Hello, From Nita
Posted by: Nita Sharda, Registered Dietitian, Carrots and Cake
Hey ya’ll, Nita here! I’m a Registered Dietitian, a self-proclaimed foodie, and an absolute cheese lover. I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Bothwell Cheese family as a nutrition expert to share tips, recipes, and information related to cheese (okay, not just cheese… but mostly).
Every person has a signature “cheese love story.” Mine began as a young girl watching my mother prepare paneer, a common East Indian cheese featured in many dishes. She would carefully boil her milk, separate it, and then I’d watch her use her gentle hands to strain away the whey with a cheesecloth. The result was always a soft, crumbly, and slightly salty cheese. I still reminisce about these memories – nostalgia at its finest.
Share your “cheese love” story in the comments area below for your chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card*
Now about Bothwell: my love affair with these local producers started in my University years when I was learning more about food sovereignty and the importance of eating sustainably. That’s when I bid farewell to the days of preparing boxed mac n’ cheese and using jarred “cheese” products on my toast (“cheese” in quotes because if it came from a box or a jar, it’s not really cheese!). As a keen student and local Winnipegger, I loved that I could rely on the folks at Bothwell for my local cheese fix.
The opportunity to buy close to home isn’t something I take for granted; we’re well aware that Canadians are becoming increasingly skeptical about where their food comes from, how it’s cared for, and – more over – we all want to know who is producing the food that nourishes our families. When you buy local food, you vote with your theoretical food dollar for family farms, thriving communities, and nourishing food. Bothwell Cheese is made from 100% pure Canadian milk. Isn’t that just beautiful? Food isn’t simply about the calories. It’s about stories.
So this season, try buying regional & Canadian fare. Because when you do, you’ll feel good and you’ll do good (and what could top that?)
Nita’s top 5 tips for going local:
- Join a CSA (community supported agriculture). A CSA is made up of a group whose members receive weekly shares of food from a specific farm (or groups of farms) in their region. Each member is supporting their local agriculture.
- Make it a weekly goal to visit your local Farmers’ Market – BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NT, NS, PEI, NL
- Make friends with a farmer, and who knows, maybe you’ll be gifted some free range eggs!
- Grow your own grub. Whether you have 100 square foot of space or an acre, you can discover your green thumb and start with growing herbs, potatoes, and even some leafy greens.
- Look for the “100% Canadian milk” logo when you purchase dairy products.
Until next time – checkout my personal blog post on my inaugural Girls Night In which featured easy, fancy, grown up (but not really) party snack ideas, including the palate pleasing treats below!
Peace, love, and cheese,
Carrots and Cake
Experience Girls Night In!
*Contest entry deadline is midnight on Monday, July 20, 2015. Good Luck!