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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Home country: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

It's sort of coming to the end of soup season what with all the warm weather that's allegedly coming our way, but we wanted to do this incredibly rich and delicious cream of mushroom soup recipe! We're lucky that we have access to lots of really interesting fresh mushrooms, and we use a variety of them in this soup. They all have different flavours and textures, and it makes for a more interesting and complex soup if you can mix a few different kinds. If you can't, and all you can get are just button or crimini mushrooms, it still comes out delicious, but the trick is to get some good colour on them before they are added to your soup!

The herb mix can easily be customized based on your tastes. I think I said oregano in the video (incorrectly), but the typical mix is thyme, tarragon, and maybe some marjoram or savoury.

Also, we just hit 2000 subscribers on YouTube! Thanks to everyone who watches our videos, and everyone who shares with your foodie friends and family!

Peach Cobbler Recipe

Coming from Ontario, Canada, I was pretty unfamiliar with cobbler. Mostly in this neck of the woods we made crisps, which is some kind of a fruit mixture topped with a sort of streusel and then baked, like a bottomless pie. Hubby comes from Texas, and he's more familiar with cobbler. We had a jar of beautiful Ontario peaches that we canned back in 2016 that we wanted to use up, so here we go!

If you don't have canned peaches to hand, you can take fresh peaches and simmer them in a light syrup until they're soft to achieve the same result. Also, it really looks like a mess before it goes in the oven. It looks like it's not going to work, or that it's not mixed enough, but trust me, it will work! There was no camera trickery between the mess that went into the oven and the really quite delicious dish that came out at the end!

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe

After we did the pizza dough last week, we wanted to do some pizzas this week! (well, we filmed it all at the same time, but you know). These are obviously just examples of how to do it, and you can do whatever you like. At our old place we had pizza stones in our gas oven, and they worked really well. Our new place we don't have the pizza stones (and it's electric), so we did these pizzas in our big ol' cast iron skillet.

The dough we made held up to all of these pizzas, even the rather soupy one with the very fresh mozzarella. The crust came out crispy and nicely browned for all three pizzas. You do want to work reasonably quickly so you don't scorch the bottom of the crust, or you can turn the heat off once it gets up to temperature, assemble your pizza, and then pop it right into the preheated oven. Use whatever toppings you like!

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

So, pretty simple and basic one this week, we made pizza dough! Next week's video is going to be several different options on what to put on that dough to make some delicious pizzas, but this one is just a back-to-basics pizza dough. This comes out bready, so it's not really the right kind of dough if you want to make a thin-crust pizza. It is delicious and tender, though. Bakes nicely in the pan-style of pizza we made, and held up very well to all of the toppings.

We used instant yeast, which you do not need to wake up in warm water before adding to the mix. If you have active dry yeast, you would still need to do this step, and the instructions are in the description.

No COVID-19 bailouts for firms that use tax havens, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says

From The Hamilton Spectator: https://www.thespec.com/ts/politics/2020/04/28/no-covid-19-bailouts-for-firms-that-use-tax-havens-prime-minister-justin-trudeau-says.html

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will not allow companies that use offshore tax havens to receive COVID-19 bailout funds.

During the House of Commons’ first virtual sitting Tuesday, Trudeau was pressed by the Bloc Québécois to prevent companies that don’t pay their fair share of tax from benefitting from government aid.

Last week, under repeated questioning from both the BQ and NDP, Trudeau had refused to make the same commitment, saying that his government would not withhold wage subsidies from a worker just because of the behaviour of their employer.

Doug Ford calls Toronto lockdown protesters a bunch of selfish "yahoos"

Haha, in other circumstances, I'm sure Dougie would be right there with them. Nice to see he's at least taking it all seriously. I mean it could just be that he doesn't like protests in general, but I suspect a lot of these folks are conservative "open the economy!" types, which should be right up his alley.

As a protest against the provincial lockdown measures in Ontario played out in Queen’s Park on Saturday, Premier Doug Ford didn’t mince words when it came to expressing his thoughts on the event and those who were participating.

Ford commented on the situation after being asked about it during his daily COVID-19 briefing.

“We have a bunch of yahoos out in front of Queen’s Park sitting there protesting that the place isn’t open,” he said. “They’re breaking the law and putting everyone in jeopardy, and God forbid one of them end up in the hospital down the street.”

Ford then mused about what would happen if every Ontarian acted followed the actions of the protesters.

“It would set us back months,” he said. “That’s what they’re doing through these reckless protests, they’re setting us back. I don’t know who these people are, but obviously they don’t care about everyone else in Ontario. It just burns me up.”


Mini cheesecake two ways recipe

Everyone's depressed and stress eating, so it's the perfect time for cheesecake! This is a pretty simple and basic recipe, though it does require a little bit of specialized equipment (in the form of springform pans). We got these amazing little tiny springform pans, so instead of making one giant cheesecake, we could make two teeny ones, and we had enough filling left over to make another couple the following weekend (the filling stays good in the fridge for a week, easily.

Mental Health: In this crisis, you may be suffering from Depersonalization:

For me, the strongest ones on this list are 3, 4, 9, and 10. But it's just anxiety, it's your brain trying to protect you from a perceived threat.

Some cautious optimism:


Ontario health officials have revealed updated coronavirus modelling data that shows the province has already peaked in cases among community spread and numbers appear to be trending downwards towards a best case scenario.

“Projections now show Ontario’s COVID-19 outbreak behaving more like best case,” the report highlighted.

However, Brown said that while community spread of COVID-19 has peaked, cases in long-term care homes, retirement homes and any other congregate settings appear to continue to grow.

“We should all be proud that as a province we stepped up, we faced this enemy head on, we did not shy away from difficult decisions, we did the right thing, we listened to the experts and thanks to our collective efforts, thanks to all of you, we have so far avoided the worst case scenario that we were all dreading,” said Premier Doug Ford on Monday.

Now the cumulative cases for the span of the entire outbreak is less than 20,000, “substantially lower” than 80,000 cases previously predicted for the end of April and 300,000 cases for the end of the pandemic.

And from Twitter:


Matt Elliott
You can actually see the curve start to flatten in Toronto ~15 days in, which would be around March 26. Bars/restaurants/closed March 17, emergency declared March 23, playgrounds closed March 25. Physical distancing appears to be working. Need to keep it up.

Totally Non-Traditional Saag Paneer (with feta!) Recipe

Saag paneer is an Indian curry dish made from a firm and mild fresh Indian cheese called paneer in a rich and aromatic spinach-based gravy. It is truly delicious (though some people have a hard time getting past the look of the green sauce!). Paneer is not always easy to get your hands on (though it's reasonably easy to make at home), but we like to make the dish with feta cheese instead! My hubby actually came up with this idea and then a week later saw one of the excellent talents on the Bon Appetit YouTube channel doing almost the exact same thing. Timing!

It's a delicious and rich dish, very flavourful and slightly spicy with lots of amazing aromas. The sour and tangy feta cheese adds a lovely zip to everything and complements the spinach very well.

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