In this cold country of ours, is it possible to make a local-food feast for the holidays?

With the growing season a hazy memory, I went on a quest to find good Ontario foods for our Holiday menu. I searched all corners of the land (technically, all corners of the Internet) for some of the best treats. Believe it or not, there is still some great produce available in December: pears, apples, squash, beets, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, lettuce … and lots more goodies for grownups and kids to get cookin’. And with that, I proudly present my ~ * local holidays selection * ~ widely inspired by our friends at the ELLICSR Kitchen.

ELLICSR’s Parsnip and Beet Marble Cake

Parsnip and beet marble cakeThis recipe is just the ticket for an afternoon break after a long walk outside. Picture a roaring fire, spiced tea brewing in the teapot, and the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg bringing the family together. I’m sold! Parsnips, beets, apple sauce and eggs can be found local in Ontario.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Almond Flour, Spelt Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Grated Parsnip, Grated Beet, Maple Syrup, Apple Sauce, Eggs, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Ground Nutmeg

Ricotta Icing
Light Ricotta Cheese, Sliced Almonds, Lemon Zest

See the full recipe here

ELLICSR’s Buttercup Squash and Farro Salad with Green Goblin Dressing

Farro and squash salad

 Nothing beets a colourful salad for a festive time (badum-cha!). You’ll get your guests’ attention with gorgeous green goblin dressing. Squash and Arugula can be found local in Ontario.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes

Buttercup or Acorn Squash, Farro Grain  (any whole grain will work), Arugula, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Smoked Paprika, Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper.

Green Goblin Dressing: Lemon, Juice and Zest, Fresh Mint, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Minced Garlic, Arugula, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper.

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ELLICSR’s Ginger & Lime Cranberry Sauce

ginger lime cranberry sauce (200x200)A holiday season is not complete without a good cranberry sauce. At this time of year, you might find cranberries from Quebec or New Brunswick (not quite local, but good neighbours).

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: Fresh Cranberries, Lime zest and juice, freshly grated Ginger, Ground Ginger, Brown Sugar, Water

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Happy Holidays everyone!