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From Terry's Cookbook Introduction
This cookbook completes an unfinished goal of Terry Schwarzfeldz'l and in so doing celebrates the many aspects of her life and her love of sharing life's bounties through food.
The book has been compiled by her "canoe / lickbowl" friends gleaned from a broad source of contributions from her dragon boat friends, her ski friends, her hiking friends, her Canadian Hadassah-WIZO friends, her neighbourhood friends, her childhood-lifetime friends, her colleagues and most importantly, her family. This array represents the vast number of people touched by Terry's life. The original conception of this book came from Terry herself after regaling the forest, skiing, and food on a weekend in March 2007 at a ski-in wilderness cabin in Gatineau Park with a group of cohorts.
I like cookbooks that tell stories - family stories & friend stories about occasions when the recipes were cooked and eaten. So, if we are serious about this, we should write some notes and anecdotes about the 1st annual Brown's Cabin get together and put that in a section with the recipes. The notes could be about icy ski conditions, smelly outhouse, sliding and bruising down the front steps, some of the jokes and Bob of course (we sent him away but then couldn't resist him in the parking lot!). We could also put in a picture or two of us doing the activities (such as the picture of Jane with the skis on her back or a picture of a couple of people with backpacks). The pictures would illustrate the activity part and not who the people are.
Subsets of the Wonder Women (although this is probably trademark infringement) get together for other outdoor fun and food activities. We could collect recipes (and stories) from all these activities. I am thinking of canoe trips, weekends at Kitty's cottage, dragon boat parties and all of our other celebrations.
The recipes could then be put together by seasonal activities. Skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, dragon boat in the spring, hiking and canoeing in the summer, running and training in the fall, etc. etc. We could include stories about the organized events we participate in, our results and how good it is to participate, and include stories about slices of life such as the meal delivery day and Gloria's surprise birthday party. In a couple of months I would be happy to work on this. I view it as a multi-year project. It is something that would be incredibly meaningful for us and it could possibly develop legs. So Jane, add me to your editorial board. - Terry