Scenes from my visit to Sunriver, Oregon.
I told you I had more to share about our trip to Canada, as I was doing some work for Travel Manitoba. And this post is just that, along with a recipe for these vegetable tartines. 🌿 Composed of homemade sourdough, tomato confit, roasted vegetables, and pepper jack. That I made with a stranger in rural Manitoba, in another stranger’s home. As foreign (and maybe a little scary) as that sounds, it’s a true testament to the fact that food brings all of us together.
The time we spent outside the city, among the country land and folk, was perhaps my favorite part of the visit. It’s where I felt a strong connection to the ground I was standing on, and the people I crossed paths with. Downtown Winnipeg moved us with its history and modern revitalization, but rural Manitoba is very special in its own right.
Crisps/crumbles/cobblers…. it’s one of the few baking categories that doesn’t require exact precision, which my pantry loves. And is exactly how this breadcrumb version came to be when I realized I’d ran out of oats and all I could think about was that bubbling pan of cozy coming out of the oven. But I did have a few slices of whole grain bread hiding out in the freezer, which I promptly turned into breadcrumbs. And pecans. Brown sugar. And butter.
It turned out homey, sweet, and comforting, with a generous crisp topping that’s nutty and toasted just right.
As a Minnesotan, I often forget how lucky we are to border another country, a characteristic which only a few states in the US can claim. Our northern sky buds right up to Canada, a country that sees the four seasons, has incredibly picturesque landscape, and diversity. Yet I’d never been. And now I’m wondering why I waited so long.
Fluffy and smooth, this roasted cauliflower dip tastes like the best hummus you’ve ever had, but doesn’t have any beans. Super flavorful, super easy. Vegan. Plus a recap of my Aldi grocery shopping experience. Let’s just say I was so impressed with their increased selection of fresh and organic foods.