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Other dishes from a medieval pot-luck

In my last post I mentioned I’d be attending a pot-luck gathering, and was bringing some Viking Age desserts to share. Today I’ll share with you just a few of the other period food items some of the guests brought. I didn’t get photos of everything – things arrived bit by bit, and I wanted to eat too – plus the tables of food got crowded fast! ūüėČ

 


I think one of my favourite dishes was Bj√∂rn’s 15th Century Herbelade, which contained pork, parsley, sage, hyssop, dates, currants, pine nuts, powdered ginger, eggs, butter, and flour (for the pie shell) though there were so many interesting and delicious things there that night! (And many things I missed out on, because I just didn’t have room in my happy belly!)

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in North-East Calgary, Treats

 

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Viking dessert

In late August, I attended¬†a pot-luck gathering with a medieval theme (those readers who also follow my Dawn’s Dress Diary blog know more about this!) and for it I decided to pick two recipes from a Viking Age Norse cookbook. (Found online; I don’t actually have the cookbook, nor have I done any research to see if these recipes are well-documented.)

The cookbook can be found here. (PDF)

The first was honey-nut cake, and the second was wheat & hazelnut pudding.

Honey Nut Cake

The Honey Nut Cake

The Honey Nut Cake

I chose to alter the recipe as recommended, using both hazelnuts and walnuts. (the original had more egg, and no walnuts, and the poster said it was too thin). From what I’ve read, hazelnuts were grown in Viking Age Scandinavia, while they imported the walnuts. Shells of both have been found in Viking settlements, and walnut shells were also used as dye.

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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Nice Cream

Mixing up my Nice Cream order on the spot

Mixing up my Nice Cream order on the spot

There’s a new little ice cream shop in my neighbourhood, very near Sushi Hanami in the Sarcee Plaza shopping centre.

I popped in there in mid-August shortly after they opened with a friend, and gave a try to their ice cream.

When I went there, they only had four flavours on the menu – a salted caramel, a chocolate, a vanilla, and my choice, an Earl Grey.

Instead of traditional churned ice cream, Nice Cream uses liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze the freshly-mixed ingredients.

Learn more about making ice cream using liquid nitrogen here.

It’s an interesting, albeit faddish kind of idea, but the result is very tasty, smooth, and apparently less prone to those chunky ice crystals other ice creams can get if frozen too slowly. I only had a small size ($3.99 plus tax, with toppings extra) and it was very filling – I actually had to pause mid-way through my dessert, and pop my ice cream in the freezer when I got home – I couldn’t eat it all in one sitting. (Admittedly, I’d just had a great dinner at a nearby Indian place)

They’re so new, that I couldn’t find a website for them – and their Zomato (formerly UrbanSpoon) listing actually directs to a different location on 17th Avenue, but you can find them in the Sarcee Plaza, SW Calgary, near the Vietnamese place, close to Starbucks.
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Iceland confectionary

Giving "sugar skull" a new look - skull-shaped candies in Gr√Ĺtubakkahreppur

Giving “sugar skull” a new look – skull-shaped candies in Gr√Ĺtubakkahreppur

So here’s another short, kind of boring post while you await my latest holiday treats… this time it’s candy from Iceland (from my July 2014 trip.. yes.. I took THAT many photos..) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Chocolate in Iceland

Chocolate from Iceland

Chocolate from Iceland

I have another super-short post for you today – more (and more recent!) posts to come soon! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Lakkris in Iceland

Eittsett candy bar

Eittsett candy bar

I mentioned in my last post that while in Iceland we were constantly on the look-out for licorice.. well we found it in a few different candy bars along with those delicious meringues.. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Desserts in Iceland

While I’m on holiday, I have a few posts to share… and when I come back ¬†– I’ll hopefully have posts from my trip too!

Desserts in Iceland

Rather than doing a whole bunch of short posts about some of the desserts my travel companion and I tried while in Iceland, I thought that I would do a bit of an all-in-one post about a few of them… I’ll also do a bit of one on candy and treats later in too…

Chocolate mousse

If you are in an¬†Iceland grocery store, you might see this – for us it was in the section with the amazing Icelanic yoghurt, Skyr (with which we both developed a fast obsession…) but it’s not yoghurt, instead it’s mousse! ¬†So creamy and delicious!

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Treats

 

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Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens

Pouring tea through a strainer at the Butchart's Afternoon Tea

Pouring tea through a strainer at the Butchart’s Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Butchart Gardens – can you imagine anything more perfect to combine a bunch of my interests in one lovely afternoon?
We didn’t have reservations, and Afternoon Tea is only served from 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. April 1 – September 30. We only had a short wait though before a table became available – though the tearoom we were in was full, and it looked like the porch areas and other tearoom/dining room was also full.

(How much do you LOVE the little strainer above too? If it had been more affordable in their gift shop, I totally would have bought one…) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Tea & Beverages, Treats

 

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Sam’s Deli & Bistro – Victoria

The menu at Sam's Deli & Bistro in Victoria, BC.

The menu at Sam’s Deli & Bistro in Victoria, BC.

For my next few photos I’m going to share some of the ups and downs of dining in Victoria, BC when I was there in August. (Sorry for the delay in posting!)

Overpriced and over-rated

I was in the mood for sushi (when am I not!?) and my companion was in the mood for fried chicken, but we didn’t want to wander too far from our hotel for lunch one afternoon while we were in Victoria, BC – so we stopped at Sam’s Deli & Bistro which had been highly-rated by our hotel front desk staff as having great breakfast options, and really terrific sandwiches “piled high with really good meats and cheeses”. The location was great – right near the water – a super spot for people-watching (or cruise-boat tourist-watching as the case may be!) and the interior, although it has limited seating seemed clean and neat – but we were going to get our food for take-out to enjoy back at our hotel. (Maybe even the lovely courtyard with a fountain in our hotel!)

So.. a full ham sandwich is $7.50.. ok.. plus a dollar more for two slices of Havarti cheese = $8.50, plus another 75 cents for a “whole dill pickle” on the side of our order – that seems a bit pricy, but if these really are ‘famous’ ‘extraordinary’ sandwiches.. ok…

But they weren’t.

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Treats

 

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Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria pizza

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria pizza

The main reason I visited Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria in Westhills was because I received a coupon for a free pizza in the mailbox, and the restaurant is very close to my home and regular route. I’m not a huge fan of pizza (I can hear the horrified gasps from here…) but free food is free food – right? (One of the top 20 parts of my job is that we regularly get free food!)

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria order sheet

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria order sheet

The ordering system/service at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria involves seating yourself, filling out your order form, bringing it up to the counter, and then a server will bring the meal. I found the seating arrangement kind of strange for that – for a ‘place your order’ I would have expected a different layout; the system seems like a response to lack of staffing, rather than design.

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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