Summer time means a lot of free time to make and eat some delicious foods. It seems as though that is all I have been doing lately, eating. It’s a good thing that I am keeping up with my running to counteract the anti-bikini effect these foods have on my body.
The Taste of Edmonton has been going full force this week in downtown Edmonton. My stroll around the food stands last year did not leave me anxious for this year’s event. Let’s just say I decided Taste of Asia was better suited for the event. Can you guess why? That said, it is a great way to enjoy the sun, do some people watching and have a bite of Edmonton.
Another great way to tickle your taste buds is attending a birthday party, especially the family kind. It was my brother Dan’s 24th birthday and my other brother’s girlfriend Vanessa’s 27 birthday this week so my parents organized a delicious dinner for them. My mom tried this fantastic Brie recipe suggested by the Edmonton Journal this week. I could not stop myself from devouring it. For dessert she made a homemade frozen cheesecake and we topped it with real whipped cream and fresh blueberries, strawberries and homegrown saskatoons.
The smart thing to do would have been to fast today but I did quite the opposite. I spent my one-hour lunch break walking to the downtown St. Albert Farmers Market. With freshly squeezed lemonade in hand many folks enjoyed the scorching summer sun wandering around the numerous booths of fresh vegetables and fruits, meats, treats, jewelry and a load of other local goods. Young musicians entertained the passerby and were rewarded with jar full of coins. What a great way to make some extra cash.
I could not get over the fast food booths between of all the fresh organic ones. Is it really necessary to sell mini donuts, hotdogs and pizza at the Farmers Market? Please leave them at the carnivals, thank you. The real problem here is that I ended up having to go to a nearby cafe for my lunch because I found no booths where lunch sized meals were served. Perhaps I am too picky.
Back at work Maddy cultivated our first veggies from the garden. BEETS! My mom cooked mine this evening and it was surprisingly juicy and tender. I guess our garden is doing fabulously after all. Mission accomplished.
To top off the day, my mom, (she must have a lot of time on her hands) baked saskatoon cinnamon buns, a new invention. My parents spent their afternoon picking the berries from the trees in our backyard. We have so many this year it is insane. The more the merrier though because it just means that we will have more homemade baked goods courtesy of my maman. We have to use them for something.
Tomorrow evening I will be heading over to the Heritage Festival with the girls from work. I will report on it afterwards. Now, if you will excuse me, I must go for a run.
Chow… I mean ciao!