Recipes

Recipe: Spring-Is-Coming Roasted Vegetables

Recipe: Spring-Is-Coming Roasted Vegetables By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com It’s the end of March! I can feel spring just around the corner but summer vegetables are still a long time coming. Luckily, our Annapolis Valley farmers store a huge variety of nutritious and versatile winter storage vegetables for us. A rainbow of local beets, carrots, red and green cabbages, parsnips, turnip, sweet potatoes, squash, potatoes, and brussels sprouts can still be found at markets. And, as if that’s not enough, Taproot Farm is growing sweet little pea shoots, which are great in salads and…
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Wild Eats: Cooking with Llewyn – My Kitchen Sidekick

Wild Eats: Cooking with Llewyn – My Kitchen Sidekick By Avery Peters When I think springtime cooking, I think transitional cooking – a little bit of those last winter vegetables jazzed up with a touch of spring – just like this risotto I made recently. I love to make risottos because they’re so adaptable to various additions. In our family, we don’t like risotto to be too heavy, so we’ve started to add heaps of vegetables. It becomes a comforting meal in a bowl and it gets Llewyn to eat his greens. I usually have to hide them in some…
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Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise

Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook We’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day as we do every year, with Boiled Dinner and Grammie’s Mayonnaise! The sauce, my great-grandmother’s recipe, is rich and vintage-ly scrumptious, and the rest of the meal can be too. You’ve got to start with a decent piece of corned beef, and cook it patiently. We buy ours from Meadowbrook Meat Market, where they cure it themselves. A two pound chunk will serve about 6 people. This is a great dish to cook this time of year and…
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Wild Eats: Peach Melomel (Mead)

Wild Eats By Avery Peters Peters Family Home Brew: Peach Melomel (Mead) Most of the food I write about here I’ve made myself, but, for mead-making, I take more of a supporting role to my husband Zak. He’s been making mead for the last 2.5 years – since we moved to the Valley – and this past summer he decided to try a variation of his recipe and add peaches. Peaches have always been my favourite fruit. I’m glad that I transplanted from Niagara to the Annapolis Valley because I don’t know what I’d do without fresh local peaches. Our…
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Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins

Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook I’ve spent the past months testing an array of party dishes for a new cookbook I’m working on. It’s a painstaking process to take a careful record of each step, especially for a cook like me who often doesn’t measure or use a timer. Some of my ideas have fallen flat in the execution, such as a dulse dip that I will never attempt to make again because it was just terrible. But most of these sessions have yielded delicious simple recipes using local ingredients, even in Nova…
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Valentine’s Day made Simple with NS Wines

Valentine’s Day made Simple with NS Wines By Laila North, Go North Tours So many of us panic to make Valentine’s Day special for the one we love. We scramble to get a reservation at a fancy restaurant only to find it noisy and far from the intimate evening we anticipated. Avoid the crowded restaurants and make a fabulous dinner at home paired with Nova Scotia wines! Here are some ideas to help inspire you!! Start the evening with Avondale Sky Lady Slipper Rose ($17). This pink wine sets the Valentine’s Day mood and reveals notes of cranberry, cherry, and…
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East Indian Split Pea Soup

East Indian Split Pea Soup By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook A good split pea soup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. My mom made it often when I was growing up and she still reigns as the Pea Soup Queen. Hers used to be made with a meaty ham bone, but is now most often vegetarian; thick with sweet potato, celery, onions, and carrot and spiced up with toasted cumin. When I ran a restaurant, we spiked our version with everything from pulled pork to maple sausage, always to good reviews. This version keeps all the comforting…
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Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers throughout the Annapolis Valley. She’s currently hard at work testing recipes for “Holiday Cooking in Jenny’s Nova Scotia Kitchen”, due out next November. Find lots more recipes at jennyosburn.com This year my friends and I will be resurrecting a holiday tradition we’ve set aside for a few years: a Cookie Exchange. It’s pretty lovely to have an excuse to get together in the busy weeks of December and share family favourites with one another. There’s a lot of…
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Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta

Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta By Jenny Osburn, “The Union Street Cafe Cookbook” Last month I got to cook lunch with grade 5 students at our local elementary school. The kids had started a vegetable garden in the spring. Dedicated volunteers tended the garden all summer so there was plenty to harvest in October. A celebration was in order! I was thrilled when my friend Megan, a teacher at Somerset, asked me to pitch in. We made a plan to cook with the vegetables the students harvested. There were purple carrots, zucchini, beets, and a mountain of kale. Maybe not the…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles Melanie Priesnitz I was not a child to play with swords. I much preferred making dandelion soup, so I have only recently discovered how much fun having a fencing duel with cat-tails can be. If done at the right time of the year you get the added bonus of covering your opponent with either fluff or pollen. I have lately found myself with a surplus of cat-tails and am discovering all sorts of uses for them – there are a plethora. Typha latifolia, commonly known as cat-tail is a common…
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