Found Hiding in the Corner

Grenfell Campus’ Ferris Hoddgett Library is full of surprises. Usually those suprises are found in books. Except today, people. Did you know you can get little reusable tote bags at the circulation desk? For only $2?

Inside the little ball of green you see above is a tote sturdy enough to carry 2 hardcovers, 1 bottle of wine, and your daily recommended servings of Fruits & Veggies. When you’re not cramming for finals or grocery shopping, the bag stuffs into a neat 4-inch ball that you can keep on hand. Now, when you discover your own exciting treasures around Corner Brook (I’m thinking Farmer’s Market) you’re tote-ally ready.


Found It!

Although it’s not 100% Guava, I found the perfect juice for my Newfie cocktail:

It’s organic, it’s fair trade, it’s tropical. But what’s the best part about it?  Combined with lime, it makes the drink bear a slight resemblance to the unofficial flag of Newfoundland, the Newfoundland Tricolor:

And while my delightful little cocktail is still not the official drink for a screeching-in ceremony, it is my unofficial cocktail for spring and sunny days in Corner Brook:

Just Give In

Remember when I raved about my favorite post-run snack? Well, I can’t lie folks, sometimes I feel the need to step out of my date-energy-bar routine and embrace a bit of decadence. Sometimes I just have to indulge.

Down the hall, only a few paces from the YMCA, the Thistledown Café makes indulgence all too easy with what is arguably the best cookie in Corner Brook. A crisp, buttery, shortbread cookie topped with zingy, real-lemon glaze? Oh go on, just give in!

Fuel for Fun

With endless trails, hills, and scenery, Corner Brook is an ideal place for athletes to play, train, and race (triathlon anyone?).

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An athlete (and triathlete) I am not, but I do enjoy running in Corner Brook. In summer and autumn, the Corner Brook Stream Trail makes an invigorating trail run. Riverside Drive is equally suited for longer distances (watch the traffic), and the city’s endless hills are perfect for torturing yourself a refreshing challenge.

Corner Brook Stream Trail Glynmill Inn Entrance

And, when the weather turns adverse, there are always plenty of vacant “dreadmills” at the local YMCA and Pepsi Centre, as well as cross-training options at Blow Me Down Trails and Marble Mountain.

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Corner Brook’s rugged terrain and intense hills call for the right fuel for the long haul. Something like this:

Date and Nut Bonbons

I call these little energy boosters, Good-Good Bon-Bons, and I often enjoy one or two as a delicious (and healthy) post-run snack. And, like most athletes (and those of you who are living a marathon-like schedule), I also enjoy how easy these snacks are to make:

Simply grind 2 cups of pistachio nuts in a food processor (or place them in a resealable bag as I did — due to lack of food processor — and smash them up with a kitchen mallet) and set them aside on a plate.

Pistachios Before the Punch

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 500 grams chopped, pitted dates,  1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of this…

Orange Blossom Water

…which you can find here. Add a tablespoon of grated orange peel, and cook over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a conglomerated paste.

Remove from heat and add 1- 1 1/2 cups of ground almonds and 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts. Stir until the mixture combines (it will be really thick) and loses some of its stickiness. Form the date mixture into 1 inch balls and roll in ground pistachio nuts. Set the balls on parchment paper and refrigerate for one hour to let the flavors meld.

Good-Good Bon-Bons

These bonbons can be stored in an airtight container for two weeks. They’re small and completely transportable, so you can easily keep two on hand in your duffel bag and refuel after your workout, or keep them at the ready as a post-hill reward. Your body, and taste buds, will thank you.

(Recipe generously adapted from Food and Wine.)

Found Hiding in the Corner

Look what I found this week:


And while the Guava are not as fresh as the box suggests…

I still managed to make this:

And you can learn all about it here. Enjoy!

Organic by Accident

What I love about weekends?

Discovering new wine:

Discovering new chocolate:

And discovering both are organic!

Found Hiding in the Corner

I’ve mentioned More for Less foods in several posts already, and today’s no different. Every time I visit the store to pick up spices, nuts, and flour, I inevitably leave with something new I’ve fallen in love with. Like this:

As a kid I ate Guava Jam often, thanks in part to family living in South America who would bring jars of the sweet, pink confiture with them on visits. Imagine my surprise and delight, then, to discover it in Corner Brook, Newfoundland– the least likely place to serve tropical fruit-anything.

While my childhood Guava experiences consisted of smearing the stuff on toast, this jelly is just as delicious served with a cheese course, as a compote for lamb or steak dishes (perhaps even moose?), or simply on a baguette with a slice of aged cheddar as an afternoon snack. ¡buen provecho!