Sunday was an open house / welcoming event at The T House in Oceanside. The T House is a social and community based venture helmed by Chef Beau Bonham and his partner Stacey Westbrook. To best understand it I would read the interview I did with Beau Here or check out their Facebook page and Website.
The T House is located at their house / homestead in the Loma Alta district in Oceanside.
Many things going on…..
I arrived early and started helping out by slicing fresh Cyclops Farms strawberries for the jam we were going to make.
Ready to start the jam making process.
Organic strawberries, calcium, water, Pectin (natural plant-based thickener), and organic sugar. That is about as non processed a jam as you are going to get.
It would not set till the next day, but I ate some with a bagel and it was delicious. The next time I would add a little lemon for more acidity, but it tasted like fresh strawberries.
Beau gave everyone who attended a tour of the garden. This is Stacey’s friend Michelle who was then tasked with cultivating all the greens and flowers for the salad that was going to be served.
Some of the fresh Vegetables and herbs.
Beau went over natural teas and extracts as well as a Korean version of Kombucha called Jun he had made.
There was also a seed exchange. Want Heirloom Tomato seeds? Bring some seeds by to swap, or some fruit from your tree. You could also take them and when the ripen bring some buy or a tomato tort you made with them. Get the Idea?
An Amazing Jackfruit that Tom Chongruk and Lora Chow from Travel 4 Food Fun brought by. Jackfruit is amazing. The entire inside including the seeds can be utilized. A lot of Vegans use the inside flesh like pulled pork. You shred it and then roast it with a BBQ sauce.
Tom is from Thailand and brought an amazing curry he had made.
A salad from the garden vegetables and flowers harvested earlier, plus some fresh jackfruit.
A little lobster soup from Chef Daniel of LTH and fresh ciabatta bread from Chef Beau.
Stacey made strawberry cupcakes. Little bundles of strawberry flavored love.
I t was a fun day. I met a lot of cool local people and had some good food. It started at noon and ended up running later than planed till about 8pm. I would say about 35 people came by through out the day. Hope to be involved more.
Be aware that because of my background I am going to gravitate towards the food aspects of the T House but that would be selling it short. It really is a lot more and something that needs to be experienced. It’s about participation and education. You can attend a class on extracts or you can teach one on a subject you know or want to know better. Again check out the links and get involved.
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