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Puffed Apple Pancake

This crunchy, billowy pancake takes just a few minutes to whisk together. Sturdier fruits such as apples and pears can be sautéed first and baked right into the pancake or set aside to be served on top; fragile fruits like berries are better served in the hollow of the...

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread

When you invert the cake, the pear slices end up on top with no need for frosting. It does, however, scream for whipped cream or a topping of thick vanilla yogurt. INGREDIENTS: TOPPING: 1–2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp honey, corn syrup or maple syrup 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1–2 ripe but firm pears or...

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos have become the hot new item on restaurant menus. Most kids adore tacos, and fish is less recognizable when it’s seasoned, flaked and hidden under other ingredients like shredded lettuce or fruit salsa. If you have canned chipotle chilies en adobe, a finely chopped chili and some...

Potato Fish Cakes

Historically, fish cakes have been one of the most common ways to eat fish in the Maritimes. Usually they were made with preserved salt cod, but today they’re much tastier with fresh salmon. These crispy cakes are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. INGREDIENTS: a splash or two...

Fish Sticks

Any food served on a stick is infinitely more appealing to kids than that which is not. For a new spin on fish sticks, cut fish fillets into strips or cubes and marinate them in any flavourful marinade you like, then thread them onto soaked bamboo skewers and quickly...

Curried ginger carrot soup

Enhance your immune system with beta-kerotene this winter by preparing this curried ginger carrot soup. The yogurt adds calcium and a slight creaminess to the soup.

Boeuf Bourguignon

INGREDIENTS: 6 slices bacon, chopped canola or olive oil, for cooking with 3 lbs (1.4 kg) lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes (I used inside and bottom round) 1 large onion, halved and sliced salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour 3 cups (750 mL) full-bodied red wine, such as a...

Pink Popcorn

You can use any red Jell-O powder for this; I tried cherry and raspberry and liked raspberry better, although cherry was a paler pink. Ingredients: Lots of popped popcorn – a big bowl (around 15 cups) 2 cups (500 mL) sugar 1/2 small box red Jell-O gelatin powder 1/2 cup (125 mL) water 1 tbsp...

Sticky, Spicy Drumsticks

These are reminiscent of sweet and sour chicken, but with a spicy kick. Use less hot sauce if you’re feeding kids; more if you like to live dangerously. These do the trick when I’m craving a big sticky basketful of chicken wings. Cook them under the broiler or throw...

Stromboli

A Stromboli is a calzone-like sandwich stuffed with meat, cheese and other fillings enclosed in chewy pizza dough. Without drippy sauce inside, Stromboli are easy to eat. If you’re feeding a crowd or small children, slice them on a slight diagonal into 2.5-cm...

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