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  1. 2012 in a Canadian Foodies Kitchen

    January 19, 2012 by TheCanadianFoodie

    I don’t really gauge the passage of time by the year anymore. Once you have kids, and maybe it’s only while you have young children, you start measuring time by the age – usually of either the oldest or the youngest.

    In 2012 my eldest will be turning 7. He was born shortly before the original incarnation of this blog was – back when Mrs. Foodie and I thought it would be fun to blog about all the great food we found in our favourite restaurants and our efforts to recreate those dishes at home.

    Time flies and boy do things change! With 4 kids under our roof, we don’t make it out to many restaurants now-a-days, and with 6 people stuffed into a little urban kitchen – there isn’t a lot of room for wowing the diners (besides, we don’t have many diner parties anymore either!)

    Not that I’m complaining about any of it (okay, maybe I complain about the tiny kitchen a bit… er, a lot) but life seems to increase in pace each year, and with each kid, and we never seem to have time to do the things we had planned on doing.

    …hence the decidedly sparse number of posts over the past couple of years.

    But, 2012 is going to be a year of change – big change. Trust me, I know about these things.

    For us, we’re about to put an offer on a big (really big) century home in a quiet little town, across the road from a nice little river. And this big home comes with a big kitchen (really big!) Once all the initial excitement died down around here, Mrs. Foodie and I began to talk about all the great things we could do with that kitchen (procrastinating from the packing and cleaning that needs to be done around our current house of course) – and one of the things that we both kept coming back to, was the relaunch of our sadly neglected, but not quite forgotten food blog!!

    So this is a new beginning. Our focus will change around here a little. We are trying to feed a family of 6 every night, while still keeping food fun, adventurous and healthy. We do things a little different, and I’ll be posting again shortly to talk more about that – and updating our About page.

    We’re about to launch on an exciting new chapter in our lives and we are looking forward to sharing some of those stories with you – and we hope you’ll share some of your food adventures back with us here!

    Also, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has visited over the past year – visiting an almost dry well. Our traffic is surprisingly good despite our neglect, and we’re looking forward to providing better content again soon!

    The Canadian Foodie


  2. Canadian Foodies in 2009

    January 12, 2009 by TheCanadianFoodie

    Wow! 2009 already!?

    Let’s start the new year with a confession… I pretty much neglected the CanadianFoodies blog in 2008 (I’m sorry CF blog! I still love you!)

    I didn’t stop eating, or loving food, I didn’t lose my passion to create food, write or share our experiences with you… or anything else like that

    What I did do was try and cope with being busier than I ever have been before.

    Floods and children, increasing demands at the office, our first major garden and all the while trying to not just survive, but improve life for our kids… you know, that whole life thing…

    But it’s a new year, we’re back and this year our focus is once more going to change, or at least shift a bit.

    This year, anyone who has stopped by in the past will notice an increased emphasis not just on food, but on healthier, greener, local and organic foods and the ‘greener’ lifestyle that we’ve been attempting to adopt over the past few years.

    Mrs. Foodie and I have always eaten well (in a ‘healthy choices’ sense), but like almost everyone else, even we were guilty of the odd quick and easy processed foodstuff for times when time was in short supply (a couple frozen lasagna’s were a definite staple within our deep freezer) But, when we started having kids we began taking a hard look at everything that came into the house.

    Foods with transfat were the the first things to go (and Mrs. Foodie felt the pain when our last microwave popcorn was finished).

    Then, over the course of a year, we made choices to minimize foods heavy in sodium and saturated fats, we stopped using the microwave, stopped buying grocery store inst-meals and our occasional trips to the local farmers markets became a weekly event. In fact, in the summer months 80 – 90% of our produce comes from a farmers market.

    We made a lot of headway that first year (2005) but the next year brought child #2, followed a year later by child #3 (yup, 3 kids in less than 34 months!) and we struggled to maintain our momentum forward.

    But heare we are in 2009, the first decade of new millenium is coming to a close and through experience or wisdom the changes that we started 3 year ago have truly become second nature and we’re ready to take our ‘green’ life to the next level.

    What exaclty does that mean?

    Honestly I’m not 100% sure where the final destination is going to land us, but I do know the direction we’re heading.

    The focus of this blog will continue to be food, (we’ll be posting a new recipe/meal of the week column shortly)

    and we’ll continue to investigate the back stories and histories of the foods we eat.  But now, in 2009, we’ll start to focus on food as part of our environmental impact, our carbon footprint. We’ll look at the choices we want to make and followup with the ones we’re actually able to follow through with.

    And that’s just the first step of the journey…


  3. Upgrading my Blog

    July 1, 2008 by TheCanadianFoodie

    I am about to upgrade CanadianFoodies.com to WordPress 2.5.

    So please ignore any short term randomness as I disable plugins, upgrade and (hopefully not) troubleshoot. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program shortly!

    Thanks for your patience.

    * Update (15 minutes later) – Upgrade complete. If you notice any further randomness, it is completely my fault!


  4. Canadian Foodies in 2008

    April 24, 2008 by TheCanadianFoodie

    Hello everyone!

    Thanks for visiting. To any of my old regulars, thanks for checking back.

    We’ve been a little quiet around here over the past 6 months or so… what can I say :)

    I’ve been hibernating through the long Canadian Winter!

    Actually we’ve been really busy with other ventures… a new baby in January (our second daughter!), a flood in February that destroyed our basement, and being generally busy trying to plan out the future of CanadianFoodies.

    (more…)


  5. Thought of the day

    October 17, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

    Hello everyone!

    I’ve been out of town a lot recently (with the day job) as well as launching a new blog (MichaelValiant.com – warning, not food related at all!) so I apologize for not being around here much.

    Thanks for the comments (that took me forever to moderate)!

    I will re-kick things off with a thought for the day:

    I try not to eat any veggies that have travelled more than I have!


  6. Happy Canada’s Day!

    July 1, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

    To everyone in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and Beyond…

    Have a great day celebrating our wonderful country!

    Here’s wishing all the foodies out there get a chance to fit in a good meal, and relax with a good bottle of wine…

    Salut, Eh!


  7. Essential Foodie Reading

    June 27, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

    I signed up for the SlowFoodForum today and found the following great list of food books in the introduction post.  They have listed them as essential reading for SlowFood enthusiasts.

    I’ve read a couple of these so far :) Guess I’ll have to go shopping to find some of the others:
    Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

    Food Politics by Marion Nestle

    The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

    Coming Home to Eat by Gary Paul Nabhan

    Local Flavors by Deborah Madison

    Epicurian Delights: The Life and Times of James Beard by Evan Jones

    Serious Pig: An American in Search of His Roots by John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

    The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

    No Foreign Food: The American Diet in Time and Place by Richard Pillsbury

    My Vegetable Love: A Journal of a Growing Season by Carl H. Klaus

    The Slow Food Guide to New York City Restaurants, Market, Bars by Patrick Martins and Ben Watson

    Slow Food: The Case for Taste by Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini


  8. Canadian Foodies on Squidoo

    June 22, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

    Squid-wha?

    Well, from the horses mouth:

    “Squidoo is the world’s most popular site for people who want to build a page about their passions. ”

    It’s also a great venue for us to reach out to a broader audience and share all the great things we have coming your way in the next couple of weeks, and months!

    So checkout our Barrie Food Site on Squidoo sometime too!

    I should mention that there isn’t much there so far :)  but we’ll be putting more content up soon!


  9. Joined Technorati

    June 22, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

    Well, just in case anyone is interested…

    We created a profile on Technorati which you can find be clicking this link:

    Technorati Profile

    That’s about it for tonight…


  10. Bon Vivant

    May 21, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

    Todays Word of the Day…

    bon vivant \bon-vee-VONT\, noun:

    A person with refined and sociable tastes, especially one who enjoys fine food and drink.