Watched my friend Ted Reader on Breakfast Television in Vancouver this morning. You gotta love time shifting on TV. Cool, composed and professional as always. Ted, make sure you have sushi while you’re there!
So I’ve had some chipotle in adobo sauce sitting in the cupboard for a while trying to figure out how to use them. The one troll likes spicy but the other one doesn’t so my dilemma. I blended the chipotle with honey, lime and added a rehydrated Guajillo pepper. The pork tenderloin marinated in the saucy sweet and spicy bath for 4 hours and then was grilled over cherry wood. The accompaniment was a take on a Insalata Caprese replacing the mozzarella with avocado. Sour cream flavoured with lime juice and zest brought it all together.
The honey cut the spiciness and made both trolls very happy. Along with the tortilla chips that went on the plate.
Yesterday the overhanging branches in the backyard were cut down, the grass was cut, the mulch was spread and the lights that those damn squirrels chewed through were fixed. The flowers are in, the herbs are planted and we’re done. All I have to do is remember to water everything. I’m usually good for about 4 weeks before I start to slip and then the garden becomes survival of the fittest!
This morning I woke to a beautiful rainbow in a red sky. The rainbow was gone by the time I took the picture. I just thought I’d share that.
Sailor take warning…
I try to do all or at least part of our meals outside. Be it on the BGE, Weber, or gas grill. Last night we had sausage stuffed peppers with pesto linguini. The peppers were baked on the BGE with oak smoke. The linguini wasn’t. Since I now have herbs growing again they are taking a prominent position in everything I create. The packaged stuff is gone till the fall, or till I kill it all off.
This summer the plan is to make our own sausages, the summit being blood sausage. It’s my death-row meal.
I’ve spent the past year deciding where my future and my present lies. The path most familiar and comfortable is not necessarily the one that make you most happy and peaceful. So you throw yourself against the wall and see if you stick.
As I said at the beginning of my Blog life, food has always been the constant in my life. Creating, relaxing, and showing love to my family and friends. I’ve managed to find peace and appreciation in the friends I’ve found, and the meals I’ve created. Where to go from here? I throw it out to the universe. I’m having fun and I hope that you will continue to too. There is something about taking ordinary ingredients and different views of them from this big world and distilling them into a mouthful of wonderment.
Last night we dined on rotisserie Jerk Chicken and dirty rice with black beans. My favourite marinade base has become yogurt. The chicken soaked in yogurt and my jerk spices for 4 hours. The yogurt having no dominating taste imparts the spices through and makes the meat juicy. I’ve used it as a medium for chicken, lamb, and now as a base for salad dressings instead of mayonnaise.
Eating well doesn’t mean expensive. It meanings instilling love and passion into what you do.
Of all the things my kids (well adults) love is catfish? Don’t know how this came to being in our lives, but we love catfish! It;s not like it’s a Canadian thing and we don’t have southern roots but somehow this came to be a monthly staple in our home.
Lightly spiced with salt, pepper (heavy on the pepper), lemon rind and a squeeze of lemon juice just before it’s served. In the winter this can add a fragrance to the house for days, so when I can I take it outside.
To keep it from breaking and falling apart on the grill, I use my cast iron plate on the gas grill so I can keep it together.
Trying to utilize everything all the time, there was lonely corn left behind from the weekend and some tomatoes. So to add to the feast I grilled the corn in the husks and baked the tomatoes with oregano and mozzarella. Lime chilli butter too boot!
Light, tasty and quick.
Off to the market for tonight!
Catfish sing in the dead on night?….Sorry wrong song.
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!
Lamb meatloaf with yogurt mint sauce. Don’t tell the adopted troll she ate lamb!
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.”