spring cleaning frittata – photo by – Karen Anderson
Spring was very slow to come where I live in Western Canada. We’d almost given up. On the upside, being stuck inside gave me a great excuse to do my spring cleaning and now that the good weather has arrived, I can be outside as much as possible. I think spring cleaning should always include the refrigerator. It’s time to pitch the biology experiments in the back of the condiment section and to take a renewed vow to reduce waste and “use it up by eating it up.”
When my editor at Alberta Health Services’ Apple magazine asked me for a spring recipe, I told her the story of how I get in this spring cleaning groove and that I love to make frittatas as the vehicle to not waste leftover bits of cheese and vegetables. With a thumbs up from her, that’s how the idea for my spring column was born. You’ll find the 100,000 copies of the spring issue on community news stands around the province now or if there’s not one near you, read on to find the recipe for this incredibly versatile and easy dish here. Continue reading
I haven’t been posting here a lot lately because I’m posting twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, on a very special project of mine called Faces, Places and Plates – A South India Road Trip.
Me – photograph by Pauli-Ann Carriere
Pauli-Ann Carriere – photo by me
My collaborator is photographer Pauli-Ann Carriere. Together, we travelled the five most Southern states of India for about 4000 kilometres and 40 days in 2016 and 2017 to research, write and photograph South India’s cooks and their culture. Continue reading
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Maple apple-stuffed cinnamon buckwheat crepes – photo by Karen Anderson
I actually love winter. And, this one has been fantastic for me as I’ve been able to walk to the end of my driveway, step into my cross-country skis and break my own trail through a blanket of light and fluffy snow more than any other year I can remember.
March came in like a lion (with another foot of snow here in Calgary) so it should go out like a lamb but, in between, I’m going to tuck into more of these Maple apple-stuffed cinnamon buckwheat crepes. It’s a recipe that I developed for Alberta Health Services’ Apple magazine. Click on the link below to find my recipe and the lovely food styling by Sylvia Kong and Shallon Cunningham of Savory Palate and Salt Food Photography respectively. I hope you’ll enjoy this gluten-free apple-filled delight.
We’ll take a bite of these apples and spring will take a bite out of winter. Just relax and savour it all.
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Gratitude going out to writer Elaine Glusac for her recent article – 36 hours in Calgary, Alberta – published by The New York Times on January 25.
It was quite a thrill when I read it and saw my name mentioned. I’ve socked that away under the category, “things you never imagined could happen.” But the main point of me sharing Glusac’s piece is I hope you’ll read it and either get out and explore your own city or if you live elsewhere, you’ll become inspired to travel and spend some time here.
Here’s a few of my favourite photos of this vibrant place to build the intrigue.
Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava – photo courtesy of Tourism Calgary
The Conversation by William McElcheran – photo courtesy of Tourism Calgary
Singer Paul Brandt calls Calgary home – photo by Karen Anderson
One of my favourite hangouts – Rouge Restaurant in Inglewood (where we keep our beehives)
Terra Lightfoot is a Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist with a voice that delivers in multi-octave waves. I hope you’ll enjoy this song, Paradise. Let it be the gateway song that leads you to dig a little deeper. Find out who she is and how she rolls and you’ll have found yourself another great Canadian artist to support. The lyrics follow. Continue reading
Yoga Asanas (poses) – photo courtesy of Isha Foundation – used with permission
Yoga means union. Yogis, people who practice yoga, believe our individuality is an illusion and yoga’s purpose is to help us go beyond our limited perception of existence to realize our oneness.
Yoga is not a workout or a fad. Yoga is not a religion. It is a path to self-transformation. Through meditation the mind is harnessed and taught to focus or be silent. Yogasanas are yoga postures that help a yogi prepare to sit for longer periods of meditation; for longer periods of silence in the mind and of no movement in the body.
This post gives a bit of background about a special Isha Hatha Yoga Yogasanas workshop coming to Calgary on January 20 and 21, 2018. Continue reading
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Cardboard recycler – photo courtesy of Reality Tours and Travels
Christmas means different things to different people. For me, it’s a time to take stock on how I’m doing with sharing what I have with others. It’s easy to give to our own family and share the spirit of Christmas with our own community. They are part of our daily lives. I’m blessed that I also have the opportunity to think of and give to people half a world away.
Every year when I lead my cuisine and culture journey to India, I choose at least one empowerment project to visit and support. This year it was a group called Reality Gives operated by Reality Tours and Travel in Mumbai’s largest slum – Dharavi. Truth be told, I am absolutely sure that I get more out of this annual quest than I ever give.
My awareness and compassion expand. I am humbled and I am deeply happy to connect with human beings whom I believe live with more dignity and humour than some of us that are far more fortunate. Continue reading
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