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Mexico – Visit 2

FUZZY IXTAPA. Ixtapa is a town on the west (Pacific) coast of Mexico located between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. It is an area I had never visited before…so when I won the chance to go visit it, I took it! . We were flying with Air Transat, a charter airline that usually has very good […]

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Travel

Towel cat

When sorting my trip photos I came across one that did not make it to the website but amused me enough to put up here. In most Caribbean hotels the cleaning ladies decorate the rooms with flowers and by arranging towels in creative ways…this one used up all the towel supply in the room to […]

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Food

Pepper

Last spring I bought a pepper plant not knowing it was a hot pepper variety. It bore a lot of bright red “fruit”. When there was the first risk of frost I harvested them and took them inside. They were too hot to use in large quantities so I put them in a wood bowl […]

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Nature

Welcome back amaryllis

Well I am back from my speedy Mexican excursion. It was supposed to be free…but it ended up costing me a pair of glasses. I checked with the insurance companies but there is not protection against stupidity, especially my own… Remember last winter when I had all these amaryllis flowers that had been stuck in […]

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General

Elms

A few years ago an illness destroyed most of the Dutch elms in Montreal. We had the oldest and biggest one in our neighborhood and it had to be taken down after it split in half and tore down the utility post. Across the street there was one elm that seemed to resist the epidemic. […]

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Food

Trompe l’oeil

Because October is Halloween month, and I had a cooking demonstration to do, I decided to call the activity “Desserts in disguise”. I made candied orange peels that looked like French fries…and served them in MacDonald’s fries containers. Then I made a batch of meringue mushrooms and served them in a cardboard fruit basket.