Fabulous Wheat Berry Salad

This is another one of Joan Heath’s excellent recipes, she says that it may be made ahead and refrigerated, without the nuts and sunflower seeds, for up to 3 days. While the cooking of the various grains may seem a bit fussy, the results are worth it. Serve the salad on a bed of spinach or baby...

Summer Black Cherry Clafoutis

The recipe for a black cherry clafoutis is easy and very forgiving. The buttermilk adds another layer of flavour and it’s really quite spectacular. Please use only Canadian black cherries…our growers need our support because tons are shipped in before our season can begin and are grown with...

Apple & Cider Cobbler

Cheddar cheese and apple pie is a classic combination.  This recipe takes it to new heights by adding Canadian cheddar cheese into the biscuit topping of the cobbler and it can be baked all year round.  Fresh apples and cider from Canada are available even in the late spring and early summer...

Chilled Sour Cream-laced Cucumber Soup

This is our absolute favourite summer soup! 2 English cucumbers 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil 1 small onion, minced. 2 tbsps (30 mL) all purpose flour 3 cups (750 mL) chicken or vegetable stock Salt and white pepper, to taste 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream or buttermilk 1 garlic...

Buttermilk Corn Bread

This Loyalist quick bread was likely brought to Canada with the first wave of immigration in the late 1700’s. More and more often, it’s possible to find good locally grown/milled corn meal.  For this corn bread recipe I’ve used a New Brunswick product from Speerville Mills and jazzed it up with a...

Pickled Pacific Mackerel and Lentil Salad

Pickling fish is a very traditional way of preserving it but one not as widely used in Canada as it should be.   If you cannot find really fresh mackerel,  any firm white fish will work. This Lentil Salad, provided by  Vancouver chef Jefferson Alvarez,  could easily stand on its own as a filling...

Spiced Lamb Strips with Mint and Cilantro

Combining savory lamb with cumin, coriander, mint, garlic and tomatoes, this recipe combines the best of traditional North American and Middle Eastern lamb preparations.  1 lb (500 g) lamb leg, boned, trimmed and cut into thin strips  1 tsp (5 mL) cumin 1 tsp (5 mL) coriander 1 tsp (5 mL) paprika...

Honey-Tarragon Salad Dressing for Fresh Greens

This is my go-to dressing for summery greens. Use your imagination and add fresh summer fruit like blueberries or sliced strawberries, petals from a few favourite edible flowers…we love tulips, nasturtiums and begonia blossoms! All canola oil sold in Canada IS Canadian. Sadly, not the same for...

Red Lentil Crusted Albacore Tuna with Beluga Lentil and Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Araxi Chef Quang Dang created this albacore tuna dish a few years ago for a national lentil contest. It’s easy, gluten free and very creative!  1 small albacore tuna loin, trimmed 2 cups (500 mL) red lentils, ground in a spice grinder then sifted 2 Tbsp (30 mL)   salt 2 Tbsp (30 mL) black...

Easter Cheese & Food Traditions

Spring is springing…thank goodness.  Snow’s beginning to retreat and the rivers are opening.   Although Easter is early on the calendar this year, it’s never too early for Easter cheese. It’s the quintessential springtime dessert in many Mennonite homes, easy to make and...