Sunday, 1 April 2012

It Can Be Hard Eating Local!

We really try hard to eat local beginning with our neighbouring farms and moving out to nearby towns, the Durham Region, the Province of Ontario and then to Canada as a whole.  Seasonal foods in the winter are some of our favourites but by the end of the winter months we really begin to miss fresh green vegetables.  Our neighbourhood grocery store had beautiful thin asparagus spears and I couldn't resist even though they were grown in the USA.  A few days ago we had half of the bunch lightly steamed and ate them with our fingers.  Wow!  They were so good!  As the spring season has begun it's time to start clearing out our pantry and using up our stores.  While I was looking through the cupboard I found a package of hand-made mixed vegetable Pappardelle noodles that we bought during one of our summer drives and a can of Carnation Thick Cream (more on that).  Ontario brown mushrooms, local shallots, vegetable stock, Bisto, salt, pepper and cumin turned into this creamy goodness but the best part were the asparagus spears added at the very end.  A very cold Creemore Spring Lager went well with the earthy mushrooms, cumin and delicate asparagus. 

A great dinner for celebrating Earth Hour!

We really try to avoid canned food choosing fresh, frozen or dried if possible but a few staples help make cooking much easier.  The odd can of black beans, chick peas, vegetarian chili and brown beans make quick and easy meals from burgers to salads to lazy night dinners.  One of my new additions to my pantry is Carnation Thick Cream.  We don't often have cream in the fridge, except for 5% cream for coffee :)  I've only ever used it in savoury meals but the label says it's good for topping berries or desserts.  It mixes in really well and a little goes a long way.  
What are you looking forward to Spring bringing?

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