Notes & Photos
Most things in my garden were plants purchased from a nursery. These sunflowers managed to survive the chipmunks.
I used up my last butternut squash in the spring and planted the seeds from it. Look at all the offsprings.
August: Scallops with Pancetta and Sage. WOW!!! Besides the lack of grill marks they were delicious. I really thought that the sage would have been overpowering but was pleasantly surprised by its mellow flavour. Next time I’ll cook on a higher heat.
Saturday night backyard movie was “The One And Only Ivan”. It was extra special watching it with two of my girlfriends.
Pickled Beets: I must admit that I was very scared to try them. I was so surprised that they tasted really delicious. I’ll definitely eat them again.
August: Peri Peri sauces. The two on the right are mild and the three on the left are super hot. Not sure how long these are going to last. I’m going to put this sauce on everything!!!!
August: Peri Peri Chicken. Oh my... it was so delicious. Will definitely make again.
We had a relaxing float down The Grand River. I can’t wait to do it again.
I can’t get over how much the herbs have grown. The basil are 3 feet tall.
We stoped along the Niagara River.
No Ants!!! Went to Niagara on the Lake and decided to take a picnic lunch. It was warm yet there was a lovely breeze to keep us cool.
This is the first time that I cooked zucchini flowers. It added a wonderful taste and texture to the dish. I’ll definitely eat them again.
July: I first had to forge for 12 cups of wild blackberries. Ended up with 5 small jars of jelly. Definitely worth the effort.
July: Vegan Blueberry Scones were a big hit
July: Shrimp Scampi. It had some nice heat to it. Bonus was fresh parsley from the garden.
I went to the main library and picked up my card. I only considered this done once I actually borrowed a book. After 3 attempts I was able to checkout an ebook and actually read it. (I realized that I’m not very techy)
June: Three new recipes in one night. I was feeling very ambitious. This was a very easy version on an upside down pineapple cake. Individual cakes baked on the bbq. I’ll be making these again.
June: Marinated chicken with a peanut sauce.
June: Lamb Chops..,. I’ve never had the courage to make these. But they were absolutely delicious. I will definitely make these again.
I took longer than expected to complete this task. I worked on it during Covid 19 and ran out of material. It took some time to get some matching material to finish the project. I’m so pleased with the end results.
This was the first time that I’ve ever made donuts. I utilized my sourdough starter for this particular recipe. They didn’t turn out like a light and fluffy Tim Hortons donut. Nonetheless, they are very good.
I created a nice herb garden along with 3 varieties of cherry bushes, a black current and two goose berries. Some of the herbs include chives, garlic, parsley x2, thyme x2, sage, oregano, fennel, lemon grass and basil. I can’t wait to harvest and use the fresh herbs.
We planted an Acer Rubrum, which is a native red maple.
Dark Chocolate with roasted almonds on the left. Sun dried tomatoes with chipotle on the right. Both were delicious.
I was able to take an online bake class. I learned a few things about biscuit making.
May: Lentil, potato and carrot patty. Dipped in a chilli sauce added just enough of a spice. Will be making these again.
I decided to try a Dragon Fruit. I enjoyed the texture but didn't find it overly flavourable. I won't be rushing out to buy another one but I would eat it again.
April: I've made a few new dishes this month but they weren't overly exciting (egg roll soup). Due to the lock down the ingredients that I needed for the seafood salad that I wanted to make were unavailable. So, my daughter suggested a Croque Monsieur. Well, it's a grilled cheese sandwich kicked up quite a few notches. It's mainly made with ham and gruyere cheese and is baked not pan fried. Let's just say that I will be making this again.
I can’t believe how good it tastes. I used the jar method and it took me about 20 minutes of shaking.
2nd attempt was a success. It doesn’t look like the best loaf of bread in the world but it does taste amazing.
Watched the documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. I think that it started out with the best intentions. However, it was not executed very well and things quickly spiralled out of control.
Did another video chat Bread Lesson. Success all around.
Self isolation has made us get creative in having quality time together. I took this opportunity to teach my daughter how to make bread. This was our second attempt as her first loaf was a brick. 🙄
March: Beef Rouladen I was a little leery of pickles with my beef but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll be making this again.
3 pies for dessert. Cherry, Blueberry and Chocolate. The chocolate pie was a vegan take on a cheese cake. People were trying to guess what the main ingredients was, however no one guessed it was avocado. It was so delicious. I’ll definitely make it again.
1st course consisted of 4 pies. Steak and Guinness, Leek/mushroom and Guinness, Tourtiere, and Turkey Pot Pie. They were all delicious 😋
Now I know why napkins are so expensive. It took so much time to cut and prep for sewing. Getting the square corners was very challenging.
Mac & Cheese & Bacon and Butter Tart Festival @ the Ancaster Fair Grounds. Had an order of mac&cheese balls with bacon jam and spicy ketchup. Also had a cheddar bacon sausage.
I was prepared to give the napkins a fringe finish, however, the sewed edges look nicer.
February: Rolled Pecan Pie Cake. So delicious.
#95 on Linda's list was to ride the LRT. We rode it from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Park Mall. Added bonus was that it was free.
Bingo with my girlfriends. It was very stressful making sure I didn't miss any numbers. A big thanks to Margaret who helped dab my cards
Not a winner
Went more than 3 weeks without drinking any alcohol. Had my first glass of wine with my girlfriends.