Celebrate the Season with Squash

While squash may be intimidating for first time users, it is easy-to-prepare, affordable, and nutritionally exceptional. It’s also widely produced across Nova Scotia. When you purchase squash make sure to choose those that are firm and heavy for their size, have bright and glossy exteriors, and are free of nicks, bruises or soft spots. With proper storage, winter squash can be kept up to three … Continue reading Celebrate the Season with Squash

Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

It’s garlic season! Our favorite time of year. Below are some basics to get started on growing, harvesting, and storing your own garlic. Garlic adds a punch to meals year-round, has strong medicinal qualities (great for preventing colds!), and is so easy to grow! Plus – growing garlic can be a big money saver as you begin to build your own garlic supply. 1. CHOOSING … Continue reading Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

What are bulbils? The usual method for growing garlic is to break each bulb (the part that grows under the ground) into cloves, and to replant the cloves separately in autumn. Each clove grows into a whole new bulb, which is harvested in mid-summer. Normally, growers remove the scapes (the flower stems) in early summer, to allow bulbs to grow larger. That makes sense, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

Getting Kids Acquainted with Real Foods

A lot of parents have a hard time getting their kids to like ‘real food’.  Food marketed towards children is usually loaded with fat, salt and sugar and highly packaged in brightly coloured plastic that promises oodles of fun.  Products geared towards kids are getting more and more over the top all the time – just check out this video: As if we needed ways … Continue reading Getting Kids Acquainted with Real Foods

Local Aphrodisiacs

Chocolate, raw oysters, red hot chili peppers. What comes to mind when you hear the word “aphrodisiac”? When Elisabeth Bailey hears the word “aphrodisiac”, she thinks local – golden Nova Scotia honey, fresh mint, wild rose hips, rich arugula, and potent garlic. Elisabeth is a (local) food writer from the south shore as well as a fabulous cook. She spent this past Valentine’s Day in the north end … Continue reading Local Aphrodisiacs

For A Cold Winter’s Night: Beef & Ale Stew, Homemade Baguette

A few weeks ago, I surpassed a major landmark on the long, arduous path to being a Grown Up. As a university student and Ontario transplant, I spent my undergraduate years “hosting” my parents and other family members whenever they came to visit me in Halifax. However, “hosting” usually meant getting taken out for nice meals and demanding a trip to the grocery store, where … Continue reading For A Cold Winter’s Night: Beef & Ale Stew, Homemade Baguette