February 2021 - Toronto
AS I publish this on Saturday it was announced on the 19th that we are in lockdown for another two weeks as areas around us move to red and grey zones.
A long weekend and Valentine's Day, although in lockdown, the days are all the same. Only essential services open.
We decided to have our Valentine's meal on Saturday and presents. John me a new cookbook and Samsung Buds Live, wireless ear buds.
I have already marked the recipes that I want to do. I will feature some of my selections over the next few weeks.
I ordered a bottle of Canadian single malt whisky from Glenora in Nova Scotia for John along with some glasses from Etsy.
We had visited and stayed at the Glenora Inn back in 2013 and I am on their mailing list.
It was a very quiet week as we really didn't go anywhere, which is unusual for us.
Monday was movie day instead of Tuesday since it was a provincial holiday (Family Day) anyway and we had a snow warning. Mind you we have had several warnings this winter and have yet to get any decent snow accumulation.Click here for last week's Hamilton murals.
John did a Costco run. We had a lot of tangerines (so good) that I made a tangerine lemon cinnamon marmalade.
Breakfast on Saturday was huevos rancheros, a favourite of mine. Breakfast prep.
Saturday Cocktails V2.0 - Tequila Sunrise in our new glasses I got John for Valentine's Day.
Crab legs for dinner because they are our favourite decadent meal. These were from Metro and the shells had been cracked making it easy to eat. But the next time I think we will go to Hammerhead's in Hamilton to get crab legs.
Sunday breakfast was yogurt mandarins, blueberries, honey and cereal topping, the end of the Organic Traditions that I love.
I offered John some dinner suggestions and he chose pork hocks which we did in the slow cooker for the first time. John did all the prep, browned the hocks in the slow cooker and added all the ingredients (potatoes sweet and white, carrots, cabbage and onions along with tomato paste and beef broth), slow cooker set on HI and 8 hours.
Valentine's and you have to have something chocolate so I made orange chocolate mousse.
Monday I felt lazy and we thought about ordering dinner. But then I thought we should use up the last of Christmas turkey in freezer and last night's leftover vegetables. Not exciting, but needed to be used. Also made a couple of lunches.
Thursday I made chicken a la orange, it's been AGES! Served with rice, salad and focaccia.
Friday I made these gluten free blueberry scones. Instead of converting the measurements to cups as they weren't quite standard, I used my Cuisinart scale to measure. I haven't used my scales for baking in this way before but I could easily add your ingredients to the mixing bowl quickly and accurately without dirtying extra cups and dishes. Major flop - did not like them.
Dinner steak and surprise - salad and focaccia.
How fun is this! How to make 29 pasta shapes.
John finished Witcher and started Scandal, which I've already seen.
Saturday we watched The White Tiger - excellent. Forbes magazine has an excellent review of this 2021 film.
Tuesday Monday was movie day. We started with 2019 Charlie's Angels, lighthearted and amusing.
Followed by 2012 Berlin Job St. George's Day, a British gangster movie, what could be better?
We did another bank heist this week, I love bank heist movies. Inside Man reminded me very much of Money Heist, the plots are similar.
Friday night's movie was 2021 I Care a Lot starring Rosamund Pike, a thriller/comedy about elder abuse.
I continue to watch MasterChef Australia Season 12 (2020), I am now up to episode 20. I like the new judges, I didn't think I would, but they are more down to earth than the previous trio.
LISTENING on my NEW BUDS LIVE Asylum by Patrick McGrath
Still reading on my phone House of Correction.
Also still on my tablet I Should Have Honor and I haven't opened it all week.
I will definitely make his chicken leek and wholegrain mustard pie. Basically it is mashed potatoes, chicken legs roasted, leeks sauteed in butter. The trick is the mustard sauce.
How about carrot and parsnip cake with orange cream cheese frosting?
One tip he wrote and I'd seen him do it on a show but I need to write it here as a reminder.
Salt white fish with rock salt it seasons it well and also removes some of the water content.