Chicken, Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Pizza

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I adore the book “Three Men in a Boat” by the English writer Jerome K. Jerome. It’s just a hilarious book, in my book (haha sorry for playing with the words). When I was a boy, I would read it over and over, sure the translated version. Unfortunately, I haven’t read it for a long time.

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Pears, Walnuts and Pansies Salad {Revelations, part

Pear, Walnut and Pancy Salad (7)

You may or may not agree but in my book, there is something more essential and fascinating in a food blog than its recipes. Sure, posting recipes is its objective. But the way you introduce them – your style – it’s something that makes the difference. Furthermore, what kind of person you are, what kind of chef you are and how did you end up being a food blogger – that’s the really fascinating stuff to me! If you’re looking for a recipe, you can just grab a cooking book. If you’re looking for a story or feelings behind this recipe, you’re welcome to a food blog! That’s why I’ve decided to start a new series of posts called Revelations where I’m going to narrate about some my biographical facts (how did I start cooking), about what kind of chef am I (definitely I will disclose why it’s ‘havoc in the kitchen’), and even about some personal characteristics which determine who I am in life. So far, I’ve come up with 6 topics, but I think there will be about 10 or even more.

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Baileys Marshmallows

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We’re that kind of guys who are rather indifferent to alcohol. I mean we love to have a glass of wine, but we’re totally fine not having it for a long time as well.

I don’t like any strong drinks. I use whiskey or brandy only in cooking and rum in alcoholic cocktails. As for vodka, I can’t even stand the way it smells and tastes (As the family story says, being 3-year-old or so boy, I by a mistake drank a small glass of vodka and after that in no time felt asleep for a number of hours. I guess that was the time I already figured out that wasn’t the drink of my dreams at all). Once, being an adult, I tried some vodka produced in Finland, with different flavors from strawberry to peppermint, and that was even worse (no offense, Finland! You produce awesome chocolate and ice cream!)

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Rhubarb Sauce Stewed Pork

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Even though my blog has been running just for two months, you have probably noticed that most of the meals being posted here are salads, pasta, and some desserts such as donuts and marshmallows. Indeed, I prefer not to count any desserts since they are not the real food. The solid argument, right?:) And I do believe in a few mounts or so you will find some dips, chilled soups, appetizers, lemonades, and ice cream – sorbets (remember – we’re not counting any donuts, pancakes, and marshmallows!) That will be pretty much the food you’re going to see for a long time.

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Rhubarb Compote Oatmeal and my First Official Marathon

Rhubarb Compote Oatmeal
In my recent post, I was talking about oatmeal. And guess what? The same story is happening today. Sorry about that.

As I said last time, I had been basically eating the same porridge again and again, since the dawn of time for a few decades. Indeed, they were two kinds of porridge – cooked in milk or in water. Later on, I started adding some cheese in it for a savory version.

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Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts

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Have you ever had a situation when a planned dish was transformed while cooking? Don’t answer though – I guess it will be “yes”. Not being a spontaneous person in life, I can act like that in the kitchen. That often happens to me, especially when I make a salad or pasta dish.  I have tried doing the same thing in baking, but after screwing up a few layer cakes I came to realize I shouldn’t be that frivolous with cakes.

Sometimes I can blame my memory for forgetting to add an ingredient and finding that out only while taking pictures or  having eaten the meal.

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Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and Feta Polenta


In many countries – and so in Canada – there are some kind of emergency lists set up, regularly revised, and advised to be used in case of any unforeseen situations such as deteriorated weather conditions, natural calamities, power outage and so on. It’s quite reasonable to have some extra water, imperishable food and cash in your house. Even though Toronto is quite a safe area, I remember a few situations since we came to Canada. There were some downpours and snowfalls left a number of residential areas without power up to a few days. But the most outrageous situation happened in December, 2013 when thanks to a two-day freezing rain the thousands of people didn’t have power up to a week, including the Christmas holidays.

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