Month: April 2011

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Peking duck sauce

April 30, 2011 No Comments

Hoisin sauce is one of the most popular of all Chinese sauces and it is used all over South-East Asia. The word ‘Hoisin’ is the Romanization of the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese word for seafood. And yet, this thick reddish-brown sauce does not contain any product from the sea, as it is prepared from […]

Last week’s service outage

April 27, 2011 2 Comments

If you tried to use SOSCuisine Thursday or Friday last week, you know that the site was down. The good news is that by 3pm Eastern time on Friday, SOSCuisine was back up and running. However, this has been a very frustrating 30+ hours, so I’d like to apologise to everyone affected and explain why […]

The best ways to thaw food

April 27, 2011 No Comments

The key to defrosting foods is to keep them at a safe temperature during thawing. Indeed, as soon as food begins to defrost and becomes warmer than 4°C, bacteria – that may have been present before freezing – can begin to multiply. That’s why it’s not a good idea to keep the food on the […] in Africa!

April 24, 2011 No Comments

A dietetic technician in the R&D team at SOS Cuisine since 2009, I am also a ‘globe-trotting gastronome’. As part of my latest university internship, I had the opportunity to go and study food in Kenya!

Easter, the feast of spring

April 24, 2011 No Comments

Since 325 A.D., Christian churches in the Occident have been celebrating Easter according to the Gregorian calendar, that is, on the first Sunday after the full moon, following the spring equinox.


Easter Lamb

April 23, 2011 No Comments

Lamb is a well-established, traditional Easter meal all over the Christian world. In fact, it is an important symbol of Christianity, because it perfectly represents the notions of innocence and obedience that are linked to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. What’s more, Hebrews were already eating lamb during the Jewish Easter (Passover), in this case […]

Urban farmer atop an office building in Montreal

April 22, 2011 No Comments

Lufa Farms, which is located atop a two-storey office building in Ahuntsic, is starting to produce pesticide- and herbicide-free vegetables in its 33,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse. The company aims to become the “family farmer” of about 1,000 Montreal families. For more info: Happy Earth Day!

Kosher food

April 18, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on April 13, 2008. The great feast of Pessa’h, or the Jewish Passover that starts at sunset this evening, commemorates the Hebrew exodus from Egypt. So this is a perfect occasion to explain the main rules of kosher foods, that is, foods that are “suitable” or “clean” for […]

Grab your chopsticks and reach for the soy sauce!

April 16, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on April 16, 2011. Soy (or soya) sauce originated in China more than 2500 years ago and it is the condiment of choice in Asian cuisines. It is made from a mixture of fermented soybeans, roasted cereals, water and sea salt. The soybeans are first steamed, mixed with […]

Gourmet recipes for Easter

April 15, 2011 No Comments

We at always try and aim at suggesting tasty, simple and quick dishes for the weekdays, so that you can eat well for less. The choice of these dishes depends on the seasonal availability of fresh ingredients and the specials advertised in the flyers of the major grocery stores. As we are about a […]

Have you already tasted Quebecol?

April 14, 2011 No Comments

In all likelihood, the answer will be yes, because it is one of the compounds found in maple syrup, more specifically, a polyphenol (antioxidant) compound that was unknown till very recently and which was thus named in honour of Quebec. In fact, in a study commissioned by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers to […]


6 easy tips to make your own healthier recipes

April 13, 2011 No Comments

Choosing healthy foods is obviously the basis of healthy eating, but cooking them right is even more important. If you are following SOS Cuisine’s meal plans, you do not need to worry about that, because we already take it into account and minimize added fat, salt, etc. But if you cook your own recipes, here’s […]

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