Tomatoes just say ‘summer’

To a Canadian, the flavour of a just-picked garden tomato says ‘summer’. It has an intensity of taste and a sweetness unknown to the supermarket variety. The garden tomato is simply, slurppily delicious. Recently, my son brought me a bag of his ‘just picked’ tomatoes, both garden ripe and green. The red jewels were just […]

Summer breakfast al fresco

Breakfast in the summertime is special. Whether it’s strolling to the dock with a cup of coffee or sitting on the deck with a bowl of berries, it’s relaxed and happy. Yes, happy. How often can we enjoy a casual meal outside in the tranquillity of morning light? Part of the joy is the light […]

August’s tender, tasty fruit

Being a farmer is a tough job. You are a slave to the seasons and the weather. There are no guarantees. This past spring was a fine example: wonderful for urbanites, a disaster for rural folks. The mild winter and early spring told the fruit to “hurry up, bloom”. Bloom they did. Then a frost […]

Fresh strawberries herald summer

I believe that the Canadian flag should be changed for July 1. Instead of the bright red maple leaf, a large succulent strawberry should be placed smack dab in the middle of the flag. Why? Because on Canada Day, without fail, there are the most divine juicy, red, sweet Ontario strawberries ready aplenty in the […]

Pulled pork for Father’s Day

When it comes to Father’s Day, I ask the expert, Dad himself, what he would enjoy for his special day. Nowadays, men are often the cooks in the family. They take a real interest in what is served and experiment with the most up-to-date recipes. Pulled pork is one of those requested items on current […]

Spend the summer in the raw

‘Cooking’ in the raw is a conflict of terms. But there is no conflict when it comes to ‘raw’ in the summer. In the raw means ease of preparation and use of fresh produce. The result: great taste, quality nutrition and tremendous variety. Of course, in the raw is the perfect term for salad, and […]

Victoria Day is picnic perfect

Queen Victoria’s Birthday is anticipated with great relish – not so much as a celebration of a birthday, but as a marker of the seasons, that first long weekend of the season when you have the whole glorious summer ahead. This is the time when cottagers make their initial trek northward to their dream on […]

A gift that gives more than once

Finally, a book which helps the medicine go down – with humour of course. Mairlyn Smith’s Healthy Starts Here! is a breath of fresh air. No fuddy-duddy business, simply information, as I said, with a spoonful of humour to make it digestible. Of course, the gorgeous photographs act like eye candy and get you salivating […]

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 […]