Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Bright, Beautiful, Sunny Saturday

Today was yet another bright, beautiful, sunny day after a week of similar days. After our morning trip to Kensington Mr.T and I decided to head out for a walk. Heading north through the Annex we made our way to Yonge Street then walked north towards St.Clair. Once there we headed west along St.Clair until Russell Hill following it south as it wound through Summerhill. We then made our way west along Dupont to Bathurst walking south home. 

Arriving home we tackled the gardens, pulling up most of the plants, chopping them up for compost for the gardens. After all this we were exhausted and I decided to make a simple paella for dinner. Using some frozen shrimp, scallops and cod I was able to pull together the perfect dinner for a warm, beautiful, summer-like night. 

Arroz a la Marinera
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Sprig Parsley
  • 2 Litres Water
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Dozen Clams
  •  Cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ Pound Monkfish,
  • ½ Pound Shrimps
  • 14 Ounces Squid,
  • 1 Tomato ,
  • ½ Teaspoon Saffron
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Cups Rice
  • Parsley
  • Lemon Wedges
Boil 2 cups of water.
Pan fry the onions and peppers in a large flat pan.
After the onions become clear add chopped garlic & white wine.
Season with salt & pepper & add the chopped tomatoes.
Add the rice & then the boiled water & strands of saffron.
Allow the rice to come to a boil and then add some broth.
After 10 minutes add the chopped fish.
In a separate pan, pan fry the scallops & shrimp.
Scrub the clams or mussels, steam them open, discard empty half-shells and strain and reserve their liquid.
When everything is cooked add to the paella and add chopped cherry tomatoes and parsley.
Garnish with olive oil, chopped parsley and lemon wedges.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Dumping Paper Airplanes »Setting paper airplanes free

Warm Days

This week the temperature began to climb after some really cold days and nights. We have been experiencing one of those delayed summer's so common in fall. Because it was so beautiful today I decided to ride my bike to yoga. This was the first time on the bike since my accident in June and it felt nice to get back on the bike. 

Shana Tovah!

May you be inscribed in the book of Life 
and may the New Year bring you all you desire.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Fall Walk

Today promised to be a bright, beautiful day so after our Saturday morning trip to Kensington, Mr.T and I decided to go for a long walk. Hopping on the TTC we caught the Queen car as far west as it would go. Sadly, at the Humber Loop we had to transfer to a bus to continue west as the streetcar tracks are undergoing construction. Arriving at Kipling we hopped off the bus and began our long trek home. We walked along Lakeshore through mini-commercial areas in New Toronto and Mimico then picked up the waterfront trail as it wound south towards the lake around all the new condominiums rising in the area. We made our way along the waterfront trail to the Exhibition grounds and then caught a streetcar home finding ourselves exhausted from the walk. It was the perfect way to spend a bright, summer-like day on the first day of fall. 


Last night for dinner Mr.T and I decided to try The Tiffin Box on Bathurst Street. I had read a review on BlogTO and it looked promising. Located in a small square box north of Bloor and South of Dupont it has floor to ceiling windows looking east onto Bathurst Street. There is a small open kitchen off to one side in the back where the owners, an older East-Indian couple frantically work to fill all the orders. Everything in the place is kind of ad-hoc including the kitchen and you can tell that while the couple create amazing food that they have no idea how to run a restaurant. In front of the hobbled together kitchen are a few tables and seats facing the windows. When we arrived the place was packed and sadly there was always a scramble for seats when someone finished and left.  You place your order at the counter and then wait for it to be finished. The food when done, which features a selection of East Indian dishes, curries, Thali and a selection of Dhosas, was delicious. They are attentive to dietary restrictions offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Sadly, the scramble for seats and the ad hoc method of ordering creates a dining experience that is less than pleasant. We ate with people standing over us waiting for us to vacate. While the couple know how to cook sadly they need some pointers on how to run a restaurant. Without attention to the details I fear the place may not last long. They really needs someone to streamline the place and give them a bit of polish, including a more professional kitchen, a better system for placing orders, better use of the space and more seating. Then I am sure they could grow and become a great success. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014