Category Archives: Food Talk

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…>

Hearty Winter Recipes

Irish Stew Enjoy a bowl of the Irish!  A hearty meal perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any winter night. Ingredients: 3 pounds lean lamb 1 pound onions, sliced 1/4 cup carrots, sliced 2 leeks, washed and sliced 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon pearl barley 2 tablespoons seasoned flour Water Vegetable oil Salt and pepper Method: … <entire article…>

Wine and Cheese with a Holiday Twist

The holiday seasion is a special time of year. Along with cherished old family recipes, new recipes are always fun to add to the mix – so why not try something new in your entertaining menu? Everyone loves cheese; add this brie treat to your next gathering. As the cold weather is fast approaching, many of us look for ways … <entire article…>

Why a Pumpkin?

The tradition of Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns began in ancient Ireland where people carried carved lanterns on October 31 made out of turnips or beets to keep away evil spirits.  Centuries later when the Irish emigrated to North America, they switched to carving  pumpkins simply because there were more pumpkins available! Imagine trying to carve out a turnip! Pumpkins have been an … <entire article…>

Peaches & Blueberries: Ontario’s Finest in Orange & Blue

Blueberries and peaches are two of Ontario’s treasures during July and August. Peach Facts One medium-size peach contains 37 calories, is a source of Vitamin C, A, Potassium and fibre. They help keep your skin healthy and add colour to your complexion. Use peaches in: sliced on cereal sautéed in butter and served on ice cream pureed in a peach … <entire article…>

Nutritional Super Stars

Two favourite early summer treats are asparagus and strawberries fresh from Ontario’s farms. Both strawberries and asparagus are nutritional superstars. They both contain fibre for digestive health and cancer fighting antioxidants. Asparagus Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables. Low in calories, salt, with no fat or cholesterol. A good source of potassium, fibre, folacin, thiamin, vitamin B6 … <entire article…>