Food In Five

Food In Five
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 Week Monday - Meals in 30 minutes or less Tuesday and Thursday - Food History Wednesday - Varied Friday - Everything I know about… New Episodes Five Days A Week! Ranked 9th in Top 20 Chef Podcasts by

Best chicken wings ever
Jul 19 • 6 min
These are in my opinion the best chicken wings ever and I’m going to tell you how to make them.
The brief history of the toaster
Jul 18 • 6 min
What is the most overlooked piece of modern tech in your kitchen? Is it your fancy coffee maker, your soda stream, no? What about your microwave? I’m will to bet that the most overlooked piece of modern tech in your kitchen is your toaster. Can you…
My top five episodes of all time
Jul 17 • 6 min
Today we go deep into the archives and take a look at my top five posts of all time. 5 - 4 - 3 -…
The brief history of Thomas Jefferson the foodie
Jul 16 • 5 min
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
Jul 15 • 7 min
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
Jul 12 • 6 min
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 better.
A brief history of Shepherd’s Pie
Jul 11 • 5 min
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
Jul 10 • 8 min
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
Jul 9 • 5 min
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
Jul 8 • 5 min
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
Jul 5 • 8 min
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?
Jul 3 • 3 min
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
Jul 2 • 4 min
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
Jun 28 • 7 min
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
Jun 27 • 3 min
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
Jun 26 • 7 min
Having any allergy is difficult, having food allergies and being a chef is worse.
The brief history of pasta
Jun 25 • 5 min
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 as we take a look at the brief history of pasta.
Pho style soup in 30 minutes or less
Jun 24 • 8 min
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
Jun 21 • 6 min
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
Jun 20 • 5 min
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 make a souffle anyway?
5 Kick-Ass Summer Potato Dishes
Jun 19 • 8 min
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
Jun 18 • 5 min
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
Jun 17 • 9 min
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 written version for more details and the full recipe right here
Everything I Know About Barbecue Sauce
Jun 14 • 7 min
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
Jun 13 • 5 min
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 is precisely the journey that the chocolate lava cake has taken. This is the tale of two cakes, of two…
Life on the Line. A poem from the perspective of a professional line cook
Jun 12 • 3 min
The best way I can think to describe what it’s like to cook professionally
A brief history of food trucks
Jun 11 • 4 min
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 food truck.
Chicken Quinoa Greek Salad - 30 Minutes Or Less
Jun 10 • 7 min
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 share with you. Check it out!!
Everything I know about Vinaigrette
Jun 7 • 6 min
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
Jun 6 • 5 min
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 to a cold world. This is the brief history of ranch
The 3 magical ingredients that will change your life
Jun 5 • 6 min
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
Jun 4 • 6 min
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
Jun 3 • 10 min
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 31 • 6 min
Today we take a look at everything I know about rice
A brief history of Cows Ice Cream
May 30 • 4 min
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 29 • 14 min
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 28 • 4 min
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 27 • 6 min
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 24 • 10 min
Today we take a look into salads. This is everything I know about them, well…almost everything
A brief history of beer
May 23 • 5 min
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 22 • 4 min
A look at the impossible burger and beyond meat.
A brief history of horseradish
May 21 • 3 min
What condiment goes just was well with roast beef as it does with fish or oysters?
Pork Fried Rice - 30 Minutes Or Less
May 20 • 7 min
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 17 • 9 min
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 16 • 5 min
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 15 • 8 min
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. For the full recipe break down go to
A Brief History Of Sweetened Condensed Milk
May 14 • 7 min
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 13 • 6 min
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 are a must try.
Everything I Know About Cheese
May 10 • 9 min
Hard cheese, soft cheese. Orange cheese, blue cheese. There is so much to know about cheese!
A brief history of honey
May 9 • 6 min
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 8 • 5 min
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 7 • 4 min
The history of tea is shrouded in historical fiction. This is what we do know.
Chicken Shawarma Bowl - 30 Minutes Or Less
May 6 • 7 min
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 3 • 9 min
There is so much more to know about sandwiches than you think. What are you missing?
A Brief History Of Brussels Sprouts
May 2 • 4 min
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 1 • 11 min
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
Apr 30 • 4 min
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
Apr 29 • 5 min
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
Apr 26 • 11 min
From buying it, to cooking it, here is everything I know about fish
A Brief History Of Pillsbury
Apr 25 • 6 min
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
Apr 24 • 9 min
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.
Apr 23 • 4 min
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. What else don’t you know?
A brief history of both the Easter egg and the Easter Bunny
Apr 18 • 6 min
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?
Apr 17 • 6 min
The answer to that question is both more and less complicated then it seems. Let’s take a look
A Brief History Of Fruitopia
Apr 16 • 5 min
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
Apr 15 • 9 min
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
Apr 12 • 7 min
On this lovely Friday morning i thought I would share with you everything I Know About Greek Food
A Brief History Of Gatorade
Apr 11 • 6 min
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 everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite sports drink.
Food Porn: A nation is crisis 2
Apr 10 • 6 min
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 become a serious problem, but what can be done? Find out here?
A Brief History Of Apples
Apr 9 • 5 min
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
Apr 8 • 7 min
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
Apr 5 • 10 min
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
Apr 4 • 4 min
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
Apr 3 • 5 min
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
Apr 2 • 4 min
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
Apr 1 • 5 min
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
Mar 29 • 9 min
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
Mar 28 • 5 min
Join me as I wade through the BS that is the history of pancakes and separate the fact from fiction.
5 simple weeknight desserts
Mar 27 • 6 min
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
Mar 26 • 6 min
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 the pulp, this is the brief history of minute maid.
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese - 30 Minutes Or Less
Mar 25 • 8 min
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
Mar 22 • 11 min
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
Mar 21 • 6 min
“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 El Paso
Homemade Sauerkraut -A Gateway Drug
Mar 20 • 7 min
Sauerkraut is a delicious if not often misunderstood item. Beyond the potential health benefits, and tastyness, making sauerkraut at home opens the door to the beautiful world of fermentation.
A Brief History Of Vegetable Oil
Mar 19 • 5 min
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
Mar 18 • 6 min
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
Mar 15 • 10 min
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
Mar 14 • 23 min
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 really delicious hot sauces. And we…
My Guide To Un-Healthy Eating
Mar 13 • 8 min
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
Mar 12 • 4 min
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
Mar 11 • 5 min
This will be your new favourite salmon dish. Period.
Everything I Know About Braising
Mar 8 • 7 min
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
Mar 7 • 5 min
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 know. This is the brief history of Bob’s Red Mill.
My Journey To Master Homemad Tortillas
Mar 6 • 9 min
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 should give this a listen.
A Brief History Of San Marzano Tomatoes
Mar 5 • 3 min
Here is everything you never new about San Marzano Tomatoes
Chicken Pesto - 30 Minutes Or Less
Mar 4 • 6 min
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 this at
Everything I Know About Roast Chicken
Mar 1 • 6 min
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
Feb 28 • 5 min
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
Feb 27 • 7 min
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
Feb 26 • 4 min
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
Feb 25 • 6 min
Learn to make delicious beef and broccoli in under 30 minutes start to finish.
Everything I Know About Eggplant
Feb 22 • 7 min
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
Feb 21 • 4 min
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
Feb 20 • 7 min
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
Feb 19 • 5 min
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 brief history of bologna.
30 Minutes Or Less - Pork Chops with Smashed Baby Potatoes
Feb 18 • 5 min
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
Feb 15 • 9 min
From seasoning, to cleaning, cooking, and maintaining, this is everything I know about cast iron.
A Brief History Of Le Creuset
Feb 14 • 4 min
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
Feb 13 • 6 min
This Valentine’s Day avoid busy restaurants and downtown parking. Make dinner together at home
A Brief History Of The Mars Corporation
Feb 12 • 5 min
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
Feb 11 • 3 min
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
Feb 8 • 5 min
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)
Feb 7 • 4 min
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 take a look at the brief history of…
The Great Tomato Taste Test
Feb 6 • 4 min
This simple and cheap experiment can and will change how you understand flavour and how you season your food.
A brief history of margarine
Feb 5 • 5 min
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
Feb 4 • 3 min
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
Feb 1 • 7 min
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
Jan 31 • 5 min
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
Jan 30 • 5 min
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
Jan 29 • 5 min
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
Jan 28 • 3 min
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
Jan 25 • 9 min
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
Jan 24 • 6 min
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
Jan 23 • 7 min
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
Jan 22 • 3 min
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 cornbread in…a brief history of cornbread
How to taste your food
Jan 21 • 8 min
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
Jan 18 • 6 min
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
Jan 17 • 4 min
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
Jan 16 • 10 min
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
Jan 15 • 4 min
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
Jan 14 • 12 min
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
Jan 11 • 8 min
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
Jan 10 • 6 min
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 interesting history of the hardest working appliance in your house.
5 Tips To Cooking scallops
Jan 9 • 8 min
Learn to cook perfect scallops every time. Your life will never be the same
A Brief History Of Jell-O
Jan 8 • 5 min
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 the brief history of jell-o.
Getting to know Mexican Food
Jan 7 • 6 min
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
Jan 4 • 6 min
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
Jan 3 • 5 min
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 recipe was written?…
How to make healthy food taste good
Jan 2 • 5 min
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 a few notches on your belt without compromising flavour.…
Questions of the week ep. 10
Dec 22, 2018 • 4 min
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
Dec 21, 2018 • 9 min
Turkey, potatoes, carrots and turnip, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. This is my Christmas dinner.
A brief history of hot chocolate
Dec 20, 2018 • 4 min
For over 2500 years people have been drinking hot chocolate. How much has it changed?
A look at international Christmas Traditions
Dec 19, 2018 • 4 min
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
Dec 18, 2018 • 3 min
Learn all about this common Christmas Tradition.
Getting to know bacon
Dec 17, 2018 • 7 min
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 know about bacon that you should?…
Questions Of The Week Ep. 9
Dec 15, 2018 • 5 min
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
Dec 14, 2018 • 6 min
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 hard work…
A brief history of eggnog
Dec 13, 2018 • 3 min
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
Dec 12, 2018 • 7 min
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 all the mother sauces. This is an absolute do not miss.…
A Brief History Of Hors D’ourves
Dec 11, 2018 • 5 min
First of all let’s clarify what an hors d’ourve actually is. Do you know?
Getting To Know Butternut Squash
Dec 10, 2018 • 4 min
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…
Questions Of The Week Ep. 8
Dec 8, 2018 • 5 min
This week I will be answering questions about resting steak, shipping baked goods, and more. Check it out. If you have a question that you want answered ask me on:
10 Foods To Have On Hand This Holiday Season
Dec 7, 2018 • 5 min
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
Dec 6, 2018 • 4 min
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 about this divisive holiday staple. What don’t you know about it?
How to make Hollandaise Sauce
Dec 5, 2018 • 11 min
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 to make other sauces from Hollandaise. You may be surprised at how accessable the whole process is.
A Brief History Of Gingerbread
Dec 4, 2018 • 4 min
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
Dec 3, 2018 • 6 min
Get through the holiday season with these two techniques that we use every day in the restaurant industry.
Questions of the week ep. 7
Dec 1, 2018 • 5 min
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
Nov 30, 2018 • 14 min
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
Nov 29, 2018 • 4 min
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
Nov 28, 2018 • 7 min
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
Nov 27, 2018 • 4 min
Do you know where your ravioli comes from? The answer may surprise you…
Google Autocomplete “How do you cook?”
Nov 26, 2018 • 6 min
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
Nov 24, 2018 • 5 min
This week I will be answering the most common questions I get asked.
Everything I know About Stew
Nov 23, 2018 • 10 min
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
Nov 22, 2018 • 3 min
From native Americans, to ancient Vikings, to 7th century Poland, the process of smoking salmon remains largely unchanged. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about smoked salmon
How to make Bechamel Sauce
Nov 21, 2018 • 8 min
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
Nov 20, 2018 • 5 min
All about knives. Different styles, where they come from and what to look for when buying knives.
The food of Northern Italy
Nov 19, 2018 • 4 min
What you know about Italian food is only half the story.
Questions Of The Week Ep. 5
Nov 17, 2018 • 7 min
This week I will be answering questions about homemade pasta, liquid smoke, mustard barbecue sauce and more.
Everything I Know About Lasagna
Nov 16, 2018 • 7 min
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
Nov 15, 2018 • 3 min
Is it true that gnocchi is made with potatoes and flour? Kind of…
The Art Of Tomato Sauce
Nov 14, 2018 • 6 min
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
Nov 13, 2018 • 6 min
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
Nov 12, 2018 • 6 min
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
Nov 10, 2018 • 9 min
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.
Nov 9, 2018 • 10 min
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
Nov 8, 2018 • 5 min
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
Nov 7, 2018 • 7 min
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
Nov 6, 2018 • 3 min
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
Nov 5, 2018 • 3 min
What do you like to eat when you’re sick? Here are my top five
A brief history of Kerr’s Candy Molasses Kisses
Oct 30, 2018 • 3 min
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!
Oct 29, 2018 • 8 min
Brined, braised, soaked and smoked. Ribs, ribs, ribs.
Everything I Know About Seafood Chowder
Oct 26, 2018 • 7 min
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
Oct 25, 2018 • 3 min
You really won’t believe this history of this strange fruit
A conversation about Reduction and how to concentrate flavour
Oct 24, 2018 • 5 min
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
Oct 23, 2018 • 3 min
What don’t you know about soy sauce?
Mashed Potato Secrets
Oct 22, 2018 • 7 min
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
Oct 19, 2018 • 7 min
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
Oct 18, 2018 • 3 min
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
Oct 17, 2018 • 7 min
Today we break down how to make barbecue sauce and the most versatile sauce of them all, pan sauce
A brief history of pickels
Oct 16, 2018 • 3 min
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
Taking the fear out of trying new things
Oct 15, 2018 • 3 min
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 something new in the grocery store you just knew everything about it? Would you try new things more often? What…
How do I cook…With Google Auto complete
Oct 12, 2018 • 6 min
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
Oct 11, 2018 • 5 min
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?
Oct 10, 2018 • 6 min
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
Oct 9, 2018 • 4 min
What don’t you known about that little can of bubbles that makes your day complete?
How To Win Thanksgiving
Oct 5, 2018 • 6 min
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 from a professional chef and make your Thanksgiving Day a breeze.
A Brief History Of Pumpkin Pie
Oct 4, 2018 • 5 min
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 icon? Find out right here.
Turkey tips
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 min
Two simple things that you can do to make your turkey better.
A Brief History Of Cranberry Sauce
Oct 2, 2018 • 4 min
Where did this Thanksgiving staple come from? How is it made? And why do we only eat it with turkey?
Perfect pie crust everytime
Oct 1, 2018 • 5 min
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
Sep 28, 2018 • 4 min
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
Sep 27, 2018 • 4 min
First of all, do you even know what coleslaw is? You might now.
Good food Vs Great Food
Sep 26, 2018 • 7 min
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
Sep 25, 2018 • 3 min
There isn’t too much to know about corn syrup, but what there is to know is contained within this podcast
Soup Secrets
Sep 24, 2018 • 7 min
Everything you ever wanted to know about soup and so much more
Hello Fresh Meal-Kit Review
Sep 21, 2018 • 15 min
From box to belly, here is what I think about Hello Fresh
A brief history of lemonade
Sep 20, 2018 • 3 min
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…
Sep 19, 2018 • 6 min
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
Sep 18, 2018 • 3 min
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
Sep 17, 2018 • 3 min
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
Sep 13, 2018 • 5 min
So much I didn’t know about the company that makes my favourite cracker
Everything you ever wanted to know about polenta
Sep 12, 2018 • 6 min
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 polenta.
A Brief History Of The Tagine
Sep 11, 2018 • 3 min
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
Sep 10, 2018 • 4 min
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
Sep 7, 2018 • 5 min
This is the story of the first thing I ever cooked. Spoiler alert, it didn’t go well.
A brief history of Hummus
Sep 6, 2018 • 4 min
Wait until you hear about the hummus wars…
Knowing the basis
Sep 5, 2018 • 5 min
Why is it important to know the basics? So you don’t get fleeced, that’s why!
A Brief History Of Root Beer
Sep 4, 2018 • 4 min
What don’t you know about root beer.
Canadian Eggs - My day on a Canadian Egg Farm
Aug 31, 2018 • 5 min
Everything I thought I knew about food production in Canada was wrong.
A brief history of the electric mixer
Aug 30, 2018 • 5 min
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
Aug 29, 2018 • 3 min
“no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” Robin Williams
A brief history of the meatloaf
Aug 28, 2018 • 3 min
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
Aug 27, 2018 • 4 min
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
Aug 24, 2018 • 7 min
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
Aug 23, 2018 • 3 min
How modern is this modern convince food? Wouldn’t you like to know?
5 sauces that will change your life
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
These five sauces aren’t complicated to make but they do pack a punch.
A brief history of restaurants
Aug 21, 2018 • 5 min
The French did it, or at least that is what “they” would have you believe…
What you dont know about coffee
Aug 20, 2018 • 5 min
Where does coffee come from? Who invented it? How is it made? And what makes it taste so damn good?
My gluten-free life
Aug 17, 2018 • 4 min
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
Aug 16, 2018 • 4 min
What came first, the chocolate chip or the chocolate chip cookie? The answer may surprise you.
My driving force
Aug 15, 2018 • 5 min
The story of what pushes me.
A brief history of Marshmallows
Aug 14, 2018 • 3 min
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
Aug 13, 2018 • 8 min
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
Aug 10, 2018 • 6 min
Master one of the most difficult cooking techniques, simplicity.
A brief history of yogurt
Aug 9, 2018 • 3 min
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
Aug 8, 2018 • 4 min
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 wasn’t?
A brief history of chicken wings
Aug 7, 2018 • 2 min
What don’t you know about your favourite bar snack?
The art of entertaining
Aug 1, 2018 • 5 min
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
Jul 30, 2018 • 5 min
Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. Make sure you know the Basics
5 Essential Spice Blends
Jul 27, 2018 • 7 min
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
Jul 26, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jul 25, 2018 • 3 min
What once was good is not bad and what once was bad is now good.
A brief history of mashed potatoes
Jul 24, 2018 • 4 min
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 potatoes
5 quick cooking tips to start your week off right
Jul 23, 2018 • 6 min
Avocados to lemons, bacon to corn, here are 5 quick cooking tips to get your week started.
5 commonly disliked foods
Jul 20, 2018 • 10 min
Why should you try to love foods you hate and how can you do it?
A brief history of polenta
Jul 19, 2018 • 0 min
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
Jul 18, 2018 • 12 min
Salad dressing, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, hot dogs, and chocolate all have one thing in common… What could it be?
A brief history of butter
Jul 17, 2018 • 3 min
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 butter?
I’m sorry for f**king up
Jul 16, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jul 13, 2018 • 3 min
How to be a better cook and actually enjoy it
A Brief History Of Chopsticks
Jul 12, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jul 11, 2018 • 5 min
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
Jul 10, 2018 • 3 min
What is more valuable to the Dutch than New York city? Nutmeg of course
The boy and the applesauce
Jul 9, 2018 • 4 min
On a hot summer day, down a dusty dirt road, you never know what you might find.
How Pork Belly Changed My Life
Jul 6, 2018 • 6 min
The story of how one bit of pork belly turned my life around and changed everything
a brief history of the fork
Jul 5, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jul 4, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jul 3, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jul 2, 2018 • 5 min
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
Jun 29, 2018 • 3 min
French toast, the concept not the food…say what?
A Brief History Of Tarte Tatin
Jun 28, 2018 • 2 min
Tender apples, sweet caramel, and crisp pastry. Is tarte tatin the most perfect dessert there ever has been?
A guide to eating out
Jun 27, 2018 • 5 min
How to choose a restaurant. What restaurants to avoid. And how to choose the right dish for you.
A brief history of icecream
Jun 26, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jun 25, 2018 • 5 min
How chefs cook without measuring and how you can too!
Jun 22, 2018 • 2 min
It is officially summer! You know what that means…
A brief history of tacos
Jun 21, 2018 • 4 min
From mexican silver mines to taco bell, this is a brief history of the taco
A brief history of sausages
Jun 19, 2018 • 3 min
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 tubular meat? Find out here.
7 time-saving cooking hacks
Jun 18, 2018 • 5 min
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
Jun 15, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jun 14, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jun 13, 2018 • 6 min
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
Jun 12, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jun 11, 2018 • 2 min
Talking about the loss of Anthony Bourdain
Cooking Because You Want To Not Because You Have To
Jun 8, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jun 7, 2018 • 2 min
Kraft Dinner has been around for how long??
7 tips for making better burgers
Jun 6, 2018 • 7 min
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
Jun 5, 2018 • 3 min
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
Jun 4, 2018 • 6 min
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
Jun 1, 2018 • 5 min
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 31, 2018 • 3 min
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 30, 2018 • 5 min
From working class hero to Kardashian-esque. Anthony Bourdain helped pull the veil back on the raunchiest parts of the restaurant industry. But now he has become the very thing he has always hated most.
A Brief History Of Gummy Bears
May 29, 2018 • 4 min
From humble beginnings to cultural icon, find out what you don’t know about gummy bears
My Top 5 Favourite Foods
May 28, 2018 • 5 min
Tastes and preferences change as we grow and develop. Mine seem to have come full circle.
How To Make A Kick-Ass Salad
May 25, 2018 • 6 min
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 24, 2018 • 4 min
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 invented them? And how did they take over the world?
The Dawson City Salmon Crisis Of 2013
May 23, 2018 • 12 min
The trials and tribulations of one man in search of a salmon dinner in Canada’s North
A Brief History Of Sushi
May 22, 2018 • 4 min
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 transformation. Find out all about it in A brief history of sushi
The power of food - the stew that saved the day
May 21, 2018 • 19 min
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 18, 2018 • 5 min
Here are five quick tips to help you kick off barbecue season in style.
A Brief History Of Sliced Bread
May 17, 2018 • 6 min
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 16, 2018 • 5 min
Enjoy cooking and eating more by focusing on simple food done really well
A Brief History Of Chewing Gum
May 15, 2018 • 5 min
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 14, 2018 • 6 min
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 11, 2018 • 7 min
Learn the secrets to getting perfect boiled eggs everytime.
A brief history of hollandaise sauce
May 10, 2018 • 3 min
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 9, 2018 • 5 min
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 8, 2018 • 16 min
In my 100th episode special I share with you a slightly less brief history of my career.
Permission to fail
May 7, 2018 • 3 min
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 4, 2018 • 4 min
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 everything
A brief history of doughnuts
May 3, 2018 • 2 min
How did the doughnut get its hole?
Time Travel And The Power Of Food
May 2, 2018 • 4 min
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 1, 2018 • 5 min
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
You are the reason you can’t cook
Apr 30, 2018 • 5 min
Set the excuses aside. Cooking is important and it’s you are the reason you can’t do it.
Creative Cooking
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 26, 2018 • 5 min
Considered the food of the gods chocolate has been celebrated and cherished for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the world’s favourite treat.
Which One Should I Buy?
Apr 25, 2018 • 5 min
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
Apr 24, 2018 • 5 min
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 the fabric of our culture? Find out here as we explore a brief history of the hamburger.
5 things you should never buy in the grocery store
Apr 23, 2018 • 5 min
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 items you should never buy.
Setting goals and cooking better
Apr 20, 2018 • 5 min
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 enjoyment and fulfillment by setting even simple goals.
A brief history of the tomato
Apr 19, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 18, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 17, 2018 • 5 min
What to crazy goats have to do with your morning coffee?
The why of it all
Apr 16, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 13, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 12, 2018 • 4 min
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 creating something beautiful.
Enjoy cooking by not doing it
Apr 11, 2018 • 4 min
Sometimes the secret to enjoying cooking is ordering a pizza.
A brief history of sriracha
Apr 10, 2018 • 4 min
From Burmese immigrants to Thailand, to a enterprising 1930’s shop owner, to your kitchen table. How has sriracha climbed the culture popularity ladder and become both the prom king and queen of our taste buds and hearts? Find out here.
Eating better food will make you a better cook
Apr 9, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 6, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 5, 2018 • 4 min
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 to come and a reminder of years gone by…
How to use leftovers to create something new and delicious
Apr 4, 2018 • 5 min
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
Apr 3, 2018 • 4 min
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
Apr 2, 2018 • 4 min
If you want people to try new foods you first have to circumvent their expectations.
Easter cooking guide and how to not kill anyone
Mar 30, 2018 • 4 min
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 make your Easter a breeze.
A brief history of cookies
Mar 29, 2018 • 4 min
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…?
Mar 28, 2018 • 5 min
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
Mar 27, 2018 • 4 min
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
Mar 26, 2018 • 4 min
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 can something so beautiful be so bad? And who should we turn to for help?
Food, the experience
Mar 23, 2018 • 4 min
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
Mar 22, 2018 • 4 min
The father of modern gastronomy, Careme revolutionized cooking forever creating not only the techniques we still use today, but the theory, which is the foundation those techniques are built upon.
How to build flavour
Mar 21, 2018 • 4 min
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
Mar 20, 2018 • 3 min
Learn the ins and outs of this ubiquitous Asian sauce.
An in depth guide to marinades
Mar 19, 2018 • 5 min
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
Mar 16, 2018 • 7 min
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 wonderful episode of food in five
A brief history of orange cheddar
Mar 15, 2018 • 4 min
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
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
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
Mar 13, 2018 • 5 min
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
Mar 12, 2018 • 3 min
How can a system designed to not lose children help to make you a better cook? Find out here
What’s in your cart?
Mar 9, 2018 • 3 min
Think about what you are putting in your cart at the grocery store this weekend.
A brief history of Worcestershire Sauce
Mar 8, 2018 • 4 min
Learn the history behind England’s most famous sauce in the episode of a brief history
Simulate That Grilled Flavour
Mar 7, 2018 • 4 min
Learn to simulate that grilled flavour you crave all winter without burning your house down.
How to enjoy cooking
Mar 7, 2018 • 5 min
Three quick tips that will help you turn that daily chore of cooking that we all have to do in an enjoyable experience.
A Brief History Of Risotto
Mar 6, 2018 • 4 min
Learn all about risotto
Demystifying common cooking terms
Mar 5, 2018 • 5 min
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
Mar 2, 2018 • 5 min
The ins and outs of flavouring food with herbs and spices.
A brief history of bananas
Mar 1, 2018 • 4 min
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
Feb 28, 2018 • 5 min
Five things to keep in mind when cooking that will improve how you cook overall.
A brief history of carrot
Feb 27, 2018 • 3 min
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 win WWII? Carrots are naturally what colour?
Potato, potato
Feb 26, 2018 • 5 min
What potato is the right potato for your potato needs?? Find out here as we deep dive into the world of potatoes.
Feb 23, 2018 • 5 min
From crust to sauce , somethings you need to know in order to make great homemade pizza.
Failure Is An Option
Feb 21, 2018 • 4 min
If you want to be better at cooking you need to start failing.
Failure Is An Option
Feb 21, 2018 • 4 min
Failing can be scary but it is vitally important when learning to cook
Monday Morning Meal Plan 2
Feb 19, 2018 • 4 min
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
Feb 16, 2018 • 5 min
Everything you need to know to start roasting meat today!
Soup There It Is
Feb 14, 2018 • 5 min
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
Feb 12, 2018 • 5 min
Increasing chickpea prices, globalization, droughts in India, and how all this means you need to learn to cook now.
Fancy Gets You Nowhere
Feb 9, 2018 • 5 min
Set realistic goals and use those as paving stones to become a better cook.
Water In Cast Iron?
Feb 8, 2018 • 2 min
Question From Travis about water on cast iron • Water on cast-iron?
All About Cast Iron
Feb 7, 2018 • 5 min
Debunking the mysteries of cast iron
Basic Curry Cooking
Feb 5, 2018 • 5 min
Learn the basics you need to know in order to cook a great curry at home
Cooking Green Vegetables
Feb 2, 2018 • 5 min
Five things that you may be doing or not doing to improve how you cook green vegetables
How To Vinaigrette
Jan 31, 2018 • 5 min
Learn all about how it make a creamy vinaigrette
Cooking In Contrast
Jan 29, 2018 • 4 min
Elevate your cooking by cooking in contrast
The Reality Of Life
Jan 26, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jan 24, 2018 • 4 min
Choose five dishes you love and learn to cook them now
Why You Hate Cooking
Jan 22, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jan 19, 2018 • 4 min
Simplicity in cooking is the key to being a great chef or a great home cook.
Buying Time
Jan 17, 2018 • 5 min
How do your food choices affect your time and the quality of your life?
How To Use Chicken Stock
Jan 16, 2018 • 5 min
Learn what you can do with the chicken stock chef’s are always talking about and telling you how to make.
Cooking With Spices
Jan 15, 2018 • 4 min
What is a spice? How to buy spices? How to store spices? How to cook with spices?
Using It All
Jan 11, 2018 • 5 min
Stretch your food budget by using it all!
Monday Morning Meal Plan
Jan 8, 2018 • 5 min
Plan your meals for the week and only cook three times.
Winter Vegetables
Jan 6, 2018 • 5 min
Talking all about the vegetables that are readily available in the winter.
Top Five Winter Storm Meals
Jan 4, 2018 • 5 min
The top five things I like to eat on a stormy winters day.
How To Cook Quinoa
Jan 3, 2018 • 4 min
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
Jan 2, 2018 • 4 min
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
Dec 30, 2017 • 4 min
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
Dec 29, 2017 • 5 min
What kind of cook do you want to be? A recipe follower or a recipe creator??
Important Knife Skills
Dec 27, 2017 • 4 min
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
Dec 24, 2017 • 4 min
Christmas was always centred on the food
Stress Free Christmas Dinner
Dec 21, 2017 • 9 min
Follow these tips to reduce the stress of your Christmas Dinner
Let’s Talk Turkey
Dec 20, 2017 • 4 min
Get the most out of your Christmas turkey
3 Things You Mess When Cooking
Dec 14, 2017 • 4 min
Top 3 things you are doing wrong in your kitchen. (Plus a bonus)
How To Cook Any Cuisine
Dec 13, 2017 • 4 min
Using native ingredients and techniques you can cook food from anywhere in the world.
Some Like It Hot
Dec 12, 2017 • 5 min
All about eating spicy food and why you should learn to eat it too.
Basic Cooking Techniques 003
Dec 8, 2017 • 5 min
Break down the process of roasting start to finish.
Basic Cooking Techniques 002
Dec 6, 2017 • 5 min
Today I talk all about braising. Learning to braise can save you money, and up your cooking game ten fold.
Enhancing Flavour
Dec 4, 2017 • 5 min
Learn to get the most flavour in your food
Keep It Simple Stupid
Dec 2, 2017 • 5 min
Don’t over complicate your cooking. A little goes a long way.
Basic Cooking Techniques. 001
Nov 30, 2017 • 4 min
How to search, and how to sauté. Figure it out!!
What Drives Me?
Nov 29, 2017 • 4 min
This is why I so what I do.
Tools Of The Trade
Nov 28, 2017 • 5 min
The basic tools you need to be able to cook anything at home
The Origin Story
Nov 24, 2017 • 4 min
Why you should listen to me and who the I am.
Talking About Salt
Nov 22, 2017 • 4 min
Everything you need to know about salt in five minutes
Using Your Knife
Nov 21, 2017 • 4 min
Episode 2. Properly using your knife
What It’s All About
Nov 21, 2017 • 4 min
Episode 1 What it’s about