The Halifax Community is Hungry for Canning and Preserving Skills: What are you craving?

Check this out for 2 reasons: 1) You’re a Haligonian (or within driving distance of the HRM) and you’re interested in learning more about food, and 2) the cranberry apple chutney recipe looks awesome.

Adventures in Local Food

The Halifax community is hungry for canning and preserving skills and we want to know what sorts of skills you’re looking for.

The Ecology Action Centre has a long history of offering food and gardening skills training to Nova Scotians. We’ve found this to be a valuable way to build community and increase interest in local food. But with all of the new local food projects emerging, we’ve recently made our interventions in the community a little more targeted. We’ve done so by partnering with community service organizations that address the needs of low-income communities, New Canadians and other groups who struggle with food insecurity issues. As you may have seen in other blog posts, we’re also working closely with children and youth in our school system.

We believe very strongly in the work we do to support vulnerable communities, but in shifting our focus to target communities, we…

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Winter Market Salad time!

I realize that this post title is perhaps just a little bit early, but if you live in the Northern Hemisphere and you're like me, you've already started to dig into all those lovely vegetables you'll be eating all winter--carrots, squash, potatoes, brussels sprouts, turnips, and beets. There's not much variation on "fresh" and local vegetables during the... Continue Reading →

{recipe} Upside-down Maple Apple Tart

(Ok, after blogging earlier this afternoon about apples, this looked too good not to share! What are your favourite apple recipes?)

from scratch club

Growing up in Brazil, I gleaned with my family for food post harvest, scouring the countryside for fruits and vegetable that might otherwise go to waste. As a cook and an artist, I find the act of gleaning carries into my work: I don’t want to waste anything. So this season it has been the story of apples. They have been so abundant this year and so I have made sauce for festivals, fruit lather, canned, juiced and dried them. I made hand pies and apple pies. For my husband’s birthday he requested, a “Tarte Tatin” and here a simple delicious version of this apple upside down tart that uses all those “not so perfect”, but full of flavor apples you may find rolling down the streets.

photo2 gleaned apples

One of my favorite quotes from Agnès Varda documentary “The Gleaners and I”:

“I like the idea that one hand would be always…

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The taste of Liberty

Hey Friends, It's been awhile since I've posted anything--I was hoping to do a tour of our mostly local Thanksgiving feast last weekend, but it didn't happen. Mostly because I swore a lot at the turkey and the turkey roasting pan trying to get it into the oven on time for the rest of the... Continue Reading →

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