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Fanatical for mustard pickles

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ET Canada’s Kim D’Eon says her favourite chef is her sister.

Kim D’Eon is an entertainment reporter for ET Canada. She was born in Halifax, N.S.

Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?

A: One of the funniest things I remember about our kitchen was when my mother, who isn’t a baker, tried to make lemon meringue pie. The pie sat and sat and sat, but it never got firm. I think we ate it anyway, just so she wouldn’t feel bad. It was more like lemon soup.

Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?

A: Bangers, mash and sauerkraut. I think people think the smell of sauerkraut is a weird thing to enjoy, but to me it’s magnificent. It reminds me of Sunday dinners growing up.

Q: Who is your favourite cook?

A: My sister. She’s a natural in the kitchen. She never uses recipes and always adds enough savory spices and plenty of garlic. Among other things, she makes a mean cabbage roll.

Q: What is your favourite food to cook?

A: I used to love to make Asian-inspired tofu and vegetable dishes. I’m busier now, so, generally, I love to barbecue.

Q: Do you use cookbooks?

A: Bonnie Stern’s Heart Smart Cooking is my favourite. All her recipes are low-fat and healthy.

Q: Is there a cultural dish that you have at gatherings that ties into an event?

A: During the holidays I have a fanatical urge to have mustard pickles on the table. I usually eat them in tandem with my mashed potatoes. Yeah, I can be a bit weird.

D’Eon’s Black Bean and Zucchini Pancakes

This recipe is healthy, delicious and easy to make.


  • 1 can black beans

  • 1 zucchini (shredded)

  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites

  • 1 tsp. cumin

  • 1- 1.5 teaspoons of jarred garlic

  • ¼ cup store-bought breadcrumbs (whole wheat if you can find them)

  • Salt and pepper for taste


  • STEP 1: Drain and rinse beans. Mash beans in a bowl until most are smashed, but some pieces remain whole.

  • STEP 2: Add shredded zucchini. Add egg. Add cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Add breadcrumbs

  • Mix together until well blended.

  • STEP 3: Drop in mounds onto lightly oiled frying pan at med/high heat.

  • STEP 4: Pat down into pancake shape. (Will be lumpy and uneven)

  • STEP 5: Let brown on both sides. Serve with salsa and light sour cream.

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