Witteveen’s Quality Meats first drew me in with the selection of organic and free-range meats. Many counters display local products, but Witteveen’s stood apart as having it all. Organic, free-range, grass-fed, local, AAA and everything in between.
I was looking for a whole chicken to slow-cook when Witteveen’s had the bird I was looking for: organic and free-range from a Mennonite farm. Since then I have bought the majority of my meat products from Witteveen's, always looking forward to a new recommendation. I have enjoyed their organic chicken, antibiotic and hormone-free pork, grass-fed beef, delicious hand-made kabobs and many products in between. Upon deciding to begin a series on my favourite St Lawrence Market vendors, I knew I wanted to start here - with meat, with Witteveen.
We were stunned to see the two huge males going after each other! They ran through the brush, parallel to us, and we could hear their thundering feet pounding the earth and their guttural, prehistoric sounds. Suddenly, before we could register what was happening, the white rhino shot out of the bushes running head first, straight towards us.
So why do I eat the way I eat? Why don't I lie and just tell people I'm vegetarian? Why do I eat what's put in front of me sometimes, but not others? And why, dear reader, should you care? Well if it helps, I care how YOU eat. Your food choices impact your world, my world and the world we share.
Everything will run a little late. Factor this in and don't stress!
Make the schedule for the ceremony onward. Now make a second schedule with everything running half an hour late. Now do it again with everything running an hour late. Somewhere in between these three schedules will be your reality. Be ok with it.
Also, an update to the winner of "A Tale of Three Corns"!
At the cottage this weekend, and with the guidance of Douglas the omnivore, I present our recipe for a stupidly good barbecued baked potato!
Salt & Pepper
1. Poke holes in the potato all over with a fork.
2. Optional: Microwave for 5-15 minutes. This will speed up the cooking time if you're in a hurry.
3. Roast potato bare on a medium or medium/low grill. Cover and cook for up to an hour, checking and rotating every 10-15 min.
4. Remove from BBQ once the skin is well-cooked to your taste. Ours felt pretty hard and crusty and I was a little skeptical...until I jabbed a fork in the potato and revealed fluffy goodness on the inside!
5. Cut the "hat" or "lid" off the potato. Long-ways, about 1/5th thick.
6. Scoop out the insides and mix in a bowl with way too much butter and sour cream. Add salt and pepper.
7. Put the potato mixture back in the potato skin and top with green onions, som...
Journal entries and photos tell the story of our journey through Northern India and Nepal.
Delhi to Kathmandu with G Adventures.
Part Two: Orccha, Varanasi
The bus dropped us off at the train station around 8am. It wasn't as crazy as I expected. Fairly calm, actually. It was a little dated and grimy. It's here that I realized a strange Indian phenomena: people are constantly cleaning, and yet everything is still grimy. At the station there were people power-washing the rails and sweeping and mopping the floor - but it seemed only to make the place dirtier. Like people sweeping the filthy streets - only the garbage never goes away.
The train was nice at first glance [...] But after you sat down you realize the caked-on grime on almost everything. Another conundrum is that the train is grimy and the tickets unbelievably cheap, and yet the service is highly prioritized. A guy came along and gee us all 1-litre water bottles. Then they collected all the garbage, then brought around free breakfa...
Or, Three Latin American-Inspired BBQ Corn Recipes
Why make one flavour of BBQ corn when you can make three? Here are three super simple recipes I put together for dinner last night. I served the corn in bowls so us and our dinner guest could sample them all: Achiote/Black Pepper, Lime/Rock Salt, Chipotle/Cheese. Which one was our favourite flavour? Read on!
local corn on the cob
achiote (annatto) infused oil*
organic feta cheese (I used goat's milk)
chipotle hot sauce
*I have a container of olive oil and achiote seeds in the cupboard. You could use olive oil and achiote powder.
1. Peel back husk of the corn and remove the silk.
2. Soak corn in cold water for 15-20 mins. I used my (clean) sink, filled with enough water to cover the corn.
3. Remove and shake off excess water.
4. Pull back the husk and add toppings (see below).
5. Wrap up all the ears of corn back into their husks. Option to wrap in 1 layer of tin foil as well.
Don't Recreate Trending Photos - Capture Your Moments
Magazine, Pinterest, social media, the internet...as a bride or groom to be it's to get sucked in. It's easy to find trending wedding photos and add them to you "shot list" or your "wedding photography" board. It's easy to expect your wedding photos to turn out similarly and for your wedding photographer to be able to recreate those gauzy shots.
Reality check: You will never recreate those photos. Why? Because that was an authentic moment in a stranger's wedding. (Actually more often than not, it's models posed for a photographer's portfolio). Don't get me worn, we prioritized photography highly in our wedding.
That said, we did not prioritize posed or staged photos. We took no extra time to do couples shots. We did not do a first look. We kept the family photos to a time-crunched minimum. Do we wish we had more posed photos? Do we regret not doing a first look?
Or, How I Redid my Front Hall Closet for (Basically) Free
Step One: Take it All Out!
Take everything out of your closet including any shelving and rods. Purge any items you don't wear and throw out old or flimsy hangers.
Tip: Seasonal Items
Get large seasonal items out of the closet if you can. I store our winter boots in a plastic storage box at the back of our bedroom closet. In the winter the boots come out and our summer clothes go in. Our winter coats hang at the very far end of our bedroom closet when not in use.
Step Two: Clean
Wipe down the walls, dust, vacuum and wash the floor, clean the baseboards. A clean slate!
Tip: I wash my floors with water, a drop of dish soap, a splash of white vinegar and a few drops of citrus essential oil.
Step Three: Paint
An easy way to go is to paint the ceiling and walls one colour - it's just a closet after all. A low-lustre paint is best in a light, neutral colour. If you paint it white then go ahead and use the same pai...
Well another ShApril has come and gone, and rather quickly! This was a ShApril I had anxiety going into. I experienced changes I wasn't ready to admit to myself. And mostly, it gave me my high school body and energy back.
Like I've said I decided to do a dry month for ShApril 2016. My last drink was on my flight back from India and Nepal on March 28th. Thirty-four days without alcohol is definitely a record for me since I was about nineteen. I've already spoken about the changes in the first two weeks without booze: mostly sleep quality and energy levels.
The second fortnight without booze reminds me of when I went vegetarian in January 2014 - I feel lighter in my body, more energized from the moment I get up. Easier to multi-task and productivity through the roof. What I didn't anticipate was that I would regress so hard to my high-school-era energy levels, body measurements and weight. Is the correct term regress? Or is that my true body balance, a...