An apple a day…

My Nan made the best apple pie, sweet, liberally laced with cinnamon and heavy with apples, the crust always flaky and golden brown. Like most grandmothers, she never measured, and like most grandchildren, I was too busy doing other things to notice. And now she is  gone, and pie has become a taste memory, never…

Slow Food, Plum Jam

Jam making is a good way to preserve a bountiful harvest, especially if you’re like me and consider jam to be a major food group. Making jam is also a good introduction to canning and preserving;  due to the high sugar content it tends to be the easiest in regards to food safety issues. I…

Raspberries

I’ve just returned from a vacation so absolutely wonderful that it seems like a dream, did I really just see a truffle pig??? But while I was away, I was often thinking of raspberries; I was worried that the season, always a short one would be over before I got back. In the 1830’s Susanna…

A recipe for raspberry pie

In no particular order, I have five favorite foods; pie, cake, mashed potatoes, toast and anything that has the word custard in it. But when it comes to pie, my favorite is raspberry, and “oh happy day,” there was raspberry pie on the pie buffet at the roast beef dinner at the Embro Highland games.…

Food that Really Schmecks, and Strawberry Custard Pie

Food that Really Schmecks Mennonite Country Cooking by Edna Staebler published in 1968 was my first hardcover cookbook and I bought it at Provident Bookstore in Northland Mall, which was the first mall in my city, and was in within walking distance of my house.  I spent a lot of time in there browsing the…

Rhubarb Fool

“If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.”                                                                                                                                           Maya Angelou When a fool…

Ten Canadian Cookbooks

Cookbooks, when viewed as more then a collection of recipes (or recipets) are also record keepers and story tellers, they are a product of their time. We can travel back in time and see what was considered popular, prudent or necessary knowledge at the time that that a cook book was written or compiled.  Women’s…

Quebec, Madame Benoit, Spring

I have had a secret love affair with Quebec since I was a kid in Mr. Askey’s history class. He was teaching us about Canadian History and we were studying the Seven Years’ War, and of course as we all know (don’t we?) the Battle of Quebec on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 was…

Tradition

I have started watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, a beautifully shot documentary on influential chefs from around the world. I have seen three episodes so far; Massimo Bottura from Itlay, Dan Barber from the U.S. and Argentinian Francis Mallmann (my favorite so far as his passion for food and life is highly intoxicating). The three…