Linking up at Marg at The Intrepid Reader
May 2022 - Richmond St. Toronto
It was a long holiday weekend but the weather gods were not in the mood for it.
I spent some time cleaning on the balcony and arranging my plants to determine what else I need to fill in the blanks.
Then horrendous thunderstorms ripped through Ontario leaving damage to homes, trees down and power outages. But worse it left eight people dead.
Uxbridge even had a tornado.
My BFF (Burlington) was texting me that it was the worst storm she'd even seen. I said I can see it approaching. John was down at the golf simulator.
We received weather warnings on our cells and the TV. I started prepping night lights, and cooked some eggs just in case.
It got really dark, the wind sounded strange and then poof it blew over us.
John's two usual golf courses, Remington and Burlington, both sent emails about power outages and damage.
Sunday was a dull, cold day. My cousin texted from their cottage that it was miserable.
We putted and got some laundry done and then just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves.
Monday was Victoria Day (Queen Victoria's birthday May 24, 1819) AKA Two Four weekend, the first long weekend of the summer.
Two Four is Canadian slang for a case of 24 beers (a popular beverage during the weekend).
Nothing was open and traffic was a mess around here, because the city decided to turn Lake Shore into a pedestrian/bike street.
At 10:40 you can see the orange blockade on the rightish, just passed the shorter billboard.
The rest of the week just rolled on. John used the golf simulator and had physio. He also played golf again this week.
We went for burgers on Tuesday.
We went back to the new butcher on Bloor West and got the best pork chops ever. We also picked up more steaks. We stopped at Sobey's for potting soil after we got a few more plants on Bloor.
I went shopping at Winner's and found a pair of shoes to replace my trusty favourite Anne Taylors.
John picked up sushi for lunch on Friday - sooooo good!
Saturday we finally had the dumplings. I also revised my steamed pork dumplings recipe.
Sunday Cornish hens, roasted potatoes. carrots, onions and tomatoes.
Monday John requested fish chowder. I still have to work on getting it thicker. I'm thinking about mashing some potatoes in it.
Tuesday salad eggs, beets, cheese since we had burgers for lunch.
Wednesday air fryer pork chops with colcannon.
Thursday chicken wings and fries.
Friday sirloin steak (from new butcher) bok choy, broccolini and onions.
I made black bean avocado brownies and I also updated the recipe.
I hate to "waste" an egg for the egg white only in a recipe - here are 25 egg white substitutes.
I used aquafaba (water in which chickpeas or other pulses have been cooked, used as a substitute for egg whites, particularly in vegan cooking) for the first time. I mean I am draining the black beans anyway so why not use it? Brownies were excellent.
As I am writing this, John is reading that egg prices are going to skyrocket!
Wakefield is a psychological mystery revolving around the staff and patients who populate Ward C of a psychiatric hospital in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, centred on psychiatric nurse Nik. Wikipedia has a great list of the characters and their ailments.
We enjoyed this series and it reminded me of the saying "the inmates are running the asylum".
We also watched French Exit.
I'm on a reading binge of Catherine Ryan Howard and if I thought the other two books were great, The Nothing Man is impossible to put down!
I had a
lot bit of a letdown with my next book(s). I read Blunt Force an early Jane Tennison.
The Replacement Wife was a little boring and drawn out.
My Darling Husband was recommended by a blogger and it was available for a 7 day loan.