John Bil’s Oyster Mignonette

John Bil was Canada’s oyster shucking champion in 2006. “The first 20,000 are the hardest.” he quips. But Bil is also very serious. “Oysters are the essence of the ocean…and they are environmentally very sensitive. So if there are any chemicals around, they die.” He shucks Malepeque, the branded...

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Soda Bread

Whole-wheat Buttermilk Soda Bread This quickest of breads has its roots in Ireland and known there as Wheaten Soda Bread. Serve thick slices of it….warm with butter! 2 cups (500 mL) whole-wheat flour 2 cups (500 mL) unbleached all purpose flour 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda...

Golden Flax & Buttermilk Crackers

Absolutely perfect to go along with a selection of Canadian cheeses or charcuterie.   1 1/2 cup (375 mL) whole wheat flour 1/2 cup (125 mL) oat bran 1/4 cup (50 mL) ground golden flax 2 Tbsp (25 mL) whole golden flaxseed 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 cup (50 mL) canola oil 1/2...

Overnight Oat and Apple Pancakes

Full of flavour and fibre!   2 ¼ (550 mL) cups 1% buttermilk 2 cups (500 mL) quick cooking oats 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 Tbsp (25 mL) melted unsalted butter 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1 small apple, cored and diced or about 1 cup (250 mL) ½ cup (125 mL) ground golden flaxseed 2 Tbsp (25 mL) brown...

Saskatoon Oat and Seed Bread

One of the most creative quick bread recipes we’ve ever encountered.   1 cup (250 mL) oat bran ½ cup (125 mL) quick cooking oats ½ cup (125 mL) whole wheat flour 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder ½ tsp (2 mL) salt 1/3 cup (75 mL) ground flaxseed 1/3 cup (75 mL) lightly...

Flax Energy Bars

Beginning with the most basic ingredients, these flax energy bars are simplest granola bars you’ll ever make. They are an amazing source of fibre.   2/3 cup (150 mL) lightly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup(75 mL)  unsalted butter 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1¼ cup (300 mL) quick...

Flax-laced Peanut Butter Cookies

Chock full of good ingredients, these are among the best PB cookies you’ll ever make! 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) natural peanut butter 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter 3/4 cup (175 mL) lightly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp (15 mL) vanilla 1 cup (250 mL) oat flour 1/2...

Beyond Classic Beef Bourguignon

A heart-warming stew is as close to a perfect winter dish as one can get and this Basque version of boeuf Bourguignon is all about the flavour. Its Basque-chef Roger Dufau’s version of the traditional wine-soaked braised beef that is on countless menus but which constantly disappoints. There is...