Malkist Cheese Cracker Biscuits

I’ve always seen people eating cheese and crackers. I’ve only had plain crackers, usually dipped in tea or coffee, which over here in India are usually very dry and almost tasteless. However, I did try these ones and I like them a lot. Malkist Cheese Cracker which are nothing but cheese layered between two sugar-sprinkled crackers.

The crackers are crisp but the only thing is we have a tiny sugar granules, which for me is a problem as I am staying away from sugar. However I didn’t know this at first as when I picked it up it was a bit dark in the kitchen. Once I tasted it I thought, hmmm it does taste sweet and I got that along with the cheese. I understood that it was sugar but it’s very tiny and hence it isn’t too bad. I got it in a pack of 10. It is crisp but crumbles easily which is a bummer. It is light and does not feel heavy at all as the layer of cheese is thin but adequete.

The cheese was slightly salted which paired well with the sugar. This cracker is prepared with ingredients like milk powder and cheese powder, but it had no synthetic aftertaste. No added preservative but it has food colouring. If you like a savoury snack (despite the bit of sugar) it’s great for an evening snack with your tea or coffee.

RIP Gino Odkick

Wayne Gino Odjick, (September 7, 1970 ‚Äď January 15, 2023) a Canadian professional¬†ice hockey¬†left winger¬†who played twelve seasons in the¬†National Hockey League¬†(NHL) from 1990 to 2002 for the¬†Vancouver Canucks,¬†New York Islanders,¬†Philadelphia Flyers¬†and¬†Montreal Canadiens has passed away at the age of 52. A fan favourite who played eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, he death was announced live during the broadcast of the Sunday’s Canucks game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Odjick was born in the Algonquin¬† reserve¬† of Kitigan Zibi just outside the town of¬† Maniwaki,¬† Quebec. Odjick was the fourth child and only son of six children for Joe and Giselle, after Debbie, Shelley, Judy and ahead of Janique and Dina; the Odjicks also raised at least 32¬†foster children. Originally named Wayne, Odjick was soon given a new name, Gino, as the family found out there was another Wayne on the reserve. He played in the 1983¬†Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament¬†with a¬†minor ice hockey team from Maniwaki. While at the Hawkesbury Hawks, a Tier II junior team from Ontario, Odjick was given the nickname “the Algonquin Assassin,” a reference to his heritage and skills as a fighter.

As a youth Odjick played two seasons with the¬†Laval Titan¬†of the¬†Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, playing for the¬†Memorial Cup both seasons. Odjick was drafted by the¬†Vancouver Canucks¬†in the fifth round (86th overall) in the¬†1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played 17 games for the Canucks’ minor league affiliate, the¬†Milwaukee Admirals¬†of the¬†International Hockey League before joining the Canucks full-time in 1990. His primary role with the Canucks was as an¬†enforcer. For part of his time in¬†Vancouver, he played on a line with the high scoring¬†Pavel Bure. For the¬†1993‚Äď94 NHL season, Odjick had a career high of 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points. He played in a total of 8 seasons for the Canucks from 1990‚Äď91 to¬†1997‚Äď98. During six of those seasons, he had over 200¬†penalty¬†minutes and twice he had over 300.

His sixth season (1997‚Äď98) with over 200 penalty minutes was split between the Canucks (181 penalty minutes in 35 games) and New York Islanders (31 in 13 games). In the 1997‚Äď98 season, Odjick was traded to the¬†New York Islanders¬†and played there until¬†1999‚Äď2000¬†when he was traded to the¬†Philadelphia Flyers. He left¬†Philadelphia¬†during the¬†2000‚Äď01¬†for the¬†Montreal Canadiens. His last NHL season was with¬†Montreal¬†in¬†2001‚Äď02 as he had to sit out the next season due to concussion. In 2003, Odjick moved back to Vancouver and partnered with the¬†Musqueam First Nation to manage the Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy. On June 26, 2014, Odjick revealed that he was diagnosed with the rare terminal disease¬†AL amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder and whose exact cause is often unknown.

This condition had slowly been hardening his heart by coating it in abnormal protein deposits, which eventually led Odjick to suffer a heart attack. He received the Indspire Award¬†in the sports category in 2015. Given just months to live, Odjick turned to an experimental new treatment for his illness. Odjick began recovering, and three years later, his heart was working at 60% of its capacity. Odjick died from a heart attack on January 15, 2023, at the age of 52. Odjick’s parents, Joe and Marie-Antoinette, predeceased him. He had eight children and five sisters.