Month: February 2017

A hearty winter vegetable soup

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food / Icelandic soup / vegetables

Winter seems to be waning slightly (I mean it is Feb.18th today, and 10°C outside) but I imagine it is just a ruse… although maybe the winter this year is truly everywhere else but here… snow seems to be pummelling Canada. In an attempt to add more vegetables to our diet, I am experimenting with new soups. This is an adaptation of an Icelandic soup, which would use oats instead of the wild rice. I have used […]

The old hotels of Monte Generoso

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In the early 19th century, many people embarked on voyages to the Alps to inhale the pure mountain air, and enjoy the restorative nature of the spring waters. This lead to the appearance of the first guesthouses on the Swiss mountains, and later in the century hotels and guesthouses appeared on the peaks of the alps to entice the wave of tourists. In 1881, British novelist Samuel Butler wrote a book entitled “Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and […]