It’s not my first time at the rodeo, oh wait, yes, yes it is. The Royal Winter Fair just ended, and shockingly, it was my first time at the fair. Growing up in Toronto heading to the fair should have been a right of passage, seems like just about everyone I know has gone at least once, but for some reason or another this world class event was never on my radar.
Being a born again kid (read: mom to two girls) I have the lucky fortune of reliving these moments and shared the joy with my youngest daughter last weekend marking our first Royal affair together. My mini me LOVED the atmosphere, feeding the goats, riding the mechanical bull, eating samples of free food, okay and maybe fondling some oversized vegetables too.
Taking in all the sights and sounds (and maybe gawking at our future dinner in the cattle corral) was more fun then I realized. Ditto for people watching, which happily had us meet our new mayor, Mr John Tory, who was visiting with his family.
Not to be missed are the various culinary demos and competitions, celebrity chefs like Ted Reader were in on the action, but I was keen to check out the cooking demo by Mushrooms Canada. I’m a loyal mushroom fan (yes, some may call me a funghi…ouch) so I never really understood the premise of blending and extending. Mushrooms are tasty, why hide them? But I was missing the bigger picture, and happily learned how to make my food budget go further (as well as injecting more nutrition into my recipe rotation). You see, just because I love mushrooms doesn’t mean my whole family does. And what they don’t know…well you know the saying.
The salad was effortlessly made in mere minutes, a midweek dinner brought to life by just opening your pantry and bringing your favourite ingredients to life. I’m eager to try this at home- my kids have become expert choppers and as you can see for yourself, the mushroom flavour truly blends right in- picky eaters are none the wiser!
Look for this recipe and many more on their delicious website here. Stay tuned for my take on mini-mushroom tourtières, a warm winter favourite that will definitely lend itself well to the Blend and Extend philosophy.
Thanks oodles to Mushrooms Canada for the day at the fair! We are already looking forward to next year!