Category Archives: Food Talk

Not all Olive Oils are Equal

Olive oil has been used as part of our diets for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Greeks as well as modern researchers have indicated that olive oil is beneficial to health and that we should definitely include it in our diet. But, not all olives oils are alike… Extra virgin olive oil is pure, without additives. It is prized … <entire article…>

Eat a Rainbow

Here’s an easy way to pick the healthiest vegetables and fruit. The stronger the colours, the better for your health! Polyphenols are a type of antioxidants that protect against disease and aging.  Polyphenols also give plants their hues, so choose a varied colour palate and you treat your body to a wide array of antioxidants. Some great “deep colour choices” … <entire article…>

Start the New Year with “good luck” foods!

Various foods around the world are associated with “good luck”. What a fortunate way to start the New Year! Black-eyed peas bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens. In Germany, Ireland, and the US, cabbage is associated with good fortune because it is green, like money. Associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates bring abundance and fertility, and are enjoyed … <entire article…>

Apple Crunch Popcorn

Ingredients: 6 cups popped popcorn 1 tablespoon butter, melted 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups dried apple chips Method: Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil; butter the foil. Spread popcorn in pan and drizzle with melted butter; toss popcorn. Sprinkle popcorn with sugar and cinnamon and toss again. Heat in … <entire article…>

It’s time for corn on the cob

Many of us look forward to fresh Ontario corn on the cob. It’s sweet, crispy and oh so good with melted butter and a little salt and pepper. Unfortunately, we are also out of practise when it comes to cooking it – ending up overcooking and making it chewy. Here is a sure way to boil the perfect cob: Fill … <entire article…>

Good things do grow in Ontario

The best time for seasonal fresh produce. After a long winter, Ontario’s spring growing season starts to bear fruit – literally.  Welcome to the beginning of the best eating months of the year! Apples: August, September, October Apricots: July, August Asian Veggies: June, July, August, September, October Asparagus: June Beans: June, July, August, September, October Beets: July, August, September, October … <entire article…>

Fishing for a reason to eat fish

People either like fish or don’t. For those who like eating fish, eat more, but, if you are one of those people who hate fish, try and find a way to get some into your diet. Fish is packed with health benefits. Cooked from fresh or frozen, fish is a great source of protein and most fish provides iodine, important … <entire article…>

Eat your flowers or you don’t get any chocolate

Don’t just admire that bouquet – eat it! Flowers have been eaten since ancient times. They have medicinal as well as nutritional values because many blossoms contain vitamin C and/or vitamin A. Some common flowers that are edible include carnation, dandelion, lilac, milkweed, nasturium, pansy, rose, sunflower and violet. You may not know that broccoli, cauliflower, and artichokes are also … <entire article…>

The Magic of Soup

On a crisp day, there’s nothing more magical than our favourite “comfort food”, soup! You can turn leftovers into a great tasting, nutritious soup. Hot soup makes you feel better when you are “under the weather”. Soup is part of the recommended 8 cups of water per day. Having a bowl of soup before a meal boosts your appetite and … <entire article…>