I'm so thankful I get to do what I love.
I'm also thankful for the community that has embraced me with open arms over the years. Photographers and bloggers, chefs, restaurant owners and staff, winemakers - I'm constantly surrounded by passionate, talented people who obsess about food and drink as much as I do.
Included in that community are the folks who invite me to review cookbooks before they're released. For me, there's just something so thrilling about accepting a package from a courier, tearing open the glued security strip and unveiling a brand new book, fresh from the printer. I've always been a visual, tactile person, and books have always been a very dear part of my life ; one could say, as a child, books were my only real friends. I get the same rush I always did, cracking open a binding for the first time, and the feeling is heightened by the awareness that I'm one of a only a few across the country given the chance to do so.
I was delighted when Heather Lang invited me for a sneak peek of, and blog hop for, Nourish - Whole Food Recipes Featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans, by Nettie Cronish and Cara Rosenbloom, published by Whitecap Books.
Is a vegetarian chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author. For the past 25 years, she has been teaching at supermarkets, community colleges and gourmet and health food stores. She works with dieticians and develops and tests recipes for the business sector and she is the Chair of the Women's Culinary Network and a board member of Fair Trade Canada.
Is a passionate foodie and a Registered Dietician. She was the dietician at Canadian Living for six years and makes regular appearances on Breakfast Television, CTV News, and The Morning Show. She holds a literature degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University.
Upon my first flip through of Nourish, I almost immediately decided on the multi-grain scones. Warm scones for breakfast, with a smear of butter and a dollop of jam, are a small joy in life, so I quickly filled in my information on the shared Google doc and got to baking.
The recipe for the scones reads well, however there's one small thing I can't figure out. Some of the ingredient measurements seem to be printed out of order, that is, smaller measurements are listed before larger measurements. Perhaps I'm just being picky but, I've always read and written recipes with dry ingredients grouped together, then wet ingredients grouped together and everything listed in descending order from largest to smallest measurement. Anyhow, aside from that small detail, the scones were quite tasty, and as you see from my picture above, slightly modified from the book's version, giving me the chance to use items already in my pantry. Instead of dried cherries I used pecans, instead of hemp and millet I used sunflower and flax seeds and, in place of lemon zest I substituted orange zest. Warmed up, the scones were a nice treat with a little peach jam and a cup of hot coffee.
Overall, I'd say Nourish is a nice book, chock full of useful information about ingredients I don't use often, like lentils, beans and pulses, notes about nutrition, tips on stocking a healthy pantry and recipes for interesting sounding dishes like Salty-Sweet Kombu Chips, White Bean Rosemary Soup with Garlic Croutons and Maple-Chipotle Popcorn.
I have 18 other blogger friends from across the country participating in the Nourish Blog Hop so take a moment to check out their reviews -
Caroline from Do It All Working Mom
Charmian from The Messy Baker
Emily from the best of this life
Erin from How to Eat
Gwen from Devour & Conquer
Heather from The Tasty Gardener
Hilary from Cocoa Bean, the Vegetable
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life
Katrina from Kitchen Trials
Lauren from laurenfollett.com
Laureen from Art and the Kitchen
Libby from libbyroach.ca
Redawna from Nutmeg Disrupted
Regina from leelalicious
Sarah from Kiwi & Bean
Stephanie from kitchen frolic
Tiffany from Eating Niagara
Zannat from food for happiness
And, if you'd like to win your own copy of Nourish, please enter via the Rafflecopter Giveaway below (fyi - a blog comment is mandatory to open Rafflecopter) -
This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway will run from Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond. If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected MUST correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner's name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. Prize value is approximately $30CDN.
One more thing before you go - a huge thank you to Whitecap Books for sending me a complimentary copy of Nourish!