Monday, August 3, 2015

My Recipe Box - Gingered Beef with Peppers

July 2015 - Toronto ON

Birthday flowers!

John made this for my birthday dinner and it is a keeper. He added snow peas as well. You could add any other vegetables. 
Changes we would make:
More ginger and garlic
Add some spice - jalapenos or crushed peppers


1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1-1/4 lb (625 g) boneless Ontario Beef Grilling Steak, cut in thin strips
2 tsp (10 mL) grated fresh gingerroot
1 clove garlic, minced
1 each Ontario Greenhouse Sweet Red Pepper and Orange Pepper, cut in thin strips
2 Ontario Onions, sliced in thin strips
2 cups (500 mL) sliced Ontario Mushrooms
1-1/3 cups (325 mL) beef broth
3 tbsp (45 mL) sodium-reduced soy sauce
3 tbsp (45 mL) cornstarch
1/4 cup (50 mL) water


In wok or large deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef, ginger and garlic; stir-fry for 3 minutes or until beef is browned.

Add red and orange peppers, onions and mushrooms; stir-fry until tender-crisp about 3 minutes. Add broth and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Cover and steam for 1 minute.

In small bowl, combine cornstarch and water; stir into meat and vegetable mixture. Cook stirring, for 1 minute or until sauce is thickened. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

Nutrients per serving

1 Serving:
Protein: 26 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrate: 15 grams
Calories: 225
Fibre: 2 grams
Sodium: 490 mg

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

June 2015 - Toronto ON

Spotted on Shuter St. between Bond and Church.

I found the following information here.

A United Church of Canada project, the first Paint Your Faith mural is designed “to encourage people from all walks of life to express their faith through art,” according to a UCC press release.

Completed in September 2009, the Toronto mural adorns the side of a 104-year old building on the property of the Metropolitan United Church. Four grafitti artists — two from Toronto (Elicser and Mediah) and two from San Francisco (Chor Boogie and Siloette) — were commissioned to collaborate on the piece, which measures 60′ x 30′ and took two weeks to complete. “The mural is part of the United Church’s ongoing effort to take its message of faith and spirituality back to the street,” says project executive producer Alan Serpa. The piece will be up for about a year, until construction of a new condo begins on the lot sometime in 2011.

UPDATE - since I took these photos in June 2015 I guess the deal on the condo may have fallen through.

Monday Walk

July 2015 - Toronto ON

Today I'm taking you on an Island walk, Toronto style. We had been to the Island before but always with visitors and small children so we spent our time at the amusement park on Centre Island.

So this was new territory and a treat for us.

The ferries run frequently with several drop off points.

It is an inexpensive ride - under $10 for a return trip that takes about fifteen minutes. They can be crowded especially on the weekends but we went during the week. 

It was a perfect summer's day warm and not a cloud in the sky. Temperature 33C or 91F and not too humid. 

The view as we head out. Stunning, isn't it?

The view as we approach, quite a contrast.

Source for the history of the Islands.
The Toronto Islands were not always islands but actually a series of continuously moving sand-bars originating from Scarborough Bluffs and carried westward by Lake Ontario currents. Eroded stone of the Scarborough Bluffs was carried westward by Lake Ontario currents to create the islands. By the early 1800's the longest of these bars extended nearly 9 kilometres south-west from Woodbine Avenue, through Ashbridge's Bay and the marshes of the lower Don River, forming a natural harbour between the lake and the mainland.

Playing around with my cell phone when we left the ferry.

The sand bars were first surveyed in 1792 by the British Navy, but they were well known by native people, who considered them a place of leisure and relaxation. The main peninsula became known to European settlers as the “Island of Hiawatha”. A carriage path from York which led to Gibraltar Point was very popular during the 1800’s. It later became known as Lake Shore Avenue. Part of the boardwalk on Centre Island traces this same route. A number of severe storms and their strong wave action worked to erode the peninsula, requiring frequent repair to small gaps until finally, in 1858, an island was created when a storm completely separated the peninsula from the mainland and the gap was not repaired.

Back in the late 1880s, David Ward and his seven children built a hotel on the newly-formed Centre Island. A small tent and resort community developed around them, followed by a residential community. Most of the people who live on the Toronto Islands today live on the eastern edge, in the Ward's or Algonquin Island neighbourhoods.

Ward Island is a world onto itself. Imagine living in cottage country a 15 minute ferry ride from your office! We'll be back to tour around the community on another day.

A church! Click here for more photos.

The CN Tower is ever-present!

From the late 1880s on, many Torontonians built summer homes on Toronto Island to escape the summer heat in the city. Wealthy families like the Masseys and the Gooderhams, who were among the founding members of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, built grand, summer homes along Lakeshore Avenue (on the Boardwalk) from Ward's west to Centre Island on 50 by 200 foot lots from the lakefront to Cibola Avenue and the lagoon.

Before the Second World War, 750 summer homes and more modest cottages existed on the Island extending from Hanlan's Point to Ward's. In response to Toronto's post-war housing shortage after the war, many Island houses became occupied year-round.

Soon after the creation of the Metropolitan Toronto government in 1953, the new Metro Parks department decided to demolish all the houses on the Island to eliminate problems caused by periodic flooding (in 1947 and 1952, for example) and to create a vast, empty public park, even though at the time more than half the Island was public space.

Time for lunch at The Rectory Cafe. The Rectory is a two-story, stucco residence built in 1948 by the engineer who rebuilt the seawall along the boardwalk. Presumably, he used the same construction techniques in the house as on the seawall - poured reinforced concrete. Thus, Metro couldn't demolish his house with their bulldozers as they did the other, wood-frame houses at Hanlan's, Centre and along the Boardwalk. For many years after the demolitions, the Rectory housed the priest in charge of the Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Lake at Centre hence, its name.

Sautéed black tiger shrimp with kale, Vidalia onion & oyster mushrooms in a N'Duja cream sauce. I need some help from my readers as I have researched N'Duja and it seems to be a spicy salami so I am puzzled why it is listed as the sauce.

Tandoori Pulled Chicken - caramelized onions, baby kale, dill pickle mayo on a Swiss bun.

Time to wander. Lake Ontario is a big place! It is bounded on the north, west, and southwest by the province of Ontario, and on the south and east by the American state of New York.
Map of Lake Ontario

In the Wyandot (Huron) language, ontarío means “Lake of Shining Waters”. It is the last in the Great Lakes chain and serves as the outlet to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River. Lake Ontario is also the only one of the five Great Lakes not to share a shoreline with the American state of Michigan.

The cement sea wall mentioned above.

Some day campers, hot and tired, heading back to the ferry.

Time to head back to the big city.

Back on land.

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MOCCA - Final Exhibit

July 2015 - Toronto ON

I have made several attempts to see the exhibit at MOCCA which is sadly closing shortly, the museum, I mean. Another new condo to replace it.

 In the courtyard.

For the final farewell to 952 Queen Street West, artist Dean Baldwin, a long-time practitioner of convivial scenarios, establishes the Queen West Yacht Club, a fictitious social venue in situ at MOCCA on the occasion of its closing exhibition.

In the courtyard is the Queen West Memorial Fountain which Baldwin created with driftwood strapped together with rope.

Where the reception desk once stood, there is now a chalet whose surfaces wouldn’t pass the marble test to measure levelness. It’s not the first time this chalet has been erected (it was originally commissioned by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2011) but, as Heraclitus said, “you could not step twice into the same river.” Every time Baldwin reassembles it, it’s something else altogether. It has all the trappings of a seaside shanty, and with each reincarnation, he adds a few more things; in saying this, he points to an olive-green fridge in the aesthetic school of Boler trailers and a cooking stove from the 19th century. Source

All of the walls in the interior space of the gallery have been torn down and a 1952 Nordic Folkboat, on its side, sits in the centre. Have you ever built a ship in a bottle? Much like that task, Baldwin and the MOCCA team sectioned the boat into a few parts, made a free cut across the drywall of the main entry wall, brought the pieces through and assembled it. If the hand-cut quality of the drywall being left as-is was the first acknowledgement that the space was sauntering coolly toward its own termination, then the second was the big dent the masthead made in the heating vent. MOCCA doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, an attitude that other major public institutions in the country could take a hint from. Source

 Baldwin found the boat, originally built in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, on Kijiji. A husband had been keeping it as a hobby project for years until his wife got sick of looking at it. It was romantically named “Hyggelig,” a Danish word that, according to Urban Dictionary, chiefly translates to: “Cozy, home-y, delightfully intimate, a genial moment or thing, often at home with candle lights and warm blankets.” Source

The supplies that line the inside of the upturned boat call to mind Wes Anderson’s trendy, jejune sets in their fixation with things campy and camping: books, wine, whiskey, tools, canned peaches, marmalade, limes, coolers, rope, an oyster fork, sweet pickled onions, yellow mustard, lavender talc, aluminum foil, WD-40, a bucket, a gas lantern, maraschino cherries, canned tomato juice and a fire extinguisher, to name a few. The scene is replete with a radio tuned to a 24-hour short-band, bilingual Canadian station that broadcasts to-the-minute information about climate on the water. Source

And at Wednesday Around the World