Weekend Anthology ~ March 2016

New nightly view
The new view

Well hello there dear online friends. It’s been a bit longer than a blink, hasn’t it? I’m writing this from our new home, after settling into a new job in a place about 1600 kilometres west of our dear Edmonton to the moist, green shores of Haida Gwaii.

We live near the ocean on a set of islands we’ve both road tripped to and our little dude ABSOLUTELY loves his new ocean, mountain and rainforest life. People here on Haida Gwaii as are sweet as I remember them and the towns as small, distinct and curious.

This is probably the first time I’ve had: A) steady internet, B) a quiet moment and C) the time to revel in all things amazing on the internet (a long story that involves a cancelled flight, a missed wedding of a dear friend and staying up late organizing Easter treats). Life’s duties aside, here are some of the things I’ve loved in the last month.

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Outdoor Eats: Tips for easy Camping + Cooking

Campfire cooking: a little prep goes a long way. Pictured: my recipe for paprika/onion potatoes. Don't you love my fire engine red Coleman enamel plates?
Campfire cooking: a little prep goes a long way. Pictured: my recipe for paprika/onion potatoes and essential mug of camp beer.

As these dog days of summer scorch on, I can’t stop planning daydreaming up more weekend camping trips.

So far, my little fam has escaped to the bush for two mini-camping-esque trips: a woodsy sleepover just outside of Edmonton and a quick glamping stay at the CUTEST cabins in Drumheller.  Now it’s time to graduate to a two night camping adventure: we’re headed to Lesser Slave Lake (one of Alberta’s biggest lakes) to camp with friends. We’re hoping to play on the beach, watch some meteor showers and eat delicious food with great friends making the trek from Northeast B.C. This weekend’s meals won’t be all hot dogs and s’mores. Instead, we’ll be cooking up some of our awesome backyard bounty and farmers market finds.

Earlier this summer, before all our fantasy camping trips were becoming reality, I contacted a chef and avid camper for some camp cooking pro tips. Canadian Tire camping Ambassador Chef Josh Wolfe** is a Vancouver-based camper and chef (of Good Wolfe Kitchen and Fresh Local Wild food truck fame), who loves to demonstrate his love of fishing, cooking and eating outdoors.   Read more

How did you get that f*#king awesome job Emily Wight?

Photo credit: Photo Credit: Tracey Kusiewicz | Foodie Photography
Photo credit: Photo Credit: Tracey Kusiewicz | Foodie Photography

A few months ago my trend-spotting, news hounding little brother Zach rang me to tell about a cookbook he thought I would love.  Soon, I had Well Fed Flat Broke in my hands and I was whipping up rib-sticking, lip-smacking dishes that are family-friendly, delicious and not hard on the bank account.(See my Vitamin Daily review).

Emily Wight, Well Fed Flat Broke’s whip smart and funny-as-heck author, is someone a lot of people my age can relate to, said my little brother. She has a young kid who’s a fussy eater, a husband who has dietary restrictions, a modest grocery budget and a do-gooder approach to food (organic, local when possible). It was a cookbook-big sister match made in messy kitchen heaven.

Wight’s recipes are a friendly mix of South/Central American fare, a sprinkle of South East Asian dishes and a lot of Canadian classics like cottage pie (my family’s favourite and the best way to sneak vegetables into my toddler’s dinner) and her grandpa’s version of molten lava cake. Well Fed Flat Broke’s photography is gorgeous, the food styling colourful and vintage-y. She’s a humorous, sweet writer who’s neither too brash nor syrupy. Though her recipes could be served in some of Vancouver’s trendiest bistros, they are meant to be made with easy-to-find ingredients that won’t break the bank.

If I still lived in Vancouver, I’d probably try to be Wight’s friend. I’d  ask her to go for coffee on Commercial Drive, swap recipes and search out sweet vintage finds at The Attic Treasures. So instead, I’ll highlight her f*#king awesome her job as a food blogger and cook book author.  Read more