Liberty for Youth UPDATE

Two weeks of Liberty For Youth have gone by, so here is an update! Last week we had the opportunity to do some baking and cooking. The baking involved sticky dough that formed into delicious biscuits some of which were covered with cheese! Cooking that week was adventurous as well, a variety of veggies and some meat went into a frittata that many enjoyed. We had a laugh at the pronunciation of frittata, many thought we were making fajitas again!
Yesterday we did the double show once again, baking zucchini bran muffins and cooking up some sandwiches. The muffins were delicious and nutritious. Sandwiches came in a variety of flavours including turkey, grilled cheese, and even peanut butter and blueberry. Our CFAs let us know that fresh fruit like blueberries is a great alternative to sugar filled jams. It sure was delicious!

Something New at Liberty

Last week at L4Y we did something a little different. We made a Watermelon Power Drink!!! This drink consisted of watermelon, lime, mint, some ginger, and a touch of water. What is great about this alternative is that it has no artificial sugar. Usually sports drinks are full of artificial sugar, but this drink will allow for a clean restoration of your electrolytes. After the drink, we cooked up some veggies and meat to make fajitas. Everyone made up their own according to their tastes and we all had a delicious treat. What a great night!

Hot Lunch

This Wednesday we had another successful Hot Lunch here at Faith! The turnout was great and we had the opportunity to hear from two of our interns about the work we’ve been doing in the garden and in the community. Our menu this week has consisted a variety of delicious dishes including peas, chicken, and coleslaw. The star of the show was the pasta salad complete with tons of veggies including tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, onion, and zucchini. Our conclusion was a delicious peach and rhubarb crisp! If you would like to join us, keep in mind that Hot Lunches start at 11:30 AM on the last Wednesday of every month.

Adventure at Red Hill HPL

This morning our team took a trip to the local library, the Red Hill Hamilton Public Library, to put on a food demonstration for some kids that attended. Libraries are essential institutions in our community, and they house immense amounts of knowledge and opportunity accessible to all. Along with the books and computers that are on offer there, libraries also provide programs like the one we led. We are incredibly thankful for libraries, for their support of people. Today we worked with kids to put together a delicious salsa salad complete with tomatoes, celery, beans, corn, peppers, avocado, lime juice, oil, and onion. It was a delicious meal that can be used as a snack or a meal. This particular meal fits in the vegetable category of the food recommendation plate that we also went over with the kids. All in all it was a wonderful morning of learning and fun!

 

L4Y PIZZA PARTY

Last night at Liberty for Youth, we had an exciting night of personal pita pizzas! There were a variety of exciting toppings accessible to us thanks to our wonderful community food advisers. The ingredients available included red pepper, onion, pineapple, mozzarella, goats cheese, pepperoni, and tomato. To top it all of we had a yummy Cesar salad as well. Coming together to make and eat food is a wonderful part of how we build community. We at Faith are thankful for this opportunity to do this with Liberty for Youth.

Cooking with Liberty for Youth

Last night at Liberty for Youth, we had a good group come together to eat together and fellowship. In the kitchen and around the table we gathered to make, eat, and talk. There was a variety of food on the table this week, and the theme was picnic! The menu included corn, fruit, veggies, homemade hummus, toasted bread, and pasta salad. The corn on the cob was boiled with butter and salt. The homemade hummus was made with chickpeas, olive oil, salt, and some garlic in a food processor. The toasted bread was buttered and broiled. The pasta salad was pasta, mayo, carrots, and some salt. It was a fun night, and as always we look forward to coming back together again soon.

First fruit: cherry picking

We are so fortunate. What a joy it is to pick our sour cherry crop right in the urban city.

There is an abundance of cherries this year due to the long wet winter and the sudden extreme heat. We so enjoyed picking the crop while in dappled shade in this extreme heat.

The crop, while plentiful, was divided between Neighbour to Neighbour and the Indigenous Native Women’s shelter. We give thanks for this bounty and were sure to leave enough for our local birds to enjoy.