Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t been able to post on my blog or social media that much. Its spring break here in BC and I went on a road trip to San Francisco with my family. 30+ hours in the car was worth it for the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and riding a cable car!
In this blog post I will be writing about a recent workshop/reunion that I attended with members of a program called SOYL. SOYL stands for Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership and it is a six week summer program that I participated in the summer of 2014 (registration for 2015 will be opening soon :)). In this program, I was able to build a garden bed at my high school, grow vegetables, lead workshops for children and even host a Farmer’s Market! After I went through this program, I became more aware of how environmental sustainability is very important for our personal health and global well-being.
In the workshop that I participated in, I learned about the art of fermenting food. Huh? What is that you ask? Well the fermentation of food involves the transformation of bacteria that is helpful for our digestion. Some common fermented foods are coffee, bread, yogurt, wine, kimchi and condiments. While we were taught to be afraid of bacteria our whole lives, I learned that bacteria can be helpful and that they make up the majority of our bodies! This workshop was organized by Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition and she is extremely knowledgeable about fermented foods and their health benefits. I learned how to make Sauerkraut, a food from Eastern Europe made from cabbage and salt. That’s it! BUT you can also add beets for colour, carrots and apples for extra measure 🙂
As you can see from the pictures, I started with a few whole cabbages, sliced them thinly, added some beets for a beautiful fuchsia colour and mashed it down into a few jars. And voila! A healthy and delicious food item that can be enjoyed for a long time. I preparation for the Miss Teenage Canada, I will be trying to change my health lifestyle to be as healthy and strong as possible. In eating this fermented food, my body will be able to function better and keep me energized. Fermented food such as kimchi has always been a part of my culture but it was interesting to find other ways to get the health benefits and experience a new culture with food! I hope I will continue making and experimenting with fermented foods because it was so much fun to make and it is very useful in creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Although this post wasn’t related to the pageant, it is something interesting that has been happening in my life so far! Ill be starting school tomorrow and I’m quite excited to see all my classmates again and start working 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this long post and hope to hear from you!
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015