Monday, 31 August 2009
Hubby went to the park store to buy some wood and came back with the exciting news that there was a Bookcrossing shelf in the store. Oh excitement!!! Off we went a little while later to see what free books we could find, and at the same time berating myself for not bringing any books to release. Yes there really is a wall of free books available, though I couldn't find one that had been registered with Bookcrossing. Hubby did find a book that he brought home. I suspect that when he is finished, I'll register it and include the story of where it was found and then we'll release it elsewhere.
I am wondering if other Parks have free book shelves? Please leave a comment if you know of any. Thanks.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Joe Quinn is a Private Detective Who has just been fired from his Casino job in Reno. He has caught a ride west with an acquaintance who has dropped him off short of his destination at the door of a dessert commune known at 'The Tower'. He is taken in by Sister Blessing who upon finding out that Joe is a PI, hires him to find out the location of Patrick O'Gorman. Joe reluctantly accepts the commission which sets him down a number of trails he couldn't have expected.
The twists and turns of this story kept me mystified. I couldn't guess what was going to happen next and how all those characters were going to be tied together. The fact that this story was written almost 5 decades past doesn't in any way diminish its impact. The characters are very believable. I liked Joe and his acceptance of the loss of his job due to his own failings. Sister Blessing seemed and odd fit for a religious commune, but she did seem to truly want to be there even when 'The Master' pronounced punishment on her.
I'm not going to say anymore as I don't want to start revealing any more of the plot. You'll have to find a copy and read for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Margaret Millar was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario which is in my 'neck of the woods'. My local library system only had this one book on their shelves, but I will definitely be asking them to arrange an inter-library loan for some of her other works.
To learn more about her books and life, be sure to read Margaret Millar's Biography.
3rd read for the Canadian Book Challenge
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
How Like and Angel by Margaret Millar, a Kitchener, Ontario born and raised author who passed away in 1994.
Slash by Slash and Anthony Bozza
We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lional Shriver
The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini (first novel by a Zimbabwe writer)
Monday, 17 August 2009
This was Marathon day. Yes the full thing. I've not run one, yet... maybe some day.
A few years ago the runners started requesting repeats of some of their favourite dishes from the past week and we were happy to accommodate. Fortunately they often seem to chose the recipes that we tend to like to make. Yippee. We also tend to splurge on calories and fat, so are open to almost any recipe suggestions.
Not surprisingly I was asked to make the Broccoli Salad again, that was the third time that week. In fact I have made it that often in previous years. The recipe is from 'Lighthearted Everyday Cooking' by Anne Lindsay and is from Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Broccoli Buffet Salad
- 3 cups broccoli florets (about 1 bunch)
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
In salad bowl, combine broccoli, onion, sunflower seeds, raisins and cheese.
Dressing: In measuring cup, stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, sugar and lemon juice; pour over salad and toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 2 days. Makes 6 servings.
Easy Couscous Vegetable Salad
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup couscous
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, shredded
- 3/4 cup diced cucumber
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
Lemon Cumin Vinaigrette
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp each olive oil and water
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
In saucepan, bring water to boil; add couscous, cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with fork.
In salad bowl, combine couscous, celery, green onion, carrot, cucumber, parsley and sunflower seeds.
Lemon Cumin Vinaigrette: Whisk together lemon juice, oil, water, cumin and salt and pepper to taste; pour over salad and toss. Makes 4 servings.
Of course we have to have some desserts to round out the end of any marathon. Ours is no exception. There was my son's cheesecake, a wonderfully light trifle by the race director's daughter, a second pan of the 'Candy Bar' layer treat by the race director's wife along with several more. I made one of my favourites, 'Butterscotch Confetti' (that's the one with butterscotch chipets, peanut butter and coloured marshmallows) from 'Company's Coming: most loved treats'.
Our week of races in now complete. I have only given you a taste of the dishes that I prepared. There were many others made by the numerous volunteers and they were all wonderful. The race will be back again next year and so will the cooking volunteers. Perhaps we'll see you there???
If you try these two recipes, let me know what you think, or is you have a favourite post run food that you have to have, I'd love to hear about that as well.
Be sure to check the website for the Endurrun Race Series, 8 Days, 7 Stages, 160 km, 1 Tough Runner .
Saturday was a double meal. In the morning was a 10k time trial that started in the rural community of Elmira and ended across the street from me at the race director's yard in Conestogo. In a time trial, the slowest runner starts first and the fastest runner starts last. There was 1 minute between runners. The goal of the late starters is to catch up to the runners before him/her. I was at the water station at the 7k marker. This is my usual place and it's always exciting to see how the runners bunch up and whether the final runner has been able to make up any time.
When the runners had finished and recovered their lost fluids they were ready for an 'American Brunch'. There was an assortment of sandwiches, veggie wraps, bagels, muffins, cookies and the ever popular Tim Horton's Donuts. Of course there was mounds of fresh fruit and juices and a lovely bowl of fruit salad.
Later that evening was a group BBQ at the race director's backyard. This was the traditional 'Pre-Marathon Pasta Feast' along with BBQ. .
I brought my usual 'Rotini with Tomato, Black Olive and Feta' from 'Lighthearted Everyday Cooking' by Anne Lindsay.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
After that hard of a run, a super feeding of all participants was required. The chosen theme for the day was "Asian Cuisine". It was a challenge finding appropriate recipes. One suggestion was for me to find a 'noodle salad that includes bean sprouts'. Not as easy as it seems. I did check my Thai cookbook, but again re-confirmed my opinion that that book is great reading, but not good for cooking.
Blogger seems to be having 'photo troubles' again so I'll add the pics later.
I did find that recipe and am wondering why I haven't made it before. 'Spicy Noodle Salad' from Anne Lindsay's Light Kitchen. This is made with very thin pasta such as capellini, red pepper, bean sprouts and a light rice vinegar and soil and ginger root dressing. Was a very popular choice.
In keeping with the theme I made 'Minty Pawpaw Salad' (Thailand) by Jean Pare's 'Company's Coming Asian Cooking. There are very few times I use papaya and this is one of them. Also includes thin slices of red onion, red pepper and mint leaves.
Most dessert ideas I came across were more the idea of a pudding or involved cooked bananas that were to be served warm. I settled on 'Cherry Coconut Macaroons'. It made me think of the lichee fruit that is served at some Chinese buffets with cherries shoved in the opening. This recipe is by Jean Pare's 'Company's Coming Sweet Cravings'.
To add a bit of fun to the dessert menu, I wanted to make those chocolate cookies with chow mien noodles and peanuts. The recipe is called 'Noodle Power' and is by Jean Pare in her cookbook 'Company's Coming Most Loved Treats'. I love many of the very tempting recipes in this cook book. One shouldn't be allowed to put some many delicious recipes within one cover.
I'm a day behind and still have to tell you about Saturday's run and BBQ dinner. That would be the carbo loading pasta feast in runner talk. I have my dishes made for Sunday after the completion of the marathon. I will be at the first water station along with my daughter. Gotta go as the race is starting at 7:30 am in an attempt to miss some of the heat. Wish the runners good luck.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Our runners have now completed 66.1km of the 160 total. Tonight they will start at 6 PM and run 16 km of extreme hills. This is the segment that I aspire too complete. I need huge amounts more training, but when I finally complete the sense of satisfaction will be immense.
I have been trying to upload some pics, but blogger is having trouble. Will update the post once I can add the appropriate photos.
Theme for today is 'BBQ Dinner'.
Today I have made another bowl of the famous 'Broccoli Salad'.
I have also made a pan of 'Carrot Cake Bars'. I substituted orange juice for the 1/4 cup of milk. Now it is lactose as well as soy free. Does not seem to affect the taste one bit. Both recipes are from 'Lighthearted Everyday Cooking' by Anne Lindsay.
I have to run now and get over to those hills. I will undoubtedly be posted at a water station handing out numerous cups of water and Gatorade. The temperature is still around 26C and the humidity is a bit lower today at 65% meaning it still feels like 33C.
bye for now
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
It was a hot one today. The temperature was around 25C with a humidity of 85%, meaning it felt like it was 33C. Now imagine running 30k of hills. I could feel the sweat running down my back even when I was standing still.
As I said yesterday, today's theme was 'Middle Eastern Eatery'. This is one of my favourites. I love the choice of spices, mainly coriander and cumin, but I also like chick peas.
My two main recipes were chosen from 'Recipes for an Arabian Night' by David Scott. I have had this cookbook for ages, at least 15 years. I have made the 'Hummus Bi Tahini' numerous times and today was no exception. Good source of carbs and I imagine that the sesame oil in the tahini is a good type of fat.
For the dessert I turned to 'The Lactose-Free Family Cookbook'. This was my first recipe from this book, and if they all turn out this well I will certainly be making more. I made 'Fudge Cake. I had a bit of a problem in that I dropped the finished cake while removing it from the pan, but I put the puzzle pieces back together in the right sort of shape and we were able to enjoy it. I also made the recommended 'Cappuccino Sauce' to accompany it. This was a real hit with several of the lactose intolerant runners. One runner even admitted that the thought of the cake kept her running for the second half of the race. Oh the power of the promise of a chocolate treat.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Yesterday was amazing. The half Marathon went off without a hitch and the times were terrific for a hot and humid day. 100% humidity, which is also forecast for today.
I plan to have a further update later today with reviews of the cookbooks I used for the food for the volunteers. (has to be a book angle).
bye for now.
Friday, 7 August 2009
We started the morning with a private viewing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Excellent!!!
Next we went down the street to the Lindt outlet store and bought lots of items that were marked at 75% off.
Then dropped my sister off to visit with her friend.
Now home to hubby who worked from home and watched the dog while we were out.
Eventually we had my birthday dinner together followed by a nice dog walk.
Just about makes for the perfect birthday. Would have enjoyed a few chapters in my novel, but instead chose to watch a series opener on tv and knit on my current scarf project.
Don't know how much I'll get to posting next week. I will be volunteering all week at a running race series. Endurrun 2009. 160 km in 7 runs over 8 days. Usually I select a book to read throughout the week. Guess I still have tomorrow to find one.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
1. Favourite Canadian author? Charles de Lint
2. Favourite Canadian novel? One Native Life by Richard Wagamese
3. Favourite Canadian nonfiction? Canada from Space text by Brian Banks
4. Favourite Canadian picture book?
5. Favourite Canadian YA or juvenile chapter book? I'll love you forever by Robert Munsch
6. Favourite Canadian science fiction or fantasy book? Moonheart by Charles de Lint
7. Favourite Canadian romantic fiction? any by Mary Balogh
8. Favourite Canadian mystery? Still Life by Louise Penny
9. Favourite Canadian graphic novel?
10. Favourite Canadian book blog? Daisy's Book Journal
11. Favourite Canadian fictional character? Inspector Green (Barbara Fradkin)
12. Favourite movie based on a Canadian novel or story?
13. Favourite Canadian short story?
14. Favourite Canadian poet?
15. Favourite Canadian poem?
16. Favourite Canadian play?
17. Favourite novel by an established Canadian author?
18. Favourite novel by an up-and-coming Canadian author?
19. Favourite Canadian book award? Evergreen Awards
20. Favourite Canadian publisher? Annick Press
21. Favourite Canadian humorous book?
22. Favourite Canadian newspaper? used to be 'Imprint' University of Waterloo Student newspaper
23. Favourite Canadian magazine or journal?
24. Favourite Canadian dystopian novel?
25. Favourite Canadian epistolary novel?
26. Favourite Canadian Author's blog? Kathleen Molloy
(I added 26).
I have left many blanks but plan to fill some of them in. Just can't remember titles offhand.