Posted in July 2013

A currant affair

A currant affair

Now I know how it feels to be caught red-handed. While it’s true my neighbour gave me permission to pick his currants — suspended like thin strings of red pearls from a scruffy old bush more than a metre wide — I hadn’t warned him that I might need more for recipe testing. Emerging from his house … Continue reading

Sweet onions easy on the eyes

Sweet onions easy on the eyes

The onion counter is probably the last place you’d expect to find sweet treats, but take a closer look on your next trip through the produce section. Next to the all-purpose yellow or Spanish cooking onions, the tangy whites beloved in Mexican cuisine and the sharp-tasting reds that trade on their good looks, you’ll find … Continue reading

Okra has multicultural appeal

Okra has multicultural appeal

To experience multiculturalism at its best on Canada Day or any day, find a supermarket with a bin of fresh okra. Lovers of the edible green pod were stocking up at my local No Frills recently, thrilled with the low price and excellent quality from the Dominican Republic. Small quantities of okra are also being grown in … Continue reading