Are you ready?
So we said a few weeks ago we were going to inspire you to change, remember? We know and understand that life can get crazy around holidays so we gave you some time to think about what we said and now its time to change… or at least think more seriously about it.
Food is an undeniable part of our lives and it’s up to us to choose how important it is. For some of you it may simply be something you have to do. Your body goes and then it slows down and gives you all sorts of nasty reminders that it needs some food NOW and so you feed it, in most cases with little thought about where the food is coming from and how the quality of the food is impacting your health. For some of you, well you’re Foodies, you know and understand what I’m going to say about choosing your food wisely, so you can stop reading now or you can continue on and just enjoy the sheer wit and pretty pictures I’ll be including in this Blog.
This week is more of a challenge for change but we hope the recipe will inspire you as well. It is for those of you out there that want to eat better but are struggling with the how and where to start. We get the convenience of walking into your local bigbox store and grabbing that Styrofoam and plastic wrapped mound of meat. It’s there, it’s neatly packaged and conveniently close to all those pretty packages of spices, marinades and sauces (your going to need to add something to get some flavour) The info on that big white sticker is shouting out some Grade of beef from who knows where, describing some cut of pork or lamb and giving you a weight and price. It’s easy…we get it. But this week we are challenging you to step outside the “bigbox”. This week we want you to source your meat from somewhere where the meat isn’t pre-packaged and priced. I know it is a scary thought, fear of the unknown. Fear of asking for a portion of meat and then cringing as the meat is placed on the scale….will this blow your entire grocery budget??? Will you need to mortgage the house or perhaps sell off one of the children? (10– 14 year olds have the most value here at the farm) plus where the heck do you go to find healthier meat, local meat? We know that after scary movies such as “Children of the Corn” and “The Scarecrow” you’re not likely to want to head into any unknown farm with cows in the field, so we are going to make it simpler for you to find healthy, affordable, local meat.
Naturally we want you to think about getting your meat from us first so we are going to give you some suggestions about where to find our delicious products. First you can call or email us at 905.775.5520 or email@example.com . You can also find our meat at the Healthy Butcher in Toronto www.thehealthybutcher.com and Nancy’s Nifty Nook in Bradford www.facebook.com/#!/nifty1988 and we are occasionally at the Evergreen Brick Works www.ebw.evergreen.ca This is a great farmers market in Toronto, check out their web site for the dates we are there. We will also be at the Bradford Farmers Market when they open for the season on May 26th. And soon (I’m using my excited voice) you will be able to come right to the farm and get your meat. But I’m saving those exciting details for another Blog.
Next, if you can’t make it to us then still step outside your comfort zone and visit your local butcher or farmers market. Visit Foodland Ontario, www.foodland.gov.on.ca or Simcoe County Farm Fresh www.simcoecountyfarmfresh.ca for a wealth of information and links to local farms, markets and for quick info on local “in season” products. Don’t be afraid to ask about products. Most farmers and small markets are proud of the products we produce and carry. And will happily educate anyone wanting to learn more.
Lastly…. Tell us your budget and your needs. We understand how hard you work and we want to help you get the best for your buck without breaking the bank. By suggesting different cuts and providing delicious recipes your family will love we think we can inspire you to eat healthier, to eat locally and to just plain enjoy food again.
Below is a simple budget and family friendly recipe. Simple ingredients and flexibility with prep time makes this a great choice for the busy family but don’t be afraid to use these juicy tidbits as finger foods when feeding the masses at family picnics and friendly gathering.
You can use ground beef, pork or lamb (lamb is what has traditionally been used in this 100 year old recipe from my friends family in the Middle East). You can easily multiply it to feed more people and prepared a day or so in advanced of cooking, or you can reheat with out compromising the flavours and juiciness by steaming the kebobs for a few minutes. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to any feedback or questions you may have.
1 lb ground lamb (my favourite), beef or pork
2 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped very fine
3 1 tsp salt
4 1 small onion chopped fine
5 4 tablespoon chopped parsley
6 ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
7 1 teaspoon ground cumin
8 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
10 ¼ cup pine nuts (optional)
The Easy Part
Mix everything together well, then form into about 24 well packed balls and then flatten slightly to make oblong. Some people would put them on skewers now, but not me. I like to leave them in the fridge overnight so the flavours mingle but you can let them set for as little as 30 minutes.
Now I just put them right onto the BBQ, cooking for 6-8 minutes for medium depending on thickness. Turn them once. Or cook at 350 in the over for 20-25 minutes.
Serve with pita or rice and chopped cucumber and tomato. We serve ours with homemade hummus, email or contact us on Facebook if you want that tasty recipe.