Poppy Post October 2018

 



Apples from A to Z

Canada has so many high-quality apple varieties, available year-round to enjoy. They make a delicious healthy snack and can be eaten raw, baked or cooked into applesauce. How do you like them apples? ​

Shopping for apples

  1. Look for a apple that’s firm to the touch. Avoid apples that are noticeably soft, discoloured or indent when you press the skin.

  2. Visually inspect the apple for bruises or obvious signs of decay. A scuff or specks on the fruit doesn’t mean it’s a bad apple, though — this is natural.

  3. Check the colour. Apples with full colour have absorbed lots of sunlight, which leads to great flavours.

  4. Do a sniff test. A fresh and high quality apple should have a pleasant scent. Some apples, like Gala will have a strong fragrance than others.

  5. Choose the right apple for the job. For baking, you might want to choose a Golden Delicious. A Red Delicious or Honeycrisp is better for fresh eating. And some apples are versatile — great raw or cooked, like Pink Lady or Fuji apples.
     

Unsure which variety to choose? Here’s a handy little chart by Lexie’s Clean Kitchen:

Using apples

The skin of the apple is very rich in nutrients. Consider leaving them on even if the recipe you’ve chosen requires peeled apples. Rinse the apple under cold water while gently scrubbing the skin with a natural bristle brush.

To avoid browning, wait until you are ready to use an apple before you peel or slice it. You can slow the browning by dipping raw sliced and peeled apples in lemon juice. You can also mix apples with citrus fruits in a fruit salad.

And don’t throw away those peels! Use your apple peels to make jelly, brew tea, or add to oatmeal or smoothies for extra fibre.
 

Here’s one of our favourite apple recipes: 

Apple Compote with Buckwheat Flake Crumble

This recipe is super easy and delicious any time of year! The vanilla sauce is a delicious cream-like accompaniment.
 

Storing apples

Place apples in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to one month. Why a plastic bag? Apples emit ethylene gas, so keep them separated from other fruits and vegetables and remove apples that are starting to go bad.
 


SHARON MCCORMICK
Founder & President
 

 

We have a new partner in the NW! Find the following classes at the Parkdale Community Association: 

Gluten-free pumpkin and vanilla muffins

These muffins are incredibly moist and freeze well — make two batches and freeze one for later. The pumpkin and mashed banana keep this delicious muffin moist, so you can even omit the oil if you want! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ¼ cup brown rice flour

  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (aluminum free)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (aluminum free)

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • ½ cup almond milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
    ¼ cup honey

  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil *You can omit the oil from this recipe and they turn out fine.

Get the complete recipe on our website! 

Source: Honey and Vanilla
 

Did you know that orange fruits and veggies (like pumpkin) are loaded with healthy antioxidants? 

In our Cooking with Colours class, you and your child can learn how to cook with a rainbow of colours. 

Cooking with Colours

  • 4-week cooking series for children (ages 4-8) and parents  
  • Nov 4 – Nov 25, 2018  10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $180 includes all food & supplies

Register for Cooking with Colours


veggie flower

Here’s this month’s shopping list: 

Apples – Beans – Broccoli – Brussel Sprouts – Cabbage – Carrots – Cucumbers – Eggplant  – Pears – Peppers – Potatoes – Pumpkins – Spinach – Swiss Chard – Tomatoes – Winter Squash
 

 

Kids Cooking Bootcamp

  • Full-day camp on PD days  
  • October 26,  8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $90 includes all food & supplies
     

Parent & Child Culinary Program NW

  • 4-week cooking series for children (age 8+) and parents  
  • Oct 28 – Nov 22, 2018  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Parkdale Community Association, 3512 – 5 Avenue NW
  • $275 includes all food & supplies
     

Cooking with Colours

  • 4-week cooking series for children (ages 4-8) and parents  
  • Nov 4 – Nov 25, 2018  10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $180 includes all food & supplies
     

Kids Cooking Bootcamp

  • Full-day camp on PD days  
  • November 12,  8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $90 includes all food & supplies
     

Kids Cooking Bootcamp

  • Full-day camp on PD days  
  • December 7,  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Parkdale Community Association, 3512 – 5 Avenue NW
  • $90 includes all food & supplies
Register For Camps
In our Kids Cooking Bootcamp, the class made homemade turkey meatballs with whole wheat pasta and marinara sauce. Mamma mia, it was delicious!
 

TEEN AND ADULT COOKING CLASSES

Cooking 101 – 4 Week Beginner Cooking Series

  • Oct 20 – Nov 10, 2018  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $260 includes all food & supplies
     

Seasonal Sunday Brunch FALL

  • October 21, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $75 includes all food & supplies
     

Bone Broths and Stocks

  • November 17, 2018  9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $65 includes all food & supplies
     

Christmas Canning

  • December 1, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
  • $70 includes all food & supplies
     

Seasonal Sunday Brunch WINTER

  • December 2, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Parkdale Community Association, 3512 – 5 Avenue NW
  • $75 includes all food & supplies
Register for Teen and Adult Cooking Classes

 

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