Comox Valley Naturalists Soc.
Comox Valley Naturalists Society presents
Chris Czajkowski, author of A Wilderness Dweller’s Cookbook.
The regular monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society will be held November 21, 2010, at 7:00 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. The featured speaker will be noted author, Chris Czajkowski, who will present on her life in remote areas of Northern British Columbia, as well as her newest book “A Wilderness Dweller’s Cookbook”
In 1988, Chris Czajkowski walked into British Columbia's Central Coast Mountains to build a homestead, a business, and a life. Raised in England, Chris was in her thirties when she moved to a remote location some 300 miles north of Vancouver. There, she single-handedly cleared the land and - despite a total lack of experience - built her own home. Later, she perfected her stone oven and her recipes - and word began to spread of Nuk Tessli and "The Best Bread in the World."
This is not a how-to-skin-a-moose-and-salt-it-down-and-make-the-offal-into-sausages kind of book. Rather it is a fascinating account of how a wilderness dweller - in a none-growing climate 20 km from a road, 60 km from a store, and 250 km from the nearest town large enough for a supermarket - feeds herself and the visitors that come to her small ecotourism resort.
From tangy sourdough loaves of freshly-ground grain, Nuk Tessli Fruit Bread sweetened with molasses and aromatic spices, to Montreal Bagels with an alpine touch, here are hearty, adventurous recipes that bypass the bread machine. Also included are quick breads and desserts, like Trail Mix Cake - perfect for a hike - and Nuk Tessli's enigmatic Spotted Dick, plus a few indispensably recipes for any wilderness dweller (or frugal urbanite), such as fresh yogurt and sprouts. Of particular interest to readers with their own wilderness dreams will be her descriptions of how she gets wholesome, fresh food to the table in this remote and spectacular location.
Please come and join us to become better informed, as well as how you can help CVNS provide education and protection for B.C.’s natural environment.
Meetings of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings are open to the public, including youth. A donation of $3.00 is suggested for non-members, and new memberships are always welcomed. Meetings are not held in December, July, and August. The CVNS January 16 presentation is by Wendy Kotilla, with a ‘never before seen’ show of an early1990’s trip up the Clayoquot Valley. On February 20 we will have a presentation by Gordon Hutchings, with a wide range of Bee topics, stories and information.
Please come out and join us for these important environmental topics. For more information on CVNS please visit the website at www.comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca