Reading Time: 4 minutes When Matt and I walked on Merivale Road in Ottawa last year I saw a number of restaurants I had never noticed before. After doing some research I thought I’d create a fun map of the area with a new name that is a nod to SoHo and Tribeca.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Most tiramisu you buy is not made according to the original recipe. Here is a recipe that uses raw eggs. A great Italian dessert which is not as classic as you thought it is.
Reading Time: 3 minutes After the renovations a few years ago, the Emerald Plaza library on Merivale Rd has become a really nice place to be where retirees, students, and parents with toddlers all hang out during the long winters. When our home internet was down for a few days, I would just go there and work from the library. The only thing missing is an espresso bar though, else I’d probably move in permanently. It is on the Nepean Trail and only a 7 minute bike ride from home or a 25 minute walk. Mennonite cooking While browsing the cookbook shelves, I found [Read more…]
Reading Time: 5 minutes As December 5 approaches, children in the Netherlands are getting all excited about the visit of Sinterklaas, that 3rd century bishop who visits the Netherlands on a steamboat from Spain every year. He brings goodies and gifts for the kids. Some gifts are accompanied with a tongue-in-cheek rhyme, often referring to something the kids (and adults) did wrong, with the purpose of good humoured embarrassment. Speculaas and Marzipan Closely associate with Sinterklaas (or Saint Nicolaas) is marzipan, speculaas, pepernoten and hot chocolate. Marzipan comes in all kinds of shapes and as a kid I never really liked it. It is [Read more…]
Reading Time: 4 minutes I am always on the lookout for easy recipes. I don’t mind cooking, but I am more of an all-in-one-pan type of person than four pots on the fire at the same time. As we are only with the two of us, I generally cook for two nights at once. Minimum. A really easy dish that covers at least two evenings is de deep dish pie. It is just one step past the meat and potatoes stuff so that is OK for me. Today, we are going to make a vegetable ham deep dish pie. You can replace the ham [Read more…]
Reading Time: < 1 minute I enjoy cycling and I like food, especially when it is local and seasonal. Combined, it makes for a nice day out on September 24, 2017 with Just Food Ottawa. You may not have heard of Just Food Ottawa, but in short, they “work towards vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region“. A few years ago I did a very interesting bike tour along a number of community gardens with Just Food Ottawa (and missed the one just last week as I only read about it the day after). Another Just Food bike ride is [Read more…]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Between Hartwell’s Locks, the Fletcher Wildlife Garden and Prince of Wales is a small corner of land that is being used for Canadensis, a small botanical exhibit with several art installations themed around nature. Karen and I have been cycling past it dozens of times and recently we finally decided to park our bikes to check it out. (It’s free after all). We had noticed the banner from the road, but we were always on our way to something or someone. It is a true gem. Access is from the Experimental Farm pathway that leads off Prince of Wales towards [Read more…]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Easy peasy pea soup Nothing beats a hearty, warm bowl of Dutch pea soup after a long ski. A few times over the winter, we make a big pot which we enjoy over a number of days. Pea soup is one of those comfort foods that are filling, easy to make and easy to freeze and heat up in the microwave later in the season. Recently, a day after I made the soup again, Karen had a colleague over whose roots lay in Burundi. She liked the soup so much that she wanted the recipe. Putting the recipe together, I thought I [Read more…]
Reading Time: 5 minutes A short primer in 1000 words on the New Urban Agenda for the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito, October 17-20.
Reading Time: 5 minutes We paid a visit to a farm in Haarlem that is based on biodynamic principles. Volunteers, the city, a care facility and a private person came together to make it happen.