Category Archives: Food

Local Eating Books

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Dear Sole Reader,

These are books regarding local eating that I really enjoyed. I got 100 mile Diet from the library. The other I bought on impulse. I’m currently seeking a copy of “100 mile diet” to own.

They are both about people who decide to strictly adhere to a local food diet. This rigidity is not what I’m employed in my own life. But these two reads definitely enlightened me to the seasons of growth, the processes our food goes through and the food industry as a whole. It’s scary stuff.

The main difference between these two books is that 100 mile diet writers live in a small apartment in Vancouver. Thus their information was more relevant. Where can I personally find local food growers. And voila! They are right in my neighbourhood. But they did not grow their own, for the most part. This is what I’d like to do.

“Animal Vegetable Miracle,” on the other hand, grew their own food. They butchered their own chickens, and canned and canned and canned tomatoes. I really enjoyed the writing styles of both, though they are different. I found reading both books necessary because they have different perspectives.

Anyway, to answer your question, single reader of my tiny blog, these are the books I highly recommend if you’re thinking of doing research regarding local foods.

Cheers,

Manda

Home-made Pizza

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Nothing’s better than home-made pizza. Of course this is a matter of opinion. But really, having pizza come out of the oven that you made, crust, tomato sauce, cheese and all. This dream has not become my reality yet… But I still have hope.

To compensate, we make our own crust, our own cheese and we get to pick our toppings without having to be charged $2.95 for each additional ingredient. No thank you!

Pizza making has become a combined effort in the house. Marc cuts the veggies, cooks the meat if necessary and I work on the crust. It works wonderfully. Then we’re both eagerly checking on dinner to ensure we capture the perfect moment when the crust has browned, the cheese has melted and the sauce bubbles up on the corners.

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Sprouted Quinoa and Honey Bread

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So at the inspiration and encouragement of my dear friend, I have begun sprouting…

I mentioned this casually to friends of mine with a twinkle in my eye, and one says “oh you’re using your Mom’s sprouter?” The other says “When are you due?”

ha. ha.

Anyway so I took store-bought quinoa (my new favourite grain) and put it in a mason jar, with a square of cheese cloth and screwed the ring around it tight. I seem to be swimming in cheese cloth these days but any meshing will work. Then I soaked the quinoa for 20 minutes, then rinsed. I continued rinsing every 8-12 hours for three days and voila! They sprouted. Like a rainbow too! The little stems were red, yellow, green. Then I took these lovely lively little plants and I cooked ‘em to the death!

I perused past this blog in my internet travels, reading about sprouting and I came across sprouted quinoa and honey bread.

Mine didn’t look quite like this loaf. Hers is puffier. But it tastes good. Earthy, planty, healthy. I know, none of these words make you salivate. But really, toasted with honey, it’s a treat. We also made labneh recently (Yoghurt cheese) and the satisfaction of eating two products you made yourself, well, let’s just say it’s just irrevocably satiating.

And the dough looks like it has tails of a rainbow.

Bread is done

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