Category Archives: Food Talk

Amazing, Awesome Arugula

Many of us in recent years have “fallen in love” with arugula, that peppery, salad green that seems to go with almost everything. As a cool water plant, arugula is an ideal salad green for growing in Canada. It grows well in the early growing season (May through June) and the late season (September to November). In the hot summer, … <entire article…>

Spring Foods

There are certain sights and smells that tell us spring is in the air. These are not just outside. Instead of cooking spiced stews on a stove, spring reminds us again of lighter fare, salads of freshly picked greens, stir fry dishes of crisp veggies, and the joy of “al fresco” dining (eating outdoors). As the days get longer, so … <entire article…>

Winter Salads

Salads aren’t just for summer time. When freshly picked greens aren’t available, prepare a hearty winter salad instead. You still get the benefits of eating your vegetables plus a good dose of fibre, and it’s a great way to add variety to meal planning. Some winter salad tips: Winter salads contain items such as marinated roasted vegetables, crunchy additions like … <entire article…>

What food says holidays to you?

Think about it. What delectable smell from the kitchen instantly tells you that holidays are around the corner? What taste immediately takes you back to when you were a child watching your mother cook in the kitchen? It’s why many of us haul out those old family recipes from years ago to make our favourite holiday treat. It may be … <entire article…>

Fearless Canning

Grandma did it, maybe even your mother did it—canning or “putting up”, as it’s called. Home canning and preserving, or “putting up” has a long history. Before it was possible to get all kinds of fruits and vegetables all winter at the grocery store, people preserved what they grew in their gardens and farms so that they could enjoy the summer … <entire article…>

Savory Canadian Food… Grilled Cheese

The ultimate comfort food, the grilled cheese sandwich, has been around for about 100 years. There are several theories about its origin, but when factory-made loaves of white bread became available in the 1920s, an open-faced sandwich was first prepared in the USA topped with graded cheddar cheese. Eventually a piece of bread was added on top. During the 1930s … <entire article…>

Fresh, Fresh & More Fresh Foods – Must Have Summer Foods in Your Kitchen & Fridge

Summer Food Check-List So it is 100 degrees in the shade and dinner time. Besides opening the fridge door to cool down, is there anything you want to make for dinner? Probably not unless you’ve stocked up with a few summer time “essentials”. Keep a few of these summer staples on hand and you’ll be ready for a patio dinner … <entire article…>

Smoothies – Drinks of Champions!

It is no wonder that smoothies have become so popular lately!  A good smoothie can get your morning started with a boost of fruits and vegetables. Or it can be a healthy, filling snack for you and your kids. Seniors who don’t want to cook for themselves or may just not feel like eating find smoothies a great way to fill … <entire article…>

A tall glass of fruit smoothy

The Magic of Ginger

Ginger may be a plain rhizome that grows underground, but ginger possesses stellar properties to improve health, address sickness and fight disease. Choose fresh ginger over the dried spice. The flavour is superior and it contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger’s active protease (its antiinflammatory compound). Ginger’s History Native to southeastern Asia, ginger has been renowned for thousands of years throughout the world, … <entire article…>