Posts Tagged ‘mulberries’

Summer Berry Calfoutis

 

David Chow's Mulberry and Red-currant clafoutis

David Chow’s Mulberry and Red-currant clafoutis

 

If you are looking for the perfect, quick, simple and delicious dessert to use up all the amazing fruit and berries that are bursting forth around us, look no further than the classic clafoutis. The clafoutis, often known as clafouti, comes to us from the Limousin region in France, traditionally made with un-pitted black cherries. If you want to be real stickler about it, this dessert, made with any other fruit other than the aforementioned cherries is known as a flaugnarde. But no matter. The dessert police will not jail you if you call it a clafouti! Continue »



Preserving Toronto’s Bounty

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It is no secret that Toronto, “A City Within a Park” is justifiably proud of its urban forest. Just last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the one hundred and sixteen species of trees that make up the city’s ten million trees are worth an estimated seven billion dollars, that is, 10 million trees at a replacement cost of 700 dollars per tree. According to the Globe, the urban forest provides the city with 80 million dollars in environmental and cost savings per year, broken down as follows:

  • $53.95-million from the reduced strain on water transportation and infrastructure thanks to rain and wet-weather flow interception
  • $19.09-million from air pollutants absorbed, removed and avoided by street trees
  • $6.42-million from energy saved through shading and climate moderation
  • $1.24-million from carbon sequestration and emissions avoided through energy savings

The amount of particulate matter removed annually by Toronto’s urban forest is equivalent to the amount released by over one million cars or 100,000 single family homes, the report calculates.- Globe and Mail Continue »