On my new TV show Om Nom Ottawa, I spoke with many experts on various sustainable food topics from the region. I've always loved featuring them out of curiosity and mutual support rather than feeling though I had to as a good marketing approach.
Lately I've been feeling the FEELS about living in this city. Sure it was frustrating growing up in the 'burbs, envious of my favourite bands only travelling to cities like Montreal and Toronto. Being too young to travel alone at the time proved frustrating. But ever since I can remember Bluesfest has always had at least one act I can count on to entertain one of my present guilty pleasures or past nostalgia.
This will be my third year (!!!) covering the festival from my Gluten-Free and Local-Music-Loving perspective. I'm particularly excited to see Montreal's Wolf Parade (did you hear their latest EP? I can't.), newbie Alessia Clark, Eva Bee's Jamboree alumni Amos the Transparent, The Yips, Half Moon Run, and Amanda Rheaume.
Now, you can't go to a festival without having beer, now can you! Or you can if you don't drink - that's cool too! (that being said, we need some healthier and more interesting non-alcoholic beverages, no?) Below is my recipe for BEER BREAD. It's a quick bread which means it's super simple and easy to make with your favourite amber ale. There are so many amazing local breweries you can try these days!
great for grilled cheese sandwiches!!
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup amber beer
Preheat the oven to 400. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan.
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Slowly add beer then fold until dry ingredients are just moistened. Add batter to loaf pan and bake for about 45min or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let loaf cool before removing it.