Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

Some historical Toronto doors.

Casa Loma part 1   part 2

The Old Post Office

Mackenzie House

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Campbell House

Monday, June 19, 2017


June 2017 - Toronto ON

Tuesday Treasures

Pictorial Tuesday   Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

December 2012 - Jerome AZ

More posts about Jerome.

Wordless Wednesday
Old Cars
2012 Sedona to Las Vegas

Known at one time as “The Largest Ghost Town in America,” Jerome, Arizona was once thought to have been lost to abandonment. The town has made a successful resurgence in recent years and is now home to a population of almost 500 people, a number of preserved historic sites, and an active artist community. However, its legacy of abandonment is far from forgotten.

It is more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Phoenix along State Route 89A between Sedona and Prescott. Supported in its heyday by rich copper mines, it was home to more than 10,000 people in the 1920s.

The Liberty Theater originally opened in 1918. It featured silent movies and vaudeville acts until its closing in 1929.
It was built to seat 536 people. Tickets were purchased at the front ticket booth for 20 to 30 cents, the cheaper seats being the balcony.

Jerome is referred to in the Barenaked Ladies album, All In Good Time, released in 2010. It is the title of Track 9 with references to Mingus Mountain, from which Jerome can be seen. Folksinger Kate Wolf wrote and recorded a song, "Old Jerome", first released on a posthumous album, The Wind Blows Wild, in 1988.

John Olson's model railroad, the Jerome & Southwestern, was originally developed as a series of articles in Model Railroader magazine and later released in book form. The plans for the model suggest a track layout (diorama) based on locations in and near Jerome.

The novel Muckers (2013) by Sandra Neil Wallace, a former sportscaster for ESPN, is a historical novel for young adults that is based on the Jerome High School football team of 1950. The team went undefeated that year, shortly before the copper mine closed and Jerome's population dwindled. Jerome is the setting for the Witches of Cleopatra Hill series of novels by Christine Pope the novel Jerome Times: Ghosts Upon the Page by Terry Molloy, and a collection of biographical stories, Rich Town Poor Town: Ghosts of Copper's Past by Roberto Rabago.

Built in 1898 by David Connor, the Connor Hotel of Jerome has a colorful past, ranging from the heights of luxury to the depths of squalor and back again. Originally designed with 20 rooms upstairs, this first-class lodging establishment also offered a barroom, card rooms, and billiard tables on the first floor. Rooms were rented on the “European plan” for the princely sum of $1.00 per night. The Connor’s telephone number was 8. The stone foundations were quarried from the hills around Jerome, and the brick was fired in nearby Cottonwood, in the yard of Messrs. Britton and Sharp.

The Connor Hotel circa 1899

Before the turn of the century, David Connor’s hotel had burned to the ground twice, along with many other fine buildings in Jerome’s crowded downtown.

David Connor was fortunate in that he was one of the only two business owners in town to carry insurance, in the handsome amount of $14,500. As a result, he was immediately able to rebuild the hotel, unlike many other buildings lost to fire in the conflagrations that swept Jerome before the turn of the century.
After it reopened in August of 1899, it enjoyed a heyday of being one of the finest lodging establishments in the booming mining towns of the West. The hotel had its own bus for delivering guests to the train depot, and was full to capacity much of the time. It was one of the earliest buildings in Jerome to be fully wired for electricity, and each room had a call bell for service.

Jerome had a post office by 1883. It added a schoolhouse in 1884 and a public library in 1889. After four major fires between 1894 and 1898 destroyed much of the business district and, in 1898, half of the community's homes, Jerome was incorporated as a town in 1899. Incorporation made it possible to collect taxes to build a formal fire-fighting system and to establish building codes that prohibited tents and other fire hazards within the town limits.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Best Day Of My Life - American Authors

December 2012 - Arizona

I had fun matching up the lyrics. I used photos we took December 2012 in Sedona and Cottonwood.

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh [x2]

I stretched my hands out to the sky

We danced with monsters through the night
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh [x2]

I'm never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don't wake me now

This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

I howled at the moon with friends

And then the sun came crashing in
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh [x2]
But all the possibilities
No limits just epiphanies
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh [x2]

I'm never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, just don't wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
I hear it calling outside my window

I feel it in my soul (soul)
The stars were burning so bright
The sun was out 'til midnight
I say we lose control (control)
This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gonna be
The best day of my life
Everything is looking up, everybody up now
This is gonna be the best day of my li-ife
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

May 2017 - Toronto ON


Artist: Phillip Woolf, October 1992
Location: 2340 and 2348 Kingston Road Scarborough

The unique “double” mural, painted on facing walls by Phillip Woolf, depicts two eras in the life of Spooner’s Garage. Built in 1926 and rebuilt in 1947, the garage was located on the south side of Kingston Road in Cliffside Village. Owner Art Spooner kept the business alive during the Depression of the 1930s by offering a variety of services such as driving lessons, a restaurant and a 24-hour towing service. For a few years a tame bear kept on the property was a popular local attraction.

My Recipe Box - A Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup

June 2017 - Toronto ON

I am obsessed with Asian food these days. I just love the flavours and the freshness of the ingredients. This coconut curry soup was absolutely delicious and we forgot to get a photo of it plated.
For this recipe I made a trip to Chinatown, always an adventure. We have several Chinatowns in Toronto but my favourite is on Spadina in downtown.
Wikipedia decribes laksa as:
Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Peranakan cuisine. Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup; either based on rich and spicy curry coconut milk, or based on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). It can be found in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Southern Thailand.

The paste is the heart of this dish and I enjoyed making it from scratch! Laksa paste is basically lemongrass, chilies, shallots, galanga, turmeric, spices and dried shrimp all blended up in the food processor, then sauteed in a pot with a little oil to deepen the flavor.
I did come across the jarred version in Chinatown so it is easy to find.

I have marked any adjustments/changes in red below. I used what I had on hand.
I did find lemongrass powder at the Bulk Barn on the same trip to Chinatown which will be handy.

Laksa Soup - A Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup

Serves: 4-6


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 recipe for Laksa Paste (see below) or 1 Jar of Prepared Laksa Paste
6 cups chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon palm or brown sugar
1½ pounds chicken (breast or thigh meat) cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pound raw large shrimp (peeled )
2 cups thick coconut milk (do not use “lite”)
12 fish balls (optional - available in the frozen section of the Asian Market) I didn't use as I wasn't sure if they were gluten free
1-2 cups fried tofu- (optional- available in the refrigerated section at the Asian market) sliced didn't use because we don't like it.
3-4 cups fresh bean sprouts
1- 1½ pounds fresh thin rice noodles (refrigerated section at the Asian market) I bought dried at the grocery store on another day prior to going to Chinatown.
Lime Juice to taste ( 1-2 limes)
Fish Sauce to taste

Garnishes: lime wedges, cilantro, Vietnamese mint, sambal chili paste, fried shallots (available in jars at Asian market) I used lime wedges, cliantro and fresh scallions. 

Homemade Laksa Paste
4-5 dried red chilies I used 3 fresh red Thai chilies
2 tablespoons dried shrimp (available at Asian Markets) bought in Chinatown
5 shallots (about 1 cup) roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons galanga - finely chopped I used ginger
2 large lemongrass stocks - finely chopped (1/2 cup chopped) - find frozen chopped lemongrass at the Asian market. I used fresh 
1 teaspoon fresh turmeric (or ground is OK, too)
6 candle nuts or substitute cashews, brazil nuts or macadamia (optional- you can leave the nuts out) I used cashews
1 tablespoon shrimp paste (or shrimp sauce)
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

To make Laksa Paste: Seep dried chilies and dried shrimp in boiling water for 20 minutes. Prep and place all the other ingredients, except oil in a food processor. Drain shrimp and chilies and add to food processor. Blend until finely chopped, scraping down sides as needed. Add oil and continue blending until it becomes a fine paste. Don’t let the smell or taste scare you. It will all balance out in the end.
I was glad that she noted not to worry about the smell or taste as it was true!


Make the Laksa paste (or use store-bought). See notes below.
In a large heavy bottom soup pot or dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat. 
Add all the Laksa Paste, and saute, stirring constantly until it becomes very fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. (turn stove fan on).
Add chicken broth and sugar.
Bring to a boil. Add chicken, lower heat to aS simmer, and cook for 4 minutes. Add shrimp. Cook for 1-2 minutes, add coconut milk, fish balls and tofu. Simmer until heated through.
Squeeze lime juice, starting with a ½ a lime, and more to taste.
Add fish sauce to taste, adding a teaspoon at a time.
In a separate pot, heat enough water to cover the fresh rice noodles. Once water is boiling add the rice noodles, turn heat off, and let rice noodles stand, heating up for 2 minutes, drain. Since I had dried, I did some research and found that I could simply drop them into the soup.
Divide noodles among bowls. Ladle soup over top of noodles. Top bowls with an handful of fresh bean sprouts, fresh cilantro and mint and a sprinkling of crispy shallots. Serve with chili sauce and lime wedges.