Shane Chartrand has spent the past 10 years learning about his history, visiting other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories and creating dishes that combine his diverse interests and express his unique personality.  |  Hilary McDonald photo

Indigenous chef gives traditional recipes a modern twist

Search the internet for “indigenous cookbooks” and you will find a handful of books featuring wild game and foraging and books written by non-indigenous authors who use ingredients indigenous to our land. Some feature a single ingredient, such as bison, but few move into today with a modern theme on recipes inspired by generations of […] Read more


Chicken and dumplings is a traditional comfort food. Add any type of fresh or dried mushroom for a new twist.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

There is always a good time to make room for mushrooms

Either you love them or you hate them. As far back as I can remember, my father has had a distinct dislike for mushrooms. In spite of this, I love them; always have. Mushrooms may not fall into our theory of eating the rainbow but they are nutrient-dense. They are rich in B vitamins such […] Read more


Warm yellow wax beans in bacon vinaigrette should be served warm.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Recipes help make the most of garden fresh vegetables

Garden fresh vegetables are a once-a-year treat in our northern climate. Make the most of them by trying a few new recipes. The new Canada’s Food Guide recommends that half your plate, as judged visually, should be vegetables and fruits. The guide also recommends cooking at home, sharing food with others, being mindful of your […] Read more

A variety of melons, clockwise from top left, include watermelon, honeydew, Santa Claus, cantaloupe and canary.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

It’s a good idea to make the most out of melon season

Melons begin to ripen in mid-August. Most people eat them simply sliced and as a snack or dessert. However, they deserve more credit. They are a good source of fibre and fill you up quickly. Melons have high nutritional value. They are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamins of the B group, […] Read more


Use a variety of herbs from those on hand. Lavender, oregano, thyme and mint from the garden work well. Stuff the fish and tie with butcher’s string to hold it all together.  |  Sarah Glavin photo

Summer at its best: barbecue on the coals

For the past 10 or more years, I have been using my little Weber barbecue with natural charcoal and I totally forget that most everyone else is using gas or propane. What it lacks in convenience it makes up for in flavour. So, I when I ask friends to go out and check the barbecue […] Read more

Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The white eggplants have a thicker skin and firmer flesh. These must be peeled before using. Eggplants charred over hot coals acquire a smoky flavour.  | Sarah Galvin photo

Eggplants a mainstay of Mediterranean cooking

Eggplant, also called aubergine, originated in India where it continues to grow wild. As trade routes opened, eggplant was introduced to Europe by the Arabs and transported to Africa by the Persians. The Spaniards carried it with them to the New World and, by the early 1800s, both white and purple varieties could be found […] Read more

Freshly picked and bagged vegetables are a staple at farmers markets across the country.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Summer at the market is great — no matter where you are

A highlight of the summer is the array of markets that pop up across our country; from Halifax to Inuvik to Swift Current, Sask. Even if some markets remain open year-round, we eagerly wait for the summertime markets to arrive. Call it cabin fever, but when the tents go up and growers come out, people […] Read more


Sauces made from fresh garden herbs can be used in many ways with your summer grilling and salads. These sauces are, clockwise from the top, mint pesto, zhoug and Silver Palate’s green sauce.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Summer sauces make simple meals more spectacular

Summer is the season of lazy meals, easy cooking and casual foods. Sauces go a long way to make the simple more spectacular, especially when grilling is on everyone’s menu plan. Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs are in abundance. Use them in creative ways to add an easy flavour zap to any meal. Toss a […] Read more

Plan a hot dog bar for your next casual lakeside family picnic. |  Sarah Galvin photo

Hot dog bar makes for easy summer family entertaining

What is your favourite way to cook a hot dog: boil, grill or both? Well, it turns out that boiling first and then charring on a hot grill yields the best hot dog. The inside is heated through and the outside is toasted to perfection without burning or drying out the exterior. The broiler works […] Read more