Fear of Cooking

I grew up in a house with a man who cooked. My father made dinner every night (we ate out very rarely, and when we did, it was usually lunch somewhere around town), and I helped him as soon as I was old enough to hold a knife, stir the contents of a pot, or […]

Conquering the Aioli

For years, I was mystified and intimidated by aioli. It struck me as a delicious thing that I always wanted more of, a rich, flavourful, fantastic explosion of fats and underlying goodnesses in my mouth, but never as something I could make myself. I noted that the aioli you bought in the store tended to […]

It’s All In the Chemistry

I have a confession: I have never taken a chemistry class. Never balanced chemistry equations, never made things explode under the watchful eye of an instructor, and haven’t memorized chemical formulas for much beyond water. I can’t say it’s something I regret, exactly, because I never really have cause to use the kind of chemistry […]

On Cooking Alone

As someone who lives alone and eats most of my meals alone, I spend a lot of time cooking alone. I like cooking, so this isn’t a particularly onerous or upsetting state of affairs, but it can be tiring. Cooking takes work, and when you are very busy with a wide ranging number of tasks, […]

Truly Costing A Home-Cooked Meal

At Mother Jones, Tom Philpott deconstructed part of the argument made when suggesting that home-cooked meals are less expensive than fast food or eating out when he touched upon the fact that labour is not accounted for in those nifty little infographics designed to shame people for not cooking at home. Philpott pointed out that […]

Recipe: Fruit and Chocolate Tarts

When I was a kid, I used to be a bit of a recipe inventor. I would throw ingredients together, sometimes in less than successful ways, and triumphantly present the finished product to my father for review. Desserts were always my favourite, but it’s been a while since I played around and came up with […]