Community Kitchen Menus

This month, the Cedar Cottage Food Network has been hosting a weekly community kitchen program at Trout Lake Community Centre. With such a great group of people, it’s been fun experimenting with different cuisines and recipes. Here’s what we’ve enjoyed throughout the program:

Week 1: Indian food
Masoor dal aur band gobi (red split lentils with cabbage)
Indian spiced cauliflower and potatoes
Cucumber raita

Week 2: Mexican food
Vegetarian tortilla soup
Grilled fish tacos with chipotle-lime dressing
Pico de gallo

Week 3: Lebanese/Middle Eastern food
Fattoush salad
Baba ghanouj

Week 4: Thai/Vietnamese food
Vegetarian Thai Tom Yum soup
Fresh salad rolls with spicy peanut dipping sauce
Shrimp Pad Thai

Copley Community Orchard AGM – March 2nd


The Copley Community Orchard is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 2nd at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. If you are not familiar with the orchard, it is located near the Nanaimo Skytrain Station, at Copley, Walker, and Vaness Streets – right in Kensington-Cedar Cottage! Membership to the orchard allows you to attend educational workshops on fruit tree care, play a role in the decision-making process for any changes to the program, and have a share of the fruit that is grown (berries this summer!).

If the idea of being able to pick fresh fruit like apples and blueberries within an urban environment excites you, get your membership at Copley’s AGM. Another special treat at the AGM this year is a talk by Michael Kluckner, a Vancouver historian, who will discuss the history of agriculture in the region.

The Copley Community Orchard is run by Environmental Youth Alliance, which has many wonderful programs for children and youth. If you have further questions about the AGM or the orchard itself, e-mail membership[at]copleycommunityorchard[dot]com.

Community Survey about Garden in Kingscrest Park


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The Cedar Cottage Food Network has been working with local residents and the Park Board on a proposal for a community garden at Kingscrest Park, near the intersection of Knight, Kingsway, and King Edward. If the community consultation process goes well, the garden could be operational for the 2014 growing season.

Please fill in the consultation survey released by the Park Board by February 25th, 2014 to have your say on what happens in the park.

Seedy Saturday – March 1

ImageIt’s time to begin thinking about your garden for this year. If you would like to grow from seed this season, head down to our first Seedy Saturday on March 1st from 10am-12pm.

Some of you may remember that the Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Vancouver Public Library have teamed up to start the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library at the Kensington branch. This event will be the grand opening of the Seed Library. You are more than welcome to bring seeds you have saved as well!

Hope to see you there!

Special thanks to Decoda Literacy‘s Raise-a-Reader program for their help in putting on this event. 

Market produce available – February 15


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After enjoying some Valentine’s Day treats on the 14th, head down to this week’s mobile market locations to stock up on your fresh fruits and vegetables. From 10:30am-12p:30m, we’ll be at Brant Villa (25th and Nanaimo) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at Culloden Court (47th and Knight). Look for the following vegetables on our tables this Saturday:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Bartlett pears (grown in Washington)
  • Cantaloupes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Red onions (grown in Washington)
  • Red fingerling potatoes (grown in Washington)
  • Jicama
  • Mixed baby greens for salads (organic)
  • Beets (organic)
  • Bok choy

See you then!

Market produce available – February 8

We’ll be back selling produce this Family Day long weekend! Our mobile markets will be at Cedar Cottage event_lunar_ny_14Neighbourhood House (25th and Victoria) from 10am-12pm and Orchard Park (45th and Nanaimo) from 2-4pm. The Neighbourhood House is hosting their 15th Annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday so expect lots of extra festivities going on that morning. Orchard Park’s market will feature a Tasting Kitchen using the food for sale in various recipes.

Here is what will be available for purchase on Saturday:

  • Gala apples (grown in BC)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Savoy cabbage (grown in BC)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Bok choy
  • Jicama (similar to a potato or turnip)
  • Lemons
  • Fingerling potatoes (grown in Washington)
  • Red onions (grown in Washington)

See you there!

Vietnamese Cooking Workshop – March 11

karmavore_circle_sign_outlineThe CCFN is proud to announce that our instructor for the Vietnamese cooking workshop on March 11th at Trout Lake Community Centre will be Maria from Chau Veggiexpress on Victoria Drive.

Not only is Maria’s restaurant right in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood (our home base), but her staff members serve up delicious Vietnamese food that is 100% vegetarian. Maybe we can coax some tips out of her about making a substitute for fish sauce!

The workshop runs from 6:00-8:30pm in the Kitchen at TLCC. The registration fee is $15. Spots are already moving fast so pre-register today!

You can view Chau’s menu on their website.