Archive for October, 2010

A day well spent (with the 25 pound Ladybug)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

After sleeping in a bit this morning, we eventually made our way across the city to the Wychwood Art Barns for their last outdoor farmer’s market of the year.  We made it to our regular market at East Lynne Park earlier this week (taking Foodland Ontario with us for good measure) so this was mostly a social visit to see our fellow foodies Shana (of Folksgottaeat) and Glenn along with their hounds.



Doesn’t everyone exchange preserves when they see each other? Some Beets, onions, and dill slices, for dill spears and some Barbara Squash Seeds.




Mini donuts from Sugar Mamma‘s.


So good we had 2 dozen.


Made with coconut oil so Rebecca tasted her first donut and promptly asked for one for each hand. 


A ladybug in the children’s garden.


Mushrooms from a man who was loudly talking about “spreading the gospel of
fungi”.


I have already turned this kale into kale chips and eaten most of them.



The art barns are converted from the old street car barns.  A very cool urban renewal project.


Amazing sandwiches from the amazing stop community food centre. Frittata, blue potato, nasturtium pesto, sausage for the meat eaters.


Good things grow in Ontario.


I think this may be the best playground in the city. Poor ladybug has gotten caught in a spiderweb.

Real Food Recipe: Heavenly Baked Beans

Friday, October 29th, 2010
We have always been relatively healthy eaters but everybody has their vices, mine is canned beans. Due to the baby’s soy allergy/intolerance, our participation in the Nestle boycott,and the desire to eat more whole foods we’ve been making things from scratch.  There is little as satisfying as taking an over processed comfort/junk food and using it as inspiration for a delicious meal.
Baked Beans are very easy in a Crockpot but do take a long time.  It sure is worth it, as is all the sugar (I didn’t say this was health food).  They also freeze well.
1 lb of beans (if I can find solider beans I use those, generally I use navy beans)
1 large peeled onion studded with 3 cloves
enough water to cover beans
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of molasses
¼ cup of maple syrup
2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
½ tsp of salt
1/8 tsp of ground pepper
2 tsp dried mustard
1/2 cup of butter (or vegan or carnivore fat of your choice)
Rinse your beans under cold water.  Cover with water and soak overnight/all day.  This soaking helps soften up the beans and starts the germination process which helps you digest them.
Twenty four hours later, drain and rinse the beans really well.
Toss any split beans, loose skins or generally ugly beans in the compost.
Throw them in your Crockpot/slow cooker with the clove studded onion.

 

Add all your ingredients in no particular order.  Stir around a bit.

 

 

Turn the Crockpot on high and start cooking them for a full work day.  I have let them cook for as long as 20 hours, starting on low and turning them up to high for the last 8 hours or so if that’s how the timing works out.  I know it’s a little excessive, but they really are delicious and the smell of molasses filling your house is spectacular.  Check them a few times, if the liquid has reduced too much, add a little water, if the beans seem close to ready and they’re too wet, take the lid off for a bit.  Pull out the onion bits before serving.

Although the cooking time is long, the amount of work is minimal, probably 5 minutes worth of actual labour.
I like to eat them with mustard and toast which I hear this is an East Coast thing.  I think I need to go have some right now…

Wordless Wednesday: The Great Pumpkin Hat

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

We have a new hat, a 14 month old and a new camera. So we went for a walk in the Glen Stewart Ravine in the Toronto Beach.  Therefore 302 photographs were taken in under an hour.

The fabulous pumpkin hat is from a great Canadian Etsy Seller, Cutie Patootees out of Kingston, Ontario and I think everybody needs one.

Something wonderful came in the mail: A felt carrot

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
Rebecca has recently really started playing with her little wooden stove, she especially likes it when a cat hangs out inside the oven.
So for Christmas we have started collecting some nice felt food from etsy to go with the stove.  I’m thinking about building her a little sink too.  This week a lovely carrot from ettarose showed up.  Hand stitched and made of wool felt, its truly eco-friendly and also very cute. I cannot wait to give it to her as carrots are her absolute favourite.
Etta was also kind enough to send us a felt barrette and it seems we have just enough hair to use it.  She loves it.  I think I’m going to combine the two and order a felt carrot barrette for her next.  Poor baby, when your mother is a vegetable gardener, you have to wear carrots in your hair.

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Almost the Last Harvest of the year

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Here are the left overs from cleaning up the front yard garden; a few cucumbers including one little crystal apple cucumber and a ton of mainly-green tomatoes.  I’ll keep them around for a few days to admire, we’ll see what else ripens, then I’m going to try some of Gayla’s Roasted Green Tomatoes.
After all that yard work, we had a nice lunch, baby-led weaning style, with the new unsmashable kinderville cup.
This last photo is of mystery squash that grew in my mother’s compost. Any ideas as to what it could be?