that is all, really. i was just enjoying a THIRD cup of gunpowder green tea. the heat turns down during the day, so i drink tea to keep warm.

(i took this photo a couple of years ago when I was living at the Sunnyside House. its just a little old, its still good, its still good!)

hello all!

another delicious winter recipe to share before spring makes itself official. its in the air, but its still far away! the most telling thing has been that it is now officially light out when i walk out my door at 6:28AM each morning. LIGHT! Glorious.

anyway! on to the recipe. I appropriated this one from my sister’s fiancée, who has become quite well known for it. She says the secret is really expensive gruyère from the St. Lawrence Market, but I used Balderson Cheddar and just a regular mozzarella ball and it was still marvellous. Definitely room for experimentation! Enjoy…

French Onion Soup à la Seeley

  • 4 Tbsp. Butter
  • 6-7 cups sliced onions (I used part sweet yellow and part regular white)
  • 4 cups soup broth (beef recommended, I used vegetable)
  • 2 cups water
  • Half Baguette (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, softened
  • 1 cup grated cheese, (gruyère recommended, or a combo of cheddar and mozza)
  1. Melt butter in large pot. Add onions and sauté, stirring regularly until softened and dark golden brown (15 minutes or so.)
  2. Add broth and water, bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1  hour.
  3. Heat oven to broil.
  4. Combine garlic and butter to make (wait for it…) GARLIC BUTTER! Surprise. : )
  5. Slice bageutte into toasts,  brush butter over one side and arrange on baking sheet. Toast until brown, 3 minutes or so. Watch carefully, goes from brown to black REALLY FAST! Or so I hear. Repeat on other side of toasts. Set aside, cut into cubes when cooler.
  6. Separate soup into bakeable bowls. Top with bread cubes and cheese as desired. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden. Enjoy!!

So thats my contribution to everyone’s diets for February. Its actually not that bad for you, if you go easy on the sodium and cheese. Protein, calcium… water… : ) All good things! Better than the stuff I had at the Keg for sure.  Have a good February everyone!

Pears Are The New Birds

February 12, 2009

I just wanted to comment on a little trend I have noticed. Its starts in housewares, then ends up all over, on hats, jewelry, etc. First it was deer,

then it was birds,

with a brief foray into owls specifically:

and now its pears?

I don’t know what comes after pears. what am i, a fortune teller? i just wanted to make an observation, is all. : ) get your pears, while they’re hot!!

This is sort of an oldie but as I went through my archives I realized I had never posted it.  Shocking! It came up on my iPod yesterday and I realized how truly awesome the whole album really is.

I guess it might take time to get to love her voice, which is sort of crackly and off key, but I love it, perhaps because how this is how I would sing if I did? There are fantastic backup singers, and country style twangy guitars, and the most charming lyrics. So check it out! You won’t regret it.

Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down – Bag of Hammers

Also, this is the song that some of you may recall from my audition tape for an HGTV home redesign show, but thats another story for another time. I owe my two day audition to this song, I think. Thanks Thao! If only you could have got me the job…. (I was surprised to find out that I’m not the least bit funny on TV. Who knew?)

OK, Peace out! Listen to some Thao and make the world a better place.