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Foodie Friday: Cooking in the Capital

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Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.Left: Hot and sour coconut soup. Right: Spring rolls, a fan favourite at the Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio. Photos by Hollie Davies.

Everyone who’s anyone knows that cooking can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Some of us find joy in deviating from the recipe, mixing this with that and finding out for ourselves what works best. Others are just clearly magically blessed with the ability to find and follow different amazing recipes, resulting in abundant new and exotic flavors and dishes. In my household there’s a little agreement: I do not cook – I clean. For myself, it’s the lesser of two evils. But, I think I’ve found a niche when... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: ChefX, your personal sous-chef

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Disclaimer: ChefX provided a one-time promotion box of food to Apartment613 at no cost. The opinions outlined here are those of the author. For people who love to eat out, cooking gourmet at home can seem a bit daunting. Fancy ingredients, classic techniques – it’s a bit more involved than throwing a burger on the barbeque. But apparently, cooking gourmet doesn’t have to be that hard. In fact, the folks over at ChefX are convinced you can do it in the comfort of your own home, with just the tools... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

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Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of us in Vanier and other east-end neighbourhoods. East-enders were left in the lurch in 2013 when the lone farmers’ market in the area was cancelled abruptly. The cancellation was controversial. Several longstanding market vendors made... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Simply delicious recipes

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Natasha Kyssa Natasha Kyssa

For more than 20 years, Ottawa-based chef and health pioneer Natasha Kyssa has been promoting the benefits of a raw vegan diet. As the owner of the popular SimplyRaw Express in Hintonburg, the former fashion model-turned-entrepreneur has demonstrated that healthy eating can be both delicious and easy. With years of experience in the kitchen, the talented chef has now published The SimplyRaw Kitchen, a cookbook filled with mostly raw, whole-food recipes that also contains important tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. “Nowadays it’s so easy to be vegan,... | Continue reading article

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Cauldron Kitchen brings shared economy ethos to Ottawa foodie scene

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Dave Neil and David Villarroel believe their still-under-construction Cauldron Kitchen will fill a void in Ottawa's foodie scene. Photo courtesy of Maja Villarroel.Dave Neil and David Villarroel believe their still-under-construction Cauldron Kitchen will fill a void in Ottawa's foodie scene. Photo courtesy of Maja Villarroel.

When I pulled up to the Overbrook industrial park and saw David Villarroel and his two young boys waving a blaring fire truck towards the back of the building, I thought: Oh no, the Cauldron Kitchen is already up in smoke! Turns out it was just a burning bush outside and not the premature demise of the Ottawa engineer’s new start-up business — a first-of-its-kind in the city — a commercial community kitchen. A sign from above, perhaps? Had he and business partner Dave Neil indeed been “chosen” to lead Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Taste some lesser-known goodies at the Underground Chef’s Market

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There’s another food event in town this weekend. The Underground Chef’s Market is bringing together some amateur and professional food folks at the Ottawa Convention Centre to experiment with their ideas and show off some skills. It should be an interesting opportunity to taste some new stuff. There are only two names on the list (327 Wine Bar and Gong-fu Bao) that I recognize.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and food at the show is priced between $1 and $10. We shot a few questions over... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: I Adore Food (and a good sleep too)

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Eating and sleeping are some of life’s greatest pleasures.  In our fast-paced world, however, many of us don’t pay enough attention to what we put in our mouth, or for that matter the beds on which we sleep. Local blogger Alexandra Corriveau is someone who spends a lot of time thinking about food and mattresses.  In fact, you can say that she was born into the dream business. “We make organic and custom mattresses,” says Corriveau about Obasan, her family’s business that is based in Ottawa.  ”Organic meaning that we use organic wool, organic cotton,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Eating like a medieval king and queen

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Michelle Enzinas, second from right, celebrating in medieval style.  Photo courtesy of her Facebook page.Michelle Enzinas, second from right, celebrating in medieval style. Photo courtesy of her Facebook page.

 There is no sincerer love than the love of food. — George Bernard Shaw A kitchen, if used properly, can become a time machine. Ottawa-based writer Michelle Enzinas is working on a 16th-century cookbook.  Set to be released in 2016, it will be an “experimental archaeological study” of The Annotated Henry Butte’s Dry Dinner, published in 1599. In Enzinas’ hands, modern chefs will be able to travel back in time and prepare recipes that are more than 400 years old. Her work, however, will be much more than a simple collection of cooking tips.... | Continue reading article

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Desserts of the World Festival: Celebrate Mother’s Day by putting her in a sugar coma

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Who knew that there was a glaring gap in the city’s roster of summer festivals? I didn’t until I found out about the Desserts of the World Festival, taking place this Wednesday, May 8th at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Now that I think about it, the lack of a festival focusing exclusively on baked goods and other sweets was a shocking omission, one that has shamed Ottawa until now. The premise of the event is simple: pay a $20 admission, then sample a variety of sweet things from around the world... | Continue reading article

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