The Daily EO: July 16th, 2013

One of my most favorite things in the world is popcorn.  It is the best snack in the world, its cheap and so bloody good.  And not that microwave stuff.  The real stuff in a pop with real topping.  I remember reading something about Madonna that when she was first trying to make it in the music business and was so totally broke, she basically lived on popcorn.

My dad had a popcorn popping pot (that was only used for such a thing) and I have a now faint scar on my wrist from burning myself on a hot pot of popcorn at my grandparent’s house.  (I was trying to pull back grandpa’s arm because I thought he was being a little too piggy with the popcorn and I wanted some left for me.)

I went to Chill Winston’s a while back and they had adult popcorn on the menu – a small bowl for the $6, but it was served with Grand Padano cheese (parmesan) and pepper.   I could not NOT order this.

It was good, but I knew Emile could do better.

And he did – a few nights later I got popcorn smothered I butter, pepper, salt and freshly grated parmesan.   But a bit much for regular day.

July 16th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Standard popcorn fare at our house: butter, salt, sugar and pepper.  Every time.  Oh Yeah.  Is it normal to have popcorn for dinner?

The Daily EO: May 17th, 2013

Tonight Emile and I attended an underground dinner party. As you’ll recall, the one we signed up for was a social one, meaning nobody there (aside from if you signed up with a friend) knew each other. There were nine attendees in total:

  • Emile & I
  • Amanda, a Yoga instructor who used to own a fashion boutique and use also be in film
  • Daniela, One of the co-owners of “We are Local
  • Stephanie, a federal government employee who moved here after falling in love with Vancouver working on the Olympics
  • Chance, her husband and working for Health Canada who told many stories of their travel adventures
  • Daniel, a young and quiet man from Columbia who could not decide his favorite Canadian city between Montreal and Vancouver
  • Dusank (misspelled I think), a mechanic on multi million dollar yachts who had a varied stories from broken bones to bear hunting
  • Eddie, a former mormon, current interior designer, from Argentina

All people from varied and different backgrounds that shared a common goal – to meet new people and experience something a little different.

A couple days before the event, we were emailed the location details – which until then were just known as “Gastown”. It was held in an apartment featuring art from local artists and where the host lived.

Dinner was fantastic – pulled pork & guacamole appies and then followed by corn & bacon chowder, lemongrass chicken, roasted cauliflower with whipped goat cheese, smashed potatoes, walnut sweet beet salad, and ribboned spicy carrots. I think I covered everything. Dessert was sweet buttermilk cream with rhubarb strawberry topping. It was family style so it really felt like a group of friends together for a meal. Everyone brought wine to have with dinner.

Kristen, the host, was quietly in the background taking care of all the details, cooking in her personal kitchen, and serving us. Helping the conversation roll when there was quiet moments – though there were very few.

What I liked about the evening is how I felt – inside the pulse of Vancouver, trying something different. Someone who knows the hip spots, the places to the be.

So try it, you’ll be happy you did.

May 17th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: In the heart of it all, in Vancouver.

http://www.theendlessmeal.ca/

The Daily EO: May 11th, 2013

For many years, I have said “Emile is chocolate, I am caramel”.  No, I am not referring to our skin colours, but instead our preferences for desserts.  The chocolatey, the richer, – Emile is all over it.  Burnt caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, anything with that rich carmal taste is my preference.  And when it is mixed with heavy cream . . . sigh. . .  so good.  I haven’t exactly spurned chocolate – but the recent societal love affair with dark chocolate and all its varieties has never been something I enjoy or get really.

So, as of late, my urges for chocolate is mystifying to me.  Right now, I would rather a Lindt milk chocolate bar before I’d want a crème brûlée.  What is wrong with me?  Even Emile wondered tonight if there was something bothering me.

Hmmm.

………

……

Okay. . .  sorry about that, just had to go and eat part of the chocolate bar in the kitchen.   I’m back.

Yum.

May 11th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Chocolate – its really working for me right now.

The Daily EO: April 26th – 28th

I went to Whistler this weekend.  It’s been 15 years since I’ve been and Emile has never been.  The sea to sky highway – while still amazing – seems much more robust.  I guess that is the Olympic legacy.  This trip had all the makings of a disaster:  We left on time, but our travelling companions didn’t, so we spent a bunch of time waiting.  Our suite was occupied when we arrived as the company had made a mistake on the confirmations.  The weather was awful – rain, cold and wind.  The mountain was socked in with fog – we couldn’t tell that we were in a mountain resort.  The children decided to awake at 6 am the first morning after being up until 11 pm the night before.

Emile and I spent an hour or two enjoying ourselves at Howe Sound Brewery pub in Squamish.  The people who were in the suite were really considerate and worked with us to solve the problem.  The weather stopped our friends from skiing, but also made it much easier to justify staying inside and getting an Indonesian style massage.  The kids were so bloody tired on Saturday night that they went to bed with nary a peep.  Sunday’s weather was warmer, dryer and stiller than Saturday and in comparison seemed downright lovely compared to the day before.  Our friends went skiing, Emile got a pic or two and we had an early departure, getting us home to Vancouver just in time to receive our final ice cream delivery, have my nails done, catch up on chores, get some groceries bought and wind down the weekend before the work week started again.

Had a really good time and glad we went.

Last Weekend in April Extra-Ordinary:  Silver Linings

:-(  Last Delivery
Last Delivery

The Daily EO: April 7th, 2013

I’ve been up since 7 am awaiting our expected 1 pm ice cream delivery.  Well, that isn’t entirely true.  I got up at 8 – woo hoo sleep in – and spent time searching for sunchoke (aka Jerusalem artichokes or sunroots) recipes.  That lead me to re-finding  The Guilty Kitchen  so I changed into running gear after seeing what she is doing and seeing her ridiculous abs.    Then I heard Emile sniffling – sure sign that Emile is awake –  and went in to convince him that we should go for a run.  That lead to him getting up and making pancakes (which weren’t his best, but he states he is hindered by missing ingredients).  I am not sure how running became pancakes.

Then I was disgusted by the state of my bathroom, so I cleaned it.  What is with soap scum?  I use all natural shower items – so it would follow that my all natural cleaners should take it off easily.  Then I put away all my purchases from Saturday (I did get some shopping in after heading home to change).  Then unloaded the dishwasher.  Tidied up the kitchen, cleaned off my desk.  And still it was an hour before our expected delivery time.  Sigh.

But finally the phone rang!

I wish that these pictures had timestamps, because you’d see that ridiculously we ate all the ice cream in about 4 minutes.  It was sour, sweet and tangy all at once.  Yum!

April 7th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I love lemons!  I love Ice Cream!

PS  I end up working out that day – that is why you’ll see me stiffly walking up and down stairs.

The Daily EO: April 2nd, 2013

I found out about Harvest Community Food’s curated CSA program.  You can’t beat it – it is curated, meaning that they gather the best available treats of the week from various suppliers and put together a bag of groceries.  Also, you can sign up for 1 or for the season.  I tell you – there is something about the mystery and excitement of a CSA box/bag that I love.  What am I going to get?  How am I going to cook it?  Will it be terrible?

I am also excited because the last CSA I was in involved in was in Huntsville  – where snow is still on the ground – so I am exciting different offerings and different tastes from our different climates.

This week I got honey, 1/2 dozen eggs, sunflower sprouts, watercress, chard, kale, potatoes, stinging nettles (!!), and beets.  Super Excited about the honey because it is so good (yum, blueberry) and local which should help Emile deal with his seasonal allergies.

April 2nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  What does one do with stinging nettles?