Pumpkin’s last hurrah

Pumpkin’s last hurrah

Today marked the last hurrah for Halloween pumpkins. Before the garbage man arrived, I stole a few big jack o’ lanterns from atop a neighbour’s green bin to break up and spread in my garden, where they magically break down and vanish over the winter. Though big pumpkins are too stringy and watery to cook … Continue reading

Explore Montreal markets

Explore Montreal markets

I love Montreal’s public markets. Especially if I’ve arrived by train, so I don’t have to worry about stuffing potentially smelly purchases into a carry-on bag. On this trip I visited three of the city’s most famous markets, Atwater, Maisonneuve and Jean-Talon. Even before you step inside the building, especially at Jean-Talon and Atwater, you … Continue reading

A table in Montreal

A table in Montreal

  Follow Rue Notre-Dame west to the end of your tourist map and you’ll come to one of Montreal’s hottest neighbourhoods, Saint-Henri, where new shops and restaurants are opening weekly. We began our tour at Lionel-Groulx metro station, a short walk from Atwater Market. In the early 1900s, St.-Henri was home to French Canadians and working class … Continue reading

Falling for figs

Falling for figs

As a kid, Julian Sarraino remembers being curious about the weird fruit his family ate when they visited Sicily. “Once I started eating them, I thought, ‘Wow, this is really good, not too sweet and with a great texture,’ ” says Sarraino, vice-president marketing and sales for Fresh Taste at the Ontario Food Terminal. Depending … Continue reading

These donuts are peachy

These donuts are peachy

You won’t find these donuts at Tim’s, but you may catch a glimpse of them at a local farmers market. After tending new trees for several years, Niagara growers finally have enough flat donut peaches to sell. “As a specialty item, I think it’s going to be a winner!” says Milan Bizjak, who grows tender … Continue reading

Gotta love the blues

Gotta love the blues

Prepare to go wild Sunday, Aug. 23 at the 6th annual wild blueberry festival at Evergreen Brick Works. And come hungry, so you can taste the more than 30 blueberry-laden sweets and savouries for sale and vote with your taste buds for the best wild blue pie. Along with the familiar pies, jam and muffins, … Continue reading

Some like them tart

Some like them tart

Little green gooseberry balloons looked so pretty in mid-July at the East York farmers market, I couldn’t resist buying a quart. Fortunately, I knew better than to pop them in my mouth, since the translucent berries can be as mouth-puckering as rhubarb when green and hard. “They ripen if you let them sit on the … Continue reading

Get your guava on!

Get your guava on!

I met my first guava last month on a hill overlooking the town of Machakos, Kenya. I’d been huffing and puffing up the red dirt road with my sister Janet, to the delight of the local boys, who ran beside us practising their Hellos, and the shy young girls carrying loads of sticks on their … Continue reading

BroccoLeaf makes kale green with envy

Move over kale, there’s a new supergreen in town. BroccoLeaf is sweeter and juicier than kale and makes a satisfying addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s also a nutritional star, with all the health benefits of broccoli. In fact, BroccoLeaf is the bouquet of leaves that surround and protect our weekly staple as it … Continue reading

Jambo from Africa!

Jambo from Africa!

Greetings from Zanzibar, an island (actually several) off the coast of Tanzania. I’m sitting on a table under a sea almond tree, its trunk wrapped in colored lights. If I reach to the left I can almost touch the sand. The Indian Ocean is maybe 30 feet away, the water black and quiet, though I … Continue reading