Quinoa with Sunflower Seed Pesto, Local Elk Sausage and Wild Boar Chop Ragu

In the midst of even the most chaotic and challenging days, somehow peace will find you. Peace is found in the moments after the kitchen has completed a dish they are pleased with. Seeing, tasting, and sharing the fruits of your labour is a wonderfully fulfilling process. Peace shows up when you’re least expecting it too, often as a beautiful  smell or taste or sight. As it reduces on the stove, the steam from red wine syrup will waft over and warm you. As you bite into the perfect ripe strawberry, your taste buds are enlivened by it’s fresh perfume; floral and sweet with abundance. While rushing to chop parsley for quinoa you will suddenly stop, humbled by the beauty that presented itself naturally.
Sunflower Seed Pesto Quinoa with Red Onion, ParsleyA moment like this feels humbling, or maybe I am being overly sentimental and reverent. Still, for every photograph that is manicured and posed, there are an equal number of great spontaneous images that appeared as if by magic.
Ontario Elk SausageWhen I captured this shot, these local elk sausage were resting in a pan about to be sliced. They were caught in a moment of opportunity, just before being added to a ragu with local wild boar chops.
Ontario Wild Boar Chop and Elk Sausage RaguOntario Wild Boar Chop and Elk Sausage Ragu
As part of that reverent connection to food, the opportunity to work with local ingredients has been a great experience. Our favourite farmer friend Yuki was in yesterday to catch up and offer us rhubarb for the coming week. I’d love to wax poetic about lovely Yuki and his produce but I’ll save that for another post. I can’t wait for the summer, when most of his produce begins to arrive.

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