Stirred, Not Shaken, at our First Ever Whisky Class

Whisky was once a classist quaff for the well-heeled. I used to imagine stodgy, waistcoat-wearing old men with David Attenborough accents bonding in silence over a neat Speyside, or Colonel Sanders-esque white suit-wearing American plantation owners languishing in the summer heat, a Tennessee sippin’ whisky their only solace from the elements. However, this beautiful marriage of smoke and peat systematically …

Food & Wine Pairing Classes at Get Cooking

Last Thursday we held our inaugural Match Food & Wine Class at Get Cooking.  And I hope that it will turn out to be the first of many, because I for one had a wonderful time.  Which was in part because this class provided the rare opportunity for me to sit down with my guests and enjoy some of the …

Basil – Ingredient of the Week

What better time to be writing about basil than now, as the winter’s snow has finally melted and the green shoots of Spring are on their way? And what herb could be more evocative of Spring and Summer than basil, with its intense perfume of pepper, cloves and anise — it is the scent of Summer itself! A native of …

Preserved Lemons – Ingredient of the Week

Preserved Lemons are one of the key condiments in Moroccan cuisine: preserved in salt and lemon juice, the lemons lose their sharp edge and develop a milder, unique and lemony tang that is a characteristic flavour of Moroccan food. Also known as Pickled Lemons, commercial brands can be found in many specialty food stores. I tracked them down at El …

Garlic – Ingredient of the Week

Garlic is the ultimate local yet global food: the perfect start for Get Cooking’s weekly ingredient blog. What other ingredient could possibly be used so widely, in so many cultures, and as a focal flavour for so many different cuisines? And yet be so easy to grow, no matter where you live? In colder climes like ours in Edmonton, garlic sells all winter …