I don't know if anyone ever swings by here, but I just wanted to mention that I'm on good ole Facebook most of the time now. I post all my pics there and any updates.
For those that were interested in any cooking posts I did, I now have a cooking blog that I post to.
stayed home sick today so decided to try a new recipe that was stewing in my brain. i think i will add a bit more hot sauce to it next time. give it more of a kick. but i like spicy hehe
i think my newest favourite FoodTV show is Chucks Day Off. Lots of simple, yet tasty ideas. the last couple i've tried have been awesome (the cream corn is devine). so when i saw this i knew i had to try it.
i couldn't find all the mushrooms i wanted to try (lobster mushroom?! MMM!), but the ones i used tasted just fine :D
so had some salmon to use up from last nights dinner. and since this mornings breakfast of bc shrimp n' eggs left me with still a good bunch of shrimp, i decided to make shrimp n' salmon cakes for supper. served with a chipotle lemon aoili.
have to say that we've never had such good shrimp. incredibly fresh and sweet. having something right off the boat makes all the difference. i can't wait to try the tuna loin we got. i still can't believe the prices. :P
today we went to the seaside town of Steveston today. Its known for the fish boats and all the fresh fish they put out for sale. todays loot included:
a giant bag of fresh shrimp (5 lbs?) for $10
one big chum salmon (15lbs?) for $15
a snapper big enough to feed 4 for $14
and albacore tuna loin for $17 - we could have gotten a whole tuna, at $3.75/lb, but its a bit much for us hehe
tonights dinner i made a ginger soy salmon, using only about 1/3 of the fish. the rest is in the freezer. chum salmon is supposed to be the least favourable of the salmon. because its least salmon'y tasting. which i didn't mind at all. it actually tasted very like tuna.
wow its been a long time since i made a photo post. i post my pics straight to facebook nowadays since i can do it so easily from my phone. :/
there is a park near us and part of it is a swampy area. there are giant 1' tall lilies out there. i didn't get a pic of the bunch of them, but found a solitary one nearby that i could take pictures of. :)
moss grows everywhere, trees, posts, rooftops, if it doesn't move it has moss. even the grass is like the grass in scotland. half moss, half grass.
photography by corbie update
i thought i should post something for those who actually read this journal lol
basically i'm now moved to the coast (Vancouver area). it started with a meet and greet back during the week of February 6. we had to head to Victoria for a funeral and stopped in Vancouver for both of us to do interviews. i walked out of mine with a tentative start date and waiting to see how much they would offer.
then a week later i had the papers signed and an official start date of March 19. which meant packing our house in a hurry. we got a couple movers quotes and we were off and running. thankfully i had a couple sisters come for 2 days to come help power-pack and shove crap into boxes, because otherwise there was no way that we could have done it. i left last Sunday on a flight to the coast with the furkids. there another sister picked me up and we headed off the to place we'd found to rent at the last minute.
thankfully the place is new, very nice with cherry wood floors, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances. unfortunately its also smaller than the upper floor of our house. which means alot of downsizing and having to rent a storage suite. we're renting for a year then will look to buy a townhouse/house. we want to make sure we like the area first before shelling out the big bucks.
the area is beautiful and i can see mountains and there are parks all over to take Maggie to. there are big box stores 5 minutes away and smaller ones 5 blocks away. lots of restaurants and cheap cheap sushi ;D
oh and there is no snow. and there is green grass, stubby palm trees, giant rubber trees, with about half of the trees waiting to sprout their leaves. i walk around in a hoodie and the supposed day after day of rain hasn't shown its face yet. only 1 day of rain so far.
downsides: i miss my hubby terribly and he has had to stay behind to finish packing, being there for the movers and cleaners, renting a garbage bin, doing the touch-ups on the house. not to mention that he's waiting for final word on his job offer. we are rarely apart and the handful of times we were, were for only a couple days at a time. this week, or possibly two or more, is horrid. :(
another downside is waiting in an empty place for the furniture to arrive. which won't be until the 14th! thankfully one of my sisters out here gave me a blowup bed and some survival pieces - lawnchair, dishes, towels, hehe. but its odd... i need things but don't want to buy anything as its coming. just need to be patient. so in the meantime doing lots of running around, exploring, getting lost, trying restaurants, shopping for things like cat litter and orange juice.
i do have internet at the moment, but its only until the landlord has his account transferred to his other residence. so could be cut off at any time. i do have lots of movies to watch and there are quite a few starbucks around. ;)
i am finding that i'm posting less and less here. and with not being able to cook or bake anything for the next couple weeks, it'll be even less. i do post quite a bit on facebook, so if you are interested in short blurbs, pics of the furkids and whats going on, let me know and i can add you. i generally load pics to facebook over to loading here as its a lot quicker from my phone to do it that way. ;)
these turned out wonderfully. the almond hint in the cake worked great for the base of a lemon bar. and the filling was tangy and sweet and lemon heaven.
all in all, a great cupcake for not being chocolate. ;D
so tried a new local wine... and wow its um,... pickley. i don't know why but it packs a punch. it has amazing taste, a nice tart, yet juicey rhubarb taste, but holy crap it has me wobbling in my chair after a glass. its 12%, not overly wild, but .. it must be the rhubarb + booze combo that has me feelin' no pain. and thats with a full belly
literally. my back is killing me. correction. my back WAS killing me. teehee.
anyhoos, a definitely recommended wine for its dry yet awesome flavour.
sorry folks, i've had 2 glasses and that's as eloquent as it gets beyond a thumbs up and goofy grin.
tonights supper turned out quite yummy. tried out a jamie oliver recipe for paella, but it ended up being a bit too liquidy and more like gumbo. to sop up the juices, i made a batch of garlic knots :)
We have German Chocolate Cake coffee pods at work and it got me to thinking... time to make cupcakes. This time black forest cupcakes! They got rave reviews, not just from the hubby, but from my coworkers who demanded more. ;D
(next weekend will be lemonbar cupcakes with a vanilla almond cupcake, filled with fresh made lemon curd)
So I can’t believe how far behind on book reviews I am! I just realized how many I’ve missed when I went to comment on a post by George RR Martin
about a book I’d read – and noticed that I hadn’t made a post about it. :P
I’m still on my scifi kick – and still mostly military scifi. Thankfully the genre seems full of great authors and I’m not hitting a shortage yet. :)
So might as well get caught up, hopefully I can remember what all I’ve been reading. :P
First – because I was reminded by GRRM’s post, is Leviathan by James A. Corey. A great scifi, this is one of the few that wasn’t a hardcore military read. More of a murder mystery in space. With some zombies. But space zombies, not the boring earthbound kind. But it also delves into the characters, developing them into people that you root for to win, to finish their goals, and do it all while kicking butt against those who chase them across space.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
I also finished the latest in the Confederation series
and it seems that Gunny Kerr’s adventures don’t stop even when she leaves the military. She remains a beacon for a trouble and the endless resourcefulness continues to get back the ones that are close to her.
Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder on his ship, the Promise. Turns out civilian life is a lot rougher than she'd imagined-salvage operators are losing both cargo and lives to pirates. And when they attack the Promise, Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead.
When Torin finds out why the pirates needed Craig, she calls in the Marines to get him back-and to stop the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.
Wow, as I type, I realize I’m really really behind lol. Next up the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. I’ve only read the first 3 so far, and have taken a break to get some other series started and caught up. A great series, always love a tough female character – specially one in space, and its not just about her, but the team that she seems to always end up with. Heartbreak, mishaps, intrigue, and some political interest. In the third book, it was a bit heavy on the political talk, but the story was still there and it won’t stop me from continuing the series.
As a marine of Wardhaven, Kris Longknife has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle between her powerful family, a highly defensive-and offensive-Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. But an ill-conceived attack is bringing the war close to home and putting Kris's life on the line. Now she has only one choice: certain death on the front lines of rim space-or mutiny.
A search for her lost friend leads the female space warrior into a galactic hellhole with no way out.
As part of an agenda to oust her father from his political position, Kris Longknife is relieved of command. But when an alien enemy launches an invasion, she defies both government and military authority to lead a rag-tag fleet against the threat.
I definitely fell instantly in love with the Tour of the Merrimack series by Rebecca M. Meluch and couldn’t read the books fast enough. I believe she may become one of those authors, like Jack McDevitt, where I have to collect every single book written. The books contain humour, action, enemies that you know must die and some that you end up loving, Captains that you cheer for, loves that you wish would come together, all wrapped up with spaceships, planets, and other space’y goodness.
The U.S. Merrimack was the finest battleship class spaceship in Earth's fleet, able to stand up against the best the Palatine Empire could throw at them, even able to survive attack by swarms of the seemingly unstoppable Hive. But nothing could have prepared the captain and crew of the Merrimack for what they were about to face: Three colonized worlds-the Myriad-in the midst of a globular cluster that the Hive somehow overlooked...
In the long war with the Palatine Empire, the pride of the Terran space fleet are its sister starships, the U.S.S. Merrimack and the U.S.S. Monitor. Now that the Palatine forces have secretly captured the Monitor and its codes, they can remotely seize control of the Merrimack-leaving her almost helpless. But as both sides struggle for supremacy, they are about to be attacked by an alien life-form-the Hive, a biological force with only one imperative: to seek and devour.
In the third novel of this acclaimed military science fiction series, all of humanity and its alien allies have joined together to battle the Hive-a force of pure destruction sweeping through the galaxy. But when the leader of the Roman world is assassinated, tensions escalate-and Captain John Farragut is forced to lead a mission into the heart of Hive territory in search of a man who's been "dead" for decades...
The forced alliance between the interplanetary Empire of Rome and the United States-led Earth forces is shattered as Caesar Romulus declares war, striking at the U.S. Deep Space base, and then following with a direct attack against Earth. Merrimack has no choice but to retaliate with an assault on the Roman capital world of Palatine. In the midst of this chaos, the Hive renews its invasion. And even if John Faragut and his crew can survive all of this, the rogue Roman patterner Augustus-who has long been assigned to his own mission aboard Merrimack-flees the ship when war is declared, and no one knows whether he is only biding his time, waiting to meet Farragut in a final deadly showdown.
I think this is the last one…? The latest in the Alex Benedict series, Firebird is by one of my all-time favourite authors - Jack McDevitt
. I must admit that I didn’t enjoy one of his books recently and actually had a tough time finishing it – Time Travellers Never Die. Thankfully Firebird brought back all the pleasure of reading his material with Chase and Benedict back solving mysteries of the galaxy.
Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.
Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger...
Let other poets raise a fracas
"Bout vines, an' wines, an' drucken Bacchus,
An' crabbit names an'stories wrack us,
An' grate our lug:
I sing the juice Scotch bear can mak us,
In glass or jug.
O thou, my muse! guid auld Scotch drink!
Whether thro' wimplin worms thou jink,
Or, richly brown, ream owre the brink,
In glorious faem,
Inspire me, till I lisp an' wink,
To sing thy name!
Let husky wheat the haughs adorn,
An' aits set up their awnie horn,
An' pease and beans, at e'en or morn,
Perfume the plain:
Leeze me on thee, John Barleycorn,
Thou king o' grain!
On thee aft Scotland chows her cood,
In souple scones, the wale o'food!
Or tumblin in the boiling flood
Wi' kail an' beef;
But when thou pours thy strong heart's blood,
There thou shines chief.
Food fills the wame, an' keeps us leevin;
Tho' life's a gift no worth receivin,
When heavy-dragg'd wi' pine an' grievin;
But, oil'd by thee,
The wheels o' life gae down-hill, scrievin,
Wi' rattlin glee.
Thou clears the head o'doited Lear;
Thou cheers ahe heart o' drooping Care;
Thou strings the nerves o' Labour sair,
At's weary toil;
Though even brightens dark Despair
Wi' gloomy smile.
Aft, clad in massy siller weed,
Wi' gentles thou erects thy head;
Yet, humbly kind in time o' need,
The poor man's wine;
His weep drap parritch, or his bread,
Thou kitchens fine.
Thou art the life o' public haunts;
But thee, what were our fairs and rants?
Ev'n godly meetings o' the saunts,
By thee inspired,
When gaping they besiege the tents,
Are doubly fir'd.
That merry night we get the corn in,
O sweetly, then, thou reams the horn in!
Or reekin on a New-year mornin
In cog or bicker,
An' just a wee drap sp'ritual burn in,
An' gusty sucker!
When Vulcan gies his bellows breath,
An' ploughmen gather wi' their graith,
O rare! to see thee fizz an freath
I' th' luggit caup!
Then Burnewin comes on like death
At every chap.
Nae mercy then, for airn or steel;
The brawnie, banie, ploughman chiel,
Brings hard owrehip, wi' sturdy wheel,
The strong forehammer,
Till block an' studdie ring an reel,
Wi' dinsome clamour.
When skirling weanies see the light,
Though maks the gossips clatter bright,
How fumblin' cuiffs their dearies slight;
Wae worth the name!
Nae howdie gets a social night,
Or plack frae them.
When neibors anger at a plea,
An' just as wud as wud can be,
How easy can the barley brie
Cement the quarrel!
It's aye the cheapest lawyer's fee,
To taste the barrel.
Alake! that e'er my muse has reason,
To wyte her countrymen wi' treason!
But mony daily weet their weason
Wi' liquors nice,
An' hardly, in a winter season,
E'er Spier her price.
Wae worth that brandy, burnin trash!
Fell source o' mony a pain an' brash!
Twins mony a poor, doylt, drucken hash,
O' half his days;
An' sends, beside, auld Scotland's cash
To her warst faes.
Ye Scots, wha wish auld Scotland well!
Ye chief, to you my tale I tell,
Poor, plackless devils like mysel'!
It sets you ill,
Wi' bitter, dearthfu' wines to mell,
Or foreign gill.
May gravels round his blather wrench,
An' gouts torment him, inch by inch,
What twists his gruntle wi' a glunch
O' sour disdain,
Out owre a glass o' whisky-punch
Wi' honest men!
O Whisky! soul o' plays and pranks!
Accept a bardie's gratfu' thanks!
When wanting thee, what tuneless cranks
Are my poor verses!
Thou comes-they rattle in their ranks,
At ither's a-s!
Thee, Ferintosh! O sadly lost!
Scotland lament frae coast to coast!
Now colic grips, an' barkin hoast
May kill us a';
For loyal Forbes' charter'd boast
Is ta'en awa?
Thae curst horse-leeches o' the' Excise,
Wha mak the whisky stells their prize!
Haud up thy han', Deil! ance, twice, thrice!
There, seize the blinkers!
An' bake them up in brunstane pies
For poor damn'd drinkers.
Fortune! if thou'll but gie me still
Hale breeks, a scone, an' whisky gill,
An' rowth o' rhyme to rave at will,
Tak a' the rest,
An' deal't about as thy blind skill
Directs thee best.
we actually didn't do anything this year which is odd, but may have to go for some chinese tonight or something. :D
made this for a couple friends (and the hubby of course hehe) last night and it was YUMMMMY!! the beans were savoury goodness. its 95% based off of a Jamie Oliver recipe. just added some more seasoning and herbs, and bacon - cuz really... its BACON...
sorry for the d-grade pic, i forgot to take a "presentation" pic and snapped a quick shot of my plate before it was inhaled ;D