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The brief history of pasta
Who invented pasta? Where does it come from? Did Marco Polo really introduce it to Europe? How old is the oldest bowl of noodles? All this and more as we take a look at the brief history of pasta.
June 25, 2019
Pho style soup in 30 minutes or less
Pho is a delicious noodle soup from Vietnam. Here I tell you how to make it at home in under 30 minutes. 21 minutes to be exact 
June 24, 2019
Everything I know about roasting a chicken
There is nothing better in the culinary world than the simplistic complexity of a perfectly roasted chicken. Here is what I know...
June 21, 2019
A brief history of souffle
Today we take a look at the brief history of the souffle. Who invented it. Who popularized it. Why don't you see it on menus any more and how do you make a souffle anyway?
June 20, 2019
5 Kick-Ass Summer Potato Dishes
Jazz up your daily meals, the next potluck, or that big BBQ with this five kick-ass potato dishes
June 19, 2019
A brief history of Almond Milk
Is almond milk just a modern controversial beverage or an ancient elixir passed down through generations? I guess you'll just have to listen to find out.
June 18, 2019
Cod with White Wine and Parsleyed Potatoes in 30 Minutes or Less
A delicious and elegant meal which you would easily pay $24 for at a trendy bistro but you can make it at home in under 30 minutes. Check out the written version for more details and the full recipe right here
June 17, 2019
Everything I Know About Barbecue Sauce
From the standard sticky, sweet sauce, to Alabama white sauce, this is everything I know and you need to know about barbecue sauce
June 14, 2019
A brief history of the chocolate lava cake
It is a far fall from the white linened tables of the best restaurants in the world to the colouring book placemats of big box restaurants but that is precisely the journey that the chocolate lava cake has taken. This is the tale of two cakes, of two chefs, and the brief history of the ooey gooey center of the chocolate lava cake.
June 13, 2019
Life on the Line. A poem from the perspective of a professional line cook
The best way I can think to describe what it's like to cook professionally
June 12, 2019
A brief history of food trucks
Food trucks have evolved into something that few people ever thought they could. But this didn't happen in a vacuum. This is the brief history of the food truck.
June 11, 2019
Chicken Quinoa Greek Salad - 30 Minutes Or Less
Today I walk you through making one of my wife's go to meals. She will make this at the beginning of the week and then use it for lunches over the next few days. It is a delicious and filling salad that I am excited to share with you. Check it out!!
June 10, 2019
Everything I know about Vinaigrette
In this episode I share with you everything I know about Vinaigrette. Why? You'll have to listen to find out
June 7, 2019
A brief history of ranch dressing
Once there was darkness in the world, but then a humble plumber living in the frozen waste land of the north created a masterpiece that brought light to a cold world. This is the brief history of ranch
June 6, 2019
The 3 magical ingredients that will change your life
No matter what you're cooking these three ingredients on there own or combined with other ingredients will make it better. What could they be??
June 5, 2019
A brief history of yop
What is yop? Where does it come from? Where can you get it? Who makes it? And most importantly, what flavours does it come in? All this and more as we take a look at the brief history of yop.
June 4, 2019
Spaghetti and meat sauce with Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread in 30 Minutes or less
This was a tough one. It was a lot to do in 30 minutes but I pulled it off and so can you. Here is how...
June 3, 2019
Everything I know about rice.
Today we take a look at everything I know about rice
May 31, 2019
A brief history of Cows Ice Cream
From their home in Prince Edward Island, and humble beginnings Cows has become renowned for quality. Whether it is their ice cream, award winning cheeses, butter, or t-shirts you know it's going to be good.
May 30, 2019
Mastering the stir-fry
Today, we talk about how to Master the stir-fry. This is everything you could want to know and more.
May 29, 2019
The brief history of pickled eggs
In today's episode we dip our hands deep into the pickle jar of time and dig around for any bits of time withered truth that we can grasp. This is the brief history of the pickled eggs
May 28, 2019
White Bean and Chorizo Soup In 30 Minutes Or Less
This soup is a must try. You can put it together in under 30 minutes but it taste like it's been simmering all day.
May 27, 2019
Everything I Know About Salad
Today we take a look into salads. This is everything I know about them, well...almost everything
May 24, 2019
A brief history of beer
Beer is the oldest of drinks, but just how old is it? You'll have to listen to find out.
May 23, 2019
The rise of the meat substitute
A look at the impossible burger and beyond meat.
May 22, 2019
A brief history of horseradish
What condiment goes just was well with roast beef as it does with fish or oysters?
May 21, 2019
Pork Fried Rice - 30 Minutes Or Less
Today on the podcast we take a look at how to make pork fried rice in under 30 minutes from scratch. Check it out! And to see the written version go to
May 20, 2019
Everything I Know About Homemade Hamburgers
Today, in honour of the long weekend we are talking about burgers, burgers, burgers. This is everything I know about homemade hamburgers!
May 17, 2019
A Brief History Of Tofu
For over 2000 years tofu has been an important source of protein for a lot of people. This is the story behind the grey, mushy, tasteless, brick that is tofu
May 16, 2019
Chipotle Lime Turkey Tacos
This episode is sponsored by Today on the podcast we take a look at a old way of cooking with turkey done with a modern twist.  For the full recipe break down go to
May 15, 2019
A Brief History Of Sweetened Condensed Milk
From the US to Europe, from the Civil war to tainted milk, this is the brief history of the product designed to fix a whole lot of problems
May 14, 2019
Ginger Beef Salad Wraps - In 30 minutes or less
Every Monday on the podcast and blog I describe how to make a different recipe in under 30 minutes. This week we make Ginger Beef Salad Rolls. These are a must try.
May 13, 2019
Everything I Know About Cheese
Hard cheese, soft cheese. Orange cheese, blue cheese. There is so much to know about cheese!
May 10, 2019
A brief history of honey
How is honey produced? Magic! Magic is the answer. Today we are taking a look at the history of honey and our history with it. This is the brief history of honey.
May 9, 2019
Gluten-Free and Me
What is it like being gluten-free? What is gluten? What does and doesn't contain gluten? Find out here.
May 8, 2019
A Brief History Of Tea
The history of tea is shrouded in historical fiction. This is what we do know.
May 7, 2019
Chicken Shawarma Bowl - 30 Minutes Or Less
Today we take a look at how to make a chicken shawarma bowl from scratch in under 30 minutes. Yes it is possible and yes it is delicious.
May 6, 2019
Everything I Know About Sandwiches
There is so much more to know about sandwiches than you think. What are you missing?
May 3, 2019
A Brief History Of Brussels Sprouts
Where do they come from? What are they? And why are they called Brussels Sprouts? This is the brief history of Brussels Sprouts
May 2, 2019
A chef's guide to cooking meat
Knowing how to cook a steak perfectly is awesome. But there is way more to cooking meat than that. This is a chef's guide to cooking not just the glamour cuts, but the lesser known cuts as well. 
May 1, 2019
A brief history of whipped cream
Today we take a look at everyone's favourite dessert topping...This is the brief history of whipped cream
April 30, 2019
Beef Stroganoff - 30 Minutes Or Less
Bring back this classic that your family is gauranteed to love. It only takes 30 minutes and it is absolutely delicious. What have you got to lose?
April 29, 2019
Everything I Know About Cooking Fish
From buying it, to cooking it, here is everything I know about fish
April 26, 2019
A Brief History Of Pillsbury
If I told you I would pay you $10.5 billion dollars over 133 years, what would I have to pay you annually? Find out in the brief history of Pillsbury
April 25, 2019
Restaurant secrets for making better soups
Nothing beats a nice big bowl of homemade soup on a rainy spring day. Use these restaurant secrets to make better soup than you ever thought possible.
April 24, 2019
A brief history of portabello mushrooms.
Born out of the 1980's health craze and thrust into the spotlight in the 90's the portabello mushroom created the whole idea of the gourmet mushroom. What else don't you know?
April 23, 2019
A brief history of both the Easter egg and the Easter Bunny
Have you ever wondered what a rabbit who carries around a basket full of eggs has to do with the rebirth of Christ? Yeah, me too. Wonder no more!
April 18, 2019
When does cooking become fun?
The answer to that question is both more and less complicated then it seems. Let's take a look
April 17, 2019
A Brief History Of Fruitopia
Way back in the 1990's while the spice girls were the queens of pop, fruitopia was the king of juice. This is the brief history of fruitopia
April 16, 2019
Pad Thai in 30 Minutes Or Less
What's better than Pad Thai? Making it at home from scratch in under 30 Minutes, that's what
April 15, 2019
Everything I Know About Greek Food
On this lovely Friday morning i thought I would share with you everything I Know About Greek Food
April 12, 2019
A Brief History Of Gatorade
Invented as a way to keep college football players hydrated just over 50 years ago, Gatorade is now one of the biggest brands in the world. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite sports drink.
April 11, 2019
Food Porn: A nation is crisis 2
We have all seen it. Well lit pictures of food that look to good to be true. Oozing egg yolks and slowly cascading parmesan cheese. Food porn has become a serious problem, but what can be done? Find out here?
April 10, 2019
A Brief History Of Apples
Today we take another bite out of history and get to the core of it all. This os the brief history of apples
April 9, 2019
Bangers and mash in 30 minutes or less
Today, as we do on Mondays we make a dish in 30 minutes or less. This week we make bangers and mash with mushroom red wine gravy. This is a "gotta make"!
April 8, 2019
Everything I Know About Curry Pt. 2
Today we are going to look at everything we talked about in part 1 and put it into context. To do that we are going to focus on how to make butter chicken.
April 5, 2019
The Brief History Of Pierogi
Not much is known about the history of Pierogi (or the spelling perogie) here is what we do know...besides the fact that they are delicious. 
April 4, 2019
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
In this episode I talk all about my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. It is quick to make, delicious to eat and works as a side dish or as a lunch. What's not to love?
April 3, 2019
A Brief History Of Pop-Tarts
For over 50 years pop-tarta have been delighting children and adults alike. But what don't you know about them? This is the brief history of pop-tarts
April 2, 2019
Corn Chowder - 30 minutes or less
What's better than a big bowl of corn chowder? Making it in less than 30 minutes, that's what
April 1, 2019
Everything I Know About Curry
There is so much more to curry than what we all grew up with. Let me share with tou everything I know about curry
March 29, 2019
A Brief History Of Pancakes
Join me as I wade through the BS that is the history of pancakes and separate the fact from fiction.
March 28, 2019
5 simple weeknight desserts
Dessert doesn't have to be a complex thing. Step away from the pies and cakes and use ssve time and effort with these five weeknight desserts
March 27, 2019
A Brief History Of Minute Maid
At first there was nothing, and then there was sunshine in a glass. Looking into thr history of Minute Maid takes a lot of concentration. Look beyond the pulp, this is the brief history of minute maid.
March 26, 2019
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese - 30 Minutes Or Less
Today we take a look at the classic of all classics, tomato soup woth grilled cheese. We put this meal together from scratch in well under 30 minutes and you can too
March 25, 2019
Everything I Know About Salsa
One of the most versatile and easy condiments to make, salsa is in a league of its own. This is everything I know about salsa
March 22, 2019
A Brief History Of Old El Paso
"I cannot believe its not Mexican Food" Old El Paso has been around for A long time. Itnhas introduce generations of people to the idea of Mexican food without really being Mexican food. This is the brief history of Old El Paso
March 21, 2019
Homemade Sauerkraut -A Gateway Drug
Sauerkraut is a delicious if not often misunderstood item. Beyond the potential health benefits, and tastyness, making sauerkraut at home opens the door to the beautiful world of fermentation.
March 20, 2019
A Brief History Of Vegetable Oil
From olive, to coconut, sunflower to soy bean, peanut and everything in between, this is the brief history of vegetable oils
March 19, 2019
Spicy Noodles -30 Minutes Or Less
This week we make one of my go to quick meals, spicy noodles in 30 minutes or less. This quick and delicious dish qill quickly become one of your go to dishes.
March 18, 2019
Everything I Know About Pork Chops
If you don't like pork chops it is entirely possible that it's because you have only ever had dry, over cooked ones. Let me show you how to fall in love with pork chops.
March 15, 2019
Secret Aardvark - An Interview With Stacy Moritz
Today we are doing something a little different on Food In Five. Rather than our usual Thursday Brief History, I am joined by Stacy Moritz, owner of Secret Aardvark Trading Co. Which is a company that makes a series of really delicious hot sauces. And we talk about the past, present, and future or her company.  You can chef out Secret Aardvark at  or on social media at Secret Aardvark  I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. 
March 14, 2019
My Guide To Un-Healthy Eating
Put down the kale, push away the quinoa, and say good bye to whole grains. Today is all about junk food. This is my guide to un-healhty eating.
March 13, 2019
A Brief History Of Vinegar
Since the dawn of civilization people have been screwing up batches of wine and making vinegar. What else do you need to know? Find out here in a brief history of vinegar
March 12, 2019
Miso Salmon - 30 Minutes Or Less
This will be your new favourite salmon dish. Period.
March 11, 2019
Everything I Know About Braising
One of the most useful cooking techniques there is, braising can be used for a lot of things. This is everything I know about braising.
March 8, 2019
A Brief History Of Bob's Red Mill
For over 40 years Bob's has been producing high quality whole grain products at low prices. But there is more in yhe Bob's Red Mill bag than you know. This is the brief history of Bob's Red Mill.
March 7, 2019
My Journey To Master Homemad Tortillas
This is everything I've learned about making tortillas at home over the last few years. If you have never made tortillas, or even if you have, you should give this a listen.
March 6, 2019
A Brief History Of San Marzano Tomatoes
Here is everything you never new about San Marzano Tomatoes
March 5, 2019
Chicken Pesto - 30 Minutes Or Less
Want a quick and delicious dinner? Every Monday I share a recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less. This week it is chicken pesto and garden salad with homemade french dressing. Check out the written version of this at
March 4, 2019
Everything I Know About Roast Chicken
Roasting a chicken isn't a complex process but doing it well takes patience and skill. This is everything I know about roasting a chicken.
March 1, 2019
A Brief History Of Instant Ramen
A staple of dorm rooms the world over instant ramen is a cheap, easy and delicious food. But there is more than meets the eye to this little noodle blocks. Join me as we take a look at the brief history of instant ramen.
February 28, 2019
How to make a basic crumble
From apples to pears, peaches to blueberries there isn't much you can't make into a crumble. Here is everything you need to know about how to make your new favourite dessert.
February 27, 2019
A Brief History Of A Brief History
In this 100th episode of brief history special I take a look back at som of my favorite things that I've learned over the last year abd the last 99 episodes
February 26, 2019
Beef and Broccoli - 30 minutes or less
Learn to make delicious beef and broccoli in under 30 minutes start to finish.
February 25, 2019
Everything I Know About Eggplant
Eggplant is another one of those ingredients that we walk by without much thought. Its time to give it some love. Here is everything I know about eggplant to get you started.
February 22, 2019
A Brief History Of The Campbell's Soup Company
With over 150 years of history, there is a lot to know about the Campbell's soup company. Find it all in the brief history of the Campbell's soup company.
February 21, 2019
Mastering Pho
The classic Vietnamese noodle soup isn't hard to make. It takes time, but it is time well spent. Today we're learning the ins and outs of how to make pho at home
February 20, 2019
A Brief History Of Bologna
Whether it's your favourite or least favourite lunch meat, you have to admit that you're a little curious about it, right? Today, we get into the brief history of bologna. 
February 19, 2019
30 Minutes Or Less - Pork Chops with Smashed Baby Potatoes
In my new Monday segment, I walk you through cooking a delicious, healthy meal in 30 minutes or less.
February 18, 2019
Everything I Know About Cast Iron Pans
From seasoning, to cleaning, cooking, and maintaining, this is everything I know about cast iron.
February 15, 2019
A Brief History Of Le Creuset
From the beginnings in a small French town almost 100 years ago to the modern, innovative, global brand they are today. This is a brief history of Le Creuset
February 14, 2019
A guide to a romantic dinner for two
This Valentine's Day avoid busy restaurants and downtown parking. Make dinner together at home
February 13, 2019
A Brief History Of The Mars Corporation
Stared at the dawn of the 20th century, Mars corp has a long and interesting history. In this episode of food history, we take a look at the brief history of the company behind more iconic brands than I can name, Mars.
February 12, 2019
Getting to know Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard is probably one of those vegetables that you walk by all the time and never give a second thought to. Its time to change that and to see what you're missing.
February 11, 2019
A Ship On The Sea
Today, I wanted to do something a bit different. Today, I didn't really want to talk about food. I wanted to talk about dreams, and about a ship on the sea.
February 8, 2019
A Brief History Of Cheese Puffs (cheezies)
We've all been coated in orange dust, all experienced the crunch. We've all felt miracle that is a cheese puff melting on our tongues. Today, today my friends, we discover the origins of our favourite snake. Today, we take a look at the brief history of the cheese puff.
February 7, 2019
The Great Tomato Taste Test
This simple and cheap experiment can and will change how you understand flavour and how you season your food.
February 6, 2019
A brief history of margarine
For over 140 years margarine has been causing problems for the dairy industry. Lets take a look at the brief history of margarine
February 5, 2019
Why we should invite more people over for dinner
For all of human history food has been a point of connection for people, that is up until recent history. What are we missing? And how do we get it back?
February 4, 2019
Everything I Know About Chinese Food pt. 3
In the third and final installment of Everything I know about Chinese food we take a look at won tons, vegetable dishes, and soup. It's a do not miss!
February 1, 2019
A Brief History Of Ham
The ham of history goes way beyond the stuff you buy and the deli counter. It is a human tradition that stretches back thousands of years in history. Join me for a brief history of ham
January 31, 2019
Meal Plans For The Win
Meal plans can take a lot of stress out of your week. They can save you money and prevent waste. What's not to love? Join me as i talk about how to build a quality meal plan
January 30, 2019
A Brief History Of Boursin Cheese
Grab some bread, open the box, remove the foil and dig in. Today, we are talking about the brief history of Boursin cheese
January 29, 2019
Eating nostalgia
We all get cravings for things we wish we didn't. Sometimes you need to satisfy that craving and enjoy a little taste of the past.
January 28, 2019
Everything I Know About Chinese Food Pt. 2
In the second of three installments of my Everything I Know About Chinese Food I talk about noodle dishes and egg rolls
January 25, 2019
A brief history of bread
For 10000 years or longer nwe have been creating and enjoying bread. Today we are going to discover the history of brwad and how it changed the course of haman history.
January 24, 2019
My take on the new Canadian food guide
The new Canadian food guide was released yesterday. In today's episode I'll share my thoughts on it and talk about what i think it got right and what it's missing
January 23, 2019
A Brief History Of Cornbread
For almost 10 000 years corn has been cultivated in the Americas at one point they decided to make it into bread. Find out all about the history of cornbread in...a brief history of cornbread
January 22, 2019
How to taste your food
Today I talk about taste. How to know wheb you need tp add an ingredient or not and I he secrets of salt, pepper, acid, and sweet ingredients.
January 21, 2019
Everything I Know About Chinese Food pt. 1
North American Chinese food is a thing unto itself. I grew up eating, my first jib was cooking it, and i love it with all my heart. In this two part series I'm going to tell you, everything I know about Chinese Food
January 18, 2019
A Brief History Of Navel Oranges
How did all the navel oranges in the world come from one mutation? How did they get their name? And who is Eliza Tibbs and what does she have to do with all of this?
January 17, 2019
Side Dish Secrets
Let's cure those side dish blues. With a few simple changes you can make even the most mundane side dish one to remember
January 16, 2019
A Brief History Of Lobster
From the garbage pile, to dinning in style, these hard shell crustaceans have been around a while. Let's dig deep and unravel the mystery, Im Chef Ben this is lobster brief history.
January 15, 2019
The Five Best Meals Of My Life
Here are the fove best meals of my life and the lessons I've learned from them. Maybe you'll learn something too.
January 14, 2019
Everything I Know About Stew
For such a imple dish there sure is a lot to say about it. Find out what you can do to make your stew even better than it already is as I share everything I know about stew
January 11, 2019
A Brief History Of Refrigeration
We rely heavily on that fridge sitting in our kitchen. But it wasn't that long ago that cold food was a luxury. Find out about the chilly and interesting history of the hardest working appliance in your house.
January 10, 2019
5 Tips To Cooking scallops
Learn to cook perfect scallops every time. Your life will never be the same
January 9, 2019
A Brief History Of Jell-O
How do you like your celery flavoured jell-o? Oh, you don't? Yes, that was really a jell-o flavour. What other mysteries are waiting below the shimmering jiggly surface of the j-e-l-l-o? Find out as we go deep in the the brief history of jell-o.
January 8, 2019
Getting to know Mexican Food
For over 9000 years the cuisine of Mexico has been developing and maturing. Whatever you think you know is only the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
January 7, 2019
The Story Of My Pirate Christmas
For those of you who saw some interesting pictures of me on Christmas eve, this is the story behind them and and exactly happened to my
January 4, 2019
A Brief History Of Recipes
For most of human history the average person got their recipes by learning them from their parents. But that doesn't mean that people haven't been writing down recipes for a very long time. Do you know when the first recipe was written?
January 3, 2019
How to make healthy food taste good
If your New Years resolution is to take off some weight than this is the episode for you. Healthy food doesn't have to be bland. So, you can go down a few notches on your belt without compromising flavour.
January 2, 2019
Questions of the week ep. 10
This week I will be answering google auto complete "What is the best way to cook"... beets, pork chops and more.  Last episode of 2018!
December 22, 2018
Everything I Know About Christmas Dinner
Turkey, potatoes, carrots and turnip, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. This is my Christmas dinner.
December 21, 2018
A brief history of hot chocolate
For over 2500 years people have been drinking hot chocolate. How much has it changed?
December 20, 2018
A look at international Christmas Traditions
No matter how different we may all seem, there are some things that we all have in common. Let's take a look at some international Christmas traditions
December 19, 2018
A brief history of Advent Calendars
Learn all about this common Christmas Tradition.
December 18, 2018
Getting to know bacon
The fatty, salty, porky flavour of bacon is the perfect combination. But what do you really know about the stuff? More importantly, what don't you know about bacon that you should?
December 17, 2018
Questions Of The Week Ep. 9
This week I will be answering questions about cooking oils, the difference between restaurant food and home cooked food and how to make popcorn on the stove. This and more!
December 15, 2018
The story of how I got my Red Seal
It was a cold Yukon morning in early November. The test I was about to write was the culmination of four months or hard studying and fifteen years of hard work...
December 14, 2018
A brief history of eggnog
From a medieval drink called posset to modern day nog. Today we are discovering what we don't know about eggnog.
December 13, 2018
How to make Espagnole and its Derivatives
In the fifth and final installment of my series on the classic French mother sauces we will be looking into Espagnole. Possibly the most versatile of all the mother sauces. This is an absolute do not miss.
December 12, 2018
A Brief History Of Hors D'ourves
First of all let's clarify what an hors d'ourve actually is. Do you know?
December 11, 2018
Getting To Know Butternut Squash
This week we will be getting to know butternut squash. How to buy it, prepare it, and pair it. For the written version of this post and and a delicious squash soup recipe go to
December 10, 2018
Questions Of The Week Ep. 8
This week I will be answering questions about resting steak, shipping baked goods, and more. Check it out. If you have a question that you want answered ask me on:
December 8, 2018
10 Foods To Have On Hand This Holiday Season
Don't let a surprise guest get you down. Be ready to host and entertain at the drop of a hat by having these 10 foods ready and waiting.
December 7, 2018
A brief history of fruitcake
Love it or hate it, fruitcake is a human tradition that dates back to the Ancient Romans and even the Ancient Egyptians. There is a lot I didn't know about this divisive holiday staple. What don't you know about it?
December 6, 2018
How to make Hollandaise Sauce
The fourth and most popular sauce in our Classic Mother Sauce series Hollandaise. Learn how to make it, what can go wrong, troubleshooting, and how to make other sauces from Hollandaise. You may be surprised at how accessable the whole process is.
December 5, 2018
A Brief History Of Gingerbread
From a humble monk named Gregory to the Queen of England gingerbread has a long and storied past. Join me as I answer that one question that has been keeping us all up at night...What's the deal with gingerbread?
December 4, 2018
Holiday Secrets - Getting Out Of December Alive
Get through the holiday season with these two techniques that we use every day in the restaurant industry.
December 3, 2018
Questions of the week ep. 7
This week I will be answering questions about polenta, gluten-free croutons, whether or not I have ever worked in a hospital and more! Check it out!
December 1, 2018
Everything I Know About Steak
What steak is right for you? How do you cook a steak at home? What's the difference between a strip loin and a sirloin? Get all the answers and much more as I share with you everything I know about steak.
November 30, 2018
A brief history of chickens
There is much we know and much we don't know about chickens. Find it all right here
November 29, 2018
How to make Velouté and its derivatives
The third episode on our mother sauce series. Velouté is one of the five classic mother sauces. Learn all about it right here.
November 28, 2018
A Brief History Of Ravioli
Do you know where your ravioli comes from? The answer may surprise you...
November 27, 2018
Google Autocomplete "How do you cook?"
In today's episode I will be answering Google Autocomplete questions about cooking. We will be talking about how to cook beets, eggplant, Bok Choy and more.
November 26, 2018
Questions Of The Week Ep. 6
This week I will be answering the most common questions I get asked.
November 24, 2018
Everything I know About Stew
No matter what type of stew you want to make there are a few hard and fast rules that remain true. Here is everything I know about stew
November 23, 2018
A brief history of smoked salmon
From native Americans, to ancient Vikings, to 7th century Poland, the process of smoking salmon remains largely unchanged. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about smoked salmon
November 22, 2018
How to make Bechamel Sauce
One of the five classic mother sauces Bechamel is versatile and delicious. Learn all about it and it's derivative sauces right here
November 21, 2018
A brief history of Chef's knives
All about knives. Different styles, where they come from and what to look for when buying knives.
November 20, 2018
The food of Northern Italy
What you know about Italian food is only half the story.
November 19, 2018
Questions Of The Week Ep. 5
This week I will be answering questions about homemade pasta, liquid smoke, mustard barbecue sauce and more.
November 17, 2018
Everything I Know About Lasagna
Every one loves lasagna. But is there a way that you're lasagna could be even better than it already is? This is everything I know about lasagna
November 16, 2018
A Brief History Of Gnocchi
Is it true that gnocchi is made with potatoes and flour? Kind of...
November 15, 2018
The Art Of Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce isn't something that you just throw together. There is an art to it. How can you make the best sauce you've ever tasted? By listening to this podcast.
November 14, 2018
A brief history of canned food
For over 200 years canned food has played a pivotal roll in the lives of people around the world. Find out what you don't know about canned food.
November 13, 2018
The Food Of War
Today in honour of Remembrance Day, and the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI we are going to take a look at what our soldiers ate.
November 12, 2018
Questions Of The Week Ep. 4
This week I will be answering questions about butternut squash soup, cooking with pumpkin, and ranting a bit about bone broth.
November 10, 2018
The secrets of great homemade pizza.
From dough to suace, meat to veg, and the all important cheese. Here is what I have learned over the years about making great homemade pizza
November 9, 2018
A brief history of sauerkraut
Where do you think sauerkraut came from? Spoiler alert, you're probably wrong. What don't you know about sauerkraut?
November 8, 2018
7 tips that will change how you make bread forever
Whether you are an expert bread maker or someone who has only ever dreamed of making your own bread these tips will take you where you want to go.
November 7, 2018
A Brief History Of Mac & Cheese
From the 14th century to the modern day, everyone loves mac and chees. But what you don't know about it may surprise you
November 6, 2018
Top 5 Things I like To Eat When I'm Sick
What do you like to eat when you're sick? Here are my top five
November 5, 2018
A brief history of Kerr's Candy Molasses Kisses
Love them or hate them this little Halloween gems aren't going anywhere any time soon.
October 30, 2018
Ribs, ribs, ribs! This episode is all about ribs!
Brined, braised, soaked and smoked. Ribs, ribs, ribs.
October 29, 2018
Everything I Know About Seafood Chowder
A great seafood chowder can haunt you. It stays on your mind constantly asking the question "When will we meet again?" Can you make a chowder that good? Yes, you can.
October 26, 2018
A brief history of grapefruit
You really won't believe this history of this strange fruit
October 25, 2018
A conversation about Reduction and how to concentrate flavour
Reducing liquids to concentrate flavour is a powerful and valuable technique. Don't know what I'm talking about? Take a listen.
October 24, 2018
A brief history of soy sauce
What don't you know about soy sauce?
October 23, 2018
Mashed Potato Secrets
For too long mashed potatoes have been abused and ignored. It's their time to shine. Make your mashed potatoes the star of any dinner table.
October 22, 2018
The worst night of my career
This is the story of the worst night of my career and how it's all Elton John's fault.
October 19, 2018
A brief history of Dortios
Wipe off those cheesy fingers, brush the Dorito dust from your face, and get ready for some knowledge bombs of flavour. Today we are looking into the cheesy history of Doritos
October 18, 2018
Let's get saucy. The basics of sauce making
Today we break down how to make barbecue sauce and the most versatile sauce of them all, pan sauce
October 17, 2018
A brief history of pickels
As you peer deep into the murky briny history of pickles your realize more about yourself than you cared to I'm just joking. It's all about pickles
October 16, 2018
Taking the fear out of trying new things
What if there was a way that you could know everything you wanted to know about an ingredient before you bought it? What if everytime you saw something new in the grocery store you just knew everything about it? Would you try new things more often? What if I told you this was all possible?
October 15, 2018
How do I cook...With Google Auto complete
Today I typed "how do I cook" into Google. It auto completed my question and gave me a bunch of options. I'm going to answer five of those auto complete how do I cook
October 12, 2018
A Brief History Of French Fries
Who, what, where, and why? Find out everything I don't know about French Fries. Yes, everything I don't know.
October 11, 2018
I'm a personal chef. WTF does that mean?
What does it mean to be a personal chef? What do I do for a living? Find out right here on Food In Five.
October 10, 2018
A brief history of carbonated water
What don't you known about that little can of bubbles that makes your day complete?
October 9, 2018
How To Win Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving can be stressful. You are cooking way more food than you are used to. And for way more people than you are used to. But use these tips from a professional chef and make your Thanksgiving Day a breeze.
October 5, 2018
A Brief History Of Pumpkin Pie
Today we learn all about this interesting history of pumpkin pie. How did this seasonal dessert transcend it's station in life and become a cultural icon? Find out right here.
October 4, 2018
Turkey tips
Two simple things that you can do to make your turkey better.
October 3, 2018
A Brief History Of Cranberry Sauce
Where did this Thanksgiving staple come from? How is it made? And why do we only eat it with turkey?
October 2, 2018
Perfect pie crust everytime
It is one week until Thanksgiving and so all week we will be talking everything Thanksgiving. Today is all about how to make perfect pie crust everytime.
October 1, 2018
My secret obsession
We all have them. Things we don't commonly share about ourselves. Things that we are secretly obsessed with. Well, today I'm telling you mine
September 28, 2018
A brief history of coleslaw
First of all, do you even know what coleslaw is? You might now.
September 27, 2018
Good food Vs Great Food
What's the difference between good food and great food? Let me share what I learned from my first fine dining job.
September 26, 2018
A brief history of corn syrup
There isn't too much to know about corn syrup, but what there is to know is contained within this podcast
September 25, 2018
Soup Secrets
Everything you ever wanted to know about soup and so much more
September 24, 2018
Hello Fresh Meal-Kit Review
From box to belly, here is what I think about Hello Fresh
September 21, 2018
A brief history of lemonade
Did lemonade save Paris from the plague? How do those crazy Egyptians enjoy their lemonade? This and more in a brief history of lemonade
September 20, 2018
How to cook...
Today I answer Google's top five how to cook questions. How to cook lobster, mussels, quinoa, corn on the cob, and scallops
September 19, 2018
A Brief History Of Animal Crackers
For over 200 years kids have been playing with their food and getting away with it. This is the story of Animal Crackers
September 18, 2018
Autumn; A Love Story
Autumn is only a few short days away and with it comes so many of my favorite things
September 17, 2018
A brief history of the Dare Company
So much I didn't know about the company that makes my favourite cracker
September 13, 2018
Everything you ever wanted to know about polenta
What is polenta? Where did it come from? How do you make it? All of this will be answered and more as we talk about everything you need to know about polenta.
September 12, 2018
A Brief History Of The Tagine
Unchanged for thousands of years the tagine has last for so long for one simple reason, it's awesome. What don't you know about the tagine??
September 11, 2018
My five favourite vegetarian meals
Vegetarian food does not have to be boring. You may already be eating it and not even know it...say what?
September 10, 2018
The first thing I ever cooked
This is the story of the first thing I ever cooked. Spoiler alert, it didn't go well.
September 7, 2018
A brief history of Hummus
Wait until you hear about the hummus wars...
September 6, 2018
Knowing the basis
Why is it important to know the basics? So you don't get fleeced, that's why!
September 5, 2018
A Brief History Of Root Beer
What don't you know about root beer.
September 4, 2018
Canadian Eggs - My day on a Canadian Egg Farm
Everything I thought I knew about food production in Canada was wrong.
August 31, 2018
A brief history of the electric mixer
You know that electric mixer that sits on your counter making baking a breeze. It's been around for longer than you think
August 30, 2018
Ideas can change the world
"no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" Robin Williams
August 29, 2018
A brief history of the meatloaf
From ancient Rome to modern America and everywhere in between. Mom! Meatloaf!
August 28, 2018
What our food can tell us about ourselves and the passing of time
Can you taste history? Should we look to the past to solve modern food issues? What can the history of food tell us about ourselves?
August 27, 2018
The foundation of food
Learn to cook foods from your favourite regions of the world by first learning this foundations of flavour.
August 24, 2018
A brief history of the breakfast sandwich
How modern is this modern convince food? Wouldn't you like to know?
August 23, 2018
5 sauces that will change your life
These five sauces aren't complicated to make but they do pack a punch.
August 22, 2018
A brief history of restaurants
The French did it, or at least that is what "they" would have you believe...
August 21, 2018
What you dont know about coffee
Where does coffee come from? Who invented it? How is it made? And what makes it taste so damn good?
August 20, 2018
My gluten-free life
Living as a person who can't handle gluten is difficult, being a chef that can't handle gluten is worse.
August 17, 2018
A brief history of chocolate chips
What came first, the chocolate chip or the chocolate chip cookie? The answer may surprise you.
August 16, 2018
My driving force
The story of what pushes me.
August 15, 2018
A brief history of Marshmallows
There is so much more to the little fluffy treat we use to make s'mores. I had no idea, do you?
August 14, 2018
5 Pasta Sauces You Need To Master
Tired of the same old sauce. Do you have the pasta blues, not any more! Master these five sauces and change how you eat pasta forever
August 13, 2018
How to make things taste good - All you need is love
Master one of the most difficult cooking techniques, simplicity.
August 10, 2018
A brief history of yogurt
For over 7000 years people have been enjoying the tart creaminess of yogurt. What don't you know about it.
August 9, 2018
What to eat when it's too hot to cook
This summer has been unbearable. The heat is relentless. But you still want to eat well. Is there a solution? Would I have written all this if there wasn't?
August 8, 2018
A brief history of chicken wings
What don't you know about your favourite bar snack?
August 7, 2018
The art of entertaining
Throwing a dinner party is a great way to spend time with friends. But don't fall into the common traps that make the night stressful
August 1, 2018
The Basics of Food Safety
Food safety is everyone's responsibility. Make sure you know the Basics
July 30, 2018
5 Essential Spice Blends
From Garam Masala, to Chinese Five Spice, even barbecue spice. What other spice blends should you be making yourself?
July 27, 2018
A brief history of instant coffee
The idea and first attempts to create an instant coffee dates back as far as 1771. It's come a long way since then
July 26, 2018
The negative side of Food Trends
What once was good is not bad and what once was bad is now good.
July 25, 2018
A brief history of mashed potatoes
From Peru with love. Can potatoes give you leprosy? No, but a lot of people thought they could for a long time. That was until they tasted mashed potatoes
July 24, 2018
5 quick cooking tips to start your week off right
Avocados to lemons, bacon to corn, here are 5 quick cooking tips to get your week started.
July 23, 2018
5 commonly disliked foods
Why should you try to love foods you hate and how can you do it?
July 20, 2018
The Principles Of Emulsification
Salad dressing, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, hot dogs, and chocolate all have one thing in common... What could it be?
July 18, 2018
A brief history of butter
From a beauty product to eye ointment to being spread on toast. This ten thousand year old condiment has seen it all. What don't you know about butter?
July 17, 2018
I'm sorry for f**king up
I am led you astray. I haven't really put myself in your shoes and I have been an idiot. I'm sorry.
July 16, 2018
The simplicity of cooking
How to be a better cook and actually enjoy it
July 13, 2018
A Brief History Of Chopsticks
One of the, if not the oldest eating utensils in the world other than the human hand. What don't you know about chopsticks? More than you think.
July 12, 2018
7 Life Lessons From The Restaurant Industry
Over sixteen years working in restaurants has taught me a lot about life. Here are some of my most valuable lessons
July 11, 2018
A brief history of nutmeg
What is more valuable to the Dutch than New York city? Nutmeg of course
July 10, 2018
The boy and the applesauce
On a hot summer day, down a dusty dirt road, you never know what you might find.
July 9, 2018
How Pork Belly Changed My Life
The story of how one bit of pork belly turned my life around and changed everything
July 6, 2018
a brief history of the fork
The little tool that we use daily has seen its fair share of controversy. Find out all about right here on food in five.
July 5, 2018
How to eat healthy and not die
This episode is as much for me as it is for you. I definitely need to get my act together and eat healthier, what about you?
July 4, 2018
A brief history of Catherine De Medici
What does this real life Cerci Lannister have to do with culinary history? Find out here in a brief history of Catherine De Medici
July 3, 2018
Defining Canadian Cuisine
What is Canadian Cuisine? Is there one? Find out here in this Canada Day Episode of Food In Five
July 2, 2018
The secretive life of french toast
French toast, the concept not the food...say what?
June 29, 2018
A Brief History Of Tarte Tatin
Tender apples, sweet caramel, and crisp pastry. Is tarte tatin the most perfect dessert there ever has been?
June 28, 2018
A guide to eating out
How to choose a restaurant. What restaurants to avoid. And how to choose the right dish for you.
June 27, 2018
A brief history of icecream
From frozen rice porridge in Ancient China, to Mountain Snow in Rome, the quest for icecream has been on going for thousands of years. Find out everything you didn't know you didn't know about icecream
June 26, 2018
Learn to cook without measuring ingredients
How chefs cook without measuring and how you can too!
June 25, 2018
It is officially summer! You know what that means...
June 22, 2018
A brief history of tacos
From mexican silver mines to taco bell, this is a brief history of the taco
June 21, 2018
A brief history of sausages
From ancient Sumer, to the modern day. Sausages have let the mark on mankind since the dawn of time. But what don't you know about your favourite tubular meat? Find out here.
June 19, 2018
7 time-saving cooking hacks
These 7 time-saving cooking hacks will not only save you time but will make cooking easier and more enjoyable.
June 18, 2018
Why it's important to preheat our pans
We have all like heard about preheating our pans before cooking. But why is it important and what happens if we don't do it?
June 15, 2018
A Brief History Of Cream Cheese
Was cream cheese invented accidentally by a man named William Lawrence or are these just lies propagated by big cream cheese? Find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about cream cheese.
June 14, 2018
The right knife for you
Choosing the right knife for you can be a complicated endeavor. There are so many to choose from. But what do you actually need in a knife? Find out here.
June 13, 2018
A brief history of pepper
Pepper has helped shape our history and the world as we know it today. Find out what you don't know about this fascinating spice
June 12, 2018
Goodbye Bourdain
Talking about the loss of Anthony Bourdain
June 11, 2018
Cooking Because You Want To Not Because You Have To
When we only ever cook because we have to it can seem like a chore. This makes cooking seem tedious and frustrating. But when we put in a little effort and cook because we want to everything changes
June 8, 2018
A brief history of kraft dinner
Kraft Dinner has been around for how long??
June 7, 2018
7 tips for making better burgers
Burger season is upon us! What are 7 things you can do to make your burgers better? Find out here
June 6, 2018
A Brief History Of Peanut Butter
From Aztec toothache remedy to school lunch special, peanut butter has spread its way into the hearts of people throughout time
June 5, 2018
How I create a recipe
Learn the three techniques that I use to write recipes and use them to create your own dishes exactly the way you want.
June 4, 2018
Learning To Love Spicy Food
There is something that people who love spicy food know that you don't. What is? I guess you'll have to listen to find out
June 1, 2018
A Brief History Of The Tortilla
From the Myans to the Aztecs, to our old friend Cortes, the tortilla has been around for a very long time.
May 31, 2018
Why I'm Over Anthony Bourdain
From working class hero to Kardashian-esque. Anthony Bourdain helped pull the veil back on the raunchiest parts of the restaurant industry. But now he has become the very thing he has always hated most.
May 30, 2018
A Brief History Of Gummy Bears
From humble beginnings to cultural icon, find out what you don't know about gummy bears
May 29, 2018
My Top 5 Favourite Foods
Tastes and preferences change as we grow and develop. Mine seem to have come full circle.
May 28, 2018
How To Make A Kick-Ass Salad
Have you ever wanted to know how to make ranch dressing? What about Caesar dressing? What can you do to take a salad from extra boring to extraordinary? Find out here
May 25, 2018
A Brief History Of Potato Chips
With over 35.5% of the global savoury snack market it is fair to says that potato chips are pretty popular. But where did they come from? Who invented them? And how did they take over the world?
May 24, 2018
The Dawson City Salmon Crisis Of 2013
The trials and tribulations of one man in search of a salmon dinner in Canada's North
May 23, 2018
A Brief History Of Sushi
From a South East Asian technique for preserving fish, to the Nigiri and Maki rolls we know and love, sushi has gone through quite the transformation. Find out all about it in A brief history of sushi
May 22, 2018
The power of food - the stew that saved the day
A story from my time in Montreal that perfectly illustrates the power food can have on our lives.
May 21, 2018
5 Barbecue Tips To Kick Off Your Summer
Here are five quick tips to help you kick off barbecue season in style.
May 18, 2018
A Brief History Of Sliced Bread
Why did the US government ban sliced bread? Who invented? How long ago was it? Everything you never knew you wanted to know about sliced bread.
May 17, 2018
Simple Food
Enjoy cooking and eating more by focusing on simple food done really well
May 16, 2018
A Brief History Of Chewing Gum
From a Mexican General, to the ancient Greeks the story of chewing gum is a chewy tale. Find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about chewing gum
May 15, 2018
The importance of planning ahead
Building a weekly meal plan will save you money, make you feel less stressed, cause you to eat better, and make you enjoy cooking more. What are you waiting for?
May 14, 2018
How to cook a perfect boiled egg
Learn the secrets to getting perfect boiled eggs everytime.
May 11, 2018
A brief history of hollandaise sauce
One of the most famous French mother sauces hollandaise is as delicious as it is famous. Learn the ins and outs of this great butter sauce here.
May 10, 2018
When you don't want to cook.
What do you do when you don't feel like cooking? Here is what I do
May 9, 2018
100th Episode Special! A brief history of Chef Ben
In my 100th episode special I share with you a slightly less brief history of my career.
May 8, 2018
Permission to fail
I have messed way more food than you and I have been cooking professionally for over eighteen years. What are you so afraid of?
May 7, 2018
The art of tomato sauce
There is an art to making the perfect tomato sauce. It is not difficult but a few minor changes to technique and philosophy will impact how you cook everything
May 4, 2018
A brief history of doughnuts
How did the doughnut get its hole?
May 3, 2018
Time Travel And The Power Of Food
Food is a bridge that connects humans through all the time that has been or ever will be. It is the only way to truly travel through time.
May 2, 2018
A brief history of popcorn
Popcorn has been enjoyed by humans for a long, like a really long time. Find out everything you didn't know you wanted to know about popcorn
May 1, 2018
You are the reason you can't cook
Set the excuses aside. Cooking is important and it's you are the reason you can't do it.
April 30, 2018
Creative Cooking
Learning to cook creatively opens up a world of possibilities. Here are some tips that will help you discover your inner chef
April 27, 2018
A Brief History Of Chocolate
Considered the food of the gods chocolate has been celebrated and cherished for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the world's favourite treat.
April 26, 2018
Which One Should I Buy?
There is a billion dollar industry surrounding you and what you do in your kitchen. What should you buy and what shouldn't you?
April 25, 2018
A brief history of the Hamburger
From the Mongols, to the German's, all the way to Oklahoma. Where did the hamburger come from? Who invented it? How did it become so intertwined with the fabric of our culture? Find out here as we explore a brief history of the hamburger.
April 24, 2018
5 things you should never buy in the grocery store
Convenience just for the sake of convenience. Things that we could easily make ourselves are being sold to us a huge markups. Find out what five items you should never buy.
April 23, 2018
Setting goals and cooking better
Without goals we are just a ship floating blindly on the sea. Put some wind in your sail by picking a destination. Become a better cook, find enjoyment and fulfillment by setting even simple goals.
April 20, 2018
A brief history of the tomato
From Southern North America, around the world via Spain and back to North America. The tomato has had quit the journey. Find out all about it right here
April 19, 2018
Cooking with love
A truly great meal is not about perfection. It is about the intent and the effort behind it. It is about what the meal represents.
April 18, 2018
A Brief History Of Coffee
What to crazy goats have to do with your morning coffee?
April 17, 2018
The why of it all
Why do I do what I do? Why is that I go to bed at midnight and wake up at 5am? What is it that drives me to do all of the things I am doing?
April 16, 2018
My dinner fail
Failure is part of life. It can be hard to stomach, especially when it comes to failure in the kitchen.
April 13, 2018
A brief history of the banh mi sandwich
The story of the banh mi is not just the story of a delicious sandwich. It is the story of a subjected people taking from their oppressors and creating something beautiful.
April 12, 2018
Enjoy cooking by not doing it
Sometimes the secret to enjoying cooking is ordering a pizza.
April 11, 2018
A brief history of sriracha
From Burmese immigrants to Thailand, to a enterprising 1930's shop owner, to your kitchen table. How has sriracha climbed the culture popularity ladder and become both the prom king and queen of our taste buds and hearts? Find out here.
April 10, 2018
Eating better food will make you a better cook
Being open to experiencing bold and exciting flavours from different areas of the world will change how you cook forever. How? Find out here.
April 9, 2018
Insects - The future of food
A growing population, a shrinking water supply, and world full of food no one wants to eat. Today we talk briefly about insects, the future of food.
April 6, 2018
A brief history of the birthday cake
From humble beginnings as a seed and honey bound treat, to food served in celebration of the gods. The birthday cake is a delicious symbol of years to come and a reminder of years gone by...
April 5, 2018
How to use leftovers to create something new and delicious
Duck. Duck. Duck soup! The tale of how I took one $20 duck and turned it into three delicious and unique meals and how you can do it too!
April 4, 2018
A brief history of mustard
How did the British take something delicious that the Romans and the French had been making for years and turn it disgusting? You're going to have to listen to find out
April 3, 2018
How to get people to try new foods
If you want people to try new foods you first have to circumvent their expectations.
April 2, 2018
Easter cooking guide and how to not kill anyone
Cooking Easter dinner is a challenge. There are a lot of things you have to keep in mind and it seems like you have to bend time and space to have everything ready at the same time. Let this guide ease your mind and make your Easter a breeze.
March 30, 2018
A brief history of cookies
Who invented the cookie? How did they do it? What do the Dutch have to do with what we call our favourite sweet treat? Find out in a brief history of cookies
March 29, 2018
How do you cook...?
How do you cook... spaghetti squash, lobster, bacon in the oven, rice and quinoa? Find out as I answer the most asked cooking questions on Google
March 28, 2018
A brief history of ketchup
What do the Chinese have to do with ketchup? What is ketchup's relationship to fish sauce? What does all of this have to do with coal tar? Find out here in a brief history of ketchup
March 27, 2018
Food porn: A nation in crisis
Food porn has become a serious issue in our society. It has taken over our television screen and our social media feeds. But what can be done? How can something so beautiful be so bad? And who should we turn to for help?
March 26, 2018
Food, the experience
No matter how pretentious it sounds, food should be experienced, not just eaten. Find out what I mean here.
March 23, 2018
A brief history of Antoine Careme
The father of modern gastronomy, Careme revolutionized cooking forever creating not only the techniques we still use today, but the theory, which is the foundation those techniques are built upon.
March 22, 2018
How to build flavour
What are the secrets to building the most flavour into your food? Find out here in How to build flavour
March 21, 2018
A brief history of fish sauce
Learn the ins and outs of this ubiquitous Asian sauce.
March 20, 2018
An in depth guide to marinades
Wet or dry? Oil or vinegar? Yogurt or buttermilk? Marinades can tenderize, toughen, and impart flavour, but how do you know which one is right for you?
March 19, 2018
Tips on cooking meat
How do you get a nice even brown colour on your meat? What is carry over cooking? Why should you let meat rest and for how long? It's all inside this wonderful episode of food in five
March 16, 2018
A brief history of orange cheddar
Why is cheddar cheese orange? Why bother dying it? Where did orange cheddar come from in the first place? Find out here, in a brief history of orange cheddar!!
March 15, 2018
Seven things you can do to improve your soup
What are the seven most important things you can do to improve the quality of your soup? Find out here!
March 14, 2018
A brief history of Kombucha
What's Kombucha? Where does it come from? How did it become the "it" thing? Is it actually a cure all super drink, or just bottled lies?
March 13, 2018
The buddy system
How can a system designed to not lose children help to make you a better cook? Find out here
March 12, 2018
What's in your cart?
Think about what you are putting in your cart at the grocery store this weekend.
March 9, 2018
A brief history of Worcestershire Sauce
Learn the history behind England's most famous sauce in the episode of a brief history
March 8, 2018
Simulate That Grilled Flavour
Learn to simulate that grilled flavour you crave all winter without burning your house down.
March 7, 2018
How to enjoy cooking
Three quick tips that will help you turn that daily chore of cooking that we all have to do in an enjoyable experience.
March 7, 2018
A Brief History Of Risotto
Learn all about risotto
March 6, 2018
Demystifying common cooking terms
Don't know what a cup is? What does it mean to sauté or braise? What is a fine dice? This is the episode for you
March 5, 2018
How to use herbs and spices
The ins and outs of flavouring food with herbs and spices.
March 2, 2018
A brief history of bananas
Domesticated around 8000 years ago, bananas are an important and delicious food source for the world which produced over 155 billion bananas in 2014
March 1, 2018
Five tips to improve your cooking
Five things to keep in mind when cooking that will improve how you cook overall.
February 28, 2018
A brief history of carrot
Orange is the new purple. The complex life of the simple carrot. What do the Dutch have to do with our modern view of carrots? How did carrots help win WWII? Carrots are naturally what colour?
February 27, 2018
Potato, potato
What potato is the right potato for your potato needs?? Find out here as we deep dive into the world of potatoes.
February 26, 2018
From crust to sauce , somethings you need to know in order to make great homemade pizza.
February 23, 2018
Failure Is An Option
If you want to be better at cooking you need to start failing.
February 21, 2018
Failure Is An Option
Failing can be scary but it is vitally important when learning to cook
February 21, 2018
Monday Morning Meal Plan 2
Plan your meals for the week and only cook three times. Save time, and money all while eating healthier by following my Monday Morning Meal Plan
February 19, 2018
Roasting 101
Everything you need to know to start roasting meat today!
February 16, 2018
Soup There It Is
A few important things to keep in mind when making soup that will subtly change the quality of your soups forever
February 14, 2018
Hummus; The Gateway Drug
Increasing chickpea prices, globalization, droughts in India, and how all this means you need to learn to cook now.
February 12, 2018
Fancy Gets You Nowhere
Set realistic goals and use those as paving stones to become a better cook.
February 9, 2018
Water In Cast Iron?
Question From Travis about water on cast iron • Water on cast-iron?
February 8, 2018
All About Cast Iron
Debunking the mysteries of cast iron
February 7, 2018
Basic Curry Cooking
Learn the basics you need to know in order to cook a great curry at home
February 5, 2018
Cooking Green Vegetables
Five things that you may be doing or not doing to improve how you cook green vegetables
February 2, 2018
How To Vinaigrette
Learn all about how it make a creamy vinaigrette
January 31, 2018
Cooking In Contrast
Elevate your cooking by cooking in contrast
January 29, 2018
The Reality Of Life
You don't always have time to cook, but when you do, take advantage of it. Sometimes just eat cereal for dinner.
January 26, 2018
Where To Begin Cooking
Choose five dishes you love and learn to cook them now
January 24, 2018
Why You Hate Cooking
Today I am talking about why some people "hate" cooking and how to help them find their love for all things food
January 22, 2018
Keep It Simple Stupid
Simplicity in cooking is the key to being a great chef or a great home cook.
January 19, 2018
Buying Time
How do your food choices affect your time and the quality of your life?
January 17, 2018
How To Use Chicken Stock
Learn what you can do with the chicken stock chef's are always talking about and telling you how to make.
January 16, 2018
Cooking With Spices
What is a spice? How to buy spices? How to store spices? How to cook with spices?
January 15, 2018
Using It All
Stretch your food budget by using it all!
January 11, 2018
Monday Morning Meal Plan
Plan your meals for the week and only cook three times.
January 8, 2018
Winter Vegetables
Talking all about the vegetables that are readily available in the winter.
January 6, 2018
Top Five Winter Storm Meals
The top five things I like to eat on a stormy winters day.
January 4, 2018
How To Cook Quinoa
Quinoa is delicious and nutritious. Learn what it is, where it comes from, and what you can do with it.
January 3, 2018
My 2018 Challenge To You
I challenge you to create a dish start to finish in 2018. Imagine the dish, and then create it as close to your imagined dish as you can.
January 2, 2018
Your New Year's Resolution
Do you want to save money? Lose weight? Live a healthier lifestyle? Then resolve to cook more in 2018.
December 30, 2017
Recipes What Are They Good For
What kind of cook do you want to be? A recipe follower or a recipe creator??
December 29, 2017
Important Knife Skills
You ate way too much and now want to eat better. No better place to start your new year's cooking than with improved knife skills.
December 27, 2017
My Christmas Traditions
Christmas was always centred on the food
December 24, 2017
Stress Free Christmas Dinner
Follow these tips to reduce the stress of your Christmas Dinner
December 21, 2017
Let's Talk Turkey
Get the most out of your Christmas turkey
December 20, 2017
3 Things You Mess When Cooking
Top 3 things you are doing wrong in your kitchen. (Plus a bonus)
December 14, 2017
How To Cook Any Cuisine
Using native ingredients and techniques you can cook food from anywhere in the world.
December 13, 2017
Some Like It Hot
All about eating spicy food and why you should learn to eat it too.
December 12, 2017
Basic Cooking Techniques 003
Break down the process of roasting start to finish.
December 8, 2017
Basic Cooking Techniques 002
Today I talk all about braising. Learning to braise can save you money, and up your cooking game ten fold.
December 6, 2017
Basic Cooking Techniques. 001
How to search, and how to sauté. Figure it out!!
November 30, 2017
What Drives Me?
This is why I so what I do.
November 29, 2017
Tools Of The Trade
The basic tools you need to be able to cook anything at home
November 28, 2017
The Origin Story
Why you should listen to me and who the I am.
November 25, 2017
Talking About Salt
Everything you need to know about salt in five minutes
November 22, 2017
Using Your Knife
Episode 2. Properly using your knife
November 21, 2017
What It's All About
Episode 1 What it's about
November 21, 2017
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