Monday, July 31, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I have a lot of books to go through, and decide what to pack away.
Shirley is putting up a new blind in the kitchen to replace the ratty old one that was there... soon we'll have to move the shelves and desk back.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Also, something for those people who likes to pick out mistakes in movies. Of course, IMDB is still my definative source for all movie info.
So, don't be alarmed. All is well. You're (probably) in the right place. We just painted a bit.
The place is a shambles. But that's it when you're painting.
These guys seem to know what they're doing. No fooling around, patch it, sand it, paint it. Having prepared the area for them seems to have sped the process enormously. Dad (my father) is proud I'm sure.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
All of this was transported to a storage locker today in a rented van, in preparation for the impending carpet cleaning on the morrow. It certainly is more tidy, although all of the remainders have been stuffed in closets and in un-carpeted areas just to facilitate the cleaning... so it's a kind of false tidyness.
I hope that in our new house we can try and keep the clutter down to a minimum. It's so much nicer when things are kept clutter free. Easier to clean and keep neat also. This said as I type at a desk piled eyes-high with books and papers.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
The other day we were working on breaking him of his barking habit when the doorbell rings. In just 5 minutes of effort he no longer equated the doorbell with enemy intrusion, but rather with tasty treat rewards. He does now rather drool alot when we receive visitors.
I guess his new getup makes up for it. Nobody would make fun of a drooling Jedi.
I particularly like this shot of the purpleish flowers. I planted them, but I no longer know what they are.
I just grabbed a couple of shots, and got out of the way. I didn't want to disturb them too much.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Cautionary note: It's a bit dangerous when you're trying to keep an early pregnancy secret... and you're doing lots of reading in that regard.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
To avoid such confusion in future, and to ensure an archive of this most valuable recipe, I have elected to copy the recipe here, noting that all credit should actually go to Glen Petitpas for making them available in the first place. Bless you Glen for your gift of a Canadian east-coast donair no matter where on earth we may be.
(adapted from King of Donair, on `Pizza Corner', Halifax)
- 2/3 cup canned evaporated milk
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Stir canned milk, sugar and garlic powder until sugar is dissolved. Add vinegar and continue mixing. The quicker you add the vinegar and the less you mix (I usually give the spoon 3 or 4 turns around the bowl), the thicker the sauce will be. Let sauce sit for at least one hour in refrigerator before using. Eventually (hours to days later), the sauce may start to separate. DO NOT STIR IT. Simply skim the thick sauce off the top. It tastes fine, despite the appearance that all the vinigar has seeped out of it.
You should be able to get thick sauce simply by following the instructions in the top recipe. I can get mine a bit thicker than yogurt. Occasionally, I blow it and stir too much and the sauce gets thin again. If your sauce is not thick enough (I like spoons to stand up in it) follow the recipe below. It is my new favorite.
Alternate SUPER-THICK Sauce Recipe (confirmed to be excellent)
- 2/3 cup canned sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Please note, the amount of sauce provided in this recipe will likely last two servings at most (if used properly). I find that the sauce can be made in larger batches and survives an unnaturally long time in the fridge.
(adapted from Derek's Place)
- 3 pounds lean hamburger (triple ground*)
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1-2 tsp cayenne red pepper (depending on your taste)
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
- 3 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
*Try to get your butcher to run the meat through the grinder a few times. A food processor will do the trick also.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Knead for 20 minutes. Shape into two tightly formed loaves. Bake on broiler pan for 2 to 2 1/2 hours at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool loaves and slice into thick slabs. Meat can be frozen for future use. If (like me) you are not fortunate enough to own your own rotary-stick-cooker thing like the ones in the good shops, you may find that the inner parts of the loaf are not browned enough. This can be remedied by re-heating the meat in a frying pan. This browns it nicely and gives it that slightly chewier texture.
Heat donair meat in a frying pan. Dip a pita bread in water and fry in frying pan to soften (this is VERY important). Place a generous amount of sauce on bread. Top with meat, chopped onions and tomatoes and finish off with lots more sauce. Put on some old clothes, then roll up or serve open face on a plate. Utensils are strictly forbidden.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I did have some other pots with some other herbs, but the terra cotta pots are crappy for retaining moisture, and I think they've perished. Nevertheless, a decent crop I think.
I've never seen mom or dad bird around, but they must be around somewhere, because these guys have been there for weeks now. I think they're probably just old enough to be emerging, because I've taken several looks in the past, and only this evening did I spy this guy poking his head out occasionally.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
It's fine as a rental. I was entertained in the way that a newspaper caught on the wind is entertaining. It really depends ones frame of mind. Compared with staring into the pitch darkness, it was fascinating.
This flick is a bit of a money grab... But if you go in knowing that, it's not so painful.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
A yo ho ho and a bottle of rum (cake). Man, that stuff's good.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Baby updates will be available on the baby's new blog. Don't forget to bookmark it. Mommy, Daddy and even baby will be contributing. There are already lots of posts... including today, baby's first photo.
In creating EA, I spent alot of time thinking about the name... which makes me think that "The Blog of Stephen and Tammy Anthony" is a bit unwieldy for a blog name. Any suggestions? Perhaps "Ottawa Incognito", "Amnesia Elements", "Elemental Anarchy". I was having a bit of fun with a weblog name generator. Good blog names tend to be a bit odd. Suggestions are welcome.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Provide, but don't monitor my internet connection Bell! Rogers is looking really good about now. Perhaps that municipal wifi will come along. BTW, I hear Rodgers is offering home phone. Perhaps we don't need phone companies anymore.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
It's definately not a remake, and the storyline remains quite intact. I must say that I was sucked into the story, and very much enjoyed the renewed Superman. I do wish that Jude Law, Hugh Laurie and Johnny Depp would have played Zod, Perry White and Lex Luthor respectively... they had been considered apparently.