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SPRING LIVING: Camping plans, vegan treats and a bit of Mercy

I can't get over how beautiful the skies are in Nova Scotia; the lilac, gold and hints of pink in this shot look like brush strokes in the heavens. Ethan MacLennan sent this picturesque photo from his recent canoe and camping trip in Kejimkujik, N.S. Now, I'm craving smores. Thanks, Ethan.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year: campground booking systems are opening up! Nova Scotia opened its campground booking systems this week and I'm ashamed to say I forgot and was late to the party, but still managed to score a good site for one night at Dollar Lake Provincial Park. 

To help you avoid forgetting like I did, here's a rundown of when booking systems will be opening across the region:

  • N.S. Provincial Parks - April 6 - 8 depending on the park. 
  • Parks Canada - April 22 - 26 depending on the park. Click the link to check when your fave opens. 
  • NLCamping - April 28 at 7 a.m. NDT
  • PEI Parks - A new reservation system will open in May, but no firm date has been announced yet.

In this week's newsletter, we're diving into plant-based diets, another bright brunch idea, what it's actually like to travel during COVID-19, how to waste less food and we get to the bottom of making the perfect cup of java. 

I hope you enjoy.

— Jill, SaltWire Audience Team

Cindy Day - Saltwire network
Cindy Day - Saltwire network

Weekend weather

It's a tale of two forecasts this weekend. While Maritimers enjoy more sunshine than we've had in a while, eastern Newfoundland will experience rain and then snow, followed by more rain. As far as the wind goes, Mother Nature is not playing favourites - expect a raw north to north-easterly wind for days to come. Full forecast details here


The vegetarian table can be rich in flavour according to Mark DeWolf. Photo: Julia Webb - Mark DeWolf
The vegetarian table can be rich in flavour according to Mark DeWolf. Photo: Julia Webb - Mark DeWolf


Going plant based

Enthusiasm for plant-based diets is on the rise.  Take the hype around the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, for example. The options for plant-based alternatives seem to grow each time I do my biweekly grocery run and many companies have been jumping on the opportunity to be early adopters of plant-based options including these three on our very own coast:

Real Fake Meats located in Halifax’s north end is Atlantic Canada’s first vegan butcher, serving up a selection of plant-based meats and cheeses.

Earthli produces vegan proteins at their zero-waste, hemp-only facility in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.

Gift of Health is the brainchild of Newfoundland-based doctors Arjun and Shobha Rayapudi. Their website promotes the value of a healthy plant-based diet.

To get in on the action, Mark DeWolf serves up recipes for a plant-based feast, along with vegan wine choices here



Another bright brunch idea

I couldn't tell you the last time I went out for brunch. It's been far too long. While I'm not ready to head to a restaurant to dine in just yet, I'm all for trying to create restaurant-quality dishes in my own kitchen. Go ahead and get a little fancy at home this weekend with this recipe for smoked salmon and cream cheese waffles


Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Freshest has given away 475 boxes of fresh produce that anyone in need could pick up.   - Grace Biswas
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Freshest has given away 475 boxes of fresh produce that anyone in need could pick up. - Grace Biswas


Waste not, want not

Just like you can't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge produce by being a little malformed or "ugly". A 2019 study by Second Harvest concluded a whopping 58 per cent of food produced in Canada — 35.5 million tonnes — is lost or wasted each year. Let that just sink in for a minute. Almost 60% of food produced in our beautiful country goes to waste. Find out what our local farmers are doing to help curb food waste, and what you can do yourself at home



What it's like to travel during COVID

It's been a long almost 13 months since the first lockdown. So many trips cancelled. So many travel credits sitting there waiting to be used. Who hasn't been tempted to travel despite government shutdowns and recommendations? But what's it really like to travel during a pandemic? Mother-daughter duo Lynn and Haley Ivey set out on a cross-Canada road trip to move Haley to Alberta for a new job and shared their experience here


Brett Bunston says sales of his freshly-roasted coffee beans have taken off at his shop, the Caledonia House, at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market since the COVID-19 pandemic. On the flip side, single-cup sales have drastically fallen off. - Ryan Cadman
Brett Bunston says sales of his freshly-roasted coffee beans have taken off at his shop, the Caledonia House, at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market since the COVID-19 pandemic. On the flip side, single-cup sales have drastically fallen off. - Ryan Cadman


It's all about the beans

Do you know what goes into making the perfect cup of Joe? It starts with the beans (and how you store them) and then it comes down to your equipment and your ratios. For over 30 years, Brett Bunston has been selling roasted whole bean and ground coffee at his shop, Caledonia House at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market and has these tips for our readers to brew the perfect cup at home.


The Speed of Mercy - Contributed - SaltWire Network
The Speed of Mercy - Contributed - SaltWire Network


Local reads

Christy Ann Conlin’s fourth book, The Speed of Mercy opens with Malmuria Grant-Patel, a young podcaster and short-story writer, standing at the edge of the woods in the Annapolis Valley looking out a Mercy Lake. Staring at the burned-out remains of a lodge nearby, she is determined to uncover what happened there in the 1980s.

Wrapped up in Mercy Lake’s mysterious history is Stella Sprague. Stella has lived in an institution most of her adult life and has not spoken in decades. Now at age 54 and struggling with her memory, Stella finds some peace in keeping to her daily routines and schedules and in her deep friendship with Dianne, an elderly woman who also lives at the home.

Through Stella’s flashbacks and Malmuria’s investigations, Stella’s past, with all its secrets and shame, comes to light as Conlin weaves a gripping tale, smoothly alternating the novel’s chapters from present to past.

Through Stella’s flashbacks and Malmuria’s investigations, Stella’s past, with all its secrets and shame, comes to light as Conlin weaves a gripping tale, smoothly alternating the novel’s chapters from present to past. 
 
(Indulge yourself and pair the read with the matching soap from Hen of the Woods.)


 

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