Category Archives: Food Talk

Our Love Affair with BBQ

Canadians LOVE barbequing.  We imagine a perfect summer day ending with a barbeque in the backyard, an outdoor BBQ spot, or cottage. Having a BBQ isn’t just a way to cook—it’s an event itself. Kids beg their parents, “Can we have a BBQ tonight?” and friends issue casual invitations to each other to “Come over for a BBQ”.  The great … <entire article…>

Life Can be a Bowl of Cherries

There’s nothing quite so special as a beautiful bowl of summer-ripe cherries. Cherries are in a league of their own when it comes to fruit. We associate them with all the grandest of desserts, like Cherries Jubilee or Cherry Cheesecake. Cherries adorn our favourite treats, like an ice cream sundae or Black Forest cake, and can be made into the … <entire article…>

Cauliflower: Today’s Most Fashionable Vegetable

Cauliflower, once a lowly, plain vegetable sometimes boiled or used as a crudité with dip is now the “darling” of food lovers. It is especially suited to vegan cooking because of the versatile way in which it can be transformed into a wide variety of delicious non-meat choices.  Originally grown in the Isle of Cyprus, cauliflower has been cultivated in … <entire article…>

Hearty Meals for a Hearty Winter

There’s a reason why food in northern climates includes a lot of stews and roasted meals. The heat from cooking used to be a major factor in keeping a house warm and cozy, and at a time of year when you couldn’t get fresh vegetables, you could still enjoy delicious and nutritious meals. Besides, the aroma from a stew cooking … <entire article…>

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…>