Tastes of Ancaster serves up delicious recipes using local ingredients
When Erica Scime moved from Ancaster to Toronto to attend Ryerson University, she missed her family and friends.
A very close second was the opportunity to eat delicious local fruits and vegetables.
Scime, who completed the journalism program at Ryerson this spring, has recently released a 40-page cookbook titled Tastes of Ancaster. She said the cookbook was originally her mother’s idea, but when the prospect of publishing favourite recipes from local people featuring local food arose, the Ancaster High graduate’s interest was immediately piqued.
“I have always been really interested in local food and supporting local agriculture, and we were talking about living in Toronto and how much I missed the corn and strawberries and the local food that I grew up with,” said Scime.
Along with a few of her own recipes, Tastes of Ancaster includes contributions from family, friends, local farmers and well-known chefs Jeff Crump and Patrick Truax.
Scime said the cookbook features “a little bit of everything” — from soups and salads to main courses, side dishes, baking, desserts, drinks and jam preserves. All the recipes use fresh food from farmers’ fields and backyard gardens, and have been tested on the kitchen tables of Ancaster residents.
As editor of the cookbook, Scime wrote blurbs before each of the recipes. Some feature a little story about the contributor; others talk about the recipe’s wholesome and delectable ingredients.
Scime did all the photography, including the colourful, eye-catching front-page image of a bowl filled with taste-tempting radishes, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, apples and potatoes.
She said she has prepared almost all of the Tastes of Ancaster recipes herself, but is eager to test the Cheddar and Jalapeno Corn Muffins from Cranston Farms and the Roasted Mushrooms by chef Crump. Her personal favourite is one of her own treasured table secrets — Butternut Squash Soup.
Scime, who is moving back to Ancaster at the end of the month, said she is quite pleased with the final outcome of her work to produce a uniquely Ancaster cookbook.
“I’m proud of seeing something from the very beginning all the way to completion and having an awesome product and to share my love of local food in the town that I grew up in,” she said.
Tastes of Ancaster is available over the winter at Lindley’s Farm, 900 Fiddler’s Green Rd. Anyone interested in purchasing the book can also contact Scime directly by emailing email@example.com.
In the spring, Tastes of Ancaster will also be available at the Ancaster Farmers Market, which runs Wednesdays beginning in mid-June behind St. John’s Anglican Church, 272 Wilson St. E., and Cranston Farms, 37 Carluke Rd. E. Cost is $10.
Scime is currently completing an internship at Not Far From the Tree, a Toronto-based charity that sees volunteers assist home-owners with harvesting their fruits and vegetables. Some of the produce goes to food banks, shelters and community kitchens.
Once back on her home turf, Scime hopes to continue working in the food industry in a public relations capacity.