Tagged with Ontario

Get your big blues now!

Get your big blues now!

Don’t be blue, eat Canadian blueberries. Now! Because Ontario’s blueberry season started two weeks early, it will probably be over by the end of August, according to Foodland Ontario. “With rare exceptions, there will be little supply by September,” says Stephen Bourne, supervisor of brand services. The good news, he says, is that the quality … Continue reading

Grim news from Ontario orchards

Grim news from Ontario orchards

Tuesday’s annual farmer’s market on the lawn of Queen’s Park proved beyond a doubt that good things grow in Ontario. There were devilled eggs, mushrooms and dip, award-winning wieners, veal meatballs stuffed with goat cheese, Kawartha ice cream cones and much, much more. Asparagus salad was plentiful, and office workers who stopped by the white … Continue reading

Stand up for sausage

Stand up for sausage

I’ve eaten more pork in the past week than I’ve probably eaten in the past year. All in the name of research, of course. I even got some grilling tips from a pro. The Fletcher’s smokies, or smoked sausages, arrived at my doorstep in a cooler bag. Since they’re already cooked, I figured they’d be … Continue reading

Eat local time

Eat local time

Local farmer’s markets have opened at last, just in time for asparagus season. After a winter of cheap Mexican asparagus, followed by dainty green spears from Peru, where it grows year-round, and a few beautiful bunches from New Jersey, it’s our turn to shine! If Mother Nature co-operates, we’ll have a month to try all … Continue reading

Beyond tofu

Beyond tofu

Though I often walk by the refrigerated tofu section in the supermarket, I never walk by the Bean Ladies’ booth at the One of a Kind show in Toronto without buying a few bags of roasted soybean snacks. Identical twins Jamie Miles and Julie Ryder have a new retail store in Brampton, but they seem … Continue reading

Some Like It RAW

It was a bad night for vegetarians and food phobics as a dozen top Toronto chefs handed out samples of raw meat and fish tartare chopped by hand to nearly 200 guests at the Fairmont Royal York’s sumptuous Imperial Room. Not only did the Great Toronto Tartare-Off prove delicious, but it raised funds to build … Continue reading