There are stereotypical differences of Canadians. You know, publicly-funded health care, colourful paper bills, and yeah, I throw extra u’s into my words. I knew about that.
And then, there are things that I had grown to enjoy that I miss. Like the lack of pennies. Honestly, that was a great idea for Canada. Or, our penchant for environmental choices.
Get this: I have garbage removal TWICE a week. However, there is NO recycling pick-up and definitely NO green bins/compost pick-up. (People drop off their recyclables at recycling depots at their leisure, if they do at all).
My new co-workers have become accustomed to my Canadian accent but never cease to discover new Canadian-isms… and apparently, the word garburator is a Canadian term. To Americans, they are known simply as garbage disposal units.
Google helped me figure out how to use it. However, it didn’t stop me from plugging my drain within a week of moving in. My co-workers confessed they rarely use them since they plug up drains too often. I think I will leave it alone, too. It seems quite wasteful and noisy to get rid of tiny scraps of foods.
I have no problem pulverizing my food into a delicious sauce, though. (I think my Vitamix is more noisy than the garburator, but it is all for a good cause). For this sauce, I combined avocado, cucumber and hemp seeds for a bright luscious sauce flavoured with lime and miso. Twirled it overtop kelp noodles and thinly sliced kale for a quick summer meal.
Do you have a garbage disposal unit? Do you use it?
*PS: Rob reminded me that while Ontario collects a lot of recyclables, they also ship it across the world to China. Not so environmentally friendly…
Kelp Noodles and Kale with an Avocado-Miso Sauce
Adapted from Purely Twins
12 oz kelp noodles, rinsed, soaked and drained (or your favourite noodles, cooked as per directions)
handful kale, stemmed and thinly sliced (~1 cup)
1 avocado (150g)
half a cucumber, chopped (150g)
zest and juice of 2 limes (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup hemp seeds, plus some for garnish
2 tsp miso
1. In a high-speed blender, combine avocado, cucumber, lime zest and juice, hemp seeds and miso. Blend until smooth.
2. In a bowl, stir together the drained noodles, kale and as much sauce as desired. Garnish with additional hemp seeds.