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Black Bean Burgers

10:44 pm Mar 6, 2017

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Mediterranean Meatless Pizza Toppings

10:33 pm Mar 6, 2017

Toppings can include any of the following:

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Mediterranean Meatless Pizza

Mediterranean Meatless Pizza

9:49 pm Mar 6, 2017

Everybody loves pizza and the good news is, you don’t need to weigh it down with meaty toppings to earn big praise at the table! If preferred, you can go gluten-free with a suitable substitute for the all-purpose flour. Makes 1 large thin crust, 1...

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Stir-Fried Vegetables  with Udon Noodles

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Udon Noodles

9:31 pm Mar 6, 2017

When thick, chewy udon noodles are mixed with colourful stir-fried vegetables, there’s no need to coax the kids to ‘eat up’! They love this dish. The recipe is versatile enough that it also works well with soba (buckwheat) noodles and/or...

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Glaze for Lentil Loaf

9:24 pm Mar 6, 2017

To prepare the glaze:

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Glazed Vegetable Lentil Loaf

Glazed Vegetable Lentil Loaf

9:12 pm Mar 6, 2017

Introducing meat-lovers to meatless meals is easy with this tasty loaf which comes out of the oven oozing with a mouth-watering glaze. This dish goes great with fermented beets, a green salad, and a crispy roll on the side. Leftover slices can be...

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Root Vegetable, Bean and Barley Bowl

Root Vegetable, Bean and Barley Bowl

5:26 pm Mar 6, 2017

My family loves this colourful dish, and so do our dinner guests! Serve it with crusty rolls – and supper is on.

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Chickpea Curry

1:39 pm Nov 7, 2016

Here’s a popular Indian curry that is so economical, your family will never have to know they’re eating a super thrifty meal! I like to cook my chickpeas (as they are known in English, or garbanzo beans in Spanish) from the dried state as in the...

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A Delicious Dal – Plain and Simple

1:10 pm Nov 7, 2016

It is often said that “no two dals are ever the same” and in my house, they never are, for I often add bits of carrots, turnips, cauliflower, and other vegetables lingering in the crisper, along with the onion and garlic for added flavour. Makes...

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Creamy Dal Soup (Red Lentil)

Creamy Dal Soup (Red Lentil)

12:50 pm Nov 7, 2016

Dal made from lentils and pulses is a number one staple dish in the cuisine of India (as well as Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh). The varieties of dried beans and peas used in dal make it a high source of protein; thus it can take the...

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Indian-style Mixed Vegetable Platter with Spicy Seeds

Indian-style Mixed Vegetable Platter with Spicy Seeds

12:41 pm Nov 7, 2016

This colourful, low-fat meal is so versatile, you never have to serve the same platter twice! For endless variety, try mixing and matching broccoli florets, sliced parsnip, cubed turnip, and sliced okra with the vegetables used in the version...

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

12:26 pm Nov 7, 2016

My grandparents grew a huge patch of mixed squashes in their backyard garden – all kinds of gourds from acorn and butternut squash to pumpkins and zucchini. And they all found their way into grandma’s big soup pot!
According to grandma’s old...

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Veggie Noodle Salad

Veggie Noodle Salad

12:09 pm Jul 15, 2016

This is so colourful and delicious, your family never has to know it’s good for them!

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Chunky Sweet Potato Salad

Chunky Sweet Potato Salad

11:58 am Jul 15, 2016

This puts Old World potato salad to shame! Delightfully pretty and ever-so-good.

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Chickpea Pasta Salad With Fresh Tomato-Herb Dressing

11:42 am Jul 15, 2016

Homemade chickpea pasta makes a delicious gluten-free salad and the good news is – it’s super easy to make; and even better news is – it doesn’t go soggy in the salad bowl! A perfect salad to make during prime tomato season!

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Grandma’s Mixed Bean and Kale Salad

Grandma’s Mixed Bean and Kale Salad

11:29 am Jul 15, 2016

Like grandma, I prefer to use dried beans that I cook myself because they are more economical than store-bought canned beans and have a firmer texture, but you can use canned beans if you’d rather. A thrifty tip is to cook a big batch of mixed...

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Tex-Mex Veggie-Grain Salad

Tex-Mex Veggie-Grain Salad

11:10 am Jul 15, 2016

Sometimes I make this with barley as below, other times with wheat berries, coloured quinoa, or rice. Or I use a mixture of whatever cooked grains I might have lingering in the fridge or freezer – bits of leftovers saved from other recipes....

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Quinoa with Lentils

4:24 pm Feb 29, 2016

This is one of those versatile recipes that you can easily personalize to suit your own taste to a ‘tee’, using what you have on hand. I don’t use measures for the vegetables because I like to mix and match whatever is in season, or whatever I have...

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Quinoa Supper Patties

Quinoa Supper Patties

4:20 pm Feb 29, 2016

These patties can be served with a green salad on the side or, when the family is having a “burger” craving, I land the patties on hearty bread or buns and serve with traditional fixings (lettuce, onion, tomato, and relish). (Makes 4 to 6...

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Colourful Quinoa Wraps

Colourful Quinoa Wraps

4:15 pm Feb 29, 2016

These versatile wraps are as pretty as they are tasty. When cut into small lengths, they are a perfect finger food for an appetizer platter or buffet table. Mixing and matching various coloured wraps (spinach, tomato, herb) with various coloured...

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Quinoa and Lentil Soup

Quinoa and Lentil Soup

4:01 pm Feb 29, 2016

This rib-sticking recipe is a real quickie to prepare! (Makes a tureen-full of soup)

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Spicy Quinoa Breakfast

Spicy Quinoa Breakfast

3:51 pm Feb 29, 2016

Here’s a ‘no measure, no fuss’ dish, perfect for using leftover cooked quinoa. (Serves 3 to 4)

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Black Quinoa and Mandarin Porridge

3:40 pm Feb 29, 2016

Here’s a porridge that’s so good it could come to the table as dessert! (Makes 6 servings)

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Sautéed Vegetable Noodles

Sautéed Vegetable Noodles

12:21 pm Sep 1, 2015

 

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Mediterranean Zucchini and Chickpea Supper

Mediterranean Zucchini and Chickpea Supper

12:06 pm Sep 1, 2015

Here’s a delightful garlicky good main course dish that’s always a big hit with family and friends! Serve with crusty bread and red wine for toasting. (Serves 6)

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Sweet Potato Noodles and Cheese

Sweet Potato Noodles and Cheese

11:59 am Sep 1, 2015

Watch your kids tackle this fibre-rich creation! (Serves 4 as a main meal, 6 as a side-dish)

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Beet Noodle and Feta Cheese Salad

11:46 am Sep 1, 2015

Handwritten entries in grandma’s old doctoring journals praise beets as being good for treating a host of everyday ailments and common complaints. They’re also a top pick for warding off seasonal ailments like cold and ‘flu. I know she’d...

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Lin’s Asian-Style Veggie Noodle Bowl

Lin’s Asian-Style Veggie Noodle Bowl

11:37 am Sep 1, 2015

This is a wonderful luncheon dish, and so versatile because any type of vegetable noodle or mix of noodles can be used. (Makes 4 to 6 servings)

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Crispy Curly Fries

Crispy Curly Fries

11:20 am Sep 1, 2015

Here’s a healthy baked snack that disappears in a flash!

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Glorious Grilled Grapes

Glorious Grilled Grapes

10:38 am Jun 1, 2015

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Grilled Pineapple Spears with Maple-Rum Glaze

Grilled Pineapple Spears with Maple-Rum Glaze

10:33 am Jun 1, 2015

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Zappy Grilled Peaches

Zappy Grilled Peaches

10:30 am Jun 1, 2015

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Garlicky-Good Sautéed Kale

3:52 pm Feb 27, 2015

Grandma’s version of this dish, which is eaten hot or cold,  is called a ‘wilt’. (Serves 4)

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Kale and Quinoa Salad

Kale and Quinoa Salad

3:44 pm Feb 27, 2015

I had never heard of quinoa when I was a kid, but I sure love it today. (Serves 6 to 8)

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Kale Power Drink

3:39 pm Feb 27, 2015

This great kale smoothie will kick start your morning with a nutritious bang! (Makes a 2 cup serving.)

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Kale Wraps

Kale Wraps

3:27 pm Feb 27, 2015

My kids love these – for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. (Makes 8 wraps.)

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Kale and Sweet Potato ‘Speckled’ Soup

Kale and Sweet Potato ‘Speckled’ Soup

3:23 pm Feb 27, 2015

In grandma’s house, this creamy puree was called Speckled Soup. (Makes a full tureen; see photo on page 16.)

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Kale and Lima Bean Soup

Kale and Lima Bean Soup

3:19 pm Feb 27, 2015

This is so good and so easy to make. (Makes 8 servings – enough to fill a large tureen. Leftover soup can be stored in the fridge.)

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Kale ‘Detox’ Tea

3:17 pm Feb 27, 2015

In grandma’s old doctoring journals, she’s written that “a cup of kale tea is a good tonic for flushing impurities out of the system.” If you’re making this medicinal tea as a treatment for cold and ‘flu, grandma’s notes say that a...

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Kale ‘Picker-Upper’ Soup

Kale ‘Picker-Upper’ Soup

3:09 pm Feb 27, 2015

To make this super quick ‘picker-upper’ soup, first prepare kale tea as above.

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Homemade cough syrup with sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, 
borage, and ginger can ease a cough

Old World Cures for Late Winter Ailments

04:38 pm January 28, 2015

When I was a kid growing up in the rural woods of Muskoka, my grandma had a cure for almost every common ailment. Folks would come from miles around to seek her advice for treating their health complaints. As a girl, I took as much pride in... Read more »

Asian-Style Fermented Vegetables

Asian-Style Fermented Vegetables

3:12 pm Dec 18, 2013

This is similar to “kimchee” which is traditionally made out of Chinese cabbage or bok choy, but I use a mixture of red and green cabbage as it is easier to come by in my kitchen. There’s no need to be exact in the measurements below.

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Fermented Berries

3:06 pm Dec 18, 2013

These make delicious topping for yogurt, ice-cream and breakfast cereals. You can use any berry in season, keeping in mind wild or garden berries work better than commercial produce. I use fresh picked wild blueberries and I use whey to cut down on...

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Hungarian Fermented Garden Cukes

Hungarian Fermented Garden Cukes

2:49 pm Dec 18, 2013

I got this recipe from my Hungarian mother-in-law. They call these “sun-cooked” pickles in Hungary. I really love them – this recipe provides a great way to put over-grown garden cukes to good use at the end of the season. You simply cut the...

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Fermented Eggs

2:43 pm Dec 18, 2013

If you find traditional ‘vinegar’ pickled eggs way too sour – you’ll love these mild, delicious eggs. You’ll need a 1 litre canning jar. (Makes 1 dozen.)

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Traditional Sauerkraut

2:37 pm Dec 18, 2013

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Fermented Carrots

2:30 pm Dec 18, 2013

Fermented carrot sticks make colourful additions to vegetable platters and are great garnishes for salads and toppers for sandwiches. This recipe makes three (500 ml) sized canning jars but can be multiplied as needed.

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Fermented Apple Slices

Fermented Apple Slices

2:22 pm Dec 18, 2013

These make wonderful additions to winter salads and tasty garnishes for sandwiches, wraps and other foods needing a little something special. This recipe makes two (500 ml) canning jars for sampling. 

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Kombucha – the Miracle Tonic

Kombucha – the Miracle Tonic

2:08 pm Dec 18, 2013

If you’ve never heard of ‘scoby,’ you’ve probably never indulged in a healthy glass of kombucha – a super, healthy ‘living’ tonic. I call it ‘living’ because it’s like sourdough starter, something that grows from batch to batch! I...

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Wild Blueberry Kvass

1:44 pm Dec 18, 2013

This is a delicious drink and so easy to make, especially during wild blueberry season!

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Fruit Kvass

Fruit Kvass

1:27 pm Dec 18, 2013

This is another delightful Old World drink. You can mix or match fruits like pears, nectarines, peaches with dried fruits like apricots and raisins for endless variety, always favouring organic picks where possible. Kids love this! In our house it...

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Grandma’s Beet Kvass

Grandma’s Beet Kvass

1:19 pm Dec 18, 2013

Grandma vouched that this tonic was good for whatever ails you, especially for building strong blood, flushing impurities from the body, and putting “colour in your cheeks.” Like her, I make this often during the cold months, using my root...

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Stinging nettles in the wild

Nothing Says Spring Like Fresh, Wild Greens

12:31 pm April 27, 2012

When I was a kid growing up in rural Muskoka we strived to be as self-sufficient as possible, not only because my grandparents enjoyed growing and gathering their own foods, but also out of necessity. In those days, trips to the grocery (and drug... Read more »

Onion-Herb Focaccia

2:47 pm Jan 30, 2012

This can fill the bill as a supper feature when served with a crispy green salad or a bowl of soup or leftover stew.

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Stuffed Baked Onions

Stuffed Baked Onions

2:41 pm Jan 30, 2012

Here’s a savoury vegetable dish that always earns big raves at my table. (Serves 4.)

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Aleta’s Onion-Cheese Soup

1:59 pm Jan 30, 2012

I have tweaked grandma’s old recipe a little, using olive oil in place of pure butter. (Makes about 6 servings.)

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Steeped Onion Salad

Steeped Onion Salad

1:49 pm Jan 30, 2012

This is good for helping the body digest heavy or fatty foods.

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Plain and Simple Onion Sandwich

12:54 pm Jan 30, 2012

At grandma’s house, these were often served as a quick lunch either on fresh or toasted homemade bread. Grandma used homemade butter as her spread.

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Onion Insect Repellent

12:45 pm Jan 30, 2012

If you wish to steer clear of insect repellents that contain chemicals such as DEET, why not give this ancient remedy a try? It works, and is easier on sensitive skin than commercial preparations. It’s safe for kids, too.

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Onion Poultice

12:40 pm Jan 30, 2012

This onion poultice breaks up congestion and stimulates the body to fight off viruses. It can also be applied to relieve pain caused by rheumatism, arthritis, aching muscles, and sore joints. For earache, place hot poultice over the ear. To draw pus...

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Onion Cough Syrup

Onion Cough Syrup

12:32 pm Jan 30, 2012

Like they say, “tastes awful, but it works!” Really, though, my tastebuds are tickled by this strange concoction that quickly soothes a raspy throat and breaks up phlegm.

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Onion Skin Tea for Poor Circulation

12:06 pm Jan 30, 2012

Grandma vouched that this tonic would get your “blood moving.”  She has also noted it brings fast relief if you’re suffering from a bout of gout.

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Medicinal Onion Tea

11:56 am Jan 30, 2012

In my view, this tea is one of the best cold cures there is. It relieves headache and stuffiness, and as grandma has written, helps one “sweat out the cold.”

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Lin’s Basic Miso Soup

1:16 pm May 17, 2011

This recipe makes about 8 cups, but is easily cut in half or doubled. Be creative with your choice of vegetables. I like to make a different batch every time.

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Roasted Garlic Soup

12:27 pm May 12, 2011

The following recipe comes to us courtesy of Foodland Ontario and features the locally grown harvest.

(Serves 6). This smooth soup gets lots of flavour from Ontario’s onion family. It makes a great make-ahead first course for a dinner party. Use...

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Gourmet Garlic Herb Vinegar

12:26 pm May 12, 2011

This vinegar instills wonderful flavour when used for marinating meat and fish and adds delightful spark to salad dressings. Only good quality wine vinegar should be used so as not to overpower the garlic and herbs. This vinegar will keep for...

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Garlicky Good ‘Presto’ Pasta

12:24 pm May 12, 2011

So easy. So quick. This simple, satisfying meal is sure to become a family favourite. I often serve this super fast pasta as a side-dish at company dinners earning big raves for little work.

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Spicy Pickled Garlic

12:22 pm May 12, 2011

If I had to pick my pick of pickles, then pickled garlic is the pickle I’d pick! They are so crispy and refreshing and good that sometimes I pair up a couple cloves with a slice of bread and wedge of blue cheese and call it gourmet lunch. I’ve...

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Garlic Herbed Butter

12:21 pm May 12, 2011

A little bit of garlic herb butter goes a very long way for instilling wonderful flavour onto broiled dishes and fresh steamed vegetables. Even a dab on bread can trick a conscientious diner into thinking they’re richly indulging!

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Roasted Garlic and Herbs

12:16 pm May 12, 2011

This delectable appetizer earns big raves at all my gatherings. Definitely one of the most “in” ways I know to serve garlic. And once roasted, the odour that some folks fret over does not linger.

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EXOTIC GINGER

02:14 pm February 1, 2004

When I was a kid my favourite cookies were grandma’s homemade gingersnaps which grandpa and I couldn’t resist dunking in our afternoon tea. Other than the delightfully crisp cookies or an occasional batch of non-alcoholic homemade ginger beer and... Read more »

Old-Fashioned Potato and Fiddlehead Soup

2:48 pm May 10, 2011

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Green ‘Wheels’ and Cheese

2:46 pm May 10, 2011

Tender little ‘wheels’ in creamy cheese sauce are a hit with little kids and big ones, too! This was my Grandfather’s favourite fiddlehead dish.

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Violin Heads (tete-de-violon) with Pecans and Peppers

Violin Heads (tete-de-violon) with Pecans and Peppers

2:44 pm May 10, 2011

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Fiddleheads with Sesame Seeds

2:42 pm May 10, 2011

A quick and easy vegetable dish that’s good warm or cold.

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Oriental Fiddleheads and Prawns

2:40 pm May 10, 2011

Here’s a healthy, delicious dinner that is truly a gourmet feast. Good news is, it’s fast and super easy. Make it your meal after a fun day in the woodlands picking.

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Ontario Raspberry Cloud

12:25 pm May 6, 2011

Here’s a heavenly summer dessert that’s light as cloud and picture perfect to boot. The meringue-base is similar to that of Australia’s noted creation, Pavlova, named after the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who performed the dying...

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Raspberried Carrots

12:16 pm May 6, 2011

This is a colourful and tasty way to serve carrots, especially delicious when made with tiny baby carrots pulled fresh out of the garden. It is also a great way to bring old root cellar carrots back to life in wintertime as frozen berries can be...

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Raspberried Carrots

12:14 pm May 6, 2011

Here’s a sweet omelet that’ll put big smiles on the faces of all your raspberry picking partners! Makes an elegant breakfast or delicious dessert.

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Raspberry Vinaigrette

12:13 pm May 6, 2011

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ANCIENT GRAIN TEAS

04:36 pm October 1, 2004

I grew up in a world that revolved around tea! At Grandmother’s house,  traditional black tea steeped from loose leaves was served at mealtimes with plenty of fresh cream for toning it down and honey for sweetening it up. When I was a kid, I... Read more »

Sesame-Flecked Bran Crackers

1:28 pm May 4, 2011

These healthy crackers can stand on their own or be decked out with spread or paté for a great bite. They are also great crumbled in soups or broken and used in place of croutons on salad.

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Savoury Veggie Stars

1:24 pm May 4, 2011

Here’s a crispy vegetable cracker that’ll be the star of any party. They are wonderful with cheese, paté or for nibbling all by themselves.

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No-Bake Oat Balls

1:22 pm May 4, 2011

These tasty balls are sometimes called “oat candy.” They are good for the waistline, easy to make and pretty on the plate. They are fun to roll into balls so if you’ve got some little hands in your baking party, let them do the forming.

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No-Bake Oat Balls

1:20 pm May 4, 2011

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Roasted Chicknuts

1:18 pm May 4, 2011

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Wasabi Peanuts

1:16 pm May 4, 2011

If holidays just aren’t holidays without peanuts, try this recipe to satisfy your nutty cravings.

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Wasabi Peas

1:14 pm May 4, 2011

I was introduced to wasabi peas years ago and no matter how often I snack on them, I never tire of that wonderful burst of flavour when you pop one into your mouth! In my circle of friends we often joke that one never gets bored at a party when...

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Shiitake Mushrooms — Prized by Herbalists and Chefs

04:55 pm March 1, 2005

There’s a familiar old saying about mushrooms making meals marvellous,  but when it comes to the delectable shiitake, here’s a pick that goes way beyond the call of duty. Aside from being top choice for the pan,  the healthful benefits of eating... Read more »

Glorious Grape Ring

1:58 pm Apr 14, 2011

Here’s a tantalizing dessert or appetizer that’s fit for formal.

Purple and black grapes get their lustrous color from a healthy compound known as flavonoids which gives all “blue” fruits including blueberries their colouring. In recent...

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Pineapple Ice

1:57 pm Apr 14, 2011

Pineapples, like oranges, are rich in vitamin C making them a noted antioxidant and immune system booster. They belong to the bromeliad family and contain high amounts of an enzyme known as bromelain that is a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping the...

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Mango Sherbet

1:54 pm Apr 14, 2011

The first time I sunk my teeth into a juicy, tangy mango I fell in love with the taste. But even better is the fact they’re loaded with vitamins and are a rich natural source of beta-carotene, an effective antioxidant that helps ward off body...

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Fresh Fruit with Yogurt-Ginger Sauce

2:51 pm Apr 7, 2011

A traditional Indian dessert — light, bright and delightfully refreshing. Arrange bite-sized pieces of fruit on platter: pears, apples, bananas, oranges, berries.

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Chapati

2:46 pm Apr 7, 2011

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Samosas

2:43 pm Apr 7, 2011

Traditionally made with clarified butter (known as ghee in India) and fried, this version is made with oil and baked for better health. Samosas, good hot or cold, are perfect for the lunch kit and freeze well. (Makes 32)

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Indian Chicken and Vegetables

2:36 pm Apr 7, 2011

This is a wonderful curried dish that’s as versatile as the vegetables of the season.

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Curried Carrot Soup

2:28 pm Apr 7, 2011

Good for whatever ails you. Serve with chapatis for quick, easy and nourishing supper or as first course of a curry meal.

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Jasper’s Homemade Curry Powder

2:15 pm Apr 7, 2011

According to my friend Jasper, every household in India has its own blend of curry powder — the cook’s trademark. Thus the following measurements can be adapted to suit taste:

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A Traditional East Indian Spicy Dhal

1:52 pm Apr 6, 2011

Here is a traditional East Indian recipe for a spicy Dhal. In its country of origin, a dhal such as this would be served with rice as a main course but it is also good with a simmered grain such as barley or alongside mashed potatoes to help bear...

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Hearty, Versatile Lentil Soup

1:50 pm Apr 6, 2011

Make this hearty soup from any lentil or split pea and it’ll be equally delicious. Serve with a thick slab of rye bread and you’ve got a supper that’s warm and filling. But the best thing about this soup is that it can be as versatile as the...

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