Saturday, April 20, 2019

Chag Sameach

Another Rainy Weekend

This weekend the rain has continued unabated making for cool, damp, wet days. Yesterday, because Mr.T had the day for the Easter holiday we decided to head out for dim sum for lunch. Walking through the drizzle we made our way to the Rosewood on Dundas Street and because we were there before the crowds the place wasn't that busy. The warm toasty bites, including my favourites; har gow, cheung fun and a version of the rice noodles with cilantro and chives were the perfect antitode to a cool, damp day. 

After our early lunch we decided to go for a walk to the Eaton Centre, as not much else was open, before heading back home via Queen Street. Sadly, the constant drizzle had soaked my pants making us both feel like cold, damp rats so we spent the rest of the day hiding away inside. For dinner, Mr.T picked up some fish and chips from a fish and chip place, Harbord Fish and Chips. We normally would head down to Fresco's in Kensington Market but the weather made us decide to try it yet again, and sadly, the food which normally is just too greasy but edible was this time, just inedible. The couple who run the place were not there and the people replacing them didn't cook the fish long enough or at the correct temperature leaving us with uncooked fish and greasy fries. 

This morning Mr.T and I ventured back through the drizzle and rain to pick up our dry goods and veggies at Kensington Market. Making our way back home we decided again to spend another day hiding away from the rain. The older we get the more the weather gets under your skin making you just feel cold and tired. 

For dinner we were craving Thai food and decided to order in using Foodora. We ordered from a place that we had never tried, called Thai Mango, located near Dupont and Christie. The food while not spectacular was good enough take away on a rainy Spring, Saturday night. Mr.T had one of the beef dishes, while we shared a vegetarian Pad Thai and I had their fried tofu appetizer. 

Clean Lines

Loving the clean, minimalist lines of this house designed by Fallen Reynolds in Vancouver. At just over 600 square feet the loft uses creative and clean design to create storage and separate spaces for use, including a loft bed. There is something really beautiful in how light the space is and how heavy materials, like polished concrete were used to create beauty. via Leibal

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Rainy Sunday

The cooked wings pre-sauce. 

Because today was promising to rain all day it was the perfect time to try out a new recipe. One of our favourite foods when we eat at our local pub, East of Brunswick, is a version of Buffalo Wings made with cauliflower and I decided to try and replicate it with my air fryer. I found this recipe online and while I didn't have any "milk," I substituted more broth, and they turned out really nice. They would pair nicely with my recipe for homemade BBQ sauce or as they are served in the pub with Frank's Red Hot sauce. 

Buffalo Wings Cauliflower
1 Head Cauliflower
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Vegetable Broth
¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Chilli Powder
¼ Teaspoon Paprika
¼ Teaspoon Chipolte Flakes
1 Cup "Milk"
Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Butter
½ Cup Hot Sauce
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1. Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. 
Rinse and drain the cauliflower.

2. Combine the flour, broth, cayenne, chilli, paprika and chipotle flakes in a large bowl. 
Slowly whisk in the milk, making a thick batter.

3. Spray the air fryer basket with vegetable oil and preheat the air fryer to 390˚ for 10 minutes.

4. While the air fryer is pre-heating, toss the cauliflower in the batter. 
Cook the battered cauliflower in the air fryer for 20 minutes at 390˚.

5. After 10 minutes turn the cauliflower pieces over, some may stick.

6. In a small saucepan heat up the butter, hot sauce and garlic over medium high heat. 
Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover.

7. Once the cauliflower is cooked transfer to a large bowl. 
Pour the cooked sauce over and toss gently. 
Serve hot.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

A Sunny Saturday

This morning promised to be a beautiful, bright, sunny Spring day, so after Mr.T and I picked up our dry goods and veggies at Kensington Market we made our way home to work on some home projects. First we cleaned off both the second floor deck and the main floor deck intending to use an attachment we had for our garden hose to wash off some of the old  flaking stain. Sadly, the attachment we had for the hose was a dud and was more of a spray rather than a power wash so we walked up to the Home Hardware on Bloor Street to see if they had any different heads for the attachment. They didn't, but we did find a long handled wire brush intended for scrubbing stone decks that would work instead so we bought that. 

Walking back home after lots of elbow grease the brush was able to scrub away most of the flakey bits of stain that had lifted off the wood leaving us with a deck that we could on a nice, warm dry day. We then tackled replenishing our gravel walkways that lead from the deck to the backyard, added some much needed pea gravel that we had ordered on Wednesday from Fiesta Gardens. I had already added four bags to the front of the house and the remaining 12 bags were intended for the backyard and the gravel at the side of the house. 

After all the heavy lifting we were a little tired and headed back down to College Street to check out another open house at The College a relatively new condo (1121-297 College Street) that was listed. A 2 1/2 bedroom, 2 bath with a really large terrace that faced east the condo was nicely detailed and showed really well. The only thing that Tony and I found off putting was that the large terrace didn't have a lot of privacy with a wing of other units that stared right into from above and just to the south making you feel on display when out there. 

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We then walked south on Spadina Avenue to the Home Sense before heading west on King Street to Bathurst Street. We were hoping to check out the new container market that had just opened on the northwest corner of Bathurst and Front Streets, but there was a line up of like minded people, so we decided to head north on Bathurst to Queen Street. There we stopped in at the Winners then made our way back to Kensington Market for an early dinner at our favourite vegan Vietnamese place, Saigon Lotus. The light food was the perfect compliment to a lovely, sunny, Spring day. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Spring Meal

Today after yoga, because it was a cool morning, I puttered around the house cleaning the stairs and the basement throwing out some stuff that was just taking up space. For dinner, because the day was unsure whether it wanted to be cool or hot, I decided to make a Spring classic, a vegan version of moussaka. Today I left out the chickpeas and instead added some spinach I had in the fridge and finished it off with couscous instead of rice and topped it off with some pomegranate molasses. 

3 Eggplants (Japanese), Sliced
1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, Chopped
6 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
16 Ounces Chickpeas ,
1 Tablespoon Pomegranate Molasses
15 Ounces Tomatoes
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Oregano
½ Teaspoon Cumin
⅛ Teaspoon Nutmeg
Pinch Cayenne Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
¾ Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
Sea Salt,
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
1 Cup Rice/Couscous
1 Tablespoon Pine Nuts

1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚. 
Slice the eggplants into thin slices on a mandoline. 

2. Sauté the onions and garlic, until soft. 
Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano, salt and cayenne pepper, then the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. 

3. Make up the couscous in a separate pot, adding some salt and lemon. 

4. Layer the bottom of a cazula with some tomato sauce. 
Drag each eggplant slice through the tomato mixture and then place half of the eggplant slices on the bottom of baking dish. 
Cover with half of the cooked rice or couscous and some of the onion/tomato mixture. 
Layer until all the ingredients are finished and top the final layer with tomato sauce and the crushed pine nuts (it can also be topped with thickened soy milk/soy cheese).

5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until the moussaka is puffy and lightly browned. 
Lightly sprinkle with nutmeg and paprika.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Sunday Shopping

We had another nice warm day on Sunday and so Mr.T and I made our way via the subway to Keele Station then caught a bus north to St.Clair Street. We checked out a couple of shops in the Stockyards and had a nice lunch at the Nations grocery store where they have a couple of self serve options including a really nice selection of dim sum. 

After eating we walked south to Canadian Tire, where we found a set of really nice baskets that will work for the top of the mudroom-cum-closet in the front hall. We then crossed the street to the Home Depot and picked up a couple of sheets of beadboard for the closet walls and a frenchte.  cleat for a heavy mirror I need to hang. 

We then made our way back home and cleaned up some of the backyard, while Mr.T spray painted a couple of frames white for mirrors in the front hall and the basement bathroom. After everything we were a little tired and spent the rest of the day relaxing. For dinner, Mr.T picked up a couple of sandwiches from San Francesco Sandwiches, an eggplant for me and a veal for him. They were the perfect yummy food for a nice Spring day.