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Eddingtons Winterlicious

1 Mar

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

The Divas at Eddingtons

The Divas at Eddingtons

This week has been a perfect week to get to a couple more Winterlicious events. On Wednesday five of us divas went for a wonderful meal at Eddingtons in Exeter. Karen, Claire, Christine, Trista and I had a marvelous time!

Trista, Karen and I all decided to go with the Winterlicious menu. Eddingtons had two choices for the starter and main, here is the menu:

Starter – Local atibo white bean and root vegetable chowder. Or Late harvest kale and beet salad. Parmigianino, hardboiled egg, sunflower seeds and sundried cranberry, tossed in a local garlic dressing.

Bean Soup

Bean Soup

Kale and Beet Salad

Kale and Beet Salad

Main – Local Pork shoulder braised in an apple cider vinegar served on a caramelized onion and blue cheese tart accented with a Grand Bend potato and root vegetable medley. Or  Supreme breast of chicken stuffed with fresh herbs, roma tomato and flavorful Italian sausage glazed in a Chianti red wine and shallot reduction. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and market vegetables.

Pork Shoulder

Pork Shoulder

Chicken Supreme

Chicken Supreme

I had the  soup to start and the pork as my main and they were both great. The bean chowder had a nice mild flavor letting the beans and vegetables show their true flavours. The pork was super succulent and tender.

Claire and Christine both decided to get their courses off of the menu. Christine started with the Thai Chicken Salad and Claire had the martini scallops, both starters looked yummy! They both got the gourmet macaroni and cheese, and my the silence at the table you could tell they liked it!

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Martini Scallops

Martini Scallops

To end the meal Karen Trista and  I had Sticky toffee pudding cake with a coastal coffee caramel sauce, Christine had and apple dessert and Claire had the flourless chocolate cake… Wow, it was amazing!

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Sticky Toffee Cake

Sticky Toffee Cake

The Taste of Huron Winterlicious dining program is running until March 9 at various restaurant around Ontario’s West Coast, if you want more information, visit here: www.tasteofhuron.ca

Eddingtons of Exeter:

Address: 527 Main St S, Exeter, ON N0M 1S1

Phone:(519) 235-3030

Website: http://www.eddingtons.ca/

It was the Schnitz!

4 Sep
Food stations offered numerous options for each course.

Food stations offered numerous options for each course.

By Diva Trista Russell

Ontario’s West Coast is home to loads of produce growers and meat suppliers, many of which are located right in our own area. The aim of Taste of Huron’s “Food for Thought” Dinners is to celebrate just that: we truly live in the “bread basket” of Ontario!

Last Monday I was treated to a delicious Taste of Huron dinner called “It’s the Schnitz” at Hessenland Country Inn in St. Joesph. For $50 a person, it included wonderful grazing style dinner with bite size samplings of salads and soup, many different types of schnitzel, side dishes, dessert, and also one drink ticket. Various dining stations were set up outside in Hessenland’s beautiful gardens and in their Garden Room. To top it off, Diva Karen and I, along with our guests, had a lovely table right by the window overlooking the pool and gardens while the sun was setting over Lake Huron. I can definitely see why Hessenland is a popular choice for special events, especially weddings.

Hessenland proudly showed of its German roots (ancestry I distantly share as well) by showcasing a variety of schnitzel including pork, turkey, chicken, fish, and wiener schnitzel. Just to make your mouth water even more, here’s part of the menu:

IMG_3954 IMG_3955Salads/Soups

  • Frank’s Corn Chowder
  • Shredded Carrots and Bell Peppers tossed with a Dijon Maple Dressing
  • Yellow and Green Beans tossed with Garlic Scape Pesto Dressing
  • Sweet Corn Kernels tossed with Chili Dressing
  • Garden Greens tossed with Cantaloupe Balsamic Dressing

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Desserts were delicious!

Desserts were delicious!


  • Fresh Strawberries with Zabaglione
  • Creamy Strawberry Sorbet with Orange Mint
  • Field Melon Salsa
  • Individual Peach Crumble

Most of the ingredients came from local suppliers, including: Metzger Meat Products, Hayter’s Turkey Farm, Masse Farm, Ferguson Apiaries, Poganatz Family Bakery, Purdy’s Fisheries, and The Garlic Box. Chef Frank Ihrig even made a last minute addition to the menu with some beets he got from a neighbour. I think the favourite of the night for me was the peach crumble. As Chef Frank mentioned in his opening speech, peaches are very tender and juicy this year.

IMG_3956If you missed this dinner but would like to attend another one, you’re not too late! The next Food for Thought Dinner called “This Little Piggy Went to Pisa” (featuring heritage pork) will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at Samuel’s Boutique Hotel north of Goderich.

For more info: www.tasteofhuron.ca


3 Jul

by Diva Nicole Olson

Pancakes, Waffles, Fresh fruit ... breakfast fit for a Diva!

Pancakes, Waffles, Fresh fruit … breakfast fit for a Diva!

It’s that time of year again… Strawberry Season! In honour of this delicious fruit, my mom, mini divas and I decided to treat ourselves to brunch at the Bayfield Berry Farm, located on Orchard Line just outside of Bayfield. We went with a scrumptious helping of pancakes and waffles, each with a side of fresh fruit and whipped cream. They also have Breakfast Buffets available from 8 am-2 pm on weekends and some holiday Mondays.

The Berry Farm is much more than berries. They have a huge variety of other items such as jams, mouth-watering baked goods and other fresh produce. If it’s berries you’re after, you have the option of picking your own if the weather cooperates, or calling ahead to have some set aside.


fresh baked goodness

fresh baked goodness

We took a couple of baskets home with us and made a tasty Strawberry Crisp. (The recipe is from Sugar and Spice by Celeste http://sugarandspice-celeste.blogspot.ca) I make this several times during strawberry season and it’s always a hit with my family.

Yummy!  Strawberry Crisp

Yummy! Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry  Crisp

Makes 8 servings
•3 cups (8 ounces/250 grams) strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise
•1/2 cup (4 ounces/125 grams) sugar

•1 cup (5 ounces/155 grams) all-purpose flour
•1/2 cup (1.5 ounces/45 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
•1/3 cup (3 ounces/90 grams) sugar
•1/3 cup (2.5 ounces/75 grams) firmly packed golden brown sugar
•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1.Position a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F. Have ready a 2.5 quart ceramic or glass pie dish or baking dish.
2. For the Filling: In a large bowl, stir together the strawberries and sugar until well mixed. Pour into the baking dish, and set aside.
3. For the Topping: In a large bowl, stir together the flour, rolled oats, sugars, cinnamon and salt until well blended. Stir in the melted butter until evenly moistened crumbs form. Spoon the crumb mixture over the filling.
4. Bake the crisp until the juices are bubbling, and the topping is golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.


Bayfield Berry Farm
77697 Orchard Line, RR#1
Bayfield, Ontario N0M 1G0

(519) 482-1666

Taste of Huron offer diners Tasty Adventures

22 May

Taste of Huron offers culinary  experiences and guest speakers during Food for Thought Dinners in Huron County.  The first one of the 2013 season was held at Samuel’s Boutique Hotel in Saltford last week.

Fish and Forage offered diners fabulous flavours of spring.  Maitland Mike of Flyfitters.ca shared his passion for fishing and foraging along the Maitland River.  I’ve shared posts from the TasteofHuron.ca blog below.

Samuel’s Fish & Forage Food for Thought Dinner

Maitland Mike shares his passion for the Maitland

For more information, Taste of Huron is available on Facebook or at www.TasteofHuron.ca

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Wild Leek Tartlette

Wild Leek Tartlette

Wilted Dandelion with Asparagus, Slivered Almonds & Bacon with a Sherry Vinaigrette

Wilted Dandelion with Asparagus, Slivered Almonds & Bacon with a Sherry Vinaigrette

Honey & Walnut Baklava

Honey & Walnut Baklava

Lake Huron pickerel with Ramp Cream Sauce, Fiddleheads, Wild Rice and Mushrooms
Lake Huron pickerel with Ramp Cream Sauce, Fiddleheads, Wild Rice and Mushrooms

Turkey: My favourite grilling meat

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

For the past couple of years my choice of meat for grilling and BBQ’ing has been turkey. I do like to BBQ almost anything, but have had great luck and mouthwatering meals with turkey! Many people think of it as a holiday meat, where the menu usually consists of a full bird filled with stuffing, served with mashed potatoes and gravy.  There are many parts of the turkey you can use for everyday and every occasion!

The first 2012 Taste of Huron Food for Thought dinner is taking place on July 10 at the Little Inn of Bayfield. The topic they have chosen is turkey! I can’t wait. If you are looking for local food or Taste of Huron information, visit here – www.tasteofhuron.ca of and book your tickets soon, these dinners always sell out!


Here are the details:

Turkey Tales

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40 per person (does not include: beverages, taxes or service). Wine flight (optional) to match courses is an additional $20 (1 glass with each course; all grape styles that will be grown in the County).
Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Reservations: 1-800-565-1832

Learn about the history of the wild turkey in Huron County! Mike Malhiot, a biologist from the Ministry of Natural Resources will discuss our native wild turkey from its historic origins to its extirpation from the forests of Southern Ontario to its return through the highly successful provincial restoration program. You will also learn about the biology of the species and the origins of the domestic turkey industry.

First Course
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho/Blue Cheese Powder/Red Sorrel/EVOO Gelato

Second Course
Charred Hayter’s Turkey Tenderloin/Sweet Corn Sabayon/Heirloom Vegetables/Blueberry Miso

Third Course
White Chocolate Panna Cotta/Local Peach Gazpacho/Blackberry Caviar/Cotton Candy Floss

Location: The Little Inn
26 Main Street North, Bayfield, Ontario N0M 1G0


There are five other dinners to come this summer and fall!

Is local food important to you? Taste of Huron is back!

28 May
Taste of Huron Presents a New Event, Food A-Fare, on June 7!
Taste of Huron kicks-off early this year with a new event, Food A-Fare, at Hessenland County Inn in St. Joseph on Thursday, June 7. I hope you can bring your friends and work colleagues out for an after work social in support of culinary tourism and local food in Huron County.

For $55 per person, you will enjoy a special tapas-style menu featuring locally grown items prepared by Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland with a complimentary glass of wine. The event will highlight local food vendors and businesses.

Guests will also have a chance to bid on amazing food-inspired items at the “Incredible Edible Auction”. Items up for grabs include: a private culinary lesson for 6 with Chef Spencer at Benmiller Inn; a personal chef dinner for 6 by Chef Devin of Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service; and fabulous food-filled gift baskets from The Black Dog Pantry and The Garlic Box, just to name a few.

Funds from the auction will help to subsidize event costs and assist in culinary tourism development through the Huron Tourism Association. For the past 3 years, Taste of Huron has received development funding through provincial government grants, but the event was not eligible for this funding this year and it is impossible to continue culinary development without additional funds, so if you can come out, it will be a great time!

The Food A-Fare event will also feature musical entertainment by local musician, Matthew Hussey. You can make reservations for this event by calling Hessenland directly at 1-866-543-7736.


Graze on all of these wonderful delights:

Hessenland White Bean Salad – Bluewater Municipality
Ontario’s West Coast “Lakefood” Chowder – Lake Huron
Spaetzle tossed with fresh Leeks, Herbs and Blyth Farm Cheese
“Low & Slow” Bluewater Pork Belly – Metzger Meats
“Ceviche” of Lake Huron Pickerel
“Sweet & Sour” Veal Gulasch with Red Cabbage – Metzger Meats
Open Face ~Gluten Free~ Turkey Schnitzel “Sandwich” – Hayter’s Turkey
Braised Pork Shoulder “Sliders” and Onion Fondue – Metzger Meats
Lemongrass “steeped” Lake Huron Yellow Perch
Fresh Strawberries and Cream – Masse’s Farm
Panna Cotta and Ferguson’s Honey – Ferguson Apiaries
Hessenland’s Black Forest Cake
“Weisses” Chocolate Mousse with a splash of Coastal Coffee Company Dark Roast

Food for Thought Dinners will start June 12 at Benmiller Inn and continue through the summer and finish on October 9 at The Black Dog in Bayfield. Local food restaurant stars The Little Inn, Hessenland County Inn, Eddingtonís of Exeter and more will also host dinners in this dining series. They will each present a special menu to compliment a food-related topic discussed by a guest speaker for $40 per person (does not include beverages, tax or service).

A Village Marketplace will be held in conjunction with the Goderich Farmers’ Market on The Square in Goderich on Saturday, September 1. This event will feature additional market vendors, the return of the Chef Challenge event and more!

The Locavore Brunch will be held on Sunday, September 2 at The Livery in Goderich. This event will be a traditional Sunday brunch with a twist with locally grown ingredients prepared by local chefs. Enjoy delicious food while being entertained by a special guest.

For ticket or event information visit www.tasteofhuron.ca or call 1-888-524-8394 ext.3. Reservations for the Food A-Fare event and the Food for Thought Dining Series are made by calling the restaurants directly. Maps and accommodation information is available online: www.ontarioswestcoast.ca.

Taste of Huron is over :(

13 Sep

Hello all!!!

Alright so just this past weekend, Taste of Huron came to an end… I had mixed feelings about this. I was slightly saddened. For two weeks I ate the best food that Huron County had to offer. A minimum of three courses, all which included a fantastic dessert! I ate at the Blyth Inn, the Black Dog, the Little Inn, Eddingtons, Hessenland, the Fireside Cafe and finally I finished the Taste of Huron of with the Gala. All the restaurants were so fantastic and I enjoyed them all.

I am however feeling a slight sense of relief.. I ate soooo much in the last two weeks, I wont lie to you. I may have gained a few pounds, but it was totally  worth it!

I will provide a short slideshow of just a few of the delicious things I was able to consume ..

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YOU SHOULD BE! that was only about a quarter of what I got to eat! But no worries my friends, the Taste of Huron is an annual event and now you KNOW that you MUST come and attend Taste of Huron next year!



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