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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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