Harvest: Finding Time to Gather

“They have the hue and beauty of all these things under the twilight of Lórien that we love; for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring 

While having time and the resources to focus on food and health is great, realistically it can be a persistent challenge. A multitude of ingredients, techniques, and a whole bunch of time is needed to successfully pull it off. For me, the most difficult thing to acquire – time.

I just spent the first six hours of my day learning different placements of the tongue for various vowels, Dadaism in a socio-historical-theatrical context, and rehearsing fight choreography. I’m officially on break and no longer thinking about school – the only thing on my mind: lunch.

I have ten minutes to walk back to my locker, five minutes to get settled, five minutes to heat everything up, twenty minutes to eat at my leisure, and of course – ten minutes to clean up and arrive at my movement class.

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The Harvest: Eating vs Dining

Hello all, Patricia here! Each month we will be focusing on a particular topic with stories, research and recipes.  For November, we’ve chosen to focus on the Harvest.

As I’m writing this and gazing upon our snow-covered yard, I admit we’re sneaking this topic in through a rapidly closing door in our Northern neck of the woods.  What group of passionate foodies, however, could possibly resist writing about the harvest?  The thought of it made us all giddy with excitement, lunging for our chef’s knives and tasting spoons, searching for any amber-hued foodstuff in our path.  Essentially, it was an absolute no-brainer to kick start our collective food writing endeavors with a focus on gleaning what has grown for the months which lay ahead.  It’s important to note that the concept of the harvest, depending on who is blogging at the moment, is metaphorical in nature.  In this year’s harvest, our family is gathering our favorite recipes, memories and thoughts to share with you in getting ready for the long winter, as well as the moments which lay ahead without each other.  Before we begin sharing our family’s personal stories, hopes, dreams, quirks and assorted neuroses which anchor our culinary pursuits; allow me first to tell you a bit more about ourselves, specifically how we forage, cook, and eat.

Hello all, Patricia here! Each month we will be focusing on a particular topic with stories, research and recipes....

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Performance Introduction

Who I am in the family

I’m the twenty-year-old youngest child of my family, studying in the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program and performing weekly as an improviser at Rapid Fire Theatre  – I am also the chief soup-balancer, meat roaster, and resident coffee snob.

 

Why elevenses

Because I love food, family and rest – and I’m loving the health I’ve found, supporting me as a theatre student and a young actor. While taking care of the food I eat, how I gather it, how I prepare it and who I share it with, I’m finding out what “health” means in a broader context.

I also have a need to figure out my family history on both sides through the only way I feel I can connect with them – through food. I want to know what they eat, how they used to cook, and how it relates to their culture so I can ground myself now as a twenty something Canadian university student.

 

Who I am in the family I’m the twenty-year-old youngest child of my family, studying in the University of Alberta’s Bach...

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Food for Thought Introduction

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.” – J.R.R. Tolkein, Lord of The Rings: Return of the King.

Who I am in the family:

I’m the adopted one. The English one. The Blonde one. I’m the one that has the pleasure of being the official Head Taster of Elevenses.

I’m Natalie Wright, I’m 22 and on paper, I’m a Digital Media Development student come Search Engine Strategist come professional eater. Off paper I’m lucky to have been welcomed into the powerhouse that is the Cardinal family through my dating of the brainbox behind the Episteme column right here on the Elevenses website (otherwise known as Jacqui Cardinal, baby bear and Jax). To give you the long and short of our relationship, we’ve known each other for 4 years, been together for around 2 of those and we’ve been living together in YEG for 2 months.

My lifestyle, my way forward and almost all decisions I make are driven by a will to overcome my long term anxiety and depression to attain a truer life experience. It is through diet, cognitive work, medication and most recently, testing, that I have yielded the best results in progression all of which I hope to share with you.

I will be your tastebuds here at Elevenses. I also hope to explore my experience with depression and the unbreakable link between cognitive issues and nutrition.

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.” - J.R.R. Tolkein, Lord of Th...

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Epistéme Introduction

“Epistemology noun: a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods,and limits of human knowledge.”

 

Who I am in the family:

I am one of the many fortuitous tasters of the fruits of our kitchen, a sourcer(er) of local, responsible meats, veggies, and fruits, a fledgeling biohacker, a social theory and nutrition nerd, and lovingly referred to by Dad as “The Angry Foodist” (I suppose there is such a thing as too many rants about butter). I’m the older sibling of the lovely Hunter, the lucky daughter of Patricia (or Momma Bear), partner of the brilliant and beautiful Natalie, and cat-mom to Leo. I dearly love travel, cheese, pigs, Tolkien, and wine.

 

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Sustenance Introduction

“A Definition of Foodways:  …everything about eating including what we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it and who’s at the table – is a form of communication rich with meaning. Our attitudes, practices and rituals around food are a window onto our most basic beliefs about the world and ourselves.”

–  Harris, Lyon and McLaughlin, 2005

 

Who I am in the family:

I will unabashedly lay claim to what I see as a plumb role in our family, encompassing that of adoring den mother, family cheerleader, chief grocery shopper and most ardent fan of my adult children; Jacqui (23), Hunter (20) and my most recently adopted Daughter #2, Natalie (22).  Food has been a passion for me as long as I can remember, and I’ve been blessed with children who have developed a mutual obsession in the amazing ability food has to nurture ourselves and each other.

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