Category Archives: Food Talk

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…>

Food Talk – The Perfect Holiday Gift – Friends, Teamwork & Choice

In today’s internet inspired world, most communication is done through email and text messaging – even talking on the phone has taken a back seat.But during the holiday season,the gathering of friends and family continues to be strong.Why not enjoy your time together making something that is fun and creative –a candy buffet. If you are having a party, instead … <entire article…>

Time to Make Your Holiday Fruitcake

Fruitcake (known by many as “Christmas cake”) has a long history that some trace back to the Egyptians. Fruitcake comes in countless varieties but the main idea is that it keeps over time, and in fact, improves with age. Fruitcakes contain ingredients that keep, e.g. mostly dried fruit and nuts, and once baked, fruitcake is “spiked” or wrapped in a … <entire article…>

It’s Peachy Corny Time!

Cheeky Corn and Perfect Peaches – Two of Ontario’s Best! Corn is truly a North American food. It first was grown in Mexico and South America, then made its way north. In Europe, eating corn, especially corn on the cob, is a relatively new custom imported from North America. It is usually thought of as animal feed!  There are many … <entire article…>

Quick and Easy Summer Seafood BBQ Tips & Recipe

Warm summer days can evolve into impromptu entertaining made simple and easy outdoors on the deck, patio or in the backyard.  Set out some colourful placemats and plates.  Throw a few flowers from the garden into a canning jar and add a couple of votives for when the sun goes down.  A simple menu such as grilled fish or seafood … <entire article…>

Spring is the time for wild asparagus and other tasty wild edibles

Another treat that springtime brings is wild edible plants, such as wild asparagus, fiddleheads, dandelions and wild leeks. They arrive as early as mid-March to the beginning of April. Like spring, their season is tender and short. You begin seeing them at many farmers’ markets, including the St. Lawrence Market, or your local grocery store around this time of year. … <entire article…>