An ode to the cottage
Friday, July 17, 2009 | 03:56 PM ET
By Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca
A week away from my fave foodie columnists, bloggers and tweeters and you'd think that I'd shrivel up like a Sunmaid raisin from lack of a gastronomic fix.
Breakfast cooking on the wood stove. (Amber Hildebrandt/CBC)
I was off at the family cottage, located on an island far away from the convenience of a grocery store.
There, food is not the subject of gorgeous pictures and mouthwatering descriptions. It's a necessity, but a lavish one at that.
It's enforced simplicity in a way. Food adds weight to every boat trip and so we go without exotic ingredients and rarely replace our aging spices.
We may have only the food we cart on the boat, forage for on the island or catch in the river, but we have the decadence of time.
And at every meal, we feast. (Mostly thanks to my grandmother, whose culinary skills and ability to cook on a wood stove may be unrivalled ... at least for me.) Breakfasts regularly feature hash browns, eggs, bacon and toast. At supper, we dine on the catch of the day or some thick slab of meat.
Recipe books are tucked deep in a drawer and most date back to the 1940s, when a previous owner thought to bring them. My grandmother has no such need. She simply tosses her ingredients together with an able hand.
And I have to admit, I didn't miss my favourite blogs and go-to recipe websites. Not at all.
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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