Breakfast of champions.
Recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.
Published 26 June 2008
Bio , Canada , Environment , Food
Tags: blackberry, British Columbia, cooking, curds, domesticity, Food, forest, jam, jam making, Lower Mainland, Pacific Spirit Park, raspberry, Rubus Spectabilis, salmonberry, slamonberry jam, summer, Vancouver, yoghurt, yogurt
Summer has been slow to reach the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and the natives have been getting restless. While we are sweating our asses off in India all winter, they are slogging through cold, grey, short days. The folks here seem relived and excited, in equal measure, that the cloudless skies of summer finally seem to have arrived.
My major disappointment about the unseasonably cold June is that the blackberries, which grow in such profusion here, will be slow to ripen. Fortunately, the fabulous salmonberry is now ripe for the plucking.
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Published 11 June 2008
Bio , Canada , Food , Friends , Sport
Tags: biking, Food, Granville Island, moules a la mariniere, Public Market, sauce bordelaise, sea kayaking, steak, summer, Vancouver
This afternoon, under cool, grey skies, Yoo-Mi and Ellen rolled out the driveway on bicycle; and I launched a sea kayak from the beach in front of the house. Roughly an hour later, we rendezvoused on the dock at Granville Island, and began combing the aisleways of the Public Market for the makings of dinner.
Not a bad way to “run to the store.”
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Published 23 September 2007
Tags: Benoit, bistro, Food, Paris
Benoit is a century-and-a-half old, one-star take on classic bistro food. It’s beautiful, traditional (and traditionally cramped) dinning rooms and friendly wait-staff are the epitome of the genre; and the food, though uneven, is generally a cut above. Not every dish at our table was excellent, but mine were:
Soup cremeuse d’ecrevisses à la ciboulette
Sauté gourmand de ris de veau, crêtes et rognons de coq, fois gras et jus truffé
Assortiment des chocolates
Meursault – Limozin, R. Monnier (2005)
Tisane de vervane
My travel over the 41 hours stretching from 7:00 am (IST) yesterday to 11:00 am (PDT) later today, breaks into four segments: Pondicherry to Madras, Madras to Bombay, Bombay to Seoul, and Seoul to San Francisco. So by the time I reached Bombay, I reckoned my journey was half over.
How better to celebrate – and spend some of my precious last 10 hours in Bombay – than with a liquid lunch.
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Published 19 December 2006
Food , India
Tags: , chaat, eating, Food, hygiene, India, Pondicherry, restaurant, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, street food, street vendor
I hear a lot of advice given about precautions one should take when visiting India. Most of that seems directed at protecting one from what Indians would call “loose motions.” It almost always involves abstinence, a concept that will never be incorporated into my behavioral vocabulary.
One piece of advice almost universally offered is this: don’t eat food on the streets.
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