One sunny weekend in midwinter, we took a short ferry ride to Victoria, BC because it had been almost a decade since my last visit!
Off the BC coast on Vancouver Island, Victoria is also the capital city of BC (my home province).
I’d almost forgotten how perfect this gem of a city is for slow weekend getaways. It has an ideal mix of beautiful city sights, natural beauty and charming small town vibes. From coastal vistas, museums and colonial architecture to lush gardens and a flourishing food scene, it’s not hard to have a perfect weekend in Victoria.
I wanted to experience Victoria differently from my last visit when I tried to rush through all the tourist attractions; we went to the Royal BC Museum, toured the British Columbia Parliament and went on a failed whale watching tour that yielded no whales.
The idea to make this turmeric granola with goldenberry bloomed from the cereal aisle of my local Costco where I found myself intrigued by these giant boxes of golden turmeric cereal on display.
Turmeric is having a moment in the spotlight; hailed as a healing wonder spice with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is not just for curry and mustard anymore, it’s everywhere from lattes and golden milk to teeth whitening.
Now, this may very well be just another health fad, but if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I find turmeric fascinating and we do use it quite a bit at home, so I welcome the chance to try it in new recipes.
Just when we thought winter was loosening its grip on us here in the Pacific Northwest, Mother Nature pulled us back in. Temperatures have dropped; we had a dusting of snow over the weekend, and again on Wednesday, and they’re calling for more snow! It’s like a reminder to hang on to our sweaters and mittens since winter’s here for another month.
The thing is, I don’t really mind the cold when it’s this crisp and sunny, plus I relish hearty wintertime meals, from roasted vegetables to steaming bowls of stews and soups. The later reminds me of the type of food I ate as a kid – thick cozy stews and soups ladled over fragrant rice, banku or starchy root vegetables.
We made roasted cauliflower, potato and peas with tahini dressing last weekend as the cold wind blew and the snow came down in flurries outside – there’s just something comforting about roasting vegetables in winter – and this article made me grateful for fresh produce in winter.
Our first stop last fall on my maiden trip to Lisbon was the Copenhagen Coffee Lab.
Tucked inside the charming hilltop neighbourhood of Principe Real, we trekked our way through steep sloping sidewalks, vibrantly tiled and pastel-hued buildings and beautiful little parks to get to this cosy and familiar place.
Here, we refueled, relaxed and tried to come up with the best strategy for exploring hilly Lisbon given our limited time.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab was also our first stop the year before, this time in its namesake city of Copenhagen. Meandering through cobblestone streets, elegant squares and canals, we found the café underground, hidden underneath a stately townhouse off a quiet alley street in the city centre (they’ve since moved from that location).
This is perhaps the most non-recipe recipe I’ve ever shared, except it exemplifies how unexciting things have been around here. January was slow and uneventful for me, and I’ve thankfully trudged through it without fading away from the monotony and damp, grey skies.
I haven’t cooked a lick in the past few weeks, not properly anyway. I’ve been subsisting on meals we’ve hastily cobbled together and granola.
Oh the granola! I’ve eaten so much granola lately I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to infuse variety into our breakfast routine. This is where these spiced baked apple slices come in; coincidentally, they were also how I managed to break my daily granola habit.