You can't make everything from scratch

...but you can sure try!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


My vanilla extract has been ready for a few weeks now, and I've been racking my brain trying to think of the best way to showcase it. Much like bitters in a cocktail, vanilla is often a background flavour, bringing other flavours together into a unified whole without always making its presence acutely felt. What's more, when vanilla is the star of the show, I often find the dish - or, worse, candle or bath product - to be cloying and unpleasant.

Not tonight, though. I was in the mood for something warm and comforting and, eschewing my normal inclination toward hot toddies, steamed some milk and mixed in a half teaspoon of the vanilla extract. It really added that little extra something to the pre-bedtime mug of warm milk.

I think I'm going to like having my own vanilla extract on hand.


  • At 11:51 PM, Blogger 2nd-favorite said…

    This may be the greatest food blog ever. This is exactly the kind of zealotry that makes my wife roll her eyes at me when I suggest making, well nearly everything from scratch. Great stuff, too bad about the camera but don't let that stop you.

  • At 4:41 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Thanks for the kind words!

  • At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Andrea Lane Gardner said…

    Hi Matthew,
    How was 'the 100-Mile Diet' after? I recently finished 'Animal Vegetable Miracle' by Barbara Kingsolver. Very readable and inspiring until I looked up from the book and waited until winter ended, oh, about two weeks ago. We've joined a local organic veggie co-op this summer, though I did just purchase pineapple and watermelon at the supermarket...:)

  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Hi Andrea,
    "The 100-Mile Diet" ended up being a very enjoyable read. Predictably, it was a little preachy, but it wasn't as bad in that regard as I had feared. As you point out, the biggest problem is reconciling Canada's winters with a desire for a highly varied diet. Sure you can eat locally all winter long, but it's bound to get boring.


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