“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.” #Mary Manin Morrissey

Where does faith lie? In others? In yourself?  In a 1000 year old doctrine? Everybody has their own view. Mine lies in knowledge. The knowledge that you are doing your best. The knowledge that all the decisions that you have made to this point, right or wrong, have brought you to where you are now. Your path has been decided by them. You have become who you are because of them.

Hope and faith are different. I see hope as waiting for others and the universe to say, “Hey, this guy needs some help.”  Faith is being secure that the path taken will get you to the destination you seek.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”#RobertFrost @famousquotes

Food.  The ritual of the choices, the prep, the completion, and the taste have been steadfast in my life over the past year. Satisfaction and pride help wash always the troubles of the world.

So let me tell you about my #TeaSmokedChicken Thighs.

Tea is a wonderful addition to smoke. A little oak wood as a base with oolong in a smoke pouch  to add sweetness ups the flavor game to a new level. I use the sniff test before I place any food on the smoker. Hardwood and wood can give off an acrid smell when first lit. I wait till I’m happy with how it smells before I introduce any food to it. After all, if it smells sweet, the smoke will be sweet. If it smells like crap, well?

The thighs were marinated for 3 hours in a mixture of cold oolong tea, soya, honey, and lime zest. Patted dry and placed on the #BGE for some loving slow heat.  When they were halfway through, sliced fennel and red onion were placed beside them on the grill to caramelize.  I saved some of the unused marinade, heated and soaked udon noodles in the broth to loosen them. The fennel and onions were then sliced and added to the noodles. Just before I took off the chicken I glazed with honey and and ginger.

Sweet, smoky, and tasty!

Be well and eat well


Oolong tea smoked chicken on udon noodles

Oolong tea smoked chicken on udon noodles

“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


Eventually, dinner was served.

Eventually, dinner was served.