Friday, October 24, 2014

Fruit Hunter - Persimmons


I chose persimmons for this post.  It's a fruit I've seen many times but have never tried it.  The reason I chose it is because they are in season right now and I thought I'd have no problem finding them and that they would be plentiful.  After researching them, I found that there are two main varieties available here, the most common being the Hachiya and the Fuyu.  During my treck out to find the Hachiya I literally did become a fruit hunter!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sensory Evaluation - Napol

The food I chose to try for my sensory evaluation is a napol.  It's sometimes referred to as the prickly pear cactus.  I chose it because my favourite cuisine is Mexican, specifically Yucatean food.  I've been to the Yucatan many times and I've always passed up any dish that's made with napol, I suppose I didn't find it appetizing in any regard, probably because of what it looks like in it's raw state.

I walked up to Kensington Market to an awesome Latin American shop called Perola.  I frequent this place quite a lot as they sell a ton of Mexican products that are hard to find in Toronto.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Introduction to my GBC Culinary blog

Hi there,

My name is Tammy Hanlon.  I have lived downtown Toronto for the last 15 yeasrs.  I am currently a freelance photographer and in the past 4 years have taken to preparing, styling and photographing food.  I have used recipes for most of my life but have been creating my own the past few years.  Even when I use recipes I always modify them to what I think are better flavors, methods of preparation and quantity of ingredients.  I always analyze a recipe and change it to what I think would be a more appealing application.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lemon Chicken Rice Soup with Braided Sesame Bread



Soup, yes once again.  I guess I can't get enough of it.  Chicken, lemon and thyme - how can you go wrong?  Pair that with amazing fresh baked bread and you're transported to a cozy little place - especially if you're sitting on the couch under a quilt watching The Walking Dead.  Yes, I can still eat with all that decapitation going on. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cream of Mushroom Soup



Way back in the day I had a love affair with Campbell's cream of mushroom soup.  That gelatinous blob that plopped out of the can, indents still intact.  I'd eat it straight up or 'get creative' by using it as a sauce with rice and pork chops.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Vidalia Onion Dip



That  pop of blue in the bowl above reminds me of one thing, Mexico. Last year we were lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in San Jose Del Cabo in March and 2 weeks in Merida, Yucatan in June.  With the weather here in Toronto so grey (still raining) I guess every little thing reminds me of how much  I want to get away - blue anything equals ocean.  I love the city.  Merida is the capital of the Yucatan and the bonus is that within 20 minutes you can be on the beach, cerveza in hand.  Progreso, Mexico.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rain and Rosemary Bread



This is day 3 of solid rain (or is it day 4?).  I don't have a photo session booked for today.  I don't want to or have a reason to go outside so why not bake?  I just made a cinnamon coffee cake (kind of an 'experimental' recipe, I'll let you know how it went) and plan on making soup for dinner so baking some bread is in order.  

This recipe  makes '4 small loaves' but in my opinion it makes 4 large buns.  These buns are delicious, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  The smell of it baking is intoxicating and when my husband walks in the door he has the 'death by bread' look on in face.  Bread is like crack to him.  Seriously.

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