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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Maple Bacon Crêpes
Jul17

Maple Bacon Crêpes

What a tremendous brunch or supper dish!  For Crepe Stuffing:  4 eggs (sunny-side up) 1 package local maple smoked bacon, fried or baked 1 package local breakfast maple sausages, pan fried and sliced into rounds 2 large potatoes washed, peeled, cubed small, seasoned and pan fried (hash browns) mayonnaise (to taste) maple syrup (to taste)  For Crepe Batter: 4 eggs 1 1/3 cup whole milk 1 cup all purpose flour 2 tbsp butter, melted and...

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Zucchini-Corn Pancakes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
Jul11

Zucchini-Corn Pancakes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

This is fabulous skillet late summer brunch, lunch or dinner!   Cara provides this tip. “To make your own oat flour, clean out your coffee grinder and grind what you need. Alternatively, you could grind a larger batch in a food processor.” 2 medium zucchini/summer squash, grated and squeezed dry ½ cup corn kernels 2 scallions, thinly slices ¼ cups basil, chopped 1 large egg, beaten ½ cup oat flour or all-purpose flour 2...

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