Calling all Toronto foodies. If you haven't heard about it yet, hear me now YUM TUM is coming up again this Sunday and there are still tickets available at the door for $15 smackeroos. If you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about and you live in Toronto, and you call your self a foodie then shame on you! Yum Tum is a fabulous underground culinary market that showcases the best and brightest new gastronomic talents. A meeting and greeting place for some of the cities unsung food makers and shakers. What is so unique about this market is that it showcases home cooks and budding entrepreneurs the talent you just don't get to experience in the restaurant scene. I'm going to be there scoping it out, doing some tasting and looking for inspiration for my own culinary adventures at The Fooding Company. We are hoping to participate at the next Yum Tum so this will give me a good idea of what's missing from the market and what's amazing do not try this at home kinda stuff. The concept is derived from a totally underground covert culinary ring in San Fransisco Basically the concept was a place for local forgers and home cooks to quietly offer their "goods" to an elite public with out having to worry about the overhead cost of restaurants, licences and commercial bs. Unfortunately like all good things the market was discovered by too many and shut down by authorities last August. Ms. Aviles the Toronto organizer has set up an excellent system by which all vendors must prep and cook in Evergreen’s commercial, fully inspected events kitchen, thus keeping the market safe for all parties and protected from the threat of ever being shut down. I'm super excited for Sunday and hope to see some of you out there. Chow for now!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Hello fellow foodies. Hope everyone had a delicious weekend. Today I'm posting a yummy recipe for all my gluten suggestively challenged readers out there. These muffins pack a double punch of fiber from the oats & coconut flour and are filled with low fat goodness. Coconut flour is gluten free and has a beautiful subtle sweetness. Take that "Eat yourself Skinny"! I tease, Erin is a super awesome calorie crunching blogger. One of the best things about making muffins is that all you really need is a fork in place of a whisk, a bowl and obviously muffin pan. I love making these muffins and freezing them - they make an excellent breakfast or snack after a few mins in the oven or microwave. The key is using over ripe frozen bananas.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tonight I have a late but healthy post for all you Tomato Snobs out there. I'm very sorry I'm not posting at the rate by which you've all become accustom to, but being an ambitious entrepreneur has left me with far less time for my blogging. I want you all to know I'm doing my best and promise to try for a few extra short post here and there with interesting foodie info to tie you over until my next recipe. This dinner salad is yum, and was literally thrown together with a bunch of leftovers I had hanging around my fridge. Who says leftovers have to be boring. Seriously, I dare you all to try repurposing your leftovers. some time. Ther results may surprise you. All you need is some protein, salad greens, chopped veg, possibly a carb and a pantry item or two. I'd like to thank my dad & stepMO for providing said leftover grilled steak for this stunning creation. Now that I've got leftovers on the brain I'm thinking a contest might be on the horizon. Stay tuned - first I must find a worthy prize to offer up!
steak - sliced
steamed ulgar (rice, couscous, quinoa really any grain will do)
peppers - chopped
celery - chopped
6 key limes - juiced (2 regular limes will do)
1 tbs honey
pinch of salt & pepper
large pinch of tajin spice
3 tbs sunflower oil
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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olive oil or infused oil
Monday, February 13, 2012
Good day all. I'm just slammed this week, and probably wont have a lot of time to blog. I wanted to take a moment to share a photo by Heather Christo and wish all my lovely readers a very happy Valentines day. I promise when things start to slow down I'll post a few recipes including a parsnip & pear puree that's to die for. Hugs and kisses to all of you.
- chow for now
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I wanted to share with you some insider information on a little place called John Vince foods. Describing it as little is a pretty BIG understatement. This place is like Bulk Barn on crack. There are literally rows and rows of vats filled with any dry good, nut, fruit, chocolate, candy, seasoning you can imagine. Actually they are kind of lacking in the seasoning department but only compared to an actual spice market. Upon my last visit to John Vince I laid my eyes on what looked like some seriously beautiful vegetable chips. After my taste buds further inspected them I found these stunning chips to taste more like putrid vile death. Like they were injected with food colouring or synthetic rubbish instead of natural sweet vegetable goodness. The entire bag of chips were pretty inedible except for the surprising bite of yumminess which came in the form of a lovely puffed garlic chip. These are deadly delicious and will definitely give you dragon breath - totally worth it though. If you find yourself at JVF anytime soon do yourself a favor and skip the mixed veg blend and go strait for those little garlicy puffs of heaven. Also avoid the chocolate covered raisins - they're kinda grainy and dry. Most of the other products I've tried have been great. The dried fruit are top notch especially the cranberries I tried the last time I was there. They were nothing like the ones you get at the grocery store which are almost impossible to differentiate next to a raisin or dried cherry. The next time you need to stock up on bulk goods give this place a try. The size of it is pretty mind blowing and they have great deals on the jumbo 3L olive oil tins and passata a must have in any Tomato Snob's pantry. Over all JVF gets four stars but sadly the vegetable chips only one. Chow for now!