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A currant affair

A currant affair

It’s taken more than 30 years to make my first summer pudding. I first tasted this classic British dessert at a Mississauga dinner party. Though the ingredient list is absurdly simple — a bucket of currants and other summer berries, sugar and sliced white bread — the result is an impressive red mound oozing rich, … Continue reading

Use your (veggie) noodle

Use your (veggie) noodle

Oodles of new vegetable noodles added a splash of colour to the recent Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo in Toronto, highlighting one of the summer’s top food trends. “Foodles (‘fun noodles’) are one of the hottest-selling items we’ve ever launched,” says Noel Brigido, vice president of Mississauga produce processor Freshline Foods, whose packaged veggie noodles are … Continue reading

Bring on Ontario asparagus!

Bring on Ontario asparagus!

Now that warmer weather may finally be here to stay, the Ontario asparagus crop can really get moving. Along with the always welcome and delicious green stalks, keep your eyes peeled for the Purple Passion variety. These firm, juicy burgundy stalks, common in Europe, are sweeter than traditional green asparagus and maintain their deep colour when roasted or … Continue reading

Love a lime for Cinco de Mayo

Love a lime for Cinco de Mayo

All the world loves a lime, despite its mouth-puckering punch. India highlights its extreme acidity in a spicy, garlicky pickle, Peru’s ceviche “cooks” raw fish in lime juice, while Florida’s marble-sized key limes shine in a sweet custard pie, to name a few famous creations. Though the round, seedless, thin-skinned limes we buy from Mexico … Continue reading

It’s alive!

It’s alive!

One of the hottest trends in the produce world is fresh, local and alive! Living lettuce – a bouquet of one or more salad varieties with roots attached – is flourishing in supermarkets large and small, wrapped in a clear plastic sleeve or encased in a clamshell. Though the concept isn’t new, advances in technology … Continue reading

Leggo my eddo!

Leggo my eddo!

Today, we’re going to try a hairy black potato with a rough peel that may irritate your skin, with flesh that may turn grey when cooked and with a texture that may include a hint of slime. Right, now here’s the good part. When the eddo is cooked it has a slightly sweet, chestnut flavour … Continue reading

How sweet it is

How sweet it is

While we spend Christmas curled up by the tree, Nick Van Berlo expects to spend the day in his Norfolk County shed packing sweet potatoes. “We’ve got an awful lot of potatoes to get through,” says Van Berlo, a second-generation farmer and winner of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s 2016 Fresh Award, whose sweet crop … Continue reading

This kiwi is pure gold

This kiwi is pure gold

I tasted my first kiwi nearly 30 years ago at the Western Fair in London, Ont. The hairy, egg-shaped fruit with soft green flesh and a  tropical flavour, originally called Chinese gooseberry, had just arrived from New Zealand. PR spokesperson extraordinaire Swerling-Puritt was charged with introducing the fruit across the country. Since most of us had … Continue reading

An Ambrosia a day

An Ambrosia a day

When the Brantview Apples & Cider tent goes up at farmers markets and bags of apples appear on the long table, the questions begin. What’s the best apple for pie? For applesauce? What’s the firmest? Sweetest? Tart? Grower Jay Howell and daughter Jen from St. George, between Brantford Ont. and Cambridge Ont., answer questions with … Continue reading

It’s a corn-u-copia!

It’s a corn-u-copia!

It’s been a tough summer for Ontario corn producers, though you wouldn’t know it from the mountains of sleek cobs heaped in farmers’ markets across the city. Until recently, growers of sweet corn and other vegetables were watering their fields 16 to 18 hours a day just to keep the crops alive and cranking up the AC … Continue reading