Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This video is the first with my new camera that my pretty wife got me for my bday. In it I cook one of Lyndsay's recipes in an effort to show how easy it is.
Also, I wanted something to film, and I like to make little cooking videos.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Note, if you make a whole bag of shrimp like me, you will end up with your coco being a paste at the end. This is okay, just put the paste on the platter and it will taste the same, although you will be docked major points for presentation.
One thing to stress is to not get sweetened coconut stuff, it's ok Turkish, I'm sweet enough.
I ran into a problem with my blender creating smoke and then the smoke burning my eyes. I think it had green onion something rather in it. My eyes got healed up and this really grilled up nice even from a frozen state.
I had to call Ben to make sure that you blended it after it was cooked. I have never heard of doing such a thing. But also I have never made a soup.
I also had to send Holly out for some chicken broth cause I forgot that vegetable stock cannot make chicken broth.
Other than that, everything went very smoothly. Other than when you say big pot, you mean BIG POT. I had to use a big pot Massive, it was transplanted from a medium one. I had enough for lunch today and more at home, I put the leftovers in a juice jug!
Anyways, it was delicious, fucking fantastic. We combo'd it with some sandwiches. I had chicken with hummus on multi grain with a pickle.
The hot sauce really made it pop!
We got to make it together (Holly worked on the salad.)
We didn't have to make a salad too.
It gave us something to make my rents when we have them over sometime.
I got to do a few new things that I had never done before which improved my confidence! It's silly but when I was cooking the spice I was like, "what the hell am I doing, wait, it's working, wow, I'm not totally retarded."
Thanks again!! The next one looks like a winner for next week, tonight I'm making the ribs again!
Instead of a slow cooker, I popped them into the oven at 300 in a tented foil contraption inside a platter like you would use for Lasagna. I filled it 2/3 of the way full with rootbeer, I bought two litres and didn't use too much, haha.
Anyways, you are the Queen of cooking, more simple type recipes like this are needed. Just awesome stuff!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Victoria has a lot to offer for those who can break in. By this, I mean that Victoria can reject you, preventing you from establishing yourself. And I say this not just from the perspective of someone who has had a tough time getting a job during this recession. I think Victoria is generally harder to break into. The economy runs off a large proportion of retirement money and public service employment. So, if you don’t find a profession in government, education or health care, and have no plans to retire in the near future, your options are severely limited. Sure, there are entrepreneurs and some private industry, but the proportion is severely less than most Canadian cities of its size. That said, even if you do break in, Victoria’s real estate is radically more expensive than the average. I think the median price for a house here is 450,000$. It takes a huge normative shift to want to commit to real estate here. But, let’s say you get the job you wanted and you decide to bite the bullet and purchase a house or condo here. You’ve made it over the biggest hurdles and you’re here. If you like getting out and exploring or enjoying what your tax dollars pay for, then it’s really amazing. It’s a really great city that values its green space and is very well taken care of. There is rarely any traffic congestion, and it’s easy to find your way once you know a couple major roads.
I’ve done some driving here, but the majority of my exploring has been on bike. There’s a major trail system called the Galloping Goose that takes you nearly anywhere in Victoria. I’ve been galloping a lot. And so do a lot of people in Victoria. It’s really a great place if you want to keep the car in the driveway (or not buy a car!) and bike to work. If you’re not on the Galloping Goose, the roads often have bike lanes and are increasingly being retrofitted to include them.
Here are a couple pics of some bike art and graffiti at Recyclistas, a Bike Co-op along the Galloping Goose.
They’re really great people there. The shop is at a fork in the trail, so it’s a great meeting place. They make art out of some their worn out bike parts. I ‘m going to start thinking of some things I can make with some of my old stuff. I’d like to make a mosaic out of old chains. There’s also a pic of me with a Monkey Tree. They’re cool. Some day I’m going to buy a monkey tree.
When I rode on Sunday the Victoria marathon was taking place, making downtown more hustly and bustly than usual. Here’s a statue guy painted in yellow and purple. He wanted money for his theatrics.
I then headed down to the beach. There are beaches like this everywhere. Just one of the benefits of being on an island. The giant tree trunk next to me has probably been there for years. There’s washed up wood everywhere. Maybe I can compete with Relic in the beachcomber biz.
There’s a lot of cool architecture here. Modern condos and houses have huge windows. If situated in the right direction, the windows can provide a lot light and have a heating effect on the house as well.
I wanted to get more pics of some cool houses in James Bay, but my camera died. I went to the dollar store and picked up an eight pack of Chateau AAs for 1.40$. They’re such crap that they couldn’t even turn on the cam. I’ll put up more pics of houses another time.
Here’s a pic of an old ship being torn down for scrap metal. Ironically, this metal yard is in one of the more expensive parts of town. It will probably be removed in the next few years, with trendy condos coming in to take its place. The area is called Selkirk. Jessie’s friend’s family business develops a lot of the residential and commercial property in the area.
Here’s the biggest tree I’ve yet to find. It’s a big Redwood in a park in the city.
Here's a picture of Jessie. "Look, a duck!"
Finally, what’s a life update without including Dr. Freeman's latest exploits! He’s been growing like a true scholar, and has had some adventures along the way. Here he is on the roof of Jessie’s parents’ house. Little rascal just can’t help but follow the big cats around. He’ll learn though that he’s not destined to be a feral crazy thing.
Victoria’s been great, but it’s not a place where your credentials or hard work necessarily allow you to break in. Nothing's a given, especially during the present. Once you’re established, it has a lot to offer, especially if you enjoy milder weather and the outdoors. As the guy who took my photo next to the beached tree stump stated, “Victoria has three seasons, spring and summer.”
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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(I dedicate this post to Alex, happy 30th bday Alex, what an accomplishment!!)
The education system is really bad, the money is just not there to fund the public schools. People I talk to on the phone just don’t know how to do their jobs like here. My brother phones to order a pizza, calling a place that is a mile away, and they don’t know our street. He has to say adjacent streets until she recognizes one. Then he has to give them directions. She didn’t know how to use google maps?
The person I called about an airport shuttle recommended I take the city bus to sight see. What the heck? They are all retarded.
We were in what was described to us by our cab driver who took us from the airport, by way of the longest route possible, an ethnic area. I’m not a racist, so these are his words. But it was a tough area, if that’s what he meant, I’ll agree with him on it.
We went to a grocery store, only to see a man in his forties talking on a cell phone and dressed well leaving being chased by security. He was stealing a can of apple juice. He just gave it back.
We went to a Liquor store, right out of Boyz in the Hood (sign that said the cameras are connected directly to the Police station). People all tatted up, no shirts on, we just wanted some
The driving on the streets was worse than
I was told by the man that picked us up and took us to the rental car place that the downtown was very safe because there are cops and security camera’s everywhere. OK... We only went downtown to get the marriage license and that was it.
I always thought the radio stations in Grand Theft Audio were satire, they’re not. One radio station was hosted by Ryan Seacrest. One was pretty decent, played alternative, but also had Eminem and Snoop Dogg? It was weird, on the weekend they had a flashback weekend and older songs like the Sweater Song (not old at all), had the DJ repeatedly saying how old he was when it was new (like I was in grade 1 when this came out!!). Like a) who cares, you're like 21 or something, and b) you’re mental, shut up.
Some stations just had Spanish music and they were fun.
The strip is where all the Casinos and Hotels are located. It is huge, you can’t walk the whole thing, and is tons of fun. Nothing is realistic about it. You can walk around drunk, and with open alcohol. You can do almost anything. Our limo driver for our wedding had to explicitly tell us not to have sex in his limo.
It is a Liberal paradise. All it needs is Gay marriage, and maybe a few other things I’m forgetting.
Parking is all free. Food is cheap. Booze is cheap. Restaurants are cheap if you go to the right ones (buffets, which are amazing). Shows aren’t too bad pricewise. Exhibits are cheap.
The Casinos and Hotels aren’t really themed as they are dedications or replications of what they are based on. Architects from whatever area or specialty are brought in to give the place the correct look and feel and the result is amazing. It is not what I was expecting at all. You could go just to admire the architecture, the sculptures, and the art.
The gambling is not something I’m personally into. I find that if the odds are against you, you shouldn’t really waste your money trying to get lucky. But I understand the rush you get when trying.
I used to enjoy gambling when the loss was my own, but since my money has been combined with Holly’s I would feel guilty doing something I inherently know is stupid.
My brother only plays poker, and I think this is the smartest thing to do. At least with this game you are not playing against the “house” and with odds always against you. You are playing against human beings, with the “house” taking a piece of every hand you play. I only recommend this if you are sure that you are better than the players you are playing against. I don’t play.
Cirque du Soleil is amazing. It’s as close to an acid trip as I hope I’ll ever get. You can just sit, listen, zone out and marvel at how insanely messed up what you’re seeing is. I love it.
I highly recommend LOVE and I recommend KA. LOVE is basically a bunch of Beatles soundtracks with an ongoing story through time and some of their life stories. I love the Beatles so it was pretty sick for me. KA is a story about two kids, a prince and princess. It had the most elaborate set I have ever seen. I tried to video it but got caught so I only got a small sample.
These shows are something else.
Our wedding was as beautiful a ceremony as I could have hoped for. I will tell you that I was worried about the prospect of having a bad Minister, or a jerk Photographer, but this was not the case.
They were both great, everything went very smoothly. Ceremony was very quick and our vows were very emotional and very nice. I’m very glad we do not have to say it was a day we survived and we can say it was a day we loved and celebrated.
Being the way I am, I was leery of Vegas with its flashy lights and gambling and that. But what I found was a good heart and beauty where I was expecting cold capitalism. If you think you can control the urge to gamble away your future, go, it’s a good time.
One funny plus we noted was that it was our first real vacation where we didn’t have to worry about eating the food and getting sick. I’ve been to the
And note that this was my first time in the
Friday, June 5, 2009
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Just like the little zombie kid at Waterfront Park, I love turtles. I wonder how that kid handled his internet exposure. He probably hates turtles by this point.
I was on my bike the other day and I came across a snapping turtle on a sidewalk near the train station. He was getting ready to cross the street. I snapped a couple pics with a camera phone. I had to take pictures of the phone's screen to get them on the computer, so they're sort of blurry. You can get an idea of how big this guy was. I immediately thought of the carnage he'd inflict on the pond. Not even Big Boss could manage this guy. Turtles would be a pretty cool experiment in the pond. I had two turtles as a kid. I'd catch minnow fish at the pond near my place and put them in the tank live. The turtles would hunt them down and eat them whole. Good times.
Here's a pic of the turtle. I put one of my cycling gloves on his shell to give some size perspective.
Here's another pic. Sorry about the quality. This turtle was really big, and had a spiky tail, huge claws and neon green eyes. I was afraid to pick him up because of salmonella and the huge claws. I hope he/she survived. He was on the sidewalk of a busy part of Princess St. It probably took him hours to climb the grassy hill from the marsh.
I've been away from the pond for a couple weeks now, and I must say, I miss it. I hope the little guys can figure out their food issue. I remember the first couple times we tried feeding them. Big Boss was the only guy who was swallowing the food whole. He's like a piranha in comparison to the wee comets. Grinding up the food before feeding seems to work, but it's hard to tell whether they're eating it or if it's just dissolving into the water.
I'm not sure about Big Boss' current status, but here's a quick bio. Last I heard, he was out of action, but it's pretty common for this guy to lock himself away for a couple days when he has to get things done.
Given Name: Big Boss
Family Name: Oranda
Species: Carassius auratus (goldfish)
Special Characteristics: big, ball shaped, slow moving, large tail and fins, big brained.
Special Skills: Can eat whole food pellets in a single bite.
Age: At least 20 days, probably 50+.
Occupation: Boss of the [Tom's not Tom's pond, it belongs to the community] pond.
Office: The ceramic pot in the north west corner of the pond.
Lifestyle: A loner, limits his public exposure, probably works 50-60 hour weeks.