Glencoe Mills Oatcakes
Apr20

Glencoe Mills Oatcakes

Deep in the rolling hills near Glencoe Mills, Cape Breton, Elizabeth “Mrs. Angus” Beaton bakes utterly amazing oatcakes. They are so good that she packs them with great care and ships them to her daughter, entrepreneur-extraordinaire, Janice, who once shared them with her lucky customers in her two upscale cheese shops, Janice Beaton Fine Cheeses. Made with two kinds of oats, one a grainy one that Elizabeth buys from Speerville Mills...

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Pulla (Finnish Coffee Bread)
Apr06

Pulla (Finnish Coffee Bread)

This recipe comes from the Finnish community of Sointula on Malcolm Island in north coastal B.C.  The Finns settled there to build a ‘place of harmony’ in the early part of the last century. Tuula Lewis, one of the community’s beloved matriarchs, often provided many loaves of this delicious sweet bread for the local museum. When I visited the museum, before I was even allowed into the collection of Malcolm Island...

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Buttermilk Corn Bread
Nov10

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 healthy dose of ground flax.  It’s tremendous with almost any sort of soup although we like it a lot with a traditional onion soup! •...

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