It was bound to happen, and it did. Sooner than later. Someone actually quoted how many days until Christmas to me the other day. *Shiver* Never do I feel more unprepared than in the face of someone’s extreme planning! Either way… here are the culinary words for this week!!

Venison – meat of a deer used as food.

Tempeh – an Asian/Indonesian food of soybeans fermented with mushrooms. It has a cheese like texture and is used as a meat substitute.

Temper – to slowly bring up the temperature of an ingredient by adding small amounts of hot or boiling liquid which prevents the food from setting or actually cooking.

Skirt Steak – one of two boneless cuts of beef from the lower part of the brisket. This is the cut of choice for fajitas, Cornish pastries and Chinese stir-fry.

Ramp – also called a wild leek, is a wild onion of North America that is eaten raw. It has a garlic flavour.

Ramen – a Japanese dish of wheat flour noodles served in a broth with garnishes like meat, seaweed, egg and vegetables. There is also an instant variety sold in packages with dehydrated broth.

Olla Podrida – a highly seasoned Spanish and Latin American stew made of meat and vegetables as well as sausage and chickpeas.

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Now for some items to spend your afternoon on because… let’s face it, it’s Friday and you weren’t about to do any work anyway.

First of all thank you so much to anyone who has participated in my Indiegogo start up campaign for the store! We are over 25% of the way to the goal!

Next – I’m having an afterword get together to have a couple of laughs, a drink or two, give away free stuff and announce the location of my store. You should totally be there. Click here to RSVP and get more info.

Foodieprints visits Montreal!!

Ottawa Brewery Market – a Wordless Wednesday post by Sheltered Girl Meets World.

I was sorry to hear about the death of Charlie Trotter earlier this week – here he is talking about the evolution of creativity.

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