Day Like Today

We went to the Bryan Adams concert last night and he put on a great show! He always gives 100% into every note of every song that he sings. He was there to do the job that he seems to love and that is to share his music with his fans and the fans were grateful.

My favourite Bryan Adams tune is the 1998 tune,  Day like Today, but the last two times that I have seen him, he hasn’t played it. With 19 albums under his belt, one would think that he could mix them up a bit. I love him just the same though.

I started saving my concert ticket stubs in 1991 when Freddie Mercury passed. By then I had seen a lot of concerts, but Freddie's passing really struck me as something very note worthy in my life and I began to think that this would be the start of loosing musicians that had played a part in my life. Like loss of a friend. When I saw Freddie Mercury it was at the beginning of his career. At the time I could never have imagined what an impact his music would make on the world, never mind the fact that his music played a part in some of my fondest memories. Anyway from that point forward I started saving my ticket stubs. Tonight I have another one to add to the memory chit fondness collection.

I’m already looking forward to the next time he comes through town. If Bryan Adams is coming to your town or city, you should make a point to go! You won't be disappointed......even if he doesn't play your favourite song.

{Ticket Stub}

{Ticket Stub}

{Bryan Adams}

{Bryan Adams}

 

 

 


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Musical Feast (7)

 Seven Sundays of feasting and there doesn’t seem to be any end is sight! Randy Bachman’s show was once again on the “Eyes” theme with favourites like Van Morrison’s, Brown Eyed Girl.

I do have to say that this week we deserved to feast with all of the planting we did. We even managed to have a little jig in our step as we listened to Randy’s inspired music selection. We planted two weeping larch trees, two climbing hydrangeas, one weeping Norway spruce, and four butternut trees, otherwise known as white walnut trees. The butternut trees came from friends of ours that have dedicated their lives to the propagation and longevity of this tree! No one loves these trees like they do! The tree is on the Ontario’s Species at Risk list. For the last couple of years we would see this couple at the annual Christmas party and we would always talk about their walnut trees. I had always said that I would like to have a couple of their trees. You need at least two in order for cross pollination to occur and you need pollination in order to produce nuts.  Well in December  it isn’t possible to plant trees, but this year the Butternut tree lovers made it happen. They called me last week and offered to not only bring the trees but to plant them too! That was an offer that I couldn’t refuse! So we spent the afternoon planting the trees and then once we had planted all four trees and supplied this year’s generation of blackflies with their dinner, we went in to begin cooking our own.

{Mr. and Mrs. Butternut Friends}

{Mr. and Mrs. Butternut Friends}

Tonight we had Diamond Rio’s, Chicken with Lemon Caper Sauce and the Banana Cake. I served the chicken with lemon parsley couscous and steamed broccoli and red pepper. The Banana Cake was delicious! Way more delicious than I could have imagined. It was simple, light and loaded with walnuts! I served it with whipping cream and a drizzle of some maple liqueur whiskey called Sortilege.  It was a nice end to a simple country meal. What made this meal authentically country was the mouse that the cat chased through the kitchen as we finished dinner. I think we need a new cat! Thank goodness our friends don’t mind a little country with their chicken!!

Diamond Rio

{Diamond Rio}

{Gene Johnson's Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Caper Sauce}

{Gene Johnson's Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Caper Sauce}

{Dan Truman’s Favourite Banana Cake}

{Dan Truman’s Favourite Banana Cake}

Apparently Diamond Rio has a song called, “I Could do it with my Eyes Closed”. I couldn’t find a video for that song but I did find this one and suddenly I was grateful for the wonderful life I have and of course for all of my new trees. Cross your fingers that they live!

I have a new idea for a remix song for Randy’s eyes theme. Instead of Gordon Lightfoot’s, Black Day in July, we have, Blackfly in the Eye. I’m going to have to get it on karaoke!  I know I could make my rendition a hit in and around our house this summer.

Visit Wendy Diamond of a Musical Feast fame here.

Visit Randy Bachman Feast of Music fame here.


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A Musical Feast (3)

We spent 10 hours outside burning brush today. The whole day outside around a fire, it doesn’t get any better than that. I went into the house as the Randy Bachman show came on, the show’s theme was “Country Rock”. I grabbed the A Musical Feast Cookbook and I began flipping through the pages until I could found something simple and easy to make. I settled on Steven Tyler’s Bombay Noodles with Peanut Sauce. Every once in a while it’s nice to have a meatless meal.   I have to say the photos came out dull and boring but the flavours were very nice. In my opinion, this meal was more suited to a nice lunch than a dinner, but that’s my fault. I didn’t want to spend a  lot of time inside cooking. As the water boiled and the peanut sauce simmered the music the caught my attention the most was that of Ian & Sylvia Tyson’s Four Strong Winds. Of course theirs is the country version which is more folkie than country but then Randy played Neil Young’s version. I guess that  was to demonstrate where rock met country? In any case, it doesn’t matter to me who sings that song, I still love it. I’ve even heard it sung by a choir and it never fails to warm my heart. Either way, it is one of my very favourite songs.  As for Steven Tyler’s Bombay Noodles..... I would make it again!

In the name of Wendy Diamond and her A Musical Feast Cookbook, please donate to the homeless.

Visit Wendy Diamond here http://www.animalfair.com/ .

Visit Randy Bachman here http://www.cbc.ca/vinyltap/

 

{Bombay Noodles in Peanut Sauce}

 {Bombay Noodles in Peanut Sauce}

{Bombay Noodles in Peanut Sauce}

{Bombay Noodles in Peanut Sauce}


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Seeds of Sustainability

I recently attended the official opening of Cambrian College’s new Xstrata Nickel Sustainable Energy Centre. The Centre has been constructed to meet and in some areas exceed the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standards. Students at the Centre will have the opportunity to test the Centre to ensure it meets national benchmarks in energy efficiency and sustainable design.

As a memento of the occasion, attendees were given a brown paper bag with everything required to start their own little seedling.  What a nice way to further extend the new beginnings of a cutting edge learning facility. Just imagine if everyone planted their seeds.............

To learn more about the Sustainable Energy Centre go here www.cambriancollege.ca

{Spruce Seeds - Just add water}

{Spruce Seeds - Just add water}


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A Musical Feast (2)

It didn’t take very long to decide what we were going to prepare for this week’s musical feast. With it being a Saint Patrick’s Day weekend the recipe from the Chieftains, Patty Moloney’s Original Irish Stew seemed like a natural choice. The recipe called for lamb but I used a sirloin roast, cut it up into chunks and marinated it over night in beer, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. The stew was excellent, but the friends that we shared the meal with felt that it should be called a soup and not a stew because it wasn’t thickened with flour. I suppose that technically they are correct but it tasted great just the same. The dessert chosen from A Musical Feast cookbook, Bo Diddley’s recipe called, Bo’s Egg Custard Pie. As if this dessert wasn't sweet enough, we served it with maple syrup! What a decadent taste for such a simple recipe! I can see why it was his favourite and it was a perfect ending to a meal made for comfort.

Randy Bachman’s show tonight was called, “Unusual Instruments”. The music was a nice contrast to the meal, seeing as the food was so down homie. We listened to strange sounds like juice harps, sitars and banjos tuned like guitars while we savoured over the various tastes of familiar flavours.

In the name of Wendy Diamond and her A Musical Feast Cookbook, please give what you can to support the homeless and please don’t forget about the critters.

Visit the Chieftains here   http://www.thechieftains.com

Visit Wendy Diamond here http://www.animalfair.com/ .

Visit Randy Bachman here http://www.cbc.ca/vinyltap/

If you would like to learn more about Bo Diddley and his music go here  http://www.bodiddley.com/

 

{The Chieftain's Irish Stew}

{The Chieftains Irish Stew}

{The Chieftain's Irish Stew}

 {The Chieftains Irish Stew}

 {Green Beer}

 {Green Beer}

 {Bo Diddley's Bo's Egg Custard Pie}

{Bo Diddley's Bo's Egg Custard Pie}

{Bo's Egg Custard Pie}

{Bo's Egg Custard Pie}

 


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Last Days

The final days of winter are here and I imagine this will be one of the last days that I will be wearing a winter coat.  The snow is almost gone and I can’t wait to pack up the winter items and get ready for spring. I’ve been wearing as much green as I could this week in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. We stopped in at Peddlers Pub for a pint of their best. It just seemed like the thing to do. How do you celebrate the luckiest day of the year?

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{Mallia Coat, Claudia Firenze Purse, Arnold Churgin Boots}

{Claudia Firenze Purse, Scarf}

{Claudia Firenze Purse, Scarf}

{Jewels of the day}

{Jewels of the day}


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Dragonfly Shadows

One has to love shadows! Well, I guess you don’t have too, but I do. To me they are one of life’s unexpected delights. This shadow presented itself in the scullery, fondly referred to by my children as the “Dish Pit”. While objects mostly remain static, shadows are always presenting themselves in different light. I can’t wait until the real dragonflys present themselves! Spring is almost here.........

{Dragonfly Shadows}

{Dragonfly Shadows}

{Dragonfly Shadow}

{Dragonfly Shadows}


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A Musical Feast (1)

I was at my local used book store (recycling is important) and I found a cookbook called, A Musical Feast. It was written in 1995 by Wendy Diamond. I liked that it was filled with favorite recipes from musicians that were popular during my era. I liked the variety of different recipes that it contained (especially the spicy ones) and I liked that the book was written on the basis of giving. Seventy percent (70%) of the proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to assist the homeless.

On a typical Sunday evening, my husband and I listen to Randy Bachman’s radio show called Vinyl Tap http://www.cbc.ca/vinyltap/ on CBC two radio station, while we cook and enjoy our evening meal. I thought that the music selected by Randy and recipes from the cookbook would go together so nicely. So, I plan to cook the meals from the cookbook on Sunday nights during Randy's show and post them on my blog. Because of copyright issues, I can’t provide the recipes, but you can always purchase a copy of your own by going to http://www.amazon.com/Musical-Feast-Recipes-Worlds-Artists/dp/0964731606. Or you could write to Ms. Diamond yourself http://www.animalfair.com/ . Ms. Diamond has continued on the path of giving and has gone on to help homeless animals. Of course I would encourage you to donate to your local homeless shelter, whether it is the two legged variety or the four legged variety!

While listening to Randy's show on the topic of "Hot and Cold", we dined on one of Mick Jager’s favorite recipes for Shrimp Curry with all of the fixings and finished the meal with a chocolate mousse that Sonic Youth recommended called Experimental Moose Trash. After making this recipe and eating it, I now know why they called it that. It was very chocolaty. I wonder if it’s still their favorite?

Randy’s music selections, combined with the musician’s favorite recipes compiled by Wendy, truly makes for a musical feast!

{A Musical Feast Cookbook By Wendy Diamond}

 {A Musical Feast by Wendy Diamond}

{Mick Jager's Shrimp Curry}

{Mick Jager's Shrimp Curry}

{Sonic Youth's Chocolate Mousse}

{Sonic Youth's Chocolate Mousse}


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Snowy March Day

The other day I was Skyping with my schwester, who lives in Germany and she was asking me if we had any snow left on the ground. I took the computer over to the window and slowly turned it around to the view below of the outdoors. She quickly replied, “Oh my goooosh!” Yup, there is plenty of snow outside.

{Snow in my backyard}

This is what a person might wear on March 7th if they live in Northern Ontario. It’s what I am wearing on March 7th in Northern Ontario. Yes, that’s right, a winter coat and boots. Lots of snow isn’t so bad if you’re dressed for the weather. In like a lion, out like a lamb?!?!?! Here’s hoping……

 

{Banana Republic Boots, Ike Behar Coat and Baci Purse}

 

         {Banana Republic Boots and Baci Purse}

 


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