Last Wednesday, June 19, 2013, due to the fact that I was able to cook Siomai (at around 1 am in the morning for my husband’s lunch) for tomorrow, worked 6.5 hours for a side-line and then headed to Edmonds Community School by bus (for the first time) to volunteer for another Burnaby Food First
hands-on workshop (Thank you dear path-finder ^^,) I felt very, very productive.
From 6-8pm, we joined the savvy Andrea Potter- a Red Seal chef and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist-and learned how to make pickled foods using fermentation.
I thought it was great!
We talked about how fermentation (more commonly known as “pickling”) traces its roots way way back in time!
From the Korean “Kimchi” to the Japanese miso soup, Greek yogurts and classic Hamburger pickles, it sure has a special place in our palates.
It is also good to know that the “probiotics” in these pickled foods not only are good for your digestive system but they also fight off germs and viruses.
After our mini lecture, we then proceeded to our ‘hands-on session’.
Who knew that you can make your own pickled veggies?
Sofi “smile” (=
Organic Carrots and Radishes
Trying to cut the kohlrabi as “safe” as I possibly can
Looks like “alien” to me ^^p
Andrea explaining the science behind fermentation
Rebekah looking super happy with all her pickled Veggies (=
Yup yup yup! We had take home samples!
Thank you for the fresh local kohlrabi, carrots and radishes Urban Digs Farm
In about 2 weeks or so…
we will see how these “pickled” veggies turn out (=
Joseph and I have zero experience in gardening.
(Well, I guess Joseph has about 2% edge-due to his plant-watering skills way back when) but in my case, okay…let me explain…The thing is…I’ve always had an aversion to frogs. The mere thought of them jumping out from a hole whenever I start digging the soil makes me cringe!
Mr. Alex Mc Naughton patiently answering questions of newbie gardeners
The husband looks really accomplished planting that zucchini (=
The good thing is… I haven’t seen one here in North America and I doubt if I will ever find one here in our patio! (=
Burnaby Food First sponsored a workshop called Apartment Gardening for Beginners. Plant genius Mr. Alexander McNaughton treats his plants like a “person” with human feelings. (e.g.If you water them regularly, they will be happy; Be careful with the roots because they will get hurt and not make more babies) Who knew that you can go down to your local grocery store for free milk crates and coffee sacks and grow food in small spaces using these containers?! Not me!
But yeah…it did. (=
There is nothing more rewarding that seeing your very first plants grow…
First Harvest! (Snap Peas)
and using them in your recipe at home (=
Homemade Pesto Pizza with patio-grown snap pea leaves
Thank you Mr. Alex Mc Naughton for your passion for plants and of course, thank you Burnaby Food First for another successful Workshop!