Linking up at Marg at The Intrepid Reader
April 2021 - Toronto ON
April 2021 - Dundas St. W Toronto
Speaking of milky, click here to see Tuesday's Milky Way Lane.
Monday Mural was also found last week and is new as well as huge!
Poor DoFo, our premier, his mea culpa smells like a cover-up for a government in disarray.
But to cheer the rest of us up here is our Prime Minister getting his vaccine.
Our case numbers are trending in the right direction.
Finally Peel Region did something constructive about the virus! They partially closed down two Amazon plants after five or more employees test positive within a two week period. This is what we want done as it is the main contributor to the increased numbers.
We took a quick run for vegetables and fruits to our usual place. I knew they would have their plants out and was hoping to get potting soil. No potting soil. I really wanted herbs and they were a good price at $3, but it just felt like everyone was in the way. A side effect of Covid...
John took a walk in High Park where the cherry blossom are off limits. However he did get some shots and said there were a lot of police about but they weren't stopping people who got behind the barricades (he didn't).
John took a walk along the Humber River.
Double-crested Cormorants are large, black birds that are named for the two small tufts of feathers on either side of their head. They are beautiful birds, with bright emerald green irises, blue, yellow or orange eyelids, and blue interiors of their mouths. In the spring they return to the Humber Bay area to build their nests.
The Oculus, designed by architect Alan Crossley and built at the beginning of the Space Age in 1959, is now covered in graffiti and has deteriorated, according to Stephanie Mah, vice president of the Architecture Conservancy of Ontario, Toronto branch. But now, a national charity called Park People is putting up funds to restore the pavilion — a project Mah will be co-leading.
We tried to get potting soil on Saturday and Monday to no avail. Finally on Tuesday we finally found it on our second stop. First stop didn't have any but I got some herbs, basil, rosemary, mint, thyme, parsley and dill. But the weather has been either cold and/or wet so they remain inside for now.
Wednesday I went along for the ride when John went to bottle his latest batch of wine as I had to pick up a special bourbon order from his Scotch of the Month.
Standing in line at the Post Office.
I started decluttering some items in the dining room as we are thinking about getting a bar area built in with a counter and a wine rack. I am getting rid of some items we don't use like old serving dishes, place mats, and tablecloths we brought here from our house back in 2012 that have never seen the light of day. Some clothes were also added.
John wanted some more white pudding so I placed an order at Sanagan's Meat Locker and received it on Thursday.
End of April crossword puzzle stats.
Bar veteran Dale DeGroff, however, says the drink’s name references the mixture that’s left in the shaker after straining and served in a shot glass on the side. This bonus is called, that’s right, a sidecar. You don’t have to serve a little shot alongside your Sidecar, but it’s a sure way to elicit smiles from whomever you’re serving—and it’s a great segue to tell the origin story of the cocktail.
SOPHISTICATED SHAKERSThe Sidecar was likely invented around World War I. How the Sidecar got its name is a source of debate: Both a French and English bar claim to have invented the cocktail for a customer who arrived at the location in the sidecar of a motorcycle. That seems plausible enough.
- 1 1/2 ounces cognac
- 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: orange twist
- Garnish: sugar rim (optional)
COCKTAIL CIRCUIT - TO DATE
Mai Tai with orgeat which is new to us
Rob Roy required bitters which we had never bought
New York Sours
The Perfect Storm
Saturday John made the General Tao chicken from our virtual cooking class in February.
Sunday lamb shepherd's pie, with carrots. Topping was mashed turnip, cauliflower and potatoes with cheddar cheese. Leftovers were a great lunch.
Monday I planned on making Greek meat pies with store bought pastry. As I was attempting to separate the filo pastry it wouldn't so I just layered the meat between the two sheets and put it in the oven. As I was putting the box in the recycling I realized I had bought PUFF pastry not filo!! It worked but it didn't have the flaky layers. Served with Greek salad and homemade dressing.
Tuesday garlic sauteed shrimp with Caesar salad using Jamie's easy recipe. Once again John said not enough garlic in the shrimp.
Wednesday was chicken divan out of necessity to use the broccolini in the fridge.
Thursday since we received our Sanagan's order we had fries (air fryer) eggs (heritage from Sanagan's) and white and black pudding. So good!
Friday I decided to make the mini coffee and pecan cakes from Pinch of Nom (see below under Books).
Easy to follow recipe (written in metric).
Recipe didn't say to grease the mini muffin tins and I think they should have been, or use cupcake liners.
I didn't quite get 24. IF I made them again I would only make 12. They were too small to split to ice in between. I would increase the amount of cocoa and coffee in the cakes as well.
I used cream cheese and a drop of milk in the icing and only made half for the tops. Icing should be thicker.
VERDICT - NOT A KEEPER too dry and not much flavour if it wasn't for the icing. HOWEVER we did eat them all. I have a few ideas to tweak the flavour that I may try and will report back if I do.
Steak with onions, mushrooms and green peppers.
We started and finished a Stephen King series Mr. Mercedes, interesting.
Tuesday was Movie Double Matinee. Both movies were extremely thought provoking as well as history lessons.
News of the World I'm not normally a western fan but this was really good and it had Tom Hanks! Helena Zengel was amazing.
The United States vs Billie Holiday I knew next to nothing about Billie Holiday and had no idea about her controversial song Strange Fruit.
To think that as of today lynching is still not outlawed in the US. As of March, 2021, no anti-lynching bill has been passed by both houses.
On my phone finished The Pull of the Stars, a very short book that felt like it ended abruptly.
I started Power Couple, interesting plot but not really cheering for any of the characters especially the mother. It's less about the kidnapping and more about marriage struggles.
On my laptop finished Pinch of Nom and I found some good recipes.
NOTE SEE UNDER COOKING - I made a recipe mini coffee and pecan cakes. Not impressed with the instructions or the flavours.
I could see buying this book, I borrowed the e-book from the library and found most of the recipes online.
All these recipes used swapped ingredients to reduce the fat and calories!
This article has a bunch of their recipes from the book including cheesecake stuffed strawberries, gluten free bacon potato scallion frittata, shakshuka, veggie burgers, soy and ginger salmon fishcakes, duck and orange salad, tandoori chicken kababs, vegetable tagine, diet cola chicken, beef ragu fettucine, gluten free apple strudel, and a few desserts.
They also wrote an article "Getting the Most out of your Pinch of Nom Cookbook".
They also posted a collection of their cakes - amazing!
Mini coffee and pecan cakes is on my radar! Image from this link. There is also a recipe for bakewell tarts using a wrap, bread pudding, creme brulee,
Interesting thought - use tortilla wraps instead of pastry for a pastie or hand pie?? Brush a beaten egg to seal the tortilla and then brush the top of the tortilla. They also use a wrap for the samosas cutting the wrap in half.
How about as a tart? Cut five rounds from a wrap to line a muffin tin.
How about a giant Yorkshire pudding wrap???
Wraps de huevo
Chicken Balti the curry paste mixture looks amazing.
Onion bahjis would go perfectly with the balti! Gluten free. Also like the idea of using a muffin tin.