Grew up in Quebec, live in Saskatchewan, heading - some day! - to BC. Love to cook, love to read about food although I'm trying to not have quite so many food blogs. I do have an actual job that needs doing!

  • Location: Saskatchewan
  • Favorite foods: Turkey Pie. Fudge, if I've made it (sorry, but I make great fudge), scallops, done just about any way you care to make them.
  • Last bite on earth: Peameal Bacon...because it would kill me, but it's the only preserved thing I haven't been able to find without the nitrates/nitrites. If I'm gonna die anyway....

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Romance and Tiramisu

Thank you all - I think I will go with the home made ladyfingers, with store ones from the deli on hand, just in case!

Do you have food allergies?

Sodium nitrites/nitrates. Lethal. I always smile when I hear someone say "I would die for some bacon right now". No, no you wouldn't! Luckily I've found bacon and ham that I can eat. Unluckly, the new stuff (Naturals, etc) that uses celery juice concentrate is still not safe for me. It is a natural nitrite and at the concentration used still just as deadly.

It does mean I know what I'll do if I have access to any food and not many minutes to live. Peameal bacon and eggs.

Our Secret List of Banned Words

I'll likely get yelled at, but what is EVOO? What does it mean, or stand for or whatever?

to season or not to season beer biscuits

Salt was a given, and in the end I didn't add anything extra. I would next time, or cut the beer factor. They were super light, which was nice, but VERY strongly beer-like in flavour.

Your last meal

Pea meal bacon, but only RIGHT before. Can't it eat now, because it'll kill me. But if I'm dying anyway...yum. Along with a host of other things, but the bacon front and centre. Some day, one of the places that makes regular bacon without nitrites/nitrates will make pea meal bacon that I can have. Some day.

Good recipes for someone with no sense of taste (literally)

A relative, sadly has this permanently after a head injury from a car accident. The only dessert things she ever eats are things with lemon and/or dark chocolate. Other than that she also feels like she eating sand.

I wish to be the boss of the office microwave.

Glad that some of you realized that I didn't mean I would ever actually ban people from eating whatever they want; just a frustrating day of yet more almost rotten hot fish smells making me crazy!

I wish to be the boss of the office microwave.

The unbearableness of it isn't that the microwave's that the whole lunchroom does. And the hall. And the office next to the lunchroom. Everything else you can only tell if you're right next to the microwave - but the frozen fish guy, his lunch permeates the office.

Kitchen Heirlooms

My great-grandmother's bean pot. It may be even older, but for sure great grandmother's. I broke one of the handles (I felt terrible, all those years and I am the first to damage it), but I still use it. I haven't glued the handle back on - I don't trust any glue enough to risk the whole thing crashing to the ground because a glued handle came off.

What mini-cakes/cookies/tarts would you make?

I'm going to make little pyramid shaped truffles. Because just thinking of chocolate pyramids makes me happy. Good suggestion Annie!

What is everyone making for valentines day?

The husband of one of my good customers asked her if they could have tourtiere fir Valentine's, the same as they had for Christmas eve. She asked...and an order is an order. So - likely for the first time in my life! - I am making tourtiere on a date other than December 24th!

What mini-cakes/cookies/tarts would you make?

I hated an early model silicone bread pan I had; the sides were so soft that the dough pushed them out and I ended up with short fat loaves. I put it in a yard sale. Then I bought one years after and it was much much better. So maybe with time they've fixed weaknesses? Although I would still always any silicone anything on a cookie sheet just to make getting them in and out of the oven easier.

Too much bottled lemon juice

and seriously...a gallon of dressing?

Too much bottled lemon juice

See? Knew there would be help here! Am going to go with margancain and make me some lemon ginger syrup. Merci everyone.

Too much bottled lemon juice

I was thinking pitch too. I just had this dream where some alchemist on SE had a way to turn it into culinary gold.

Gluten phobia--are that many people celiac afflicted?

Wheat, which has been genetically altered to make it many things (more productive, more tolerant to poor weather etc) has different gluten than it's predecessor. So yes, there are more people allergic to gluten than there used to be. Also..the plants themselves are shorter, so the next time a senior citizen says that in their day wheat fields were taller (the wheat, not the field!) they're not imagining things!

DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Creme de Menthe?

I made my own two summers ago, there being a limit to how much mint jelly one can actually use. It's great, except...I wasn't wearing my glasses when I added food colouring. And I grabbed my daughter's neon box of food colouring instead of the regular box. It makes a great grasshopper, but it looks like some crazy lab experiment in a glass!

Meyer Lemons - Worth The Cost?

I wonder if we'll get them here. Never have, and I've always read that they don't ship well and you can only buy them where they grow. But if they can make to the east coast, they can get here. Will check Costco!

What to put in a first-in-ages pastrami sandwich?

Leo_G - good to mention, for those not familiar. I was so happy when I saw a commercial for sliced meats with no nitrite, but I contacted the company. They use concentrated celery juice (nitrates in celery, lettuce etc are normal), but they use it to such an extreme that there is more nitrate in the meat than if they'd just used the chemical. If you want to avoid lab chemicals this is fine, if nitrite kills you...not so fine.

I have found three different places: Hertel's, from Port Alberni for Bacon, McLeans from Vancouver for hotdogs and turkey Kielbasa, and Woodstown for all sorts of things. I've had hot dogs, Chorizo, pepperoni and now pastrami. There is also some applewood smoked bacon from a place in Vancouver that someone brought home for me, but I'd have to look at the label again to get the name.

Recipes using Corn Flour (NOT corn starch)

oooh, cornflour cakes! And a new bread recipe, thanks Ketherian. Thanks also to mentioning the rancid issue Les ah. I'm make sure to be careful with it and keep it in the freezer fridge if it is still good. If not...40 pounds of cornflour to the compost bin!

Recipes using Corn Flour (NOT corn starch)

Canada. Knew about the UK issue, made the title clear about what I was looking for. Good to mention though. I had to look it up a while ago because I was very confused reading a recipe from a British cookbook!

Food you were denied as a kid and crave now

I had the opposite experience like so many of you seemed to. What I rarely had as a child I can't stand. We only had pop if we were all out at a restaurant, and that was not a common occurrence. Consequently I never really acquired a taste for it. Now, when I have the occasional coke or root beer, it burns so horribly on the way down I worry about the people that drink it in great quantities every day!

Gloom, despair... How's your garden?

South Central Saskatchewan - very late planting due to flooding, and lots of rain made for more flooding. Lots of potatoes; apparently they really do like it cool and wet. My tomatoes are just now flowering. I don't know if I'll get any fruit, given our short season. I don't think they'll have time to do anything. Onions are great, carrots moderate, not a single parsnip germinated. Stupid parsnip, never liked you anyway! My daughter planted peppers, but nowhere near enough sun. Not even one flower yet, and now not likely to have any before it gets too cold. Peas were ok...until one of the hail storms flattened the whole set up!

How many cookbooks do YOU have? (Have, not how many do you need!

Wow. I don't feel as bad as I did before I posted this! And now I have to go find out what :Eat Your Books" is.


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