Pauline and her family immigrated to Essex County in Southwestern Ontario in 1938, buying a farm and growing nearly all of their own food for many years. The landscape reminds me of Vojvodina – flat and charmingly rural. This part of Ontario used to be a lake bottom, just as Vojvodina was the bottom of the Pannonian Sea, and so the soil here too is dark and rich.
These are recipes I have created for my family. I love to invent dishes that are restricted by the ingredients on hand: usually freshly picked fruits and vegetables either from my family’s garden or from the various farmer’s stands that dot Seacliff Drive in Kingsville and Leamington. I like simple, tasty recipes with just a few ingredients, and always fresh.
|Garlic-y Eggplant Patties||Eggplant with a kick – a whole head of garlic goes into these fritters. Great as a substitute for hamburgers in a summer sandwich.|
|Edgar Allen Poe’s Pumpkin Soup||A little murder along with the pumpkin flesh.|
|Chestnut Cream Mousse||Luscious, meaty and creamy mousse. Great alternative to pumpkin pie.|
|Lemon, Blueberry and Fresh Mint Tart||I dreamed this recipe up after eyeing the blueberries in the basket, the fresh lemons on the lemon tree, and smelling the mint in the garden. Not for those on a diet, I’m afraid.|
|Melon Soup with Prosciutto||I got the idea for this cold soup recipe from the appetizer I make, melon squares wrapped with a thin slice of prosciutto ham. A nice light meal might also include a salad and a piece of good crusty bread, and of course, a fruity Essex County wine.|