Month: November 2010


Quinoa, a true pearl

November 29, 2010 No Comments

Quinoa, which originated in South America, is the seed of a leafy plant that’s related to spinach. It can substitute rice and most grains in side dishes, salads, soups, and even in puddings. It has a slightly crunchy texture, and it tastes similar to couscous.

Soup’s on!

November 27, 2010 1 Comment

This post is dedicated to my friend and great supporter Kim Fraser, former radio host at CJAD800am. She is the one who recognized my talent at making tasty soups and crowned me “Queen of Soups”. Making soup is very easy. The simplest soup can be made by throwing in all the left over vegetables from […]

Succulent Lasagna

November 25, 2010 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 25, 2006. Lasagna, one of the most classic pasta dishes of Italian cuisine, has become a favourite home-cooked meal in Canada. Easy to prepare and inexpensive, the charm and flavours of this comfort food are irresistible!


Brussels sprout: a healthy partner

November 21, 2010 No Comments

This member of the cruciferous family is the leader of cancer preventing vegetables and is also an excellent source of vitamins. Developed in Belgium during the 16th century, its plant is cultivated vertically, resulting in an excellent yield per square metre.

Mediterranean diet on the World Heritage list

November 20, 2010 No Comments

UNESCO representatives are currently gathered in Nairobi (Kenya) to evaluate 51 cultural candidacies, in order to confer the ‘Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ status upon the chosen one.

Italian for SOS Cuisine fans

November 19, 2010 No Comments

If you like SOS Cuisine and wish to try your skills at the Italian language, you may want to take a look at the following article, published on November 17th on “Il Cittadino Canadese”, Canada’s oldest Italian newspaper. The editor-in-chief, Vittorio Giordano, has spent some time with Cinzia and here is the result.

Blue as a potato

November 16, 2010 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 18, 2006. Yep, amidst the hundreds of potato varieties that are cultivated for human consumption, there is even one that is blue!

World Diabetes Day

November 13, 2010 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 13, 2010. Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day (14th November) and its aim is to inform and sensitize the population about what has become a real pandemic: 285 million people around the world suffer from this disease. Canada has 2 million diabetics, although one third of them […]


Ardent Mustard

November 11, 2010 No Comments

Mustard is derived from the Latin term «mustum ardens», meaning «burning must», and it refers to the fact that in the Middle Ages, this condiment was prepared by grinding mustard seeds with unfermented grape juice (or must) to bring out its flavour and pungent aroma.

Truffles that are worth their weight in gold

November 6, 2010 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 6, 2010. Ancient Romans were already known to have a huge appetite for precious truffles. They believed that they grew under trees struck down by Jupiter, their most powerful god. Nowadays, we of course know that it is the edible ‘fruit body’ of a mushroom that […]

Why should you eat Jerusalem artichokes?

November 5, 2010 2 Comments

Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, a type of carbohydrate of the fructans family. Inulin has excellent nutritional and functional characteristics that promote the growth of intestinal bacteria, keeping your gut healthy and alleviating constipation. Jerusalem artichokes are also a source of iron. The taste is indeed similar to an artichoke. In the Quebec city region you […]

I shook hands with Senator Dallaire

November 4, 2010 No Comments

I am just coming back from the CJAD radio station where I drop by on Kim Fraser’s show every Thursday with the week’s grocery specials. Kim’s next guest was Senator Romeo Dallaire, who was invited to discuss his latest book “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children”. There was no time to talk to […]

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