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BBQ…and Eating ALL Day!

Eating all day…that’s what usually happens when my family does barbeque. It’s my dad’s birthday tomorrow so we celebrated today. This is what we did today.

Jalapeno Burgers, with finely minced onions, Worcesterchire sauce, garlic powder, even more finely minced jalapeno peppers, salt, and plenty of freshly ground pepper.

More Jalapenos! Grilled until the skin blackens and blisters. Then the seeds and removed and it’s used to top burgers, or eating out of hand. My mom guzzled water after one bite.

Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken. I made a rub with chili powder, ground cumin, ground pepper, garlic powder, ground Sichuan peppercorns, salt, sugar, a dash of soy sauce, and olive oil. The chicken was allowed to sit overnight.

Chicken. Potato Salad. Garden salad with the sweetest cherry tomatoes.

Way better than any store-bought potato salad. I used chopped pickles and a generous splash of pickle juice along with mayo, chopped onions, mustard, ground pepper, and salt. No eggs so the salad has a better chance sitting outside the cooler.

Grilled peaches with cinnamon. Grilling caramelizes the sugars in the fruit and intensifies the flavour. Plus, like my brother says, “it’s super juicy!”

Here’s my dad’s birthday cake. For more cake details, go to Buttery Bakery!

We also did a number on Italian sausages, steak, hot dogs, and more fruit, but I didn’t record with pictures. I can tell you that they were good though!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!



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Ribs for Lunch

Alas, we have come to the end of July, which means the conclusion of my National Blog Posting Month. I have posted every day for the past month, and I have enjoyed sharing both food stuffs and life stuffs with you. Although there were a couple days when I wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t have blogged, if not for my commitmend, I stuck it through, and I’m glad I did.

For this last post, I have no real food stuffs because, unfortunately, I’ve been out all day, to a company-sponsored BBQ lunch. Ribs was the main idea. Accompanied by the traditional potato salad, coleslaw, Boston baked beans, and a myriad of other sides. The meat was juicy but could have been cooked a tad longer, for more smokey goodness. I had strawberry shortcake for dessert, and make-your-own ice cream sundae for post-dessert.

Sadly, no other pictures of food since I have both an old camera and old batteries, which means the battery life is about 30 pictures. They are happily getting replaced soon.

I’m currently baking my brother a birthday cake. It will be in the shape of a soccer ball. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Laptop Hunting

I spent the better part of the day researching laptops. Ever since my HP died I’d been looking at different brands and different models. I’m currently leaning towards a Lenovo Thinkpad. Any comments or suggestions or personal likes or dislikes?

Sorry, no baking today. Still nibbling on my peach galette. 🙂

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Ribs for Lunch

My church always serves lunch every Sunday. Usually it’s tofu and vegetables, or chopped up stewed chicken, practically every week. This week they made stewed chopped up ribs instead, but it was better than chicken.

Some days the food is good, cooked by the more practiced people, and some days, well, some days it is rather lacking. I forgot to take pictures. I was too busy eating. It sure takes skill to cook for a good 50-60 people and a lot of chopping.

That’s it for today, I was feeling unwell so nothing exciting to report. Do check out the Sunday cake at ButteryBakery!

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JKF is Good-Looking, But RFK is Better

I went to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum today. Watched part of his inaugural address and part of the America’s first televised debate. And this is all that I could come up with:

JKF was fine looking, but RFK, his younger brother and the U.S. Attorney General, was damn fine looking.

JFK grew up in Boston and went to Harvard and didn’t marry until he was thirty-six. Jackie was gorgeous and twelve years younger than he was.

I walked through the exhibit titled “November 22, 1963” and almost cried.

Then I came back home and threw together a stew with all the leftover bits of vegetables and one pork chop I found frozen in the freezer. One porkchop! Why was this lone piece of pork not eaten?

My stew was too ugly to take pictures of. My biscuits turned out nice though, check them out here.

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” – JFK

“But suppose God is black?” – RFK

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The Omnivore's Hundred

I came across this a while ago, and thought I’d post about it sometime. In bold are all the foods I’ve eaten. Foods that are crossed out are ones that I’d never eat.

Here goes:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea (has apparent healing qualities, would love to try)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (sausage made of blood, rather good!)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (haha, good stuff!)
20. Pistachio ice cream (better than I thought)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (I’ve eaten an Asian version, does that count?)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (would love to try, as I love all things spicy)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (do not like!)
29. Baklava (do love!)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas (I am Asian, after all, haha)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (the brandy yes, the smoke, no)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (very interesting…)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (fried grasshoppers, and some yucky juicy bug my mom tried to make me eat…thinking about it makes me queasy)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (too young to die)
47. Chicken tikka masala (haha, reminds me of Tandoori Bellevue)
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (did not know that this is what it’s called! love love love this stuff!)
53. Abalone (uhh…because of a comment made by a friend…no)
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (I think the most I’ve eaten of a Big Mac Meal is part of the fries and a few bits of the burger.)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (I’m not sure if I’ve had it…)
59. Poutine (Montreal! :D)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores (Tianhou, we make the best team for s’mores)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (it’s a clay?)
64. Currywurst (sounds yum)
65. Durian (I can’t get past the smell…)
66. Frogs’ legs (like chicken)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (oh gosh, while I was living in Spain I ate so many palmiers – elephant ears – that I got ill, so I don’t eat them anymore)
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu (Heck yes!)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (Have no desire to try…)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (never ordered it, the idea of eating a sauce made of butter AND egg yolks somewhat disconcerting, I have made it for others, however)
83. Pocky (not a huge fan)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare (apparently can’t be cooked with orange peel, since I got food poisoning from it…)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (seems like it would be tough…and also barbaric)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (do not like)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (coffee? yes please!)
100. Snake (I have a story about someone I know eating freshly slaughtered, raw snake…)

Hopefully, before I die. I get to eat many more of the items on this list. Happy eating!

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Wish List

Before I get into the gist of the post, let me just say that it friggin’ HURTS to accidentally squirt jalapeno juice into your eye! Have you ever done that? I honestly hope not. It’s a burning sensation that I would never wish on anyone. It feels like someone doused alcohol into your eye, and if that weren’t enough, then it was set on fire. It felt exactly like that. It stung. It burned. Not fun.

Also, I strongly advise all of you to use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and membranes of these little fireballs. It may burn your skin if you have sensitive skin. AND it doesn’t wash away easily. Meaning that, many hours later, when you inadvertently rub your eye, it STILL BURNS!

But…back to my wish list.

It’s a baking wish list. This is what I would like to make before the summer is up.

  1. croissants
  2. Oreo cake for my brother’s birthday
  3. plum/peach galette
  4. kouign aman (a multi-layered bread-like pastry that has a crispy crunchy sugary crust and has an overwhelming butteriness; this is what I live for; sold in a little bakery in Montreal by the same name.)
  5. mini Boston cream pies
  6. mini banana muffins, if we ever end up with over ripe bananas, which is never…
  7. CCC, Take Two, check out Take One here (it stands for chocolate chip cookies by the way)
  8. best cinnamon buns of 2000
  9. carrot cake!!
  10. biscuits

That’s it. Hopefully I can do it all before the end of August. Wish me luck. 🙂


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