A Region That Really Schmecks

Fattet Makdous

Fattet Makdous

  Fattet Makdous is part of the family of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meat-stuffed aubergines (or eggplants), but what makes it Syrian is the addition of pita. This recipe is made up of five mini recipes, all of which can be made a couple of days in advance and put together when you’re ready.   […] Read more…

Shrimp Pappas

Shrimp Pappas

Shrimp Pappas — also called Shrimp Mappas — is a dish that combines Kerala’s classic flavours associated with seafood dishes: creamy sweetness of coconut, citrussy and musky spices, a bit of chilli heat, and the signature sourness that comes from kudampuli. This recipe was featured in my A World In My Kitchen series for the […] Read more…

David Insixiengmay’s Nam Khao

David Insixiengmay’s Nam Khao (Lao crispy rice salad)

A hub fo the local Lao community When Bounneung and Sengdeuane Insixiengmay opened Kitchener’s Lao-Thai Super Store in 1991, in many ways, they couldn’t have been farther from their homeland. In Laos, they lived their lives against the backdrop of war. It was a reality they left about a decade earlier, with Sengdeuane’s brother, by crossing the Mekong on a tire and landing in […] Read more…

Andrei Feher’s salam de biscuiţi

Andrei Feher’s salam de biscuiţi (Romanian chocolate salami)

Conductor’s grandmother knows best when it comes to food Andrei Feher stands at the conductor’s podium, his back to the audience, his music stand set low. His body moves from large lush sweeps to small staccato shudders. He swoops forward and pulls back.  What the audience doesn’t see are the 28-year-old’s raised eyebrows, widened eyes, […] Read more…

Kristine Mather’s Risalamande

Kristine Mathers’ Risalamande (Danish rice pudding with warmed sour cherry sauce)

Helping Danish Canadians connect with their roots Taking over a beloved cultural institution could intimidate some. But not Kristine Mathers, her brother  Jacob Beck and his partner Joanne Moyes. Building on their parents’ legacy at The Danish Place in Puslinch was a challenge to be met head-on. [continue reading this article and get the recipes […] Read more…

Anna Ekiert’s Bigos

Anna Ekiert’s Bigos (Polish Hunter’s Stew)

Keeping Polish heritage on the table In 1940, Franciszek Kobus and his 17-year-old daughter, Janina, travelled from their Polish village of Miernów to the ancient red-roofed market town of Wiślica. Invading German troops prowled the small town’s streets. What the Kobuses went in to buy, no one remembers. [continue reading this article] Read more…

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