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Archive for June, 2011

Slow Food

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

This week on Spooning and Forking, we learned about slow food: the craze taking Europe by storm! As much as a little snail can take a continent by storm. Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder and president, had this to say about his organization,

“Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature” Carlo Petrini.

To learn more about Slow Food in Calgary, Naddine sat down with president Kris Vester, as well as Eric Giesbrecht. In addition to sharing information about how to get involved with Slow Food Calgary, they chatted about CSAs. If you missed the episode, you can still listen on iTunes.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a great way to support your local producers by buying directly from the source. By making a financial commitment and a commitment of your labor, you receive a weekly delivery of organic, local produce straight from the farm. Additionally, every item will be seasonal, and possibly not the usual grocery store fare. Each delivery is a delicious surprise!

To join a CSA in Alberta, check out CSA Alberta.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Slow Food and your local farms, check out Slow Food Calgary.

For this week’s recipe, we selected pizza! Although not immediately obvious, pizza has the potential to represent all the values of Slow Food. It’s so simple and tasty to make dough from scratch, you will wonder why you ever settled for store-bought. Besides the ease with which you can make pizza at home, it is a great meal for its flexibility. Pizza is perfect for using up unfamiliar seasonal produce, or for enjoying classic flavor combinations. In the summer, use some fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. In the winter, sun dried tomatoes or tomato sauce are still delicious! Pizza is also the perfect food for sharing. And, as everyone knows, food tastes better when you eat it with your hands.

The food blog Smitten Kitchen explores Paths to Painless Pizza Making.

What are your favorite toppings?

Send us an email telling us about your experiences with Slow Food and farmers in Calgary, we’d love to hear from you!

Urban Bees

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

This week, Naddine sat down with beekeepers to chat about raising bees in Calgary and the delicious aftermath!

To hear the episode check out our iTunes store.

One of this weeks guests, Taryn Montgomery, referenced the phenomena of colony collapse disorder. For more information about CCD and the value of bees, check out these articles



To learn about keeping bees in Calgary go to www.calgarybeekeepers.com .

Now for those you who still aren’t convinced that raising bees is for you, we have some tasty persuasion in the form of a recipe from www.thekitchn.com.

Honey Pepper Vinaigrette

makes about 1-1/2 cups
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons honey, warmed
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup finely sliced fresh mint leaves

Combine everything in a jar. Cover with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously until well combined and creamy. Can be refrigerated for about a week.

What are your thoughts on bees? Would you consider raising bees?

We leave you with the words of our guest, the beekeeper Jim Rogers : “bee good”.

An ‘amuse-bouche’ episode

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Thanks to all of you who tuned in for the first segment of Spooning and Forking on Tuesday!

For those who missed it, we aired an episode to introduce ourselves and share previews of upcoming interviews. Marc, who helped produce it, coined it the ‘amuse-bouche’ episode, which is a bite-sized little something “served as an excitement of taste buds” *.

As a tinier amuse-bouche, we’ve compiled a quick preview clip, which you can check out on our iTunes page.


*Thanks Wikipedia!

Spooning & Forking Launches

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The time has finally come. Spooning & Forking launches June 14th at 11 am.  Tune in online at www.cjsw.com, cable 106.9 or on the Calgary FM dial at 90.9.