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The Finest Cured/Smoked Salmon

What’s your favorite smoked/cured salmon? I know that when I was a kid the only salmon I ever saw came from a can and was stuffed, somewhat unceremoniously it has to be said, into a Sunday afternoon “tea” sandwich (no … Continue reading

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Short Ribs: Act 2

I’m now two days or so into my short rib project. After a 24 hour marinade, an initial 3 hour braise, and an overnight rest in the cooking liquid, the ribs were ready for their final prep stage. I trimmed … Continue reading

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In Search of a Great Brisket Dry Rub/Marinade

My fellow Gastrokidders, I’m having family over on Boxing Day (day after Xmas and all that) and I’m going to cooking brisket. Normally, I would opt for a fairly spicy dry chili and garlic rub and let it marinate for … Continue reading

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A Gastrodad Learns His Limits

Last night I learned that life isn’t what it used to be, that is before kids. I just can’t go off and dive into risky culinary experiments whenever I feel like it. Particularly when the kids need a bath and … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? – Food Subterfuge For Toddlers

Gastrokid reader, Amy, recently told us how she convinced her kids to eat tofu by calling it Princess Cheese. That got me wondering of the many other fictitious names we come up with to persuade/con our little ones into eating … Continue reading

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A Post-Thanksgiving Proposal: Next Year, Don’t Roast the Turkey

I know this borders on sacrilege, but I’ve got my reasons. See, having been born in the Foodist 21st Century, my daughter has had some of the better turkeys of the world: smoked, brined, spice-rubbed, crisp skinned, succulent, free range, … Continue reading

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Frozen Food Fight

I’m not sure where Hugh stands on the issue of frozen food for kids (I’m sure he will let us know) but, on this side of the Gastrokid pond, I don’t see any big problem with serving your kids food … Continue reading

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In Praise of Brussels’ Sprouts

An amazing breakthrough. Following on from Hugh’s major success with grilled Broccolini, I’m pleased to report that my toddling son ate Brussels’ sprouts last week for the very first time. The secret to our success – well garlic and olive … Continue reading

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Taming the Wild Rice

Wild rice and brown rice have never been favourites of mine – they just seem too…well…healthy for a carb to be honest. Starch in my book means mash, or fries or yummy spanish rice lathered in olive oil, a touch … Continue reading

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Baby V. Baby Octopus

I first realized that my infant daughter would eat just about anything when I handed her a curled tentacle of baby octopus that she promptly devoured with glee. I hadn’t planned on introducing her at such an early age to … Continue reading

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