Food In Five

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Do you love to cook or are you interested in cooking? This might be the podcast you're looking for. Recipes, food history, stories, everything you could want and more all in a neat 5-10 minute package. 5-10 Minute Episodes 5 Days A WeekMonday - Meals in 30 minutes or lessTuesday and Thursday - Food … read more

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The brief history of Thomas Jefferson the foodie

July 16th, 2019


From ice cream to mac and cheese, Thomas Jefferson's impact on the US culinary scene is immeasurable

Chickpea Curry In 30 minutes or less

July 15th, 2019


Today we take a look at how I made chickpea curry from scratch in under 30 minutes and how you can too!

Everything I know about Strawberry Shortcake

July 12th, 2019


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 …

A brief history of Shepherd's Pie

July 11th, 2019


What is it, and where does it come from? These questions seem pretty simple and straightforward. Of course, they only seem that way...

5 summer salad dressings to make your salads pop

July 10th, 2019


Five summer salad dressings plus a run down of the basic principles for making salad dressings and how you can easily create your own.

A brief history of apple cider

July 9th, 2019


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.

Linguine and Clams -30 minutes or less

July 8th, 2019


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.

Everything I Know About Potato Salad

July 5th, 2019


Give this ubiquitous summer side a swift kick in the pants and make it like you never have before

Chimichurri - The simple sauce that will change your life?

July 3rd, 2019


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

The brief history of poutine

July 2nd, 2019


Poutine also known as fries, cheese curds, and gravy, is a classic Quebecois food. This is it's history.

Everything I know about pasta carbonara

June 28th, 2019


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.

The Brief History Of Hawaiian Pizza

June 27th, 2019


Some people love. Some people hate it. But, everyone knows it. This is the brief history of Hawaiian pizza.

The life of an East Coast Chef allergic to shellfish

June 26th, 2019


Having any allergy is difficult, having food allergies and being a chef is worse.

The brief history of pasta

June 25th, 2019


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 style soup in 30 minutes or less

June 24th, 2019


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 

Everything I know about roasting a chicken

June 21st, 2019


There is nothing better in the culinary world than the simplistic complexity of a perfectly roasted chicken. Here is what I know...

A brief history of souffle

June 20th, 2019


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 …

5 Kick-Ass Summer Potato Dishes

June 19th, 2019


Jazz up your daily meals, the next potluck, or that big BBQ with this five kick-ass potato dishes

A brief history of Almond Milk

June 18th, 2019


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.

Cod with White Wine and Parsleyed Potatoes in 30 Minutes or Less

June 17th, 2019


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 …

Everything I Know About Barbecue Sauce

June 14th, 2019


From the standard sticky, sweet sauce, to Alabama white sauce, this is everything I know and you need to know about barbecue sauce

A brief history of the chocolate lava cake

June 13th, 2019


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 …

Life on the Line. A poem from the perspective of a professional line cook

June 12th, 2019


The best way I can think to describe what it's like to cook professionally

A brief history of food trucks

June 11th, 2019


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 …

Chicken Quinoa Greek Salad - 30 Minutes Or Less

June 10th, 2019


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 …

Everything I know about Vinaigrette

June 7th, 2019


In this episode I share with you everything I know about Vinaigrette. Why? You'll have to listen to find out

A brief history of ranch dressing

June 6th, 2019


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 …

The 3 magical ingredients that will change your life

June 5th, 2019


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??

A brief history of yop

June 4th, 2019


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.

Spaghetti and meat sauce with Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread in 30 Minutes or less

June 3rd, 2019


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...

Everything I know about rice.

May 31st, 2019


Today we take a look at everything I know about rice

A brief history of Cows Ice Cream

May 30th, 2019


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.

Mastering the stir-fry

May 29th, 2019


Today, we talk about how to Master the stir-fry. This is everything you could want to know and more.

The brief history of pickled eggs

May 28th, 2019


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

White Bean and Chorizo Soup In 30 Minutes Or Less

May 27th, 2019


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.

Everything I Know About Salad

May 24th, 2019


Today we take a look into salads. This is everything I know about them, well...almost everything

A brief history of beer

May 23rd, 2019


Beer is the oldest of drinks, but just how old is it? You'll have to listen to find out.

The rise of the meat substitute

May 22nd, 2019


A look at the impossible burger and beyond meat.

A brief history of horseradish

May 21st, 2019


What condiment goes just was well with roast beef as it does with fish or oysters?

Pork Fried Rice - 30 Minutes Or Less

May 20th, 2019


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

Everything I Know About Homemade Hamburgers

May 17th, 2019


Today, in honour of the long weekend we are talking about burgers, burgers, burgers. This is everything I know about homemade hamburgers!

A Brief History Of Tofu

May 16th, 2019


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

Chipotle Lime Turkey Tacos

May 15th, 2019


This episode is sponsored by

Today on the podcast we take a look at a old way of cooking with turkey done with a modern twist. 

A Brief History Of Sweetened Condensed Milk

May 14th, 2019


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

Ginger Beef Salad Wraps - In 30 minutes or less

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Everything I Know About Cheese

May 10th, 2019


Hard cheese, soft cheese. Orange cheese, blue cheese. There is so much to know about cheese!

A brief history of honey

May 9th, 2019


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.

Gluten-Free and Me

May 8th, 2019


What is it like being gluten-free? What is gluten? What does and doesn't contain gluten? Find out here.

A Brief History Of Tea

May 7th, 2019


The history of tea is shrouded in historical fiction. This is what we do know.

Chicken Shawarma Bowl - 30 Minutes Or Less

May 6th, 2019


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.

Everything I Know About Sandwiches

May 3rd, 2019


There is so much more to know about sandwiches than you think. What are you missing?

A Brief History Of Brussels Sprouts

May 2nd, 2019


Where do they come from? What are they? And why are they called Brussels Sprouts? This is the brief history of Brussels Sprouts

A chef's guide to cooking meat

May 1st, 2019


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.


A brief history of whipped cream

April 30th, 2019


Today we take a look at everyone's favourite dessert topping...This is the brief history of whipped cream

Beef Stroganoff - 30 Minutes Or Less

April 29th, 2019


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?

Everything I Know About Cooking Fish

April 26th, 2019


From buying it, to cooking it, here is everything I know about fish

A Brief History Of Pillsbury

April 25th, 2019


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

Restaurant secrets for making better soups

April 24th, 2019


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.

A brief history of portabello mushrooms.

April 23rd, 2019


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. …

A brief history of both the Easter egg and the Easter Bunny

April 18th, 2019


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!

When does cooking become fun?

April 17th, 2019


The answer to that question is both more and less complicated then it seems. Let's take a look

A Brief History Of Fruitopia

April 16th, 2019


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

Pad Thai in 30 Minutes Or Less

April 15th, 2019


What's better than Pad Thai? Making it at home from scratch in under 30 Minutes, that's what

Everything I Know About Greek Food

April 12th, 2019


On this lovely Friday morning i thought I would share with you everything I Know About Greek Food

A Brief History Of Gatorade

April 11th, 2019


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 …

Food Porn: A nation is crisis 2

April 10th, 2019


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 …

A Brief History Of Apples

April 9th, 2019


Today we take another bite out of history and get to the core of it all. This os the brief history of apples

Bangers and mash in 30 minutes or less

April 8th, 2019


Today, as we do on Mondays we make a dish in 30 minutes or less. This week we make bangers and mash with mushroom red wine gravy. This is a "gotta make"!

Everything I Know About Curry Pt. 2

April 5th, 2019


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.

The Brief History Of Pierogi

April 4th, 2019


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. 

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

April 3rd, 2019


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?

A Brief History Of Pop-Tarts

April 2nd, 2019


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

Corn Chowder - 30 minutes or less

April 1st, 2019


What's better than a big bowl of corn chowder? Making it in less than 30 minutes, that's what

Everything I Know About Curry

March 29th, 2019


There is so much more to curry than what we all grew up with. Let me share with tou everything I know about curry

A Brief History Of Pancakes

March 28th, 2019


Join me as I wade through the BS that is the history of pancakes and separate the fact from fiction.

5 simple weeknight desserts

March 27th, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Minute Maid

March 26th, 2019


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 …

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese - 30 Minutes Or Less

March 25th, 2019


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

Everything I Know About Salsa

March 22nd, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Old El Paso

March 21st, 2019


"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 …

Homemade Sauerkraut -A Gateway Drug

March 20th, 2019


Sauerkraut is a delicious if not often misunderstood item. Beyond the potential health benefits, and tastyness, making sauerkraut at home opens the …

A Brief History Of Vegetable Oil

March 19th, 2019


From olive, to coconut, sunflower to soy bean, peanut and everything in between, this is the brief history of vegetable oils

Spicy Noodles -30 Minutes Or Less

March 18th, 2019


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.

Everything I Know About Pork Chops

March 15th, 2019


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.

Secret Aardvark - An Interview With Stacy Moritz

March 14th, 2019


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 …

My Guide To Un-Healthy Eating

March 13th, 2019


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.

A Brief History Of Vinegar

March 12th, 2019


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

Miso Salmon - 30 Minutes Or Less

March 11th, 2019


This will be your new favourite salmon dish. Period.

Everything I Know About Braising

March 8th, 2019


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.

A Brief History Of Bob's Red Mill

March 7th, 2019


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 …

My Journey To Master Homemad Tortillas

March 6th, 2019


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 …

A Brief History Of San Marzano Tomatoes

March 5th, 2019


Here is everything you never new about San Marzano Tomatoes

Chicken Pesto - 30 Minutes Or Less

March 4th, 2019


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 …

Everything I Know About Roast Chicken

March 1st, 2019


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 Brief History Of Instant Ramen

February 28th, 2019


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.

How to make a basic crumble

February 27th, 2019


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.

A Brief History Of A Brief History

February 26th, 2019


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

Beef and Broccoli - 30 minutes or less

February 25th, 2019


Learn to make delicious beef and broccoli in under 30 minutes start to finish.

Everything I Know About Eggplant

February 22nd, 2019


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.

A Brief History Of The Campbell's Soup Company

February 21st, 2019


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.

Mastering Pho

February 20th, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Bologna

February 19th, 2019


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 …

30 Minutes Or Less - Pork Chops with Smashed Baby Potatoes

February 18th, 2019


In my new Monday segment, I walk you through cooking a delicious, healthy meal in 30 minutes or less.

Everything I Know About Cast Iron Pans

February 15th, 2019


From seasoning, to cleaning, cooking, and maintaining, this is everything I know about cast iron.

A Brief History Of Le Creuset

February 14th, 2019


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

A guide to a romantic dinner for two

February 13th, 2019


This Valentine's Day avoid busy restaurants and downtown parking. Make dinner together at home

A Brief History Of The Mars Corporation

February 12th, 2019


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.

Getting to know Swiss Chard

February 11th, 2019


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.

A Ship On The Sea

February 8th, 2019


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.

A Brief History Of Cheese Puffs (cheezies)

February 7th, 2019


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 …

The Great Tomato Taste Test

February 6th, 2019


This simple and cheap experiment can and will change how you understand flavour and how you season your food.

A brief history of margarine

February 5th, 2019


For over 140 years margarine has been causing problems for the dairy industry. Lets take a look at the brief history of margarine

Why we should invite more people over for dinner

February 4th, 2019


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?

Everything I Know About Chinese Food pt. 3

February 1st, 2019


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!

A Brief History Of Ham

January 31st, 2019


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 For The Win

January 30th, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Boursin Cheese

January 29th, 2019


Grab some bread, open the box, remove the foil and dig in. Today, we are talking about the brief history of Boursin cheese

Eating nostalgia

January 28th, 2019


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.

Everything I Know About Chinese Food Pt. 2

January 25th, 2019


In the second of three installments of my Everything I Know About Chinese Food I talk about noodle dishes and egg rolls

A brief history of bread

January 24th, 2019


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.

My take on the new Canadian food guide

January 23rd, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Cornbread

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

How to taste your food

January 21st, 2019


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.

Everything I Know About Chinese Food pt. 1

January 18th, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Navel Oranges

January 17th, 2019


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?

Side Dish Secrets

January 16th, 2019


Let's cure those side dish blues. With a few simple changes you can make even the most mundane side dish one to remember

A Brief History Of Lobster

January 15th, 2019


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.

The Five Best Meals Of My Life

January 14th, 2019


Here are the fove best meals of my life and the lessons I've learned from them. Maybe you'll learn something too.

Everything I Know About Stew

January 11th, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Refrigeration

January 10th, 2019


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 …

5 Tips To Cooking scallops

January 9th, 2019


Learn to cook perfect scallops every time. Your life will never be the same

A Brief History Of Jell-O

January 8th, 2019


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 …

Getting to know Mexican Food

January 7th, 2019


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.

The Story Of My Pirate Christmas

January 4th, 2019


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

A Brief History Of Recipes

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

How to make healthy food taste good

January 2nd, 2019


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 …

Questions of the week ep. 10

December 22nd, 2018


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!

Everything I Know About Christmas Dinner

December 21st, 2018


Turkey, potatoes, carrots and turnip, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. This is my Christmas dinner.

A brief history of hot chocolate

December 20th, 2018


For over 2500 years people have been drinking hot chocolate. How much has it changed?

A look at international Christmas Traditions

December 19th, 2018


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

A brief history of Advent Calendars

December 18th, 2018


Learn all about this common Christmas Tradition.

Getting to know bacon

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Questions Of The Week Ep. 9

December 15th, 2018


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!

The story of how I got my Red Seal

December 14th, 2018


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 …

A brief history of eggnog

December 13th, 2018


From a medieval drink called posset to modern day nog. Today we are discovering what we don't know about eggnog.

How to make Espagnole and its Derivatives

December 12th, 2018


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 …

A Brief History Of Hors D'ourves

December 11th, 2018


First of all let's clarify what an hors d'ourve actually is. Do you know?

Getting To Know Butternut Squash

December 10th, 2018


This week we will be getting to know butternut squash. How to buy it, prepare it, and pair it.

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Questions Of The Week Ep. 8

December 8th, 2018


This week I will be answering questions about resting steak, shipping baked goods, and more. Check it out.

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10 Foods To Have On Hand This Holiday Season

December 7th, 2018


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.

A brief history of fruitcake

December 6th, 2018


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 …

How to make Hollandaise Sauce

December 5th, 2018


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 …

A Brief History Of Gingerbread

December 4th, 2018


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?

Holiday Secrets - Getting Out Of December Alive

December 3rd, 2018


Get through the holiday season with these two techniques that we use every day in the restaurant industry.

Questions of the week ep. 7

December 1st, 2018


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!

Everything I Know About Steak

November 30th, 2018


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.

A brief history of chickens

November 29th, 2018


There is much we know and much we don't know about chickens. Find it all right here

How to make Velouté and its derivatives

November 28th, 2018


The third episode on our mother sauce series. Velouté is one of the five classic mother sauces. Learn all about it right here.

A Brief History Of Ravioli

November 27th, 2018


Do you know where your ravioli comes from? The answer may surprise you...

Google Autocomplete "How do you cook?"

November 26th, 2018


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.

Questions Of The Week Ep. 6

November 24th, 2018


This week I will be answering the most common questions I get asked.

Everything I know About Stew

November 23rd, 2018


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

A brief history of smoked salmon

November 22nd, 2018


From native Americans, to ancient Vikings, to 7th century Poland, the process of smoking salmon remains largely unchanged. Here is everything you …

How to make Bechamel Sauce

November 21st, 2018


One of the five classic mother sauces Bechamel is versatile and delicious. Learn all about it and it's derivative sauces right here

A brief history of Chef's knives

November 20th, 2018


All about knives. Different styles, where they come from and what to look for when buying knives.

The food of Northern Italy

November 19th, 2018


What you know about Italian food is only half the story.

Questions Of The Week Ep. 5

November 17th, 2018


This week I will be answering questions about homemade pasta, liquid smoke, mustard barbecue sauce and more.

Everything I Know About Lasagna

November 16th, 2018


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

A Brief History Of Gnocchi

November 15th, 2018


Is it true that gnocchi is made with potatoes and flour? Kind of...

The Art Of Tomato Sauce

November 14th, 2018


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.

A brief history of canned food

November 13th, 2018


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.

The Food Of War

November 12th, 2018


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.

Questions Of The Week Ep. 4

November 10th, 2018


This week I will be answering questions about butternut squash soup, cooking with pumpkin, and ranting a bit about bone broth.

The secrets of great homemade pizza.

November 9th, 2018


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

A brief history of sauerkraut

November 8th, 2018


Where do you think sauerkraut came from? Spoiler alert, you're probably wrong. What don't you know about sauerkraut?

7 tips that will change how you make bread forever

November 7th, 2018


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.

A Brief History Of Mac & Cheese

November 6th, 2018


From the 14th century to the modern day, everyone loves mac and chees. But what you don't know about it may surprise you

Top 5 Things I like To Eat When I'm Sick

November 5th, 2018


What do you like to eat when you're sick? Here are my top five

A brief history of Kerr's Candy Molasses Kisses

October 30th, 2018


Love them or hate them this little Halloween gems aren't going anywhere any time soon.

Ribs, ribs, ribs! This episode is all about ribs!

October 29th, 2018


Brined, braised, soaked and smoked. Ribs, ribs, ribs.

Everything I Know About Seafood Chowder

October 26th, 2018


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.

A brief history of grapefruit

October 25th, 2018


You really won't believe this history of this strange fruit

A conversation about Reduction and how to concentrate flavour

October 24th, 2018


Reducing liquids to concentrate flavour is a powerful and valuable technique. Don't know what I'm talking about? Take a listen.

A brief history of soy sauce

October 23rd, 2018


What don't you know about soy sauce?

Mashed Potato Secrets

October 22nd, 2018


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.

The worst night of my career

October 19th, 2018


This is the story of the worst night of my career and how it's all Elton John's fault.

A brief history of Dortios

October 18th, 2018


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

Let's get saucy. The basics of sauce making

October 17th, 2018


Today we break down how to make barbecue sauce and the most versatile sauce of them all, pan sauce

A brief history of pickels

October 16th, 2018


As you peer deep into the murky briny history of pickles your realize more about yourself than you cared to I'm just joking. It's all about pickles

Taking the fear out of trying new things

October 15th, 2018


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 …

How do I cook...With Google Auto complete

October 12th, 2018


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

A Brief History Of French Fries

October 11th, 2018


Who, what, where, and why? Find out everything I don't know about French Fries. Yes, everything I don't know.

I'm a personal chef. WTF does that mean?

October 10th, 2018


What does it mean to be a personal chef? What do I do for a living? Find out right here on Food In Five.

A brief history of carbonated water

October 9th, 2018


What don't you known about that little can of bubbles that makes your day complete?

How To Win Thanksgiving

October 5th, 2018


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 …

A Brief History Of Pumpkin Pie

October 4th, 2018


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 …

Turkey tips

October 3rd, 2018


Two simple things that you can do to make your turkey better.

A Brief History Of Cranberry Sauce

October 2nd, 2018


Where did this Thanksgiving staple come from? How is it made? And why do we only eat it with turkey?

Perfect pie crust everytime

October 1st, 2018


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.

My secret obsession

September 28th, 2018


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

A brief history of coleslaw

September 27th, 2018


First of all, do you even know what coleslaw is? You might now.

Good food Vs Great Food

September 26th, 2018


What's the difference between good food and great food? Let me share what I learned from my first fine dining job.

A brief history of corn syrup

September 25th, 2018


There isn't too much to know about corn syrup, but what there is to know is contained within this podcast

Soup Secrets

September 24th, 2018


Everything you ever wanted to know about soup and so much more

Hello Fresh Meal-Kit Review

September 21st, 2018


From box to belly, here is what I think about Hello Fresh

A brief history of lemonade

September 20th, 2018


Did lemonade save Paris from the plague? How do those crazy Egyptians enjoy their lemonade? This and more in a brief history of lemonade

How to cook...

September 19th, 2018


Today I answer Google's top five how to cook questions. How to cook lobster, mussels, quinoa, corn on the cob, and scallops

A Brief History Of Animal Crackers

September 18th, 2018


For over 200 years kids have been playing with their food and getting away with it. This is the story of Animal Crackers

Autumn; A Love Story

September 17th, 2018


Autumn is only a few short days away and with it comes so many of my favorite things

A brief history of the Dare Company

September 13th, 2018


So much I didn't know about the company that makes my favourite cracker

Everything you ever wanted to know about polenta

September 12th, 2018


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 …

A Brief History Of The Tagine

September 11th, 2018


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??

My five favourite vegetarian meals

September 10th, 2018


Vegetarian food does not have to be boring. You may already be eating it and not even know it...say what?

The first thing I ever cooked

September 7th, 2018


This is the story of the first thing I ever cooked. Spoiler alert, it didn't go well.

A brief history of Hummus

September 6th, 2018


Wait until you hear about the hummus wars...

Knowing the basis

September 5th, 2018


Why is it important to know the basics? So you don't get fleeced, that's why!

A Brief History Of Root Beer

September 4th, 2018


What don't you know about root beer.

Canadian Eggs - My day on a Canadian Egg Farm

August 31st, 2018


Everything I thought I knew about food production in Canada was wrong.

A brief history of the electric mixer

August 30th, 2018


You know that electric mixer that sits on your counter making baking a breeze. It's been around for longer than you think

Ideas can change the world

August 29th, 2018


"no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" Robin Williams

A brief history of the meatloaf

August 28th, 2018


From ancient Rome to modern America and everywhere in between. Mom! Meatloaf!

What our food can tell us about ourselves and the passing of time

August 27th, 2018


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?

The foundation of food

August 24th, 2018


Learn to cook foods from your favourite regions of the world by first learning this foundations of flavour.

A brief history of the breakfast sandwich

August 23rd, 2018


How modern is this modern convince food? Wouldn't you like to know?

5 sauces that will change your life

August 22nd, 2018


These five sauces aren't complicated to make but they do pack a punch.

A brief history of restaurants

August 21st, 2018


The French did it, or at least that is what "they" would have you believe...

What you dont know about coffee

August 20th, 2018


Where does coffee come from? Who invented it? How is it made? And what makes it taste so damn good?

My gluten-free life

August 17th, 2018


Living as a person who can't handle gluten is difficult, being a chef that can't handle gluten is worse.

A brief history of chocolate chips

August 16th, 2018


What came first, the chocolate chip or the chocolate chip cookie? The answer may surprise you.

My driving force

August 15th, 2018


The story of what pushes me.

A brief history of Marshmallows

August 14th, 2018


There is so much more to the little fluffy treat we use to make s'mores. I had no idea, do you?

5 Pasta Sauces You Need To Master

August 13th, 2018


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

How to make things taste good - All you need is love

August 10th, 2018


Master one of the most difficult cooking techniques, simplicity.

A brief history of yogurt

August 9th, 2018


For over 7000 years people have been enjoying the tart creaminess of yogurt. What don't you know about it.

What to eat when it's too hot to cook

August 8th, 2018


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 …

A brief history of chicken wings

August 7th, 2018


What don't you know about your favourite bar snack?

The art of entertaining

August 1st, 2018


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

The Basics of Food Safety

July 30th, 2018


Food safety is everyone's responsibility. Make sure you know the Basics

5 Essential Spice Blends

July 27th, 2018


From Garam Masala, to Chinese Five Spice, even barbecue spice. What other spice blends should you be making yourself?

A brief history of instant coffee

July 26th, 2018


The idea and first attempts to create an instant coffee dates back as far as 1771. It's come a long way since then

The negative side of Food Trends

July 25th, 2018


What once was good is not bad and what once was bad is now good.

A brief history of mashed potatoes

July 24th, 2018


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 …

5 quick cooking tips to start your week off right

July 23rd, 2018


Avocados to lemons, bacon to corn, here are 5 quick cooking tips to get your week started.

5 commonly disliked foods

July 20th, 2018


Why should you try to love foods you hate and how can you do it?

A brief history of polenta

July 19th, 2018


From the gruel that fed the Roman army to the tables of high-end restaurants, polenta has had quite the journey

The Principles Of Emulsification

July 18th, 2018


Salad dressing, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, hot dogs, and chocolate all have one thing in common... What could it be?

A brief history of butter

July 17th, 2018


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'm sorry for f**king up

July 16th, 2018


I am led you astray. I haven't really put myself in your shoes and I have been an idiot. I'm sorry.

The simplicity of cooking

July 13th, 2018


How to be a better cook and actually enjoy it

A Brief History Of Chopsticks

July 12th, 2018


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.

7 Life Lessons From The Restaurant Industry

July 11th, 2018


Over sixteen years working in restaurants has taught me a lot about life. Here are some of my most valuable lessons

A brief history of nutmeg

July 10th, 2018


What is more valuable to the Dutch than New York city? Nutmeg of course

The boy and the applesauce

July 9th, 2018


On a hot summer day, down a dusty dirt road, you never know what you might find.

How Pork Belly Changed My Life

July 6th, 2018


The story of how one bit of pork belly turned my life around and changed everything

a brief history of the fork

July 5th, 2018


The little tool that we use daily has seen its fair share of controversy. Find out all about right here on food in five.

How to eat healthy and not die

July 4th, 2018


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?

A brief history of Catherine De Medici

July 3rd, 2018


What does this real life Cerci Lannister have to do with culinary history? Find out here in a brief history of Catherine De Medici

Defining Canadian Cuisine

July 2nd, 2018


What is Canadian Cuisine? Is there one? Find out here in this Canada Day Episode of Food In Five

The secretive life of french toast

June 29th, 2018


French toast, the concept not the food...say what?

A Brief History Of Tarte Tatin

June 28th, 2018


Tender apples, sweet caramel, and crisp pastry. Is tarte tatin the most perfect dessert there ever has been?

A guide to eating out

June 27th, 2018


How to choose a restaurant. What restaurants to avoid. And how to choose the right dish for you.

A brief history of icecream

June 26th, 2018


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

Learn to cook without measuring ingredients

June 25th, 2018


How chefs cook without measuring and how you can too!


June 22nd, 2018


It is officially summer! You know what that means...

A brief history of tacos

June 21st, 2018


From mexican silver mines to taco bell, this is a brief history of the taco

A brief history of sausages

June 19th, 2018


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 …

7 time-saving cooking hacks

June 18th, 2018


These 7 time-saving cooking hacks will not only save you time but will make cooking easier and more enjoyable.

Why it's important to preheat our pans

June 15th, 2018


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?

A Brief History Of Cream Cheese

June 14th, 2018


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.

The right knife for you

June 13th, 2018


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.

A brief history of pepper

June 12th, 2018


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

Goodbye Bourdain

June 11th, 2018


Talking about the loss of Anthony Bourdain

Cooking Because You Want To Not Because You Have To

June 8th, 2018


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

A brief history of kraft dinner

June 7th, 2018


Kraft Dinner has been around for how long??

7 tips for making better burgers

June 6th, 2018


Burger season is upon us! What are 7 things you can do to make your burgers better? Find out here

A Brief History Of Peanut Butter

June 5th, 2018


From Aztec toothache remedy to school lunch special, peanut butter has spread its way into the hearts of people throughout time

How I create a recipe

June 4th, 2018


Learn the three techniques that I use to write recipes and use them to create your own dishes exactly the way you want.

Learning To Love Spicy Food

June 1st, 2018


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

A Brief History Of The Tortilla

May 31st, 2018


From the Myans to the Aztecs, to our old friend Cortes, the tortilla has been around for a very long time.

Why I'm Over Anthony Bourdain

May 30th, 2018


From working class hero to Kardashian-esque. Anthony Bourdain helped pull the veil back on the raunchiest parts of the restaurant industry. But now …

A Brief History Of Gummy Bears

May 29th, 2018


From humble beginnings to cultural icon, find out what you don't know about gummy bears

My Top 5 Favourite Foods

May 28th, 2018


Tastes and preferences change as we grow and develop. Mine seem to have come full circle.

How To Make A Kick-Ass Salad

May 25th, 2018


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

A Brief History Of Potato Chips

May 24th, 2018


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 Dawson City Salmon Crisis Of 2013

May 23rd, 2018


The trials and tribulations of one man in search of a salmon dinner in Canada's North

A Brief History Of Sushi

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

The power of food - the stew that saved the day

May 21st, 2018


A story from my time in Montreal that perfectly illustrates the power food can have on our lives.

5 Barbecue Tips To Kick Off Your Summer

May 18th, 2018


Here are five quick tips to help you kick off barbecue season in style.

A Brief History Of Sliced Bread

May 17th, 2018


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.

Simple Food

May 16th, 2018


Enjoy cooking and eating more by focusing on simple food done really well

A Brief History Of Chewing Gum

May 15th, 2018


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

The importance of planning ahead

May 14th, 2018


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?

How to cook a perfect boiled egg

May 11th, 2018


Learn the secrets to getting perfect boiled eggs everytime.

A brief history of hollandaise sauce

May 10th, 2018


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.

When you don't want to cook.

May 9th, 2018


What do you do when you don't feel like cooking? Here is what I do

100th Episode Special! A brief history of Chef Ben

May 8th, 2018


In my 100th episode special I share with you a slightly less brief history of my career.

Permission to fail

May 7th, 2018


I have messed way more food than you and I have been cooking professionally for over eighteen years. What are you so afraid of?

The art of tomato sauce

May 4th, 2018


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 …

A brief history of doughnuts

May 3rd, 2018


How did the doughnut get its hole?

Time Travel And The Power Of Food

May 2nd, 2018


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.

A brief history of popcorn

May 1st, 2018


Popcorn has been enjoyed by humans for a long, like a really long time. Find out everything you didn't know you wanted to know about popcorn

You are the reason you can't cook

April 30th, 2018


Set the excuses aside. Cooking is important and it's you are the reason you can't do it.

Creative Cooking

April 27th, 2018


Learning to cook creatively opens up a world of possibilities. Here are some tips that will help you discover your inner chef

A Brief History Of Chocolate

April 26th, 2018


Considered the food of the gods chocolate has been celebrated and cherished for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the …

Which One Should I Buy?

April 25th, 2018


There is a billion dollar industry surrounding you and what you do in your kitchen. What should you buy and what shouldn't you?

A brief history of the Hamburger

April 24th, 2018


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 …

5 things you should never buy in the grocery store

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

Setting goals and cooking better

April 20th, 2018


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 …

A brief history of the tomato

April 19th, 2018


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

Cooking with love

April 18th, 2018


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.

A Brief History Of Coffee

April 17th, 2018


What to crazy goats have to do with your morning coffee?

The why of it all

April 16th, 2018


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?

My dinner fail

April 13th, 2018


Failure is part of life. It can be hard to stomach, especially when it comes to failure in the kitchen.

A brief history of the banh mi sandwich

April 12th, 2018


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 …

Enjoy cooking by not doing it

April 11th, 2018


Sometimes the secret to enjoying cooking is ordering a pizza.

A brief history of sriracha

April 10th, 2018


From Burmese immigrants to Thailand, to a enterprising 1930's shop owner, to your kitchen table. How has sriracha climbed the culture popularity …

Eating better food will make you a better cook

April 9th, 2018


Being open to experiencing bold and exciting flavours from different areas of the world will change how you cook forever. How? Find out here.

Insects - The future of food

April 6th, 2018


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.

A brief history of the birthday cake

April 5th, 2018


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 …

How to use leftovers to create something new and delicious

April 4th, 2018


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!

A brief history of mustard

April 3rd, 2018


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

How to get people to try new foods

April 2nd, 2018


If you want people to try new foods you first have to circumvent their expectations.

Easter cooking guide and how to not kill anyone

March 30th, 2018


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 …

A brief history of cookies

March 29th, 2018


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...?

March 28th, 2018


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

A brief history of ketchup

March 27th, 2018


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: A nation in crisis

March 26th, 2018


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 …

Food, the experience

March 23rd, 2018


No matter how pretentious it sounds, food should be experienced, not just eaten. Find out what I mean here.

A brief history of Antoine Careme

March 22nd, 2018


The father of modern gastronomy, Careme revolutionized cooking forever creating not only the techniques we still use today, but the theory, which is …

How to build flavour

March 21st, 2018


What are the secrets to building the most flavour into your food? Find out here in How to build flavour

A brief history of fish sauce

March 20th, 2018


Learn the ins and outs of this ubiquitous Asian sauce.

An in depth guide to marinades

March 19th, 2018


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?

Tips on cooking meat

March 16th, 2018


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 …

A brief history of orange cheddar

March 15th, 2018


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!!

Seven things you can do to improve your soup

March 14th, 2018


What are the seven most important things you can do to improve the quality of your soup? Find out here!

A brief history of Kombucha

March 13th, 2018


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?

The buddy system

March 12th, 2018


How can a system designed to not lose children help to make you a better cook? Find out here

What's in your cart?

March 9th, 2018


Think about what you are putting in your cart at the grocery store this weekend.

A brief history of Worcestershire Sauce

March 8th, 2018


Learn the history behind England's most famous sauce in the episode of a brief history

Simulate That Grilled Flavour

March 7th, 2018


Learn to simulate that grilled flavour you crave all winter without burning your house down.

How to enjoy cooking

March 7th, 2018


Three quick tips that will help you turn that daily chore of cooking that we all have to do in an enjoyable experience.

Demystifying common cooking terms

March 5th, 2018


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

How to use herbs and spices

March 2nd, 2018


The ins and outs of flavouring food with herbs and spices.

A brief history of bananas

March 1st, 2018


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 tips to improve your cooking

February 28th, 2018


Five things to keep in mind when cooking that will improve how you cook overall.

A brief history of carrot

February 27th, 2018


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 …

Potato, potato

February 26th, 2018


What potato is the right potato for your potato needs?? Find out here as we deep dive into the world of potatoes.


February 23rd, 2018


From crust to sauce , somethings you need to know in order to make great homemade pizza.

Failure Is An Option

February 21st, 2018


If you want to be better at cooking you need to start failing.

Failure Is An Option

February 21st, 2018


Failing can be scary but it is vitally important when learning to cook

Monday Morning Meal Plan 2

February 19th, 2018


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

Roasting 101

February 16th, 2018


Everything you need to know to start roasting meat today!

Soup There It Is

February 14th, 2018


A few important things to keep in mind when making soup that will subtly change the quality of your soups forever

Hummus; The Gateway Drug

February 12th, 2018


Increasing chickpea prices, globalization, droughts in India, and how all this means you need to learn to cook now.

Fancy Gets You Nowhere

February 9th, 2018


Set realistic goals and use those as paving stones to become a better cook.

Water In Cast Iron?

February 8th, 2018


Question From Travis about water on cast iron • Water on cast-iron?

All About Cast Iron

February 7th, 2018


Debunking the mysteries of cast iron

Basic Curry Cooking

February 5th, 2018


Learn the basics you need to know in order to cook a great curry at home

Cooking Green Vegetables

February 2nd, 2018


Five things that you may be doing or not doing to improve how you cook green vegetables

How To Vinaigrette

January 31st, 2018


Learn all about how it make a creamy vinaigrette

Cooking In Contrast

January 29th, 2018


Elevate your cooking by cooking in contrast

The Reality Of Life

January 26th, 2018


You don't always have time to cook, but when you do, take advantage of it. Sometimes just eat cereal for dinner.

Where To Begin Cooking

January 24th, 2018


Choose five dishes you love and learn to cook them now

Why You Hate Cooking

January 22nd, 2018


Today I am talking about why some people "hate" cooking and how to help them find their love for all things food

Keep It Simple Stupid

January 19th, 2018


Simplicity in cooking is the key to being a great chef or a great home cook.

Buying Time

January 17th, 2018


How do your food choices affect your time and the quality of your life?

How To Use Chicken Stock

January 16th, 2018


Learn what you can do with the chicken stock chef's are always talking about and telling you how to make.

Cooking With Spices

January 15th, 2018


What is a spice? How to buy spices? How to store spices? How to cook with spices?

Using It All

January 11th, 2018


Stretch your food budget by using it all!

Monday Morning Meal Plan

January 8th, 2018


Plan your meals for the week and only cook three times.

Winter Vegetables

January 6th, 2018


Talking all about the vegetables that are readily available in the winter.

Top Five Winter Storm Meals

January 4th, 2018


The top five things I like to eat on a stormy winters day.

How To Cook Quinoa

January 3rd, 2018


Quinoa is delicious and nutritious. Learn what it is, where it comes from, and what you can do with it.

My 2018 Challenge To You

January 2nd, 2018


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.

Your New Year's Resolution

December 30th, 2017


Do you want to save money? Lose weight? Live a healthier lifestyle? Then resolve to cook more in 2018.

Recipes What Are They Good For

December 29th, 2017


What kind of cook do you want to be? A recipe follower or a recipe creator??

Important Knife Skills

December 27th, 2017


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.

My Christmas Traditions

December 24th, 2017


Christmas was always centred on the food

Stress Free Christmas Dinner

December 21st, 2017


Follow these tips to reduce the stress of your Christmas Dinner

Let's Talk Turkey

December 20th, 2017


Get the most out of your Christmas turkey

3 Things You Mess When Cooking

December 14th, 2017


Top 3 things you are doing wrong in your kitchen. (Plus a bonus)

How To Cook Any Cuisine

December 13th, 2017


Using native ingredients and techniques you can cook food from anywhere in the world.

Some Like It Hot

December 12th, 2017


All about eating spicy food and why you should learn to eat it too.

Basic Cooking Techniques 003

December 8th, 2017


Break down the process of roasting start to finish.

Basic Cooking Techniques 002

December 6th, 2017


Today I talk all about braising. Learning to braise can save you money, and up your cooking game ten fold.

Enhancing Flavour

December 4th, 2017


Learn to get the most flavour in your food

Keep It Simple Stupid

December 2nd, 2017


Don't over complicate your cooking. A little goes a long way.

Basic Cooking Techniques. 001

November 30th, 2017


How to search, and how to sauté. Figure it out!!

What Drives Me?

November 29th, 2017


This is why I so what I do.

Tools Of The Trade

November 28th, 2017


The basic tools you need to be able to cook anything at home

The Origin Story

November 25th, 2017


Why you should listen to me and who the I am.

Talking About Salt

November 22nd, 2017


Everything you need to know about salt in five minutes

Using Your Knife

November 21st, 2017


Episode 2. Properly using your knife

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