Tonight for wing night we went to House on Parliament for yummy pub-style food. I'm making a quick post here just to say that it was super yummy! They had standard pub fare like burgers, fish and chips, and sandwiches. But they also really good salads and proper entrées. I had a pulled pork sandwich that came on a baguette with onions and apple. Mmm....
I updated the RSS feed for my site so that it doesn't suck quite so much. Now instead of just the title, it also includes content for each post. So, those using Google Reader or other RSS thingers will get nicer, more informative junk from my feed.
Is my title obscure? Probably a little.
The moon was doing stuff with the clouds tonight so I took a couple pictures. I also took a picture of a random flower in the living room and then heavily post-processed the image. And, as a bonus, I'm posting a photo I took of the old Malting Company buildings early this past Spring.
When I was little my family would always get delicious poppy seed buns and random European foods from Denninger's in Hamilton. It was always super yummy, but I haven't had food from there in a very long time.
So today Kim and I got a Zipcar and made the drive out to the Denninger's location on the mountain. I've never actually been to Denninger's myself, someone in my family always just picked stuff up and brought it home. So this was a fun new experience for me. The store was awesome and full of constant deliciousness including lots of free samples. There were so many random fun things too, and we spent a really long time just looking at stuff and trying to figure out what it was. One thing that made me laugh were the shrink wrapped frozen soups. They froze soup into a solid block and wrapped it in plastic. Weird.
Any way we got some fun stuff like currywurst mix, spaetzle, sausages, and chicken curry pot pies! I love chicken pot pie and curry is obviously awesome so I can't see how combining them can go wrong. We also got cheese, local blueberries, and lots of yummy chocolate based product. For lunch I had pork schnitzel on a bun with sauerkraut and onions and curry ketchup. Oooh, I also had a small chocolate milk form Hewitt's dairy! Hewitt's is a really awesome place that is based in Hagersville, the town my mom grew up in. They make delicious ice cream and milk based products. Mmmmm.
Denninger's was an exciting place to visit. But, the journey was equally entertaining because our Zipcar wasn't any ordinary Zipcar, it was a Toyota Prius! This was cool because the Prius is much cheaper to rent due to it's reduced gas consumption. The other way we could have gone to Hamilton was to take the GO Train, but that would actually have cost more than renting the Prius for four hours! Plus it takes longer by GO and I was worried about the perishable food getting home intact. We had a bit of traffic on the way there, but it was smooth sailing on the way back and we made it in about half an hour.
The Prius is pretty interesting to drive. Instead of turning a key to start it, you press a big button and it turns on. When you are driving, if you stop for more than a second it turns off the engine (starts instantly when you touch the gas). And it has a big LCD screen that constantly monitors your gas consumption and battery usage. It was a really fun car! Also, we drove over 150km, but as far as I could tell we used no gas at all. The gas gauge didn't budge. Good times!
We made the Beef and Broccoli tonight and it turned out great! I forgot to take a picture in my hurry to eat it though, so you'll just have to imagine how it looked.
Yesterday Kim and I did a bunch of grocery shopping at the St. Lawrence market in preparation for various food-makings.
For supper last night I made delicious delicious chili which we paired with yummy sourdough bread. I was intending to post the recipe but I realized that I don't really have a solid recipe and I generally make it up as I go. So I've decided to write a vague description of the steps and ingredients.
First, brown a bunch of lean or extra lean ground beef. I used somewhere between 1.5 and 2 pounds last night. Next chop up some sirloin steak and pork chops into cubes. Try to get a bit more of this "real" meat than of the ground beef. Now get a big pot. A really big pot. I had to buy a bigger one just for chili. Heat some oil in the bottom of the pot and then fry a big chopped up onion with a bunch of fresh minced garlic in the oil. Add the meats and sear them for a while before throwing in a couple chopped up peppers and a bunch of chopped celery. Mix this all up and let it cook for a few minutes. Then add a big can of diced tomatoes, a smaller can of tomato sauce (just the cheap stuff) and a can of tomato paste. Finally add the beans (with liquid; if it doesn't thicken up after an hour or two of simmering you can always add flour or cornstarch to fix it). One can of pinto beans, one of white kidney beans and one of red kidney beans. Mix this all up and then add the spices. There are a lot of spices, so it's better to prepare them in advance. I use 4 parts beef stock, 2 parts oregano, 1 part flour, 2 parts cumin, 1-2 parts paprika, 6-8 parts chili powder, 1 part cayenne powder, 1 part cinnamon and 1 part ground coriander (last night 1 part equaled a half tablespoon). Go easier on the cayenne, paprika and chili powder if you're concerned about spiciness. Although the chili powder is the stuff that gives it that "chili" taste so I don't like being stingy with it. Mix everything up, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1.5-2 hours. Taste it as it cooks and adjust the spiciness if necessary by adding chili powder or cayenne to make it more spicy or sugar to make it less spicy. Serve with delicious fresh bread and grated cheese. You can also add a dollop of sour cream if it's too spicy, the fats take the edge off.
We also bought food yesterday to make Beef and Broccoli sometime this week.
Today we walked through the rain to "Goed Eten" in Kensington Market to get a waffle. Matt recommended the place a while back but we didn't have a chance to try it out until today. The waffle was very tasty indeed. It came with fresh fruit, fresh homemade ice cream, and real whipped cream. I took a before and after photo using my new lens for my camera. It's a 50mm f1.8 fixed length lens and I quite like it. It's fast and sharp and fun to use. Anyway here are the photos:
For the Civic holiday long weekend I went canoe camping in Algonquin with Matt, my Mom and our family friends from Ottawa. It was an awesome time and I've posted a full trip journal with photos. It was fun having my camera on the trip, but I don't think I took enough time to be careful in the set up of all of my shots. I did get some good ones but I was also disappointed with how a lot of the others turned out.
This weekend I'm hopefully going climbing outdoors at Mount Nemo and I'll be taking more photos there.