Friday, July 18, 2014

Tips for Growing Tomatoes






I thought I would share a few gardening tip blog posts, I am a newly certified master gardener and a very newbie gardener. I am about to embark on a fun learning and volunteer journey in local gardens.   I really want to help in school and community gardens as I adore the link between health and vegetable gardening and inspiring kids to know how food is grown and to experience the joy of tasting food they have grown. My gardening journey was inspired by my wonderful Granddad my hero one of the best people I have ever meet. He passed away last year and I miss him dearly but this keeps his memory alive and shares him with the kids :-)


I have learnt a few tips for tomatoes from trial and error and am still learning here are some pointers:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coffee Milk


When I was in Boston my friend Jennifer who I meet on vine :-) mentioned a drink they have there called coffee milk. Its a syrup they add to milk and drink it like chocolate milk. In fact did you know that this is Rhode Island's state drink it goes back to the 1930's and it can be found ready made in grocery stores next to milk. I asked around on my last day in Boston and no one had heard of it. I then added on the blogs facebook page and had a lovely discussion with folks, Amy shared a recipe. So I figured rather than buy it why not make a little to try. I actually boiled the sugar and milk a little too long so got a coffee toffee :-) I used a little as garnish. It's a fun drink and reminds me of camp coffee a British coffee syrup. This is similar in taste but has chicory in it. My Grandma would add to cakes and icing. 


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brewed coffee
  • one cup of sugar 
  • one cup of milk 
Method

  1. brew the coffee 
  2. then add to a pan with the sugar and let it reduce down about 20 min, be careful not to boil too long like I did as it turns into toffee 
  3. add a little about a teaspoon to milk and stir, the rest can be kept in the fridge for a few days




My hubby thinks I am crazy walking around Boston asking for this then returning home to make it but thats the magic of food blogging to me, finding regional foods and learning food history and culture and sharing it :-)


In other news I passed my gardening exam and am now a Master Gardener super excited to start volunteering in community gardens. My kids love our wee garden and I hope at times to take the kids with me when I volunteer great life lessons.



Have you ever had coffee milk?



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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boston Photo Series

Kings Chapel founded 1686



 
Boston Massachusetts is a vibrant city steeped in History, the downtown is a lovely mix of historic landmarks along with modern buildings. It offers visitors a glimpse into the past and how it shaped our life today. You will also find colorful neighborhoods and great food showcasing different ethnic groups that call Boston home. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Watermelon and Mint Salad




We recently went to Asheville North Carolina one of my favorite cities in the World, lovely countryside and mountains with a buzzing food scene. When we were there we had a simple watermelon salad and I mean simple. Its just watermelon with freshly chopped mint. Chocolate mint works particularly well. If you haven't tried it such a wonderful combination. I often enjoy this as a snack :-) 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Thoughts on Food




I have been tempted to write this post for quite sometime.  Food we all eat it, we enjoy and savor it, food nourishes our bodies and helps us grow. It is also a topic that inspires passionate discussion and debate, mostly online. I am very active online and watch and follow many thought leaders on this topic from amazing chef's using farm fresh and sustainable ingredients. Jonathan Karpathios a chef in Amsterdam I feel hit the nail on the head describing what real food is in his TED talk , love his passion for growing food and working with farmers for his restaurant and eating in season. He's a joy to tweet with also and really cares. 

 Another person I learnt lots from and enjoy tweeting with is Simran Sethi, she is a wonderful person who passionately shares about seeds and biodiversity, agriculture and environmental issues. In our time we are eating a much less diverse diet these graphs give a powerful illustration its amazing how much corn is grown in America for example and its not to eat. 

I am not a farmer just a beginner home gardener inspired by my wonderful Granddad who grew vegetables in his garden all of his adult life. This also inspired me to study to be a master gardener, I am nearly finished with the course and hope to volunteer in school gardens.

Its healthy to ask questions about food - what are GMO's? how was it grown? was it sustainably farmed?  how much pesticides were used?  it is good for us?.. and so on. 

Never be afraid to ask these questions as it shows you care. 

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