@Soup_Sisters #TheBigStir event is coming up November 18 @cgyfarmersmarkt (cool thing #27)

I’m going to be in India from November 1 to 17. When I arrive back in Calgary I’m going to be jet-lagged from traveling – literally – half way around the world.

That’s okay. I’ve got the best cure for jet lag ever.

On November 18 I’m going to be a chef leader for #TheBigStir event. This is a very cool thing and the video above really communicates how easily I’ll find the energy to be there.

I consider it a privilege and an honour to be involved in Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers efforts to create domestic harmony and functional relationships. Besides – I’m crazy about making soup.

I’m writing this in October and #TheBigStir event is already sold out. Calgary’s incredible volunteer ethic triumphs once again. #TheBigStir event will utilize the skills of over 200 volunteers to make 2000 litres of soup for the women and families fleeing domestic abuse and currently rebuilding their lives in the eight designated shelters here in Calgary.

Read on to find out how you can support the work of Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers no matter where you live.

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I’m a @SlowFoodHQ @slowfoodcanada @slowfoodcalgary snail

Snail spotting - there's more of us all the time. Will you join us? - photo - Karen Anderson

Snail spotting – there’s more of us all the time. Will you join us? – photo – Karen Anderson

Today marks the start of the 10th Slow Food International Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto biennial conference in Turin, Italy.

I’ve been a member of Slow Food International since 2005. I served on the board of our local chapter/convivium for six years. I helped develop a little booklet called The Snail Trail to connect local consumers with local producers of good, clean and fair food and I ran Feast of Fields five times in support of the same objective. I’ve done taste workshops in schools and talks at public libraries. I’ve taken bus loads of people to local farms and raised moola to send farmers and chefs to this amazing conference in Italy.

But wait, you are probably thinking slow food is something that comes out of a crockpot slow cooker… want to know what it really is and why I care so much about it?

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Art Installation #9 – Falling into the Guggenheim in Bilbao and coming out looking for more of the architecture of Frank Gehry

Guggenheim Bilbao – Exterior Walkabout – from a distance


If you are traveling to Spain, Bilbao’s Guggenheim is worth adding to your itinerary.

The value of art and architecture, for me, is how they cause me to live completely absorbed in the moment. The moment is all that really exists so it really is the best place to spend your time.

The value of contemporary art and architecture – if they achieve what they set out to do – is to allow each of us to take away our own interpretation and meaning of what we see in its presence. You have to be present in its presence to access that and when you are it can be a powerful experience.

I went to the Guggenheim in Bilbao and lived so in the moment that when four hours had passed it felt like one moment. I was drawn in to the depths of this place, I was amused and engaged by its surroundings and I was raised up in what it held inside. My interpretation was of experiencing life as seamless oneness. Perhaps this is what a fish feels like in water. This giant fish of a building with all its seams, sails and scales ended up feeling seamless to me.

This art installation on my blog will have more photos from Bilbao and more info on architect Frank Gehry – where he’s coming from and what he’s done lately.

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Cooks I know – @knifenerd Kevin Kent on the Japanese knives he sells at @knifewear

There’s so many reasons Calgary is Canada’s Chowtown.

The fact that our chefs can access Japanese knives at Knifewear to make all the chopping they do easier – and therefore make the long hours they spend cooking for us more enjoyable – must surely be one of the reasons the food in this town rocks.

The motto of Knifewear is “sharp knives rocks”. I think the chefs using them and their food also ROCKS.

If you live in Calgary – come out tonight and see Knifewear’s Springhammer documentary about the Japanese blacksmiths that hand forge the knives they sell. Details are here.

SAIT Polytechnic Culinary School Alumnus Kevin Kent cut his cooking teeth with Fergus Henderson at St. John in London, England and at River Cafe in Calgary. He started selling knives to chefs in Calgary from his backpack and now owns five Knifewear stores across Canada. He’s one of Calgary’s culinary mavericks.

Japanese knives help me savour it all. Right now I’m savouring the idea of … buying myself another one.

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Hey Calgary – Monday, Oct. 20th is your chance to catch #Springhammer – a documentary about the art of Japanese knives by our friends @knifewear and @kevinkossowan – Art Installation #8 (also cool thing #26)

Congratulations to my friend Kevin Kent and all the staff at Knifewear on the release of Springhammer – a documentary about eight Japanese blacksmiths and their dedication to the art of creating handcrafted culinary knives. Here’s the trailer.

If you’re in Calgary and want to see this beautiful film by Edmonton’s Kevin Kossowan here’s what you’ll need to know as follows (from the Knifewear press release):

The Calgary debut of the film will take place on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd. N.W., Calgary.) Tickets are $10 apiece – in advance at Knifewear in Inglewood or at the door as long as they last.

Read on for more info about the documentary and a little bit about my own experience with these knives…

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A recipe to #ToastAFarmer on #WorldFoodDay – a gold and green fall salad from Alberta family farms

Poplar Bluff Farms organic beets - photo - Karen Anderson

Poplar Bluff Farms organic beets – photo – Karen Anderson

It’s World Food Day.

Family Farms: feeding the world and caring for the earth is the theme of World Food Day as the United Nations is celebrating 2014 as the International Year of the Family Farm.

In this post I’m going to give a recipe for a Gold and Green Salad to celebrate the bounty of produce we can access from Alberta family farms but first I’m going to talk a bit about what World Food Day is really all about – ending hunger.

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My @AlbertaatNoon podcast #WorldFoodDay and #ToastAFarmer – How about starting with John Mills of @eaglecreekfarms

Will you join the World Food Day campaign to #ToastAFarmer ? I am happy to. photo - Cole Anderson

Will you join the World Food Day campaign to #ToastAFarmer ? I am happy to.
photo – Cole Anderson

Today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon with host Donna McElligott I talked about World Food Day’s 2014 theme of family farming – feeding the world and caring for the earth. You’ll find the podcast here. You’ll find my Aunt Muriel’s Farmhouse Carrot Cake recipe using lots of local farm ingredients here.

One of the things you’ll see trending on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tomorrow is the hashtag #ToastAFarmer along with #WFD2014 and #IYFF. It’s all about showing appreciation for family farmers and especially – for here in Alberta – the next generation. I’m going to start toasting farmers today.

One of my favourite Alberta farmers is a man named John Mills. Read on to find out more about this amazing YOUNG farmer.

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