Let’s eat! Enbridge’s Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles (Part 11)

Hidden treasures and outdoor adventures on the trails near Ayr, Ontario

It’s the modern-day equivalent of treasure hunting, and it keeps Mira van Bodegom on the high-tech trail.

An estimated 10 million people around the world are hooked on geocaching, which involves using smartphone GPS systems to find small hidden treasures tucked away in hidden places.

Geocaching allows us to see the great outdoors in a new light, with the journey more important than the reward—usually a small bauble to be replaced by players, and a log book to sign.

For Mira, an avid hiker, cyclist and canoer, it makes the natural backdrop in her hometown of Ayr, Ontario that much more idyllic.

The perfect day, in Mira’s view: “On a trail, could be anywhere . . . enjoying the morning.”

There are more than 160,000 registered geocaches in Canada, and Mira’s group, the Brant County Cachers, recently added to that total by creating a series of caches in Brantford, Ontario, in the shape of a rotary telephone, to honor famed inventor and onetime Brantford resident Alexander Graham Bell.

The “geoart” project, spreading across Alexander Graham Bell Parkway, was created as part of Canada 150 celebrations.

Geocaching “gives you a purpose when you’re out walking,” Brant County Cachers member Emily McDonald recently told the Brantford Expositor.

The van Bodegoms are one of several families across Canada being profiled in Enbridge’s newly produced Homegrown Recipes cookbook, which is being distributed to neighbors along our rights-of-way.

The Homegrown Recipes collection includes more than 110 tantalizing kitchen creations—breakfasts, breads, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts—submitted by our neighbors near Enbridge’s network of pipelines and facilities.

Because just as land is passed down through the generations, so too are some of the most treasured recipes that connect us to family, friends and communities—including Mira’s banana chocolate chip bread, included in our Homegrown Recipes collection.

This particular dessert recipe was passed down from Mira’s husband’s grandfather, an accomplished baker.

“It floated down through the family . . . and it’s delicious,” says Mira.

(Are your taste buds sufficiently stimulated? Click on this link to download portions of Enbridge’s Homegrown Recipes cookbook . . . and this link for Mira’s banana chocolate chip bread.)


Check out previous instalments of the Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles:

Part 1: Pint-sized entrepreneurs tend to their pumpkin patch in southwestern Manitoba

Part 2: Southern Ontario's Turner family helping to cultivate the local food movement

Part 3: In Saskatchewan, the Lees family is hooked on Herefords

Part 4: Beekeeping enterprise, community duties keep the Fisher family buzzing in Manitoba

Part 5: In Alberta, Petersen family’s conservation efforts are bringing wildlife back

Part 6: Positive energy, hard work drive success for southern Ontario vegetable farm

Part 7: Life is full of sweet rewards for the Desjardins family of Mirabel, Quebec

Part 8: Love, laughter and the culinary secrets of Saskatchewan’s Dornstauder family

Part 9: Berry family enraptured by endless skies, starry nights in Manitoba’s fertile farmlands

Part 10: Clements clan savors its agrarian adventures