Your First Brine…Ham Hocks

Hocks are not one of those food items that are sexy, popular or even generally used by themselves. But if you can get your hands on a few they are delicious and a perfect candidate for brining. Once cured they are a great addition to stews sauces and soups. Personally I like to combine the… continue reading

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Homemade Bacon

I thought that there was no better way to introduce you to the idea and concept of  post apocalyptic cookery than through bacon. I grew up in ranch and cattle country, eating grass fed beef all my life. But if I were trapped on a desert island and was forced to choose one type of… continue reading

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An introduction to Post Apocalyptic Cookery

I’m sure many are wondering what is post apocalyptic cookery? Zombies? Eating brain? Well, no and no, this whole idea was initiated during a discussion with my wife about her knitting. I, as usual was teasing her about the copious amounts of yarn floating around our house that apparently is supposed to be her “stash”. She… continue reading

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A Fresh Start

They say that January is the time for fresh starts…well that’s rubbish, in reality we all know that September is when the new year really begins. Back to school, back to work, the end of supposed summer time freedom. No where is this more acutely felt than here in Greece. My first day back in… continue reading

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A Touch of Home

OK… When I was a kid there were two shows that were a constant on my local “peasant vision” non-cable network (aka CBC) They were “Hockey Night in Canada” and “The Beachcombers.” Even though I grew up in a landlocked area of Canada with an endless prairie to the east and formidable mountains to the west,… continue reading

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POW

This graffiti describes exactly how I feel today. I look back at the last two weeks and POW, I’ve lost track of time. Sort of like a really pathetic back to the future sequel. I’ve lost track of days and I’m not sure where or when I am. The reason for this is that I… continue reading

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Prague Street Food

You can often tell the depth of a cities food culture by the quality of its street food. Prague’s food is a comfort food paradise. Albeit touristic and a bit of false advertising, the smoked brined ham was definitely the king of Prague street food (It is worth being ripped off to taste it). Brined… continue reading

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Moravian Sparrow and other Oddities

For someone used to mediterranean ingredients and flavours, this dish represented something of an odd comfort food mecca. Meaty, salty (just the right amount), full of carbohydrates and loaded with flavour. (There is even the token vegetable, the cabbage, for you healthy types.) Playing the tourist, I needed to find a place that I could… continue reading

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On The Road In Prague

Prague is the real deal. The streets breathe old world allure and jaw dropping architecture. There was no question in my mind that the visual aesthetics wouldn’t disappoint, but what about the local food? Used to a Mediterranean lifestyle where the evening meal starts at ten in the evening, I wasn’t sure what I would… continue reading

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Ouzeri Mezedes

The only thing better than a warm spring day in Greece, is enjoying a cold beer and a plateful of ouzeri mezedes by the sea. Growing up in the land locked mountains of Canada I had never had the culture or capacity to enjoy a massive platter of seafood, much less actually get it down.… continue reading

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