The Week That Was And Is – May 12th, 2010

I’m hoping our recent mix of wet, heavy snow will provide ample water for my recently planted vegetables. I still have a few more things to plant for year two, but I’m on my way. Last year, I grew beets, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, green peppers, and a spicy pepper. Any thoughts for something interesting/different. Have you grown broccoli or cauliflower before..was it hard?

  • Vue Weekly’s Gold Fork Awards have been handed out. With over 5000 entries, how do you think things went?
  • Food Network Canada is looking for budding chefs who would like to compete in our very own version of Top Chef. Hosted by Chef/Owner/Business man Mark McEwan, I hope the show is able to add a slight Canadian twist to the well developed plot. Feel like throwing your hat in the pile? You have until the middle of June (14th) and you can apply online here.
  • Don’t forget about Indulgence 2010. I know a few of us had originally stated the end of March for when tickets would be made available, but it was actually the end of April. Tickets are $50, available through the Junior League of Edmonton, 433- 9739.
  • A topic that came up on the Prairie section of Chowhound recently was the quest for proper Montreal smoked meat sandwiches. I know that we don’t have the demand or volume for a deli or restaurant to keep whole sections of meat steaming and warm, but if anyone can toss out a few suggestions for something close, I’d be willing to check things out. Dahlia’s, The Steak Out, and Botanica are a few of the suggestions so far…..
  • Speaking of things I’d like to do. I’ve really enjoyed putting my first two videos together, so if anyone has a suggestion, restaurant, recipe or idea that they would like to see come to life, let me know. I’ll do what I can to try and make it happen!
  • I stumbled onto an interesting article on CNN titled, Food 101: Seeking Clues in the Kitchen. I’ve always hoped that, besides getting back to basics, people will one day want to learn and discover more about food. The article talks about a food blogger who can’t cook, and I’ll step up to the plate and say, I’ve always thought it’s important for those who write about food to at least know the basics. You don’t have to be a chef, but if you are going to step into a restaurant and complain about an omelet, I pray that you’ve made one at home. We don’t want to become the generation that says, Cooking dinner? There’s a app for that, do we….
  • Ever wished you could hit up the BC Spot Prawn festival? If so, check out Kim’s post which is beautiful and might just fill the void until you get a chance to be there in person.
  • How about this for an amazing, and simple, concept; want kids to eat their vegetables….get them to grow a garden!
  • It’s hard to tell what exciting things might be happening at Elm Cafe with the brown paper and all, but I have a feeling that it’s a good thing as it will make the opening a little more exciting. I can’t wait!!

  • Peter Reinhart was in our city recently. If you don’t know that name, don’t feel bad. For me though, I almost lost my sh*t knowing one of the best bread men in the world was teaching a few classes. I know I’m not a culinary student, but as one of the few people who will actually conquer the year-long Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, I would have loved to pick his brain! #missedopportunity. Speaking of the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. Last Friday saw the deliver of this exciting baggie of goodness. Courtesy of a fellow, and very kind, BBA participant, I’m hoping to document the process of bringing this sourdough to life. Wish me luck!

  • Kicking the breakfast routine up a notch or two, I tossed some kimchi into my pan of scrambled eggs. Yum!

  • Another week without No Reservations, but it’s OK because Andrew Zimmern has stepped up the game in Bizarre Foods. This week; Andrew travels to rugged Mongolia, where living off the land is part of the country’s nomadic tradition. He eats foods prepared in ways he’s never seen before from a blowtorch barbecue to an animal carcass oven. Crazy!

6 thoughts on “The Week That Was And Is – May 12th, 2010

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! Now, if you want to give the spot prawns a try in BC, the “season” ends in a couple of weeks, namely, beginning of July.

  2. consider it a draw. one point to eating is the hard part for getting will i am “I’ve got a feeling…” stuck in my head, one point to elm cafe for intrigue/curiosity.

  3. So sorry that the meet up with Peter Reinhart didn’t happen so close and yet so far. I hope the sourdough starter is a winner nothing beats a good sourdough bread !

  4. Sorry to hear you didn’t connect with Peter Reinhart. I heard on Friday that Diane recently left NAIT, and I mentioned to her replacement that it would have been good to have invited you. Maybe next time, eh?
    BTW, did you see @ACanadianFoodie’s grand adventure with Red Fife Wheat?

    • I was unaware of that. I hope that her replacement stays active with the local food community. As Valerie’s posts are quit in-depth, I did a have a quick peek at Valerie’s post, but I still have to go back and fully absorb the post.

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