Jasmine Baker is well-known for her effortless entertaining. The culinary creator and recipe crafter from Toronto is regularly called upon to inject her personal flair for flavouring at Canada’s top food events, curating not just a decadent and delicious meal, but also a thoughtful and creative approach to entertaining.
In our interview with Jasmine, she talks about the importance of breaking bread with others and how she loves learning other people’s stories. She joined us for Harvest Camp in the fall of 2019 where she had the opportunity to connect with and even share a few meals with canola farmers in Western Manitoba.
Before meeting canola farmers, Jasmine was already a fan of canola oil in her kitchen. While the visual representation and overall composition are key factors to Jasmine’s online popularity, taste is a component that is definitely never overlooked. From savoury feasts to baked treats, Jasmine relies on the integrity and value of canola oil to achieve culinary greatness.
“Because it’s a neutral flavoured oil, it is so versatile. It’s price friendly, and local, and maintains its nutritional value up to a high heat, so you’re still getting the benefit of the omegas baked right in.”
At a Canola Eat Well event in Toronto, Jasmine was tasked with teaching a room of foodies the ins and outs of baking with canola oil, and led the class in a workshop baking chiffon cakes. Jasmine, with her Italian background, has naturally always been more acquainted with olive oil, but now has an acquired taste for canola oil. “I always cooked with olive oil, as my first training was in Italian kitchens. But canola is really the best cooking oil. With a higher smoke point you can use it for a rub on something going in the oven, you don’t need to worry about it smoking or discolouring food.”
Like many other Canadians, canola oil checks all the boxes for Jasmine, making it an easy and affordable product for her to rely on for her family, and her extra circular cooking efforts. “I want to do more to support our famers. And canola is our oil. Just as the Italians stand by their olive oil, I stand by canola oil.”
Patriotism aside, supporting local farmers while also supporting your own physical well-being with omega rich oils is just good science. And good math too- choosing canola is affordable for consumers and bolsters our economy.
Eat Well…Libby Roach
Libby is a food editor at auburnlane.com and photographer based out of Toronto, ON.
Her creative passion lies in weaving stories into photographs and creating images that are engaging.
Let’s eat together + a giveaway
What does it mean to you to eat together? Let us know for a chance to win a #CanolaConnect prize package, which includes a $100 grocery gift card. Contest ends at midnight on December 31, 2019. Watch on our social media channels for additional ways to enter!