I apologize in advance for this crappy shot. I was out walking in Toronto a number of years ago and just managed to have my cell phone out at the right time to capture this lightning hitting the CN Tower.
A lot of Americans don’t know a whole lot about Canada beyond the basics. A lot of it is cold, the people pronounce “about” incorrectly, and their new prime minister is a young guy who’s anxious to legalize pot. After those few tidbits, most Americans fall back on the knowledge they learned from American sitcoms. Obviously, this information can be somewhat off base. For example, did you know most Canadians’ heads do not flap wildly above their jaw while they’re talking (a la South Park)? Shocking, I know. Here are some other things that might surprise you about the Great White North.
The Word ‘Eh’ Is Regional, You Largely Won’t Hear It Outside Central Canada
Canadians Love Them Some Hockey; That’s Not a Joke Or an Exaggeration
Canada Is So Massive That the Eastern Tip of Newfoundland Is Closer to London Than It Is to Vancouver
Pay Attention to the Moose Caution Signs, Because Those Darn Animals Are Everywhere
Yes, Winter Ends in Canada; It Might Not Last Very Long, But Summer Is a Real Thing There, Too
You’ll Always Be Informed About the Weather, Because Canada Runs 229% More Weather Coverage Than Any Other Country in the World
You Will Need a Passport to Get in, Because Canada Is An Entirely Different Country
Canada Is Super Diverse; Forty Percent of the Population of Canada Is Neither British Nor French and the Country Is Home to More Than 200 Languages
The American Dollar isn’t Accepted Everywhere, So Get Some Canadian Money
The Taxes in Canada Are Nuts; You Could Have As Much as 15% Extra Tacked Onto Your Bill as a Result of Federal Taxes (but we have free health care!! :-) )
In Ontario and Quebec, They Drink Milk Out of Plastic Bags, And They’ve Done So Since 1967
When You Walk Into a Store You Have to Announce Your Method of Payment Before You Actually Swipe Your Card and Get to Work
The Homicide Rate in Canada Is One of the Lowest in the World; Baltimore Has More Murders in a Month that Canada Does All Year
They Say ‘Sorry’ a Lot, Not As an Apology, But As a Way to Insure Harmonious Interaction
You Can Use An American Driver’s License to Drive in Canada, But You Should Still Research Their Driving Laws, Because There Are Some Differences
The Slang Term ‘Canuck’ Isn’t Considered Derogatory
The Reason the White House Is White Was Thanks to Canadian Troops Burning the Original in the War of 1812; It Was Repainted to Hide the Damage
There’s Always a Line Somewhere, Because Canadians Understand the Value of an Orderly Queue
Remember When You Were Backpacking Through Europe and You Told Everyone You Were Canadian So You Didn’t Have to Fess Up to Your American-ness? Yeah, Canadians Hate That
The National Sport Is NOT Hockey, It’s Lacrosse
Health Care Is Only Free For Canadians; If You Get Hurt, You’ll Still Need Health Insurance
The Border Between the US and Canada Holds the Record for the Longest Undefended Border in the World
The National Animal of Canada Is the Beaver, Which Are Extremely Common Throughout the Country
International Cell Phone Charges WILL Apply, So Make Sure You Figure Something Out With Your Phone Company Before Heading North
Some Canadians Claim They Beat America to Baseball By Three Weeks
Today, the first day of December, is when I would start opening up my advent calendar. Each day I'd get a wee piece of crappy chocolate and would be over the moon. Now that I am an old coot I am more looking for something like this:
These may just be the best thing I have baked in YEARS.
Those of you familiar with Bakewell Tarts will recognize the tastes immediately. If you're not, let me describe . . . a buttery shortbread crust, thin layer of raspberry jam, a layer of baked almond cream. MMMMM
When I was sprinkling the almonds on top I decided to add some crystalline sugar to further gild the lily.
Raspberry Frangipane Slice
3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cups almond meal 1/2 cup sugar 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 large egg 1 tablespoon whole milk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional) pinch of salt 1/4 cup raspberry jam (or as desired)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan. Combine the flour, powdered sugar, and the first amount of butter. Pat dough into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
<Meanwhile, make the frangipane topping. Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugar and mix to incorporate. Add the almond flour and beat until thoroughly combined. Add the salt, almond extract (if using), and egg and mix until incorporated. Add the milk and beat until light and fluffy.
Spread raspberry jam (or any flavor that you like) on the warm crust. Pour the frangpiane mixture on top of the jam layer and spread evenly with an angled spatula, making sure to cover the jam completely.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Halfway through baking sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the frangipane if desired. Cool completely before cutting to serve.
Our CSA shipment has been offering up plenty of sweet potatoes lately. Since we were not really sweet potato eaters growing up neither Paul or I have a repertoire of recipes to use. I spend a lot of time on google trying to find new ones. Turns out this one was on the cookbook shelf all along - in the Donna Hay Simple Dinners book.
Pork and sweet potatoes are classic comfort foods that get a real boost in flavor from spicy red curry paste, fish sauce, some fresh lime and creamy coconut milk in this easy, quick-to-fix Thai curry. Serve with a cucumber salad and steamed jasmine rice for a satisfying dinner.
The only change I made was to up the curry paste. I used the required amount and thought the flavour was 'blah'. In the end I think I use 2/3 a cup. Thai curry paste isn't necessarily spicy but it is flavourful so you want to gt that balance right.
Pork and Sweet Potato Curry
1/4 cup red curry paste 2 pounds pork stew meat ( or 1 KG pork shoulder trimmed and cut into bite sized cubes) 1 TB grated fresh ginger 8 kaffir lime leaves, lightly crushed 2 cups coconut cream 2 cups chicken stock 1 3/4 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cubed 2 TB lime juice 1 TB fish sauce 1 TB brown sugar 1/2 cup cilantro leaves 1/2 Thai basil leaves 1/2 cup mint leaves 2 green onions, trimmed and shredded steamed jasmine rice, to serve
Heat a large, deep, non-stick frying pan or wok over medium high heat.
Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add the pork to the curry paste. Cook, stirring, until the pork is well coated.
Add the ginger, lime leaf, coconut cream and stock. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
Add the sweet potato, cover, and simmer for a further 20 minutes or until the sweet potato and pork is cooked through.
Mix in the lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Check for a balance of flavours.
Spoon the curry into bowls with rice. Serve with cilantro leaves, Thai Basil leaves, mint leaves and shredded green onion as a garnish.
There was a lot in the past few months about how fake news sources and people who spread the fake 'stories' played a hand in the rise of Donald Trump. This short YouTube video shows how it happens . . .
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.