Finally we’re seeing fiddleheads and ramps, these are signs of spring across Ontario. Ramps, (allium tricoccum ) also known as wild leek or wild garlic only grow wild, meaning many ramp-obsessed foodies are driven to remote and wooded areas to forage for them, scouring the damp forest floor in search of the leafy green perennial.
ramps in the forest
The entire ramp is edible, from the narrow bulb to the scallion-like stem and the broad deep green leaf, but respect and care should be taken when foraging. In Quebec, ramps are considered a threatened species and are protected under provincial law. Continue »
Sarah Elton’s latest book launches on Earth Day, I sent her a few questions recently to inquire as to how she maintains her food activism in her daily life. She replied with some answers that we can all learn from. Read more about “Consumed” here.
Sarah Elton is a celebrated author, food activist and the food columnist for CBC’s Here and Now
What are some things that we can do around the house to offset the dire future you look at in Consumed?
There’s lots we can do at home because the choices we make will have an impact on our future. Continue »
April 17th is the 6th instalment of a beer and food lover’s fantasy.
The Brewer’s plate highlights, supports and promotes local economies and the entrepreneurs that make them up. Specifically, the ones who make and serve beer and fare with a care for craft.
Proceeds for the annual event go to Not Far From The Tree, a great local non-profit that harvests fruit on private and public property, then divides it between the pickers, the owners and charity. Continue »
Celebrate Meatless Monday with a delicious homemade veggie burger
No doubt about about it, this spring is a long time coming. For many of us, one of the rituals associated with spring is firing up the grill for the first charcoal grilled burger of the season. But for those of us that can’t wait, a homemade burger cooked indoors is the next best thing, and if you are cooking indoors, a veggie burger is a nice change of pace; even if you are not vegetarian or vegan, going meatless for a dinner now and then is a delicious and healthy option, and a fabulous meatless burger cooked to perfection indoors, and served on a toasted bun with all your favourite fixin’s will make you forget all about this wet blanket of a season. Continue »
Olive oil has been used throughout the world for thousands of years. The olive tree itself is native to Mediterranean, and early peoples gathered wild olives as early as the 6,000 B.C; the cultivation of the olive tree is thought to have originated in Crete sometime around 2,500 B.C, and archeological evidence suggests that olive oil has been around for eons before that, prized by the ancient civilizations of Syria and Egypt. Continue »