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 […]

The Main Menu: Try some gluten-free recipes

Gluten is increasingly causing problems these days. More people complain about being sensitive to the gluten contained in wheat, reporting a number of medical conditions from mild discomfort to a full celiac condition. There are also people who are allergic to gluten which causes an anaphylactic reaction when they eat products containing it. For these […]

All wrapped up with goodness

Cooking in paper is fun, fancy and flavourful. The formal term for cooking in paper is cooking en papillote, and the paper is traditionally parchment paper readily available in supermarkets and food shops. Parchment is strong, heat-resistant and prevents food from sticking to it. In a pinch, aluminum foil can be substituted, but parchment definitely […]