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What's for dinner tonight?

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June 5th, 2020

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What's for dinner tonight?

The term "comfort food" exists because, as human beings, we sometimes turn to food in times of stress. Take the sourdough bread-making craze for example. Overnight, sourdough bread became the carb du jour, because being able to make something as basic as bread gives us the illusion that we are in control amid so much uncertainty. I am one of those people who jumped on the sourdough bread bandwagon. The formula for making a sourdough starter is tantalizingly simple: flour, water and time — something I have plenty of right now. Tending to my starter (which I named "Flop") satisfies my craving for something challenging and unfamiliar while I'm safe at home. But if you're not ready to get in the kitchen and get your hands dirty, here are a few CBC shows about food to feast your eyes on. — Shazlin Rahman

The Great Canadian Baking Show (TV Series)

I'm incredibly late to the party but, to be honest, I'm glad I started watching the Great Canadian Baking Show while we are almost three months deep into this pandemic. The show is an offshoot of its predecessor, The Great British Bake Off, and is now preparing to film its fourth season. Home bakers are given weekly challenges based on themes like "French Pastry Week" or "Chocolate Week," all while competing for the ultimate prize: to be crowned the best home baker. Besides the visually stunning culinary creations, I love that the show is free of drama or trash-talk that is the mainstay of reality TV. Eliminations and defeats are accepted in good spirits and each victory is celebrated with gusto by every contestant. — SR

All episodes of The Great Canadian Baking Show is available on the CBC website.

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Fridge Wars (TV Series)

How do you feed a family of picky eaters? Depending on how you're feeling about these uncertain times, Fridge Wars may be a fun escape or a wealth of inspiration on what to make for dinner. The great thing about TV shows like Fridge Wars is that the plot for each episode is fairly predictable: things start out calmly, a crisis or two emerge part-way through, followed by a denouement that makes you heave a sigh of relief. The under-performing chef gets eliminated, the family of picky eaters like the meal they were served, and the chefs left in the game actually do have nice things to say about each other. That's the kind of happy ending that keeps me watching every episode. — SR

Fridge Wars can be streamed on CBC Gem.


Canadian-made documentaries to enjoy at home:
The Food Podcast

The Food Podcast is a monthly show with personal stories told through the lens of food. Despite its name, you don't have to be a foodie to be a fan of the podcast. Host Lindsay Cameron, who is a best-selling cookbook author and TV host, crafts each episode with a simple goal: getting her listeners to connect with ingredients and recipes so that they feel comfortable in the kitchen. I recommend starting with the episode on seaweed, which is not all about sushi! — SR

You can listen to The Food Podcast on Stitcher.

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