Not Xena has a new Home

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 1.51.25 PM

That’s right, I’ve moved. But don’t worry, it’s not too far. I decided to migrate the blog so it lives right within my main online portfolio: warriorrenaud.com.

For those who have subscribed through wordpress, you can still subscribe via warriorrenaud.com/notxena. Just go to this page and click the subscribe link in the sidebar on the right. You’ll get an email every time I add a new post, so you won’t miss any recipes, movie marathon ideas and news about my upcoming documentary “Hyphen”.

Thanks for following, I hope to see you at my brand new home!
Gaby

Friday Food Frenzy: Chilli Con Seed to Sausage

IMG_0313

This cold weather calls for some hearty meals to keep you toasty warm, and this chilli recipe will definitely do the trick! I recently started working at Seed to Sausage’s General Store and have been enjoying trying out the tasty meat selections. This week, I took home some handmade sausages and whipped up my own version of the chilli: chilli con Seed to Sausage.

IMG_0317

Heres’s my recipe, so you can try it too!

Ingredients:
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 2 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
– 1/2 tsp ground coriander
– 1/2 tsp dried oregano
– 1/8 to 1/4 tsp chili powder (I used less since the chorizo sausage are already quite spicy)
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1 tsp cocoa powder
– 1/2 tsp brown sugar
– 4 Seed to Sausage sausages (I used 2 garlic red wine and 2 chorizo for some extra kick)
– 1 can of diced tomatoes
– 1 can of mixed beans (or you can use your favourite bean)
– 1 can of corn
– corn tortillas (I got my tortillas from Little Latin America at 762 Somerset Street West)

Instructions:
– remove the casings from the sausages
– roll out 2” balls with the sausage meat
– heat your oil over medium heat
– add onions, cook until onions are soft and translucent
– add garlic and all the spices, cook for another 2 minutes
– add sausage meat balls, stir occasionally until cooked
– add the diced tomatoes, beans and corn
– turn the heat down, cover and let simmer for another 20 minutes
– when your chilli is almost ready, grab some corn tortillas, place them in a dry pan and cook them over medium heat. They should only take a few minutes each side to get nice and crispy.
– serve and enjoy!


What are you making for supper? Tweet me @warriorrenaud, or comment below!

I’m Making a Documentary, it’s Called Hyphen

blog1

Since leaving my full time job a few months ago, I’ve been busy cooking up my next big project. I had a few ideas up my sleeve, but I needed some time to consider my options. I left for my cross-country roadtrip, hoping the adventure would bring me the inspiration I needed to come home ready to work. And I was right! As I traveled through the country, meeting strangers and seeing some incredible sights, it hit me. The Canadian story has always intrigued me, and I wanted to share my particular point of view. As a multiracial person, my connection to the Canadian identity has shifted and evolved throughout my life. There was something about driving from one end of the country to the other that made Canada seem much more approachable than ever. It deconstructed a lot of the conceptions I had and I was able to discover a new connection to our country. But I still wanted to tell the Canadian story from my own perspective: the hyphenated identity, and I knew I wasn’t the only one with a story to tell.

Once I got home, I started planning my first independent production: Hyphen. My plan is to produce a collection of short stories surrounding the multiracial experience. I want Hyphen to be a space where multiracial individuals can speak about their personal journeys, and find a sense of community within this experience.

As a first step in the project, I want to dig deeper into my own experience. I don’t think I can ask others to question their identity before I take the time to question my own. I have recently started production of the first short story: my own. I’ve had fun going through all the old home videos my mum took throughout my childhood, amazed at the things I observed. These clips will be an integral part of my short story, along with additional footage of my family and myself today.

I wanted to share a few home video clips with you, to give you an idea of my direction. This kid was pretty damn cute, and even I couldn’t help saying “aw”.