Louisa Clements is the professional recipe developer, writer, photographer and food enthusiast behind the Canadian food blog Living Lou. She is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and creates simple, fresh and flavourful recipes to inspire others. Living Lou was chosen as Hill & Knowlton’s top ten food blogs to follow as well as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Blog of the month. Louisa has appeared on national television and written for multiple media outlets including Chatelaine.com, Cityline.ca, TheKit.ca and The College Prepster and creates recipe for a number of Canadian brands.
We chatted with Louisa from her home in Toronto to find out her take on loving local food:
Q: What does local food mean to you?
A: Local food to me is all about connecting with farmers, there’s nothing better than stopping by a road side stand to pickup freshly picked produce.
Q: What is your favourite local food & why?
A: I try to eat with the seasons as much as possible, but nothing makes me happier than local asparagus hitting the shelves in the spring! To me, this is a sign that the shelves will be loaded with local produce in no time.
Q: What one tip do you have for people who are looking to eat local year-round?
A: Winter can be challenging when it comes to eating local, I always encourage people to experiment with ingredients in new ways and play around with flavours.
For one of her favourite globally inspired recipes, Louisa shared with us her Spicy Ginger Scallion Soup recipe which is perfect for cooler fall days and nights. Packed with mushrooms, ginger and scallions this quick vegetarian and gluten-free soup is a paired-down but flavourful version of everyone’s favourite Vietnamese restaurant offering.