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Cooking Vocab 101

If you caption enough cooking shows, you’ll pick up commonly used terms and become aware early on of the emerging buzzwords. Below are a few of our favourites.

beurre noisette

Browned butter used for cooking.


A kitchen appliance that instantly freezes (or semi-freezes) food.

beurre blanc

A hot butter sauce made with white wine or vinegar and shallots. Prepared properly, the sauce does not separate. Tastes divine over fresh seafood.


Another word for zucchini.

crème fraîche

Cream thickened with the addition of bacterial culture. Differs from sour cream in that it is less tangy, higher in fat content, and not quite as thick.  It is also absolutely delicious over fresh blueberries.

dulce de leche

A sweet delight made by slowly heating sweetened milk. Try it warm over ice cream.


Extra virgin olive oil. Use it only at room temperature. Heating EVOO destroys the unique flavour.


A mixture of cream and chocolate.


A jellied food. Connoisseurs would be horrified, but even humble Jell-O could be considered a gelée.


A protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and some other grains.


A grain similar to quinoa, but the seeds are about half the size. Gluten-free, it’s high in protein, fiber, iron, and calcium. Comes from  South America. Poised to become as popular and ubiquitous as quinoa.


A condiment usually served with raw oysters. The traditional recipe consists of shallots, pepper, and vinegar.

pois mange-tout

Snow peas.

ponzu sauce

A traditional Japanese vinegar sauce. It is dark brown, tart, has the consistency of water, and is used as a dip or dressing.


A cooked mixture of fat and flour (traditionally butter and flour, but may be made with a variety of other fats). Used as the basis for sauces.

sabayon or zabaglione

An Italian dessert made with egg yolk, sugar, and sweet wine. Move aside, tiramisu. Here comes sabayon.

sous vide

A cooking method. Food is sealed in an airtight plastic bag and submerged in a water bath or placed in a temperature-controlled steam chamber. The food cooks at a very low temperature for many hours (up to 96).


A very fine (about the size of a poppy seed) African grain. Memorize this. It’s one of the hottest new grains.


French for “dish towel.” A foie gras torchon is prepared by wrapping foie gras in a dish towel, which is then poached in a multi-day process.


Made from either cheese or dough, a tuile is a thin, crisp wafer.


One of five classic French sauces. Velouté is made with a light-coloured meat stock (typically chicken or fish) thickened with roux.


A citrus fruit from East Asia.

Nutella & Almond Butter Oat Bars

Based on a recipe from Butter Baking. For those of you going through a little sugar withdrawal after the holidays, here’s a very easy-to-make sweet treat.


½ c butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup milk
6 tbsp Nutella
2 tbsp almond butter (or any other nut butter of your choice)
2 cups oats
1 1/2 cup puffed rice
½ c chocolate chips (optional)


Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, both sugars, cocoa and milk.
Place the saucepan over a high heat and bring the mixture to boiling point, continuously stirring.
Boil for 90 seconds, still stirring.
Remove from heat.
Mix in the Nutella and almond butter until thoroughly blended.
Stir in the oats and puffed rice.
Pour into the lined pan.
Spread the mixture evenly with a spatula.
Optional: Sprinkle ½ c chocolate chips evenly over the top.
Place in the freezer for about an hour, until set. Slice into bars and enjoy.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! January 2015

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.

The Liquidator
Airs on OLN, Thursdays at 9:30 pm

Liquidation King Jeff Schwarz is back — haggling, trading, and bulldozing his way through a new season of high-octane buying and selling.

Sports on Fire
Airs on HBO Canada, Friday nights

An exciting six episode, half-hour documentary series that aims to bring fresh angles to iconic sporting moments in modern history.

Timber Kings
Airs on HGTV, Sunday nights at 10 pm

HGTV Canada’s #1 series is back for another season. The master logsmiths at Pioneer Log Homes build massive, multi-million-dollar log homes that are shipped around the world and reconstructed wherever the client wants.

3 Days in Havana
Airs on TMN, Feb 13

Jack Petty heads to Cuba for a conference and finds himself mixed up in a dangerous game of intrigue and murder after befriending a shady character named Harry Smith.

Flower and Garnet
Airs on TMN Encore, January 29

A disturbed young boy whose mother died birthing him, explores the reality of death as he is increasingly alienated by his father and sister.

Inside Her Sex
Airs on CBC, January 25

A thought-provoking, feature-length documentary that explores female sexuality through the eyes and experiences of three women from different walks of life.

People of a Feather
Airs on CBC Doc Channel, January 24

Featuring ground-breaking footage from seven winters on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Recreations of traditional life 100 years ago are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America.

Music For Mandela
Now available on iTunes.

A documentary that combines striking visuals with freedom songs, pop music, and hip hop and explores the role that music played in the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela.


Coming Attractions and Highlights! November 2014

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.

Trading Christmas
Airs on Showcase November 28

Holiday travel leads to cross-country romance when a man and a woman temporarily swap houses.


June in January
Airs on Movie Central, November 29

Wealthy Alex and blue-collar June are madly in love, but get their wires crossed while racing down the aisle. June’s been preparing for a very specific kind of wedding her whole life, as a tribute to her late mother, but Alex’s mother, Diana, thinks otherwise.


Biggest & Baddest
Airs on Animal Planet, December 1

Biologist/Explorer Niall McCann travels the world through some of the toughest terrain, researching animals to better understand their behaviour. Now he’s on a mission to find the Biggest and Baddest creatures on the planet.


Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas
Airs on Showcase, December 1

To repair his tarnished image, a jaded rock star publicly decides to fulfill a child’s “Dear Santa” Christmas wish. After reluctantly agreeing to spend the holidays in a small town and perform in the local holiday Christmas concert, he’s mortified at the prospect of staying in the home of an idyllic, close-knit family, but soon realizes the true value in what they have – love, caring, and a memorable holiday spirit.

That Burning Feeling
Airs on Movie Central, December 4

Adam Murphy had it all: a great job, an endless parade of gorgeous women, and the charm to make it all look well-earned. One night, he went to bed with everything he ever wanted and woke up with something no-one ever wants… That Burning Feeling.

Mr. Miracle
Airs on Hallmark, December 6

Heavenly angel Harry Mills is sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who needs help getting her life on track after the death of her father. With a deadline of Christmas Day, he attempts to help her heal in order to embrace a new future, and an unexpected love, just in time to celebrate the miracle of the holiday season.


The Red Tent
Airs on Showcase, December 7

Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, “The Red Tent” is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob.


Cruel & Unusual
Airs on Movie Central, December 13

A man and his wife die in each other’s arms. The husband finds himself condemned to a special place in hell, blamed for her murder – a fact he refuses to accept. His punishment is to eternally re-live that last dreadful day.


The Nine Lives of Christmas
Airs on Movie Central, December 18

With Christmas approaching, a handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a beautiful veterinary student who challenges his decision to remain a confirmed bachelor.


Pappardelle with Mixed Wild Mushrooms


It’s got lemons, it’s got mushrooms, it’s easy, it’s delicious… check out this wicked repost from Jamie Oliver! A seriously amazing go-to recipe.

9 – 11 ounces mushrooms
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 – 2 small dried red chilies, pounded or chopped, or chili flakes
salt and pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 pound pappardelle
parmesan cheese, grated
1 handful parsley, chopped
2 ounces butter

Slice the mushrooms thinly. Put the olive oil in a very hot frying pan and add the mushrooms. Fry, tossing once or twice, then add the garlic, chili, and a pinch of salt. Fry for 4-5 minutes, tossing regularly. Then turn the heat off and add lemon juice. Toss, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cooked pasta to the mushrooms, and the parmesan, parsley, and butter. Toss, serve, and sprinkle with parsley and more parmesan.

The Best Pumpkin Soup Ever

Guys! Guys! Guys! We found the best pumpkin soup recipe, and we are not even kidding. Found on this website… and test-made by Kelly! Omnomnom.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Yields 3 1-cup Servings

• 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
• 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
• 4 tbsp. Butter
• 1/4 medium Onion, chopped
• 2 cloves Roasted Garlic, minced, or raw garlic, minced
• 1/2 tsp. Salt
• 1/2 tsp. Pepper
• 1/2 tsp. Freshly Minced Ginger
• 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp. Coriander
• 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
• 1 Bay Leaf
• 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
• 4 slices Bacon
• ~3 tbsp. Leftover Bacon Grease (from the bacon)
• Freshly Grated Parmesan
• 2 tbsp. Sour Cream (per serving)

1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, add butter and let it melt completely. You want it to darken into a golden color.
2. Dice the 1/4 medium onion, mince the 2 cloves of roasted garlic, and mince 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger.
3. In a small container, mix together all of your spices so you have them together. 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1/2 tsp. Pepper, 1/2 tsp. Freshly Minced Ginger, 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. Coriander, 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg, and 1 Bay Leaf.
4. Once the butter has turned a dark golden color, add onion, garlic, and ginger to the pan and stir well. Let this saute for about 2-3 minutes or until onions start to go translucent.
5. Measure out 1 cup of pumpkin puree and set aside.
6. Once onions are translucent, add spices to the pan and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
7. Add pumpkin puree to pan and stir into the onions and spices well.
8. Once the pumpkin is mixed well, add 1 1/2 cup chicken broth to the pan. Stir until everything is combined.
9. Bring to a boil and then turn to low, let this simmer for 20 minutes.
10. Once simmered, use an immersion blender to blend together all of the ingredients. You want a smooth puree here so make sure you take your time. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
11. In the mean time, cook 4 slices of bacon over medium heat. Use a grease catcher to keep the mess off of your stove-top.
12. Once the soup is ready, pour in 1/2 cup heavy cream and the grease from the cooked bacon (this should be around 3 tbsp.) mix well.
13. Crumble the bacon over the top of the soup. Optional: Serve with chopped parsley and 2 tbsp. sour cream.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! October 2014

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.

Battle Cats
Premieres on Bite TV, October 27.

Each week, five passionate cat owners bring their cathletes to race against the clock and challenge their agility in a course of extreme cat obstacles: run the gauntlet, scale the wall, leap the watery divide.

Lucky in Love

Airs on MFun October 26 & TMN, October 30.

For Mira Simon, it feels like a prank when all of her dreams start coming true on April Fool’s Day. Even though it’s  the life she’s always dreamed of, Mira starts to realize that actually living this dream is much harder than she imagined.

No Clue

Airs on Mfun & TMN, October 27.

In a case of mistaken identity, a salesman is hired as a private detective by a woman to find her missing brother.

Ice Pilots NWT

Premieres on The History Channel, October 29.

Arctic airline Buffalo Airways defies the freezing cold and the competition by using resilient WWII-era propeller planes to fly vital fuel, supplies, and passengers to remote outposts all over the Canadian.


Premieres on Knowledge Network, November 2.

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where the troubled but intense DCI Tom Mathias searches for redemption while solving hate crimes.

Pants on Fire
Airs on Disney XD, November 9.

15-year-old Jack Parker’s life gets complicated as all the lies he’s ever told suddenly become real. It’s up to Jack and his buddy, Ryan, to figure out who or what is behind this crazy situation, all while chasing down a plush purple hippo who may hold the key to unlocking this mind-boggler.

I Am Evel Knievel

Airs on HBO Canada, October 24.

Follow Evel Knievel’s metamorphosis from a small-town rebel in Butte, Montana, to a cultural icon. His rise to super-stardom was built on nerves of steel and the ability to get up and do it again, no matter the severity of the fall.

I Am Steve McQueen

Airs on HBO Canada, October 25.

The film tells the remarkable story of Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s most iconic tough guys, and digs deeper into the underexplored aspects of the legendary star’s life, such as his immense passion for racing and all things fast – cars, motorcycles and airplanes.

Killing Bigfoot

Airs on OLN, October 29.

Ex-pro wrestler Bobby Hamilton and Vietnam vet Jim Landsdale are on the hunt for Bigfoot, and are determined to prove to the rest of the world and the scientific community that Bigfoot is real.

Homemade Almond Milk

1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
4 c water + water to soak almonds
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
2-3 medjool dates or good quality sweetener (optional)
1/4 t cinnamon (optional)

Soak almonds (ideally overnight) in a bowl of water large enough to generously cover the almonds.

In the morning, discard the soak water and rinse the almonds well.

In a blender, combine 4 cups of water, almonds, vanilla, salt, pitted dates (or sweetener), and cinnamon. Blend on high for one minute.

Strain mixture through cheesecloth, an old cotton pillowcase, or a nut bag.

Presto: almond milk! Seal in a mason jar and store in the fridge. Leftover in the cheesecloth, you now have almond meal as well. This can be dried gently in a super-low oven and then further ground into flour or added to granola!

Inspired by the Oh, She Glows cookbook.

Coming Attractions and Highlights! September 2014

If you have an upcoming release date for your project, please let us know so we can feature it here. Here’s what’s happening now.

Now streaming on crackle.com.

Two skilled private operatives are teamed up on a new mission by their boss. The job seems to be going smoothly until they make a discovery that changes everything.

Brony Tale
Now on DVD & iTunes.

Tells the story of adult and teenage fans of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, who adopt the show’s themes of kindness, loyalty, generosity, honesty, laughter, friendship, and personal responsibility.

Package Deal Season 2
Now airing on City, Thursday nights 8 PT/ET

Three brothers who are overly involved in each other’s lives try to cope as one of them cuts the umbilical cord and starts dating, a beautiful, smart, and funny woman.

Bachelor Canada Season 2
Premiered on City Sept 18.

Follow Tim Warmels in his in his quest for love on Season 2 of the Canadian version of the hit reality show.

Gone South
Plays at the Edmonton International Film Festival September 29 and 30th.

A hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture, featuring exclusive celebrity interviews and classic archival footage.

Black Fly
Screens at VIFF on September 27 & 30.

Inspired by a true story. A troubled teenager and his older brother reconnect, setting off a powder keg of buried secrets, paranoia and murder.

Everything Will Be
Screens at VIFF on September 29, October 1 & October 3.

A documentary that captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood–Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown–in the midst of transformation.

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
Screens at VIFF September 28, September 30 and October 6.

After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, two Vancouver filmmakers pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food.

The Pristine Coast
Screens at VIFF September 27, October 3 & October 7.

The struggle to protect wild Pacific salmon from open-net pen fish farms leads to the discovery by filmmaker Scott Renyard that many wild fish populations have collapsed, which has dire implications for climate change.

Strange Empire
Begins airing on CBC starting October 6.

A dark Western series where the women struggle to survive and are forced to become the heroes after most of their men disappear from a frontier town in the 1860s.

Highway Thru Hell
Now airing on Discovery Channel Canada, Tuesday nights at 7PT / 10ET.

Highway Thru Hell follows the men of Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue as they fight to keep the roads open between Hope, BC and the rest of Canada.

Border Security
Now airing on Global, Fridays at 10 ET/PT and on the National Geographic channel Tuesdays at 9 ET/PT.

Follow Canadian border services officers as they intercept suspicious characters and contraband from around the world.

Namaste Season 3
Starts airing on The Brand New One, Saturday, September 27, 9:30am ET.

Yoga with stunning visuals, soothing music, and entirely original movement sequences that will calm the mind, strengthen the body, and inspire the soul.

Your Film Fest Guide for Fall 2014

September 25 – October 10
Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)
One of North America’s largest film festivals, featuring hundreds of feature-length movies from around the globe.

October 17-18
Amnesty International Film Festival
Featuring award-winning documentaries that tell compelling stories about human rights from around the world.

October 17 – 29
Vancouver Polish Film Festival
An annual celebration of the best current Polish productions.

October 24 – 26
ZOOM 48-hour Student Film Festival
A very different kind of film festival.
Mulgrave ZOOM Film Festival is in its 13th year and has one of the highest participation rates of any student film competition in the province of British Columbia. Filmmakers have 48 hours to plan, shoot and produce a finished film.

November 6 – 9
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
VAFF’s theme for 2014 is “What’s Your Perspective?” – a question that calls upon our collective past and present, and how we interact with one another in society.

November 6 – 13
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Showcases the diversity of Jewish culture, heritage and identity through film.

November 14 – 16
Vancouver Short Film Festival
Celebrates BC’s best shorts from local filmmakers.

November 21 – December 4
European Union Film Festival
A lively, provocative, stimulating, and entertaining state-of-the-Union celebration of the diversity, creativity, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking.

December 3 – 7
Whistler Film Festival
Focuses on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent. A must-attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences.