Category Archives: Food Talk

Your Traditions, My Traditions, OUR Traditions

Holiday traditions run deep in families. We love to celebrate the way our grandparents and parents celebrated, which means preparing food that we associate with a particular holiday. With so many different traditions in Toronto, it’s easy to add something new to festive time together with family and friends. All you have to do is ask an older relative to … <entire article…>

Harvest Soup: Healthy, Hearty & Happy

Say the word autumn, and many of us immediately think of crisp cool days when we can enjoy a cup or bowl of hot soup! Autumn is the perfect season for soup, and not just because of the weather. During harvest time – August through October – there are countless vegetable varieties to choose from for the healthiest and tastiest soups! … <entire article…>

Peppers: Some Like it Hot! Some Like it Even Hotter!

Peppers, sweet and hot, were first cultivated in Central and South America over 2,000 years ago. They were introduced to Europe when Christopher Columbus brought them back with him to Spain after his first voyage to the New World in 1492. Most believe that Columbus named the plant, calling it “pimentito” or “pepper”, out of a mistaken belief that he … <entire article…>

Poké Bowls

They’ve been called the “next generation of sushi”.  Poké bowls are the latest food trend sweeping North America. Pronounced poh-keh, a poké bowl is typically chunks of raw, marinated fish – usually tuna – tossed over warm rice and topped with vegetables and Asian sauces. The word “poke” means to slice or cut. The idea is that a poké bowl … <entire article…>

Fabulous, Fun Fiddleheads

What’s brilliant dark green, comes in a beautiful shape, and is chock-full of nutrients? It’s the Canadian fiddlehead from the Ostrich fern. Fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots before they unfurl. They get their name from their shape – a fiddle head! Loaded with vitamin A and C, and high in potassium, these seasonal delicacies are a nutritional powerhouse, rich … <entire article…>

Foods That Keep Your Tummy Happy

There are literally trillions of good bacteria called probiotics that live in our gut and keep our “tummies” happy. Research continues to emerge on just how important these mighty microbes might be for our health. But it seems that these little “workers” help improve digestion, boost immunity and – according to some preliminary studies – may even help us stay … <entire article…>

Cooking Fish

We all know that we should be eating more fish, but many people still wonder if they are cooking fish the best way. This is particularly important if you have young children. Make their first “fish eating” experiences good ones, so they beg you for more. So, so good for you…. Think about it. Fish is almost all protein, no … <entire article…>

Apples, Autumn’s Perfect Fruit

During the fall there’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh, crisp Ontario apple! You can even visit an orchard and pick your own. (see our feature on Pumpkin Picking!) Apple trees produce thousands of varieties of apples and grow in almost every corner of the globe from Japan to Madagascar to South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, China, England, France … <entire article…>

Getting Yourself into a Jam

When you taste those wonderful fresh, flavourful fruits in the summer, many of us ask, “How can I have this all year round?” This is the reason why jam making has become so popular once again. At one time, it was how pioneers in this country preserved some of summer’s bounty, knowing they couldn’t just go to the grocery store … <entire article…>