Tuesday, April 24, 2018

No Words

Tuesday Treasues

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

April 25 – Anzac Day (Australia)

March 2015 - Melbourne Australia

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in December 1914, and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli. General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which comprised troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The corps disbanded in 1916, following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of I ANZAC Corps and II ANZAC Corps. The Corps was reestablished, briefly, in the Second World War during the Battle of Greece in 1941.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

I came up with this song in a random way while reading Twitter. There is an account that has the user name of "roll a ball a bowl a penny a pinch", from Wales. So happens Barrack Obama and David Frum also follow!

So the song is I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts but the line is actually
"roll or bowl a ball...".
But the Monty Python version says "roll a bowl a ball".

So then a photo was needed with a ball.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

September 2015 - Dublin Ireland

Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin's oldest building, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, it is home to the famous 12th Century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Britain and Ireland. Perfectly located in the heart of Medieval Dublin, it was founded in 1030 by Sitriuc, King of the Dublin Norsemen and was incorporated into the Irish Church in 1152 and eventually led by the famous Archbishop and patron saint of Dublin, Laurence O’Toole.

Before we leave...

While visiting the Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, you will come across a unique artifact in the church's history. The mummified remains of a cat and a rat are on display. The theory is the cat chased the mouse into an organ pipe and both became stuck.

The existence of the mummified remains of the duo struck a chord with James Joyce and he made reference to them in his, also unique, novel "Finnegan's Wake."

The sign at Christ Church Cathedral reads:

The one, presumably chasing the other, became trapped in an organ pipe in the 1850s and were mummified. They are referred to in James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake" where someone is described as being "...As stuck as that cat to that mouse in that tube of that Christchurch organ..."


A picture is worth a thousand words.

And a smile...

Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present #PastMeetsPresent

Toronto ON

The Princes' Gates is a triumphal arch monumental gateway at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
 It was built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Canadian confederation and was to be named The Diamond Jubilee of Confederation Gates. The structure's name was changed when it was learned that Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince George were travelling to Toronto. The princes cut the ribbon on the structure on August 30, 1927.

The gates are a 300-foot-long, 18-column structure with a 41-foot-high central arch, topped by the Goddess of Winged Victory statue, an interpretation of the original Winged Victory of Samothrace, designed by architect Alfred Chapman of Chapman and Oxley and carved by Charles McKechnie. In her hand she holds a single maple leaf. There are nine pillars to either side of the main arch, representing the nine Canadian provinces in existence at the time of construction. Flanking the central arch are various figures representing progress, industry, agriculture, arts, and science. The gates are made of a mix of stone and concrete, and the statue was poured concrete and weighed 12-tons. Above the arch are the words "Canadian National Exhibition 1879 1927". The end of the gate features two water fountains and above the coat of arms of Ontario.

My Recipe Box - Falafel

April 2018 - Toronto ON

John and I tried falafel years ago when we first came to Toronto, I think it was on John St., and we both absolutely hated it.

Fast forward 20 some years and I am experimenting with lunch items.

I found this recipe at Dinner With Julie who had adapted it herself.

(adapted from Epicurious, where it was reprinted from The Foods of Israel Today)

1 19 oz. (540 mL) can chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 small onion, chopped
2-4 garlic cloves, peeled I added some garlic powder as well
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro I added more
1 tsp. cumin more to taste
Hot curry powder to taste
Lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
Siracha to taste1/4 tsp. saltor
pinch dried chili flakes I used ground chili but would use a Thai red pepper next time
1/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour (plus extra, if needed) I used chickpea flour to make it gluten free
1 tsp. baking powder

canola oil, for frying

Put the chick peas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, hot curry powder, siracha, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and chili flakes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined but not smooth. Add the flour and baking powder and pulse until you have a soft mixture that you can roll into balls or patties without sticking to your hands. Add another spoonful or so of flour, if you need to.

Roll the dough into meatball-sized balls, and if you like, flatten each into a little pattie. I like doing this for maximum surface area, which equals more crunch. (They also cook through more quickly as the distance between the middle to the exterior is shorter.)

In a shallow pot or skillet, heat about 1/2″ of canola oil until it’s hot but not smoking. Test it with a bit of falafel mixture or a scrap of bread or water– the oil should bubble up around it. Cook the falafel for a few minutes per side, without crowding the pan (which will cool down the oil), until they are golden. Transfer to paper towels. (You could get away with using just a skiff of oil – if you do this, best to leave the falafels round, so that you can roll them around in the pan to brown all sides.)

Serve in pitas or naan or gluten free focacia  with tzatziki, chopped cucumber, purple onion and tomato.

Makes about 20 falafel balls or patties.

My Recipe Box - Low Carb Coconut Flour Pancakes

This easy recipe for fluffy gluten free pancakes is a tasty breakfast treat. Enjoy these low carb pancakes with your favorite low carb syrup or eat them plain.
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Cook Time 10 minutes
 Total Time 20 minutes
 Servings 12 pancakes
 Calories 77 kcal
 Author Lisa | Low Carb Yum


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream sour cream works too I used yogurt
  • 1 packet stevia I used 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 3 eggs add another if batter is too thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour about 25g
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Unsweetened coconut


  1. Whisk together butter, cream, stevia, salt, eggs and vanilla extract.
  2. In another bowl, combine coconut flour and baking powder. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Let batter sit to thicken. If too thick, thin out batter by adding an additional egg or more liquid (water or heavy cream).
  3. Lightly oil skillet and heat over medium heat. Spoon heaping tablespoons of batter onto skillet to make pancakes about 2-3 inches in diameter.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe called for 4 eggs, but experience has shown 3 is better and makes the pancakes less eggy. Also, additional cream can be added if batter is too thick.

Turkish Coffee

November 2010 - Istanbul Turkey

I am not sure what Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are up to these days but it sure isn't making anyone happy.

We had an ice storm for three days which led to cabin fever. This was Saturday and we didn't see the brunt of what hit the city.

By Monday school was cancelled and trees were down, Many people had lost power over the weekend as well.

For breakfast I made lined a muffin tin with a slice of ham, some kale and onion, added an egg and a tablespoon of milk, topped with grated cheddar cheese and a slice of mushroom and baked for 20 minutes. I would use less time if I made them again.

We started watching season one of Peaky Blinders and we are both totally addicted.

What does Peaky Blinders mean?
Members of this gang wore a signature outfit: tailored jackets, a lapel overcoat, button waistcoats, silk scarves, bell-bottom trousers, leather boots, and peaked flat caps.

The name Peaky Blinders is popularly said to be derived from a practice of stitching razor blades into the peak of their flat caps, which could then be used as weapons. Historian and criminal profiler John Douglas asserted that these hats were used as a weapon of choice for members. It is believed that members sewed razor blades into their caps so they could headbutt enemies, essentially blinding them.

We were intrigued by the theme song as well, it is by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds from Australia. Read the interesting story behind the song here.

By the end of the week we had watched three seasons and found that we have to wait for season four!

And that Leonard Cohen had a song in season three.

Along with some ice cream.

For dinner we had pizza.

Lots more rain and ice. And lots more Peaky Blinders!!

Oh the women's clothes are fabulous!

Dinner was roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed turnip and rainbow carrots with homemade gravy.

RAIN again.

More Peaky Blinders and leftovers for dinner.


My BFF and I went on a shopping spree, well, I did, she didn't buy anything!

Crazy shoes on display.

Then it was snowing at lunch hour (yes snow on April 17) so we decided to check out the new Assembly Chef's Hall.  This is not your average food court by any means. Upscale restaurants around the city have opened up stands serving up unique and tasty menus from around the world.

We wandered but then both settled on the lobster roll from Bluenose Lobster. It was incredible!

We had cheese and crackers for dinner. I had bought a duck pate at Longo's but we both spit out the first mouthful and it immediately went into the garbage, which is very unusual for us.

We had wanted to see Downsizing based on the previews. It turns out it was a flop at the box office but we liked it. Starring Matt Damon, it is tagged as science fiction. Based on the previews I had expected a comedy but it definitely wasn't.
Hong Chau, first as a house cleaner and then his girlfriend is delightful.


I headed out early to return one of the tops, it was a designer label top on sale for $42 but once I looked at it, it was such shoddy sewing I took it back.

So I then got a pair of black capri leggings on sale for $20 and then a matching lime pair of jean leggings and a top.

I had wanted to make falafels for a long time, we had tried them out once a long time ago and neither of us liked them. I used this recipe along with some items from other recipes. I added lemon juice and some olive oil to the blender and then some chickpea flour to bind them. They were good but I would greatly increase the cilantro, cumin, coriander and chili along with more garlic and onions. I served them with tzatiziki, cucumber slices, red onion on a gluten free foccacia.

My ice cream maker arrived! It is something I have hemmed and hawed about for some time.

I settled on the Kitchenaid attachment model, more expensive than a standalone maker but it was a good price at Costco.

For dinner, I couldn't find my trusty recipe for chicken Parmesan so I went with this one. It was not as good as my favourite, which I found on Thursday, it is called chicken mozzarella, which is why I couldn't find it!


We headed to Aroma on King St. for Indian food.

We got into the restaurant before the office crowds arrived at noon.
Within five minutes of this photo this place was packed with a lineup out the door.
It is an all you can eat buffet.

My plate, starting from the top, naan bread, vegetable pakora, rice, goat curry, beef rogan josh, chicken tawa.

John had the goat, beef, tandor chicken and butter chicken without the naan.
However, we learned later that there was likely gluten in some of the dishes to John's distress. Most Indian food is gluten free as they usually use chickpea flour.
I have since found another Indian restaurant that does state it is gluten free that we will try.

How to make chicken tawa.

We then went to Bulk Barn as I needed to stock up on baking supplies.

When we turned the corner to our place there were several Toronto Hydro trucks which didn't bode well.

The power was out! We survived the ice storm on the weekend without any outages, unlike our friends who were cold and without power on Sunday for fourteen hours.
Seems it went out at noon.

At least we have auxiliary power and had an elevator working. Once we were settled in it was very warm as the sun was pouring in. We settled with our readers until mine needed charging. Note to self - do something else in the daylight and save e-reader for dark!

We had already decided that after that big lunch we only wanted cheese and crackers for dinner, so power was no issue. We then watched a couple of DVDs on John's laptop.

Power was restored at 3:30 AM Friday morning.


Everyone had stories of what they did while the power was out and I learned a few tips while waiting for the bus.

I snapped this from the bus. If you were a tourist in Toronto this week and you had plans to visit the CN Tower and Aquarium this would have been your only view. You can see the yellow police tape.

Since the ice storm on the weekend the area has been closed off as ice has been blowing off the Tower. On Monday the first pieces went into the roof of the Rogers Centre causing cancellation of the Blue Jays game.

Here are the industrial roofers who scaled the stadium’s dome this week to patch it up.
Photo from the Toronto Star.

I had half the chickpea mixture from the other day so I put it into the food processor and added siracha, lemon juice, and lots of cumin, hot curry power and more garlic. They tasted so much better and got John's blessing.

John coerced me to watch a series he found called The Leftovers.

The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure", the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world's population, on October 14, 2011. Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.For dinner I made a clean out the fridge beef stew which turned out to be excellent, it's all about the sauce!! We had it with the cheese biscuits I had made and frozen last week.


We both finished The Cartel and were amazed at the complexity and details Winslow required to develop this work.
It was one of those books that left you wondering what you could read next that would be as satisfying.

I opted for Smile by Roddy Doyle which was as different to The Cartel as possible!
It is a short read that will leave you totally gobsmacked!!

I started The Night The Lights Went Out which started as a cosy Southern story with lots of  Southern hospitality. Well, that soon changes when there is an anonymous blog being written about the small town and its inhabitants. Things are turning nasty.


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