Archive for January, 2009

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

There are a couple of events happening in Toronto related to local eating and organic food. 

ecoSUAVE 2009 presented by Enlightened Events

An evening of live jazz music and local food and drinks.  The purpose of ecoSuave is to raise awareness about local and sustainable food production.  Sounds like a fun way to mingle with like-minded people. The $20 ($18 online) ticket includes samples of food and drink.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Time: 8pm-Midnight

Location: Canada’s National Ballet School (400 Jarvis, Toronto)

For more information, visit Enlightened Events.

 

Growing for Nourishment presented by Canadian Organic Growers

A one day conference on sustainable farming, benefits of organic food and the latest research on organic food. A great forum to learn more about the science behind organic food.  The $65 ($85 after Jan 30; $55 for COG members) ticket includes an organic lunch.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: 89 Chestnut St, U of Toronto Conference Centre

For more information, visit Canadian Organic Growers.


The Stop’s Green Barn Market

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Yesterday, Tanny, Ella and I went down to The Stop’s Green Barn Market near Christie and St. Clair. It’s not far from our house and with our CSA deliveries on hold over the holidays we were tired of staring at empty produce bins in our fridge. 

It’s a nice little market. Everyone is super friendly. It’s bigger than the market at Distillery (at least the last time we were there) but not as big as the market at the Brickworks. The market is held at Artscape’s Wychwood Barns - a converted TTC streetcar repair barn. It looks a bit like the Distillery Farmer’s Market, though much much smaller; the Distillery is also an Artscape project. The Stop, which runs the market, is an organisation which works to increase access to healthy food. 

We picked up some sweet potatoes from Round Plains Plantation. They have Tanny and Ella’s favourites: Chinese purple sweet potatoes. They also had O’Henry sweet potatoes of which we bought one to try. 

We got some eggs and ground beef from two vendors and some white potatoes as well. That night we made sheppard’s pie with the ground beef and potatos and it was delicious! They potatoes were the most favourful we’ve had in months.

Since we’ve been slow to upload recipes, here’s my Mom’s Sheperd’s Pie Recipe:

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 cup water*
  • 1 beef boullion cube*
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 stick of celery (chopped)
  • pinch of thyme
  • dash of worchestershire sauce
  • milk (to taste)
  • a few parsley sprigs
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • (optional) 1 carrot (chopped)
  • (optional) 1 cup corn kernals (cooked or canned)

* You can substitute 1 cup of homade beef stock for the 1 cup of water and boullion cube

  1. Brown beef and onions
  2. Stir in salt, pepper, flour, beef boullion*
  3. Add celery, water*, thyme, worchestershire sauce (and carrots)
  4. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Meanwhile or before: peel and boil potatoes
  6. When cooked, drain and mash with butter, milk and salt
  7. Put beef mixture into an oven-proof dish
  8. (optional) Add layer of corn
  9. Top with mashed potatoes
  10. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley
  11. Put in oven at 400F for 25-30 minutes

p.s. We left our camera at my parent’s house at Christmas so the blog will be pretty textual for a while.


Registration is back up!

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

I’ve re-activated registrations. 

Last week we noticed that our site had been hacked and has been including invisible links to unscrupulous sites without our knowledge. My efforts to reverse the damage must have disabled registration. Well, we’re now accepting new users AND spam free!

Josh


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Registration problems

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Hi Everyone,

We just noticed that the link to register new users is missing. I’ll fix that now. Sorry for the inconvenience for all of you who would like to contribute!

Josh


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Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2009!  We’re happy to be celebrating our first anniversary at LocalEating.

We rang in our New Year with some local rib eye steaks, maple glazed carrots and roasted sweet potatoes.

 


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