Saturday, July 26, 2014

And To Think I Saw It...This Week July 19 - July 25 2014

Last Week's Recap



Click here for Friday My Town Shoot Out - LANDMARKS

Due to John's dental surgery we missed Christmas in July with friends.

My cousin trying SOP for the first time.

Click here for photos from Toronto Art Exhibit we attended a couple of weeks ago.

Monday we met with our financial advisor and had lunch downtown at an upscale restaurant Reds in FCP. It was a mediocre meal at best.

I had this salad everything was lukewarm, the naan, pakoras and overpriced. But it mainly caters to business expense account clientele. John had the same complaint about his madras chicken curry.
    Ancient grains, crisp cauliflower pakora,
    raisins, candied cashews, warm naan and
    ginger dressing

    A single batch of curry made on a daily basis. We explore different spice loving regions of the globe through varied ingredients and cooking techniques.

Tuesday John golfed and I hit the summer sales downtown. Everything is on sale and I scored 3 scarves, a t-shirt, 3 pairs of capris, 2 jackets (summer light) and a shirt to match a pair of pants and a jacket.
A couple of the items.

3 pieces should be great for travelling.

Wednesday we had a lazy day.  I made croutons from the leftover onion and herb bread I made.

Then we went out to dinner at the Museum Tavern. I had been there before for lunch and enjoyed it but the service was spotty.

Dinner was excellent. John says his burger was one of the best he's had. I had the fried chicken that was very good but the one I had at Taste of Toronto was even better.

It is an appetizer serving you can get a main course that comes with fries but I had some of John's and they are excellent fries.

and saw The Assassins, a production of StageWorks starring a family member.

Before the play started they used to carnival set to interact with the audience. You tossed the beanbags and if you got one into the clown's mouth you won additional tickets for the half and half draw.

Friday John left with a friend to drive to Montreal to watch the Canadian Golf Open.

I headed to Taste of Toronto. You can see all the delicious food by clicking here for Weekend Cooking.

Funny to see the Fort York soldiers in uniform at this very cosmopolitan event.

Then I strolled up to Queen St. and took the streetcar home. 


Random photos taken along Lake Ontario


Last week I mentioned my disastrous cinnamon raisin bread that I measured the water incorrectly. I made it again on the Friday night and set the timer (first time) on the bread maker for 8AM Saturday.
I was astonished when I got up and saw that the batter was touching the lid. This was the biggest loaf me bread maker has ever made. It was delicious.

In honour of the British Open which John has been watching and at his request I made a roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower dinner with home made gravy.
Honestly, I don't know if it is my new (since May) stove on the convection roast setting, but these Yorkshires rose to new heights!!

We finally got some great tasting beefsteak tomatoes and have been enjoying bacon and tomato sandwiches for breakfast.

Monday was leftover roast beef with onions, peppers and rice and home made gravy spiced up.

Tuesday home made pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. Delicious.

Thursday oven pork chops and colcannon made with kale.

RECIPES - click on the links for the full recipe

Cinnamon raisin bread 

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Yorkshire pudding

Oven pork chops


When reading Last week's Sepia Saturday's  posts the subject brought up an interesting correspondence with a Irish blogger. Jennifer aka Irish Eyes posted a family photo that included Willie Halpin. I then commented that my great grandmother was a Halpin. You can go over to the comments and see our discussion. I am now going to see if we have any connection.

  Still waiting for the contractor to schedule the vanity replacements for both bathrooms. In the meantime I have found the shower curtain hooks and framed some photos. Do you see a theme happening?

We decided to drive to Prince Edward Island in August. We were going to make a two night stop in Quebec City but decided that we could do that trip any time and instead just head straight to PEI with a short stop on New Brunswick.
So far we have booked a hotel for six nights in Charlottetown. Still working on the other details.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking hosted by

Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.

July 2014 - Toronto ON

Today I attended the first Taste of Toronto at Fort York. I had posted about visiting Fort York a few weeks ago.

Taste of Toronto web site.

We've attended Taste of Buffalo in the past and love it, the streets ate closed off and local restaurants serve up their specialties.  Tasting plates range in cost from $2 and up. It is easy to buy one sampler and then share so you can try as many things as possible.

Taste of Toronto was very elegant, Fort York is a perfect place to host it. The food was delicious. BUT the price??? I really vacillated about going when I saw the ticket prices. Entrance was $30 but really $39 with taxes. You were given a card preloaded with $6 to spend. You could then go to a Crown bank and load more money as required. Great idea!!!
Each plate ranged in price from $6-$10, plus admission not a cheap day out!!!!

I enjoyed it and everything I tried but I think the entrance fee is way over the top!

I had picked out the food I wanted to try before I got there using their web site.

Barque Smokehouse
Stand R4Smoked duck tacos with pickled radish, carrots, crispy fried chicken skin and a hoisin BBQ
sauce on a flour tortilla.
6 crowns

The Harbord Room and THR & Co
Stand R9
Griddled Crab & Prawn Roll, Spicy Pickled Cucumber, Avocado, Crispy Bacon and Old Bay Chips
10 crowns

Mark Mc Ewan!! Famous Toronto chef and head judge on Top Chef Canada.

The McEwan Group
Stand R11 
One’s Fried Chicken with a Buttermilk Biscuit, Housemade Slaw and Chipotle BBQ Sauce
8 crowns

The Bellwoods - really enjoyed them.

Friday Pop-Up – Yours Truly
Stand R3 
Salt cod inari: Salt fish, sushi rice, horseradish
6 crowns 
Fresh made queso seasonal accompaniments:(Hewitts cream fresh cheese, early summer garnishes, orange blossom vinaigrette
8 crowns
GF Charred octopus: Sous vide, charred BC octopus, chorizo, green mango
10 crowns