What’s Cooking: February 25 – March 4

What a month it has been! February has been action-packed across the province and this week is no different! This week’s What’s Cooking includes new product releases, great packages, events, and more! We’ve also included a delicious recipe for Dark Chocolate and Maple Caramel Oatcakes, just in time for maple season.


Nine Locks Anniversary Beer

Nine Locks Brewery is celebrating their 5th anniversary on February 25, and to celebrate, they’ve launched a new beer! Right Some Red is a German-style, lagered ale with a crisp, Nova Scotian twist. Robust, yet clean, its malt body is supported by a citrusy, herbal aroma, and a refreshingly light bitter finish.

Try this new product at the Nine Locks tap room, find it at WestSide Beer Wine Spirits, Harvest Wines & Spirits, Liquid Assets, your local NSLC, or place an order online.

Delectable Desserts Black Futures Cakes

The Delectable Desserts Black Futures Cakes are only available for a few more days! Delectable Desserts partnered with the Change is Brewing Collective this February to create four different treats that each compliment the four collaboration beverages Change is Brewing released in 2020.

To get your hands on these cakes, order online, or call 902-468-2700 and pick up at Delectable Desserts in Burnside. Delivery is available within HRM. All profits will be donated to projects supporting youth and community.

Change is Brewing and Boxing Rock Collaboration Packages

Are you excited for the Boxing Rock and Change is Brewing collaboration beer? Good news – you can pre-order a package now! The packages include one bottle of Back to Birchtown Old Stock Ale, one limited edition collaboration mask, and one certificate that’s redeemable for an adult admission to the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Shelburne.

All proceeds go towards the Change is Brewing Collective and the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre. Pre-order yours here.

Kiju’s Restaurant

Kiju’s Restaurant in Membertou, Cape Breton, is currently offering a three course traditional Mi’kmaq inspired meal! This special combines cultural and traditional components with modern-day techniques. The line-up of dishes features a Four Cent Bread Skillet as an appetizer, a Sea Scallop Risotto for the main course, and a delicious Wild Blueberry Cake for dessert.

On February 27, Kiju’s is hosting a Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. You may be wondering what a Chili Cook-Off entails. Three different chili recipes will be made by three different cooks, and you have the chance to taste them all and vote for your favourite! Enjoy the Chili Tasting Platter, served with warm nacho chips and jalapeno cornbread!


Around the World in 80 Plates – International Food Festival

Curated Food & Drink Magazine’s new international food festival and fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia begins March 1 and will continue for the whole month. Participating restaurants are offering a selection of international dishes, so diners can circle the globe by trying various international cuisine, while supporting local restaurants!

The following Taste of Nova Scotia members are taking part in this year’s festival; 2 Doors Down, The Church Brewing Co., The Flying Apron Cookery, The Kiwi Cafe, Maritime Express Cider Co, Morris East Pizzeria, The Orient Chinese Cuisine, and Winegrunt. For more information, visit https://aroundtheworldfest.ca/.

Dine Around 2021

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Good news! Dine Around 2021 is being extended until the end of March! From now until March 31, savour special menus from your favourite Halifax restaurants, priced $10 – $50. This year restaurants are offering dine in, take out, and delivery options, so it’s easier than ever to #supportlocalsafely! For more information, visit www.dinearoundhfx.com.

Featured Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Maple Caramel Oatcakes

Oatcakes are a Nova Scotian staple and there are many ways you can make them delicious and unique. This recipe has a great crunch on the outside, loads of nutrients inside, and that salty-sweet flavour. Maple season will soon arrive and these oatcakes are a perfect treat to make for the maple lover in your life!

Grocery List

Get your hands on local produce while shopping at Noggins Corner Farm Market, Masstown Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., or one of the many Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Find local maple syrup at Acadian Maple and Sugar Moon Farm.

Source your local dark chocolate at Just Us! Coffee Roasters, Chapel Cove Chocolate, Petite Patrie Chocolate, and Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop. 

Get your local golden flax flour and oats at Valley Flaxflour Ltd. 

Find local flour at Valley Flaxflour Ltd. and Henny Penny’s Farm Market.

Get local butter at Masstown Creamery.

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