A 100 Mile Meal

July 16, 2007 at 1:42 am 4 comments

Last night the hubby and I prepared a 100 Mile Meal for 25 people. It was simple, delicious, challenging and a lot of fun to prepare.

Many items came right from our Community Garden (zero miles) or the local Farmer’s Market. We went out to Driediger Farms and picked the raspberries and purchased the blueberries and potatoes. 

We served an appetizer of baked spinach balls and mushroom caps with pesto…thanks Tara for making them they were delicious. We sampled local wine from the Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery. Dinner was local Sockeye salmon in a honey garlic glaze with scalloped potatoes, seasonal salad and a minted dill yogurt dressing. For desert we had raspberries and blueberries with whipped cream. YUMMY!

What I learned:

  • Eating within a 100 mile radius is challenging.
  • Recipes have to be altered slightly…sometimes for the better.
  • You have to really search things out and read labels.
  • You have to ask a lot of questions.
  • Knowing where your food comes from feeds the soul.
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Entry filed under: 100 Mile Diet, Friends & Family, In the Kitchen.

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  • 1. livelightly  |  July 16, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Wow! That’s amazing and inspiring. That’s a lot of people to make a meal for too 🙂 The food sounds amazing.

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  • 2. 2hcreative  |  July 17, 2007 at 3:30 am

    We live in a co-housing community so it was in our common house. We prepared it in the common kitchen (with ample space) and a neighbour watched our daughter while we chopped, prepped and cooked. It was definitely tiring but the results were delicious and I think it made many people in the community more aware of the reasons why we should be eating locally.

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  • 3. Late Bloomer  |  July 17, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Good for you! I think it’s great that you took the time to share the idea of local eating with your neighbours.

    We too, are working to narrow our food supply radius. I also shop with SPUD for my weekly grocery needs, and have worked to reduce the average number of km’s my order has travelled. It’s kind of like a weekly game to see how low I can get that distance. The hardest step was eliminating non-local fruits and veggies because I LOVE bananas and avacadoes!

    During the spring and summer, I shop at the Farmer’s Market and have recently joined the Yarrow EcoVillage CSA (community supported agriculture). This week was the first harvest.

    To your comment about amending recipes, have you tried any seasonal cookbooks? If not, check out these ones – I think they’re great!

    Grow Organic – Cook Organic (Lavelle and Spevack)

    Farm Folk – City Folk (Barbolet, Murrills and Pritchard) http://www.ffcf.bc.ca

    Fresh (John Bishop)

    Simply In Season (Lind and Hockman-Wert)
    (available at 10,000 Villages on Commercial Drive)

    Happy Cooking!

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  • 4. 2hcreative  |  July 17, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Late Bloomer – thank you for the recipe book suggestions.

    I actually just picked up Fresh yesterday. I used my leftover raspberries to make a Raspberry Puree for the freezer and Raspberry Vinegar that will become many batches of Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing. Both recipes keep for a year and are from John Bishops book.

    I will check out the others as well. Cheers!

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I am passionate about reducing my impact on the environment and am learning to live simply and live green. I am learning the age old arts of home food preservation and cooking from scratch. This is yet another eco-blog and a place for me to really channel my passions for writing, photography and sustainable living.
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