The spring has arrived very early this year in Toronto. We have had so such gorgeous weather with buds and flowers blooming. This weather reminds me of one of my favorite poems by Swedish poet, Karin Boye. “Ja visst gör det ont”. It is a very well known poem in Scandinavia that I think captures how nature connects us with life. Perhaps in a slightly melancholy way but it also gives us hope. Enjoy, and happy Spring !Add a comment
There is definitely spring in the air in Toronto.Our new pets this winter has given us a lot of joy: cardinals, woodpeckers, blue jays, chickadees, morning doves and even a hawk has visited our small urban backyard. It is hard to believe that we live in the fifth largest city in North America when you look out our backyard windows. I’m so happy we finally found a birdfeeder that was squirrel proof and attracted so many different birds.Add a comment
Different foods are served all over the world, but this pre-lent treat have something in common as they are both very rich with cream and sweet buns like king cake in New Orleans with icing and different colors. Funny enough my husband is going to New Orleans and I’m going to ask him to bring some King cake home so I can taste how it taste compares to semlor and fastelavnbun.Add a comment
By Russell Gienapp
In the world of food items there are few things that are more taken for granted than maple syrup. How do you explain to a young child the concept of taking 40 bottles of the sap of a tree to get the one bottle of syrup sitting on the breakfast table?
February is carnival time in a lot of places in the world. It probably did start as a pagan celebration of spring, waking up nature after the winter.
Today most of the carnival celebration is part of the Christian celebration before Lent.Add a comment
One part of my childhood that I will never forget, is making “boller” with my grandmother. I loved making them as much as I loved eating them. It was always a hit on hikes and picnics.
Boller tastes similar to cross buns. In Norway and other Scandinavian countries it is enjoyed as a treat for young and adults and it can be served for breakfast, lunch, tea, snack and dessert.
Yesterday Irene and her friend made boller at our house. It is always fun to see how much fun kids have making them. I think the dough feels like play dough and they like to use their hands to make food. Of course it helps if it tastes good as well.Add a comment