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World Food Day – taking a global idea and making it local

a poster about a winter vegetable box available through YYC growers and distributors

World Food Day is a U.N. sanctioned “day” to bring awareness of their goal of #ZeroHunger in the world by 2030. We have a long way to go. One in nine people in the world are still going to bed chronically hungry each day.

The Facts

A report by Brookings Institute states that, “As of 2017, over 150 million children remain stunted, roughly 820 million people are undernourished (a number that has increased for each of the last three years), and over 2.5 billion people responded that they lacked the resources needed to buy food at some point in the last 12 months, again a sharp increase.” They believe governments need to “focus on policies to raise yields and build efficient and inclusive markets, and on public and private investments needed to achieve these outcomes.” That seems like overwhelming stuff. I’m glad that there are experts in global health working on this. But, instead of feeling powerless, I feel empowered to ask what I can do on a personal and local basis?

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Stock up – there’s no time like the present to make soup

Zucchini Corn Chowder - photo credit - Karen Anderson - Savour It All blog

The crisp, cool days of fall have arrived in Alberta. Yesterday, instead of making salad, I got out my stock pot and made a big pot of soup for our dinner guests and we were all the warmer and cozier for it. The good people at Apple magazine anticipate the shifts in cook’s seasons so, back in June, they asked me for a “how-to” make soup stock column for the fall issue.

This assignment was easy and a pleasure because soup stock is one thing I always have on hand. I add it to my favourite linguini with clam sauce recipe, use it to add flavour to mashed potatoes and of course, I make a variety of great soups with it. Soup means a lot to me. I’m a volunteer for Soup Sisters and have even contributed to three of their best-selling cookbooks. Click the link below to read my column, stock up and have a happy fall making soup to your heart’s content.

 

Fall is the time to make soup. Check out my latest column for Alberta Health’s Apple Magazine and >
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Shades of Green Salad with Alberta Vinaigrette

shades of green salad

Looking for an easy breezy summer salad? Here’s one that celebrates two great Alberta ingredients, honey and canola, while maximizing the enjoyment of summer’s bounty of green on your plate. It’s from my latest column for Alberta Health Services Apple magazine and you can read the article and get the full recipe here.

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Maple apple-stuffed cinnamon buckwheat crepes – because winter just won’t go away

Alberta Health Services Apple Magazine, Karen Anderson, Food Sight column,

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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The enjoyable fruit

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Yoga – what is it really? And an Isha Yoga Asanas workshop in Calgary, January 20 and 21, 2018

Isha yoga asanas workshop in Calgary

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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#notinmycity – raising awareness of human trafficking – it’s time to abolish modern day slavery

#notinmycitycampaign to end human slavery and human trafficking mounted by singer Paul Brandt and designer Paul Hardy in Calgary

Tonight, on a perfectly calm and warm summer evening I stood at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers, surrounded by roses, in the garden of Deane House restaurant in Calgary. I sipped an Italian rosé wine and ate halibut cakes, duck arancini, cured salmon and seared ahi tuna. My loving husband of 27 years stood  beside me. Sounds ideal, except for a knot in the pit of my stomach.

Why the knot? Despite, the glorious day and the chance to catch up with a few caring friends, we were actually there to learn more about a grotesque subject – the fact that human slavery which is also know as human trafficking exists in our city and our country.

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, trafficking in persons occurs when “someone recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation (Criminal Code of Canada 2015).

This is modern day slavery. It is time to abolish it but that can only happen if more Canadians become aware that it is happening right here in our cities, our provinces, our blessed country. Tonight Calgarians, Paul Brandt and Paul Hardy launched their #notinmycity campaign to tackle this subject and raise money for both the Sheldon Kennedy Centre for Child Advocacy and the Joy Smith Foundation. Continue reading

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On carrots and writing for Alberta Health Services’ applemag.ca

I was a nurse for over 20 years. I was a Masters-prepared Nurse Practitioner for 10 of those years. I left that profession because, though I loved working with people, I wanted find ways to help people stay healthy instead of caring for them once they’d become very ill. I saw that the further we got from food as a society the sicker we were getting. I thought writing about food and starting up food tours would be fun ways to engage and connect people with the source of food and all the health and joy it can bring to our lives.

I’m very pleased that after 11 years in my new career I have the opportunity to go full circle and to write for Alberta Health Services’ health magazine (applemag.ca) on the topic of healthy food. It’s a dream come true to write for a magazine whose credo is “Be healthy. Be Well. Be informed.”

In my regular “Food Sight” column I’ll be writing about a different great ingredient each issue. For the food issue I also got to write about five ways to build a healthy plate. Here are the first two pieces. Grab a carrot to munch on and have a read.

 

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A carrot close-up
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Build a healthy plate

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