Charlie Walker watches while Char Toews

She learns to cook with you

Char Can’t Cook. Besides being a catchy phrase, it’s also a new show on Channel 10 to teach how to cook by going back to basics.

Char Can’t Cook.

Besides being a catchy phrase, it’s also a new show on Channel 10 to teach others, including the host, how to cook by going back to the basics that grandma would’ve taught you but that some people seem to have missed.

Char Toews, the host, says the show explores traditional recipes, local gardens and wild food.

The half-hour show came about when Char was talking to Tamara Ainscow at Channel 10 about taping the Food Skills for Families sessions because participants would sometimes miss classes and this way they could watch it at home.

Char’s first guest was Nita Tashoots, who had taken the Food Skills for Families classes, and found she was losing weight just by following what she had learned.

She demonstrated how to make moose stew – her son had just shot a moose or two – and it only had three ingredients: moose, onion and carrots, said Char.

“It was just delicious,” said Char. She also made bannock, but instead of frying it, she put it in the oven, a lower fat way to make it.

For the second show, Charlie Walker made chicken quesadillas with homemade tortillas.

“We just joke around and talk and cook and talk food,” she said.

Char finds she’ll bump into people every so often, asks them what they cook and if they’ll be on her show.

And she’s always looking for more celebrity chefs and is thinking about an Iron Chef Terrace cook-off with an live audience.

Char Can’t Cook is filmed at Ksan Place once a month and broadcast usually on the third weekend of the month – the next episode being on May 15 and repeated May 16 and 17.

And it’s set to be Agatha Jedrzejczyk cooking Polish food, including “lazy perogies.”

Anyone who’d like to teach Char how to cook can call her at 250-635-2654.