Family Day @ Trout Lake Community Centre

Join the Cedar Cottage Food Network and many other organizations and community members for a Family Day celebration on Monday, February 9th at Trout Lake Community Centre. CCFN will be hosting food demonstrations in the kitchen, serving up samples of items like non-alcoholic ginger beer, homemade pop tarts, and a special Lunar New Year delicacy. Hope to see you all there!

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Spring Workshops for Kids and Pre-Teens

playing-with-your-food1The Cedar Cottage Food Network is presenting several cooking workshops for children and pre-teens this spring at Trout Lake and Kensington Community Centres. Food intersects well with many other disciplines and these cooking workshops develop literacy, teamwork, problem-solving, and motor skills.

At Trout Lake (register online here under Education > Cooking and baking):

May 24 from 10am-12pm – Experimenting with Food (ages 5-9) | $15
After doing some fun science experiments, participants will apply the concepts learned to cooking.

June 7 from 10am-12:30pm – Food and Our Bodies (girls ages 10-14) | $18

Participants will learn to make healthy connections between body image and food after this combination of group discussion and cooking class. Lunch will be prepared and enjoyed together.

At Kensington (register online here):

April 26, May 3, May 10 from 10-11am – Little Cooks (ages 4-7) | $35 for 3 sessions
An introduction to the fun of cooking where playing with food is required! Parental supervision is welcome but not necessary.

August 4-7 from 10:30-11:15am – Little Cooks Camp (ages 4-7) | $59 for 4 sessions

All food in the workshops is nut-free and vegetarian. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail cedarcottagefoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com.

Winter Workshop Registration Open

Registration has started for Cedar Cottage Food Network’s winter workshops. We’ll be offering the following workshops from January to March 2015:

Trout Lake Community Centre

Using the Whole Bird – January 28 from 6-8pm | $20valentines

Valentine’s Day Baking for Kids (ages 5-9) – February 14 from 10-11:30am | $15

Community Friday Dinner – February 27 from 5-7:30pm | $5

Make Your Own Pasta – March 11 from 6-8pm | $20

Mini Cooks Spring Break Camp (ages 8-10) – March 16-20 from 10-11:30am | $60 for 5 sessions

Register here for Trout Lake programs (we’re under Education, then Cooking and Baking). 

Kensington Community Centre

Little Cooks (ages 4-7) January 18, 25, February 1 from 10-11am | $35.00 for 3 sessions

Register here for Kensington programs.

If you have questions about the workshops or ideas for sessions in spring 2015, e-mail cedarcottagefoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com.

Bread Baking 101 Workshop – November 17


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Warm bread fresh from the oven is perfect on a rainy Vancouver day like today, especially when paired with a hearty soup. The Cedar Cottage Food Network is proud to present a Bread Baking 101 workshop at Trout Lake Community Centre on November 17th from 6-8pm. Don’t let tricky ingredients like yeast intimidate you – it just takes a bit of practice! You can sign up online here or register in person next time you’re at Trout Lake.

Here’s a wonderful soup recipe (Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur) from one of my favourite websites, 101 Cookbooks, to tide you over until then. Making the herbed feta topping is essential. Enjoy!

Harvest Dinner & Dance at Trout Lake

Sustenance Festival has come and gone. A great time was had by all participants at the Trout Lake Community Centre event, Harvest Dinner and Dance. Great participants, a warm meal for a cool night, and plenty of dancing made this event a success! A huge thanks to everyone who made this event possible, including Choices Market, Trout Lake (staff and pottery club), Sustenance Festival, and all the volunteers.


Dinner for 140 guests



Youth volunteers making popcorn!

Youth volunteers making popcorn!

Registration open for fall workshops

Fall14WorkshopPosterRegistration for our fall workshops is now open! For the first time ever, we have workshops at both Trout Lake and Kensington Community Centres.

Detailed at the left are our adult cooking workshops at Trout Lake. We also have a four-week after school program called Junior Cooks for ages 10-12.

At Kensington, we’ll have a Learn to Pickle workshop and a Little Cooks (ages 4-7) three-part series.

These programs will fill up fast so get your spot today! Look for us under Education, then Cooking and Baking or Gardening at the links below:

Online registration for Trout Lake

Online registration for Kensington


Jam with us at our canning workshop – Aug. 19

harvestcanningNext up in our summer workshop series at Trout Lake Community Centre: Harvest Canning!

Learn to preserve seasonal foods so that you may enjoy them all year long. Participants will walk away with their new knowledge and a jar of what the group made that night.

Register online (under Education > Cooking and baking) or in person at Trout Lake. The workshop is only $15. See you there!

An Evening with Iris Quinn – July 22


We regret to inform our readers that this workshop has been cancelled. 

The Cedar Cottage Food Network is hosting a workshop by local cookbook author Iris Quinn in two weeks! Iris lives in the Trout Lake area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with her neighbours over food. Here is a quick introduction from Iris herself:

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be coming to Trout Lake Community Centre to cook with you, and to talk about my new cookbook. A professional actor by trade, I have been a foodie geek since I was ten years old, and have turn pseudo-pro in the past twenty years catering for weddings and other gatherings. My cookbook, SALIVATION, is a collection of recipes that I created over the last several decades, and along with recipes that have been blessedly bestowed upon me. It is a collection of the very best I have to offer. Each recipe is easily accessible with method and ingredients, all healthy and gourmet tasting.

The workshop is on July 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm and includes a three-course meal for only $20! Register here before this workshop sells out.


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