Volume Two: Order Your Copy Here.
A letter from Picot Collective Founder, Britt
To say that this second volume is a labour of love is quite an understatement.
Kare and I have been talking about a second book while we were still writing the first one, as if we were putting these things out like John Grisham.
I imagined that when we did finally get the second one out, we would be on the other side of this pandemic, but that's now a joke I tell myself, similar to how I once exclaimed that I could do the edits for this in "an afternoon".
The dream to share food with loved ones outside of our bubble is still alive, and not being able to yet has become oddly commonplace. Throughout this year, cooking and baking at home has become a means of true comfort for me. Something to focus on and quell my low-lying, yet ever-present, anxiety. We asked 30 members of our community to contribute a recipe with the subtle theme of hygge (hoo-gah); a Danish term that refers to finding comfort, pleasure, and warmth in simple, soothing things.
We hope that you fall in love with the recipes in and even more so, the process of spending time in the kitchen making nourishing and delicious meals.
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A letter from Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Co-Creator, Kare
Britt and I had such an enriching experience while putting together our first Community Cookbook that we pretty well immediately started thinking about putting out a second. The PNW winter can feel dark and wet. Working on this collection of cozy and nourishing recipes while collaborating with our lovely contributors was exactly what I needed.
Cooking these dishes has made me feel connected to my community and has added some colour to my all-too-bland pandemic lifestyle. While I realize I may one day look back on these days with some nostalgia for how simple day-to-day life is at the moment, I also know I’m excited to travel again, to eat pasta in a quaint Italian city I’ve never been to or to simply have a night in with my closest friends.
I hope this cookbook serves as a reminder that no matter how much we may wish to explore beyond the horizon, good food and good company is always close to home when you know where to look!
About the Island Kids Cancer Association
The Island Kids Cancer Association has come recommended to us from friends who had benefited immensely from their programs and we are pleased to highlight their work and contributions to their community. IKCA helps families navigate the diagnosis of childhood cancer.
Their services and programs offer practical assistance, emotional support and financial support. This is combined with firsthand knowledge of what this experience is like and how families can best work with the medical system to understand processes, treatments and avenues of care and healing. In doing so, we become part of the family support system, walking alongside, helping to ease uncertainty and feelings of isolation.
Touchstones Mental Health Support Program is a critical program, providing kids, youth and their families access to service providers, limiting financial barriers and stigmas. Island Kids Cancer Association works with several service providers across Vancouver Island such as registered counsellors, psychologists, music therapists, art therapists, play therapists and a creative writing therapist.