Journey of a Wandering Foodie

A Dietetic Student's Adventures

Tag: Local

Fall Pumpkin Pasta Recipe

I’m a big of fan of fall – fall leaves, blanket scarves and pumpkin! While I am not a  pumpkin spice latte kind of girl, I do love baking with pumpkin during the fall. However, I wanted to try using pumpkin in a savoury dish so I experimented making a pumpkin pasta sauce. I made this pumpkin pasta on a whim as I had lots of leftover ingredients in my fridge I needed to use up! What else would you do with half a can of pumpkin puree, a quarter container of cream cheese and some chicken stock? 

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Meat Alternative: Crickets?

In a few of my classes I was given the opportunity to try crickets in various foods. While I was not opposed to the idea I couldn’t get my head around the crunch, the texture and the look. Fast forward to the past few months ago when I discovered cricket based protein bars and powders. For me this is a sustainable meat alternative with a smaller environmental impact! I wanted to try a few different brands to see if I liked them and if could get my head around the thought of eating crickets. Keep reading to hear my thoughts! 

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Rhubarb, Strawberry & Yogurt Popsicles

Rhubarb is a fruit I remember picking in my yard, and throughout my neighbourhood growing up. At some point the rhubarb plant in our yard disappeared and rhubarb disappeared from my summer diet. I forgot about it until I was in Germany last June and saw it for sale at a farmer’s market. This year I knew I wanted to buy some local rhubarb and incorporate it into some recipes! 

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February Oatbox Review

The February Oatbox was my favourite combination of granola blends I have tried so far from Oatbox. It featured the following two blends; Oat Crunch and Cherry Granola and Raspberry, Wild Blueberry & White Chocolate Granola. 

OatBox sends out two 380g bags of granola in their two monthly featured flavours each month. It costs $20 a month, including taxes and shipping. You can preview the flavours and ingredients and have the option to swap out a bag with one of their regular granola blends. They also offer certified gluten-free granola blends.  Oatbox provides flexibility by allowing you to skip boxes if you don’t need more granola. In your first box you get a cute little glass container to take your granola on the go with you! Check out my December review to see what you receive in your first month! Take note that you will receive the monthly featured flavours not the December flavours I received. 

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OatBox December Review

I have always loved getting packages in the mail. I also have a love for oats. Overnight oats, or just be eating granola by the handful is one of my favourite breakfasts and snacks. OatBox combines those loves and I couldn’t be happier with my first box!  Car2Go offered their members a free box as a holiday gift I couldn’t pass this opportunity up. I am so happy with this box I have continued my subscription and am receiving another box mid January! 

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Rustic Roots: Reconnecting with Food

My faculty recently held our annual community dinner. The theme this year was Rustic Roots, and each of the five courses included a personal story about reconnecting to our food. My classmates and friends spoke about their connections with food. Everyone’s story about connecting to the roots of their food was different. Some people’s stories involved catching fish with their family, others involved the creative side to food, and some stories were about the connections we make eating as a family. Their stories inspired me to further explore my story and the connections I have with my food. 

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The Dark Table Review

 

The Dark Table is a restaurant in Kitsilano that allows you to experience dining in the dark. I had heard great things of the Dark Table before but never had the opportunity to visit. My mother was visiting and we decided this would be a fun choice for dinner. We did not make a reservation, which I would recommend, but after waiting for about 20 minutes they were able to fit us in due to a cancellation.

You are given the menu outside where you can make your choices for your beverages, starters, mains and deserts. They have two pricing options; a starter, main and desert for $39, or you choice of a main and either a starter or a desert for $33. The starters and deserts are a surprise dish but for the main you have a choice out of five dishes. I chose the goat cheese and date stuffed chicken with roast potatoes while my mother chose the fresh ravioli with jalapeno and rosemary cream sauce. Before you enter you are asked to turn off your cellphone to ensure the space remains completely dark. Continue reading

U-Pick Berries in BC

One of my favorite summer activities is picking berries. Whether it is picking raspberries from my neighbours yard, picking huckleberries on hikes with my family, or visiting a U-Pick blueberry farm I can’t get enough of this summer delight. While summer is coming to an end, I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to use U-Pick berries to inspire berry picking for next summer. Continue reading