Archive for July, 2011

project 365: week thirty: July 23rd, 2011 – July 29th, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
July 23rd, 2011 Collecting some chive seeds.
July 24th, 2011 Rebecca tries to catch some baby bass.
July 25th, 2011 Rebecca picks thimbleberries and raspberries for making jam in the rain.
July 26th, 2011 Watercolour painting with Christine in the porch.
July 27th, 2011 We made a quick trip to Furnace Falls for a little wading. Check out Ontario Waterfalls on facebook and twitter for details.
July 28th, 2011 Milk Monster Vs the Zucchini!
July 29th, 2011 Rain at the cottage brings a gazillion handsome frogs!

summertime bbq grilled sweet corn on the cob

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Sweet Corn is just coming into season here in Ontario.  A little late because of our cold wet spring but it seems that the recent heat wave is helping out.  Our favourite way to prepare a cob of corn is to grill it on the bbq.  It’s really very easy and keeps you from steaming up your kitchen in this heat.

You’ll need some fresh ears of corn, some lemon juice, butter and salt and pepper.

Peel off the outer husks, any dry silk, peel back the remaining husk and silk a bit to let the water in and then soak the cobs in some lemony water for about 20 minutes.  

With your grill preheated to at least 375c, throw on your wet corn for 15 minutes. You can roll it around a bit but it really doesn’t matter. When the rest of your meal is almost done, peel off some or all of the husk and grill it for another few minutes. This will give you the nice grill marks on your perfectly steamed-in-the-husk corn.

Serve with butter and salt and pepper to taste.

I always do one extra cob to use on a salad or in another meal like

Kinmount Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

As the last stop on our month long road trip, we are cottaging (cottage is a verb in Canada) near Kinmount Ontario.  Normally we bring all our groceries from Toronto but because we’ve been away that just wasn’t possible this year.

What a pleasant surprise to find most of what we need at the the local farmer’s market.  I say surprise because we visit Catherine’s cottage every year and visited this market years ago and honestly it was the worst market Catherine and I had ever seen.  I think there were some pickled eggs and hats from Nepal and that was about it.

Looks like they’ve figured things out though as there was all sorts of gorgeous Ontario produce, a full selection of organic and naturally raised meats, heavenly baked goods, preserves, the works.  We actually don’t need to go to the grocery store at all.

A fantastic selection of greens from Hunter Creek Ranch in neighbouring Minden Ontario.  These greens came with a pleasant conversation about how I’m going to deal with 14 acres next year.  

We got home to the cottage just in time for lunch.  I made this arugula basil oregano pesto yesterday and we’ve been carrying these cheese around since New Brunswick otherwise it’s entirely from the market.

I mean look at this onion from Lazy B Farms in Omemee Ontario.  Its gorgeous, and made the best sandwiches.

Now excuse me, its time to jump in the lake!

project 365: week twenty nine: July 16th, 2011 – July 22nd, 2011

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

July 16th, 2011 Rebecca and I on the porch of my Great Grandmother’s house in Oak Point New Brunswick along the St John River Valley.  The house has certainly seen better days.

July 17th, 2011 Family portrait in front of the Oak Point light house taken by Rebecca’s 11 year old 3rd cousin Alexander.

July 18th, 2011 Grammy Clark’s apple tree.

July 19th, 2011 A visit to our barn and Almerinda’s farm in Conscecon Ontario.

July 20th, 2011 Harvesting fingerling potatoes for dinner at the farm.

July 21st, 2011 Home in Toronto for 24 hours so we harvested a bag of our potatoes. It’s clearly too early but check out those Russian Blues.

July 22nd, 2011 Eating yesterday’s potatoes along with some perfect Ontario mushrooms and shallots at the cottage in Haliburton Ontario.

Wordless Wednesday: Quinoa & Beet Salad

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This isn’t a recipe because its so easy you don’t need one.

Boil up some beets, the more colours the better. Peel and chop them up.

Add them to some quinao and a can of chickpeas with a little dressing, what ever you have in the fridge is just perfect.

delicious! and as it sits the quinoa will turn pink!