Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market

My new column in Peterborough This Week has been launched. As has my My Kawartha (the online version of the newspaper) blog.

Check out my coverage of the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market here.

The weekly market starts this week and runs each Wednesday from 8:30am until 2:00pm.  You can check out their website here.

Added bonus: my blog contains a wonderful Market Greens and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.  It’s a bare bones salad that can be added to as other veggies (or fruits) come into season.

I’ll be interviewing Jillian Bishop, Market Coordinator and adding more coverage later in the week.

noshing at a tweet-up

Farm to Table shares some brunch with Lois Tuffin, Editor in Chief, Peterborough This Week (right) and Fleming College's Alana Callan.

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to have a “tweet-up” with some of my fellow Peterborough foodies.  The event, hosted by global gastronomic enthusiast, Jackie DeKnock, made for a most pleasant Sunday brunch.  I’ll be writing about Jackie in the blog shorty, but, in the meantime, would like to direct you to a look back at the event by my friends at PTBOCANADA.

gnocchi update

Farm to Table reader/friend, Alison Clark writes:

Cake Walk's beet gnocchi.

[The gnocchi] looks good. You should check out cake walk blog online to get a super beet gnocchi recipe. We have made it a couple of times with overgrown garden beets. It freezes well also. Cheers!”

And check i did.  Here’s the link:

Cake Walk tossed hers in lemon and thyme.  While that sounds interesting, I think I might go a different route when I get to beet season.  Beet gnocchi w/capers and crumbled goat cheese.  The peppery mustard taste of capers will contrast nicely with the sweetness of the beet.  The earthiness of goat cheese will envelop these flavours and offer some good texture.  An olive oil base would work.

Thanks, Alison!

smitten kitchen: my favourite cooking blog

let me tell you a little something about my life.

or, rather, let me tell you a bit about the role of fate when it comes to my life.

i am the victim of bad timing.  perpetually.  i’m the guy who plays the same lottery tickets weekly, only to skip a week and have his numbers come up (not true, i don’t play the lottery, but if i did…).  i’m the guy whose favourite hockey team will blow a 3-0 lead the second he puts on his “lucky” hockey jersey (very true, and i apologize to both the montreal canadiens and pittsburgh penguins for this).  back when i was dumb enough to be a regular smoker, i could count on the bus arriving the second i “lit a butt.” every time.

and so it only makes sense that the first day that i finally get the farm to table blog up and running — after a month of false starts, host provider screw ups, domain name mess ups, and some time away from home — instead of a wonderful home-cooked meal, i am having leftovers.  someone else’s leftovers at that.  i mean, don’t get me wrong, i’m very appreciative of my friends for donating me a delicious lasagna, but it makes for a pretty weak food blog. even if most of the ingredients were local. even if it was delicious.

a donation of someone else’s lasagna is hardly the way to start a home cooking website.

so, in order to not disappoint, i offer you this: my favourite food blog. smitten kitchen blends tight writing, a cutely engaging blogger, and a collection of wonderful (if sometimes decadent) into an incredibly readable journal of food discovery.

with almost daily updates and recipes, you can count on new doses of smitten kitchen regularly.

and with that, to the microwave i go.