February 23, 2014 by Sarah
Welches grape juice ranks up there as one of the worlds best foods. Right up with ketchup, pickles and processed cheese. I tried making it once. Or rather, mashed up a bunch of grapes and then sieved out their juice.
This didn’t really taste like Welches. In fact, other then also being juice made of grapes, it’s pretty irrelevant. However any opportunity to talk about Welches is welcome. Welches is apparently “100% juice” though, so I seem to have at least nailed the ingredient list.
All I did was crush up a bunch of grapes in the food processor, boil them for maybe 10 minutes, and the sieve everything.
Verdict? Tasted like really sweet syrupy concentrated grape juice. Which is exactly what it was. So, not great to drink on its own, but maybe mixed with some soda water or used as an ingredient in something else, we’d be onto something.
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January 30, 2014 by Sarah
I was told by a particular brother that I’ve been slacking on posting recipes lately. So, in his vegetarian honour, I present- a recipe filled with meat. In fact, this is not just any recipe, but one of my favourites in a long time. The perfect portable snack or small meal, regardless of whether your fingers are covered in arsenic (food history trivia, anyone?)
I wanted to follow Gran’s recipe, then realized I started with different ingredients.. so that plan ended pretty quick. I did glaze them with milk though (instead of egg, which I normally would have done), so I’m learning something at least.
To start, I chopped and roasted a bunch of carrots and parsnips (tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and into the oven). In the meantime, I browned up a bunch of ground beef with a chopped onion and few cloves of minced garlic. I then mixed in enough flour to soak up any liquid (tablespoon or so), then poured in a bit of red wine and worcestershire sauce. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and some chopped fresh rosemary. As soon as all the liquid had reduced to nothing, I took it off the heat and mixed it with the roasted vegetables.
I then rolled out some rounds of savoury pastry (Jamie Oliver’s recipe is my favourite-spiked with a bit of shredded cheddar and additional rosemary), and filled it with the filling. Pulled over a side, and twisted the edges, crimping it with my thumb. I glazed it with some milk, and baked it till it was golden brown (the fillings already cooked, so you’re just cooking the pastry now).
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January 22, 2014 by Sarah
Not liking sushi throughout my life has automatically made me an outcast amongst eaters, and proclaiming it has often generated such reactions as “What is wrong with you?” To which I respond that if I wanted to eat seaweed and raw fish I’d just go stick my head in the ocean. So yesterday I did something particularly unusual- I bought it. Out of my own free will. Nothing too outrageous, just a California roll, but at $2.95 it was hard to pass up. I was with friends, en route back to school after shooting some footage for a documentary project downtown, when we passed by Fujiya, and decided to stop in. Known for their cheap and delicious Japanese food, I agreed that it would make a good second lunch/early dinner- which it did.
So in conclusion this experience has brought me one step closer to becoming a true Vancouverite- just need to start liking coffee and buy myself some Lululemons and the process will be complete (…despite, you know, being born here).
I also bought some cheap Japanese pop thing with a glass marble in it, but who cares about that…
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January 14, 2014 by Sarah
There are few times in life you get the chance to make a pig, out of a pig. Or rather, reconstruct pig liver into the shape of its former home. Which is exactly why I decided to seize this opportunity when I was commissioned to bring ‘liverwurst’ to an ‘Anchorman’ themed New years party. Liverwurst, popular in the 70s (along with ‘ambrosia salad’ which I also brought), is essentially liver sausage- and in my case, pig liver. Not something I’d pick for my last meal on death row, but an interesting experiment, to say the least.
After mashing up 1 lb of liver sausage, I mixed in:
- minced garlic
- 2 green onions, chopped
- chopped pistachios
- cracked pepper
- about 3 tbsp cream cheese
After mixing, shape it into something resembling a pig. Tortilla chip ears, sliced almond hooves, curly pasta tail, olive eyes and tomato in mouth optional but highly encouraged…..
Be sure to sample often while assembling, in case you have to work and don’t arrive at the party till 3:30am…and there is nothing left to eat but stale chips..
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January 5, 2014 by Sarah
If you’ve still got a jack-o-lantern sitting on your front porch, consider me very impressed. That a) you have protected it from the elements so well over the last two months that it has not turned into a pile of mouldy mush and b) that you have prevented the neighbourhood hooligans from smashing it somewhere down the road. That said, due to the laws of both science and teenagers, I consider both these feats impossible, and you, by default, a liar.
If however, you happen to carve New Years Eve pumpkins, read this next October, or just happen to have a pumpkin around that you wouldn’t mind sacrificing, read on.
This isn’t a recipe so much as waste management, or rather turning your festive fall decorations into future food. To start- cut open a pumpkin, and admire how much it looks like a particularly frightening toothy face (in need of a good brush).
Then, throw your sliced and cleaned off pieces into the oven, for as long as it takes to get them soft. Then just take off the skin, put the pumpkiny flesh into a food processor, and blend until smooth. Bag it up, freeze it, and use it in different recipes all year. And feel satisfied that you have saved yourself the price of at least 4 cans of pumpkin puree (minus whatever you paid for the pumpkin…).
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to roast the seeds.
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December 18, 2013 by Sarah
How to make Christmas cookies with your friends:
Mix together some sugar…and butter…maybe some flour. The essentials. Roll it out (again and again and again till you finally reach desired thickness) and cut out shapes- relatability to Christmas optional. Mix up more butter and sugar. Add food colouring. Call it icing. Test it often.
Make skull cookie to mock friend who couldn’t come (as you do).
Make cookie family. Give them a tree and house. Have skull cookie haunt the family.
You might all be extensively trained in media production, but you take pictures with your phone. Don’t worry about white balancing. Or focusing. Just eat lots of icing. Forget to eat dinner. Merry Christmas.
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December 1, 2013 by Sarah
An interesting combination for an interesting day- one filled with good friends and unusual food. That is, one spent navigating various craft fairs around the city. Well, at least the ones that didn’t cost $13 to get in to. I’ll save that money for some seasonal jelly, thank you very much. As usual, craft fairs are a game of keeping a wide enough berth around the tables with the overly forceful old ladies knitting cat sweaters, and finding excuses to casually return to the booths with the free samples. Keeping the conversation polite but not too friendly, unless you want to be sucked into purchasing a family of camel figurines.
At the end of the day, I was able to resist the homemade yellow baseball cap with ‘diva’ spelt out in pink rhinestones, and ended up with some pickled kale instead. Sounds gross, looks gross, but tastes delicious.
We also stopped for some pho. Which was, for some incomprehensible reason, my first time ever having it. Verdict? Delicious. I kept it simple with the well-done beef version…although got a few surprises with some tripe that managed to sneak in. Which I would take any day over the long black hair that snuck into my friend’s salad roll. But, despite the added extra protein, the owners were so nice I’d go back any day.
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