The Main Menu: Rosy red and brown delicious

As I gaze out my windows to the garden, I can just see the distinctive spike of green leaf followed by the rosy pink stem of rhubarb, a true harbinger of spring. There is only one other taste unique to the season and you can feel it with the first warm sunny days after cool […]

Lemon is perfect for spring

When I think of spring, I think of lemon. Fresh, vibrant, crisp, tangy and  bright yellow, its sunny colour signifies life. It is the perfect flavour to welcome in this season, going well with spring greens, lamb, ham and poultry and certainly a must at the Easter feast. When it comes to dessert, lemon gives […]

A taste of Spain… in Ontario

It’s summer in our Ontario greenhouses with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers ready to harvest. These are the essential ingredients for this Spanish menu from Foodland Ontario. You can take a quick trip to Spain for dinner while enjoying the taste of fresh and locally grown food from Ontario. Romesco Sauce Originally a sauce for a […]

Let’s get back to our roots

These days, shopping for produce is an international experience. You can have anything you want from practically any country. Sadly, there is only a limited selection of produce from Canada. However, if you buy at an independent store, you have many more Canadian choices when it comes to fruits and vegetables because the big supermarket […]

Flapjacks… ou les crepes?

Pancakes are my ultimate comfort food. The memory of that warm, sweet smell from childhood haunts me still and brings back the vision of a plateful smothered in home-made brown sugar sauce flavoured with vanilla (a substitute for maple syrup), or corn syrup, which was far too sweet and syrupy for me. Of course the […]

Fine dine for your Valentine

If there is one day of the year you do not want to dine out, it’s Valentine’s Day. Kitchens are often crazy with bookings, tempers short, service sketchy and the food mediocre. Plan an alternate date when the kitchens are more controlled. That doesn’t mean you cannot make the evening special. In fact, with this […]

The Main Menu: Perfectly pleasing pasta

What’s for dinner? A question like this asked at the witching hour – anywhere from 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm when hunger is sharp and tempers are frayed – can cause despair. The cook may frantically search for take-out telephone numbers, or take a refrigerator inventory. If you have some basic ingredients, you can be […]

The Main Menu: Christmas with panache

It’s that time of year again: the Christmas season, when parties predominate and the appetizer reigns supreme. Every self-respecting host is on the lookout for a fresh food idea – something tempting, just a little different and with any luck, pretty too. Fortunately for us, Foodland Ontario has developed some tantalizing ideas featuring our own […]