Barbara Mayhew

Food Blogger and Federal Public Servant

Charlottetown

A federal public servant by day, Barbara moonlights as a food blogger of My Island Bistro Kitchen. Growing up in PEI, she learned to cook and bake beside her mother and grandmother while standing on a chair at the counter, mixing, stirring and developing a lifelong love of creating with food. Also an avid photographer and writer since childhood, she loves to express her passions in her blog, and focuses on local PEI foods and their producers.

How long have you been living in PEI?
All my life.

Where do you live in PEI?
Charlottetown

What is an average day for you?
It might include paying a visit to an Island food producer, learning more about the product, and photographing the operation. Whether it's lobster, eggs or tomatoes, I always bring it home, create a new recipe and test it until it's perfected. Then I’ll take a shot of the finished dish, write the story and recipe, and post it to my blog.

What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
I’m not sure how many people really appreciate the role that PEI played in Canadian history - we are the birthplace of Canadian Confederation.

If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Greenwich National Park – it’s one of the Island’s jewels and is breathtakingly beautiful and natural.

Any facts about the Island that you think people should know?
In September, the Island plays host to the Fall Flavours Festival --  an extravaganza celebrating the bounty from our rich red soil  and  the sea. It’s a foodie’s mecca!  We may be Canada's smallest province but we produce some really great food on PEI.

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