Despite being ‘Canada’s Food Island’, PEI faces challenges with food security | photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

FOOD INSECURE


Despite being ‘Canada’s Food Island’, PEI faces challenges with food security Food and shelter: two of the most basic needs a person has. Imagine having to choose between them. Unfortunately for a number of Islanders, that is a choice that they sometimes have to make. In a 2014 survey, 8700 households¹ in PEI were deemed food insecure. With 15.1 percent…

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Made from maple wood, the Banjo Knife fits easily into the hand | photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

BANJO: NOT JUST A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT


Handcrafted oyster knives created by champion shucker find niche market Jason Woodside is a lot of things: skate punk, oysterman, dishwasher, restaurateur, musician, champion oyster shucker, and now a knife maker. An oyster knife in particular, but a knife that brings all of Woodside’s past and interests into one beautiful little thing. “So I started shucking in 1998, and then…

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WOMEN’S DAY 2020


An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality This year the theme for International Women’s Day is Each for Equal. We took pleasure in finding just a few of our amazing PEI women that work as farmers, restaurateurs, food entrepreneurs, chefs,…

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THE SALTY CHEF


Saving Shavings, or, Stretching Your Food Budget Often what heads to the compost heap or bin is actually edible food. This month we have some simple recipes using vegetable peels—probably the most common thing that people toss out when doing their meal preparation. Along with these simple yet flavourful recipes, we’ve included a number of great tips on making food…

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Schurman Family Farm provided fresh produce for the study | photo credit: Cheryl Young/Salty

ACCESS TO FRESH PRODUCE


Local study looks at link between food insecurity and diabetes A recently released medical study has looked at the links between food insecurity and diabetes. Dr Katherine Bell formerly had a medical practice in western PEI and partnered with Dr Shannon Curtis to examine how food, in particular fresh produce, can influence the health of Type 1 diabetics on PEI.…

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Students at Amherst Cove Consolidated in Borden-Carleton wait to sample the new lunch options | submitted photo : PEI Education and Lifelong Learning

POLITICS OF SCHOOL FOOD


Second pilot project moves ahead under new provincial government A recently released medical study has looked at the links between food insecurity and diabetes. In late December 2019, the provincial government announced that a new provincial school lunch program would roll out in several Island schools, offering healthy lunches to students this winter. School food programs have been in the…

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Venison Loin with Leek Ash | submitted photo

GOLDEN WIN


Years of hard work for the Culinary Youth Team Canada culminated in a history-making performance at the highly anticipated IKA/Culinary Olympics last month in Stuttgart, Germany. With two gold medals and fourth place overall, it was a first for a Junior Canadian team to be awarded two gold medals. It was also the highest placing ever for a Junior Canadian…

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As the sun gets higher in the sky again, its warmth gets stronger and brings thoughts of the approaching summer | photo credit: Christopher Dunbar

THE EDIBLE GARDEN


I know I have mentioned this in the past, but I have to mention it again: when that lovely March sun shines through when I am on my veranda and brings intense brightness and heat, it is such a relief. Maybe it’s another remnant from our long history where food wasn’t so plentiful as it is today and the relief…

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WTF?


What’s that food? This month’s WTF is a familiar fruit in Indian cuisine. With its smooth green skin and elongated shape, tindora bears a resemblance to cucumbers, albeit a tiny cucumber. Like cucumber, tindora (Coccinia grandis) belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and the fruit grow on vigorous climbing vines, native to tropical climes. The plant is commonly found in the…

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BEHIND THE LINE


Bad food and service are as international as men of mystery. This month features three stories from across the ocean in the mythical land of hobbits and Gordon Ramsey. As always, names have been changed to protect the innocent, except for that cat. He deserves it (he was actually a good kitty). Toasted Tomato Sandwich I could be a picky…

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