Macedonian Eggplant Salad

We’ve been getting some very nice eggplants this year; they are one thing that seem unfazed by the very high temperatures we had earlier in the summer, and in fact even happy about it. This would have done better – prettier at the very least – with some red pepper and tomatoes, but alas! Neither of ours have achieved…

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Fish & Summer Vegetable Chowder

Well, this was excellent. I thought it would last for 2 meals but we ate it all at once. It’s pretty light, being mostly fish and vegetables so that was quite possible. With some good crusty bread and butter on the side, it might stretch to 3 or 4 servings, and if it was served as a first course…

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Feta & Goat Cheese Dip

We actually had a family get together last weekend, for the first time since, well, you know. We all pinky-swore we had been self-isolating, and masking, and washing our hands and groceries, and so we agreed we could all be in the same house for a couple of days. I made a bunch of dips and crackers and salads,…

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Green Beans in Ginger-Tomato Sauce

Beans are substantial somehow, even as immature green pods. They have what it takes to stand up to a thick and lively sauce, and here’s one that’s particularly thick and lively. Earlier in the season I had been thinking I would use this sauce on snap peas, but I ultimately decided that they would have been overwhelmed, and it…

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Ontario’s Finest Peach Picking Areas

One for the basket, one for me. It’s a time honoured tradition, one that affords many delicious opportunities to explore Ontario’s rural places at your own pace. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite pick-your-own spots into a nice little list for all you berry-loving jammers, bakers and preservers. Take an afternoon, visit a farm and pick your own…

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TASTE REAL LAUNCHES SUMMER OBSTACLE in WELLINGTON COUNTY

Wellington County’s Taste Real programme is launching a new local food campaign for the month of August! The Taste Real Summer Challenge encourages locals to engage in staycation-type activities and discover fun outings and food-related adventures this summer. Farm tours, picnics, and patios are just some of the many food and farm adventures and staycation ideas listed on the…

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Mid-Harvest Garden Update

There’s the main gate into the fence version 1.0 of the garden. Uh, about that… … we’ve had small (ie they haven’t eaten everything) but persistent problems with a deer getting into the garden this season. I thought we had found its means of entry, and maybe we did, but it’s back. Mr. Ferdzy has decided to put a…

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This Saturday is Food Day Canada

Join us this Saturday, August 1st for Food Day Canada – a celebration of our nationwide favourite foods, ingredients and all the people involved in our culinary experiences! From the farmers in the fields to the chefs and restaurateurs to the grocery stores and food supplies, and finally, the families that enjoy our quality foods, we are celebrating everything food-related! Need…

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Garlic Scapes, The Veggie You’ve Been Missing Out On

Ever wondered what those thin, vibrantly green and curly stalks from the bulbs of hardneck garlic plants are? Those are called garlic scapes!  Those stems are usually harvested from the bulb before they can produce flowers. That way, the plant doesn’t channel all its energy in making the scape – leaving the garlic bulb small and flavourless.  They’re very…

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