Roll Up the Rim

When it comes to Tim Hortons it doesn’t get much more Northern Ontario than that. People fondly refer to it as Timmies. In the winter it’s not unusual to see snowmobilers glide on up to the popular coffee shop and then once the snow is gone people switch to their ATV’s.

Tim Hortons is currently having their “Roll Up the Rim” contest. The prizes range from free coffee or donuts to cars. As a result of their contest I recently became a hundredaire! I won a $100 dollar gift card! Just think about it……….. I won’t have to hunt for the loose change in the center console for a while! All I have to say is, "Two medium coffees with milk please..........." Yippeeeee Tim Hortons!

{Tim Hortons - Espanola,   Ontario}

{Tim Hortons - Espanola, Ontario}

 

{Winning Coffee Rim}

{Winning Coffee Rim}


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A Musical Feast (4)

I’m sorry to say that we didn’t tune into Randy Bachman’s show tonight. We were invited over to friends for dinner and then we watched the Junos Awards! I didn’t have to cook dinner but that didn’t stop me from baking a cake. Alan Jackson’s favorite cake seemed like the perfect desert for a red carpet affair and it didn’t disappoint. Light but not too sweet. It was a real winner!

While watching the Junos, I couldn’t have been happier for Blue Rodeo who after nearly three decades in the music business, were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. I love those guys! Feist gave a great performance and was named Artist of the Year. That girl is so talented!

Allan Jackson is coming to Sudbury on April 19th. Do you have your tickets?

For Wendy Diamond,, author of A Musical Feast and for me please give to the homeless.

{Allan Jackson's Red Velvet Cake}

{Allan Jackson's Red Velvet Cake}

 

{Storm Before the Calm}

{Into the Oven}

{Into the Oven}

{Out of the Oven}

{Out of the Oven}

{Allan Jackson's Red Velvet Cake = Yummy!}

{Allan Jackson's Red Velvet Cake = Yummy!}

 


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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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