Feb 23

Healthy Chili – BUTTERNUT SQUASH & TURKEY CHILI

Looking for a new recipe to try on #NationalChiliDay? We have you covered! The Catering Team at the Pacific National Exhibition have come up with an amazing and healthy Chili recipe for everyone! Give it a try and let us know what you think on social media! @PNE_Playland (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Healthy Chili Prep Time

Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 1 TB ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 TB tomato paste
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) fire-roasted tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 1 540 ml can black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled/seeded, and cubed into ½ inch pieces
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, hot sauce, cilantro, jalapeno for topping, optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high until hot.
    Warm oil in large pot
  2. Add onion and garlic, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add sugar, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, and coriander. Stir to combine, 10 seconds.
    Add Spices to Large Pot
  3. Add ground turkey to pot and sprinkle 1 tsp salt over it; cook/stir to break up into small pieces. When turkey is cooked through, add tomato paste and stir 30 seconds.
    Add Ground Turkey and Tomato Paste
  4. Add bell peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes with juices, and broth. Scrape bottom of pan while stirring.
    Add Bell Peppers, Tomatoes and Broth
  5. Bring chili to a simmer; simmer covered for 20 minutes.
    Cover and Simmer for 20 mins
  6. Add beans and squash.
    Add Beans and Squash
  7. Bring chili back to a simmer and simmer covered another 20 minutes or just until squash is tender but not mushy.
    Simmer for 20 mins
  8. Remove from heat. Add additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve warm.
    Serve Warm
  9. Incorporate additional toppings to taste.
    Extra Ingredients

Tell us what you thought of the recipe in the comment section below or on social media: @PNE_Playland

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Feb 9

Family Day Community Skate at the PNE Agrodome!

The long weekend is almost here and the kids are ready to rock; but do you have plans for Family Day 2017? We have you covered with some great family fun at the PNE Agrodome! We are happy to announce that we will be hosting the Family Day Community Skate on February 13 2017 from 12:00pm to 4:15pm at the PNE Agrodome! Bring your Family, Friends, and Skates to participate in this fun filled family activity! Helmets are recommended for all participants (Children 12 and under must wear a helmet), especially those unfamiliar with skating.

Family Day Community Skate

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Admission:

Adults (19+)………………..$2

Youth (4-18)………………..$1

Children (3 & under)……. FREE

 

Prohibited Items:

Hockey Sticks and Pucks, Ringette Sticks and Rings

 

Don’t forget to share your Family Day activities on social media and tag @PNE_Playland for a chance to be featured on our page!

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Feb 2

Momiji Gardens Annual Pruning

In 1993 Momiji Gardens was opened to the public on the south east side of the Garden Auditorium along East Hastings Street. The gardens were built as a monument to the 8,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry that were confined to the livestock barns on these grounds during the Second World War. The Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association graciously donated their time and effort to design and build the gardens and continue to prune the pines annually using specialized traditional techniques.

Vancouver Japanese Gardener's Association

This year Kaz Takahara and his 6 man crew from the Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association spent the day selectively pruning the pines using only hand tools. These techniques are used to prevent over pruning and to make sure the pines have the best opportunity to flourish in their location. Watch the time lapse video below of the team as they prune these beautiful pines.

 

Pruning Working away on the Pines in Momiji Gardens Frozen pond during the annual pine pruning Finished Product