Champ

While visiting my grandfather’s hometown in County Down, our relative took us out to a fancy luncheon. When the waitress asked our choice of side for the meal a unanimous “Champ” could be heard. Champ is quite simply the best mashed potatoes you will ever have, but I might be biased. They are also very spring-like…

Honey-Thyme Parsnips

Roast parsnips are one of my favourite winter side dishes. These fair organic beauties came from the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. Naturally spicy and sweet, the unique flavour of parsnips is enhanced by a drizzle of olive oil, honey and a sprinkle of thyme, salt and pepper. Method: Heat oven to 200C/400F Peel or scrub parsnips Halve or…

Summery Sesame Noodles

These are my go-to to-go noodles. They’re a little sweet and a little spicy. The perfect, portable, picnic fare – they’re delicious eaten cold. Ingredients: Kamut or Spelt Soba noodles, 1 package 2 peppers, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 2-3 cups snowpeas or sugar snap peas, Handful of cilantro, 1-2 carrots, grated Sesame seeds Sauce:…

Learn to Salsa

Learn to make salsa. It’s so easy and delicious! I’m not sure why I ever bought the pre-made stuff. Tomatoes are ripe and plentiful – it is the perfect time of year to make salsa. So round up all those local tomatoes bursting with juicy flavour. I got a pint of the last harvest of golden blush tomatoes…

Potato & Herb Salad

There are a lot of damn good all-american potato salad recipes out there. I didn’t think there was need to mess with a classic… Until I tasted this potato salad… I call it Commonwealth style because it’s more English than American in flavour, and the potatoes are Canadian. Here’s the recipe, inspired by the July issue…

New Potatoes

Potatoes, for good and for worse, are synonymous with Prince Edward Island. Blight might plague potatoes, but P.E.I. is plagued by industrial potato farming and its abhorrent pesticide use. Let’s, for now, push that nightmare to the back of our minds, so we can revel in pure potato bliss – there is nothing quite like…