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Here we go again! #100winter16

Am I nuts or what? To take on a challenge this time of year that focuses on eating local food from within a 100 mile radius? Oh but in a strange way I love the test of it all though I need to clarify a bit. Just like I did in the summer challenge, I'm not looking to eat 100% local every time I eat. As long as I have at least one item / ingredient in at least one meal, it'll count. And just like summer, I see already I'm aiming for as many local ingredients I can use for  every time I eat.  This particular challenge is even more "interesting" since we live in a northern climate and that I can't just hop over the fence to my garden for fresh produce. Yes, I guess I am nuts.

But here we go... I began this task December 1 and intend to complete all 100 days. You'll hear me hooting and hollering on March 10, 2016, the 100th and final day of the winter 2016 edition.

Why bother?

Well you see:

1) I am determined to showcase local producers, farmers, suppliers and other food industry companies in order to support their livelihood. We're in this together. (Oh and I get no kickbacks whatsoever.)

2) I want to develop new recipes with seasonal foods. Using what is available locally this time of year forces me to do just that. I intend to create a compilation (read, cookbook) of my favorites.

3) I wish to be more mindful of my eating practices, and food choices. This is one surefire way of doing so. I can't help but be reminded of my growing food story when I enjoy each picture I take of these creations and tuck away my memories of each bite. I think I'm most excited about this part.

I invite you to join me in this experience. If you choose to do so and are on social media, can I ask you to use the hashtag #100winter16? I'd love to see what you find or create. I will certainly give recognition to whoever participates whether in a blog post, social media shout out or perhaps in my recipe collection.

While I'm only four days in, I already have a favorite recipe I'd like to share with you. You'll find it below. Hope you enjoy it!

Egg Salad Nest

Egg Salad Nest
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Another N.E.A.T. recipe ~ Nutritious Easy Affordable Tasty
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Canadian
Serves: 1 to 2 servings

  • ¼ avocado, peeled
  • ½ lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp honey maple mustard ~ local Edmonton ~ Italian Centre Shop (ICS)
  • pinch each mineral salt ~ local Edmonton ~ Evoolution), black pepper
  • 3 eggs, sliced (local farmer)
  • ½ English cucumber, sliced ~ ICS
  • 7 grape tomatoes, sliced ~ ICS
  • 1 handful garlic sprouts (or any kind)

  1. Peel and mash avocado with a fork in a small bowl. Add lime juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mash and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add eggs and combine the mixture.
  3. Then add the cucumber, and tomatoes. Mix again.
  4. Wash and dry the sprouts. Spread the sprouts out into a circle with a "hollow" centre.
  5. Place the egg mixture in the middle.


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