Fish Taco Recipe

fish tacoLooking to serve fish in a fun, slightly messy way?  Tacos have been around for hundreds of years and we all have our favorite fillings but have you tried using fish?  Baja California is considered the birthplace of the fish taco – Continue Reading →

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Oatmeal Apple Cookies

oatmeal apple cookiesThe word cookie has been around since the early 1700’s where in Scotland it referred to a bread bun that was split, filled with cream and topped with icing.  According to The Oxford Companion to Food, cookies in the early part of the 19th century in the USA were usually associated with New Year’s Day.  Cookies and cherry bounce (cherry cordial) were the correct fare with which to greet visitors on that occasion.  Continue Reading →

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Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

fried green tomato sandwichAlthough fried green tomatoes (no, I’m not referring to the movie) might be a dish hailing from the southern United States, in the Maritimes we enjoy them, too.  My father loved the sight of green tomatoes in our vegetable patch.  His favorite way to eat them?  Fried with bacon and eggs, of course! Continue Reading →

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Squash Parmigiana

Squash Parmigiana

Parmigiana is an Italian dish made with a fried slice filling, layered with cheese and tomato sauce and baked in the oven.  The most common is eggplant (aubergine) but breaded veal or chicken are also popular.  Continue Reading →

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Easy-To-Make Corn Relish

corn relishInspiration for this post comes from eating at The Canteen yesterday.  Mr. S. and I stopped by TIBS for a coffee and I spotted Canteen’s fried green tomato sandwich (blue cheese, corn relish and jalapeño jelly).   It was scrumptious to say the least.  Continue Reading →

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Scanway Catering & Pastry (a review)

Scanway Catering & CafeFor such a small city (slightly under 400,000), we are blessed to have attracted a slew of quality restauranteurs where the owners and chefs happily promote locally grown produce. Many highlight Nova Scotian wineries which have garnered international acclaim.  There seems to be a mini explosion of late with new restaurants popping up all over the city.  Last month I was invited by Laura Oakley to attend a blogger and media VIP open house hosted by Scanway Catering & Café.   Continue Reading →

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Green Tomato Relish

Green Tomato RelishHello September!  The hint of Fall is in the air and I love it!  As I was out this morning foraging for this photo, I was taken back by the beauty of the flowers and shrubs still making the field look pretty.  It’s hard to miss the goldenrod with its gorgeous bright, yellow spikes; the white tops of Queen Anne’s Lace; crimson lightly dot the landscape with wild thistles; red clover blossoms of light to dark pink, wild asters with shades of blue; and dainty white daisies.  Doesn’t this paint a pretty picture?  It did for me as I was thinking of how I would photograph my green tomato relish.  It’s not the sort of food that can be ‘dressed up’ to look appealing or at least not in my opinion, it’s a relish after all.  And, most have probably not even heard of green tomato relish…say what? Continue Reading →

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Chicken, Peach and Quinoa Salad

chicken, peach & quinoa saladAs much as I like cooking a whole chicken, I can’t seem pass by a grocery store rotisserie chicken without stopping to inhale its amazing aromas.  And, how is it they’re cheaper than buying a raw one?  I bought a 4 lb. rotisserie chicken for $7.99 whereas an uncooked 4 lb. one was nearly $11.00.  From what I can gather by nosing around the internet, a supermarket sells fresh ingredients before the best-before-date and anything after that gets chopped up and sold in a salad bar and the meat is cooked and sold hot (helps minimize food waste).   Continue Reading →

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Peach and Blueberry Crostata

peach and blueberry crostataIt’s peach season, along with other stone fruits, in Nova Scotia.  I, like many, look forward to this time of year when local produce hit the shelves of grocery stores and farmers’ markets.  It also signals the end of summer and even though the days are warm, daylight hours are beginning to shorten.  There’s nothing quite like taking a bite out of a fresh, juicy peach.  Picking ripe peaches isn’t difficult…choose ones that aren’t hard and blemish-free.  Keep in mind the sweetness of a peach does not increase after picking and fresh ones tend to spoil quickly so only pick what you can use within a few days.  Continue Reading →

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Planters Ridge – a Nova Scotia Winery

Planters Ridge wineryA little province in the east coast of Canada is carving out its niche in the world of wine.  You might think Nova Scotia’s climate is too cool to grow some of the most distinctive premium-quality grapes in North America but we do!  In the 1600’s, Nova Scotia was one of the first areas to cultivate grapes in North America.  Fast forward to 2012 and Tidal Bay – Nova Scotia’s premier white wine – was launched as the province’s first named appellation. Nova Scotia (44º 39′ N) has approximately the same latitude as Bordeaux, France (44°50′N 0°35′W).  Surrounded by 3 major bodies of water, our climate is primarily influenced by the sea making our winters colder than Bordeaux and it’s these bodies of water that help impact the terroir. Continue Reading →

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