And The Waltz Goes On by Anthony Hopkins

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Before SAH was established in acting, he says he fiddled around with composing. The piece in the video was written November 7, 1964. A gloomy, cold, rainy day. I'm no classical music expert but I think it's a really lovely piece.

French Word of the Day - Torréfaction Foncée

Monday, September 1, 2014



It means "dark roast". As in coffee. I have no idea how to pronounce it but the torréfaction foncée blend has a rich flavour profile.


Here's how Tim Horton's rolled out their new blend.

Picture Dump

Sunday, August 31, 2014





Mr Bean you've got a lovely daughtah...

An opal that looks like the ocean



mmmm...meat-coated skeleton...



















Picture Dump

Sunday, June 22, 2014



Hello and how is everyone? It's been a hectic few months. My place of employment saw a management change and my role was redefined to include a lot more responsibility and far higher expectations than I had. It's been a challenge, at times stressful, but mostly good. I'm happy.

Spring took its time arriving. I waited until the summer to post one of the pictures below. I didn't want to jinx anything. Our growing season, short at the best of times, is three weeks behind so no veggie garden for me. I barely have the motivation to do flowers. Speaking of which I just remembered I have gerbera daisies on the deck I haven't put in a pot yet...yikes!

Better get on that.































Wait...what? My tongue is sitting comfortably in my mouth. I don't get it.
















This explains the turd ruler/wet nap set on sale in the gift shop...

Google Doodle - Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, May 4, 2014



Audrey Hepburn died January 20, 1993, in Tolochenaz, Switzerland. She was 63 years old. No question she was a quality person, I read her biography, I've seen her movies. She was beautiful. She ate tulip bulbs during the war. She studied ballet dancing. She worked to support the Dutch resistance during WWII raising money by ballet performances and acting as a courier. She was a humanitarian. She was worthy of admiration.

What difference does it make if she would have been 85 today, she's dead and she isn't 85. These things creep me out. Like we're tallying someone's years of life long after they cease to live. She would have been 85, yes, but she's not alive so...why do we need to know this? I know I see things pragmatically and I think I sound harsh, I don't mean to, but I truly don't understand this thing we do. What am I missing?

Now that's what I call beautiful!

Random Piano in a Railway Station.



A man walks into a London railway station and sees a random piano. Magic ensues because it's not just any man. It's Henri Herbert, pianist, and he knows how to play pretty decently. 


How were they not dancing??

k-os - Crabbuckit

Thursday, May 1, 2014



Bass fiddle, sax, catchy beat, video filmed on the streets of Toronto, crabs, what's not to love? You can't listen to it and not want to dance.

The title takes its name from the crab in the bucket syndrome where a group of crabs will pull down any crab that tries to escape, thereby ensuring their collective demise. I got that from Wiki. So you know it's true. 

My Old Fanny Farmer Get's a Scullion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014



Recently, I wrote a post about an old Fanny Farmer cookbook I own. The one I really learned to cook with. The one that I bought in 1983 and cherish more than my Larousse Gastronomique or my Pastry Chef textbook. Or any other book, are you getting the picture? I lamented how it was feeling its age and well used status.

I found its twin on eBay. Same edition. Same introduction by James Beard. It has its dust jacket. SCORE!! Dance with me, the dance of joyful discovery!

Dust jacket


Yorkshire pudding and corn bread pages

Bam! Brand spanking new.

A pristine and perfect replacement waits in the wings should I ever need it (but I won't). I'm going to go leave some happy feedback for the seller! She even refunded some of the shipping. Great day.