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The Blogosphere: Obama Food, Frugal Delights, Italy’s Pride and More


Posted by : Elana Safronsky, Thu, Feb 19 2009

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This month's Roundup is pretty heavy on the cooking. I was hard pressed to find issues vs recipes for your entertainment as it seems if it's not the long Canadian winter, it's the economy that has everyone hunkering down at the stove. Nonetheless, there are still goings on:

  • Obama's Canadian visit reflects even in our food
  • The economic pinch has many cyber-foodies inventing frugal (sometimes bizarre) delights
  • Italy's let loose some inciting food policy
  • And just to keep it interesting, I've thrown in a kitchen quiz


Clockwise from the top: Hungry in Hogtown's Buffalo Tofu, Rob's Menu from Kayak Soup, Bake-less Pie from The Spice Who Loved Me, Spiced Yogrut Balls from A Canadian Foodie, Sausage and Cabbage from Seven Spoons, Chicken, Bacon and Peach Rolls from The Cooking Nurse, President Obama from The Appetizer, Firtters from Lisa's Kitchen.

A Bake-less Pie
Well, it's more like an egg-less apple-strawberry crumble, but the lack of dough-rolling has my interest piqued. The Spice Who Loved Me authors the revelation.

Whatever Grows in your Back Yard…
Yup, it's official. No one has any money to throw away. As such, in vogue are modest pastas such as this one from Frugal Cuisine, roasting bland, winter tomatoes, cabbage, such as this Sausage and Cabbage dish from the beautifully photographed Seven Spoons, and this Buffalo Tofu from Hungry in Hogtown, which, despite it's luxurious photo, sounds like a real wallet buddy.

Just Because…
Don't those Chickpea Flour Fritters from Lisa's Kitchen look like a stack of pancakes?? I swear they are! Well, they're not. And if you can pull your brain out the pancake tunnel, you can imagine that these fritters with savoury sun-dried tomato cream would be very tasty indeed.

We Should All Aim for this Degree of Love and Devotion
The gal from Kayak Soup show us all up. (Unless you've got a better story, in which case do share.) She makes this birthday dinner for her Rob every year!!! And he gets to choose what he wants! Every year! This year it was pork belly and crème brulee. Come on!

I Have a Problem…
I tried to lay off the Cooking Nurse, and I succeeded for only one month. Well now she's back, by my demand. As if all her dishes are not 'inventive' enough, she has invented this dish for her own birthday: Chicken Bacon Rolls with Canned Peach Stuffing. Those guests better have felt lucky.  

Homemade, A Prevailing Trend
There's a little place in the Mexican vacation town of Playa del Carmen that serves these Spiced Yogurt Balls. Every time I go there, I make sure to stop by for an order. Then I found them at A Canadian Foodie, and they look exactly the same! How exciting. I've made yogurt at home before, and it's not as intense as it may seem, so I think everyone should give this a try.

Eating Obama
As our guest blogger noted, Obama's visit has us fooding it up in his honour. The Rideau Canal's favorite treat - the "Beaver Tail" - has been Obamanized, and Timothy's has created the Presidential No. 44 blend, to mark this special occasion. If you were to Obamanize a food, what would it be?


Clockwise from the top: The Slow Cooked Egg from Chubby Hubby, The Carrot from Travellious, The Fruit Spa from Flagrante Delicia, Illustration from Kitchen Scraps, Brussels Sprouts from Chocolate & Zucchini, Prune and Sprouts Snack from Veggie Wedgie.

Quiz Time
First off, take a break, and take this absolutely gorgeous kitchen quiz from Becks & Posh! No, it's not really the baller and the fashion plate, but it's just as, if not more, entertaining. The answers have already been posted, but discretely, so it won't be spoiled.

From Paris with Love
Chocolate and Zucchini, that demure, classy veteran of foodies on line, pays respects to my favourite vegetable. Yes, it's the Brussels sprout.  Spelled with the 's.'

Slow Cooking an Egg
Cool! I'm not going to attempt this but I'd love it if someone else would and told me all about it. And from such a fabulously named blog!  If ChubbyHubby can do it, you can too!

Fruit Candy
From Flagrante Delicia, I bring you this delicate jewel of a salad. The post simply says this: "A fruit salad on a smooth bath: mild, colourful and promiscuous… [On] Ginger and white chocolate custard." That's all.

Sexy Veggie
From Veggie Wedgie, this goodlooking, inventive and healthy curiosity. Sprouts and prunes? OK…It looks great though, I'll give you that. 

French Poached Chicken
This traditional feed-all dish comes to us with a fabulous illustration, via an incongruously named, but always stellar blog, Kitchen Scraps.  Speaking of frugal, who said it has to be drab?

The Carrot Gets Around
Travellious posts a photo essay on how the carrot is the most common food in all cuisines. See their finds from across the culinary spectrum.

This is a Little Bit Crazy…
Parts of the Veneto and Lombardy, including the city of Milan have "cracked down" on restaurants serving ethnic foods… What?  

Related: Last Month's Blogosphere Round-up

Posted: Thu, Feb 19 2009 by Elana Safronsky
Filed under: Community, Blogosphere

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