Food Out of Control: Going to France!

So it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Between school and working two jobs, there has not been much spare time to write a post. This means, however, that I have a huge back-log of photos and ideas coming your way! If you’re looking for content in the meantime, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and now, Instagram. Here…

Chinatown at Night: Lamian Noodles and Dancing

Late night in Chinatown has to be one of my favourite times… The markets wheel in their produce for the night, tucking it into fluorescent sunshine, leaving behind tattered cardboard and stickers, impressions of jackfruit and bok choy. The workday bustle slows to a hum as the restaurants fill up. On our cold happy walk along…

On Kensington Market

Fluffy arepas, spots of charred corn crust. Sweet and savoury plaintain. The salted fat of fresca cheese. Herby sauce, cilantro, green chilies. Tomatillo. Standing at a counter lost in a plastic tray with checkered paper. After eating, the musty memory of a corn tortilla sitting on my tongue. Lips heavy with spice. The satisfication of the…

Food and Nature

  I have been so busy with school it’s been hard to keep up with blogging. There is lots of material to share from the past few weeks though! Today’s post is a photo essay about the connection between nature and food. For my food theory class, I have been reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s…

Rose Petals and Chicken Gizzards

Splitting green cardamom pods for their seeds. Cracking the arms of star anise to pull out the shiny brown seed contained within. Gathering dried lavender flowers, purple. Rose petals, pink and sweet, fragrant. Sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice, coriander, turmeric, clove, fennel seed, nutmeg, ginger. It seems as if thoughts of food follow me everywhere right now. At…

2014 in Review

2014 was a great year, and here are the highlights: In January I bought foodundercontrol.com and things were lit on fire in celebration! February was the one year bloggiversary and I found myself focusing on the little details. March was full of inspiration and possibility. I found myself starting to shoot at home more often, excited about food…

Contrast: Asian Fusion

Here are some photos from recipe testing thai and asian fusion at Tree House Kitchen. The elements remembered on my palate: Shallots, ginger and garlic fighting for dominance. The fresh punch of cilantro. Fatty and sweet coconut. Lemongrass and lime leaves in the background. Everything lifted by limes, heat, sweetness and acidity. We marinated and…

Montreal Part III – Wandering

It’s hard to believe there were only 2 nights and 2 days in Montreal when I was able to take so many photos. Such an inspiring city! Here are the final photos from that weekend. Elvir’s photo of myself drinking a “wild” cappuccino at Le Deppaneur Café. Searching for coffee on 10 AM on Saturday morning…

Montreal Part II – A Portrait of Marché Jean-Talon

Les Jardins Sauvages: Tins of foraged and native spices. Piles of soft forest mushrooms, curled, rounded, gilled and frilled like nebula clouds. A brassica vendor selling giant cauliflower and fractal-like romanesco broccoli exploding from their stem. Large kohlrabi in vibrant purple and green. Brussel sprouts wrapped around themselves and clinging to their stalk. Charcuterie: marbled, dried, tied, spotted with mold….

Montreal Part I – Salon de thé Cardinal Tea Room

Montreal is a wonderful city to wander in. Endless cafés, bakeries, shops and beautiful buildings. Last weekend, I kept my camera by my side and was snap-happy most of the time. It’s easy to get caught up in photogenic things, snap a picture and walk away. Something about this eye-catching doorway stopped me in my tracks…

Follow Your Heart

Knees aching from the hours spent on the line, I find happiness in: the perfected flip of the pan, eggs end-over-end landing softly onto a bed of themselves. Swirling the vortex of vinegar water to cradle a poached egg and then spooning a velvety drape of hollandaise over it. Strips of pablano pepper sliced into…

Halloween Cake Decorating – Severed Marzipan Fingers

This week at The Treehouse Kitchen I had the opportunity to do some spooky cake decorating. I shaped delicious marzipan into finger shapes, attached a whole almond for the fingernail and then dipped them in red food colouring for that extra ew/b00 factor! Just another day at the office..