Serve lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped cream and maple syrup. A mimosa is a special touch. The drink is called mimosa because the bright colour resembles the blooming mimosa tree, the symbol of the Mediterranean spring.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Mother’s Day celebration can be either small or large

Finding just the right way to honour your mom on Mother’s Day can be challenging. One can never go wrong with flowers and chocolates. A family brunch brings the whole clan together and can be planned as a potluck so that not all the work falls on one person. Or the celebration can be a […] Read more

Vietnamese-style fresh rolls are like a shrimp salad in a roll served with peanut sauce. Create some visual appeal with fresh herbs or fruit when placing the filling items on the softened transparent rice paper.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Fresh spring rolls one way to make eating light possible

For many people, spring, the season of new growth and renewal, is synonymous with fresh food and lighter, simpler meals. Spring rolls are one of those simplified foods. Originally from eastern and southeastern Asia, spring rolls have been enjoyed and adapted to western culture. The thin rice paper rolls are filled with raw vegetables, cold […] Read more

One can never have too many ideas for meatballs. Try these sweet and sour Syrian meatballs at your next potluck.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Food plays important role in passover celebration

Passover celebrates the journey of Jews from slavery in Egypt. It is a celebration of spring, birth and rebirth. Passover is observed for seven days. This year it will be celebrated from April 19-27. Jewish people live throughout the world so don’t confuse Israeli food with Jewish food. King Solomon’s Table, written by Joan Nathan, […] Read more



Au gratin peas and potatoes can be breakfast or breakfast for supper.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Everyone should have a house meal in their back pocket

The idea of a house meal is nothing short of brilliant. Having one or two recipes in your back pocket that you can prepare on a moment’s notice or if you are feeling less than inspired to be creative is what every home cook needs. A house meal is simple enough that there are only […] Read more


Fresh flowers are a simple way to freshen up a space. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Arrival of spring provides an opportunity to freshen up

It is a time of transition. Furnaces are taking a long awaited break and prairie folk are stretching out of a long winter hibernation, ready to renew and energize. We all know how to do housework, even if many of us procrastinate until we are forced to do it. Make a small start by sweeping […] Read more

So many shades of green are available in the kitchen.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Colour the dinner table green for St. Patrick’s Day

There are so many beautiful shades of green — especially when it comes to food. Sometimes we need a theme to freshen things up in the kitchen and in our menus. Have some fun as St. Patrick’s Day approaches by incorporating green into your food. Along with the more common produce such as lettuce, cucumber […] Read more

Relive warm holiday flavour memories with Mexican tortilla chicken soup. It will warm the body and soul when the Canadian winter can’ t.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Soups offer warmth and comfort for cold winter days

Winter and hot soups just seem to be a natural union. Hearty soups loaded with fresh ingredients and flavourful seasoning give a comforting warmth on cold winter days. Mexican tortilla chicken soup This is an intensely flavoured soup; adjust the peppers and seasoning to your personal taste. 2 tbsp. canola oil 30 mL 6-8 boneless, […] Read more


Citrus fruits can be juiced, zested and peeled.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Incorporating citrus helps bring winter dishes to life

The tart flavour of citrus brightens winter dishes as much as it refreshes in the hot summer. Winter is when citrus fruits are at their sweetest and juiciest. It is the time to squeeze fresh juice for breakfast or make a variety of recipes using oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons. Before squeezing for juice, wash […] Read more

Our menus should be colourful and nourishing — a form of art.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Lentils offer nutritious, delicious ways to improve diet

I recently attended a lecture on global nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. The report we heard was described as a “shining light” on feeding the world, considering that levels of malnutrition are still unacceptably high. There are hungry children everywhere in the world, including Canada, and what shocked me was that there are also […] Read more