Monthly Archives: January 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

It was a nice movie, but I have a beef: I don’t totally get how the relationship between Latika and Jamal went from friendship to romance. I mean, if someone kept trying to rescue me, I’d be grateful but I … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Italian Chicken

This is one of the recipes from my mom’s Good Housekeeping cookbook from the ’60s. I imagine Italian cuisine must have seemed pretty exotic still, since the only thing Italian in this is the parsley. But it’s a really comforting … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Chickpea curry: 2

I re-organized one of the kitchen cupboards and I found two whole bags of dry chickpeas! Well, that’s an invitation if I ever saw one. An Invitation to Indian Cooking, to be precise: my sister gave me this Madhur Jaffrey … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Beef Stroganoff

What to do with one lonely steak in the freezer? Instead of buying another steak for steak night, I made some stroganoff. I sliced some mushrooms (crimini) and diced a shallot and sauteed them in butter. Then, I sliced the … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Spaghetti Carbonara

Paul went skiing this weekend. Poor Paul. I made one of my favourite quick dinners, spaghetti carbonara. It’s bachelor cooking disguised as creamy deliciousness. You’d never know I was going to prepare this most indulgent meal by looking in the … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Seafood Nabe

That’s pronounced “nah-beh,” and it basically means a hot pot. There are lots of kinds, including chanko, which is what sumo wrestlers eat to keep their weight up. Thankfully, not all nabe are based on pork belly. Seafood nabe (as … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Katsu-don

Leftover pork cutlet has only one real good use: katsu-don! It’s a simple, one-dish meal served over rice with meat, onion and other vegetable (my mom used to put in peas) and an egg to bind it together. The flavouring … Continue reading

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Looking for a dog?

We recently adopted a second dog: Edith, a Brussels griffon. If any of you are thinking of getting a dog, you should get one from a good breeder who breeds for love, not profit– only one or two litters per … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Pork Cutlet

Sometimes you need to be reminded why we bother to deep fry. Pork cutlet, AKA schnitzel, AKA tonkatsu, has made me believe again. Japan used to restrict foreigners quite strictly. Thankfully, the Dutch were allowed to land and trade. So … Continue reading

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