If you’ve ever had a Mexican hot chocolate made by an actual Mexican person, then you’ve probably cultivated an obsession with Mexican spiced chocolate. Years ago when I lived in Vancouver one of my favourite Saturday treats was to go to the Trout Lake Farmer’s market and grab a Mexican hot chocolate made by the sweetest mother/daughter pair who owned a coffee truck.
Once I even hosted a spiced hot chocolate Christmas party (and everyone received super, over-spiced homemade hot chocolates for Christmas that year #DIYFail). Long before contact, Mayan and Aztec people of Mexico drank chocolate and mixed it with local spices to help mask the bitterness of the un-refined chocolate. There are a tonne of Mexican hot chocolate recipes out there, one of my faves is this from the Latin Kitchen.
For years I’ve been experimenting with Mexican spiced chocolate flavours on everything from chicken to kale chips. This week I was in need of some delicious, slightly sweet but not too heavy snack food. Enter this fabulous popcorn recipe. Read more
Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada or National Indigenous Peoples Day as it was newly renamed. Boy do I feel reflective. For more than a decade I’ve had the privilege to work with and for a variety of organizations that work with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. I’ve traveled from the inland prairies of British Columbia’s Peace country to learn about caribou. I’ve sailed through parts of Great Bear Rainforest to hear about the importance of old growth trees, wolves and bears. I’ve learned about ranching and birds in the desert of the South Okanagan.
The entire time, I count my lucky stars that I get to travel to these places, learn about their original people and come back with new perspectives on Canada. Whether I’m in the Yukon for solstice or attending a Tsawout seafood feast in Saanich, in each Indigenous community I’ve visited my welcome has included open arms, ready smiles, a cup of coffee and very real conversations… Read more
For many of us, travel is so much more than lying on a beach and sampling cocktails. We want to experience the culture of the location that we are visiting and, above all, we want to explore the natural world.
There are so many stunning natural habitats around the world but one of the prettiest in spring and early summer is Greece. Here are some ideas for making the most of the wonderful Grecian countryside. Read more
My recollections are a bit fuzzy, but I can remember what I looked like when my Earth Day awareness started. Braces, spiral perm, high wasted pants and GIANT gold rimmed glasses. (I know this because I recently found some very awkward grade seven photos – ermagawd).
I think my first Earth Day celebration had something to do with recycling. I was on my elementary school’s recycling committee and we were very passionate about getting paper recycling set up in our early 90s classrooms. Fast forward to young adulthood – there were marches, drum circles, hikes, waitressing shifts, exams, camping trips. This year we tried to spend a good chunk of out time upping our biophilia on a little hike down about half of the Petsuta Trail in Naikoon Provinvial Park. It was a successful hike by toddler parent standards. We wandered about five kilometres round trip through a rainforest, along the banks of a river and then back through the forest. The kiddo was a champ and I’m pretty sure he equates outside time with feeling healthy and happy. So… parenting win?
This month’s anthology focuses on Earth Day and Mother Nature – from earthy drinks to some sweet videos, I hope you enjoy this little link round up. Read more