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Actress Sheila McCarthy


Sheila McCarthy stars as Sarah in the CBC series Little Mosque On The Prairie. She received a Gemini nomination for best actress in a guest starring role in a series for Emily Of New Moon; won a Genie Award for best actress in a feature for I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing; and she won the Dora Mavor Moor Award for her roles in Little Shop Of Horrors and Really Rosie.

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

A: I remember my mother in the kitchen hour after hour cooking, stirring, canning, cleaning, making wine and our family dinners where laughter was the order of the day. Even now, we all still share that same time.

Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?

A: I live in a big, old house in Stratford and I remember the first time I walked in, I smelled this dusty, cinnamon-y quaint smell that reminded me of my great auntie Anne’s house in Cobourg. Auntie Anne was what was known as a spinster and she herself smelled of sugary doughnuts, Laura Secord chocolates and Johnson’s baby powder.

Q: Who is your favourite cook?

A: My sister Peg is an amazing cook. She makes the simplest foods that are absolutely delicious. My mom is also a terrific cook. Actually, anyone who cooks other than me is my favourite cook. Means I don’t have to!

Q: What is your favourite food to cook?

A: Chocolate anything! I also enjoy cooking comfort food and drinking wine with friends.

Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?

A: My mother laughed at the pounds of butter and number of food groups served. Did we really need three starches, five vegetables and three desserts?

Q: Is there a cultural dish you prepare that ties into a holiday?

A: Warm cranberry cake with a brown sugar sauce. A Christmas must. I am not allowed to show up without it!