{A Sunny Sunday at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and an Asian Green Goddess Stirfry}

Summery temperatures were in full force this past Sunday. All the off and on rain the past couple of weeks has also brought everything into bloom.

We spent our Sunday at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – 36-hectare wildlife reserve offers more than two kilometres of level walking trails and over 1 km of nature trails, throughout the riverine forest, by the flowing river and alongside a peaceful lagoon.

We joined our friends for a nice picnic which included lots of goodies from the Kingsland Farmers Market:

  • Assorted Wayne’s Montreal style bagel sandwiches with thinly sliced roast beef, horseradish and sun-dried tomato havarti
  • Blue corn chips and dips (sweet and chili dip and jalapeno cilantro hummus)
  • Wedges of juicy ripe pineapple
  • Vegetable platter
  • Smoked oysters
  • Thick slices of German poppyseed coffeecake from the Rustic Sourdough Bakery
Our meal caught the attention of a this little guy..

And a few of his friends..

The trails in the park are open year round and the following plant and wildlife have been observed in this area:

  • More than 270 species of birds
  • 21 species of mammals
  • Two species of amphibians
  • Two species of reptiles
  • Seven species of fish
  • 27 species of butterflies
  • 347 species of plants

I can’t believe we haven’t been here before. We’ve been living in the area for over 3 years and this sanctuary is only a 5 minute drive away!

We spotted some trout sleeping at the bottom of the lagoon..look carefully..

We heard lots of chirping, but it was hard to spot a lot of these birds..We were hoping to see some large birds..but no luck today..

We did however see some deer..

4 in total! They were so calm and didn’t seem to even notice we were watching them.

Of course there were lots of Canadian geese..

We came across a couple of them walking along the trails hungrily nibbling away at the grass..

The park is so serene and peaceful.

I can see why this place attracts so many photographers. We saw lots of people with their huge fancy cameras..They made me feel quite amateur with my small point and shoot.

For dinner that night, I dug around our fridge and came up with this flavourful and filling dish..

Broccoli and smoked tofu stirfry atop a bed of chewy seasoned buckwheat soba noodles.

Beautiful crisp greens tossed with plump sweet peas fresh from their pod.

The smoked tofu added a delicious earthy dimension to the dish that I would not get from using regular tofu.

Here is the recipe:

  • 2 large trunks of broccoli, separated into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 block of smoked tofu (I got mine from Community Natural Foods), chopped into small cubes
  • 1 cup of freshly shelled peas
  • 2 bundles of buckwheat soba noodles (enough for 4 people)
  • Seasonings to your taste: rice vinegar, tamari (can use soy sauce), sesame oil, oyster sauce, chili garlic sauce, peanut butter
  • Korean rice seasoning (with wasabi and seaweed)
Cook the tofu in a bit of oil till it starts to caramelize and the edges turn golden.Set aside. Stirfry the veggies in he same large pan together with the seasoning till the broccoli is tender. Add in the tofu. 
In large pot, cook the soba noodles in boiling water for a few minutes till tender. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss with a bit of sesame oil, rice vinegar  and the korean rice seasoning.
Plate the noodles and top with the stirfry. Serves four, or two hungry individuals for dinner and lunch the next day 🙂

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