Smashed cucumber salad may become your summer favourite. It’s cool and crisp and either makes a good side dish or can be served on rice 
vermicelli for a main course. | Sarah Galvin photo

Keep summer vegetables at the centre of meals this year

It’s peak of the season at farmers markets and home gardens across the country but what do you do with the armfuls of fresh vegetables? Are you tired of the same old recipes? Want to try something new? I have spent the past couple of weeks testing recipes and looking for new ways to use […] Read more

Sour cherries can be found at most U-pick orchards and are worth the time spent to put some away in the freezer. | Sarah Galvin photo

Sour cherries are the best; they may even be a sleep aid

Sour cherries make the best pies. They are a tarter cousin of the British Columbia cherry and they hold up well in recipes calling for a cherry sauce. They have a pleasantly sweet and intense flavour. The breeding of dwarf sour cherries began at the University of Saskatchewan in the 1940s by Les Kerr. Since […] Read more

Pork tenderloin is one of the leanest cuts and is equivalent in fat to skinless chicken breasts. Pork pairs well with berries such as these haskaps. | Sarah Galvin photo

Cooks have many options when preparing pork at home

Here are a few fun facts about pork. It is the world’s most widely consumed meat. So many cultures eat pork, including tacos in Mexico, souvlaki in Greece, salami and porchetta in Italy, jamon Iberico in Spain, satays in Indonesia, tourtiere in Canada and stir-fries in China. Each market hog represents 371 servings of pork. […] Read more

These chilaquiles may not be totally traditional, but they are tasty and easy to make. A cast iron skillet is your best friend when roughing it — perfect for breakfast. | Sarah Galvin photo

Great outdoors not the same without campfire cooking

We are more than ready for relaxing outdoors this summer. Canadians are fortunate to have wide open spaces to safely spend a pandemic summer. With luck, this will be our last pandemic summer for some time. Starry nights, campfires, sleeping out and nature walks are calling. Complement this with nice food and we are happy […] Read more

A rack of lamb is cut into chops and served with a fenugreek curry dipping sauce. This is a signature dish at Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver. | Sarah Galvin photo

Lamb: excellent source of protein with health benefits

Lamb is commonly included as a meat in Mediterranean diets, which have been shown to have several health benefits including to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Grass-fed lamb is a significant source of omega-3 fats associated with decreased risk of inflammation. In addition to being an excellent source of protein lamb is also […] Read more

Flapper pie was a favourite prairie dessert at community picnics and church suppers. | Sarah Galvin photo

Pi Day should be more than a mathematical celebration

Pi Day is celebrated annually by math nerds on March 14. Pi, Greek letter π, is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to […] Read more

This spicy chicken taco was made with soft corn tortillas, but a crisp taco shell could also be used.  | Sarah Galvin photo

Meal kits have increased in popularity during pandemic

One of the hottest food trends of 2020 was the meal kit. The kits have been on the scene for six or seven years but in 2020 they really took off. One company alone has more than 2,000 employees across Canada. The social media followers range from 80,000 to more than two million people on […] Read more

The Bacardi rum cake is so quick to make and only gets better the longer it sits.  | Sarah Galvin photo

Baking a cake can be therapeutic, relaxing — and tasty

Cakes are comfort food at its sweetest. They have the power to transport us to past birthdays, weddings, engagements, babies and vacations with just one bite. The best cakes can be whipped up in a flash and others are a labour of love. Making a cake has the added benefit of being therapeutic and relaxing. […] Read more