A little early Thanksgiving humour for my readers south of the border. We celebrated Thanksgiving last month with turkey and all the trimmings. Makes me wonder why I don’t eat turkey more often.


Candy Corn


I agree, the stuff is just nasty.

“The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.”
-Lewis Black

Pickled Jalapeños


I love peppers and this is a super easy recipe.


1 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tBsp granulated sugar

1 tsp kosher or sea salt

1 Garlic clove, minced

Jalapeños, sliced in half lengthwise



  1. Boil vinegar with water, sugar, salt and garlic in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves.


  1. Pack jalapeños into a clean 2-cup glass jar. Ladle hot vinegar mixture over the peppers until liquid reaches 1/2 in. below rim of jar. Wipe rim with a clean towel and secure lid on jar. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Use right away or refrigerate up to 1 month.


Three variations

Pickled red chilies: Instead of jalapeños  peppers, use 200 g red chili peppers. Add 3 shallots, cut in half, to jar along with chilies. Continue with recipe.

Pickled banana peppers: Instead of jalapeños  peppers, use 225 g banana peppers. Add 1 tBsp pickling spice to boiled vinegar mixture. Continue with recipe.

Pickled scotch bonnets: Instead of jalapeños peppers, use 140 g Scotch bonnets. Add 4 bay leaves to jar along with peppers. Continue with recipe.

Canadians Love Poutine


Poutine – French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds (or shredded mozzarella) — is a classic Canadian treat. Poutine is French slang for “mess.” And it is just that. A delicious mess to satisfy growling stomachs. It has evolved over the years and now comes in gourmet additions such as losbter, pulled pork and foie gras. I can’t understand why this has not taken off south of the border.

Here is a link for a really yummy take on poutine that makes a great appetizer or party food.