Saturday, January 8, 2022

Canucky Joe

Ingersoll ON

January 2022 - Toronto ON

And just like that....

And I do NOT agree as we go into another lockdown!

New Year's Day we slept in and were having a lazy day until I decided (insert crazy) to make gluten free puff pastry ✅for the first time ever. Normal people just buy it but I have never seen gluten free frozen yet. Why?? Because I wanted sausage rolls. 

The pastry turned out to be pretty good, not as flaky as I hoped. This recipe used bread flour I will try it with regular gf flour next time. I also think we may have overworked it.

Tuesday John used the golf simulator in the morning. 

I had my booster booked for 2:50 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I dressed warmly and John dropped me off. I went into my time slot lane and entered the building immediately. No waiting outside. It was 2:35 when I passed through the first check in, no ID just the usual, any symptoms or travelled? No and no. Up the escalator into a snake line with social distancing followed by all. Groups of 10 were allowed at a time for check in with health cards. Another line into the hall where you went to a designated health care worker. More questions and then a needle. This time I got Moderna 0.5 ml full dose. Waited my fifteen minutes and out at 3:50. Very impressive!

Wednesday and the cleaning lady wanted to cancel this week due to the high number of cases, we'll discuss again next week.
Other than a sore arm I had no effects from the shot. No where to go, we hung around home, never a problem.
John had placed an order for wine from Toronto Life magazine and it arrived with the concierge phoning up and singing "we're gonna have a party".

Thursday John hit the golf simulator. Nope, as of yesterday all building amenities closed, valet service suspended and guest suites cancelled. UPDATE the condo manager reached out to the Ministry of Health to clarify the provincial ruling and 
“Apartments and condo buildings would not be considered public settings or facilities, and are thus not captured under the Step 2 measures announced earlier this week. Apartments and condo buildings may implement their own rules respecting use of gyms”... So amenities are now reopened with strict rules. Valet services however, remain suspended as a valet has been confirmed as positive.

We received our online grocery order. I had remembered to check their flyers because at this time of year they do a lot of BOGO (buy one get one) deals. They weren't as great as last year but maybe next week. I still got tomatoes, cucumber, blueberries at 2 for 1.

A new puzzle! For John...

Andrew High Riser has won this award from Yorkshire Pudding, DESERVEDLY!

Question for my fellow bloggers. We all follow/read bloggers that we don't really comment on but enjoy their writing/topics. Have you discovered that any of them are anti-vaxxers and been shocked? No need to reveal who it is. Just curious...


Saturday New Year's Day prime rib, roast potatoes, mashed turnips and carrots, cauliflower and gravy

Sunday leftover prime rib, mashed potatoes and cauliflower, Brussel sprouts

Monday curry chicken

Tuesday gluten free lasagna. John complained that I haven't made it in ages, I had to check and he was right, it was September 2020! I didn't have ricotta so moved to the weekend. 
Instead John suggested hamburger stew.

Wednesday we had the leftover curry and stew for lunch and had cheeses and pate for dinner.

Thursday raman noodle soup with char sui pork. I combined recipes. Not bad for a first attempt.

Friday steak, sauteed green pepper, mushrooms and onions.


The Lost Daughter - Olivia Colman is stunning. John would hate the movie!

I took a break from Endeavour and started watching The Twelve (Dutch: De Twaalf) is a 2019 Flemish-language television series that looks at the criminal justice system in a way we generally haven’t seen before. We get to see the inner and outer lives of the members of the jury as the trial goes on, to see what biases and life experiences they bring to the conference table when listening to evidence against Frie and figuring out whether she’s guilty. You can find a clip here on Netflix.

We binge watched season 6 of Line of Duty, it is currently on a pay station that is open for the holidays.

We both watched the season premiere of Wall of Chefs (Canada) and Gordon Ramsay's new show Next Level Chef. 

We watched the Netflix limited series Harlan Corben's Stay Close. Enjoyed the surprise ending.

We rented the latest Bond No Time to Die and it was worth it! It ties up loose ends and shows Bond as a "real" person. The film is full of great action scenes, superb cinematography. At 2 hours and 43 minutes it is the longest Bond movie. Totally entertaining!



I read (painfully) Mary McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. Interesting that it starts with her parents dying from the flu pandemic in 1918. It is wordy but her wit is rapier sharp. What do we really remember? The idea that we can recall something as potentially not true as all is terrifying.

I started the second in Jenny O'Brien's series The Darkest Night so far so good.


  1. I had to laugh at 2020 too. Sigh. It IS getting to be weary. Lots of cases in my county and new deaths almost every day. I'm impressed that you made your own puff pastry, but I understand why (because of gluten). I try to stock up in December when Trader Joe's has their all-butter frozen puff pastry in the store. I need to check out some of those shows you've been watching. Happy new year ... despite the lock-downs.

  2. Gluten-free crust is hard, but I always take the words "tasty" as a success when I am doing anything gluten-free. Sorry, about the lock down stuff in Ontario again. Hopefully it won't last too long.

    Thanks for the virtual coffee and best of luck in 2022.

  3. I'm not a big fan of 2022 so far but I hope to improve my outlook. It isn't easy!!
    Love John's puzzle. Also, I wish we could get Netfix but they don't offer the DVD delivery anymore, only streaming. Ugh.
    The Jenny O'Brien books are good and I can't wait to see what happens with Gaby and Rusty. Police procedurals are one of my favorites. I'm thining Tana French may come out with a new book soon. It's been about two years.

  4. Thanks for the referral to The Lost Daughter, Olivia Colman is a favorite of mine. Sorry for the continued lockdown, and yes, 2022 is pronounced 2020 too...Thanks for the great photos, I love seeing your community each weekend.

  5. 2022 as 2020 revisited is a horrible thought.

  6. I too had Moderna and a sore arm for a couple of days.

    No anti vaxxer blogger that I know of and while I can agree to disagree about many things, I am not sure how I would go with that one. It may depend on their argument. If it comes from fear, perhaps I could wear it. If it comes from denial of science, maybe not.

    PS, you left out 'deservedly' in your kind mention of my award.

    1. Mea culpa! Post amended! A gross overlook on my part! 1 blogger, whom I've read for years, is determined that it is all a plot by the government. Another, is a tRumper, enough said. Yet another, I'm not sure, she gets the science but doesn't like being forced into something.

  7. Glad to hear your booster appointment was quick. I think you meant you left MTCC at 2:50 and not 3:50? I haven't discovered an anti-vaxxer blogger yet. Happy New Year and thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

    1. No, my appointment was scheduled for 2:50, I arrived at 2:35, stood in a snake line, received my shot at 3:35, waited my 15 minutes and left at 3:50. So the wait in line was about an hour, not bad.

  8. Sorry to hear you are back in lockdown. Our numbers are going through the roof here but I am not sure if we will go back into lockdown or not. I am thinking not because it is an election year. After the election might be a different matter!

  9. My town was really, really low and now numbers have shot way up to over 1,200 cases. People are telling me that the schools are nightmares with so many sick kids and staff. At least we can get outside. You can't exactly do that in snow and ice, I suppose.

    I don't know any bloggers who are anti-vax. But I am sure they are out there.

    I hope you don't go crazy being cooped up for the next few days...weeks...

  10. I don't think any of the book or foodie bloggers I follow are closet anti-vaxxers. At least, I hope not! I don't follow too many other types of blogger. We did a quickie road trip to Toronto just before the clamp-down in December - from Massachusetts to Toronto with an overnight stop at Niagara Falls. We visited the museum at the St. Lawrence Market but we were there on Sunday so it wasn't open. Hope to go back and do a real sightseeing trip when the pandemic is over!
    My Weekend Cooking post:

  11. Our church went back to ZOOM services and meetings. We are limiting interactions as often as we can. I just ordered some KN94 masks. We've used cloth masks up til now but the media are telling us they aren't good enough. Sigh. My Sunday Salon Post

  12. I follow A TON of blogs and so far I haven't come across any anti-vaxxers. Or at least they don't mention anything about it on their blog.

  13. Omicron is causing chaos every where, and our government is refusing to lock down
    There is one book blogger who I’ve interacted with for years who is not anti vax as such, but is a Trumpist and doesn’t believe in masks or other slow the spread mandates. I admit to being disappointed in them and no longer really interact.

    Wishing you a great reading week, stay safe


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