Latvian bacon rolls – photo credit – Zig Rans
Do you know about bacon rolls?
They are delicious little nuggets of bread dough stuffed with a sweet onion and bacon mixture. My sister Laurie’s mother-in-law, Aina Rans, immigrated to Canada from Latvia after WWII and along with her many talents she brought this recipe with her.
Canada’s Latvian community is scattered far and wide across our land but wherever you find a person of Latvian descent, you will find a version of this treasured and very tasty recipe. For my sister’s family, this Latvian specialty has become a Canadian Christmas tradition. I’ll share Aina’s recipe and Laurie and her husband Zig’s photos here. Continue reading
Noorbanu Nimji – photo by JagerKokauer
The Cookbook Co Cooks fall schedule just arrived in my inbox. I’m teaching a Pakora, Samosa and Chutney Workshop on Monday, November 7. I always groan when department stores bring in fall and Christmas goods when we’re only halfway through summer but I’m so excited to teach this class I wanted to share it with you now.
The recipes are from A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen which I co-authored with my mentor Noorbanu Nimji. Noorbanu was just named to Western Living magazine’s Top Foodies of the Year. Her samosas are the best.
I hope you’ll join our editor Tilly Sanchez and me for the class on November 7 here in Calgary but if you can’t make it, here’s a mini Samosa Workshop just for you – wherever you savour it all in the world.
Fresh bread from Aviv Fried’s Sidewalk Citizen Bakery is made with local flour from Highwood Crossing Organic Farms and Grainworks – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Here’s my CBC Alberta at Noon Column “Bread is on the Rise” on the return of sourdough to our culture. I’m on at the 12:06 mark with host Donna McElligott. You’ll find the recipe for making your own sourdough here and recipes for No Knead Bread here.
The most popular post on this blog is actually about bread.
I captured an old Swedish family recipe of my husband’s Anderson family for Halvtjock Kakor. It’s been really wonderful to watch how many people have found it useful and how many have taken a moment to comment on it. Rightly so, it’s very tasty business and has helped my family savour it all at our get-togethers for many years now. Mmmm – nothing like bread straight from the oven. Somebody please pass the butter.
Sourdough at Haines Junction Yukon Territory – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Keeping a sourdough starter requires some planning and dedication but for those that love the tangy taste, crumb infiltrated with air pockets and a thin but firm crust, it’s definitely worth the bother. This post will share some of the history and technique involved in building your own sourdough starter. Continue reading
I am a food columnist for Alberta at Noon and at first glance it might seem terrifically self-promoting to talk about my own book for my monthly column but this story isn’t really about me at all. It’s about my mentor, Noorbanu Nimji. She is a great Alberta immigrant, cookbook author and cross-cultural success story.
Recipes and photos reprinted with permission from TouchWood Editions.
Cinda Chavich is one of Canada’s foremost food and travel writers and like cream that rises to the top, her journalism school education means she delivers top notch reporting on food issues. Her latest book, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook – Save Food, Save Money, and Save The Planet (Touchwood, 2015) is timely and empowering.
We all want to do something to help save our planet and Cinda helps us start in the heart of all of our homes – our kitchens – to do our bit to reduce the harmful effects of food waste. In this post Cinda shares a few recipes that are perfect for Christmas and she also “talks turkey” about avoiding waste in a season that can be fraught with excess.