Author Archives : Cheryl Young

WTF?


What’s that food?   Molasses is a pantry item that most people are familiar with. Its uses are versatile, from baking cookies and cakes, to amping up sauces and marinades. Blackstrap molasses, made from sugar beets is most common in Atlantic Canadians’ kitchens and it’s often used to add a sharp-yet-sweet flavour to dishes. Carob molasses is different in that…

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FUNDRAISER FILLING BELLIES AND HEARTS


Sadat’s Cuisine raising funds to bring refugee family members to PEI Food and fundraising go hand-in-hand in PEI, from lobster suppers, pancake breakfasts, organic veggie boxes, and the classic chocolate bar sales. Often times the goal is to raise money for a building or program, and sometimes as a community measure to help a family in need. The monthly fundraising…

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RESEARCHING FOR CANADA’S AGRICULTURAL FUTURE


Agriculture Canada’s research farm in Harrington opens its doors to the public this month We can often think of government institutions as giant cogs in a wheel with no real relevance to our day-to-day lives, but for the scientists who work at the Agriculture Canada Research Farm in Harrington, PEI, every bit of data they collect and every piece of…

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PLANTING HOPE AT ROSS’ PLACE


Kensington garden truly becomes a community effort in its launch June 9 was a busy Saturday morning in Kensington as gardeners of all ages came together to christen Ross’ Place. The brainchild of Jamie MacKay, the new community garden was conceived and birthed within months, showing that sometimes passion and persistence is all you need to bring an idea to…

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WTF?


(what’s that food) Grab a bag of these peppers and be prepared to enjoy their unique flavour. Native to China, the name would suggest that they are related to the black peppercorn (native to India), however these spices are not related. Sichuan peppercorns are the dried berries of a rue plant, not peppercorns at all. The rue plant falls into…

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Soaring High With Nature’s Pest Control


Jamie Stride turns his fascination of falconry into a high flying business Round Up, Prowl, Dual, Lorsban, and Orthene are familiar names in the pesticide world. But what about Sam the Saker, Hush, Hermes, Kensi, and Red? Ever heard of those before? You probably haven’t, but they are the names of Island Falconry Services’ birds and they are quite effective…

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Do You Want Fries With That?


Changes to ferry’s cafe menu a long time in the making For many travellers, a trip across the Strait on the ferry evokes many memories, and grabbing a meal from the onboard cafeteria is often among those. Classic fast-food items and quick grab-n-go sandwiches were the staples you found, in fact, last year alone the ferries served up 19,000 hot…

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FREE TO ROAM AND RANGE


Taking the free-range philosophy to heart at Saoirse Farms Drive down a side road that is a patchwork of old asphalt, potholes, and frost heaves in eastern PEI for a few bone-jarring kilometres and you will find Saoirse Farms. It’s a chilly but sunny April afternoon when I cautiously make my way to the farm to meet with former NDP…

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RENOWNED ANIMAL ADVOCATE VISITS PEI


When small is better: thoughts on niche markets for meat World-renowned author, speaker, and animal welfare advocate Dr Temple Grandin, paid a visit to the Island’s beef processing plant, Atlantic Beef Products Inc. (ABPI). Visiting the Maritimes as the keynote speaker for the Maritime Beef Conference in Moncton, NB, she had just enough time for a whirlwind plant tour and…

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THE CHALLENGE AHEAD IN SCHOOL FOOD


Finding common ground in school food programs A diverse group of people gathered at the PEI Farm Centre on March 15 to discuss the challenges and successes of several projects implemented as part of the PEI government’s Community Food Security and Food Education Program. Teachers, dieticians, parents, farmers, and concerned citizens participated in a robust discussion. Some of the many…

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