Author: Melanie Steele

Fresh Pick – A Challenge for You

Normally on Friday, I talk about a fruit or vegetable that is in season and local to British Columbia in hopes that you might be inspired to try something new.  I thought that I would mix things up a bit this week.  Instead of sharing this week’s Fresh Pick, I challenge you to try a new

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Fresh Pick – Fennel

We are coming to the end of the fennel season here in BC, but I thought it would be fun to throw in something a little different to get us thinking outside the box. Fennel Fennel is a unique looking vegetable.  It is white and bulbous at the base with long green fronds that look a

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Fresh Pick – Cranberries

This week’s fresh pick is the tasty cranberry.  Fresh cranberries are crisp and tart, while dried cranberries are softer and sweeter.  Whichever one you prefer, cranberries are a versatile food that can add great flavour and nutrition to both sweet and savoury dishes.

Fresh Pick – Potatoes

Potatoes have developed a bad reputation over the years.  Some varieties have a high glycemic index, and they are usually shunned by those following a low carb diet.  Personally, I think that potatoes are delicious and can be part of a healthy diet, so long as you steer clear of French fries everyday (so hard,

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Carrot, Ginger and Cardamom Soup

Update: Hands down, this was the most popular recipe from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog.  I’ve re-tested and re-shot it and made a few changes to the recipe, mostly improving the instructions for clarity. I’ve also upped the carrot a bit and reduced the overall liquid for a thicker soup.  Feel free to play

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Fresh Pick – Apples

When most people think about September, apples come to mind.  They are associated with the start of the school year and the beginning of fall.  They are also associated with good health.  As the saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”  In truth, it’s not quite that simple, but apples do provide

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Fresh Pick – Raspberries

Well, it’s happened.  The leaves on the trees have started to change colour.  I have mixed feelings about this time of year.  On the one hand, I do love the crispness in the morning and evening air, but I also know that once fall passes the rains will come.  And the grey. The good news is

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How to Make Your Own Pesto

Traditional pesto is made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. It’s delicious served with pasta, spread on sandwiches, and as a base for your favorite homemade pizza. The problem is, it can be expensive to make. Pine nuts are not cheap and those tiny plastic containers of basil at the grocery

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Fresh Pick – Beets

Today I am starting a new weekly series called Fresh Pick Friday where I will feature a local and in-season whole food. It could be a fruit, a vegetable, some local seafood, or even a nut (yes, we grow nuts here). Follow along and you will learn what foods are in season in BC throughout

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Green Bean Kimchi

Update: This was one of the most popular recipes from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog. I’ve re-tested and re-shot it, making some minor wording changes.  I’ve also tried this out with some other vegetables and it works great.  Zucchini, carrot, and cucumber all work great! Earlier this month, I was inspired by Desiree Nielsen

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