“Everything in life has an end. Only sausages have two.” German Proverb

So to start, I loved, LOVED the season finally to #Doctor Who. You either get it, or you don’t.  I spent most of yesterday and today catching up with the 12 episode marathon that I recorded off Space yesterday. No spoilers here but Clara is finally explained.

But then we had to eat too! Sausages on the #BGE. Hot, Bratwurst, and honey garlic for the wuss contingent. Topped with grilled red peppers and red onion that were finished with butter and balsamic. Vicky created a great caesar salad. Leftovers for breakfast.

Can’t wait till November for the new Doctor season.

Scott

Life has one end, but sausages have two!

Life has one end, but sausages have two!

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

What a beautiful day. Sun, warmth, and hope for new directions. Yes I said hope. I haven’t been a fan of hope. I believed it handcuffs people from action and taking forward steps.  I’ve decided to open up to the idea that #hope is a good thing.

So I have 12 hours of #Doctor Who being recorded and no idea of what to do for dinner.

Last night was Lamb meatloaf with mint yogurt sauce, grilled corn and almond and maple pinwheels with ice cream for dessert.

Have good BBQ this weekend!

Scott

Lamb meatloaf with yogurt mint sauce. Don't tell the adopted troll she ate lamb!

Lamb meatloaf with yogurt mint sauce. Don’t tell the adopted troll she ate lamb!

Fun with puff pastry

Fun with puff pastry

“Odd that we celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday with beer, food, and fun when the old girl was such a stickler for moral conduct?” Happy Two Four weekend everyone!

Good news today. The 2 month journey of my daughter on antibiotics via an IV will end next week. The x-rays look good, her energy and health are back, and the pick-line she has endured since March is coming out.  The universe is getting itself back into order.

Last night we went light. Grilled salmon on field greens with beets and shallots.  No BGE this time just the Napoleon rubbed down with oil. Something I like to do is oil the grill using a half an onion or lemon that is destined for the trash. I dip it in oil and grease the grill with it instead of a cloth or spray bottle.  It adds a little flavor to the grill and food.

The salmon was rubbed down with maple syrup and brown sugar for some sweetness and the field greens drizzled with lemon, olive oil and raspberry vinegar. Simple but tasty!

Its Victoria Day weekend in Canada! Let the BBQ’s smoke and the beer and wine flow.

Be well!

Scott

Slow swimmer on the grill!

Slow swimmer on the grill!

 

“Red meat is not bad for you. Now, blue-green meat—that’s bad for you!” Tom Smothers

The world is not perfect. Situations are not perfect.  People are not perfect. And I am not perfect. But I make do and try. Last night I timed everything and then the wrench came out of the sky. We have a nurse that comes by once a day to see my daughter. This journey is almost over and I see my time off (unemployed) as a gift to take care of that which needs to be done. Well the usual time of the visit was bumped by an hour due to unforeseen circumstances and dinner was put on hold.

The BGE was working slow, the potatoes were working slow in the oven, and the asparagus in bacon went on last. That’s what life is about. Deal with the situation at hand and make it work! So the roast was still juicy, the bacon was crisp, and the potatoes creamy with the gruyere melted in the right places.

Food, cooking and creativity on the grill has kept me sane.

My favourite quote is from Robert Frost. “Everything I’ve learned about life can be summed up in three words. It goes on.”

Be well

Scott

Eventually, dinner was served.

Eventually, dinner was served.

“As long as there’s pasta and Chinese food in the world, I’m okay.” Michael Chang

I really didn’t want to make a trip out to the grocer for any additional stuff so I made do with what was in the pantry and got my creative juices flowing.

So keeping with the theme of using the grill for as much of the meal as possible, the ham was placed lovingly in my cast iron plan and atop of sliced red onion. Water was filled in the bottom and scented with tarragon, oregano, garlic and covered to keep it moist. I heated the gas grill to 375 with the burned directly below the pan turned off. Offset heating all around for and hour and 20 minutes.

After that time I prepped the pasta and just before I took it off I added frozen spinach to the boiling water. Drained I added roasted garlic, cheddar, cream and seasoning to the batch.  Tossed the whole thing with the diced ham.

So only using what I had on hand scored 100. Overall it was a 60. Couch coma food rating…..let’s say I woke up about 2am on my couch.

Tonight? Sirloin roast on the BGE!

Be well.

Scott

When in doubt, add pasta!

When in doubt, add pasta!

 

 

 

“Children aren’t happy without something to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.” Ogden Nash

Yesterday I asked both the trolls that live with me if they’d be home for dinner. Of course they said and what are we having? I had duck legs defrosting. Both their eyes lit up.

So around 5 when they both told me they would be out watching the Leafs in the playoffs I was a little startled but kept my tongue. I found myself eating my #duck with curried rice,  almonds and grapes alone with a little chardonnay.

I kept checking on the Leaf game and #Dancing with the Stars. Different strokes folks.

Tonight I have a Vermont Ham and am trying to figure out what to do with it? Off to the grocer for some inspiration!

Be well.

Scott

Donald on a plate! Sorry Daisy.

Donald on a plate! Sorry Daisy.

“So, have you heard about the oyster who went to a disco and pulled a mussel?”” Billy Connolly

So the simple dinner of last night actually grew to dinner for 8. It was a good thing. Family, friends, and good food! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday night.

After a trip to St. Lawrence Market for the accoutrements, the evening unfolded as such. Roasted bone marrow on toasted baguettes, cherry wood smoked mussels with a shallot and cilantro sauce, and a flank steak marinated with soya, orange juice and rind and a little garlic. A fresh greens salad with pear, chèvre and candied pecans brought together with a tarragon dressing.  Nice!

We finished off with grilled pineapple and vanilla ice cream with ground Wurthers candies sprinkled on top.

It was a cool night but the evening was warm and toasty!

Needless to say everyone was in a food coma very shortly afterwards.

Be well!

Scott

Tasty, tasty, meat flavoured butter!

Tasty, tasty, meat flavoured butter!

Fulfilling their destiny!

Fulfilling their destiny!

Exercising our mussels!

Exercising our mussels!

All together now!

All together now!

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” Yogi Berra

Started yesterday with car issues, then the toilet, and oh yeah I sent my electronic car key through the complete was cycle in the laundry. So today is a new day.  No issues. The world is my oyster or rather mussel! Tonight smoked mussels and clams on the BGE.

Last night’s pizza was is the middle of the rain. It worked well although I did get a little wet. Bacon and sautéed onions with cheddar on one and a pesto with prosciutto, basil, and boccaccini on the other.  Using the BGE as a pizza oven is one of the best uses it has. Constant heat with wood flavor can’t be beat.

Cheddar and bacon pizza

Cheddar and bacon pizza

Pesto Pizza with Basil and Prosciutto

Pesto Pizza with Basil and Prosciutto

“Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life.” ?

So the finale of the evenings meal was this.

I placed the thighs on onion slices to add some additional flavour to the chicken. What’s that you say? #Bacon needs more flavour? Of course not but there’s no rules so why not! I had made a Mango and Scotch Bonnet hot sauce about a week ago and decided that a little sweet and hot on top would cut the hickory smoke and compliment it well. Roasted fingerling potatoes and a spinach and arugula salad with a juicy beefsteak tomato to top it off. I’ve been told that I should have more greens in my life!

Till tomorrow and pizza on the BGE.

Be well!

Sweet smoke kissed thighs!

Sweet smoke kissed thighs!

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” Doug Larson

It was a lazy day. A slow day! An uneventful day! Some times that happens. You start with the greatest intentions and find yourself waking up halfway through the afternoon on the couch. I can’t say I was upset when I woke up, you know, wasting the day.  I was in the midst of one of those moments when your half asleep but not quite awake. You know you should get up but the nap is so good you can’t tear yourself to into full consciences.  Well I finally got myself together and started on the promised meal for the trolls.

Menu:

Bacon wrapped chicken thighs over hickory wood and roasted fingerling potatoes.

Here’s a quick shot on the BGE.

Be well

Scott

Bacon makes chicken better!

Bacon makes chicken better!