Andreae Prozesky, who writes the Food Nerd column in the Scope here in St. John's, has made me want to make my own ricotta, which up until I read the piece was not an ambition of mine, in the slightest.
Since I can't don't start a day without espresso (usually with milk, but a straight shot is fine, when called for), I was curious to read this piece on Khymos, the blog of molecular gastronomy. Time to go back another cup and get to work!
Barry Parsons's highly recommended Rock Recipes blog has posted this year's version of the gingerbread house, again with local, um, flavour. Check out more here. (If you're on Facebook, look for the Rock Recipes group here.)
Little Gordon is a campaign by UK-based Caterer.com, using a child actor who's a mini-style Gordon Ramsay. The videos are funny and profane, and a bit of an odd way to launch a corporate campaign, although they evidently got people talking. One of three videos is below; more on the campaign here.
Paneer is one of 100 items on a list prepared by FoodProof of foods you should eat before you die. The list ranges from the exotic to the commonplace; believe it or not, a Big Mac meal from McDonald's shares space with Indian curries, single malts and the black puddings I scarfed down during Sunday brunches. Check out the list here.
My old school friend Robert Janes directed me to this latest instance of legal fighting over geographically specific food naming (it's sparkling wine everywhere but in France, where you can call it Champagne, merci). This incident involves Glen Breton, which tastes like "scotch" but can't call itself that, since it's made in Cape Breton, not Scotland.
Starbucks has opened a new outlet in downtown St. John's (its first), across the street from not one but two local coffee shops that have gotten my dime, and then some, over the years. I'm a little conflicted, as I like Starbucks coffee, a lot, and although I go local, I'm not going to be guilted out, as a friend tried to do earlier this month, about spending money on the Starbucks monolith. On Friday, I picked up a tidbit that Starbucks is now looking at opening up a new location on Kenmount Road, not far from a new Tim Hortons outlet. That will be interesting to watch.
Back to the David-Goliath situation playing out downtown. This piece posted on Slate on Friday makes an interesting case: Starbucks doesn't hurt mom-and-pop coffee shops, but actually boosts their sales, by - essentially - boosting the overall market.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.