Canadian Favourites: Habitant Pea Soup

 

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Canada is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and we thought we’d have a look throughout the year at a few products that we’ve either grown up with or are identifiable as Canadian. There are lots of items out there that have stood the test of time and have been gracing our tables for generations. Maybe the company that originally made them has been purchased by an international conglomerate, but we still call them our own. Sort of like our favourite movie stars.

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Eat Your Greens! Swiss Chard

 

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We all know that leafy greens are powerful storehouse of nutrition, packed to the rafters with vitamins and minerals and loaded with antioxidants, all the while managing to be cholesterol and fat free. Spinach and kale are both old and new-school darlings in the leafy green pantheon, and right up there with them is Swiss Chard, one of our favourite and most versatile of all greens.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Stew

 

 

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Okay it’s just Irish stew, but it’s Saint Patrick’s day, so today it’s Saint Patrick’s Day Stew! It’s still chilly out there these days, so what could be more warming or welcoming than a big bowl of that iconic one-pot meal to gird your loins in anticipation of the Irish festivities tonight? Continue »



The Extraordinary Cassava

 

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A new Cuban restaurant opened in my hood last month, and, hankering for a Cuban sandwich the other day I finally checked it out. As it turned out I ended up ordering the chicken, served with a tangy and garlicky bright green mojo sauce, and, bonus, a side of crispy and delicious yuca frita, yuca fries. Yuca fries are more common then French Fries in much of Latin America and Cuba, and not something you see everywhere here, so I am always excited to get them when I can. Continue »



From Icebox to Soup bowl in an Hour

 

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March, with its seasonal identity disorder-am I winter or spring?- is prime time for a cold or flu. You can wake up one morning feeling groovy and by the end of the day you are in the throes of the dreaded common cold, or worse. One’s appetite is often diminished to a large degree, so we intrinsically know that we should eat extra healthy in that small window of opportunity. And for many of us that means good old chicken soup. Continue »