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Banh Cuon

by mbe on May 6, 2011

I love banh cuon, a Vietnamese snack-meal of steamed starch sheets wrapped (usually) around a pork and mushroom filling. So when I find a resto that is dedicated to this delicious dish, well I go a bit bananas in the head, but only for a little while. If you’re up on St Clair west definitely check them out!

Banh Cuon Pho Ga

1772 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Ontario, M6N 1J3, (416-651-3771)


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Potato keema

by mbe on May 3, 2011


1 scant Tbsp peanut oil

large hearty pinch cumin seeds whole

very small pinch fennel seeds

some chopped ginger

-fry out on med heat until beginning to brown nicely then add:

3-4 med fingerling potatoes, cut in to 4-5 rounds each

water to cover

generous shake of turmeric

1 Tbsp tomato paste

salt lightly

-cover and cook on med heat till the potatoes are tender and the water is mostly evaporated, how much you reduce it will depend on wheather you want a soupy dish or not.

-definitely serve with yogurt, perhaps with chopped chilies, more chopped ginger, chopped dill or mint, hot sauce, toasted crushed almonds or hazelnuts


lamb meatball pulao

May 1, 2011
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Chanelling Armenian/Iranian style food, with yogurt.

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Chicken roasted with summer veg

April 25, 2011
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Inspired by a recipe in the fantastic “The Book of Armenian Cooing” by Sonia Uvezian, the recipe consists of little more than sauteing a variety of vegetables and chicken pieces, deglazing with white wine and layering the whole thing before you dot it with butter, sprinkle it with chopped basil and pop it in the […]

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April 23, 2011
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A picture from mid-March, Kensington Market Toronto.

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GInger Spice Cake

April 20, 2011
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Based on the recipe by David Lebovitz (p42) in Ready For Dessert for a fresh ginger cake, I fiddled around with it a bit, added candied ginger to the top of the cake, decreased the spicing, then realised it wasn’t spicy enough and basted the cake with a honey and spice syrup. The spices you […]

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President’s Choice Ravioli

April 17, 2011
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Part of a line of imported fresh pastas sold by Loblaws here in Canada. I’ve tried three different pastas, one stuffed with spinach/ricotta (seen here), one with gorgonzola, and one with pumpkin, while the overall quality of the product is pretty darn good (a) more often than not the pasta has tiny black spots on […]

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Roast Pork and Hominy Bento

April 13, 2011
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Ah bento bento, ikebana for your lunch box. Roast pork, raw kale salad, lemon, and pickled chilies. The revelation of this meal was the hominy, squash, and mushrooms from The Lee Bros Southern Cookbook (p.219), what a great cookbook (see below for a more detailed pic). Of course I modified the dish, adding frozen corn […]

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Breakfast Granola Bars

April 11, 2011
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Based on a Nigella Lawsons recipe I found online, I doubled the recipe, used half the condensed milk and a 1/2 c of maple syrup as well as upping the dried fruit content with dried strawberries, coconut, dried cranberries, and apricots. At first I found them too sweet but the next day I was all […]

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Fermented Northern Thai sausage (Sai Grop)

April 9, 2011
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I first met these delicious meaty morsels at an Issan style restaurant in Bangkok and since then I would be more than willing to base an entire vacation around them. Note that these are a lacto-fermented meat product, that is to say that they are a controlled fermentation of raw meat, just like salamis, bresaola, […]

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