Category: The Table

Introducing November: Butter Month

[Photo by Taryn]

In our house, the moment that Halloween is over, it’s officially the start of what we refer to as “Eating Season.”  

It’s a truly exciting time in the land of Elevenses!  To help ease into this truly food-centric time of year, we felt it was absolutely vital to focus on one of the most important ingredients in the Elevenses collective metaphorical kitchen for the month of November (as lately we’re all spread all over hell’s half acre…)  

Butter, over the last few years, has become a cornerstone of our foodie endeavours.  

[Photo by Taryn] In our house, the moment that Halloween is over, it’s officially the start of what we refer to as “Eati...

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Introducing October: ‘Budget’

(Photo by Brian Godfrey)

Hello Everyone!

And Happy October to you.  Yes, that’s right, OCTOBER!  We’re all wondering where September went, as well.  Everyone on the Elevenses team has been preparing and bracing ourselves for the huge changes that apparently swallowed September whole, but we are back in the blogging saddle once again.  The exciting part (albeit heartbreaking, as well) is that half of our team will be blogging from across the pond.  Jacqui and Nat have settled beautifully into life in Brighton, England!  We miss them terribly, but exploring the world of Culinaria is so much sweeter as our world grows and presents us with new morsels to cook, taste, and share.

And now for the introduction of our October topic: Budget!  Honestly, what else would be so fitting after a month that sees so many of us pay for a seemingly endless list of expenses—children’s school supplies, tuition, moves, and transitions which indeed burn a hole in our collective wallets? Hence our need to infuse the month of October with money-conscious tips and recipes that have worked in our kitchen over the years. Allergen-free cooking can most certainly hit a person square in the wallet.  Gone are the days where I could stretch a dollar from feeding the family dishes that would grow with the addition of grains and pastas.  Then again, how many of us gluten and grain-free home cooks have discovered amazingly effective and tasty ways to cook from our pantry, substituting ingredients with wonderful results and single handedly creating abundance from disparity?  We all have. (Take a moment to pat yourself on the back, dear reader, you know you deserve it!)

With that thought in mind, stay tuned with us this month as we share the ways that have been most helpful for our family in shopping and cooking the way that nurtures us most fully, while staying in tune with the rhythm of the seasons, as well as our body’s need for increased warmth and sustenance as the days grow shorter and cooler.  Get excited, people!

It’s a delicious time of year and we’re eager to share the bounty with you!

Patricia

(Photo by Brian Godfrey) Hello Everyone! And Happy October to you.  Yes, that’s right, OCTOBER!  We’re all won...

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Introducing August: “Recharging”

Welcome to “The Table”, our first of many posts about what’s going on at Elevenses and in our community. 

This month it’s me, Jacqui, writing to you all to introduce next month’s topic that we’ll all be addressing: “Recharging”. Put so aptly by the matriarch of the Elevenses family, August has always been a month of trying to squeeze as much rest and relaxation out of the summer as we can before school or work puts us on the hop once more. 

When our family was younger this meant my all-time favourite routine: waking up and immediately going to “Summer Fun” (the Green Shack programs put on by the City of Edmonton), heading home for a tasty lunch, packing our bags and going to swimming lessons, and then finishing up the afternoon with a couple episodes of the Cardinal house classics the Magic School Bus and Bill Nye the Science Guy.  Dinner followed, as well as a couple more hours at the neighbourhood park just after the sun started to sink. For me, August meant awesome days filled with lovely food, family time, occasional terrifying nighttime storms, and ignoring the “Back to School” signs cropping up in Walmart as long as humanly possible. 

Nowadays, August for our grown-up family + the amazing Natalie Wright means seeing the fruits of Hunter’s summertime labours in the Fringe, experimenting with new recipes, lots of travel, and piling into whatever room the portable air conditioner is in and binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix when the temperature goes much higher than 25 degrees. We’re wimps, we know. 

Even with the heat that it brings along with it, I have to say August has always been a favourite month of mine. I look forward to this one especially because of the epic month we have planned here at Elevenses!

Keep an eye out this month for articles about what August’s “Recharging” means to each of us, the recipes we’re loving right now, and awesome product reviews. 

Wishing everyone tasty eats, healthy bodies, and happy minds!

– Elevenses HQ

Welcome to “The Table", our first of many posts about what’s going on at Elevenses and in our community.  This mont...

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