Saturday, July 31, 2010

Banana Peppers

There's not a great deal to say. I love peppers. These ones have textures and shapes about them that made them irresistible. I'm going to half regret using them in the seafood risotto for which at least some of them are destined....

Friday, July 30, 2010

The King

The King is Dead; Long Live the King.
St Catharines Rib Fest 2010.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


This is Mystique. Mystique is a 95-pound Bouvier des Flandres, who happens to have the sweetest disposition of any dog I have ever known. She is happily resting here in the park in central St Catharines because she has been romping with my three-year-old daughter and is taking a break. Mystique was born and raised just north of Montreal, and is bilingual, happy, and very, very bright. Mystique is helping me to get back into what I will euphemistically term "in shape."

Rum Pot

For my first installment for Project 365, I took Sue's suggestion of "sustenance" as a theme, and voila. My first photo is of Christmas dinner-dessert-in-waiting. It's a rum pot. You choose fruit as it comes into season, add sugar, and then top up to cover with rum. The rum pot will be ready about 3 months after the last fruit has been added. So far this one contains strawberries, blueberries, cherries, plums, apricots, and peaches. Nectarines (this week) and blackberries will round out this one, and I'll be able to set it aside for December. Niagara is a great place to do this! My first one was concocted in Edmonton, and vastly more trouble.
Anyway, right now it takes up a nice little corner of my kitchen counter, and, while a highly alcoholic dessert is not exactly "sustenance," it is fun; I think it's attractive; and it sure does do good things to ice cream.