Archive for the 'gourmet DIY' Category
This week's episode is a book review of Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. Check it out!
Medium Raw on HarperCollins (Canada) - http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Medium-Raw-Anthony-Bourdain/
This is a bit of a pot porri, with a short review about a great Persian place in Oshawa called Cyrus, discussion of french presses, fresh made Naan bread from Indian Biyani in Toronto and how to make a tandoori oven right in your own back yard (please follow all local and fire safety laws!).
- Cyrus Persian Restaurant (905-448-0892, 563 Ritson Road South, Oshawa ON) - http://www.newsdurhamregion.com/article/133107
- Indian Biyani (416-340-1254, 181, Dundas Street West, Toronto ON) - http://indian-biryani.com/index.php
- Good Eats - The Curious Case of Curry - http://www.instructables.com/id/Garbage-Can-and-Flower-Pot-Tandoor-Oven/
- French Press Coffee - http://gourmet-coffee-zone.com/french-press-howto.html
- Roasting Your Own Coffee - http://coffeegeek.com/guides/popperroasting
- Travel French Press - http://www.planetarydesign.uscategories.html?cataction=tabletops
Note the adorable bull terrier S+P Shakers. This was an easy meal to make. We cut up a chicken breast and rolled it in seasoned bread crumbs, then fried the pieces in olive oil until golden brown. The chicken then goes on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and into the oven for 30 minutes at 350F. Voila! A delicious meal to share, and an serious donation to Breast Cancer research instead of pocket change from a corporation just looking to cash in on slacktivism.
Alright, this is an emergency podcast and update from ZFC.
For those of you who have your head in the sand (like us), or are from another country (also like us), you may not have noticed KFC's latest bid to raise sales, the pink-washed KFC bucket. Yep....the Susan G. Komen foundation gets a whole FIFTY CENTS for each bucket bought.
We've got a short podcast here explaining our thoughts about it and what we're doing.
We propose that KFC needs to pony up some real cash if they're planning to get the press for such a donation. 17 million buckets of chicken (which is what it takes to get to the $8.5 million donation they want to hit - the biggest ever to Susan G.) is a lot of sales, especially for a company who's sales were down 4% in 2009.
We're cutting out the middle man. We've donated the cost of a Canadian bucket (10 piece) straight to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Why should we subsidize KFC when we can give the money directly? Instead of the bucket, we're making our own dinner of home made, delicious fried chicken tonight (yes, pictures will follow).
We invite anyone who wishes to join us. We recommend in the podcast to either do a retro donation of what a bucket cost as a kid, what a bucket costs now, or even just send the $0.50 straight to Susan G. without letting it pass through KFC's hands (and eliminating however they get to claim it on their taxes).
How can you do it?
Click here - http://ww5.komen.org/Donate/DonateOnline.html Or - if you don't trust us (and who says we're trustworthy, anyway?) put Susan G Komen into google and go through their site to donate. You can even donate via text message on your cell phone.
We would LOVE to have folk's pictures of their dinner at home in lieu of picking up a bucket of chicken. Send pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post 'em up here! We don't need fake corporate charity that only serves them in the long run.
Other neat links pertaining to the topic:
Long overdue, here is part one of many episodes about cheese. We give a basic primer on tasting, pairing and varieties of cheese. So, don't be shy, grab some cheese!
- Why is Cheddar Cheese Orange? (The Straight Dope) - http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1284/why-is-cheddar-cheese-orange
- Cheese Pairings - http://www.artisanalcheese.com/pair_wine/
- Wallace & Grommit - http://www.wallaceandgromit.com/
These are but a few websites about cheese making:
- Gourmet Sleuth (Cheesemaking Recipes) - http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Recipes/Cheese-Making-Recipes-304.aspx
- Glengarry Cheesemaking & Dairy Supply - http://www.glengarrycheesemaking.on.ca
This episode is about the movie Food Inc. - this show is very philosophical but always tries to be practical. The way we do farming now is a lot different then how our ancestors did, and people of our era are facing a lot of ethical questions. How much science is too much science? How long will it be before our creations turn on us? Or, more importantly, is the bigger issue the people that try to monopolize farming and squeeze out independent people who still try to focus on quality rather then quantity (Monsanto, we're looking in your direction). Add to these concerns: animal welfare, pollution, and you've got yourself 2 hours that is sometimes informative, sometimes relying too much on fear journalism, but is worth watching once.
- Food Inc. Official Site - http://www.foodincmovie.com/
- Joel Salatin (Crazy Farmer Guy) Offical Website - http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
Feeling the post-Christmas crunch? Or just looking for a cheap, quick meal? Nothing stretches an already maximized budget like ramen noodles! A Chinese delicacy that was only available from restaurants until a post World War II Taiwanese-Japanese inventor pioneered a way to make them at home. In this episode, we taste six different ramen noodle packages.
- ichiban sapporo - http://www.sanyofoods.co.jp/
- nissin - http://www.nissinfoods.com/
- no name - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Name_(brand)
- nong shim - http://eng.nongshim.com/eng/main.jsp
- mr. noodles kimchi - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Noodles
- 101 things to do with ramen noodles - http://www.amazon.com/101-Things-Do-Ramen-Noodles/dp/1586857355
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This episode is a pubcast from home combined with a book review of Nicholas Pashley's awesome book, Cheers! An Intemperate History of Canada.
Links of Interest:
- Cheers! an Intemperate History of Canada by Nicholas Pashley - http://www.amazon.ca/Cheers-Nicholas-Pashley/dp/1554682576
- Victory Brewery - http://www.victorybeer.com/
- Great Lakes Brewing Co. - http://www.greatlakesbeer.com/
- Harmony Society of Ambridge, PA - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony_Society
- Lynn Samuels - http://www.lynnsamuels.typepad.com/
- Lager Heads by Paul Brent - http://www.amazon.ca/Lager-Heads-Paul-Brent/dp/0006394248
- Find True Low Calorie Beer! - http://www.theraven.com/beer.html
- Glutton for Punishment with Bob Blumer - http://www.foodnetwork.com/glutton-for-punishment/index.html
This was by no means the only show we're going to do on tea, but here's a ZFC crash coarse on one of mankind's oldest beverages (Ok, one of mankind's oldest non-alcoholic beverages). Enjoy a cuppa your favourite as you listen to this episode.
- Tetley's Tea (round bag commercial) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zAbflmBT8A
- Different Types of Tea - http://www.imperialteagarden.com/teas.html
- Tylors of Harrogate - http://www.taylorsofharrogate.co.uk/
- Twinings of London - http://www.twinings.com/home.php
- Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Grey,_2nd_Earl_Grey
- Opium Wars - http://historyliterature.homestead.com/files/extended.html
- Tea: The Drink That Changed The World - http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Drink-that-Changed-World/dp/0804837244
- The Origins of Indian Tea - http://www.teamuse.com/article_000803.html
- Richard Sharpe Series - http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=1
- Sir Thomas Lipton - http://www.mitchelllibrary.org/lipton/index.php?a=eb00
- James Burke (Science Historian) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Burke_(science_historian)
- Harney & Sons - http://www.harney.com/
- How To Prepare Matcha - http://www.matchasource.com/brewing-matcha-tea-s/13.htm
- Republic of Tea - http://www.republicoftea.com/
- Tea ceremony - http://www.chinatownconnection.com/japanese-tea-ceremony.htm
- Sano Ichiro Mysteries by Laura Joh Rowland - http://www.laurajohrowland.com/sano.html
- Sugawara Akitada Mysteries by I.J. Parker - http://www.ijparker.com/
- Tea Zer Travel Mug for Loose Leaf Tea - http://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Solutions-Tea-Zer-Tumbler-10oz/dp/B00125JHGU
- Kalahari Organic Teas - http://www.kalahariusa.com/
- McCarthy's Tea Room (Donegal Sq., 534 Main Street, Bethlehem PA ) - http://www.donegal.com/mysitecaddy/site3/mccarthystearoom.htm
- Potato Farls - http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/culture/recipes/cooking/tatofarl.shtm
- Coffee Coffee (5 Bel Air South Parkway, Bel Air MD) - http://www.coffeecoffee-online.com/
- Simple is Beautiful (100 Brock Street North, Whitby ON) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Whitby-ON/Simple-is-Beautiful/96601731346
- TenRen Tea - http://www.tenren.com/
>> Add ZFC as a friend on Good Reads! - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3163760
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our lovely listeners!
This episode is about some of our family traditions. We hope that everyone had a great holiday season and a very wonderful New Year. Thanks for sticking with us and continuing to listen and refer your friends to our little podcast.
Links of Interest:
- Nutroll - http://www.squidoo.com/nut-roll
- Let Them Eat Fruitcake! by Sara Dickerman - http://www.slate.com/id/2238779/
- George Washington's Egg Nog - http://cooking.cdkitchen.com/TheCompetentCook/195.html
- Alton Brown NPR Egg Nog Interview - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6597856
- Eggnog: Spike and Let it Sit, For Safety - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121615594
- Paska - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paska_(bread)