Posted in November 2013

A passion for persimmons

A passion for persimmons

Sweet persimmon earns its ‘fruit of the gods’ nickname ’Tis the season for fresh persimmons. The most famous varieties are the acorn-shaped hachiya with the pointed end and the squat, tomato-shaped fuyu or Sharon fruit. With shiny orange skin that’s baby-bottom smooth, both varieties glow from supermarket displays. But the similarities end there. While you can … Continue reading

Meet one Smart Cookie!

Meet one Smart Cookie!

I haven’t met Maya Liberman yet, but I can tell you she’s one smart cookie! Along with earning an MBA, this busy Oakville mom spent 10 years in the packaged goods industry and five years working in product development for Loblaws. For the past two years, she’s used her experience as a professional product developer … Continue reading

Demystifying Jerusalem artichokes

Demystifying Jerusalem artichokes

Fresh Bites: Jerusalem artichokes   Tubers have a hint of artichoke flavour that shines in soups, roasts, gratins and other recipes. My husband dreads opening the fridge this time of year. Inside, he knows he’ll find bagfuls of knobby Jerusalem artichokes, caked in mud, harvested from our narrow back-lane garden. The sturdy stalks with sad, … Continue reading

Quintessential Quince

Quintessential Quince

I bought my first quince with low expectations. Hard and green with no scent, the lumpy-looking pear with the stubby neck hardly seemed worth $2. Where was the golden orb I’d read about that perfumed a room? What inspired poet Edward Lear to have his Owl and Pussycat dine on mince and slices of quince … Continue reading