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My Urban Canadian Prairie Zone 3 Garden

1a Spring Garden zone 3 2013

The Canadian Food Experience Project Challenge 12: The Canadian Garden (May 2014) My purple Spring Garden awakens my soul every year. The vibrancy of each tenderling emerging from the cold black earth toward the warmth of the Spring sun invigorates my spirit. The vivid purples and greens revitalize the drab dead after Winter landscape with the promise of those lazy hazy crazy days of Summer, yet to come. Chive flowers in our Spring Salad are a quiet celebration in my kitchen of the … [Read more...]

Bill Roach: Canadian Cape Breton Folk Art Wood Carver

h Home From the Party by Bill Roach

His naive whimsical style and sense of humor attracts acclaim Born and raised in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Bill is a self-taught folk artist. He has painted and made woodcarvings since childhood and has been able to make a full time living at this work for the last 5 years, he told me, when we stopped to visit him on a very rainy day in May, 2014. Immediately after our visit to Eel Lake Oyster Farm, we headed to Cape Breton, arriving about 8 pm, in time for a meal and a well needed … [Read more...]

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

The Quintessential Mexican Green Sauce The first time I tasted Salsa Verde, I got no sense of the flavour of the sauce, whatsoever. My mouth was in a tormented upheaval for the remainder of that evening. I was told it had "just a little heat", so note: everything is relative, and if the person telling you about the heat level is from a country that tolerates a lot of heat in their food, tread very lightly. I actually did not know it was Salsa Verde. I just knew it was a hot Mexican … [Read more...]

Pastel de limon

Pastel de limon

The Grand Finalé to a Great Fiesta! As Brendi asked for the recipe for the finalé served at our Mexican Cooking Day with Chef Hugo Raya, I thought I would post it separately, for all to enjoy. The step by step photos are actually in the post recapping our triumphant day. However, this is a simple dessert, easy to make and one that would travel easily for a summer potluck. I will warn you that the recipe makes two of the dishes you see above, not just one. You may want to halve the … [Read more...]

Chef Hugo Raya Shares Passion and Mexican Recipes

28 Mexican Cooking Class Salud

A Mexican Cooking Class in Edmonton! Salud! Oh, what a day it was! It really was. Attending Cancook in Cancun at Mi Cocina es Tu Cocina with Chef Claudia Garcia Ramos in February of 2014, I wrote an epic post about the experience, completely enamored. The article was so lengthy, that at the bottom, I added: Whoever actually reads this entire post deserves a medal, a prize, and award! Or, I can recommend my therapist? NO – if you actually read it all, let me know and let’s cook Mexican … [Read more...]

Dueling Daughters: Grandma Maude’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

Dueling Daughters: Grandma Maude's Fresh Strawberry Pie

Grandma Helen joins the fray! Maude is my mom's mom. She would make this pie every July, sans the cream cheese layer, and usually with a graham wafer crust. We could never get enough of it. My mom, dad, my sister, Judy, and I... oh, how we all loved this pie. Going to grandma's in the summer meant gardening, berry picking and eating homemade cookies and pies. When the first strawberries reared their heads, so did this pie. Now, I am absolutely positive that her mother, Nettie Morrical, … [Read more...]

Al Picketts Eureka Black Garlic PEI

Al Picketts Eureka Black Garlic PEI

 A Canadian Food Hero from Prince Edward Island This past May, Vanja and I traveled through the Atlantic Provinces after the Slow Food in Canada National Conference in Tatamagouche. After a call out for not-to-miss spots, Lindsey and Dana had Al Picketts on their list with a message to "bring back as much of his black garlic you can possibly pack in your suitcase"! Having only heard of Black Garlic the year prior, seeing it sold at our local Italian Centre Shops and at the City Market … [Read more...]

Eureka Black Garlic Butter on Alberta Beef

Eureka Black Garlic Butter on Alberta Beef

The quintessential Alberta Beef BBQ Bumped up a Notch! Al Picketts is a Canadian Food Hero. There is no doubt about that. I met him when I was in Prince Edward Island in May and spoke to him at length on the phone before that. This is a farmer with character, dignity, and a truck load of creative intelligence guiding his farming and produce practice. He makes the best black garlic in the world. Don't just take my word for it. Order some from him, and try it yourself. Read his story … [Read more...]

LaHave Bakery Oatcakes

LaHave Bakery Oatcakes

A great recipe and a testament to the Real McCoy! LaHave Bakery in LaHave, Nova Scotia is famous for its oatcakes. And so it should be. They are scrumpdillyishous! Unforgettable. A trademark of this find province, though better known to be a Cape Breton staple, my oatcake experience started at LaHave Bakery. I found their facebook page and asked them for the recipe. Understandably, I was told it was a secret. Then a dear reader, (and Thermomix owner), Aileen, from Nova Scotia, let me in on … [Read more...]

A Fieldtrip to Eel Lake Oyster Farm

A Fieldtrip to Eel Lake Oyster Farm

 Nolan, Kim and Colton d'Eon's Award Winning Ruisseau Oysters What are Ruisseau Oysters? They are Kim, Colton and Nolan's d'Eon's oysters farmed in the icy waters of Eel Lake at Ste. Anne du Ruisseau, Nova Scotia. The terroir of this fresh water lake mingling with the mighty salt waters of Atlantic coupled with attentive hard work and care from this fishing family has created a flavour and texture distinct to The Eel Lake Oyster Farm that has these special oysters highly sought after in … [Read more...]

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