Our Biggest Wander Yet

We’ve Wooden Spoon Wandered to Bhutan and Togo, Dominica and Norway, but now Eric and I are undertaking our biggest wander ever…we are leaving the big city behind for the green forests and cold lakes of rural Ontario. Tomorrow morning, we are loading up a van and setting out to a town of 600 people,…

Assignment 81: Canada

Location: North AmericaPopulation: 35 millionCapital: OttawaGeography: A wide array of landscapes, including forest, mountain, prairie, and northern tundraLanguage: English, FrenchSignature flavours: Seafood, beef, pork, maple, potato, eggs, dairy, orchard fruits, berries The Menu This is a special one. Not just because I was born a Canadian and Eric chose to become one, not just because…

Assignment 80: Greece

Location: Southern Europe Population: 10.8 million Capital: Athens Geography: The country comprises a largely mountainous peninsula projecting into the sea, and some thousands of islands Language: Greek Signature flavours: Seafood, lamb, garlic, dairy products, oregano, olives and olive oil,¬†honey, nuts The Menu I grew up in Toronto’s Greek town, and Eric has been sharing in…

The Quarantine Bakery: A Step-by-Step Guide for Flour Hoarders

Someone’s grocery list consisted of a jumbo can of instant coffee, 72 rolls of double-ply toilet paper, 36 brown eggs, and four 10-kilogram bags of all purpose flour…or so I guessed, while staring into the yawning chasm of an empty flour shelf. While ramen and baked beans are go-to items in this time of isolation…

Almost Knead-less Bread (Recipe)

After deciding to stop buying bread earlier this year and start baking it instead, I’ve done a lot of experimenting with different recipes, flours, hydration percentages, proofing methods, and more. I’ve developed this recipe that suits my cool-ish Toronto kitchen and requires almost no kneading. A wrist injury in the summer left me unable to…

Assignment 79: Poland

Location: Eastern Europe Population: 38.4 million Capital: Warsaw Geography: A country of plains and mountains, with a coast on the Baltic Sea Language: Polish Signature flavours: Mushroom, potato, apple, beef, pork, chicken, fish, poppy seed, dill, dairy products The Menu Toronto is a great city to live in — it’s safe, contains a fair bit…

Assignment 78: Russia

Location: Northern Europe and Asia Population: 146.8 million Capital: Moscow Geography: Varied mountain, steppe, tundra, forest, and coastal ecosystems across the largest country in the world Language: Russian Signature flavours: Dairy, pork, dill, cucumber, beet, hazelnut, beef, fish, mushrooms The Menu Eric’s parents met and married while studying abroad at university in Moscow (in what…

Assignment 77: Myanmar

Location: Southeast Asia Population: 53.6 million Capital: Napyidaw Geography: A country of lowlands and coastal mountains, with a tropical climate Language: Burmese Signature flavours: Seafood, rice, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, lime, pandan, coconut, chilli peppers, onion, shallot The Menu When we first began the Wooden Spoon Wanderer blog (way back in Bhutan…remember that?), we relied almost…

Assignment 76: Tibet

Location: Central Asia Population: 3.2 million Capital: Lhasa Geography: Extremely mountainous and receiving little precipitation, and host to the sources of several of Asia’s major rivers Language: Tibetan Signature flavours: Barley, beef, garlic, szechuan peppercorns (also called prickly ash), blue cheese, daikon, dumplings, scallions The Menu Eric and I fondly remember our trip to New…

Wheat Belly

In the spring of 2019, I decided to stop buying bread. I felt that we could eat better bread for less money and with less packaging, and the only thing it would take was a few hours each week, most of which would be time spent waiting for the bread to rise. I didn’t know…