Well deserved kudos to the United Nations for designating 2016 and the International Year of Pulses. Canada is the top grower of pulses in the world. Pulses are the dried seeds of peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils. They are nutritional powerhouses.
The recipes in this little five video series above are beautifully presented by Canadian Lentils. Take a look and you’ll be inspired to intersperse a few of these recipes in your holiday meal-planning. While most Canadians gain six pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day you can pause, take your pulses, avoid the “holiday six” and spring into 2017 eating healthfully and supporting thousands of Canadian pulse farmers as you do so.
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
Easy to make food gifts for the holidays – photo credit – Karen Anderson
This post delivers three easy – mostly no bake – chocolate-y treats you can give or enjoy for the holidays. There’s a luscious Dark Chocolate Bark, Oreo Candy Cane White Chocolate Bark and my new favourite – Pretzel Toffee Crack. Chocolate is such a great ingredient.
The bounty of summer – photo credit – Karen Anderson
It happens. You go away for a few days in August and come back to a zucchini patch that has hatched green baby belugas. Apples cover the lawn like a spilled bag of marbles under your backyard tree. The kitchen table is covered with the peaches that you just had to stop at that roadside stand for. The bounty of summer is upon us and for most of us, it’s more than we can use.
Contrary to what we’re often told, there isn’t so much of a food shortage in the world but rather, food is not equally distributed and a full 40 per cent of food is wasted. It never has the chance to make it onto the tables of the hungry and there are a lot of hungry people. The U.N. says 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger and 2 billion – a third of the world – suffer from hidden hunger.
Several Alberta organizations are working to do something about food inequity. This post will reveal who they are and how you can support them. As for those zucchini posing as big green baseball bats? Consider this post Zucchini 101 where I’ll reveal my Top 10 things to do with the wild child of the garden. Continue reading
Sour cherry pie from THE PIE HOLE and Bakery – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Today on CBC Radio’s Alberta at Noon we talked about Alberta’s Quintessential Summer Foods. You can listen to the podcast here. I’m on at the 30:20 mark in the show.
The Cedar Planked Prime Rib Roast of Alberta Beef “mystery recipe” from today can be found here or on the CBC Calgary or Edmonton Facebook pages. Congratulations to the winner of two tickets to Rootstock.
I always make the featured recipe for my CBC colleagues to sample but since I wasn’t quite up to planking a roast first thing this morning I took them another great summer treat – a still-hot-from-the-oven Sour Cherry Pie from THE PIE HOLE and Bakery in Calgary. I can’t believe I forgot pie as a quintessential summer food in my previous post.
I’ll include some photos of my recent visit to this charming little pie shop. I hope you’ll support them. They buy a lots of local fruit so your money will support many local businesses with a local multiplier effect. I’ll end this post with a great “hack” for easy summer entertaining. Continue reading