Strawberry Picking at Brooks Farm

*Warning: The next three entries are strawberry related.
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Dad had a random Friday off in July. We were originally going to go trail walking in Hamilton but ended up on strawberry picking on Brooks Farm near Uxbridge. I haven’t been to more than five farms (I’m a city girl) but this was my favourite from the rest. Maybe because I went on a weekday instead of a weekend; less people and hence more quiet. Driving there was easy, hardly any cars on the highway and streets, a lovely drive from the city. There were only peas and strawberries to pick (we went during the first week of July).

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We spent about 45ish minutes on the field. We filled up three baskets and I estimated that we got a total of 14ish pounds. It was cheaper per pound (compared to the other farms I’ve been to), $2.35/ lb.

I would love to go again to pick other fruits and vegetables before the summer ends.

Sunday Pancakes x 2

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Nothing like a wintery Sunday morning making pancakes for breakfast. I can’t remember the last time we made pancakes. Actually, I’m not a big fan of pancakes. The fact that making pancakes with my family makes me really happy. We hardly see each other, besides eating at the dinner table.

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Because my brother can’t have dairy products and eggs, I searched for an eggless and dairy free recipe. I chose a vegan and gluten free recipe. I never really liked vegan or gluten free foods; there’s something plain about it. But I WAS so wrong. This Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Buckwheat Pancake recipe by Oh She Glows completely changed my mind. The batter was thinner compared to a normal milk and egg pancake mixture, but what the hell. Using a ladle, I scooped the batter and placed a hot plat cast iron buttered grill. They cooked within seconds (wait for the bubbles to form).

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Because my dad is a picky eater, I used Sorted Food’s Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe. This recipe made a thick batter, too thick compared to a regular pancake mix. Nevertheless, this recipe was fun and pretty easy to make. We had fun squirting the cinnamon butter on the pancakes!

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To top off these two very different pancakes, we made peameal bacon. Trying to be super healthy (but not really because there we used a lot of butter to cook the pancakes), we had bananas and avocados.

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Sorted Food’s Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe (Youtube video here)
Oh She Glows’ Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Buckwheat Pancake recipe

*This is part of my new year resolution. I’m trying to cut out junk food and eat healthier. To me, that means more fruits, vegetables, yogurt and grains. And of course, less eating out, but treating myself one in a while.
** In NO means I am trying to persuade anyone to change their eating habits.