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.
I have written about Sadhguru before. He is a teacher. He helps people along a spiritual path to living more consciously.
So much of the way we live is outwardly focused. Sadhguru is helping people go inward with yogic practices.
The video above is about one such practice: Namaskar. Sadhguru says that by simply folding your hands together you may unfold your being and that focusing your attention with love on something or someone for just three minutes a day can lead to harmony. Continue reading
I used to look forward to watching my favourite Christmas movies each holiday season. Now I look forward to a four minute video from an airline.
I watch my favourite movies because they capture the spirit of Christmas – love, peace, generousity and all that’s best in humanity. I watch these WestJet videos for the same reason. They remind me how connected we are and what magic we can make for our fellow human beings just by caring for each other. The movies may be classic, the videos fresh but, the message is the same. Out of profound loss and grief, joy can arrive out of caring. And THAT is the coolest thing of all.
Dave Bohati – The Food Stop
Fact: There are 3200 kids in Calgary that go to school hungry every day.
If somebody told you that you could feed a hungry child a healthy lunch for a month by spending 20 dollars would you do it?
If somebody told you that with that same 20 dollars you could feed a hungry child for a month and get a fun calendar of local chefs who a) don’t take themselves too seriously and b) take feeding kids very seriously – would you spend that 20 dollars to feed those kids?
This is the story behind Brown Bagging It for Calgary’s Kids and the offcutsyyc calendar. Continue reading
Holiday Biscotti – photo credit – Karen Anderson
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Me neither.
I did make a list and check it twice. The list I’m talking about is my annual article on great gifts for food lovers for Calgary’s City Palate magazine. I came up with 17 gifts, gadgets and goodies for 2016.
Click on the link and check it out.
I hope my article helps you find “just the thing”. And now, I’d best get started myself…after just one more cookie!
From now until November 5, 2016 you have an opportunity to show Calgary some love. In particular you can show Calgary’s businesses some love.
Tourism Calgary and Calgary Economic Development have partnered to, “celebrate our city, people and all the countless things that make Calgary one of the greatest cities in the world”.
It’s a call for citizens to advocate for our community and to engage and to support local businesses. Boom, bust or flood, Calgary is strong and here’s another chance to prove it. Get involved by:
1 – being inspired by the video above
2 – using and following the hashtag #loveyyc from now until November 5
3 – choosing activities to attend and businesses to support on #loveyyc day November 5 from the list at Visit Calgary
It’s just that easy. Local businesses have all been called to action to offer special promotions to locals. My company Calgary Food Tours is offering 20% off all tours between now and November 5th and we added a special Savour 17 SW tour for Saturday, November 5 so we can be part of the celebration of our city. Just use LOVEYYC as the promo code to save and come and join the fun.
Cool thing #47 on this blog