Warmth is finally here

Long-awaited Mississauga summer Summer’s blanket of heat and humidity has descended on our yard. This year of 2012, our garden looks better than it ever has. The garden is a long and complex springtime project. This year, my Mother took a real interest in the garden, and the extra days she spent with us helping me get everything planted were glorious. The many indoor tropical plants in the house go outside around the Victoria Day…

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Chinese New Year

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy New Year!  It’s Chinese New Year, or the festival of Têt, as the Vietnamese call it.  This is one of my favourite times of year, when everything is bright and cheery, and there is a meaning or significance to everything that you eat and partake of in the Asian community.  I look forward to this event as if I were Chinese myself.  I have cleaned up the house,…

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Gumbo-making

Days of culinary effort by Andrea Andrea has worked for the better part of two days crafting a feast of Louisiana-style shrimp gumbo and a special, vegetarian, all-halal version of her famous chili that was quickly cleaned out to the last drop in a party this summer. The lucky invitees who have accepted our invitation will be treated with a few dishes they cannot buy at any price, or get from any caterer. Happy Birthday,…

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