• 100-Mile Food,  Recipe,  Recipes

    Kombucha Brewing for Beginners

    Kombucha is way cooler than it used to be. Trust me. I know. Kombucha and I have a complicated relationship that began tumultuously about 25 years ago. I am of firm belief that my Mum was one of the primary fore-bearers of the hipster movement. As children, my brother and I woke up each morning to a bowl of steaming oatmeal, chased down with a glass of prune juice. (To keep us regular.) Washed down by another glass of stinging nettle tea. (To cleanse our blood.) Ceremoniously followed by a large glass of homemade kombucha. (To fortify us with energy and vitamin B.) It was the liquid breakfast of champions.…

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    Strawberry Chia Jam

    Last summer I went on a strawberry-picking frenzy. Because we had committed to only eating local food for the next year, that meant that once strawberry season was over, it was OVER. No little plastic clamshell grocery-store strawberries. Not even one. And for those of you who call southwestern Ontario home, you know that strawberry season is a mere 2-4 week blip in the annual summer calendar. So, I did what any strawberry-loving, local-eating person would do – and spent almost $350 in picking fresh strawberries. Since then, I have realized that we could likely have spent maybe $200 on strawberries for the year instead. Three-fifty was a little generous…

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    Homemade White Bread Recipe

    Do you have a food that takes you back to your childhood with just a single whiff? Truth be told, I have many “whiffs” that transport me back in time, but probably the aroma of freshly baked bread is one of the most nostalgic for me. As a kid, my Mom highly encouraged my brother and me to join her in the kitchen. This meant that her kitchen was always slightly teetering on the edge of disaster, but was also one of the most magical places in the world. When I was little, being allowed to “punch down the bread dough” was pretty much the epitome of fun to be…

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    Vegetarian Tempeh Chili

    This time of year usually has me starting to crave fresh salads and anything bbq’d. However, April has been unusually cold in this corner of Ontario, meaning soup (and chili) season is still in full force. Additionally, trips to the grocery store are anything but pleasant due to COVID-19. So more often than not, I’m digging through my pantry and freezer to rustle up a meal from what we already have on hand. Consequently, the origins of this recipe are found upon chilly Canadian temperatures and the COVID crisis. For those of you who have been following along with our 100-Mile Food Journey, this recipe includes one of our new…

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    Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

    Friday nights are sacred in our house. We very rarely make plans….and since we’re literally in lockdown (thank you, COVID-19), we really don’t make plans. As part of our family rhythm, every Friday is Feddema Family Fun Night (we don’t like alliteration at all…), where all four of us hunker down with homemade pizza and our favourite kid-friendly movie. Prior to our 100-Mile Local Food Journey, it wasn’t uncommon for us to order pizza in for movie night. Unfortunately, Domino’s Pizza doesn’t specialize in sourcing local ingredients. So homemade pizza was the answer to our predicament. Over the past number of months, I have had many Friday nights to perfect…

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    An Ode to Winter from an Obsessive Gardener’s Perspective

    Remember how I was longing for the quiet of the winter months when I was knee-deep in canning jars and produce-laden wicker baskets? How I was looking forward to putting my feet up and reaping the literal fruits of our labours? Well, we are up to our eyeballs in snow and more is on it’s way. The desolate, cold, blustery winter months in Canada have descended upon us….and I couldn’t be happier. Winter may just be my new favourite season. Turns out there is nothing better than sitting in a warm house on a cold day, eating fruit salad (from our copious amounts of fruit that we froze during the…

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    A Harvest-Time Confession

    I do realize that it’s been over two months since I’ve posted anything. Meaning, in the course of our one-year journey towards local eating, almost a quarter of the year has been swallowed up in the black hole, mind-numbing abyss called harvest time. What started as an idealistic, Utopian induced “adventure” has quickly spiraled into a full-time job. Harvest time is not for the faint of heart. I spend most of my days blanching, freezing, peeling, dehydrating, slicing, canning, fermenting, and wistfully daydreaming of white snowy landscapes devoid of any form of work-inducing vegetation. It’s true. I’m pining for winter, my full pantry and the hours that I’ll be able to devote to…

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    Putting Up Peas: a.k.a. Food Preservation Brings Out My Inner Bear

    Yesterday was probably the most unglamorous day thus far on our local food journey. For five hours, I shelled, stemmed, blanched and froze a half bushel of peas and a half bushel of beans. Mundane doesn’t even begin to describe the longest five hours of my life. I get that I could have waited until Jeff came home to enlist his help but unfortunately I read somewhere that peas continue to ripen after they’ve been picked. Since I had purchased these peas 24 hours prior and realistically had no idea of when they’d actually been plucked from the vine, I figured that I was already behind the eight ball. I…

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    Camping and Local Food: aka “What Have We Done?!”

    Almost two weeks in and now I’m beginning to wonder what we signed ourselves up for. We leave for camping tomorrow with some of our closest friends. While I’m looking forward to most everything camping entails – hiking, long hours at the beach, campfires, bikes rides, reading, being totally unplugged – I am not looking forward to eating while camping. Or more specifically, eating local while camping.  In the past, food was one of the last things that I worried about while camping. Anyone with young kids can attest to the fact that camping (specifically, tent camping) is not relaxing. So, in my world, one way to minimize stress while camping was…

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    Week One: The Feddema’s 100-Mile Local Food Journey

    We’re almost one week into our 100-Mile Food Journey and it’s been rather dull. Maybe my expectations were a little too high. I was expecting this week to be overwhelmingly pivotal: feelings would range from excitement to tearing my hair out in desperation. But in reality, not much has changed. It’s all been rather anti-climactic. Realistically, transitioning our food over to strictly local food does not happen overnight. The sad truth is that we have enough food stored up in our pantry to eat like non-locals for likely a month. The even sadder thing? If we hadn’t pledged to eat local food for the next year, I’d likely be standing…