It feels so good to have the sun on my face and my hands back in the dirt of my garden! I bet I"m not the only one planning my garden and preparing my beds. I'll tell you one thing I will NOT be planting again this year... eggplants. I had 4 huge beautiful healthy plants last year and lost every flower with not a fruit in sight. So disappointing! If you have any advice for me, I'd love to hear it. I was really looking forward to Ratatouille fresh from my own garden.
My biggest highlight of April is that I finally made the decision to devote myself full time to my passion. After 18 years with Health Canada, I am trading in my lab coat for an apron. Tomorrow is my last day.. my office is packed, good-bye lunch is scheduled. Sniff.
I had to create a new word to describe my feelings about this: scary-exciting. Scary because I had to tell my mother I was giving up my regular pay check and pension plan. Exciting because now I can focus all of my attention on my Zengarry baby.
But to me, cooking is not so different from Biology. My kitchen is my lab. A pinch of this and a few dabs of that, ferment it for a while, toss it in the Vitamix and see what happens. Sometimes it's a smashing success, sometimes it ends up in the compost heap. But that's ok ... sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind!
Here's the three part breakdown of what April looked like for us.
What we ate...
What we did...
Where we went...
We were content to stay pretty close to home this month.
The highlight for us was our visit to Smart Greens Urban Freight Farm. Just a few miles away in Cornwall, we hand-picked bushels of freshly picked basil for our Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Cheese while it snowed outside.
It's absolutely amazing what they can grow in a 320 square foot shipping container in Canada in the dead of winter. Read our full post here.
What's coming up in May...
We now have a distributor in Quebec helping make Zengarry Cashew Cheeses available ALL OVER the province! Keep your eyes peeled in May for new locations popping up soon!
As of next week you will be able to get your favourite Zengarry goodies delivered to your door in Ottawa by Good Food 2 U.