Food

How to marinate just about anything

Marinating is a terrific basic kitchen technique. Essentially, you can take any kind of meat, fish or seafood, or even vegetables or soy products, submerge them in a marinade, and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner. Marinades add flavour — what kind obviously depends on the ingredients and seasonings. You can make (or buy!) anything from …

Make your stuffed tomatoes next level with this recipe

Named for the hotel where it was invented in Sweden, Hasselbacking is a technique where a vegetable (traditionally potatoes) is partially sliced, accordion style, brushed with butter, sprinkled with bread crumbs, and baked. This approach is also great for tomatoes; think of them as levelled-up stuffed tomatoes featuring tons of crispy edges and great browning. …

A summer tomato gratin with bright flavour and no mush

A summer tomato gratin should burst with concentrated, bright tomato flavour and contrasting firm texture from the bread, but most recipes lead to mushy results. Not this one. Starting our gratin on the stovetop initiated the breakdown of the tomatoes, drove off some moisture that would otherwise have sogged out the bread, and shortened the …

How to a make a moist, chunky shrimp burger without the mush

A good shrimp burger should be first and foremost about the shrimp. Unfortunately, many shrimp burgers are more reminiscent of fish-flavoured rubber patties or over-seasoned bread balls than shrimp. We set out to develop a recipe for our ideal shrimp burger: moist, chunky yet still cohesive, and with seasoning that complements the sweet shrimp flavour but doesn’t …

Can you have a Baja style fish taco with just veggies? Sure

A true Baja California experience requires sunny, breezy patios and a plate of tacos. We aimed to re-create the feel of a Baja-style fish taco in our home kitchen, instead bringing veggies to the forefront. We thought that battered cauliflower bites, drizzled with a cool and creamy vegan sauce, were the perfect stand-in for the …

How to grill tuna with a smoky char and a tender interior

Perfectly grilled tuna steaks should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool, rare centre. For a home cook, this ideal can be an elusive goal. For grilled tuna steaks with an intense smoky char and a tender interior, we started with a hot grill. We moistened the tuna steaks’ flesh with a vinaigrette …

Low oven temperature and cucumber can make swordfish shine

The premise behind the French method of cooking en cocotte (or casserole roasting) is to slow down the cooking process in order to concentrate flavour. Fish cooked for an extended period of time usually winds up dry, but a combination of low oven temperature, moist-heat environment, and the right cut of fish allows it to …

A vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs makes salmon better

It’s no wonder salmon is so popular: Its flesh is rich-tasting thanks to high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A great way to ensure moist, tender salmon is to poach it. And a vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs offers surprising nutritional value. Poaching the salmon in just enough liquid to come half an inch …

This delicious pasta and shrimp dish will take you to Venice

Seafood has always been central to Venetian cuisine. The earliest Venetians were skilled fisherman and their diet relied heavily on the bounty found in the city’s lagoon ecosystem. And while the Veneto may not be as famous for pasta dishes as some other regions, spaghettini con le schie is a Venetian celebration of the uniquely …

Meal Kits in Canada: Improving Health and Wellness

In many ways, our lives revolve around eating. We plan elaborate dinner parties focused on food and drink. We eat for emotional reasons. Food has a way of satisfying us that few other things in life can approach. Food and the way we obtain it are also evolving continually. The first supermarket did not debut …