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.
In SW Calgary
Part of the Calgary’s Best Pubs chain, the Donegals Irish Pub is one of my favourite casual places to go for good food with a group of friends. I was planning on hosting a gathering with a bunch of people not long ago, so stopped in to see what the place would be like for a group of 20+ people. Of course.. while I was there I also had to have dinner….
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!
Finland wasn’t the only place I visited while on holiday in Europe this summer. A while ago I heard that it was quite easy to take a ferry from Helsinki over to Tallinn, Estonia, and that a day-trip, especially to visit the old part of town, was an enjoyable trip. I decided to add in a quick visit to Estonia while we were there as well!
The trip from Helsinki’s ferry station not far from our hotel to Tallinn was only about 2.5 hours, and for two of us, the return trip was only 40 Euro (so 10 Euro per person each way) which I thought was a great deal. I do get sea sickness though, so was a bit worried about the trip, but the Gulf of Finland was quiet and the trip was easy.
… still no milkshake
A while ago I posted about going to The Street Eatery with some friends for the first time. I was super-tempted by their incredible-looking milkshakes (super instagram-able) but knew that I couldn’t have both food and a shake… so stuck with food. Well I was back there again recently, and once again made the tough choice between savory goodies and tasty treats. This time their taco won out again over a candy-covered drink/dessert.
How is it that I’ve been through Gasoline Alley in Red Deer going back and forth to and from Edmonton for years… and it was only recently that I visited the Donut Mill?
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.
As I mentioned in my last post, I visited Sushi Aji twice during my visit to Vancouver last weekend. My first visit was wonderful, with delicious sushi and sashimi. This time around though I decided I wanted some of their cooked food, and decided to take advantage of their all-day meal deal – three items plus soup for under 11$. (Oh Vancouver… how you torment me with your affordable sushi…)
While I was in Vancouver in late September I popped into a sushi place close to my hotel that was celebrating it’s grand opening.
I ordered a half-order of tuna sashimi, two ikura (salmon roe) and two chopped scallop rolls. They were all pretty much perfect! The meal also comes with free green tea, like most places in Vancouver seem to… different from Calgary restaurants.
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.