Crabapple Jelly

This autumn, Michael noticing crabapple trees heavy with fruit along his bike commute, was inspired to make his World Famous Crabapple jelly. It’s quite the lengthy operation. He started by asking the business owners if it would be okay to pick the crabs. The response was “yes please do because they are falling on the…

Food – Some Thoughts

I sit here in the cool breeze of our 25 year old floor fan, watching Guest-cat’s hair float in the sun beam, listening to my possessed iTunes library (I shut off iTunes. iTunes starts up again. Repeat), and wonder what on earth I could possibly write about. Let’s go free form: Lays Ketchup Potato Chips…

Highlands Farmers’ Market

As late autumn settles in and things slow down, St. Mary’s is just heating up for winter! St. Mary’s had a successful Fall Bazaar on October 26. It was well attended by vendors, people looking for lunch, and eager buyers of delicious baked goods, snuggly hand-knitted blankets, jewelry, trinkets and treasures, and the usually hard-to-find…

Potholes in Edmonton

I’ve been on a mission, A MISSION I tell you, for all of us who drive on 91st Avenue between 99th Street and Saskatchewan Drive, to get potholes filled. How serious was my mission? Serious. Here’s yours truly on the CBC News: Potholes You may remember, back in the early early Spring, we were dealing…

Bannock – My First Authentic Canadian Food Memory

I was intrigued when fellow foodie Valerie sent out an invite to the blogging community asking us to participate in The Canadian Food Experience Project. I like Valerie and was happy to support her project and participate! Valerie says to add this, so I obey: The Canadian Food Experience Project began June 7 2013. As…

Godzilla in Old Strathcona

Found this on our walk this morning in Old Strathcona. This was shortly after a man in a VW Beetle drove past us in an alley, Twistin’ the Night Away blaring, windows down, stopping beside us, and he driver-seat dancing, and Michael alley-dancing, right then, right there. There is no price, no money in the…

Come on Edmonton! It’s APRIL!

I was just fine with the weather we’ve been having. But when I woke up this morning and looked at yet another layer of snow blanketing the city, I sighed deeply. And deeply again. Let’s go back a few days. Thursday night. Most fantastic night out. Cab ride home sort of fantastic. Then Friday. Feeling…

Manor Bistro to Jesus Christ Superstar

Ate at the Manor Bistro tonight – had a GREAT supper…. tried baby octopus for the first time ever (it didn’t suction cup itself to the roof of my mouth as I expected it would.  Required minimal coaxing from chef Alex Sneezwell).  Also tried a sampling of ravioli made with salt cod and goat cheese….

Potato Leek Soup

Here’s a recipe from my 80 year old Auntie Anna for Potato Leek Soup. Every time we speak, about once a month or so, she tells me about this soup. She’s been telling me about it for over a  year, so I thought I’d give it a go. I admit I had to watch a…

Life

….runs in slightly out of breath…. settles in front of computer…. wee bit of brandy in a snifter (#$%@ the snifter, downs it in one gulp), a mug of tea, takes a deep breath, holds, exhales… and we begin! Hello world! It’s me! I’m back for a moment. Life is happening outside the confines of…

Merry Christmas!

It’s early morning and I’m waiting for Michael to wake up so we can open our Christmas presents. The little kid in me wants to pinch his nose until he wakes up to speed things along, but Santa still has time to take away gifts if I’m naughty. I’ll be nice and sit here, try…