Quinoa Bowl with Beet Greens and Fava Beans

Quinoa bowl with beet greens and fava beansOur CSA from Waratah Downs started mid June, and I think we’re still catching up with how much fresh produce we have.  The fridge is constantly stocked, usually with many green things.  Several types of lettuce (at one point I think we had four different varieties), kale, beets (and greens), zucchini, dill, spring onions, garlic scapes, fava beans, radishes, kohlrabi.  Sometimes, if it’s been a particularly busy week or we went out of town over the weekend, I find the fridge still quite full when the next Thursday rolls around and it’s time to pick up our next batch.  This recipe was born of the necessity to make space in my fridge and use up the vegetables I had remaining. Continue reading

Slowcooker Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

Finished pulled pork on Ace Bakery chiabattas with coleslawI’ve been having a cooking dry spell lately.  I’ve been busy.  I went to Lake Placid and ran a half marathon.  I’m taking a course on Food Policy which is more studying than I’ve done in eons and also requires writing, so it’s sapping much of my creative inspiration.  We’re between CSAs – the summer one we’ve signed up with doesn’t start for another week or so, and the farmer’s markets are still fairly barren of local vegetables and fruit.  All those things are true.  But really, those are just excuses and I’ve been feeling entirely uninspired in both the kitchen and writing departments. Continue reading

Easy Veggie Soup…and Why It’s a Tough Time to be a Locavore

Finished Vegetable SoupI haven’t been posting many recipes lately.  It’s a tough time of year to be a locavore in my part of the world.  There is still snow on my lawn, and just last week the temperature dipped as low as -18 C with the wind chill (not average for this time of year, but definitely within the range of normal).  The first stalks of asparagus haven’t yet been harvested and greenhouse tomatoes are still a ways away.  I just used the last jar of tomatoes I canned in the fall and the salsa is almost at its end as well.  I can only subsist on maple syrup, freezer burnt pesto and stockpiled soups and chilis for so long, so I have been buying out of season produce more often.  It would be logical to assume the dead of winter is the toughest time to be a locavore, but in reality I find this time of year the worst! Continue reading

Strawberry Banana Red Fife Muffins with Flax, and some thoughts about wheat

Strawberry Banana Flax Muffins 2My Naturopath gave me this recipe which originally called for almond flour as she suggested it’s a good idea in general to reduce wheat intake.  I’ve read a lot about the wheat-free debate (including the book Wheat Belly) as well as much of the criticism against it (Paleofantasy, a criticism of the Paleo diet as opposed to only wheat, was just released and I’m curious to read it) but I’m still undecided as to how to how I feel about the whole thing.  Davis puts forth some very convincing arguments in Wheat Belly making it appear that once you eliminate wheat, all your problems are solved and life gets so much better. Continue reading

Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Bacon

Bowl of cauliflower soupThis soup was easy to make and a nice change for a week night meal.  I’m not normally a huge fan of cauliflower… I mean, it’s fine, but other than covered in cheese sauce (I’m a firm believer that everything really does taste better with cheese) I find it bland and I run out of ideas to make it taste good.  We’ve been getting cauliflower fairly regularly lately through our CSA with Bryson Farms, so a new idea was in order.  I think roasting the cauliflower really adds a lot of flavour and pairs well with the bacon and potato. Continue reading