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New Potato Salad with Goat Cheese. Photo by She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Hello My Name Is… New Potato

What’s that? You think we’ve met before? Perhaps – but I think you may be confusing me with my much older and dowdier cousin.

All photos by Aaron Cayer and Sarah Robinson.

Hops and Fodder: Community brunches for lasting change

Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skate Shop has been leading a movement for community-built-change in Ottawa under the banner “For Pivot’s Sake”. The goal of this initiative is to pay-it-forward by engaging youth to develop confidence, to get active and to get involved in their own communities. Hops & Fodder is one of For Pivot’s […]

Crisp, local radishes. All photos by the author, unless otherwise stated.

Hello My Name Is… Radish

A weekly instalment of what’s seasonal. When it comes to radishes, I like to keep things simple. And raw. No braised radish with rabbit quenelles for me.  This post is more of a reminder to eat radishes than a recipe, per se. Radishes are available and inexpensive year round.  It’s easy to forget that they […]

Green Bean and Orange Salad. It looks like a regular salad but the hazelnut oil makes it outstanding. All photos courtesy of the author.

Hello My Name Is… Green Bean

Every Saturday, check in to find out WTF is in season and WTF to do with all that local goodness. So the good news is that this bean salad is a stunner. The bad news? You probably don’t have hazelnut oil kicking around and therefore this recipe will give you sticker shock. Hazelnut oil is […]

Photo by John Tann on Flickr.

Hello My Name Is… Nettle

Every Saturday, check in to find out WTF is in season and WTF to do with all that local goodness. This week, I set about gathering stinging nettle (or stinging metal as a certain Lastborn calls it).  Nettles are full of vitamins and because they are one of the first greens available each year, they […]

All photos courtesy of the author.

Hello My Name Is… Rhubarb

Every Saturday, check in to find out WTF is in season and WTF to do with all that local goodness. When I was very young, my neighbour had a rhubarb patch in her backyard and she taught me how to sit on the front stoop with a small bowlful of sugar and dip a stalk […]

Best use of a Bundt Pan. All photos courtesy of the author.

Hello My Name Is … Fiddleheads

Welcome to a new weekly blog feature! Every Saturday, check in to find out WTF is in season and WTF to do with all that local goodness.  This week… Fiddleheads. At this time of year, Ramps (aka wild garlic) and Fiddleheads duke it out in a veritable West Side Story brawl. They vie for the […]

Maple-Pickled Ramp Bulbs (with Ramp Kim Chi). All photos by the author.

Ramp season is in full swing

Ramps, also known as wild garlic, are one of the most prized foraged foods.  In Quebec, they’re somewhat of an obsession.  As a result, the plant has spent the last 20 years on the vulnerable species list, a fact that makes harvesting more than 50 bulbs illegal in that province.  But there’s gold in them […]

Photos by the author.

Ottawans offered A Taste of the Arctic next Monday

While Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the Arctic, many Ottawans who don’t have ties to the North have few opportunities to experience the richness and diversity of Inuit culture. Next Monday, an event offers Southerners an opportunity to sample the NAC kitchen’s take on a variety of Inuit culinary delicacies, with ingredients […]

All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Foodie Friday: Valentine’s recipes from Cake & Shake

Are the ubiquitous pastel coloured conversation hearts just 2 cute 4 u? Whether you’re looking to escape the sea of red and pink, or for something a little less cliché this Valentine’s Day, Holland’s Cake and Shake has the perfect treats. Owner of the Hintonburg dessert shop and Pastry Overlord, Michael Holland, says he didn’t […]

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