New Brunswick’s Dignard enjoys making desserts
Holly Dignard is an actress. She portrays Nicole Miller on the CTV series Whistler. This native of Moncton, N.B., is a classically trained musician. After deciding to switch careers, she studied acting at Dalhousie University and, after one year, she decided to move to Vancouver to train specifically for film and television. Dignard produces, studies dance and music. She is also an avid painter and a mentor to pre-teens.
Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?
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A: My father’s a baker. When he wasn’t home I would mess around with all his baking stuff. My sister and I would make our own concoctions and make our little brother eat the results.
Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?
A: I love the smell of bread.
Q: What is your favourite food to cook?
A: I love making desserts and comfort foods like a good lasagna. Anything fattening really! I just got into making Japanese and I’m learning how to make more meat dishes.
Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?
A: I can’t remember. I’ve had to cook since I was a kid. But I remember the first time I made apple sauce by myself. I was nine-years-old and it worked out really well. The end result was delicious.
Q: What kitchen gadget can you not live without?
A: Excellent pots and pans and my piping bags and tips.
Q: What traditions from your background involving food do you partake in?
A: In our family food was valued a lot. My parents didn’t have a lot growing up. So food period is important. I’m from the Maritimes so we eat lots of potatoes. Lobster is big as well, but I don’t eat it. I love bread and cheese. I suppose that’s from my dad’s French side of the family.
Q: Is there a dish you prepare that ties into an event or holiday?
A: Potatoes! Kidding. What I feel like making really depends on my mood and who I’m making the food for. Hands down I’ll always go for something French, Italian, Mexican or Southeast Asian.