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Chewy meringue cookies

In my post a week and a half ago from November Culinary Night I mentioned making Meringue cookies. Oddly.. I don’t really LIKE soft meringue, and actually think that a lot of meringue cookies are too sweet… but lately I’ve been totally into making these. I don’t know why. When I had four egg whites leftover from the medieval-style egg nog… I figured I’d make meringue cookies for Culinary Night too.

I first got started on this kick while remembering the delicious (and huge) light meringue cookies I had while in Finland and Iceland. They were crispy on the outside, and just a little chewy (and almost sticky…) on the inside. I wanted that…

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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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November Culinary Night

Assortment of medieval-themed dishes for a "festive foods" November Culinary night

Assortment of medieval-themed dishes for a “festive foods” November Culinary night

I haven’t been able to attend the medieval culinary night in Calgary for a long time, but in November I was able to attend because the location was super close compared to the usual generous hosts who live very far away (like over an hour and a half on the bus each way).

The theme was “Festive Foods” and so I thought about what dishes I associated with the holidays – that I could also find medieval recipes for. I’m not great at researching culinary – so I really just go to a few websites and pick what sounds interesting…

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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Made By Marcus

Skye and her Made By Marcus ice cream

Skye and her Made By Marcus ice cream

This post is a LONG time coming – not just in how long it took for me to finally get to Made By Marcus – but also in how long between getting there and posting this has taken!

I had tried to get down to the Made By Marcus store on 17th Avenue for a while… but then I got derailed, or put off by long lines. Finally I got there with my friend Skye (from Dyeing For It) and tried the much raved about ice cream after dinner.

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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, South-West Calgary, Treats

 

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Knekkebrød – Norwegian Crisp Bread

Completed Norwegian Crisp Bread (knekkebrød)

Completed Norwegian Crisp Bread

Not long ago a friend posted a recipe online for Knekkebrød – Norwegian Crisp bread, a recipe link that stated that this bread was a staple of the Viking Age diet and was baked in what is now Sweden as far back as 500 CE. Now… I’m not a culinary researcher (I actually find historical culinary research really difficult) but I was heading to an SCA event, and really was keen on the idea of filling my lunch and supper bag with food that was at least KIND of authentic to my Viking Age persona.

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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Treats

 

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Viking age style pudding

 

Cooking the bulgar wheat for the Viking age style pudding

Cooking the bulgar wheat for the Viking age style pudding

The recipe for this is from the Viking Recipe PDF hosted at Ancient History

I’ve made this dish once before – this time I made it to take to an SCA camping event where I was hoping to try to eat “Viking” food while “viking” camping… unfortunately I got sick right before the event, so ended up having to miss it… but still I enjoyed it at home!

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Posted by on October 13, 2017 in Treats

 

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Fiasco Gelato singles

Dark chocolate caramel sea salt gelato from Fiasco Gelato

Dark chocolate caramel sea salt gelato from Fiasco Gelato

I’ve been to a few events lately where for dessert… Fiasco Gelato single-serving gelato treats were offered for dessert. Despite the additional garbage that this creates over scoops into reusable dishes… I think this is an awesome way of getting a little ice cream/gelato fix – and love seeing them at events.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Treats

 

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September 11 culinary night & medieval applesauce

September 11 was an SCA culinary night. I haven’t been able to attend culinary night in a long time, so was excited to attend again.

The theme of the night was “Harvest Night”.

“pick recipes which highlight the varieties of produce and meat abundant at this time of year from anywhere in the world in period (pre-1650 or so!)”

Since I am not really great at culinary research, and our apple tree is producing really well this fall, I decided to harvest my tree and make some simple recipes easily available online.

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Treats

 

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More of the Taste of Calgary 2017

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

In my last post, I had a little teaser at the end for this one…
In today’s post I’ll wrap up some of the things me and my friend tried at the Taste of Calgary in mid-August.

Dumpling Lab

Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings from Dumpling Lab

Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings from Dumpling Lab

The minute I saw the different things that Dumpling Lab had for sale, I definitely wanted to check them out. I was intrigued by the unique-sounding dumplings, and also to try a Calgary version of poke – something I’d tried in Hawaii a few years ago. I later saw that two other booths also had Poke – it must be a pretty trendy item right now (that and Empanadas… it seemed like everyone had empanadas…)

I started with the Pork, Spinach,  & Ricotta Cheese Dumplings – and honestly… was kind of disappointed. They didn’t have a lot of flavour, and were very dry – as if they had been cooked and left too long. They had a sauce, but even the sauce wasn’t sufficient to moisten the dumpling. That being said, I can only imagine how difficult it is to not just have food ready quickly for a demanding festival customer, but then also keep it fresh and hot… so while I wasn’t happy with the dumplings, I still appreciate their flavour variations.

The three dumplings came with a side of soy beans, however these weren’t salted, so I didn’t really enjoy them a lot either. I like them hot and salted and these were neither.

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Tuna and mango poke from Dumpling Lab

Unfortunately, despite really looking forward to it, the poke was also disappointing. There was way too much oil and seasoning – it completely overwhelmed the flavour of the tuna or the mango. The minute my friend took a bite, she was ready to spit it out. I didn’t think quite that badly of it, but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. I also thought the crackers it was served with were the wrong side – the cracker also really overwhelmed the poke…

One 18 Empire

Next up, we visited One 18 Empire’s booth. My friend wanted the roasted corn salad, and we both really wanted to try the Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel.

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel and Roasted Corn Salad from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel and Roasted Corn Salad from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

First up – the salad…. I just had a small nibble and although I didn’t get any onion.. the whole thing tasted like onion to me. We both agreed that the corn didn’t taste “roasted” at all, and had way too much onion to be enjoyable.

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

Goat Cheese Cake with Salted Caramel from One 18 Empire at the 2017 Taste of Calgary

The cheesecake on the other hand… was awesome! It didn’t even need the salted caramel drizzle on top – the flavour of the goat cheese was perfect in the cheesecake. It had the texture of cheesecake, with the flavour of goat cheese. The size was also good for a little bite – though I could totally have gone back for another if I had any tickets left at the end of the day!

China Rose

While I was eating my poke, my friend went and bought sweet and sour chicken balls from the China Rose booth.  These had very little breading and lots of chicken (good!) and the sauce was good, but they suffered from the same dryness as the dumplings above.

Sweet and sour chicken balls from China Rose at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sweet and sour chicken balls from China Rose at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sal’s Flatbread

We didn’t get there, but I was pretty happy to see Sal’s Flatbread was there with a food truck as well. I really loved their kiosk at MRU, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for their food truck at events in the future!

Sal's Flatbread food truck at the Taste of Calgary 2017

Sal’s Flatbread food truck at the Taste of Calgary 2017

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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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Freebies at the Taste of Calgary 2017

I won’t deny that the Taste of Calgary is a pretty expensive event. For about $20 both my friend and I walked away full… but plenty of times I’ve gone and felt like my purse was a little too light. That being said, I love that lots of companies have jumped on board to share their new products as well… who doesn’t love free samples?

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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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Taste of Calgary 2017

Root Beer Float mini-melts from the Taste of Calgary 2017

Root Beer Float mini-melts from the Taste of Calgary 2017

I got to Taste of Calgary on Thursday evening after work, and over the next few posts I’ll share some of the goodies… but there’s still time to get down there yourself!

My friend and I each bought $20 worth of tickets – and we left FULL!

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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Downtown Calgary, Food Trucks, Treats

 

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