My first January through December of blogging My Edible Journey. There were some definite hits (wow, do you all love ham soup!) And a few misses (so maybe I’m the only one who thinks that cabbage and kale pair well with honey and Feta). And in between there have been seasons of incredible local bounty, delightful new tastes and a few surprises, good and… not as good. There have been photos that I have quite loved, only to be panned by foodie link sites, and at least one I really didn’t like, but put up anyway and then had those same sites love them. Go figure. Continue reading →
Sorry, folks. I’m down for the count this week with an ear infection/perforated eardrum. So, in the spirit of television clip shows, I’ve compiled a few posts from the past year to hold us all over until I’m (hopefully) better next week. And yes, lesson learned. Keep a post or two in reserve for times such as this… Continue reading →
You may want to grab a cup of coffee and sit a while. I have lots to say today. 🙂
So Thanksgiving has come and gone in Canada. What a wonderful weekend. It was beautiful. Cool nights, days warm enough for long sleeves and no jackets, autumn colours, lots to do… and food. Good, good food. Continue reading →
We ordered a bone in “quarter ham” from a local farm for Easter. Growing up, we always had ham for Easter dinner. I don’t know where the tradition comes from (Oh Google… Be a dear and fetch that info for me, would you?). Okay, so it’s an American thing. The fresh pork slaughtered in the autumn wouldn’t keep until spring, so what wasn’t consumed was cured. Curing is not a quick process, so the first hams would be ready around the same time that Easter came along, making them the obvious choice to be the meat at the meal. Thank you, Google. Continue reading →
Those of you who have followed me here from my previous blog, or Twitter, are familiar with my ladies “gourmet” nights. For years now I have gotten together every month or two with a group of friends to share great food. The way it works is thus: The hostess sets the menu, with or without a theme, and hands out the recipes to the group. Each participant is responsible for making and bringing her assigned dish as written. These are usually not recipes the hostess has tried before, and they give us all the opportunity to try new foods. We’ve enjoyed salt cod fritters, lemon feather tall cake, caviar, northern African, south American, all manner of Asian, Greek, Italian, seasonal, local, healthy, fried, festive and exotic foods.
It’s no secret that I love social media. I believe it can be, and have seen it be, a force for positive change. It brings people together in a way previously unknown to the world. My passion for local food has been nurtured and encouraged by it to the point where I can officially say that social media is a now a passion of mine unto itself. I’m sure it’s been there a while, but I have only just recently come to recognize it.
As I type this, the furnace is gently warming our home. It feels too early, but it also means that the summer heat has left (for good?), so I’m choosing to embrace it.
Our garden has been hit or miss this year. The tomatoes? Wonderful. The beans? Yeah, not so much. Though today I did harvest a dozen or so dried Canadian Wonder pods. They’re a kidney type bean, which our son asked to grow this year. He loves them in chili. Our herbs have done well, too. The Thai basil varieties that we grew were a delight, and the oregano in my planter box came back with vigour this summer. The thyme (both regular and lemon) were potent with the summer heat, and our Cotton Candy mint didn’t disappoint. Continue reading →