From ice cream to mac and cheese, Thomas Jefferson's impact on the US culinary scene is immeasurable
Today we take a look at how I made chickpea curry from scratch in under 30 minutes and how you can too!
Today we take a look at one of the most classic summer desserts, strawberry shortcake. I share with you everything I know about it including how you jack up the flavour and make something that is almost perfect even …
What is it, and where does it come from? These questions seem pretty simple and straightforward. Of course, they only seem that way...
Five summer salad dressings plus a run down of the basic principles for making salad dressings and how you can easily create your own.
For over 2000 years humans have been enjoying the crisp refreshing flavour of cider. But there is so much more to it than meets the eye.
One of the most classic pasta dishes out there, linguine and Clams is on of my all time favourite go tos. Learn how to make it Strat to finish in 20 minutes.
Give this ubiquitous summer side a swift kick in the pants and make it like you never have before
What is chimichurri? Why should you care? And why will it be your new favourite steak sauce? Listen to this quick episode to find out
Poutine also known as fries, cheese curds, and gravy, is a classic Quebecois food. This is it's history.
A true carbonara is probably not at all what you think it is. Hopefully once you see it, it will change the way you think about pasta forever.
Some people love. Some people hate it. But, everyone knows it. This is the brief history of Hawaiian pizza.
Having any allergy is difficult, having food allergies and being a chef is worse.
Who invented pasta? Where does it come from? Did Marco Polo really introduce it to Europe? How old is the oldest bowl of noodles? All this and more …
Pho is a delicious noodle soup from Vietnam. Here I tell you how to make it at home in under 30 minutes. 21 minutes to be exact
There is nothing better in the culinary world than the simplistic complexity of a perfectly roasted chicken. Here is what I know...
Today we take a look at the brief history of the souffle. Who invented it. Who popularized it. Why don't you see it on menus any more and how do you …
Jazz up your daily meals, the next potluck, or that big BBQ with this five kick-ass potato dishes
Is almond milk just a modern controversial beverage or an ancient elixir passed down through generations? I guess you'll just have to listen to find out.
A delicious and elegant meal which you would easily pay $24 for at a trendy bistro but you can make it at home in under 30 minutes.
Check out the …
From the standard sticky, sweet sauce, to Alabama white sauce, this is everything I know and you need to know about barbecue sauce
It is a far fall from the white linened tables of the best restaurants in the world to the colouring book placemats of big box restaurants but that …
The best way I can think to describe what it's like to cook professionally
Food trucks have evolved into something that few people ever thought they could. But this didn't happen in a vacuum. This is the brief history of the …
Today I walk you through making one of my wife's go to meals. She will make this at the beginning of the week and then use it for lunches over the next few days. It is a delicious and filling salad that I am excited to …
In this episode I share with you everything I know about Vinaigrette. Why? You'll have to listen to find out
Once there was darkness in the world, but then a humble plumber living in the frozen waste land of the north created a masterpiece that brought light …
No matter what you're cooking these three ingredients on there own or combined with other ingredients will make it better. What could they be??
What is yop? Where does it come from? Where can you get it? Who makes it? And most importantly, what flavours does it come in? All this and more as we take a look at the brief history of yop.
This was a tough one. It was a lot to do in 30 minutes but I pulled it off and so can you. Here is how...
Today we take a look at everything I know about rice
From their home in Prince Edward Island, and humble beginnings Cows has become renowned for quality. Whether it is their ice cream, award winning cheeses, butter, or t-shirts you know it's going to be good.
Today, we talk about how to Master the stir-fry. This is everything you could want to know and more.
In today's episode we dip our hands deep into the pickle jar of time and dig around for any bits of time withered truth that we can grasp. This is the brief history of the pickled eggs
This soup is a must try. You can put it together in under 30 minutes but it taste like it's been simmering all day.
Today we take a look into salads. This is everything I know about them, well...almost everything
Beer is the oldest of drinks, but just how old is it? You'll have to listen to find out.
A look at the impossible burger and beyond meat.
What condiment goes just was well with roast beef as it does with fish or oysters?
Today on the podcast we take a look at how to make pork fried rice in under 30 minutes from scratch. Check it out! And to see the written version go to https://howtonotburnshit.com/pork-fried-rice-30-minutes-or-less/
Today, in honour of the long weekend we are talking about burgers, burgers, burgers. This is everything I know about homemade hamburgers!
For over 2000 years tofu has been an important source of protein for a lot of people. This is the story behind the grey, mushy, tasteless, brick that is tofu
This episode is sponsored by www.thinkturkey.ca
Today on the podcast we take a look at a old way of cooking with turkey done with a modern twist.
From the US to Europe, from the Civil war to tainted milk, this is the brief history of the product designed to fix a whole lot of problems
Every Monday on the podcast and blog I describe how to make a different recipe in under 30 minutes. This week we make Ginger Beef Salad Rolls. These …
Hard cheese, soft cheese. Orange cheese, blue cheese. There is so much to know about cheese!
How is honey produced? Magic! Magic is the answer. Today we are taking a look at the history of honey and our history with it. This is the brief history of honey.
What is it like being gluten-free? What is gluten? What does and doesn't contain gluten? Find out here.
The history of tea is shrouded in historical fiction. This is what we do know.
Today we take a look at how to make a chicken shawarma bowl from scratch in under 30 minutes. Yes it is possible and yes it is delicious.
There is so much more to know about sandwiches than you think. What are you missing?
Where do they come from? What are they? And why are they called Brussels Sprouts? This is the brief history of Brussels Sprouts
Knowing how to cook a steak perfectly is awesome. But there is way more to cooking meat than that. This is a chef's guide to cooking not just the glamour cuts, but the lesser known cuts as well.
Today we take a look at everyone's favourite dessert topping...This is the brief history of whipped cream
Bring back this classic that your family is gauranteed to love. It only takes 30 minutes and it is absolutely delicious. What have you got to lose?
From buying it, to cooking it, here is everything I know about fish
If I told you I would pay you $10.5 billion dollars over 133 years, what would I have to pay you annually? Find out in the brief history of Pillsbury
Nothing beats a nice big bowl of homemade soup on a rainy spring day. Use these restaurant secrets to make better soup than you ever thought possible.
Born out of the 1980's health craze and thrust into the spotlight in the 90's the portabello mushroom created the whole idea of the gourmet mushroom. …
Have you ever wondered what a rabbit who carries around a basket full of eggs has to do with the rebirth of Christ? Yeah, me too. Wonder no more!
The answer to that question is both more and less complicated then it seems. Let's take a look
Way back in the 1990's while the spice girls were the queens of pop, fruitopia was the king of juice. This is the brief history of fruitopia
What's better than Pad Thai? Making it at home from scratch in under 30 Minutes, that's what
On this lovely Friday morning i thought I would share with you everything I Know About Greek Food
Invented as a way to keep college football players hydrated just over 50 years ago, Gatorade is now one of the biggest brands in the world. Find out …
We have all seen it. Well lit pictures of food that look to good to be true. Oozing egg yolks and slowly cascading parmesan cheese. Food porn has …
Today we take another bite out of history and get to the core of it all. This os the brief history of apples
Today we are going to look at everything we talked about in part 1 and put it into context. To do that we are going to focus on how to make butter chicken.
Not much is known about the history of Pierogi (or the spelling perogie) here is what we do know...besides the fact that they are delicious.
In this episode I talk all about my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. It is quick to make, delicious to eat and works as a side dish or as a lunch. What's not to love?
For over 50 years pop-tarta have been delighting children and adults alike. But what don't you know about them? This is the brief history of pop-tarts
What's better than a big bowl of corn chowder? Making it in less than 30 minutes, that's what
There is so much more to curry than what we all grew up with. Let me share with tou everything I know about curry
Join me as I wade through the BS that is the history of pancakes and separate the fact from fiction.
Dessert doesn't have to be a complex thing. Step away from the pies and cakes and use ssve time and effort with these five weeknight desserts
At first there was nothing, and then there was sunshine in a glass. Looking into thr history of Minute Maid takes a lot of concentration. Look beyond …
Today we take a look at the classic of all classics, tomato soup woth grilled cheese. We put this meal together from scratch in well under 30 minutes and you can too
One of the most versatile and easy condiments to make, salsa is in a league of its own. This is everything I know about salsa
"I cannot believe its not Mexican Food" Old El Paso has been around for A long time. Itnhas introduce generations of people to the idea of Mexican food without really being Mexican food. This is the brief history of Old …
Sauerkraut is a delicious if not often misunderstood item. Beyond the potential health benefits, and tastyness, making sauerkraut at home opens the …
From olive, to coconut, sunflower to soy bean, peanut and everything in between, this is the brief history of vegetable oils
This week we make one of my go to quick meals, spicy noodles in 30 minutes or less. This quick and delicious dish qill quickly become one of your go to dishes.
If you don't like pork chops it is entirely possible that it's because you have only ever had dry, over cooked ones. Let me show you how to fall in love with pork chops.
Today we are doing something a little different on Food In Five. Rather than our usual Thursday Brief History, I am joined by Stacy Moritz, owner of Secret Aardvark Trading Co. Which is a company that makes a series of …
Put down the kale, push away the quinoa, and say good bye to whole grains. Today is all about junk food. This is my guide to un-healhty eating.
Since the dawn of civilization people have been screwing up batches of wine and making vinegar. What else do you need to know? Find out here in a brief history of vinegar
This will be your new favourite salmon dish. Period.
One of the most useful cooking techniques there is, braising can be used for a lot of things. This is everything I know about braising.
For over 40 years Bob's has been producing high quality whole grain products at low prices. But there is more in yhe Bob's Red Mill bag than you …
This is everything I've learned about making tortillas at home over the last few years. If you have never made tortillas, or even if you have, you …
Here is everything you never new about San Marzano Tomatoes
Want a quick and delicious dinner? Every Monday I share a recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less. This week it is chicken pesto and garden salad with homemade french dressing. Check out the written version of …
Roasting a chicken isn't a complex process but doing it well takes patience and skill. This is everything I know about roasting a chicken.
A staple of dorm rooms the world over instant ramen is a cheap, easy and delicious food. But there is more than meets the eye to this little noodle blocks. Join me as we take a look at the brief history of instant ramen.
From apples to pears, peaches to blueberries there isn't much you can't make into a crumble. Here is everything you need to know about how to make your new favourite dessert.
In this 100th episode of brief history special I take a look back at som of my favorite things that I've learned over the last year abd the last 99 episodes
Learn to make delicious beef and broccoli in under 30 minutes start to finish.
Eggplant is another one of those ingredients that we walk by without much thought. Its time to give it some love. Here is everything I know about eggplant to get you started.
With over 150 years of history, there is a lot to know about the Campbell's soup company. Find it all in the brief history of the Campbell's soup company.
The classic Vietnamese noodle soup isn't hard to make. It takes time, but it is time well spent. Today we're learning the ins and outs of how to make pho at home
Whether it's your favourite or least favourite lunch meat, you have to admit that you're a little curious about it, right? Today, we get into the …
In my new Monday segment, I walk you through cooking a delicious, healthy meal in 30 minutes or less.
From seasoning, to cleaning, cooking, and maintaining, this is everything I know about cast iron.
From the beginnings in a small French town almost 100 years ago to the modern, innovative, global brand they are today. This is a brief history of Le Creuset
This Valentine's Day avoid busy restaurants and downtown parking. Make dinner together at home
Stared at the dawn of the 20th century, Mars corp has a long and interesting history. In this episode of food history, we take a look at the brief history of the company behind more iconic brands than I can name, Mars.
Swiss Chard is probably one of those vegetables that you walk by all the time and never give a second thought to. Its time to change that and to see what you're missing.
Today, I wanted to do something a bit different. Today, I didn't really want to talk about food. I wanted to talk about dreams, and about a ship on the sea.
We've all been coated in orange dust, all experienced the crunch. We've all felt miracle that is a cheese puff melting on our tongues. Today, today my friends, we discover the origins of our favourite snake. Today, we …
This simple and cheap experiment can and will change how you understand flavour and how you season your food.
For over 140 years margarine has been causing problems for the dairy industry. Lets take a look at the brief history of margarine
For all of human history food has been a point of connection for people, that is up until recent history. What are we missing? And how do we get it back?
In the third and final installment of Everything I know about Chinese food we take a look at won tons, vegetable dishes, and soup. It's a do not miss!
The ham of history goes way beyond the stuff you buy and the deli counter. It is a human tradition that stretches back thousands of years in history. Join me for a brief history of ham
Meal plans can take a lot of stress out of your week. They can save you money and prevent waste. What's not to love? Join me as i talk about how to build a quality meal plan
Grab some bread, open the box, remove the foil and dig in. Today, we are talking about the brief history of Boursin cheese
We all get cravings for things we wish we didn't. Sometimes you need to satisfy that craving and enjoy a little taste of the past.
In the second of three installments of my Everything I Know About Chinese Food I talk about noodle dishes and egg rolls
For 10000 years or longer nwe have been creating and enjoying bread. Today we are going to discover the history of brwad and how it changed the course of haman history.
The new Canadian food guide was released yesterday. In today's episode I'll share my thoughts on it and talk about what i think it got right and what it's missing
For almost 10 000 years corn has been cultivated in the Americas at one point they decided to make it into bread. Find out all about the history of …
Today I talk about taste. How to know wheb you need tp add an ingredient or not and I he secrets of salt, pepper, acid, and sweet ingredients.
North American Chinese food is a thing unto itself. I grew up eating, my first jib was cooking it, and i love it with all my heart. In this two part series I'm going to tell you, everything I know about Chinese Food
How did all the navel oranges in the world come from one mutation? How did they get their name? And who is Eliza Tibbs and what does she have to do with all of this?
Let's cure those side dish blues. With a few simple changes you can make even the most mundane side dish one to remember
From the garbage pile, to dinning in style, these hard shell crustaceans have been around a while. Let's dig deep and unravel the mystery, Im Chef Ben this is lobster brief history.
Here are the fove best meals of my life and the lessons I've learned from them. Maybe you'll learn something too.
For such a imple dish there sure is a lot to say about it. Find out what you can do to make your stew even better than it already is as I share everything I know about stew
We rely heavily on that fridge sitting in our kitchen. But it wasn't that long ago that cold food was a luxury. Find out about the chilly and …
Learn to cook perfect scallops every time. Your life will never be the same
How do you like your celery flavoured jell-o? Oh, you don't? Yes, that was really a jell-o flavour. What other mysteries are waiting below the shimmering jiggly surface of the j-e-l-l-o? Find out as we go deep in the …
For over 9000 years the cuisine of Mexico has been developing and maturing. Whatever you think you know is only the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
For those of you who saw some interesting pictures of me on Christmas eve, this is the story behind them and and exactly happened to my
For most of human history the average person got their recipes by learning them from their parents. But that doesn't mean that people haven't been writing down recipes for a very long time. Do you know when the first …
If your New Years resolution is to take off some weight than this is the episode for you. Healthy food doesn't have to be bland. So, you can go down …
This week I will be answering google auto complete "What is the best way to cook"... beets, pork chops and more.
Last episode of 2018!
Turkey, potatoes, carrots and turnip, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. This is my Christmas dinner.
For over 2500 years people have been drinking hot chocolate. How much has it changed?
No matter how different we may all seem, there are some things that we all have in common. Let's take a look at some international Christmas traditions
Learn all about this common Christmas Tradition.
The fatty, salty, porky flavour of bacon is the perfect combination. But what do you really know about the stuff? More importantly, what don't you …
This week I will be answering questions about cooking oils, the difference between restaurant food and home cooked food and how to make popcorn on the stove. This and more!
It was a cold Yukon morning in early November. The test I was about to write was the culmination of four months or hard studying and fifteen years of …
From a medieval drink called posset to modern day nog. Today we are discovering what we don't know about eggnog.
In the fifth and final installment of my series on the classic French mother sauces we will be looking into Espagnole. Possibly the most versatile of …
First of all let's clarify what an hors d'ourve actually is. Do you know?
This week we will be getting to know butternut squash. How to buy it, prepare it, and pair it.
For the written version of this post and and a delicious squash soup recipe go to howtonotburnshit.com
This week I will be answering questions about resting steak, shipping baked goods, and more. Check it out.
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Don't let a surprise guest get you down. Be ready to host and entertain at the drop of a hat by having these 10 foods ready and waiting.
Love it or hate it, fruitcake is a human tradition that dates back to the Ancient Romans and even the Ancient Egyptians.
There is a lot I didn't know …
The fourth and most popular sauce in our Classic Mother Sauce series Hollandaise. Learn how to make it, what can go wrong, troubleshooting, and how …
From a humble monk named Gregory to the Queen of England gingerbread has a long and storied past. Join me as I answer that one question that has been keeping us all up at night...What's the deal with gingerbread?
Get through the holiday season with these two techniques that we use every day in the restaurant industry.
This week I will be answering questions about polenta, gluten-free croutons, whether or not I have ever worked in a hospital and more! Check it out!
What steak is right for you? How do you cook a steak at home? What's the difference between a strip loin and a sirloin? Get all the answers and much more as I share with you everything I know about steak.
There is much we know and much we don't know about chickens. Find it all right here
The third episode on our mother sauce series. Velouté is one of the five classic mother sauces. Learn all about it right here.
Do you know where your ravioli comes from? The answer may surprise you...
In today's episode I will be answering Google Autocomplete questions about cooking. We will be talking about how to cook beets, eggplant, Bok Choy and more.
This week I will be answering the most common questions I get asked.
No matter what type of stew you want to make there are a few hard and fast rules that remain true. Here is everything I know about stew
From native Americans, to ancient Vikings, to 7th century Poland, the process of smoking salmon remains largely unchanged. Here is everything you …
One of the five classic mother sauces Bechamel is versatile and delicious. Learn all about it and it's derivative sauces right here
All about knives. Different styles, where they come from and what to look for when buying knives.
What you know about Italian food is only half the story.
This week I will be answering questions about homemade pasta, liquid smoke, mustard barbecue sauce and more.
Every one loves lasagna. But is there a way that you're lasagna could be even better than it already is? This is everything I know about lasagna
Is it true that gnocchi is made with potatoes and flour? Kind of...
Tomato sauce isn't something that you just throw together. There is an art to it. How can you make the best sauce you've ever tasted? By listening to this podcast.
For over 200 years canned food has played a pivotal roll in the lives of people around the world. Find out what you don't know about canned food.
Today in honour of Remembrance Day, and the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI we are going to take a look at what our soldiers ate.
This week I will be answering questions about butternut squash soup, cooking with pumpkin, and ranting a bit about bone broth.
From dough to suace, meat to veg, and the all important cheese. Here is what I have learned over the years about making great homemade pizza
Where do you think sauerkraut came from? Spoiler alert, you're probably wrong. What don't you know about sauerkraut?
Whether you are an expert bread maker or someone who has only ever dreamed of making your own bread these tips will take you where you want to go.
From the 14th century to the modern day, everyone loves mac and chees. But what you don't know about it may surprise you
What do you like to eat when you're sick? Here are my top five
Love them or hate them this little Halloween gems aren't going anywhere any time soon.
Brined, braised, soaked and smoked. Ribs, ribs, ribs.
A great seafood chowder can haunt you. It stays on your mind constantly asking the question "When will we meet again?" Can you make a chowder that good? Yes, you can.
You really won't believe this history of this strange fruit
Reducing liquids to concentrate flavour is a powerful and valuable technique. Don't know what I'm talking about? Take a listen.
What don't you know about soy sauce?
For too long mashed potatoes have been abused and ignored. It's their time to shine. Make your mashed potatoes the star of any dinner table.
This is the story of the worst night of my career and how it's all Elton John's fault.
Wipe off those cheesy fingers, brush the Dorito dust from your face, and get ready for some knowledge bombs of flavour. Today we are looking into the cheesy history of Doritos
Today we break down how to make barbecue sauce and the most versatile sauce of them all, pan sauce
As you peer deep into the murky briny history of pickles your realize more about yourself than you cared to know...no I'm just joking. It's all about pickles
What if there was a way that you could know everything you wanted to know about an ingredient before you bought it? What if everytime you saw …
Today I typed "how do I cook" into Google. It auto completed my question and gave me a bunch of options. I'm going to answer five of those auto complete how do I cook
Who, what, where, and why? Find out everything I don't know about French Fries. Yes, everything I don't know.
What does it mean to be a personal chef? What do I do for a living? Find out right here on Food In Five.
What don't you known about that little can of bubbles that makes your day complete?
Thanksgiving can be stressful. You are cooking way more food than you are used to. And for way more people than you are used to. But use these tips …
Today we learn all about this interesting history of pumpkin pie. How did this seasonal dessert transcend it's station in life and become a cultural …
Two simple things that you can do to make your turkey better.
Where did this Thanksgiving staple come from? How is it made? And why do we only eat it with turkey?
It is one week until Thanksgiving and so all week we will be talking everything Thanksgiving. Today is all about how to make perfect pie crust everytime.
We all have them. Things we don't commonly share about ourselves. Things that we are secretly obsessed with. Well, today I'm telling you mine
First of all, do you even know what coleslaw is? You might now.
What's the difference between good food and great food? Let me share what I learned from my first fine dining job.
There isn't too much to know about corn syrup, but what there is to know is contained within this podcast
Everything you ever wanted to know about soup and so much more
From box to belly, here is what I think about Hello Fresh
Did lemonade save Paris from the plague? How do those crazy Egyptians enjoy their lemonade? This and more in a brief history of lemonade
Today I answer Google's top five how to cook questions. How to cook lobster, mussels, quinoa, corn on the cob, and scallops
For over 200 years kids have been playing with their food and getting away with it. This is the story of Animal Crackers
Autumn is only a few short days away and with it comes so many of my favorite things
So much I didn't know about the company that makes my favourite cracker
What is polenta? Where did it come from? How do you make it? All of this will be answered and more as we talk about everything you need to know about …
Unchanged for thousands of years the tagine has last for so long for one simple reason, it's awesome. What don't you know about the tagine??
Vegetarian food does not have to be boring. You may already be eating it and not even know it...say what?
This is the story of the first thing I ever cooked. Spoiler alert, it didn't go well.
Wait until you hear about the hummus wars...
Why is it important to know the basics? So you don't get fleeced, that's why!
What don't you know about root beer.
Everything I thought I knew about food production in Canada was wrong.
You know that electric mixer that sits on your counter making baking a breeze. It's been around for longer than you think
"no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" Robin Williams
From ancient Rome to modern America and everywhere in between. Mom! Meatloaf!
Can you taste history? Should we look to the past to solve modern food issues? What can the history of food tell us about ourselves?
Learn to cook foods from your favourite regions of the world by first learning this foundations of flavour.
How modern is this modern convince food? Wouldn't you like to know?
These five sauces aren't complicated to make but they do pack a punch.
The French did it, or at least that is what "they" would have you believe...
Where does coffee come from? Who invented it? How is it made? And what makes it taste so damn good?
Living as a person who can't handle gluten is difficult, being a chef that can't handle gluten is worse.
What came first, the chocolate chip or the chocolate chip cookie? The answer may surprise you.
The story of what pushes me.
There is so much more to the little fluffy treat we use to make s'mores. I had no idea, do you?
Tired of the same old sauce. Do you have the pasta blues, not any more! Master these five sauces and change how you eat pasta forever
Master one of the most difficult cooking techniques, simplicity.
For over 7000 years people have been enjoying the tart creaminess of yogurt. What don't you know about it.
This summer has been unbearable. The heat is relentless. But you still want to eat well. Is there a solution? Would I have written all this if there …
What don't you know about your favourite bar snack?
Throwing a dinner party is a great way to spend time with friends. But don't fall into the common traps that make the night stressful
Food safety is everyone's responsibility. Make sure you know the Basics
From Garam Masala, to Chinese Five Spice, even barbecue spice. What other spice blends should you be making yourself?
The idea and first attempts to create an instant coffee dates back as far as 1771. It's come a long way since then
What once was good is not bad and what once was bad is now good.
From Peru with love. Can potatoes give you leprosy? No, but a lot of people thought they could for a long time. That was until they tasted mashed …
Avocados to lemons, bacon to corn, here are 5 quick cooking tips to get your week started.
Why should you try to love foods you hate and how can you do it?
From the gruel that fed the Roman army to the tables of high-end restaurants, polenta has had quite the journey
Salad dressing, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, hot dogs, and chocolate all have one thing in common... What could it be?
From a beauty product to eye ointment to being spread on toast. This ten thousand year old condiment has seen it all. What don't you know about …
I am led you astray. I haven't really put myself in your shoes and I have been an idiot. I'm sorry.
How to be a better cook and actually enjoy it
One of the, if not the oldest eating utensils in the world other than the human hand. What don't you know about chopsticks? More than you think.
Over sixteen years working in restaurants has taught me a lot about life. Here are some of my most valuable lessons
What is more valuable to the Dutch than New York city? Nutmeg of course
On a hot summer day, down a dusty dirt road, you never know what you might find.
The story of how one bit of pork belly turned my life around and changed everything
The little tool that we use daily has seen its fair share of controversy. Find out all about right here on food in five.
This episode is as much for me as it is for you. I definitely need to get my act together and eat healthier, what about you?
What does this real life Cerci Lannister have to do with culinary history? Find out here in a brief history of Catherine De Medici
What is Canadian Cuisine? Is there one? Find out here in this Canada Day Episode of Food In Five
French toast, the concept not the food...say what?
Tender apples, sweet caramel, and crisp pastry. Is tarte tatin the most perfect dessert there ever has been?
How to choose a restaurant. What restaurants to avoid. And how to choose the right dish for you.
From frozen rice porridge in Ancient China, to Mountain Snow in Rome, the quest for icecream has been on going for thousands of years. Find out everything you didn't know you didn't know about icecream
How chefs cook without measuring and how you can too!
It is officially summer! You know what that means...
From mexican silver mines to taco bell, this is a brief history of the taco
From ancient Sumer, to the modern day. Sausages have let the mark on mankind since the dawn of time. But what don't you know about your favourite …
These 7 time-saving cooking hacks will not only save you time but will make cooking easier and more enjoyable.
We have all like heard about preheating our pans before cooking. But why is it important and what happens if we don't do it?
Was cream cheese invented accidentally by a man named William Lawrence or are these just lies propagated by big cream cheese? Find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about cream cheese.
Choosing the right knife for you can be a complicated endeavor. There are so many to choose from. But what do you actually need in a knife? Find out here.
Pepper has helped shape our history and the world as we know it today. Find out what you don't know about this fascinating spice
Talking about the loss of Anthony Bourdain
When we only ever cook because we have to it can seem like a chore. This makes cooking seem tedious and frustrating. But when we put in a little effort and cook because we want to everything changes
Kraft Dinner has been around for how long??
Burger season is upon us! What are 7 things you can do to make your burgers better? Find out here
From Aztec toothache remedy to school lunch special, peanut butter has spread its way into the hearts of people throughout time
Learn the three techniques that I use to write recipes and use them to create your own dishes exactly the way you want.
There is something that people who love spicy food know that you don't. What is? I guess you'll have to listen to find out
From the Myans to the Aztecs, to our old friend Cortes, the tortilla has been around for a very long time.
From working class hero to Kardashian-esque. Anthony Bourdain helped pull the veil back on the raunchiest parts of the restaurant industry. But now …
From humble beginnings to cultural icon, find out what you don't know about gummy bears
Tastes and preferences change as we grow and develop. Mine seem to have come full circle.
Have you ever wanted to know how to make ranch dressing? What about Caesar dressing? What can you do to take a salad from extra boring to extraordinary? Find out here
With over 35.5% of the global savoury snack market it is fair to says that potato chips are pretty popular. But where did they come from? Who …
The trials and tribulations of one man in search of a salmon dinner in Canada's North
From a South East Asian technique for preserving fish, to the Nigiri and Maki rolls we know and love, sushi has gone through quite the …
A story from my time in Montreal that perfectly illustrates the power food can have on our lives.
Here are five quick tips to help you kick off barbecue season in style.
Why did the US government ban sliced bread? Who invented? How long ago was it? Everything you never knew you wanted to know about sliced bread.
Enjoy cooking and eating more by focusing on simple food done really well
From a Mexican General, to the ancient Greeks the story of chewing gum is a chewy tale. Find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about chewing gum
Building a weekly meal plan will save you money, make you feel less stressed, cause you to eat better, and make you enjoy cooking more. What are you waiting for?
Learn the secrets to getting perfect boiled eggs everytime.
One of the most famous French mother sauces hollandaise is as delicious as it is famous. Learn the ins and outs of this great butter sauce here.
What do you do when you don't feel like cooking? Here is what I do
In my 100th episode special I share with you a slightly less brief history of my career.
I have messed way more food than you and I have been cooking professionally for over eighteen years. What are you so afraid of?
There is an art to making the perfect tomato sauce. It is not difficult but a few minor changes to technique and philosophy will impact how you cook …
How did the doughnut get its hole?
Food is a bridge that connects humans through all the time that has been or ever will be. It is the only way to truly travel through time.
Popcorn has been enjoyed by humans for a long time...no, like a really long time. Find out everything you didn't know you wanted to know about popcorn
Set the excuses aside. Cooking is important and it's you are the reason you can't do it.
Learning to cook creatively opens up a world of possibilities. Here are some tips that will help you discover your inner chef
Considered the food of the gods chocolate has been celebrated and cherished for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the …
There is a billion dollar industry surrounding you and what you do in your kitchen. What should you buy and what shouldn't you?
From the Mongols, to the German's, all the way to Oklahoma. Where did the hamburger come from? Who invented it? How did it become so intertwined with …
Convenience just for the sake of convenience. Things that we could easily make ourselves are being sold to us a huge markups. Find out what five …
Without goals we are just a ship floating blindly on the sea. Put some wind in your sail by picking a destination. Become a better cook, find …
From Southern North America, around the world via Spain and back to North America. The tomato has had quit the journey. Find out all about it right here
A truly great meal is not about perfection. It is about the intent and the effort behind it. It is about what the meal represents.
What to crazy goats have to do with your morning coffee?
Why do I do what I do? Why is that I go to bed at midnight and wake up at 5am? What is it that drives me to do all of the things I am doing?
Failure is part of life. It can be hard to stomach, especially when it comes to failure in the kitchen.
The story of the banh mi is not just the story of a delicious sandwich. It is the story of a subjected people taking from their oppressors and …
Sometimes the secret to enjoying cooking is ordering a pizza.
From Burmese immigrants to Thailand, to a enterprising 1930's shop owner, to your kitchen table. How has sriracha climbed the culture popularity …
Being open to experiencing bold and exciting flavours from different areas of the world will change how you cook forever. How? Find out here.
A growing population, a shrinking water supply, and world full of food no one wants to eat. Today we talk briefly about insects, the future of food.
From humble beginnings as a seed and honey bound treat, to food served in celebration of the gods. The birthday cake is a delicious symbol of years …
Duck. Duck. Duck soup! The tale of how I took one $20 duck and turned it into three delicious and unique meals and how you can do it too!
How did the British take something delicious that the Romans and the French had been making for years and turn it disgusting? You're going to have to listen to find out
If you want people to try new foods you first have to circumvent their expectations.
Cooking Easter dinner is a challenge. There are a lot of things you have to keep in mind and it seems like you have to bend time and space to have everything ready at the same time. Let this guide ease your mind and …
Who invented the cookie? How did they do it? What do the Dutch have to do with what we call our favourite sweet treat? Find out in a brief history of cookies
How do you cook... spaghetti squash, lobster, bacon in the oven, rice and quinoa? Find out as I answer the most asked cooking questions on Google
What do the Chinese have to do with ketchup? What is ketchup's relationship to fish sauce? What does all of this have to do with coal tar? Find out here in a brief history of ketchup
Food porn has become a serious issue in our society. It has taken over our television screen and our social media feeds. But what can be done? How …
No matter how pretentious it sounds, food should be experienced, not just eaten. Find out what I mean here.
The father of modern gastronomy, Careme revolutionized cooking forever creating not only the techniques we still use today, but the theory, which is …
What are the secrets to building the most flavour into your food? Find out here in How to build flavour
Learn the ins and outs of this ubiquitous Asian sauce.
Wet or dry? Oil or vinegar? Yogurt or buttermilk? Marinades can tenderize, toughen, and impart flavour, but how do you know which one is right for you?
How do you get a nice even brown colour on your meat? What is carry over cooking? Why should you let meat rest and for how long? It's all inside this …
Why is cheddar cheese orange?
Why bother dying it?
Where did orange cheddar come from in the first place?
Find out here, in a brief history of orange cheddar!!
What are the seven most important things you can do to improve the quality of your soup? Find out here!
What's Kombucha? Where does it come from? How did it become the "it" thing? Is it actually a cure all super drink, or just bottled lies?
How can a system designed to not lose children help to make you a better cook? Find out here
Think about what you are putting in your cart at the grocery store this weekend.
Learn the history behind England's most famous sauce in the episode of a brief history
Learn to simulate that grilled flavour you crave all winter without burning your house down.
Three quick tips that will help you turn that daily chore of cooking that we all have to do in an enjoyable experience.
Learn all about risotto
Don't know what a cup is? What does it mean to sauté or braise? What is a fine dice? This is the episode for you
The ins and outs of flavouring food with herbs and spices.
Domesticated around 8000 years ago, bananas are an important and delicious food source for the world which produced over 155 billion bananas in 2014
Five things to keep in mind when cooking that will improve how you cook overall.
Orange is the new purple. The complex life of the simple carrot.
What do the Dutch have to do with our modern view of carrots? How did carrots help …
What potato is the right potato for your potato needs?? Find out here as we deep dive into the world of potatoes.
From crust to sauce , somethings you need to know in order to make great homemade pizza.
If you want to be better at cooking you need to start failing.
Failing can be scary but it is vitally important when learning to cook
Plan your meals for the week and only cook three times. Save time, and money all while eating healthier by following my Monday Morning Meal Plan
Everything you need to know to start roasting meat today!
A few important things to keep in mind when making soup that will subtly change the quality of your soups forever
Increasing chickpea prices, globalization, droughts in India, and how all this means you need to learn to cook now.
Set realistic goals and use those as paving stones to become a better cook.
Question From Travis about water on cast iron • Water on cast-iron?
Debunking the mysteries of cast iron
Learn the basics you need to know in order to cook a great curry at home
Five things that you may be doing or not doing to improve how you cook green vegetables
Learn all about how it make a creamy vinaigrette
Elevate your cooking by cooking in contrast
You don't always have time to cook, but when you do, take advantage of it. Sometimes just eat cereal for dinner.
Choose five dishes you love and learn to cook them now
Today I am talking about why some people "hate" cooking and how to help them find their love for all things food
Simplicity in cooking is the key to being a great chef or a great home cook.
How do your food choices affect your time and the quality of your life?
Learn what you can do with the chicken stock chef's are always talking about and telling you how to make.
What is a spice? How to buy spices? How to store spices? How to cook with spices?
Stretch your food budget by using it all!
Plan your meals for the week and only cook three times.
Talking all about the vegetables that are readily available in the winter.
The top five things I like to eat on a stormy winters day.
Quinoa is delicious and nutritious. Learn what it is, where it comes from, and what you can do with it.
I challenge you to create a dish start to finish in 2018. Imagine the dish, and then create it as close to your imagined dish as you can.
Do you want to save money? Lose weight? Live a healthier lifestyle? Then resolve to cook more in 2018.
What kind of cook do you want to be? A recipe follower or a recipe creator??
You ate way too much and now want to eat better. No better place to start your new year's cooking than with improved knife skills.
Christmas was always centred on the food
Follow these tips to reduce the stress of your Christmas Dinner
Get the most out of your Christmas turkey
Top 3 things you are doing wrong in your kitchen. (Plus a bonus)
Using native ingredients and techniques you can cook food from anywhere in the world.
All about eating spicy food and why you should learn to eat it too.
Break down the process of roasting start to finish.
Today I talk all about braising. Learning to braise can save you money, and up your cooking game ten fold.
Learn to get the most flavour in your food
Don't over complicate your cooking. A little goes a long way.
How to search, and how to sauté. Figure it out!!
This is why I so what I do.
The basic tools you need to be able to cook anything at home
Why you should listen to me and who the I am.
Everything you need to know about salt in five minutes
Episode 2. Properly using your knife
Episode 1 What it's about