Spice up summer by planning for a fall @ASpicyTouch cooking class


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.


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Taking a little time out at #TalusLodge

Talus Lodge - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Talus lodge – photo credit – Karen Anderson

It’s good to have life goals.

One of my favourites is to go to a different back country lodge in the Canadian Rockies every year. This year it was Talus Lodge.

To reach the lodge you take a helicopter from Canmore and fly about 100 kilometres due west. It takes about 15 minutes, goes by in a flash and when you land you find yourself in the high alpine deep in the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

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The Incomplete List of #CalgaryStampede Breakfasts for 2016 by Karin Olafson – via @AvenueMagazine 

I’ve got my first Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast all planned. I’ll be at the parade bright and early this Friday and am already looking forward to Spolumbo’s sausage and flapjacks fresh from the griddle that my friends Richard and Nora Seto (Stampede volunteers extraordinaire) will be whipping up for me. I’m going to need the fuel.

Later that day, at 7 p.m., I’ll be presenting a cooking demonstration at The Calgary Coop Stampede Kitchen Theatre. It’s the International Year of Pulses so my presentation will give cowboys a different take on campfire beans. My recipes will come from the A Spicy Touch cookbook I co-authored with Noorbanu Nimji. Should be fun. I’d love it if y’all came on down. There’ll be a tasty reward.

Here’s Avenue Magazine’s list of Stamped Breakfasts to keep you fuelled up over the 10 days of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

From the Source: The Incomplete List of Calgary Stampede Breakfasts

PS – If you get tuckered out next week and are looking for a break from rodeos and the deep fried haze of the midway, please check out my company Calgary Food Tours Stampede Week Action. We’re launching our Inglewood Edibles tour July 12 – 15 and if you use the discount code – STAMPEDE2016 – you’ll save 15%. Catch you later pardner. K.

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@AlbertaFoodTours progress report

Here’s a great video Shaw’s Go TV put together on my food tour company’s expansion. Alberta Food Tours Inc. has three divisions now in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton.

Calgary Food Tours has six different tours every week until November when we’ll go to three indoor tours weekly.

Canmore Food Tours is up and running every Saturday 11 – 3 p.m.

I’m just back from a few days in Edmonton and am pleased to say we’ve signed on some wonderful partners there and will have that website up and running very soon.

Thanks to the generousity of our Alberta BoostR campaign contributors we raised a record-setting $22,105.00 to help fund our expansion. We have 12 staff now and as always, we’re bursting with Alberta’s best food, fun and adventure. Come on out and join us sometime. Food Tours are a great way to savour it all.




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My @AlbertaatNoon podcast for June – Growing #food #entrepreneurs in @Alberta

#IYP2016 chocolate lentil cookie by chef Liana Robberecht - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Chef Liana Robberecht’s Chocolate Lentil Cookie – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Here’s my Alberta at Noon podcast for June. I’m at the 9:50 mark in the show. Here’s a link to the Chocolate Lentil cookie recipe and if you are a budding food entrepreneur contact Alberta’s Food Processing Development Centre here.

I’ll be back on Alberta at Noon July 29 for a half hour call-in show about great food and farming events around the province at the peak of summer. Do drop me a line and let me know your favourites. Time on the land is a wonderful way to savour it all.

Happy summer. Karen


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Growing food entrepreneurs in Alberta – My @AlbertaatNoon column for June

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chefs in the food lab – photo credit – Karen Anderson

With the downturn in Alberta’s energy dominated economy, it is estimated that 100,000 jobs were lost this province in 2015.  Local news agencies have tracked the lay offs. It’s been devastating to watch. Job losses come with people attached. If not personally affected, everyone in the province knows family and friends who have been.

Fortunately, Albertans have true grit and with every flattened tire in the cycle of oil’s economy, the creativity of Albertans help diversify our economy away from that old cycle of booms and busts. We are a province of entrepreneurs and food entrepreneurs can get a boost for their ideas from a facility called the Alberta Food Processing Development Centre.

This post is about a day I recently spent at that centre and the positive potential that the centre has for impacting our economy.  Continue reading

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@chefLiana’s Chocolate Lentil Cookie #recipe – My @AlbertaatNoon column for June

#IYP2016 chocolate lentil cookie by chef Liana Robberecht - photo credit - Karen Anderson

Chef Liana Robberecht’s Chocolate Lentil Cookie – photo credit – Karen Anderson

Doesn’t this cookie look amazing? I’ll bet you’d never guess that it’s made with lentils and chickpea flour and is chock full of protein, fiber and flavour. Do think the day will come when these will be in a vending machine instead of candy? That day might be closer than you think.

This month my column for Alberta at Noon is on food entrepreneurs in Alberta. My friend chef Liana Robberecht, executive chef at Winsport in Calgary, developed this recipe to feed Olympic and elite athletes. She recently presented these cookies at a gathering of chefs invited by the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance to tour the provincial food processing development centre in Leduc, Alberta. The chefs were there to explore how their recipes using Alberta Pulses (peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils) could be scaled up for wider manufacturing and distribution. Alberta Pulse production has almost doubled in recent years. Pulses grow well here. So it only makes sense that, if chefs can find more things to do with them, demand will rise and the industry will continue to grow.

You never know. These are so delicious, I think they could really catch on. Goodbye empty calories. Hello healthy and very satisfying calories. That’s an entrepreneurial trend we can all take a second helping of. Read on for the recipe chef Liana has so generously shared.

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