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My breakfast this morning. Just what I needed to turn my day around!

Some days get off to a rocky start. Usually earlier than anticipated, on a day when I already feel more tired than usual.

Immediately there’s a conflict of needs: bright-eyed (or crying) Bee needs/wants me for something, and I just want/need to sleep a little longer. Then a bunch of other things annoy me too — all those little things that add extra motions to my morning on a day when I’m moving in slow motion.

Yes, I know, it’s all a state of mind. I choose whether to smile or to frown. And only I can change my approach to the day and the way I interact with the people around me.

If I haven’t been able to make the shift by breakfast time, then the first meal of the day needs to be a waffle. Having a homemade waffle for breakfast is my reset button. Even when I’m already in a brighter mood by the time I get to the kitchen, a waffle will give me the final boost.

We make waffles on weekends, a double recipe, and freeze the extras. It’s easy to reheat a waffle in the toaster oven. I like to eat mine topped with maple syrup, blueberries (and other berries if I happen to have some on hand) and plain yoghurt.

Now that’s a good start to the day!

Recipe: Crispy Spelt Waffles with Oatmeal and Flax Seed

Makes 6-8 waffles.

2 cups spelt flour (if you don’t have spelt flour, use some other kind of flour!)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk

Preheat waffle iron as per instructions.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat together eggs and milk in a second bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry and combine until just mixed.

Prepare waffles as per your waffle iron’s instructions.

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A Magical Garden

Just back from visiting my parents in Richmond, B.C.. One of the things I like most about visiting them, especially in the summer, is their garden. It really is a magical place: big, lush, and colourful. There are fruit trees that provide abundantly, garden art hidden among the greenery and surprising you at every turn, a little man-made stream that babbles all day long – soothing sounds – and, of course, a vegetable garden. It’s a place to play, to relax, to meet, to eat, and to enjoy!

Bird's eye view of my parents' gardenBird's eye view of my parents' gardenBird's eye view of my parents' gardenThe "spring" and garden art in my parents' gardenThe "stream" in my parents' gardenAsian-inspired statue in my parents' gardenRabbit statue in my parents' gardenVegetable garden in my parents' gardenRipening cherries in my parents' gardenUnripe figs in my parents' garden

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Locally Grown

Locally grown: baby and vegetables

Homegrown vegetables for my midwife and my little sprout.

My baby girl was born just over a week ago, at the same time as a generous harvest of tomatoes, zucchini, beans, kale and Swiss chard from our garden. That means my midwife has been getting “bonus pay” in vegetables!

At the end of every house call — there were three in the first five days after birth — my midwife would leave our house with a bag full of fresh garden goodies. One day she even forgot her baby check-up bag in our living room, leaving instead with just the bag of vegetables!

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7 Things & Blogs I Follow

Versatile Blogger AwardThe mother-daughter blogging team at Equal Opportunity Kitchen gave me the Versatile Blogger Award. Big THANKS! I’m delighted, especially since I’m still pretty new to the Ottawa blogging scene.

Equal Opportunity Kitchen is a fun blog full of recipes and stories about food, family and traditions. I think they really show how food brings people together.

So the deal is I thank the bloggers who gave me the award (done!), pass on the award to other blogs I enjoy reading, and share seven things about myself.

Favourite Blogs

The common thread to these blogs is mindful local living and a love of fresh food.

Apron Strings – Down-to-earth, original, well written and attractive blog. I like that Lana takes on those little bit different food projects and absolutely support involving kids in cooking from an early age (can’t get enough of the pictures of her son in the kitchen!). I also find it interesting to read about dealing with food allergies. Even though I don’t have any myself, it’s good awareness.

The Veggie Patch Re-imagined – All about earth and what grows in it. As a beginner gardener, I pick up good tips from this Ottawa gardener. Check out the interview with the pepper, funny.

100 Mile Mel, Amateur Locavore – I feel a connection to Mel’s journey to local eating and sustainability and enjoy reading about her experiences in the garden, the kitchen and beyond.

Experiments in efficiency – Rachel is another blogger who is mindful of the environment, blogs insightful posts on sustainability, and is active in the kitchen. Besides, I think Rachel and I share a liking for elderberries!

And these two blogs are really about the food (and drink):

Mary Mary Culinary – Mary regularly posts sophisticated and interesting recipes, accompanied by mouth-watering photographs.

Matthew Kayahara, Canadian food done differently – I admit, Matt is a friend. We’re both obsessed with good food, but in practice we go down different paths. That’s why I like to read Matt’s blog. He does food experiments (literally) that I would not do.

Finally, had these two Ottawa food blogs not also just received the same award, I would have given it to them too: She Eats Bears and The Twisted Chef.

Seven Things About Me

(1) One of my favourite places is the stunning, mountainous and culturally-interesting region of Surselva in Switzerland. The people there speak a dialect of the Latin-derived language romansch.

Surselva mountains

View of the mountains in the Surselva.

(2) I got married in the Surselvan town of Ilanz wearing shoes called cappucino giraffe.

My wedding shoes

My wedding shoes. Yes, I got married in red!

One of the regional specialties is called capuns, savoury dumplings wrapped in a Swiss chard-like green served in a creamy broth. (3) Capuns are one of my favourite foods.

Capuns

I ate these capuns at the Postigliun restaurant in the small village Andiast, where we stay when we visit the Surselva. They make the best capuns!

(4) Another one of my favourite places is Basel, my mom’s hometown. In February/March every year, life in Basel focuses for three days on Fasnacht (carnival). It starts at 4 am on a Monday when all the lights in the downtown core are turned off (shops included) and cliques descend from the old town alleys and march through the streets with decorated lanterns while playing the piccolo or the drums. The party goes on until 4 am on the Thursday of the same week.

A Fasnacht specialty is Mehlsuppe, a “flour soup” made of roasted flour, onions, red wine and a hearty beef broth. My mom made this soup once when I was little. I could barely swallow a spoonful. (5) How tastes change though… At 7 on a chilly Fasnacht morning, flour soup really hits the spot!

Basler Fasnacht

During Fasnacht in Basel, the streets are filled with tens of thousands of exuberant Baslers in costume, lantern lights and music.

(6) I’ve shared butter tea with monks at a monastery in Tibet.

Monk and me at a Tibetan monastery.

Me with a monk at the Shalu Monastery somewhere between Gyantse and Shigatse in Tibet.

(7) I love living in Ottawa. It’s a manageable city with a great quality of life. However, I always keep Vancouver (where I grew up and where my parents live) in a very special place in my heart. It’s a beautiful, multicultural city with a vibrant fresh food scene, mom’s home-cooking and dad’s garden harvest.

Ottawa sunset

Beautiful sunset over the Ottawa River at Britannia Beach.

False Creek in Vancouver

Boats harboured in False Creek, near Granville Island, in Vancouver.

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Me and freshly dug up salsify

Me and freshly dug up salsify

That quote comes from my favourite shopping bag.

My name is Kim Meier and I’m a foodie, enthusiastic cook, budding vegetable gardener, and food tourist. I also enjoy capturing life through a lens. Grow. Chew. is intended to give me a place – in addition to my kitchen – to share my passion for food and anything related to food.

This blog will include my adventures in vegetable gardening, what I make with what I grow, what I find from farmers in the area and what I create with those ingredients, and any other foodie discoveries: restaurants, recipes, products, …

Hope you enjoy Grow. Chew. almost as much as sharing a lip-smacking meal and a good bottle of wine with a bunch of great people!

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