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Friday, November 02, 2007

Poll

What is your favourite Christmas chocolate (not candy)?

Here are a few examples:

After 8
Baci
Ferrero Rocher
Ganong Mint Patties
Guylian
Lindt
Ovation
Pot of Gold
Russell Stover
Terry's Chocolate Orange
Toblerone
Toffifee
Turtles

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Southern Comfort and Thailand

Last Tuesday night, I went to the "Southern Comfort" cooking class at the Superstore. Most of the students were regulars to the Tuesday night classes. They were all very friendly, but as many know, I am socially awkward at the best of times, so I was quite ill-at-ease. At least, I was until the Mint Juleps were served. Now there's a beverage that packs a punch! Honestly, I don't know how anyone drinks Jack Daniels, let alone a Mint Julep. It was like drinking a minty cough medicine. I allowed the ice in my drink to melt, hoping it would make the Julep taste better. Much to my dismay, it was like drinking watery cough syrup. The class quickly got underway after the co-ordinator introduced the chef and the menu. The chef was new, this only being his second class, which was why it ran an hour later than scheduled. Oye. He's actually from the pub in New Maryland.

Let me just say - the food was fantastic. Well, most of it. We sampled the following menu: Creole Catfish with Hushpuppies, Buttermilk-Herb Fried Chicken with Southern Biscuits, and Southern Comfort Pecan Pie. Well, the chef used sole since catfish wasn't available - the fishmonger told the community coordinator that she couldn't get any; which, apparently, was a lie. Someone in the class said he bought a ton of it on Saturday. Anyway ... I am not normally a fan of sole, but this dish was terrific! In fact, that is what I am making for supper tomorrow night. The hushpuppies were deelish! Unfortunately, there's a fair bit of fat in them since they are deep-fried. I really want that cornmeal side dish, so I plan on making them as a cornbread to go with my Creole fish, thereby cutting out almost 75% of the fat. Anyway, I digress.

The chicken was amazing! But once again, it was deep-fried. I am going to try and adapt it to baking instead of frying. The biscuits were a bust!!! He put too much baking soda in it! They were completely inedible. I was soooo looking forward to them too. I LOVE biscuits ... I have yet to find a recipe for home baking that is just right. The Southern Comfort Pecan Pie was scrumptious .... it actually had Southern Comfort in it ... with a nut crust. Oh! the fat ... but it's so worth it!

Tonight's class was "Street Foods of Thailand" ... and it was amazing!!! So ...... when are you all coming over for a Thai meal? I want to make everything, except the Noodle Salad. The regular chef, Lisa, was cooking ... needless to say, we were out on time. We started with Green Curried Mussels. It was so easy, but intensely flavoured. Then we moved on to the Gingered Honey Chili Chicken Wings with Thai Seafood Noodle Salad. The wings were dee-lish! The only thing I would do differently is to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of wings - less fat, more meat. The salad was so-so. I definitely wouldn't try to make it. I would be more tempted to try to recreate the stir-fried noodles she whipped up at the last minute to go with the Chicken Skewers with Peanut Satay Sauce. The peanut sauce was made with actual roasted peanuts. That was different for me, as all the recipes I have tried or read before have all used peanut butter(smooth or crunchy). The marinade on the chicken was amazing - and low-fat.

I'm thinking Green Curried Mussels, Chicken Skewers with Peanut Satay Sauce, Red Curry Coconut Vegetables, Thai Egg Rolls, and some Jasmine Rice.

So, when are you all coming over for Thai?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Do You Believe?

I know my best friend Sarah and I have had this discussion before. Do you believe children can see ghosts? I do. I totally do. And I am now totally weirded out.

When I went down to get Lauren up from her nap, I put her on the change table to put her socks and shoes back on. She looked out the door, smiling, and said "there's a nice, old man." Ummm..what? I asked her where the nice, old man was and she told me he was by the toys. I look out and of course, see nothing. I asked her if he was big and she said yes. I asked her if he had black hair and she said yes. I know rationally that she was probably just saying yes. But a part of me believes that she saw it.

I completely lost it.

I know that because just a short time before I had just read Eggs post about her mother and I was thinking about my own father, that I was in frame of mind to believe, to think that the nice, old man was my father.

I don't know. Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn't. But I would like to believe that he was watching over me because I was thinking about him and when he died, and yes there were some tears.