We changed things up a bit this Father’s Day. We usually spend the day in Banff enjoying the mountains that are oh so close, and oh so beautiful! Due to a couple of circumstances we decided to stay closer to home. We went to see our nephew dedicated in the morning and then we headed off to spend the day at Heritage Park. I love Heritage Park, it’s a pioneer village right in the middle of the city. You can wander through old homes and stores, and see how the pioneers really lived. Did I mention I love Heritage Park. At the Entrance to Heritage Park you will find Gasoline Alley, a few stores and restaurants you can enjoy without actually paying the admission. It is a great concept really, and the stores are really fun to look through. It is here that you can find The Railway Café. It is beautifully decorated and really fun to eat in. Although the prices are a bit high for what you actually get you are paying just as much for décor and location. Generally theme restaurants, or amusement park restaurants are a bit pricier than your average joe restaurant. The menu includes pretty basic stuff, soup, sandwiches, baked goods, so if you are really hungry go into the park and enjoy The Wainwright Hotel. If you want a small lunch and a bit of nostalgia, this is the place for you.
So we have this thing in our house called “pick of the month”. Basically everybody gets to pick one thing to eat or drink, kids and husband included, it can range from dessert, snack , meal, whatever they want. Once in a while my hubby decides to challenge me and pick something I have never made before. This month, homemade Donairs. Challenge accepted. Actually turns out they were really easy, just need a long time to cook the meat. A new meal that the whole family enjoyed.
Recipe from Allrecipes
- 1 teaspoon each, salt, oregano, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon each pepper, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 pnd ground beef
- 1 (12 ounce can) evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tsp vinegar
- Pita bread
- Pickles (Or whatever you want to add)
1. Mix meat spices together in large sturdy bowl. I used a large ceramic bowl so it stays in place. Using your hands mix in all spices. Pick up meat mixture and slam down with force into bowl. Knead meat. Repeat about 20 times.
2. Shape meat into a loaf and place on baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Flip. Bake additional 35 minutes.
3. Place on cutting board and let rest for 10-20 minutes.
4. After you put meat in the oven make sauce by whisking together all sauce ingredients. Place in fridge until ready to use. Stir before putting on donairs.
5. Warm pita. Cut in half and fill with fixin’s. Thinly slice meat and add to pita. Top with a few Tablespoons of sweet sauce.
6. Eat and enjoy!
Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure to eat at The Harvest Cafe in Canmore. It is an absolutely adorable little cafe set in the middle of town, they serve soup, sandwiches, desserts and what looked like a tasty little breakfast menu. However we were there for lunch, so the eggs we did not try, we did however eat soup and sandwiches until ready to burst. My poor delicious cauliflower soup didn’t even get finished because I was just plain too full. I started the meal with a creamy hot chocolate. It was a drizzly rainy day so I was happy to warm up while we waited for our food to come. Then was the meal, I had a chicken and brie wrap, it was served with a delicious cranberry mayo and a cup of cauliflower herb soup on the side. The sandwich was quite flavorful, cheesy goodness abounded, and the cranberry mayo was the a perfectly matched little jolt of flavor. My husband had the Canmore specialty Grizzly Paw Root Beer to start, I stole some, it was great. Then the b.l.t and tomato soup , all was good, he said his meal was just perfect. We both liked that the mayo actually came on the side as a dip instead of on the sandwich , really nice touch! Overall, I would say if you are ever in Canmore this is a restaurant that you simply must try!
Thanks to Ryan and Jessie at the Harvest Cafe for a wonderful dining experience.
My son informed us last night that this is his third favorite food ever! Kids are so funny, they are always cracking me up. This especially made me laugh because it reminds me of me. I love asking people there favorite things. So this begs the question, what is your favorite food?
Sloppy Joe Recipe from Allrecipes
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 hamburger buns
1. Brown ground beef in large skillet until cooked through. Add onion and celery. Continue to cook over medium-heat for 5 minutes, covered.
2. Add remaining ingredients, (except bun , obviously), and stir until mixed , continue to cook for about 10 minutes to blend flavors. Serve on buns.
3. Eat and enjoy!
Oh and P.S, just in case you are wondering my sons first and second favorites are cheeseburgers and ribs