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Eatin’s Canada – April

ESSENCE:

  1. The intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character:
  2. An extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other matter and used for flavouring or scent. (Oxford)

There may in some quarters be a debate about what is the most Canadian food, but here at Eatin’s Canada it is recognized that Maple Syrup is the essence of Canadian spring..and the most Canadian of foods.

This year, given the long and harsh winter, April is the month of the essence, when the warming of the weather allows the sap to run freely, filling buckets with pure liquid, almost like water, but ever so slightly sweet.  JP Campbell returns with part two of the sugarbush story.

Maple Syrup, The Essence of Spring, our feature Food for Thought article takes us from tapping, though the cooking process, to the final product. Later in the month, we’ll be featuring an article on another wonderful essence…Honey, but more on that when it arrives. When time permits, there will also be a follow-up and progress report on the seedlings.

Meanwhile, we have reviews and recipes for your reading and cooking pleasure:

Reviews: GaddAboutEating’s review of West Coast Seeds. For those that have not yet begun their gardens, as I did last month, there is still time to get seeds and start them indoors. Through the month, we’ll also be reviewing some other products and some events, watch for updates.

Recipes: In honour of the season, Gurpreet Chana has created a Canadian version of Gulab Jamun, an Indian classic dessert, using a maple based syrup, rather than a rosewater scented one. Lindiwe Sithole has provided a new Zimbabwean comfort food, Oxtail Stew, and Glen Synoground has returned with a delicious and tempting Crispy Szechuan Chicken recipe.

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Eatin’s Canada – March

The theme for March is: Seeds, Spring, and Promise, so this month’s articles and recipes focus on seeds.

aFennelSMarch is when the plans for the year’s food activities begin, planting the garden and using the first early produce (for those lucky enough to be in a warmer area this year). So, this month’s main Food for Thought feature looks at that.

 

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Labrador Creole Bean Soup – Photo and recipe, GaddAboutEating

Recipes this month feature seeds and beans, we have: GaddAboutEating‘s Labrador Creole Bean Soup, Gurpreet Chana‘s Butter Chicken with Whole Seed Spices, Lindiwe Sithole‘s Zimbabwean style Red Kidney Beans, my own Chai Packets, Sean Gault‘s “Down to a Science Ribs”, and Alison Cole‘s article on Sunflower Seeds, featuring a  recipe by RawRose, Sunflower Seed Hummus.

Convivial01I’ve introduced our Events Calendar and invite you to submit events to it. If you have any issues with that, please message me through the contact form that is also on the page.

 

MexicanVanillaPlantationThere will be more reviews coming, but this months main review is on The Mexican Vanilla Plantation.  This is without exaggeration, the best Vanilla I have ever had. There is an audio interview on the page to listen to as well as the review.

Sugarbush Pails - Photo by JP Campbell
Sugarbush Pails – Photo by JP Campbell

My personal favourite feature this month, is JP Campbell‘s Sugarbush Sugarshack, also the first article to have a voiceover. Eatin’s Canada wants to be inclusive on all levels and this is intended to help the blind and those that have difficulty reading from the screen the opportunity to enjoy the content.

There’s more to come, but that’s all for  now!

Gayle

January – Food for Thought

 Dan Barber’s excellent TED presentation on fish farming looks at the problems of the industry and at a revolutionary fish farm in Spain that could point a new path forward.

Eatin’s Canada supports sustainable food practices, family businesses, cottage industries,  progressive thinking about how we eat, and how we treat what we eat.

Food for Thought presents links to videos and essays about food and how it’s managed and mis-managed in our world. Updated regularly. Come back for more.