Food Lab

Is it worth making homemade ice cream?

Is it worth making homemade ice cream?

I have always wanted to make my own ice cream but didn’t want to invest in an ice cream maker so I signed up for a monthly membership at the Kitchen Library and borrowed one of theirs. Do you need an ice cream maker to make ice cream? It is possible to make ice cream without(…)

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes – Skinny, regular and French vanilla

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes – Skinny, regular and French vanilla

I made homemade ice cream a couple weeks ago to see if ice cream is worth making from scratch. During the process I learned that there is a wide variety of ice cream recipes out there. They all vary slightly in the type of dairy products they use but the main thing to remember is(…)

How to cook rice

How to cook rice

As a dietitian, I often get asked how to cook certain things. The other day, someone asked “How do you cook rice?” and “How much does one cup of rice yield once cooked?” Fortunately, I have a number of excellent resources (Joy of Cooking and On Food and Cooking are just a couple of books(…)

Black bean flour brownies

Black bean flour brownies

I was talking with some coworkers the other day and someone started talking about black bean flour and how it’s supposed to be a healthy gluten free alternative. She reads a number of food/nutrition blogs and it sounds like it’s becoming pretty popular so I figured it would be worth looking into. Black bean flour(…)

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

French fries: Deep fried vs. baked

Last month, I decided to have a ‘poutine party’. Well, it was really an Oscar party where one of the items on the menu was poutine so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make poutine while watching the Oscars. I love having parties like this because I find that the environment(…)

Food lab: Tiramisu taste off

Here are the recipes I used for the “Tiramisu taste off” taste test: Tir-riffic Tiramisu Trifle (10 servings) from Looneyspoons Collection Cookbook ½ cup pure maple syrup 1 pkg (1/4 oz / 7 g) unflavoured gelatin 2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese 2 pkgs (8 oz/250 g each) light cream cheese 1 ½ cups extra rich and(…)

Cook-off: Molten lava cake

Cook-off: Molten lava cake

For this taste test we bought The Decadent Molten Lava Cakes by President’s Choice ($6.99/4 servings) and Sensations by Compliments Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes ($7.99/4 servings). We then made our own molten lava cakes and tasted all three against each other. The frozen versions come pre-portioned in plastic cups that you pop them out of onto(…)

Minor mishap with mayonnaise

Minor mishap with mayonnaise

I have been meaning to make mayonnaise from scratch every since my instructor made it in my Culinary Arts I class at George Brown College. It looks so simple – take an egg yolk and gradually whisk in vegetable oil and you are done! I decided to make spinach dip the other day for a supper(…)

Food lab: Crepes

Food lab: Crepes

When I first set out to do this taste test I was really nervous about making crepes. There is a little bit of technique involved to making them thin enough (and no, you do not need a special crepe pan – a non-stick will do just fine). I was feeling a more confident after watching(…)

Food lab: Homemade barbecue sauce

Food lab: Homemade barbecue sauce

I have been meaning to make homemade barbecue sauce ever since I made Southern style pulled pork where the accompanying barbecue sauce was Carolina style which is apple cider vinegar based (and not the sweet, tomato based barbecue sauce that I’m used to). I just happen to have a recipe for homemade barbecue sauce in(…)