Sunday, January 29, 2017

downhill from here

the snowy weather returned after a mushy January thaw,
leaving an inviting layer of white over 
slick-icy surfaces.


PERFECT for a little lawlessness.


the downhills were exhilarating, and the back-up-the-hills were grounding.


not only is it lunar new year,
and celebration of our friend John's birthday, 
but also serves as the anniversary of our hard working wooden toboggan. 
 it was gifted to us, by John, 4 years ago.
I don't know how many years of service it provided to his family before then...


but we have certainly put it to good use!


cheers to John,
to more adventures at the arboretum
and to the year of the cockerel!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

pizza day


since we live a block from an Italian deli, 
 one of the quickest and most satisfying last minute meals is literally right around the corner.
I just need to head to tony's, pick up two balls of pre-made dough, roll 'em out, throw on sauce and cheese, into a 500 degree oven and, BINGO!
I mean, PIZZA!

sometimes, though, I am too darn lazy, 
so I leave the legwork to the bread machine.


spruce street pizza dough,
bread machine version.


place ingredients in machine like so:

1 1/4 C warm water
3 T olive oil
3 C all-purpose or 00 flour
(this batch is 2 C all-purpose, 1 C whole wheat)
1 t salt
1 T quick rise yeast

hit dough function.
in the meantime
grate some cheese,
pop open some sauce,
dig around in the fridge for random toppings,
preheat oven to 500

roll, top, and bake for 10-12 minutes.


mmmmmmm.

(of course this dough can also be made by hand,
just mix the instant yeast well with the flour before combining with the wet stuff,
and allow it a nice cosy rising time.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

tracks

welcome, winter.

Monday, April 07, 2014

etiquette et bricolage

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the girl was invited to a special tea party play-date recently.
 


 
it was hostessed by one of her favourite friends,
so she took her preparations very seriously
and even posed for a quick souvenir photoshoot.


 
we offered to entertain the tea party hostesses' brother at our place,
which tuned out to be a very good plan. 
the young ladies would certainly have been distracted by the building of Hamster Haven. 





Wednesday, February 12, 2014

cake day # 6

seems like the boy has been 6 forever...
 i guess it has been a couple of months since his birthday.
i finally found some shots from the celebration; it is after all, primarily about the cake!


grandma killed with her cake prowess once again,
this time featuring, as requested,  the teenage mutant ninja turtles.
she staged them in a chocolate training facility.


the guests were truly awed.


 and, in true little kid style, odd.
by that, i mean they were so immature!
(there were many toilet humour and barf stories volleyed around the table.)
the girl held court and organized the games that followed.


the cake and games were followed by much goofiness outside,


and as it was still early in the season, no-one was tired of the snow yet.
  frost turned into steam, which was blown off in no time.


happy (belated) birthday, edgar.
you will always be the king of my snow hill.

Friday, December 06, 2013

marshmallow world


 
 
the snow sifted down one windless night last week.
we awoke to the frosting of real winter, and the kids were out of bed
and into snowsuits in a flash! 
(I would have just tossed them some muffins and carried on to school from there, but under all that insulation, they were still sporting their pyjamas...)
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

presto, pesto




the final garden harvest saw us toting home a great deal of kale, and owing to the hardy nature of this veggie, I have procrastinated on 'putting it by'.  i had every intention of freezing, canning, drying, chipping and otherwise preparing vast amounts of kale for the winter.  instead, i have been giving it away, (a pleasure of the gardener) or eating it outright, cooked and in salads.  this morning, however, I tackled the last stalks of kale by whizzing together a pesto.   this reduced my huge pile of greens into five small vacpacs, destined for the freezer.

kale pesto:

Into the bowl of food processor, place lots of washed kale, 
torn from its ribs.
Whirr it down to fine confettii, then dump contents into a large bowl.
Repeat with more kale, but also add 2-3 cloves of garlic,
and about 1/2 cup natural almonds.
Whizz until there are no weird chunks remaining.
 Dump this into the mixing bowl.
Shred up one more batch of kale, this time adding the oil and flavourings
(I used cilantro olive oil and homemade pepper vinegar, but any acid/oil and flavour booster would work well, I think.  Some fresh basil and lemon would be nice,
or cilantro and lime, or maybe simply balsamic vinegar and olive oil.)
Whirr the kale, herb (if using),  about 1/3 C vinegar and a spoon of salt,
then add the oil while the processor is running.
( enough oil to make a good saucy mix.)
dump this into the bowl also.
mix well, take a few nibbles, adjust oil and seasonings.
 i like the bitterness of kale, but a hint of something sweet could be added at this time if desired.
~
cook up your favourite pasta, dollop on some pesto,
 top with fresh pepper and grated parmesan or peccorino to taste!