Last week, I opened the door to the basement stairs and was almost knocked down by an awful smell. I slammed the door shut and did not try to open it again till the next day when I asked my neighbour to come and conquer the beast that had to be hiding there. Only problem […]
It was raining, the parking lot was full, I had to hand my car keys over to an attendant. When I came back hours later, carrying a suitcase and two bags, the attendant was gone. There was a piece of paper stuck to a post that said that keys could be retrieved at the main […]
I have always assumed that the people around me were honest and competent and been more concerned about making sure that I was efficient in my field than checking the performance of others. But recently I have come across such a large number of incompetent people that I am beginning to wonder if this is […]
Finally!!! I got to see the tulips! After several false starts, I got to Ottawa on THE weekend, and the sun was shining! I took a city tour to refresh my memory and learned an awful lot of useless information….and some… more interesting such as the fact that every year the Dutch government sends 10,000 […]
I had not planned it but ended up with only a few hours to organize and execute a mother’s day brunch. My first stop was the magazine rack at the grocery store (my cookbooks have been sent to storage), I picked up a recent issue of a food magazine, flipped through it and chose the […]
Someone has put in a comment in Russian (or at least I think it is Russian) and I have NO idea what it says…. It looks so pretty…but maybe it is an insult….Does anyone know Russian enough to translate? It is on the February 19th post about winter….
I attended another cooking class tonight, given by the pastry chef of a rather good restaurant (Laloux). He was teaching us three basic doughs…and to demonstrate their use, he was making three different desserts. He started with a basic pie dough and made an apple pie from it, adding some kind of custard to the […]
Living in the country, I have few excuses to miss out on all the nature activities available around me. So today I went on a walk in Doncaster River Park. Not a city park by a long shot, but rather a nature interpretation center, meaning that you are in the woods but there are paths […]