Friday, September 04, 2015

Hazy, Humid Days

We have been experiencing a heatwave in Toronto with hot, humid, hazy days that have left me with some kind of allergic reaction. First my sinuses were clogged, then I had a scratchy throat that has me coughing every ten minutes or so. Although I love the heat, I will be glad when the humidity disappears.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Friends, Fairs and Food

Yesterday was another bright, beautiful sunny day so Mr.T and I decided to go for a walk. While out Mr.Z called inviting us to meet him and Mr.D and Mr.S at Yonge and College so we could all explore Buskerfest together. We met them and walked south on Yonge soaking up the atmosphere of the street festival. While Mr.Z and Mr.T found yummy's at Buskerfest we decided to walk further south to Union Station to check out the food booths outside the newly renovated building. 

It is so nice to see a collection of food vendors all located in one place, something that is common in other cities than Toronto. According to one of the vendors the reason for the food booths is that the food court that was located in Union Station is closed because of the renovations that continue inside.  I opted for some fish and chips that were sadly far too salty and too expensive for what was served. Mr.D tried some lobster corn dogs that looked really yummy. After we walked back north through Buskerfest leaving Mr.D, Mr.Z and Mr.S to walk home west along College Street. 

On our way home we stopped by Kensington Market, discovering it was one of the Pedestrian Sundays to try a banana split at Cosmic Treats. The market and the dessert place was busy with people enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon out. It was nice to have a banana split after so many years, the last one I can remember is over 25 years ago, but the place is still trying to find their legs and need to tighten up their service. 

Summer's End

Goodbye to the long, languid days of summer
and hello to autumn's chilly nights

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday Night Canning

While others spend their Saturday nights out with friends dining or dancing Mr.T and I spent last turning another big batch of tomatoes from our garden into tomato passata. Every year since we moved into the house we have done this every summer. 

After boiling the tomatoes to soften the skins, the tomatoes are run through a tomato mill that is turned by hand. This separates the pulp from the seeds and the skin leaving a rich tomato broth. 

Once this is done you cook down the tomatoes into a nice thick passata by adding salt and allowing most of the water to evaporate. 

Once this is finished we boil four jars at a time, fill them, lid them and then boil them again to ensure we have a sauce that will last throughout the whole winter. 

The process can take a lot of time so last night while cooking everything down we watched a documentary on Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, called Between a Frock and Hard Place. The hour long documentary looked at the making of the film and the rise of an LGBT movement in Australia in the late 1970s and 1980s. It is a really good documentary narrated by Terrance Stamp and a must for anyone interested in the history of Australia or the film itself.