic clove - minced
1 head of asparagus - blanched and trimmed
1 bunch of campari tomatoes - cut in quarters
1 bunch of cherry tomatoes - cut in half
handful of crumbled Bulgarian feta cheese
handful of parsley - rough chop (optional)
1/2 lemon - juiced
olive oil
PREP: cook noodles in boiling water - then shock in cold water when cooked. Keep the boiling pasta water to 
quickly blanch the asparagus (1-2 mins) then add them to the chilled pasta water. Drain well. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and give a quick toss. Easy breezy fresh and fabulous food. Enjoy

Thursday, June 17, 2010


New cooking experience in the Toronto area. Sort of like a cooking class - but not really. 

Check it out 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New kitchen cooking - made it out alive

Is very happy to report that I'm back to myself again. Appetite less then before so there's at least 1 good thing from food poisoning. I also moved... bigger kitchen, new butcher block me = very happy Tomato Snob! Right now have a pot boiling with blackberries, nectarines, ginger mint vanilla and lime... to be served as cold delicious bevie.  Oven piping hot - roasting carrots tomatoes garlic and basil for to be delicious soup dinner. Guacamole with mint and shallots done. It's great to be back to normal - better then normal! Getting geared up for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for later. Chow for now ;)

Pan fried haddock with golden beets and fiddle heads

Another triumph! If I do say so myself my plating is getting better and better. My partner Jovan told me this was restaurant plating. Now if only my photography skills would improve as well. One of the most difficult things to do is take beautiful pictures of beautiful food - not the easiest subject matter. This was my first time using or eating fiddleheads, and while I did enjoy them  I must advise they are definitely an aquired taste like ocra. They both have the same sort of slimy quality to them. Its best to quickly blanch them before sauteing.

FISH: Haddock is a great meaty fish most commonly used for fish and chips, but of course not limited to. I seasoned mine with a bit of dijon mustard sumac s&p.  Pan fried the fish with a little white wine and butter it was fantabulous! Ridiculously delicious.
BEETS: thinly sliced and simply roasted with olive oil s&p.
FIDDLEHEADS:  from previous recipe
All on a bed of spinach with some finely chopped parsley dusted over everything. Sorry no formal recipe.  Perhaps one day I will re make this stunning dish and publish the recipe so all you tomato snobs at home can taste the deliciousness.