Quote for a Sunday – Peace

Relating to my Fantasy Friday post 🙂

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Hans Island: Canada vs Denmark

Savory Saturday – Go Canada!

Yesterday, I declared my fantasy destination as Han Island.

A tiny little guy, about the size of my condo who’s fate has been debated between a tug-of-war between Canada and Denmark.

Not to smack talk Denmark – I can’t wait to go there! But why not make my meal today something very tacky – Canadian Beaver Tails (NOT made from real beavers!!). And tackily get the “gourmet” recipe from ehow.com.

Not tacky is how gooooood they taste (especially with coffee)!

Beaver tails are Canadian donuts shaped in the form of a beaver tail. They’re very popular in Ontario, Canada during the winter months and are served at the Rideau Canal, the longest skating rink in the world.


How to make true Canadian Beaver Tails:
  • 1

    In a large bowl, stir in the yeast, water and a pinch of sugar. Allow to stand for a few minutes to allow the yeast to expand and dissolve. Stir in the remaining sugar, milk, vanilla, eggs, salt, oil and a majority of the flour to make a dough. Knead for 5-8 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl.

  • 2

    Place bowl in a plastic bag and seal. Let the dough rise for about 30-40 minutes. You can refrigerate the dough if you like. Gently deflate the dough. If you do put it in the refrigerator, allow it to warm to room temperature for about 40 minutes before moving any further with the recipe.

  • 3

    Once the dough is ready. Pull off a golf ball sized piece. Roll it out into an oval and place onto a towel while you get your fryer ready.

  • 4

    Add about 4 inches of oil to a fryer. The best temperature for frying the beaver tails should be about 185 degrees. You can test the oil by dropping in a pinch of the dough. If it sizzles and enlarges immediately, the temperature is just right.

  • 5

    Continue to pull more golf ball sized pieces of the dough. Stretch out the ovals into a tail shape, thinning and enlarging as you do so. Add the beaver tails to the fryer, 1-2 at a time. Fry until the deep undersides are brown and then flip just once to repeat. Lift out the beaver tails and place onto a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

  • 6

    Fill a bowl with granulated sugar and toss beaver tails into bowl, you can add cinnamon as well if you like, and shake off the excess. Enjoy your beaver tails!

Fantasy Friday – Hans Island

This story is hilarious – just the way the author writes about it, really.

Hans Island – perhaps the dispute between Canada and Denmark will endure time…

Noted Arctic historian and published author Kenn Harper walks us through Hans’ past so we may understand its possible future.

By Kenn Harper

The island is barren and steep-sided. No-one lives there. No-one except scientific parties ever have. The question one is inclined to ask is not, “Who owns it?” but rather, “Who would want it?” But this island is different from other interruptions in the surface of the Arctic sea. This is Hans Island, two square kilometers of rock situated at 80° 49′ N and 66° 26′ W, smack-dab in the middle of Kennedy Channel, mid-way between Ellesmere Island and Greenland. It has become the focus of a bizarre border dispute between Canada and Denmark, an issue that has simmered for three decades and finally boiled over in 2005.


Canada showed Hans Island as Canadian territory on a map for the first time only in 1967. Six years later, during negotiations on a Danish-Canadian agreement over division of the continental shelf, Canada voiced its claim to Hans Island but efforts to reach a solution regarding ownership were unsuccessful. Both parties agreed to stop the median line referred to in that agreement at the low-water mark on the south coast of the island and start it again at the low-water mark on the north shore. Because these lines reach the island, the agreement noted that “the island has no territorial sea.”

In 1983, both countries signed an agreement on co-operation in marine environmental matters. They also considered a reciprocal arrangement for processing applications to conduct research on and around Hans Island. Although that agreement was not signed, the respective ministers reaffirmed their common interest in avoiding acts prejudicial to future negotiations. But the unsigned agreement had already been violated.

That year I met a scientist from Dome Petroleum in Resolute, Northwest Territories. Embroidered in bold letters on his knitted Inuit-style hat was the name HANS ISLAND, N.W.T. I asked him about his sartorial claim to an island that I regarded as part of Greenland and was surprised to learn that he had just spent the summer on the island doing ice research.

Dome Petroleum, it turned out, had been doing research on this tiny island for some years. It planned to build offshore artificial islands on which to position drilling rigs in the Beaufort Sea, 1,700 kilometres away. Hans Island was a surrogate for an artificial island. Huge ice floes, some several kilometers in diameter and up to eight metres thick, flow southward each summer through the large funnel that is Kennedy Channel. The first obstacle they meet is Hans Island. With its steep sides, it provided a perfect location in which to determine how strong an artificial island needed to be to withstand the force of multi-year ice coming down from the Arctic Ocean.

Read more on this HUGELY fascinating island at Canadian Geographic

My favorite quote from this article:

The question one is inclined to ask is not, “Who owns it?” but rather, “Who would want it?”

Hey – you know what? Why not.

Why not make this my fantasy for the day. How many people can say they have been to THE Hans Island? Home to one of Canada’s most intense fighting matches.

Top 10 Countries to travel to in 2012

Lonely Planet recently came out with their top countries to travel to next year. Well that got me drooling.


Maybe not drooling, isn’t that when you think about food?

I should say, my eyes got wider and wider as I read on.

Here is their list, pick your favorite:

1. Uganda


2. Myanmar


3. Ukraine


4. Jordan


5. Denmark


6. Bhutan


7. Cuba


8. New Caledonia


9. Taiwan


10. Switzerland


Hmm…my vote?


I would love to go there to see my friend who moved and is teaching there. Then I could also quickly make a detour to one of my favorite places – Italy, then while I am at it, maybe check out Germany, oh hey…then Belgium, and Paris since it is so darn close…..