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Food sharing

Food sharingHave you ever had a thought pop into your head, decide to pay attention to it and then realize how often that thought happens? Stick with me. Back in August, my friend gave me the best birthday gift ever which was a tote full of produce and baking from her farm – eggs, bread, tomatoes, squash, goat cheese, you name it. I enjoyed it so much and since then have been noticing how often people share food. I’m not talking about having family over for dinner or sampling a bite from your date’s meal.
Food sharingHere are some real-life examples: I checked my neighbours’ mail while they were on vacation and they gifted me gorgeous peaches and corn fresh from the Okanagan. A coworker shared her garden’s abundance of zucchini for weeks this summer then added tomatoes and baby potatoes to her deliveries. My Dad loves carrot muffins so when I made a batch of minis I sent them his way. I came home from work one day and found a jar of homemade plum jam on my doorstep from another neighbor. I baked cookies specifically for an anniversary gift. A friend and I meet for regular coffee dates and often one of us shows up with cookies or slices of loaf. The gardening coworker went on vacation and brought me the contents of her fridge. On hallowe’en I took caramel sauce and apples to work for my office mate and I as a treat. Just this weekend, I received homemade turkey soup and ginger cookies from two different people! You get the idea, right!?
Food sharingIt’s no big deal but also it kind of is. Fortunately the people around me are not going hungry, nor do I have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. I suspect food sharing is more than just giving away the bounty from our gardens and baking sessions. I’m proposing that this giving of food is a natural way of showing kindness and caring. Pretty profound for a Monday I know, but since food is such a basic need, aren’t we actually looking after each other by sharing? I like that idea a lot. Do I just have really excellent friends and coworkers or do you share food too?

2 minute mug brownie

2 minute mug brownieJust to be responsible, I’m issuing a warning with this post. These may be a bit too good and way too easy! If you’re looking for a quick, single serving dessert that’s as yummy as it is easy, this 2 minute brownie is for you. When you’ve got an extra couple of minutes, try this:

  • Add 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa to a mug and stir with a fork or small whisk to combine and remove lumps.
  • Stir in 2 tbsp milk, coffee or water and 2 tbsp canola or other vegetable oil (not olive). Mix well until there are no lumps.
  • Microwave for 1-2 minutes checking at the 1 minute mark. Brownie will be springy on top and a fork will stand up in it when done. Let cool for a minute and enjoy – perhaps with a wee scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

2 minute mug brownieHow quick and easy was that? I’m not gonna lie to you, there are pro’s and con’s to these little ones and they’re kind of the same! You decide: easy, quick, single serve size, simple ingredients that you probably have on hand right now, rich flavor…..and yummy!

Homemade caramel sauce

Homemade caramel sauceAs the weather cools down my ‘home-body’ self craves coziness and comfort….and treats! One of my favourite and most versatile goodies to make is caramel sauce. Enjoy it warm or cold, on apple crumble, over ice cream or stirred into your coffee…mmm! It’s super quick and easy to whip up. Really, you should try it! Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half & half or whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan at medium heat. Add brown sugar and whisk to combine.
Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add vanilla and sea salt. Stir to combine then remove from heat. Makes 1 1/2 cups of pure yumminess.

homemade caramel sauceServe warm or let cool then refrigerate. The sauce thickens as it cools and can be re-warmed in the microwave or stovetop. Stores in the fridge for one week (although mine always disappears sooner!). Double the salt if you prefer a true salted caramel flavour.
homemade caramel sauceI love dipping apples in this caramel. Sadly, the apples are the only healthy thing about that, but hey, we all need a treat once in awhile! Happy Friday and enjoy.