Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Soupalicious Toronto


We went to Toronto for the weekend, braved the Gardiner Expressway weekend maintenance closure and attended Soupalicious Toronto.  Their slogan is "Sip, Slurp, Savour" and that's exactly what we did.  Admission was $15 in advance, $22 at the door, with the admission you get 10 free soup tastings.

There were about 30 participating restaurants and Chefs.  We decided to walk around whole area and see which soups we wanted to sample.  There were so many, you had to pick and choose.  There were vegetarian, gluten free, & vegan options.  We asked questions as to whether the soups we wanted to try were gluten free.  Then the sampling began.

Here were our favourites. (in no particular order)
  • Clam Chowder
    • Culinary Adventure Company - www.culinaryadventureco.com
    •  We were told to get to this one early as they run out regularly.  We tried this one first, we can definitely see why they run out
  • Citrus Spice Roasted Pears and Ginger Soup with Tropical Foam and Coconut Bacon
  •  Power Soup
    • Magic Oven - www.magicoven.com
    • Vegetarian soup
    • This soup was a thinner vegetable soup that could be eaten at any time of year.  Topped with kale
  •  Mulligatawny Soup
    • Morgans on the Danforth - www.morgansonthedanforth.com
    • This soup was like 'Chicken Curry in a Cup'.  Nice and thick with basmati rice.  Wow!! this one was excellent.
  • Smokey Tomato Soup with Green Tomato Croutons
    • Morgans on the Danforth - www.morgansonthedanforth.com
    • Vegetarian
    • This one the soup was gluten free but the croutons were not.  We had this one without the croutons and it was still very good.  Very smoky flavour. 
  •  Harvest Veggie Medley
    • One Love Vegetarian - www.oneloveveg.com
    • Vegan soup
    • Another thinner anytime of the year soup.  Very good
  • Halloween Harvest
    • Pamela Hamel - www.pamelahamel.ca
    • Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free Soup
    • This one was very different.  It was made with a roasted Jack 'o' Lantern.  Now that is no waste!  Excellent
  • Soup Joumou, Acorn Squash Soup with Coconut and Piklis
    • Urban Acorn Catering - www.urbanacorn.ca
    • Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free Soup
    • Very spicy and very good.
  • Mushroom Soup
    • Aria Ristorante - www.ariaristorante.ca
    • This one we wanted to sample but did not get there early enough and the line up for this soup was horrendous.  We decided not to wait.  It was getting time to think about leaving Toronto for the drive home.
There was one other soup we wanted to try but sadly it was not gluten free.  This was from Southern Accent - www.southernaccent.com.  Their soup was 'Mock Turtle Soup'  The meat in it was ground beef.  One of the ingredients was Worcestershire sauce, so it was not gluten free.

Thoroughly enjoyed Soupalicious Toronto.  Would go back again next year. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Put em Up! Fruit - Book Review



Put em Up! Fruit by Sherri Brooks Vinton

This book follows in the footsteps of her previous book 'Put em Up!' but what I really like in this one is beside each recipe that you are putting up, there is a recipe to 'Use It Up!  How to use what you are making.  eg.  Quick Apricot Jam - Use It Up! Sticky Chicken Legs.

I made 'Quick Peach Jam' pg 180 the other day with peaches I had picked and something needed to be done with them.   This recipe for the peach jam is made with Pomona's Universal Pectin which I really like due the fact it uses much less sugar than conventional pectin.  The 'Use It Up!' recipe for the Quick Peach Jam is 'Sweet and Sour Chicken' which will definitely be on our dinner list. 

The other recipe I really want to try is 'Meyer Lemon Gastrique'. (definition from Wikipedia)  This recipe looks really easy to make and will spice up any meal.  I absolutely LOVE Meyer lemons but just need to find a store where I can purchase them.  Any variety of lemons will work but the sweetness of Meyers will make it unique I am sure!

A definite addition to your library