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Obvious Hiatus

Circumstances have resulted in me back burnering this blog; back in April, I embarked on what was to be a 3-4 month assignment in Ontario, a significant change for me. The 3-4 months is turning in to 7-8 months. This, along with plenty of Facebook and Instagram activity, has meant that not much blogging happens. I'm undecided about how things will unfold. Honestly, I've put plenty of things on hold. I'm hoping to return to some semblance of normal by December...
Recent posts

Is Charcoal "better" ?

I've always been a fan of charcoal, and over the years, I have gone through several different variations of charcoal grills. Cutting to the chase, I recently bought an Eco-Que from MEC. It's the 12" square version, so it does not really have tons of space. Nevertheless, I thought it might be interesting, and it sure was/is. The big claim to fame is that you only need to use 9 charcoal briquettes for each session. Also, there are 3 different methods of arranging the 9 that afford 3 different levels of heat. Recently, I employed the method of standing the 9 pieces up vertically, for the highest heat output; As you can see, it's a neat and tidy arrangement, and with the pyramid shape, the heat is quite well distributed... The foil liners are an available add-on that makes clean-up a bit easier.  This method, however, produces too much heat for most cooking tasks, so I don't think I'll be using it again. As you can see, it was difficult to keep the meat from burn…

Snowshoes 2017

With over 80 cms of snow down, we just had to get outside. Most of it had vanished, and with a threat of heavy rain and +10c temperatures, it was now or never.

We have our usual spot close to the house so not much effort is required. The fresh air and the sun are very therapeutic this time of year.

Since it's now March, time was of the essence. This was just a short outing, but hopefully it's not this season's last.

I'm glad we got out there as I would not want to see spring arrive with no winter "stuff" under our belt. Living in these parts, you have to figure out how to embrace it all...til next time...

Work Holiday

I'm grateful for a fine position/job, so there's often a thin line between work and holiday. Last week, I escaped Halifax for the other coast, and collided with some great winter weather, all the while avoiding two separate snow storms that smashed into Nova Scotia. The first one on the Monday dumped 70+ centimeters of snow, while the second one, two days later, added an additional 20. From the hotel deck, it didn't really affect nose notwithstanding.

I had three days of meetings, and as usual, dining out is all part of the experience, and getting to enjoy some of my favorites...

gotta have "Huevos". Underneath these 2 delightful eggs, there's a hidden assortment of black beans, cheese, and tortilla shells.

Then of course there's the Lamb. Every time I find myself out there, I MUST have a nice Greek Lamb wrap thingy...m-m-m-m-m...

Enough about the food. Here's a shot from the Pier looking back at the hotel...not bad for February in Canada !!

Where's the Beef ?

I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but I'm too often guilty of talking about doing something and never actually getting around to doing it. For a few years now we've talked about "buying a side of beef". Well, the time has finally come. Of course I pushed the preparations off until it was almost too late, and one of the things we needed was additional freezer space. Not knowing if this would be a regular thing, I decided to compromise and just by a cheap upright, just an 8.5 cubic foot model. It's a manual defrost unit, and since there is "cooling" in the 3 main shelves, they are not adjustable. However, time was of the essence, so "get in my van"... So, I got it wrestled into the house (alone) and headed off to the Butcher to claim my 1/2 Nellie :) Here it is, T-bones, Prime Rib, Hamburger, Roasts, Stew meat, you name it. It's a little better organized now than in this initial picture, where I just threw it all in there to get it…