Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bread and Butter

October 2017 - Toronto ON

Some more posts from our fabulous road trip.

One a Day is a series of posts from Rapid City South Dakota known for its life-sized statues of each president, 42 corners, 42 presidents!
There are links in this post back to the other presidents.

Nipigon ON murals

Craigdorroch Castle Victoria BC

I'm also working on a video version of our trip.


Six Word Saturday

A grey grey day but that's okay as Saturday is our lazy day!

inSPIREd Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
One Word Sunday

We had a torrential storm hit us for about five minutes and then this.

I baked an apple pumpkin harvest bread that earned a spot in my recipe box. I used white gluten free flour and frozen cranberries and it turned out great.

Leftovers, yikes, on a Sunday, I never do that!

Good Random Fun
Foto Tunes
Monday Mural

This smoothie's label says raspberries and blood oranges, but when I looked at the ingredients there are no raspberries listed, instead strawberries and cherries???
I have contacted the company who responded that if I read the list of ingredients (in tiny print) I would see raspberries. I'm still puzzled by the title.

John was out to dinner so I had ham, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Tuesday Treasures Part 2
Weekly Travel Theme

A splendid day for an outing.

In the financial district I came across the Trashion Fashion Show in the Main Lobby of FCP as part of Waste Reduction Week.

I walked up to City Hall and caught this stunning reflection. The fountain was being drained for the ice rink.

From there I stopped for lunch in Chinatown. This is duck noodle soup, which was really good but there were bones in the meat making it awkward and dangerous to eat.

The Textile Museum of Canada had a display of Japanese kimonos on display.

Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values.

There was also an exhibit of  materials from Latin America.

Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip died yesterday and there were tributes everywhere.

Homemade meat sauce with spaghetti for dinner.


John golfed and I discovered a work in progress mural when the shuttle driver took a different route downtown.

Artist Tannis Nielsen, of Métis, Anishnawbe and Danish ancestry, was chosen to create artwork in the underpass for Lower Simcoe Street between Station Street and Bremner Boulevard.
Nielsen's concepts, Ontario Elder/Teacher Wall and Water Wall, give precedence to place. "I want residents and visitors to be introduced to the Elders and respected leaders of our communities, to be able to read about them and some of their greatest teachings given in relation to the land," said Nielsen. "In Water Wall, I want to honour water teachings and those who walk for the water."

Shepherd's pie for dinner.

Thursday Doors
My Recipe Box - Pumpkin Cheesecake

I had gotten a Facebook invite to the Penguin Books Gift Show so we checked it out.
Nothing was for sale, however, the displays were great and we both found some new authors.

There's a new Uber 5000 mural so we went to find it.

A stop at the Bulk Barn to stock up and then home.

I made jalapeno cheese biscuits from my new cookbook, see below and they were a big hit with John. He says they are the best gluten free biscuits he has ever had.

I was reading when I heard fire trucks, not unusual, when you are beside a busy highway. But then I looked out and they were turning down our street, still not concerned, we have false alarms in the high rises around us all the time. Then I realized the trucks kept coming so I headed down and was stunned by the smell of fire! And then to see smoke billowing from a building. Lots of people were out and a woman I spoke to had pictures of the flames shooting out of the roof. There is a row of townhouses within a high rise complex and they were on fire. It turned out to be a five alarm fire.
5th Alarm
14 pumpers, 5 aerials, 2 squads, 5 district chiefs, 1 platoon, 1 division commander, 1 command vehicles, 2 air supply trucks, 1 hazardous materials vehicles, other support staff if needed.
It was just devastating to watch, no one ever wants this to happen to anyone.

Dinner was leftovers.

Weekend Reflections Cheyenne WY
Weekend Greens Butchart Gardens Victoria BC Dahlias
Friday Finds

While out on Front St. I found a few new historical items.
The medallions are surviving remnants of a large monumental arch, built above Niagara Falls in the dark days of the Great Depression, and created by some of Canada’s best known artists and craftsmen in the inter-war period.

The remaining panels from the arch are up the street at the Mackezie Museum, I visited there last year.

You can find the whole story here.

Outside a Starbucks (sigh):
On May 12, 1804, Canadian statesman Robert Baldwin was born in a house that stood on this site. A reluctant politician, he is recognized as the father of responsible government in Canada and as the first real premier of this province. His legacy includes the reformation of the judicial and education systems, the foundation of the non-sectarian University of Toronto and the granting, in 1849, of a general amnesty for participants in the rebellion of 1837. Robert Baldwin died on December 9, 1858.

I had bought a Bulk Barn gluten free bread mixture and with the instructions "follow your breadmaker instructions", with no idea whether this was a rapid or normal cook time, I chose rapid which was probably the wrong choice!
 I made it and it didn't turn out at all.

I prepped a sweet potato bread from Against the Grain, will let you know how it turns out in the morning.

It's Friday so there's steak, fries and sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.


I finished Unraveling Oliver and it was the best I have read in a while, I was totally riveted. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Graham Swift, sometimes I love his writing but this was not one of them, Mothering Sunday. Thankfully it is a very short novel  I did enjoy the historical aspects of the setting.

I flipped through Against the Grain a gluten free cookbook before it expired from my library account and liked it enough that I will probably bought a copy of it.
Finally, a book that takes the science out of gluten free baking. The author, Nancy Cain, has two sons with celiac, so she struggled to make baked goods and finally conquered it. I like the idea that she doesn't use any artificial ingredients like xanthan or guar gum.
P.S. I ordered around 4 PM Tuesday and had the book in my hands by 11 AM the next morning! No, I didn't order through Amazon, but rather a local bookstore chain.

Thanks to Tina, I have a new British writer to read. I started The Facts of Life .and Death


Weekend Cooking hosted by
Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy.


  1. That is devastating and awful about the fire, how frightening.
    The Against the Grain cookbook is one I will look for. We love their pizzas and if it's the same group, I'll bet there are great recipes.
    The textile exhibit is something I would be interested to see. I like your posts so I walk through the week with you.

  2. I think I'll start listening to Unraveling Oliver today. Everyone I trust likes it. I can't believe that gorgeous reflection photo you got this week. Wow! And the after the storm, the clothing ... Toronto is always full of great things to see and do. I am ordering that GF cookbook for my brother -- it looks great.

  3. There is always so much in your weekend post that I never quite know what to comment on- I love all the fashion and the apple cranberry bread- ( how did you have time to bake it? ) Looks like you had another very interesting week.

  4. I think Gord's death hit a lot of us, even though we knew it was coming.

  5. Amazing skies after the storm. Great idea for a fashion show, we need more of this.

  6. Lovely kimonos. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  7. That reflection photo is beautiful

  8. You had a more interesting week than I did! Great post-storm images. #MySundayPhoto

  9. I'm going to pass the apple pumpkin harvest bread recipe on to my sister-in-law, she is always looking for good gluten-free recipes.

  10. That Trashion must have been so interesting and the Kimonos are so riveting!! Amazing reflection of Toronto -oh and the stunning sky after the torrential rain! Had to laugh about your comment your blog was your journal. Yes, if I would have days like yours, I would have produced a stack of books to the ceiling:):) Have a lovely week, Jackie!

  11. You had a busy week! The apple harvest bread sounds wonderful and the duck soup looks fantastic. The Japanese robes are gorgeous!

  12. You had a cool week, lots of adventure, lots of fun. I like that trash fashion show.

  13. More interesting shots from Toronto! Oh those first sky shots, with the sun shining off the! Loved the Japanese textiles.

  14. Hi Jackie, everything looks so different after a storm... The Kimonos are quite beautiful. And there's nothing worse than bones in meat when you least expect it, especially in bird.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.



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