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Julia


Julia
 
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Living In: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Member Since: Aug. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a recent graduate of McGill University, in Humanistic Studies & Social Studies of Medicine. I'm completely vegetarian, but not vegan. I publish two blogs: Good Humans Bad Humans at http://goodhumans-badhumans.blogspot.com and The Killer Vegetarian at http://killervegetarian.blogspot.com
My favorite things to cook
There's not much I don't like to cook; the only thing I don't cook is meat (for moral reasons) and eggplant (because I loathe it, except in my godmother's eggplant parmesan). I adore making soup on cool fall days, throwing together a new pasta dish for the family, and especially experimenting with all sorts of international cuisines. I love to push myself to try harder recipes, but I also really enjoy having my own creativity to fall back on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
1. Making Christmas cake months in advance with the whole family - everyone had to stir it! 2. Huge roast dinners with my grandparents on Sundays when I was growing up. 3. Putting on dinner parties with my parents. We each get to manage a different part of it (dessert, mains, appetizers, etc.).
My cooking triumphs
A vegetarian gravy that rivals the roast beef gravy at holiday dinners (the secret is always lots of good wine, brandy & port, and a little Maggi seasoning); truly mastering mashed potatoes (always harder than you think); getting really good at improvised soups; making pad Thai so good that even a person who lived in Thailand was impressed.
My cooking tragedies
Lemon wafers that oozed all over the oven... Also, an awful improvised chili with shitake mushrooms - so bad I had to throw it out, which I have never even come close to doing before.
Recipe Reviews 45 reviews
Mock Tuna Salad
Great recipe! Gotta love mock tuna. I microwave my drained chickpeas for 3 minutes first to make them easier to mash, and I add some Sriracha hotsauce to give it some bite. I think the sweet pickle relish is a really important part of this... you could definitely add more or less mayo to your own tastes but the relish is what makes it taste like tuna. Yum! Thanks for the idea.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2011
Mom's Sushi Rice
This recipe was absolutely perfect - I unfortunately didn't have the konbu, but will attempt to get some for next time. The vinegar/sugar/salt ratio was just perfect though; flavoured the rice without overwhelming it, and gave it the ideal texture for sushi. To facilitate the sugar dissolving I just microwaved my mixture for 20 seconds at a time, stirring, until it was uniformly incorporated.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2011
Oatmeal Dried Fruit Cookies
This is the best oatmeal cookie I've ever eaten - no contest! I used a dried berry mix (cherries, blueberries & raspberries) for the fruit, and was generous with the spices. Otherwise, exact quantities. I did not find the batter dry at all - I used a Kenmore stand mixer and was careful to add everything in slowly and mixed extensively. The butter was softened too, which may be the key. These cookies, fresh out of the oven, are unbelievably good - just the right amount of salt, chewy but not gluey, melt in your mouth. The only real change was that mine had to bake for an extra 5 minutes or so (15 total), but keep a close eye - these would not be nice over-done!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2011
 
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