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Barley with Sorrel

Apart from needing to cook the barley in advance, this is very simple. Also apart from having the sorrel. I’m afraid you mostly get that by growing it yourself, but here is your annual reminder that if you have any space to grow it, it is well worth-while. It is such a nice thing to have early in the…

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Meet Liz and Matt of Joyfully Organic Farm

Originally published in the Virtual Farmers Market newsletter.  Joyfully Organic Farm  is run by first-generation farmers, Liz and Matt! Along with their team of other young farmers, they grow over 40 types of vegetables that are known for their stand out flavour and wonderful quality. “We call our approach ‘Soil-First Farming’.  We believe taste, nutrition + farm resiliency begins and…

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Liquid Gold

How one Canadian craft brewery catapulted to global fame while staying true to its roots Collective Arts opened its Toronto brewpub this January. Photos courtesy of Collective ArtsIn the Venn diagram of breweries, there are typically two circles: one is “has really great beer,” and the other is “has really great branding.” It is an unfortunate reality that the…

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Garden Update

This photo dates back to the middle of March, when we had 2 very warm days that melted what had been a good foot of snow over the garden before reverting to more seasonal temperatures. Immediately, the leeks looked amazingly good, which is what we are looking for with this particular strain of leeks. Of course, the past winter…

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Our Favorite Ontario Take Out: Waterloo Region

Indoor dining is currently shut down across Ontario, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the best restaurants our province has to offer. Ordering takeout or delivery helps restaurants stay afloat during these tough times, plus it makes lunch or dinner easy as pie… or pizza.. or burgers… or anything you want really! Here are some of…

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Our Favorite Ontario Take Out: Burlington

Indoor dining is currently shut down across Ontario, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the best restaurants our province has to offer. Ordering takeout or delivery helps restaurants stay afloat during these tough times, plus it makes lunch or dinner easy as pie… or pizza.. or burgers… or anything you want really! Here are some of…

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Meet Eva So of So Delish

For the last few weeks, we’ve been getting to know the vendors at the Virtual Farmers Market through short interviews and vignettes. You can see past segments in the series here. So Delish was established to connect people to great local, organic, ethically raised food. If we can minimize our ecological footprint by supporting our local farmers and waste less…

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Vietnamese Style Noodle Salad – APR 28 NEEDS LINKS

It’s not necessary to serve this with Nem Nuong, but we did, and together they made a complete and excellent meal. Bean thread noodles are also known as cellophane noodles, or glass noodles. You can now get them at the local grocery store, amazingly enough. They are a resistant starch so have a low glycemic load. I’ve always felt serene…

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Nem Nuong – Vietnamese Pork Loaf

Rice flour is the traditional ingredient for these, not too surprisingly, so I used the barley flour with a little trepidation. How much like actual Nem Nuong this actually is I can’t say, but we thought it was delicious. Well – all that garlic; how not? The rice flour wasn’t the only liberty I took. This usually has some…

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