Nana’s (Utterly Fabulous) Multi-Grain Rolls

When Joan Heath of Radisson, Saskatchewan, shared this great recipe, she explained its title. “My mom (a.k.a. Nana to our children, Audra and Aidan) bakes the best rolls and bread that I have ever had. So light and fluffy. She didn’t start until she was in her 40’s. I had no interest...

Black Currant Preserve

Because black currants have their own pectin, this recipe is about as easy as any can get. It will never be thick and jammy but it will be perfect on toast or as a black currant drink when boiling water is added. This recipe is easily multiplied. 2 cups (500 mL) sugar 1 cup (250 mL) water 1 cup...

Cheddar, Chive and Mustard Spelt Biscuits

These light and cheesy savoury biscuits, with pops of bright mustard flavour, are wonderful when spread with lashings of butter. Serve alongside bowls of soup or stew for a comforting meal. If so inclined, do make a double batch as they freeze remarkably well. Vary the cheeses using shredded Swiss...

Multigrain Carrot, Date and Mustard-spiked Muffins

Hearty and nutritious, these muffins make a quick grab-and-go breakfast or great afternoon snack. Studded with nuts and yellow mustard seed for crunch, the muffins also have a delicious sweetness from the carrots and dates, and the benefit of being packed with whole grains. These muffins are...

Cumin-scented Chickpea-Buckwheat Dosas

Chickpea flour is called Besan in South Asian cooking.  Grown and milled in the Prairies, it’s renowned globally for its quality.   Buckwheat flour adds real nuttiness to these delicious dosas which are, in effect, a flat bread similar to crepes into which you can stuff almost any mixture...

Savoury Clafouti with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cheddar and Basil

This was one of the great recipes Chef Anne Desjardins shared on stage at the Foire Gourmande in the lovely town of Ville Marie on the shores of Lake Temiscaming.  Being her sous chef was great fun.  We used the spectacular Cru du Clocher cheddar made in nearby Lorrainville.  On the side she did a...

Summer Fruit Platz

This recipe has staying power…it’s been part of my personal repertoire since 1984 and no home cook should be with out it on hand.  It’s so easy in its celebration of Canada’s massive fruit harvest.  Slice the peaches, apricots, plums, pears!  No need for peeling if you...

Baked Ham and Egg Cup

This quick and easy baked egg in a cup is perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch. The combination of Canadian Havarti cheese and egg is delicious and you can assemble the ramekins ahead of time and bake them when needed, making this a great dish to serve for a group. 1 large slice of ham 1/4...

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 Calgary where her daughter, entrepreneur-extraordinaire, Janice, shares them with her lucky customers in...

Overnight Oat and Apple Pancakes

Full of flavour and fibre!   2 ¼ (550 mL) cups 1% buttermilk 2 cups (500 mL) quick cooking oats 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 Tbsp (25 mL) melted unsalted butter 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1 small apple, cored and diced or about 1 cup (250 mL) ½ cup (125 mL) ground golden flaxseed 2 Tbsp (25 mL) brown...