From the City to the Land

a cook's journey

Living with Food in the Moment

As my journey through life takes me on a series of ups and downs there remains some moments of clarity and balance. These moments may only last for an instant but in them I could spend an eternity. This happens when I am fully engaged in working hands on with food from the seed to the table. I feel that… Read more →

Cakes made in a pan

There are so many ways to enjoy the deliciousness of the season. There are also many ways to take a new approach to familiar foods. Cooking a batter in a pan is a good place to start. Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast, they can be turned into a delicious accompaniment to a savoury dinner or be the foundation of a… Read more →

The Deliciousness of Fermentation

A rewarding pastime of mine that I started exploring over the last several years has been learning about fermentation. The journey and exploration has resulted in many delicious pickles, vinegars and other preserves. It is the continual learning and lessons in patience that keeps me engaged. The basic idea of of fermentation is that there is some transformation of food… Read more →

Good minds meet over good food

Last week I had the pleasure of cooking for a group of professionals that were meeting to discuss the student nutrition programming at Six Nations schools. Inspired by what they were talking about I prepared a menu that I feel reflected the content of their discussion. I hope the locally grown food helped root their aspirations in love of life… Read more →

Summer Squash

Markets are filling up with summer favourites like sweet corn, all sorts of berries and more. I feel an often underappreciated vegetable group is the summer squash. A few varieties that fall into this category are crookneck, scallop (patty pan) squash, marrow and zucchini. These underappreciated vegetables are great at any stage of their growth. As they grow they will… Read more →

Always Learning

Every time I have the opportunity to work with youth of all ages I am reminded that there is something to learn in every interaction. I appreciate that they offer humble reminders of what it means to keep a good mind in everything I do. When learning with youth, I often find myself facilitating an introduction to new foods. Sometimes… Read more →

Fresh Peas

Last Wednesdays event at the Our Sustenance greenhouse marked the end of the most recent instalment of Healthy Roots. I was asked to prepare some tasty seasonal food for the event. Even with the unseasonal amount of rain we’ve been having there were still a lot of fresh local ingredients to cook with. It was a perfect opportunity to showcase… Read more →

Garlic Scapes

I am fond of this time of year for many reasons. The most recent reason I’ve added to the list is harvesting the scapes from fall planted garlic. This is the second growing season that I’ve participated in growing more than I could in a typical home garden. The scapes are the young, tender stocks of hardneck varieties of garlic.… Read more →

It’s Strawberry Time Again

It was nearly two years ago that I woke up and realized I had the confidence to make a change in my life. It was time to start a journey to authentically connect with the land by engaging in meaningful reciprocal relationships with food and community. This happened during strawberry season when I was doing the ordering for the restaurant… Read more →

Growing Together

I have a habit of taking on too much. I have a hard time saying no and I occasionally don’t ask for help when I need it. Each time I extend myself beyond what I’m capable of I get better at being able to set realistic boundaries for myself and my capabilities. The lessons learned and reinforced is you can’t… Read more →