Coping with Disappointment

For various reasons, people tend to think I have my dumplings together. I am here to assure you of precisely the opposite. An inconvenient alternate hypothesis, you might say, and I would agree. I am not the smartest one in the room. I am not exceedingly gifted in any discernible fashion. I am not the… Continue reading Coping with Disappointment

Rhubarb and Mascarpone

I'm in a Starbucks, sitting at a window seat from which my field of vision spills out like the sun onto a lightly bleached lower Spadina. It's hard to believe the Thursday rain, the February pain. It feels, even if it's not the case, that summer's speaking. It just feels that way. But I still… Continue reading Rhubarb and Mascarpone

Ube Cheesecake

Ube Cheesecake with Toasted Coconut Crust and Blackberries

Quickie post today, recipe only. Ube Cheesecake with Toasted Coconut Crust and Blackberries Makes a moderately tall, 9-inch cake - serves 12 Toasted Coconut Crust: 1 c unsweetened dessicated coconut 1 sleeve Maria biscuits, roughly broken up 1/3 c coconut oil, melted In a skillet, stir the coconut over medium heat until golden, crisp, and… Continue reading Ube Cheesecake

White Elephant – the Recipes

Three weeks ago in the midst of exams, presentations, and papers due I drew up a menu. Not just for fun, though I do that too, but for the biggest dinner I've ever hosted. A baker's dozen, myself included. For Christmas, a week before. For a mismatched squad, one who brings peanut butter to every… Continue reading White Elephant – the Recipes

Excuse My Political Incorrectness

"History is the running record of mankind trudging like a blind idiot through an endless pile of retrospectively unenlightened shit. Like Mike in Suits, if you will." A few mornings ago I woke up to an article from the National Post titled "Everything is offensive: Here are Canada's other politically incorrect place names" in which… Continue reading Excuse My Political Incorrectness

Does ice cream make kids smarter?

I enjoy reading The Economist during dinnertime, a source of convenient insight and quick information that I generally trust to have some level of class and be reasonably unbiased. In the rare cases where opinion is wheeled onto center stage on a trolley, it would be clearly labelled “THIS IS AN OPINION. NOT FACT”, so… Continue reading Does ice cream make kids smarter?