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Easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttermilk Icing
Easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttermilk Icing

Adapted from Anne Lindsay’s New Light Cooking (Ballantine Canada) This dense, rich chocolate cake has all the taste and about half the fat of a regular chocolate cake. For the most intense chocolate flavor, use Camino  Cocoa Powder. 2 tbsp (25 mL) Fairtrade espresso powder 1/2 cup (125 mL) boiling water 2-1/4  cups (550 mL) […]

Be the Best Decorated Table!
Be the Best Decorated Table!

This local  tip is one in a series from our friends and partners at Savour Ottawa. Forgot to prepare something for Harvest Noir? Fear not, because local producers and retailers have everything you need to make you Harvest Noir picnic an unforgettable experience.  Make sure you have the best decorated table with a flower arrangement from […]

Berry-Basil Crisp
Berry-Basil Crisp

This local food tip is one in a series from our friends and partners at Savour Ottawa. Don’t forget the best part of Harvest Noir – dessert! Test our your baking skills with a Berry Crisp with produce from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market! Head out to Brewer Park Sunday’s 8am to 3pm to find all local […]

Fall Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Fall Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This local food tip is one in a series from our friends and partners at Savour Ottawa. Pack your picnic full of fall greens with a fall salad with cranberry vinaigrette! Stop by the Ottawa Organic Market Saturdays 10am- 2 pm and taste the certified organic lettuces from Terre à Terre Farm.  Hint: Vinaigrette made from […]

Melon Agua Fresca
Melon Agua Fresca

This local food tip is one in a series from our friends and partners at Savour Ottawa. Refresh yourself after an afternoon of hob-knobbing with other Harvest Noir picnickers with a cool Melon Agua Fresca! This drink features fall melons from local producers Waratah Downs Organic Farm and decadent wildflower honey from Halsall’s Honey. Melon Agua […]

Matcha-Cocoanut Energy Bites
Matcha-Cocoanut Energy Bites

A guest recipe post in a series from Chef Justin Scott, local food chef extraordinaire. Ingredients Virgin coconut oil, melted  2 tbsp. Unsweetened raw Camino Cocao Powder  3 tbsp. Unpasteurized honey  2 tbsp. Pure vanilla extract  1 tsp. Almond/hazelnut butter  1/4 cup Sunflower seeds, finely ground  1/4 cup Raw, shelled hemp seeds, finely ground  1/4cup Unsweetened coconut, shredded  1/2 cup Maca powder  1/2 tbsp. Matcha […]

Grilled Lamb Chops
Grilled Lamb Chops

This local food tip is one in a series from our friends and partners at Savour Ottawa. Nothing says summer like firing up the grill! Celebrate the season of local food by preparing grilled local lamb for your Harvest Noir picnic basket.  Head to the charming Manotick Village Butcher for succulent lamb chops from Dusty […]

Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce
Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce

A guest recipe post in a series from Chef Tanya Skeates of Soupçon Best way to enjoy the great bounty of tomatoes from your garden when summer is long gone. Put chopped up tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, fresh basil and roast it until…well roasted, (about 400°C, about 45min or so) a lot of water […]

Harvest Noir in Ottawa Magazine
Harvest Noir in Ottawa Magazine

Make sure to stop by newstands to pick up this month’s edition of Ottawa Magazine, featuring a fun interview on Harvest Noir and the fanciful photo above by Jonathan Hobin! The magazine also features some of Ottawa’s greenest homes, including Scott Demark’s amazing One Planet home retrofit in the Glebe that is to be featured […]

Cooking with Tea!
Cooking with Tea!

A guest recipe post in a series from Chef Justin Scott, local food chef extraordinaire. Recipe: Artisian Style Multigrain Date Bread with Rooibos Provence Tea Ingredients Dates, chopped 8 oz. Organic Bread Flour 1 ib. 8 oz. Active Dry Yeast 1/2 oz. Rooibos Tea, heated to 20 C 16 oz. Honey, un-pasturized 4 oz. Unsalted Organic […]