Raw, raw to the craw

On another adventure last week, we found ourselves at Crawford Lake.

The lake was named after the Crawford family. You can still see the remains of the front porch that must have had a fantastic view of their very own meremitic lake, but a bunch of a-hole teenagers set fire to the house and it burnt down.

The land was once inhabited by Iroquois Indians, and you can even tour the Wendat village that’s been reconstructed to show how it would have looked long ago.

Walking around the perimeter of the lake is a very relaxing, peaceful experience. Since the lake is essentially undisturbed, you can just imagine the Crawford family enjoying an afternoon swim, or even the Iroquois people doing the same, or perhaps they were fishing, concentrating heavily on catching the big one for dinner.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong

Sign fail in my very own ‘hood. The restaurant has since been replaced with a sushi joint. Perhaps the Wangs on Tuesdays were too chewy or Thursday’s Jim night was a big flop.

I saw this sign fail and made Boobs turn the car around so I could take a photo. I still wish I had the photo I took of Baskin Robbins’ sign advertising cakes for Father’s Day. My phone was stolen though.

I believe it was supposed to say: Give Your Dad a Creamy Treat” But someone changed it to:

“Give Your Dad a Creamy Tit”

Well, I never!

Curse you, 30-page government form!

We are in the drawn-out midst of adopting a second child. I just printed off the 30 pages of immigration/sponsorship that Canada requires in order for us to bring a little person into this country when the time arrives.

I looked at the Document Checklist and it made my brain hurt. I flipped a few pages more and already didn’t know how I was supposed to fill out certain sections and was discouragingly perplexed. I looked at the 6-page financial form and became plainly overwhelmed.

Gotta start trudging through the pile with pen in hand… Make that pencil first, then pen.

Insert scene from Madagascar 3 here with the zebra wearing an Afro and polka dots, dancing. Da, da, dadada, da, da, da, da, da, Afro, hoops, Afro, circus, juggle, tap dance!

Discovering Burlington Art Centre

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Earlier this week Soph and I made a pit stop at the Burlington Art Centre. Not because either of us had to pee, but we were dropping Soph’s cousin off at art camp.

From the street, it looks like a tiny but funky art gallery type place. It’s huge inside! Hallways that go on forever, various rooms and galleries branch off here and there; an outdoor patio centered in the middle of the building. What I really liked was the greenhouse/atrium we walked past on our way out. The room is bright, sunny and filled with sculptures, artwork and many different types of plants, trees and flowers.

Maybe next year I’ll sign Soph up for art camp there and while I’m waiting for her, I’ll sit out on the patio and go for a quick stroll through the greenhouse. Or, maybe I’ll sign myself up for a class.

On dinner we did not concurry

I had such high hopes for you.

Yesterday I made dinner using Madras Curry Powder with chicken, carrots and Thai sticky rice. The directions on the package of curry powder were simple enough (add onion, brown the chicken, pour in the coconut milk) but it was the final sentence where we reached an impasse. It said follow these instructions… “And you will have a delicious dinner.”

That’s a pretty bold statement – nay demand. Soph said it was too spicy and asked for her leftover pasta from lunch. Boobs gasped, chewed and drank his way through the entire plateful. I thought it was ok and not nearly as spicy as some other things I’ve eaten. I wasn’t so much disappointed that it didn’t meet the expectations of the assuming copywriter, but that it didn’t turn out like Boobs’ favourite yellow curry dish that he orders at the Thai restaurant. That was my main wish for the meal.

Not sure what to do with the leftover package, since I’m pretty sure both of my family members will refuse to try another recipe that contains Madras Curry.

Tomato Salad with Louie Dressing | Recipes – PureWow

Recently I bought a bunch of Ontario tomatoes from the grocery store. Mostly because I love toasted tomato sandwiches (with cheese, and mayo – even cucumber and some deli meat if you’re so inclined).

After eating said sandwiches for over a week, I still have too many left. I was overly ambitious, I guess. What the friggity H should I do with them all? This recipe made its way into my inbox, and I think I’m inspired!

Recipe adapted from Adam Evans, The Optimist, Atlanta

Makes 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

Louie Dressing 1 cup mayonnaise

¼ cup chile sauce (such as Sriracha)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes Tabasco sauce

½ cup thinly sliced scallions, white and light-green parts only

2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet pickles

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning

¼ teaspoon paprika

3 hard-boiled eggs, whites roughly chopped, yolks reserved for another use

Heirloom Tomato Salad

2 pounds large heirloom tomatoes

½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1½ teaspoons sherry vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Coarse salt (such as Maldon)

¼ cup mixed fresh herbs

 

Start to Finish: 40 minutes

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Make the dressing: In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the chile sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco until combined. Mix in the scallions, pickles, garlic, salt, black pepper and paprika until combined. Gently fold in the egg whites. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Make the salad: Using a sharp knife or a serrated knife, slice the heirloom tomatoes into wedges, discarding the hard inner core. In a small bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes with the olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside.

 

3. On a large serving platter (or 4 small plates), spread a layer of the reserved dressing. Arrange the heirloom tomatoes on the plate, then season with the coarse salt and black pepper. (Serve extra dressing on the side or reserve for another use.)

 

4. Toss the herbs with the cherry tomato mixture, then spoon it over the heirloom tomatoes. Serve immediately.

Tomato Salad with Louie Dressing | Recipes – PureWow.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

A mass of moss

This round mass of mossy substance caught my eye while going for a walk around the property of a friend’s cottage in Big Chute, Ontario. It looked so perfect in shape and colour, I had to photograph it.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Soon enough she’ll grow big enough to wear these types of high-towering shoes.

While I was wandering around the shoe department, loitering around the sale racks, Soph found a couple of black pumps and put them on. Considering they didn’t fit all that well, she was walking in them better than I can. Maybe I should start a no heels till you’re married rule.