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Columnists: November 2011 Archives

Sarah Elton on Dumplings

Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in today to talk about dumplings-King Mushroom, siu mai and pot stickers, to be exact. She received a lesson in how to make these foods by hand by Winlai Wong, executive chef at the swanky King Street restaurant, The Spice Route. Which you can find at 499 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4
(416) 849-1808.

Listen audio (runs 6:07)

Winlai will be offering dumpling making lessons at the annual Terra Madre celebration, held by Slow Food Toronto at Harbourfront this December the 10th from 2 to 6 p.m. Children are welcome and it is free! Find out more here.

In case you can't make Winlai's demonstration on Saturday, here are a few of her tips:

- While you might not be able to wrap a dumpling like a master wok chef, you can still make these delicious morsels for your holiday party this year. Winlai suggests buying pre-made dumpling wrappers at the Asian supermarket and then wrapping the dumplings ahead of time. Freeze them on a tray so that you can drop them frozen into boiling water when you are ready to feed your guests. Just make sure to season the filling well-frozen dumplings tend to need more flavour.

- Make sure you bring the wrappers up to room temperature before you start wrapping and move quickly. Your hands will warm the dough too much if you are slow.

- If you are boiling (rather than steaming) your dumplings, allow them to boil until they float. That is one indication that they are ready. But if you are stuffing them with raw meat, make sure they spend enough time in the boiling water to cook through!

- Serve them hot and eat them quickly! Dumplings are best warm.


Computer to Heat your House?

Computer servers generate enormous heat which usually gets wasted. What if it could be diverted to heat your home? Our tech columnist Dan Misener explores the idea of data furnaces. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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Misener on Opening The Margins

Our technology columnist Dan Misener joined guest host Robin Brown to talk about an innovative new service called Opening The Margins that's working to encourage readers to share their thoughts in the margins of e-books. Listen audio (runs 6:11)