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Savour Food – real back country cooking with my friend Bryce Jones

The Jones Anderson crew Ready to go into the wild for a few days photo - Karen Anderson

The Jones Anderson crew
Ready to go into the wild for a few days
photo – Karen Anderson

We all have heroes in our lives and my friend Bryce Jones is one of mine. You can bet if I’ve been wondering into the back country I’ve been most confident doing so the times Jones has been at my side. He is super human fit, strong like a gondola cable and he knows more about Alberta’s back country terrain (in any season) than anyone I know. Here’s a little story and recipe from my family’s most recent adventures with our dear “Jonesy”.

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Savour Food – My @AlbertaatNoon podcast about Mt. Assiniboine Lodge

Me and my family on "the niblet" with Mt. Assiniboine making an indelible impression on our souls

Me and my family on “the niblet” with Mt. Assiniboine making an indelible impression on our souls

It was my great pleasure to talk about Mt. Assiniboine Lodge for my August Column on Alberta at Noon. You can listen to the podcast here. I’m at the 15:10 to 18:45 mark in the tape.

The recipes and links from that piece are here.

Happy Trails,

Karen

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Savour food – the food of Mt. Assiniboine Lodge

Frittata and scones with homemade preserves - 2nd course of breakfast - Mt. Assiniboine Lodge photo - Karen Anderson

Frittata and scones with homemade preserves – 2nd course of breakfast – Mt. Assiniboine Lodge
photo – Karen Anderson

Each morning at Mt. Assiniboine Lodge you will hear a friendly voice just outside your cabin door softly saying (really almost singing in an angelic voice), “Good morning, I’ve brought you some hot water – see you at breakfast” and then they are gone and only the birdsong is left in their wake. The cabin and feather duvet you are lying under are toasty warm. There is very cold running water at the sink by the window where light has been drifting in and nudging you for an hour already but it is only this sweet act of truly warm care that will induce you to finally stretch your monumentally tired hiking musculature from such cozy bliss.

A quick trip to the biffy and back to that hot pail of water and then it is off to the main lodge for part one of breakfast. There will be teas and fresh coffee and a buffet of Swiss muesli, hot cereal, fruit salad, orange and cinnamon stewed prunes,homemade granola and yogurt. That is only the first course of a Mt. Assiniboine Lodge hiker/skier’s breakfast. There is always a second course straight from the ovens of this truly remote lodge nestled deep in the Canadian Rockies on the border of British Columbia and Alberta.

After breakfast the daily hiker’s lunch-to-go bounty is laid out on a table for DIY back packing nourishment. Meats, cheeses, vegetables, spreads, an assortment of freshly made rustic breads, cookies, fruits, nuts and little treats are on offer. Guests pick and choose and build a lunch that will fuel the challenge they are about to undertake.

The hosts, Andre Brenner or Claude Duchesne, announce the two guided hikes of the day and groups form based on ability and desire. At 0930 hours they go their separate ways for some serious sojourning. When they return at about 1600 hours there will be lots of fluids, fresh cheeses, fruits and vegetables waiting to help them recover and tide them over till the 1830 hours dinner bell is rung.

What follows are some pictures of the glorious meals one can expect in the most unexpected of all places – deep in the back country of Canada’s pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness.

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