Canadian Favourites: The Halifax Donair

 

Donair from Mister Donair, Halifax

Donair from Mister Donair, Halifax

 

Earlier this month Toronto lost one of its most critically acclaimed restaurants as Geoff Hopgood closed his beloved Roncesvalles eatery, Hopgood’s Foodliner. Geoff introduced a lot of us to some pretty great Maritime food with delicious high-falutin fare like marinated Nova Scotia Halibut, and wonderful low-brow grub like his famous Halifax Donair, arguably the best in town. There are still places in Toronto where you can get a donair, but we will miss this sweet Roncesvalles hot spot.

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The Simple Pleasures of Baked Apples

 

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The other day I had a hankering for Canada’s favourite, apple pie. It was a cold, snowy night that called for a steak and baked potatoes supper followed by good old-fashioned apple pie. But the road to Hades is paved with good intentions, and by the time push came to shove making a pie from scratch just wasn’t in the cards. Yet I had all these large Granny Smith apples, purchased for this purpose. And I still had that apple pie craving. What to do? Continue »



Canadian Favourites: Red River Cereal

 

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We are fond of the four seasons in Canada, it gives us a chance to change our wardrobe, our outdoor fitness activities and it gives us a chance to indulge in seasonal cuisine. Now that it actually feels like winter it’s a good time to indulge in a wintry morning standards like oatmeal or that classic Canadian breakfast favourite, Red River Cereal. On a hot summer day, maybe not so much, but Canadian winters and Red River Cereal have been going hand in hand and mitten in mitten since the early nineteen twenties.

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Essential Pantry Ingredients: Powdered milk

 

Powdered milk in your hot chocolate - how tantalizing!

Powdered milk in your hot chocolate – how tantalizing! Seriously…

 

Having a secret stash of powdered milk hidden in your cupboard is not exactly sexy or exciting; it’s not like having a bottle of rare brandy stashed away only to be broken into on special occasions. Few of us have heard the words, “Time to break out the powdered milk!” when celebrating. But instant powdered milk, most often the fat-free or “skim milk” variety is a healthy, handy and helpful foodstuff that has a place, if not in our hearts, at least in our cupboard.

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Rooting Your Own Mint

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Rooting mint in a small decorative vase.

There’s nothing like having fresh mint on hand, and I don’t know about you, but when I buy a bunch of mint, I tend use it a couple of times for a specific recipe, or to add to the best gin and tonic recipe anywhere.

Best Gin & Tonic Anywhere

Mix up whatever ratio of gin and tonic you prefer, with ice cubes.

Add to it, a generous squeeze of fresh lime, a couple of slices of cucumber, and a mint leaf or two. Swirl. Enjoy the taste of summer.

But after making my gin and tonic or whatever, I generally toss the remaining mint bunch into the fridge where it often dies because I forget it’s there. Pulling a squishy bunch of decaying mint out of the fridge is always sadness-inducing. And the last thing we need is more sadness in January, the month that contains the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday.

Fresh mint showing root development.

Fresh mint showing root development.

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