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No zeroes?

So, a teacher at my old high school got suspended for handing out zeroes in his class. Maybe he was obnoxious about it (the school board cites his “defiance”), but I definitely agree with how he has dealt with his … Continue reading

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Tilapia with cilantro pesto

This is actually something that Aaron improvised once, to amazing effect. Tilapia is a very affordable (and usually sustainable) fish. I managed to find some filets for cheap at T&T, so I let Aaron make this simple recipe again. It’s … Continue reading

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White supremacists: the pride parade no one wants

(except those neo-Nazi dudes, I suppose.) In the wake of the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, today’s alleged Blood and Honour rally downtown, and Trayvon, I need to get get a few things off my chest. First of … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Okonomiyaki

Lots of people who go to Japan invariably come home raving about okonomiyaki, a popular comfort food that is more or less a cabbage pancake. I don’t know if it’s a regional thing, but we never really had it at … Continue reading

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Dinner project: miso soup

Oh my god! I forgot to tell you how to make miso soup. It is so easy. You can get miso pretty much anywhere now, so you need to choose what kind. White miso is milder and sweeter, red miso … Continue reading

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Natto oatmeal

As far as Japanese food characteristics, umami gets all the glory. ┬áBut nothing says delicious like the distinctive slimy texture of a lot of my favourite traditional foods: tororo and natto, specifically. Much has been made of the legendary stickiness … Continue reading

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Dinner project: Sukiyaki

It’s getting colder now, so it’s time to start making hot pots! One of my favourites is sukiyaki, a hearty salty-sweet meal that’s homey and comforting. My mom gave me a nice clay hot pot a few years ago, but … Continue reading

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Buttermilk biscuits

Last weekend I made The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever. It involved buttermilk, which only comes in half-litres. I’m a bit lactose-intolerant, so I rarely have or use regular milk, much less buttermilk. But I spotted it in the fridge … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Falafel

Some of us around here are donair addicts. It’s terrible, because we live not even a block away from a donair place. Some days, there’s nothing like a donair that fills your stomach like a sack of cement, sopping with … Continue reading

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Project Nim

The EIFF had a fundraising preview screening of Project Nim last night, so my friend Alexis and I went to see it. It’s basically the story of Nim Chimpsky, a baby chimpanzee who was raised by humans as a language … Continue reading

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