Archive for April, 2017

April 29, 2017

Some Favourite Online Recipes

Here are some online recipes that I keep going back to! This list will continue to grow over time. Enjoy!


Cauliflower and Squash Curry from

Eggs Benedict from

Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup from

Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika from

Leek and Potato Soup from

Macaroni and Cheese from

Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew from

Zesty Quinoa Salad from


Almond Filled Speculaas from

Brownies from

Buckwheat Parfait from

Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars from

Pancakes from

Tiramisu from

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April 1, 2017

Maple Syrup Fest

In March Vikkie invited me to join her, Rachel, and a few other friends to one of the Maple Syrup Festival locations that was at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area. I took a GO bus to Unionville where the group picked me up and we headed over together. I met Hong-Li who works with Vikkie.

The main activity was to follow a path through the woods where there were stops along the way with exhibits that showed the steps of the maple syrup collecting and making process, and differences between traditional and modern methods. The signs portrayed smiling bud cartoons and at first I didn’t know what they were! I was glad that I came prepared with a second pair of shoes, because it was very muddy! After walking the trail we enjoyed pancakes at the pancake house that was jam-packed with parents and kids who must have been on a big group outing. We had a nice time but were a bit disappointed that the festival didn’t have our favourite activity which is pouring fresh hot sap on snow to make maple toffee. Afterwards we went to Rachel’s house and ate take-out indian food and played an online game where you play with everyone using your phone. I think our favourite game was T-shirt design where it threw our quick designs and funny slogans together and we got to vote for our favourite combinations! The winner was a T-shirt with I heart Rachel on it with the slogan “I’m your next mistake.” LOL! Credit goes to Vikkie for these photos from our excursion!

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April 1, 2017

When the Vernacular Fails

I recently contributed an article to the Site Magazine’s issue 36: Vernaculars. The article is called When the Vernacular Fails and describes the disaster response work I did with EMI in Nepal a few months after the 2015 earthquake. The work relates to the idea of the vernacular because we were outsiders working in a foreign context and had to listen and work with locals and also apply our outside expertise. In the development of a training manual for the rebuilding of more seismic resistant homes, we opted for a hybrid solution that incorporated a few modern construction techniques where needed with the traditional methods that we discovered were very common in the region.