Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
- The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir: playing together for the first time in 13 years and finally getting to see them live (I wasn't of age when they played the Townehouse)
- the always great Danny Michel
- getting Kelly all to myself for a whole weekend
- the African Peanut Stew from "Meals That Heal"
- eating pakoras the size of my head and roasted corn every day
- the always dreamy Jason Collett
- walking onto the island to the tunes of Old Man Luedecke
- a full weekend of Team Family (a.k.a Kaili and LB)
- Sunday afternoon candy binge old-school style
- strolling around the island with Marc
- the Hayden show on Sunday night -- click here for a video I took of him doing my most favourite Hayden song "Dynamite Walls."
Sunday morning gospel workshop that is always the highlight of the weekend for me
- finally getting to see a taping of "The Vinyl Cafe" with Stuart McLean and having Ron Sexsmith show up unannounced ( I think it airs this weekend)
- a big fat giant closing set by Broken Social Scene
- the new Hillside hiking trail onto the island
- watching a guy who spent the weekend in workboots and a speedo with his Blackberry clipped onto the side of them
- taking a great nap in the shade next to the lake
- buying a hoodie with a moose on it
- buying a shirt with a bird on it
staying in this amazing penthouse suite at our B&B. If you ever need a place to stay in Guelph call Janet at the Norfolk Guest House and you will not be sorry
- having that awful sideways painful kind of rain ruin our Rain Plan 2008 in a giant, giant way
- the sickness resulting from our Sunday candy binge
- Hawksley Workman starting his set with a great cover of The Jackson Five's "Want You Back" only to follow it up with at least 7 more covers and a few of his worst songs. Shame on you Hawksley -- you are much better than that. I've seen it first hand.
- realizing that mornings off Guelph Island don't start with a gospel workshop
Alll in all, I'm always sad when Hillside is over. It was a great weekend and I wish Hillside was a whole year long.
Let's discuss the movie for a moment. Twilight is set to be released December 12th, 2008. Of course, when a book describes its characters in such exhaustive detail, all eyes are on the casting of the lead characters. In my opinion, I think the overall casting of this movie is total crap. Of course, not having seen the movie they could turn out to be amazing but based on looks alone, it just doesn't seem like they tried hard enough. First the obvious, Edward the vampire. In the books he's described as so incredibly beautiful it's unnatural. In your head you have this picture of this strong, gorgeous man with that edge of something not quite right. And who do they cast? Robert Pattinson, the same guy that played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter. The same guy who looks like that creepy guy in the bar who asked to buy you a drink. The same guy who looks like he could get beat up by a girl. I don't believe him as Edward for one second. He looks 13 years old and is just not, not, not a handsome enough guy. Not by a longshot.
And of course there is always the guy that was the first choice, Henry Cavill, the insanely handsome actor who plays Charles Brandon in The Tudors. This is a guy who looks the part. He's so dreamy it should be illegal, he actually looks like he could throw a punch and looks a bit like a vampire even without any make-up. This is the Edward Cullen from my head. Not the sissy looking boy with the "I'm so serious look me pretending to be a vampire" pretty boy face.
Seriously, look at this man. This is a man you'd believe to be a level of handsome not found normally in nature.
As for everyone else, I don't get it. The Rosalie character is again someone who's described as being so over-the-top beautiful that people can't even look at her without feeling uncomfortable. Nikki Reed, while a pretty girl, is not that level of pretty. To top it off, she can't carry the blonde hair at all and it just looks like a giant fake wig.
All in all, the movie should be some good fluff movie watching and who doesn't love a good vampire movie? Hell, who doesn't love a bad vampire movie for that matter? It is what it is.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
His work reminds me of the art installation I saw at the 8th Ave/14th Street Chelsea subway station in New York City. Walking along I look down only to see these tiny bronze sculptures coming out of the floors and "working" on subway fixtures like beams etc. It's called Life Underground and was done by artist Tom Otterness and it really made me smile during an especially hot and stuffy very un-fun moment in the subway.
Ahhhhh the joys of public art. Hear that Sudbury?? The JOYS of PUBLIC ART!!!!!!!
Screech to Tell All in New Book
The actor who played Screech is planning a racy tell-all about his years as the lovable nerd on Saved by the Bell. Dustin Diamond, 31, who played Samuel "Screech" Powers on the popular sitcom and its spinoffs from 1989 to 2000, has landed a book deal. In Behind the Bell, Diamond will dish on what he and his costars – including Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley – did when cameras weren't rolling, according to New York magazine. The book, which Diamond will pen with help from a ghost writer, will include "sexual escapades among cast members, drug use, and hardcore partying," the magazine reports.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The other night we opted to do something a bit more adventurous and made a Coffee and Cola Pork Loin Roast with Spicy Smoky Cauliflower Mash and String Beans in a Vinaigrette.
Holy. Crap. It was so good. And I'm not a real fan of pork roast normally and can take it or leave it really. But I knew the family was crazy for it so thought this would be a good choice. If I ever make another pork roast, this will likely be the only one I'll ever make. I went mental for this roast and was thinking of leaving Marc for it, it was that good. Cauliflower was equally delicious and got me out of the rut of making cauliflower the same way we always do which is bake it with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Still delicious mind you, but the same old same old. And fresh green beans in a dijon vinaigrette? Well you'd have to be dead not to like that. It's so great for the summer.
Anyway, recipes are below and I recommend trying them. They're all from that super weird show on the Food Network Simply Delicioso with the super weird host Ingrid Hoffman who I frankly, cannot stand.
Coffee and Cola Pork Loin Roast
For the pork loin:
1 cup warm water, plus 1 cup cold water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) pork loin
1/4 cup ground coffee beans
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
3 whole star anise 1 (1/2-inch)
piece cinnamon stick broken into small pieces
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
For the sauce:
1/2 pound bacon, diced
2 cups demi-glace or 1 package demi-glace mix dissolved in 1 cup water
1 cup red wine
1 cup pineapple juice, from canned pineapple tidbits
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
1 cup cola
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
For the pork loin:
Combine 1 cup of warm water with the vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl, whisking until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Transfer to a large resealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Add 1 cup of cold water and the pork loin, seal, and refrigerate overnight.
Pulse the coffee, brown sugar, peppercorns, star anise and cinnamon stick in a coffee or spice grinder until they become a fine powder. Remove the pork loin from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Rub with the spice mix, transfer the pork to a baking sheet and set it aside at room temperature.
In a large skillet melt the butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork loin and brown for 5 minutes, turning to brown all sides. Transfer the pork to a baking sheet and roast until the temperature reads 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour. Remove the roast from the oven, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
For the sauce:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until crispy. Remove any excess fat from the pan and add the demi-glace, red wine, cola, pineapple juice and pineapple tidbits. Bring back to a simmer over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. Slice the pork loin and serve with the sauce on the side.
In a large bowl, whisk the shallots, mustard and vinegar together. Add the string beans and some salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature, drizzled with a little extra-virgin olive oil, if you like.
The photographs were taken by Hal Brindley, an American wildlife photographer, who was supposed to be taking pictures of hippos from his car in the Kruger National Park.
The giant cat raced out of cover provided by scrub and bushes to surprise the crocodile, which was swimming nearby.
A terrible and bloody struggle ensued. Eventually, onlookers were amazed to see the leopard drag the crocodile from the water as the reptile fought back.
In the past, there have been reports of crocodiles killing leopards, but this is believed to the first time that the reverse scenario has been observed.
All pictures by Hal Brindley/SOLO Syndication
On a sidenote, Sunday at 9pm also marks the beginning of everyone's favourite time of year: Shark Week 2008 on the Discovery Channel!!!!!! In honour of the occasion, I've "sharked myself" using their handy dandy Shark Yourself tool. Don't be frightened. It's only a photo. I am not actually a shark.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
And this one's a shout out to the dreaded "crossed swords" moment in Entourage and is just for Dennis cuz I can pretty much here him laughing from here.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
All 4 of my lovely nieces.
Marco and the girls, plus everyone's favourite lazy girl, Mina.
Fishing, boating, all your standard camp stuff...
Me and my dad and my new Gucci sunglasses! What more do you need?
As Kaili pointed out, Marc rowing me about yet again!
My niece wore these goggles pretty much all weekend. She never went swimming though.
And that's about it.