Cherry Saffron Rosewater Clafoutis
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by Helena McMurdo
3d ago
Sweet cherries are the traditional filling for clafoutis, a classic French dessert that lies somewhere between a custard and a Dutch baby pancake. For this version, we employ the flavours of Iranian sweets—rosewater, saffron, pistachios—whose flavours also work well with cherries. Call it a crossover clafoutis. Cherry-oh! The quality of your fruit makes a big difference to this dish, so taste the cherries before you use them. You can also try using a mixture of sweet and tart cherries if you want a sweeter taste ..read more
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Vietnamese-Inspired Turkey Burgers
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by Helena McMurdo
6d ago
Everyone loves a burger, and turkey is a great―and healthy―option that’s also a sponge for flavour. Here, we’ve been inspired by Vietnamese flavours of mint, cilantro, fish sauce, lime, and chilies. These burgers have a nice hit of heat and are topped by a luscious slaw of cabbage and carrot with a light dressing, reminiscent of a Vietnamese-style salad. Know your basil Thai basil is recognizable by its distinctive purple stem and green leaves. It has a slight licorice kick to it, compared to the sweet peppery Genovese type of basil we use in pesto and Italian dishes ..read more
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Spanish-Style Cobb Salad
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by Helena McMurdo
1w ago
The Cobb salad is a much-adored American classic created in 1937 at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, owned by Robert Cobb. Using ingredients from the Spanish culinary canon gives this classic a Spanish twist while staying true to the spirit of the original. Manchego cheese and serrano ham stand in for blue cheese and bacon, eggs get a dusting of smoked paprika, and avocados are replaced with olives, while chicken is given the Spanish treatment with rubbed garlic and rosemary prior to roasting. Our salad is finished with a light and sunny orange-based vinaigrette. Foolproof eggs For p ..read more
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Tandoori Salmon Tacos with Spicy Lime-Pickled Radish and Onion
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by Helena McMurdo
1w ago
For this cross-cultural take on tacos, sockeye salmon is marinated with yogurt and a fragrant but mild tandoori-style spice full of the warm flavours of cumin, coriander, nutmeg, and cardamom. After grilling, omega-3-rich salmon is enclosed in a warm corn tortilla and topped with spicy Mexican-style radishes and red onion pickled with lime juice and jalapenos for a kick of heat. Toast your spices Toasting whole spices will give you superior fragrance and flavour. If you’re new to this process, try it with some whole coriander and whole cumin. Toast a small amount of each separately in a hot pa ..read more
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Chimichurri Caprese Salad
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by Helena McMurdo
1w ago
Our version of the Italian classic stays true to the simplicity of its colour palette, but instead of basil, we’ve given it an Argentine twist by drenching it in a luscious herb chimichurri. The sauce—containing parsley, red wine vinegar, olive oil and red chili pepper—is typical of Argentina but is now loved the world over and is often used as a garnish for meats and fish. It works well with flavourful tomatoes and cheese and gives a well-known classic a new outlook. Choose your tomatoes Because this dish is so simple, the quality of the tomatoes is paramount. Look for firm, ripe tomatoes. Th ..read more
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A Voice for the Land
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by Jackie Skrypnek
1w ago
Imagine spending summer days at your own lakeside cottage, far from the nerve-fraying city, soaking up birdsong, the croaking of frogs, and gentle rustling of trees. Yet what if, in doing so, you risked unravelling the very natural spaces you sought respite in? Ontario’s “cottage country” exemplifies this dilemma, its ecology struggling mightily under our ever-increasing appetite for a slice of country life. Luckily, this delicate landscape has an ally that has heeded its cry for help. The Land Between (TLB), an exemplary grassroots charity, is working to bring long-term resilience to the bior ..read more
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Black Bean Hummus
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by Helena McMurdo
1w ago
Hummus and vegetables or crackers are an easy fibre- and iron-filled snack that always helps get a party going. With the addition of black beans and bright flavours of lime, chili, and cilantro, this Middle Eastern staple gets a decidedly Mexican treatment. Blend in stages While it’s tempting to blend everything all at once, add cilantro in the second stage, once you’ve combined the main ingredients. Instead of a green purée, you’ll have flecks of green dotted through the mixture. Likewise, adding lime juice gradually allows you to adjust the flavours to your own taste ..read more
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Bridging the Gap
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by Theodore D. Cosco, PhD
1w ago
Stark gender differences exist in seeking out both physical and mental health care. Understanding how and why these gender differences exist and how professionals and policymakers can better identify those who are less likely to seek care will help them develop targeted strategies to encourage people to do so. The implications of a 2016 Canadian study on this issue (published in the journal BMC Family Practice) revealed myriad factors that influence why men are less likely to seek medical help compared to women. It also suggests a greater variability in how individuals decide to seek help for ..read more
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Bros Need Bros
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by Brendan Rolfe, CPHR, BA, DipA
1w ago
When you were younger, chances are you had more friends than you knew what to do with. Through school, sports, clubs, and common interests, you gravitated to people with similar interests, and they naturally gravitated to you. It was easy. You just showed up. Your life then became more complex: a career, a partner, kids, a house, a dog, and now, I’m willing to bet you have one or two close friends, and you probably rarely see them in person. Does it really matter? Your mental and physical health may actually depend on it. Benefits with friends Social connection can create an important buffer b ..read more
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The Surprising Benefits of Hydration
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by Joshua Duvauchelle
2w ago
Six out of 10 Canadians feel regularly dehydrated, according to recent surveys, and the summer heat increases your risks of dehydration. But there’s more to staying hydrated than simply drinking tap water. From trending waters such as alkaline water to novel hydration techniques, ensuring you’re hydrated is key for overall wellness, immune health, injury prevention, and more. The overflowing benefits of staying hydrated Water makes up approximately 60 percent of your body. When you break it down by specific organs in your body—for example, your brain and heart are 73 percent water, while your ..read more
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