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SPECIAL EVENT: The Taste of Downtown Peterborough 2015

Taste of Downtown

Health of the community relies on the support of local businesses, so check out some of the amazing local restaurants in town, many of which rely on local farms for their food! Peterborough is incredibly lucky in that we are surrounded by organic farms!

  • Charlotte Street between George Street and Aylmer Street
  • Free Admission!
  • Rain or Shine, come and enjoy some of the best food, music and shopping Peterborough has to offer.

An aerial view of the popular Downtown Business Improvement Area’s (DBIA) Taste of Downtown that returned for a seventh year with 16 downtown restaurants participating, along with live music and vendors on Saturday, June 14, 2014 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough. The 2015 version is set for June 13.
Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network file photo

Participating restaurants:

Bualai Taste of Thai

Smoke’s Poutinerie

Dr J’s BBQ

Nutty Chocolatier

Shish-Kabob Hut

Brio Gusto

Turnbull Cafe

Brickhouse Grill and Bar

By The Bridge

Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine


Cosmic Charlie’s




Wild Wing

Sapphire Room

Kettle Drums

La Hacienda

Special Features:

Fleming Culinary Food Battle

Giant Sidewalk Sale

Artville — Art School of Peterborough hosting a showcase of local artists

Live entertainment: The Briannah Cotton Band, Bridget Foley and The Pocket Kings, Kim Doolittle and The Wolfgang Brothers

Desiderata: My new favourite inspirational poem.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Tortillas

I follow the Against All Grain blog for it’s amazing recipes. This is one I will be trying very soon, it is so versatile! This recipe was taken directly from the website:

Can be used as flat bread in wraps, enchiladas, tacos, pizza crust, burritos, and as crepes!

Ingredients (makes 8-10)

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon grain free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cup egg whites (or 16 egg whites)
3/4 cup almond milk

*2 tsp honey (optional: use when making crepes)


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. Whisk again. The batter should be more runny than that of pancakes, about the same as a crêpe batter.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat and spray with oil or melt enough butter to coat the bottom and sides of pan. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan, swirling the pan while you pour to ensure the bottom is coated and the tortilla is thin.

Once the bottom looks set (about 1 minute), carefully release the sides of the tortilla with a rubber spatula and turn over.

Spray the pan again, and repeat above steps until all the batter is used. Layer the tortillas on a plate and set aside until you’re read to fill them and bake.

A Note About Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is made by drying and finely grinding the meat of a coconut. It is packed with dietary fiber and protein. It is naturally gluten-free, so it doesn’t trigger an inflammatory response in the body. The high fiber content also keeps your body from absorbing sugars into the blood stream. It is a great alternative to those who have nut or wheat allergies, but can be somewhat tricky to bake with.

I learned the hard way that you cannot substitute it for another flour 100% unless you add additional liquid. Eggs are usually best because Coconut flour has no gluten and the eggs take the place of gluten. Some sites suggest that you add 1 egg for every ounce of coconut flour, but then you’re dealing with high fat and calorie content, so I usually add extra egg whites instead and occasional apple sauce or juice if I’m using it in sweeter baked goods. It’s really about trial and error, and takes some patience while learning to use it.

What the Heck is a Doula?

Doulas have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Unfortunately with the introduction of modern medicine, the tradition of having a supportive woman attend your birth has been lost. “Doula” is greek for “a woman who serves”. Traditionally women of the extended family or women in the community would gather together at a birth to provide emotional support the the labouring woman. In today’s world, family is spread out all over the globe, and having all of your female neighbours attend your birth is rather frightening! A modern day doula is a woman who has been trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support to both mom and her partner, prior to, during and after labour. It is not the doulas role to replace the partner, rather to compliment and enhance their experience.

“My husband (partner) is my left hand and my doula is my right.” – from Doulas Making a Difference

Countless studies show that having a doula present during a woman’s labour results in a substantial reduction in interventions and complications.

  • 50% reduction in caesarean sections
  • 60% reduction of epidurals
  • 30% reduction of use of forceps
  • 24% reduction in the length of labour
  • 40% reduction in use of oxytocin
  • 40% reduction in use of pain meds

How does a doula accomplish all of this you ask? By educating their clients about what to expect during labour, common problems that arise, tests that need to be preformed, and interventions that may be used the expecting couple is able to form a birth plan that suits their needs. The doula then acts as a voice for the couple. It is good to have a birth plan, however it is also important to know that there will be bumps along the road and that plan may have to change. A doula also provides natural pain reduction by counselling the mother about her fears, teaching the mother breathing techniques, using aromatherapy, massage, and suggesting other techniques learned through her training. Having a doula who is also a naturopathic doctor provides the added benefit of using acupuncture to stimulate contractions, teas to tonify the uterus, homeopathy to induce labour and cope with emotional distress, and topical creams to aid in healing. During the post partum period a doula helps mom with breastfeeding and continues to provide emotional support. Bringing baby home can be a difficult transition, but having a doula there to help makes the transition easier.

Commonly asked questions:

What about my partner?
Major changes are taking place in the dynamics of a birthing couple. Husbands and partners are starting to take a more active role in the whole process. However, some may feel that this is a huge expectation and would rather enjoy the experience than have the pressure of trying to remember everything they learnt in childbirth education classes or pregnancy books they read. Having a doula as part of your birth team allows the partner to participate in a way that makes him/her feel comfortable. The partner can be the main source of support, the doula can be the main source of support, or the doula can teach the partner how to be involved in the process. It is the doula’s job to meet the partner where he or she is when it comes to their fears, and expectations of the delivery. Even though they are not the ones physically delivering the child, they are still a large part of the experience.

What if I want an epidural or a hospital birth?
I will support you in what ever you choose. If you want an epidural, I will support you. If you want to transfer from your home birth to a hospital, I will support you. If you choose to have an OB, I will also support you. This is your birth so you make the decisions. It is not my job to judge your decisions, rather to ensure the experience is satisfying to you and a positive memory you will cherish for years.

Can a doula support me if I require a Cesarean section?
If you require a c-section, usually only one person is allowed with you in the operating room. Normally, most women choose their partner to accompany them. The decision is up to you. While you are in the operating room, your doula can update your family, replenish food and drink for everyone, or watch older siblings. Post-surgery, the key role of the doula is to provide emotional support. Any surgery can cause emotional distress for the mother and her partner. Having a doula who is also a naturopathic doctor widens the scope of practice to include the use of natural remedies to aid in healing and recovery. It is important to remember that a c-section, even if unplanned, can still be wonderful experience.

What if I can’t afford a doula?                                                                                                                                                                                                           It is my belief that every woman deserves to have a doula at her birth. While I have set fees for my services, I am willing to make exceptions and provide a sliding scale, just ask!

I hope by reading this I have convinced you of the importance of having a doula at your birth. As a doula and naturopathic doctor I have attended births of all kinds. It is an honour to be part of a birth experience and I cherish each and every one. It is my passion to work with expecting mothers, to empower them to take charge of their bodies, and to help them have the best birth possible.

If you have any other questions or are interested in learning more about my birthing services please call me at: 705-755-0321 or go to my website: