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!
UBC’s Food Services ran a competition for nutrition month searching for a recipe that would be featured in the dining areas on campus for Meatless Mondays. I entered my Lentil Sloppy Joe recipe and it was chosen from over 70 recipes to be featured this summer and into the fall. I had the opportunity to work with UBC’s executive head chef David Speight to perfect my recipe. Continue reading
I have never made a new years resolution before. This year I have a goal I have been thinking about for a while. I would like to reduce the amount of food I waste. Specifically for the month of January I would like to have zero waste of useable food in my kitchen. My university and residence is lucky to have composting facilitates. This allows me to compost any vegetable or fruit scraps that I have. However composting useable food should only be a last resort before the landfill – we really should be eating this food! So many Canadians do not have enough food to eat, yet we waste so much!
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.
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