My grandmother’s little black cast-iron frying pan is part of my memory of her delicious, buttery scrambled eggs.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Old family favourites can make for special to-go recipes

I have fond taste memories of my grandmother’s scrambled eggs. As a child, when I stayed at her house for a night she would make me the most delicious breakfast scrambled eggs in a little, cast-iron frying pan on her coal and wood stove. As an adult, I could never seem to duplicate her delicious […] Read more

A banana split with homemade sauces is a delicious treat on a hot summer day.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Jazz up summer with an ice cream sundae party

Summertime, or any time, is ice cream time. My father’s favourite treat was a banana split from the soft ice cream palace in town. Any sundae would do, but a banana split was nirvana. I don’t often indulge at home but why shouldn’t I? The toppings are so easy to make and taste so much […] Read more

Fresh corn is a farmers market staple.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Corn: a nutritious and delicious garden delight

Many of us eat corn for its fresh, bright flavour and sweet juices. It’s also a convenient and fun finger food to eat at picnics and family barbecues. But corn also contains many essential nutrients. It is an excellent source of antioxidants; it contains folate, helpful in fighting heart disease; it is high in thiamine, […] Read more

The classic pot roast is a colourful one dish meal. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

It’s time to indulge in these garden to plate offerings

Doesn’t it just seem like the summer season always flies by too quickly? When I sit outside, there is a golden hue to the landscape. The occasional leaf is falling, and the evening air is a bit more crisp than a few weeks ago. Dusk is much earlier now, allowing us to see colourful sunsets […] Read more

This peach Melba frosé is refreshing and low alcohol with no added sugar.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Talk to your fruit seller when looking for the right peach

The tree fruit industry in British Columbia has about 400 commercial growers who farm about 15,000 acres of apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums. The peach is a member of the rose family. It is a cousin of apricots, cherries, plums and almonds. Choose peaches by smelling them. They should have a delicate […] Read more

This blueberry grunt is so simple that you think it can’t possibly be that tasty, but it is. |  Sarah Galvin photo

Crisps, crumbles, cobblers and grunts: baking with fruit

Fresh berry and fruit desserts are a favourite in every corner of our country. It is interesting that many of our regional baked berry dishes are not so different from one end of the country to the other. The name changes, but they are essentially the same. Whether you call it a crisp or a […] Read more

Chocolate and fresh fruit for dipping are made for leisurely evening conversation on the back deck.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

These campfire treats can be made on the barbecue

If visions of sitting around a campfire enjoying roasted marshmallows made into s’mores, jam-filled doughboys or baked cinnamon apples are dancing in your head, dream on because these treats can be created on the barbecue and enjoyed on the deck. BBQ chocolate fondue A fondue is always fun, but sitting outside enjoying fresh fruit dipped […] Read more

Creamy garlic chicken spanakopita in a skillet is a simple one dish meal.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Cook with spinach, but understand your nutritional needs

Spinach is rich in riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B6, folate, vitamins C & K, magnesium, manganese and iron. It is also rich in beta carotenoids, necessary for healthy eyes and important in the prevention of macular degeneration. Is spinach healthier cooked or raw? That really depends on which nutrient and how long the cooking time […] Read more

Salmon cakes and smoked salmon carbonara are reminders of British Columbia’s historic salmon industry.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Historic cannery tells the story of salmon

Celebrate Canada Day by visiting one of our 171 National Historic Sites. Several are dedicated to telling the history of food in our country. I recently visited the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Historical Site. It is situated in Steveston Village in Richmond, B.C. The production and trade of salmon in those early days was complex. […] Read more

A refreshing peach mango smoothie is best served cold for breakfast or on a hot summer afternoon. |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Mangos can add colour and fragrance to seasonal fruit

Mangos are grown in tropical climates and imported to Canada. They are readily available from May to September, which allows them to be incorporated into spring and summer menus and paired with locally grown fruit and vegetables to add a bright orange colour, a sweet-tart flavour and exotic fragrance. Depending on the variety, mangos’ skin […] Read more