Apples add to Thanksgiving

The McIntosh apple, for which Canada is renown, turns 200 years old this year! What better way to celebrate the apple than at Thanksgiving? This sweet, juicy favourite has given us a number of offspring, among them the Empire and the Cortland. And there are the Crispin and Ginger Gold.  Why not plan an apple […]

The Main Menu: Pickling no longer difficult

In the old days, pickling or preserving occurred on the hottest day of the year. It involved a great deal of boiling water, scalding jars, cleaning fruit and vegetables, and sweat. In short, preserving of old was hard work. Thankfully, the process has been streamlined. Although it still involves preparation, science has simplified the steps, […]

The Main Menu: Three great tomato recipes

When I was a kid, my favourite summertime sandwich was a slab of beefsteak tomato on fresh white bread generously spread with mayonnaise. The tomato was sprinkled with salt and fresh black pepper and another slice of bread topped the whole thing off. You cut the sandwich in triangles and devoured it immediately. This simple […]

The Main Menu: Lavender – not just a colour

Lavender is a colour, a plant and a fragrance. However, as a cook, it is an enticing ingredient. Its unique fragrance transfers to a delicate but specific flavour in desserts, ices, teas and herb rubs. In fact in the south of France, where lavender grows in abundance, it is an important part of herbes de […]

The Main Menu: Enjoy salad days of summer

Gone are the days when a wedge of iceberg topped with some cheesy sludge could be called a salad. Now we have creations. Salads can be a vibrant cornucopia of tastes, textures and colour, designed to please the eye as much as the palate. Mixed greens of all sorts, fruit, berries and nuts not to […]

The Main Menu: Strawberries are in season

Strawberries are here! Earlier than ever this year, because of the warmer winter and early spring, they made their debut about three weeks early. Last evening was my first introduction to their distinctive flavour. Up to that point, I had been nibbling on the imported imitation. You know the kind – gigantic with a slight […]

The Main Menu: For the beef eater on Father’s Day

Typically Dads enjoy beef. On Father’s Day (June 19) serve any one of these three recipes to please his inner meat eater. Of course, the premium cuts – strip loin and tenderloin – are delicious but costly. If you decide to splurge, buy the cuts from a reputable butcher and inquire about the length of […]

The Main Menu: Have your own Royal Tea party

We are entering into the season of weddings and wedding showers. With the royal wedding just past, the afternoon tea has become a popular entertainment. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to make your afternoon tea the event of the season. You may want to choose a theme for the tea and a […]

The Main Menu: Thank goodness for greenhouses

Kudos to Ontario farmers who use innovation to grow fresh produce in a less than hospitable climate. Greenhouse gardening minimizes the effects of our rigorous climate and allows us to have fresh picked tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and lettuces now. In the past farmers had to rely on outdoor planting and Mother Nature. As a result, […]

The Main Menu: Easter brunch calls for eggs

The egg is a wonderful package. Packed with nutrients, easy to digest, simple to prepare, an essential ingredient in numerous dishes and inexpensive, it is a staple on the grocery list. However, at Easter the egg becomes a star. As a symbol of new life, it is decorated and becomes an integral part of celebration […]