We Are What We Eat – Magnesium

Popeye-Spinach   We all know that we are what we eat, that our bodies are made of elements that are required to build and maintain this mortal coil; 99% of our bodies are composed of just six elements, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen nitrogen, phosphorous and calcium, (made memorable by the acronym CHONPC). Five other elements, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine and magnesium make up the remaining 1%. Yet all of these elements are our clay, and all are essential for life. Miss out on a few of these and suffer the consequences. And there are other trace elements found in our bodies too, some of which are essential in their given role, like fluorine, which seems to only harden tooth enamel. Continue »



Spring Really Is Closer Than It Seems

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A Good Thing: Snow cover is a great insulator for garden perennials.

Before we know it, we are going to be complaining about the heat. Is that even possible? I have a faint memory of doing just that in the not so distant past. In the meantime, even though I am not a skier, I’m very happy to see those massive piles of snow, which are doing a great job of insulating the perennials in the garden. The snow doesn’t insulate as in keeping warm, it insulates by keeping plants (and soil) cold, and therefore dormant, so they don’t start growing, only to met with another icy blast.

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Holla! For Challah

 

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Challah bread is divine. So rich and buttery, delicious as toast, as French toast, as bread pudding, in the supporting role on a meatloaf sandwich. Hannukah is here and that makes me crave challah more than usual. Also, it’s freezing out and my favourite way to heat up the house is to bake a lot of bread. Here are a whole bunch of challah recipes that I love.  Continue »



Food Literacy Goals Celebrated

-with files from Sustain Ontario

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Things are really moving forward in a positive way in Ontario when it comes to providing better food systems for all. With all the hard work done by the tireless food advocates throughout our province finally being addressed, changes are at last being made that will benefit farmers, producers and consumers in Ontario.

The Ontario Provincial Government just made three small steps towards better food systems. On January 29 the Ontario government released three much anticipated aspirational food literacy goals under the Local Food Act:

 

  • Goal 1: Increase the number of Ontarians who know what local foods are available.
  • Goal 2: Increase the number of Ontarians who know how and where to obtain local foods.
  • Goal 3: Increase the number of Ontarians who prepare local food meals for family and friends, and make local food more available through food service providers.

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Tigernut Isn’t Actually A Nut

 

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Tigernuts are actually the roots of the grass cyperus esculentus commonly known as chufa sedge, yellow nutsedge, or because of the nutty attributes of this amazing little tuber, earth almond. The grass is found throughout the world, Europe, China, Africa and the Pacific Islands, often growing as a weed, and has been harvested and cultivated for millennia;  as a staple for our early ancestors and esteemed by the ancient Egyptians for food and medicine. Continue »