April 2021 - Toronto ON
Balzac's café inside the Toronto Reference Library (closed at the moment).
Weekend chores done, laundry and housework and time to play.
Monday John did a Costco run.
I received my anti-fatigue mat I ordered for the kitchen. I spend so much time standing there cooking and watching my laptop.
Then we go this news Ontario Winter Storm will be bringing 35 cm of snow!
- 1 1/4 ounces bourbon (or rye)
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
Saturday, feeling lazy, pizza. First time done in air fryer, tasted great and took no time.
Sunday ham, mashed turnip carrots and mashed cauliflower and potatoes and Brussel sprouts.
Monday freezer chili I had made back for Super Bowl. I also made some pineapple/mango ice cream the frozen fruit has been hanging around the freezer.
Tuesday slow cooker short rib stew with potatoes, carrots, turnip, celery. I had some leftover vegetables from Sunday that went in to thicken the gravy, also leftover and frozen.
I baked a carrot cake and divided it into three portions and froze two while I made a cream cheese icing for the remaining piece.
Wednesday I was going to make deer battered shrimp wraps, but it got late (video call) so I just sauteed the shrimps with butter and garlic and served them in gluten free wraps with radishes, red onions, cilantro, cabbage and limes along with sour cream and hot sauce. Delicious.
Thursday lamb doner kabab, homemade tzatziki. I tried this recipe for gluten free pitas (GFJules) for the second time and they felt good as I made the dough but they turned out really hard. So I'm on the hunt for a better one.
The lamb doner kabab turned out amazing, almost like the real thing. I will publish my version of the recipe this week.
We watched a mini-series Rebellion about the Easter Uprising in Ireland. Not well done at all, in fact we didn't even finish it. I know my history but this was so convoluted and confusing to follow. It also had bad reviews.
Eye of the Beholder was peculiar but intriguing although it had awful ratings. It was mainly filmed in Montreal.
We caught up on our mural favourites, The Resident, 911 Lone Star, Top Chef, Top Chef Canada, MasterChef Canada, Blue Bloods.
It is more like a documentary about Americans who lost everything in 2008 and end up living in cars, cans, trucks and RVs. These people are generally past retirement age who have to take jobs at Amazon, running campsites or picking beets for less than minimum wage. Their average income is $600 in Social Security. No pensions or savings, all lost in mortages and/or divorces.
On my phone - Park Avenue Summer based on a blogger's recommendation. A piece of fluff that I needed after Nomadland. Still interesting as it is set in the mid-60s and is full of fascinating insights into those times. Remember Carnation faBreakfast, runs in your stockings, smokers everywhere, Dippity-do.