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Monday, September 8, 2008

The 10 km/16 Mile Dinner

The idea behind the 100 Mile Diet is to focus as much of your diet from local sources as possible. This helps reduce green-house emissions, supports the local economy and helps consumers get in touch with the regional "terroir."

On our recent vacation in the Cowichan Valley, we were presented with the unique opportunity to experience something even more local. The Valley has become known as the "Provence of Canada" because of the diversity of the farmers and producers. Everything from vineyards, farmers, cheesemakers, bee-keepers, butchers and many many other food related folk thrive in the region.  100 mile diet? Pshaw! 10km was our goal!

Our first stop was the Cowichan Bay Farm for poultry. The folk raise chicken, ducks, eggs (both) and other produce, and sell it to you from a little shack towards the back of their property. The honour system is in proactice here; you pay cash for what yout take. Bring change, because they have none. We selected a 5lb roasting chicken, some chicken sausage, and went to look for veggies.

From what we discovered, most farms in the area specialize in 1 or 2 veggies. So if you're looking for a one stop shop, it can be difficult. Fortunately there are a few roadside stands that gather produce from all around the area. The stand we found was just north of Mill Bay (about 3 kms) and had a terrific selection of potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, etc.

The house we were renting had a good grill, and a crazy sombrero-looking device that allowed you to roast a chicken "beer-can" style with veggies scattered around the outside. Worked like a charm (and if anyone knows where I can find such a thing please let me know!) So, dinner was a roast chicken with roasted veggies. The view, as you can see, made for a relaxing prelude to the meal ...

... as did this G&T, made with Victoria Gin from Barking Dog Spirits (Winchester Cellars in Saanich), and a slice of lemon cucumbers from the aforementioned veggie stand. Wine with dinner was Winchester Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir.

Dessert (unphotographed because it was devoured before I could get out my camera) was a Blackberry Cobler made with blackberried found on the street out house was on.







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Cowichan Bay Farm
1560 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC

Winchester Cellars
6170 Old West Saanich Road
Saanich, BC

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