The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 04.23.07


What cheese are you?

No doubt some of you have heard of You Tube -- an instant citizen journalism site that allows people to post videos for global viewing on the Internet. I admit having visited the site frequently over the past few months and recently discovered that Foodies have posted all manner of culinary media.

Be warned -- you could be at the site for hours watching the preparation of anything from squid to pancakes. Time well wasted? What intrigues me is watching amateur clips of folks in their kitchens from all over the world as they cook, prepare, or eat any and everything.

In many cases, shaky camera action and impromptu dialogue provide hilarity. That's not to say there is an absence of professional pieces posted, as even star chefs realize the enormous draw You Tube has become. Just type cooking and or your favorite food topic and item in the search function and a world of streaming food action and recipes will open up.

I have yet to find a decent recipe at the site for a Quebec Maple or sugar pie so perhaps one of you could claim your fifteen seconds of fame, post a clip, and make us Canucks proud. Otherwise I just might have to do it myself.

In the meantime, here are a few clips I enjoyed. Perfect amateur demonstration of how a Ziploc bag can be used to make the perfect omelet.

Fabiola Gatti gives a special cooking class for her fans. In this video you will learn how to cook her favorite Italian Pasta Gnocchi and hopefully have some fun in the process. Shot in Spain.

Demonstrating how to cook a version of Chicken Curry with a likable guy.

A modern housewife demonstrates how to make the perfect afternoon snack (Squirrel Melts) and suggests we take them to a tailgate party. Yummy! Warning- she hunts the squirrel with her son before cooking it.

Other worthy food stops along the Internet highway…

What cheese are you?

A site where you enter your name and it tells you what kind of cheese you are! I'm Gorgonzola, by the way.

Be green and wash those plastic bags for Earth day!

Watching cheese age is so much fun. It is kind of like watching paint dry but smellier.