Back in early May, I went to Burlington to photograph the food that Jonny Blonde was putting together for his food truck. Jonny delights in using local product whenever possible, and sources his meats in the rich farming lands around Hamilton and Burlington. I did not know that the area mills more dry mustard than anywhere else in the world!
He launched his food truck this past weekend, so I’m publicizing my pictures that I took of some of the food that he’ll provide at catered events or on his truck.
I took lots of lighting equipment with me to Burlington, but ended up mostly using natural light coming through the door, sometimes augmented with a bounced flash, mostly with reflectors and mirrors for fill lighting.
Lots of rain has meant lots of weeding. But once the weeds have been removed, they reveal that food is actually growing!
Here’s another shot of a pea flower.
And I finally know what type of peas I have growing, because there’s one that is achieving full size. Continue reading
It’s growing! Actually, I need to make another trip down there, either today (late afternoon) or tomorrow morning.
Things are happening.
Here is the section that contains kale, curly endive, lettuce, eggplants, and two types of basil. So far, the weather’s been cool-ish, which has favoured the lettuce types. I expect that the warmer weather crops will gain the upper hand in the near future.
Sometimes I do cook for myself! Shocking, isn’t it?
Tonight’s dinner required a fair amount of preparation and thought. I wanted to have grits. They have to soak. So I put them on this morning. I decided that the meat I’d have for dinner would be some short ribs I got at Witteveen’s when I hit the St. Lawrence Market yesterday. They needed to have some kind of a yummy marinade, so I used a sauce that Oliver and Melissa gave me last year (I hadn’t opened it yet!) and diluted it with a little Johnny Walker Red, and put the short ribs in a container to marinate for the day. Continue reading
Ate there a few times. Tonight, I guess, will be my last time. The Commissary, on Queen at Logan, will be shutting its doors and reopening as Bero on July 10th, with Matt Kantor (of Secret Pickle and Little Kitchen fame) running it together with Andrew Bridgeman.
In the mean time, it’s still The Commissary, but with a different menu. Continue reading
It’s (almost) summer, and I love Mediterranean food in the summer. I’ve reverted to having hummus for breakfast (home made, of course). Today for lunch I finally went to Tabule, which opened a little while ago where the Riverside Cafe had its first home, on Queen Street East, just west of Degrassi.
Lunch time… I thought I might get one of their interesting Caesar’s to drink (hmm, harissa in a Caesar! Why not?); alas, out of clamato juice. Continue reading
Are here. Well, the start of them is.
My red leaf lettuce, kale, and curly endive are producing, so I have salad greens. I harvested some of the outer leaves for tonight’s dinner. Added chive flowerets for a little oniony flavour.
Added the following non-gardened ingredients: lemon zest, toasted pine nuts, and feta cheese.
I went down to the allotment to weed and put my last few veggies in. Some more tomatoes (these ones are called rainbow, and it looks like they mature into a range of colours, which would be pretty on a plate), some hot cherry peppers, and green and yellow zucchini.
I was probably there for about 3 hours. I also harvested some lettuce (I’ll take a picture of my harvest tomorrow in daylight: the storm was coming in and it was too dark outside to shoot, and I was too bagged to set up some proper lighting). Did lots of weeding – I could always tell when it was mint or dill that was coming up, because there are lots of those volunteering in my garden. Continue reading
Last weekend was The Big Planting Weekend in Toronto – the Victoria Day weekend, which this year had splendid weather.
Some things were already planted: I put my garlic from the Toronto Garlic Festival in last fall. It’s growing very well.
I’ve grown tired and suspicious of the enormous shrimp we get from Asia. Not much flavour, environmentally destructive a lot of the time, and contaminated with who knows what some of the time.
Well yesterday Hooked posted that they’d be getting some Gaspé shrimp in today, and that thet would be sweet and wonderful. How could I resist?