Thursday, April 23, 2009
It all started with 2 wonderful books and the fact that Josh built me a kitchen that I love. The first book was TASTE, which is not a book but rather the BC Liquor store’s free food and wine magazine that has 100’s of great recipes ( paired with great bottles of wine of course)
It was a cold winter night, and after walking out of the store with a
faithful red tucked under my arm (and Jesse in the other) a bright
light shone from TASTE and I opened it to a life changing Brioche.
A savory cheve, caramelized onion and herbs brioche that is. I do believe there are many a great recipe for brioche with a chocolate filling too...I might have to tackle that next.
The 2nd and main cookbook that has brought me into this new break making addiction is Richard Bertinet’s ‘Crust’.
I’m writing all this as the house smells of fresh baked bread ( a light sourdough) and I can’t help but be passionately moved to talk about my love for bread. It’s not just the eating of it, I love making bread. I love the way it all starts as this wet goopy mush and forms into a beautiful ball of dough. ( I’d love to say that I have the time and arm stamina to do it all by hand, but I rely on my trust kitchenaid mixer) I love the smell, the artful way you can shape it, and cut patterns on the top to let the steam burst out. But yes, I do really really enjoy eating bread.
My heart was fluttering with warm fuzzies when I watched Ava sitting in her chair with a piece of bread in hand slowly eating around the edge of her bread- she was eating the crust first! She likes it, she really really likes it!
I had a 3rd grade teacher who used to always remind us that chewing produces saliva to help us digest our food and to Chew chew chew … 30 times per bite...and she did it!
No more of this crustless mushy 'wonder'bread. ( what is so wonderful about that stuff anyway? )
Well, I think it is time for a cup of tea, and of course , a slice of bread.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
My sister Lisamaire and her husband David are skiers- hard core skiers. Lisa is a woman who, after giving birth to a whopping 9lb.10oz baby ( very cute by the way) can fly down the mountain ( out of bounds) only 8 weeks after she popped him out.
Their son Ivor strapped on skis for the weekend ( at the age of 2) and 8 week old Grayson had a rare foot anomaly where he was actually born with skis attached to his feet.
Needless to say, we were thankful for this ski bum family to invite our family and my brother's family to get off our bums and get together.
We all met up at Powder King ski hill outside of PrinceGeorge BC. It was a central meeting grounds for all of us. Lisa's family came down from Grande Prarie, we had an equal distance drive from the west, and Jeff and his family made their way from Prince George.
Josh and I arrived at the cabin first, and the GrandPrarie ski bums arrived about an hour later. Ava was more than thrilled to see her cousin Ivor. They are only 2 weeks apart in age and kept themselves busy together for the whole weekend...very, very, busy.
Josh pulled out the super-dad card right away and sent me out the door to ski with David. We skied for the rest of that afternoon, getting to know the hill and steal some of that great untouched powder that this place is known for.
Now, David is a strong skier, and I ( Laura) have taken up telemark skiing ( aka- misery sticks) I really do enjoy this type of skiing, but it really really burns the quads...just imagine doing deep lunges all the way down a mountain. Needless to say, when we finished our day, I hobbled up the stairs of our cabin- legs shaking like they had 8 shots of espresso in them , and collapsed on the couch with a very important thing from the fridge: beer. I decided then and there that I was going to alpine ski for the rest of the weekend so I could survive. No more rock'n in the free-heeled world for this girl for a few days.
Lisa cooked supper - a pizza for a 5pm appetizer and after the kids went to bed we had good old dutch 'stumpot' ( Mashed potatoes with kale, served with Ukrainian sausage, mustard and lots of butter)
We all had a pretty good night's sleep and after some bacon and eggs Josh and David hit the slopes. I was on a mission to get the 2 year olds out side, and did we ever play. The snow piles on either side of the cabin 'drive way' were 10 feet high. We dug snow caves, made snow slides-with snow stairs, had a snow tea party in our snow house and even took the sleds to the hills and did some crazy tobogganing. All in all- they were quite worn out and ready for lunch and a nap. Jeff and Jenn arrived Saturday morning too. Part our our morning outside excitement was uncle Jeff chucking the kids to the top of the snow banks.
That afternoon a rare thing happened. The 3 siblings hit the slopes together- something that we haven't done for years. Jeff ripped up the hill on his snowboard, Lisa and I hooted and yipped all the way down the hill. A little bit of chocolate in Dad's honour and some other 'snacks' up the chair lift helped with the excitement.
We hit the cabin with grins on our faces and had a fabulous Valentines dinner to wrap up the day. Chicken enchiladas, Jenn's fabulous salad and some pretty amazing margaritas that Josh mixed up- made with snow, clean snow.
Sunday morning brought on David's famous Sunday morning pancakes and more skiing of course. Josh and I had the rare treat of heading out to the slopes together- sans kids!
After a morning of great snow and turns we hiked out of bounds to the summit of the mountain and rode a beautiful and long run all the way to the cabin complete with deep untouched powder, some tree skiing, ravines, little cliffs and a direct route to our cabin.
Sunday night brought more good food and a time to hang out. Monday morning we had one last family meal and took a few pictures of the whole gang.
We didn't have a cloud in the sky the whole weekend, and in the -18 winter sunshine we all headed home in our various directions vowing to do it all over again....hmmmm 5 toddlers running around a ski cabin. I think we can handle it.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We left a blustery Smithers on Sunday and met up with Haidi and kids who had arrived in Vancouver on a layover an hour ahead of us. So, on Aunt Julie's recommendation we all went to the Flying Beaver - a bar/restaurant that's located near vancouver airport on an estuary where all the float planes land & take off. We sat in a cheery, warm sun room and had some great seafood. We lingered over coffee and desert( well we lingered over coffee but the two enormous deserts were a full on race with the kids!) It was great to see Haidi, Lyra & Marley for a few hours. - Mum also presented Haidi with a thick handmade blanket for the new Baby!After getting the Telles back to the main terminal Mum and I made our way to Granville Island and checked into the only Hotel on the Island. We had a meal there and recharged for the next day. We woke to the sound of birds and gulls and a view of boats and water. Granville Island did not disappoint. Monday morning saw lots of sleepy arts students arriving to their classes. It was so much more peaceful than the city and still quite central for us as we were on foot.
We were out the door at 7:30 and had an amazing coffee and pastries at the market before catching a seabus to false creek. By 9:00 we were shopping at a kitchen store in chinatown and by 11:00 we were buying rugs at an afghan rug shop in gastown... Our next stop was lunch@ the YewBar in the four seasons downtown -- certainly overpriced.. but probably a great spot for a late night martini.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
This month seemed to just fly by! Here we are on the 31st - its snowing lightly and we've had the whole gamut of winter weather. We've had the really cold stuff, a big dump of snow, super warm and raining and back to minus five and light snow.
The family has certainly got some routines down. Laura does stroller or sled walks, I try and x-country ski twice a week. Ava does a bit of everything, drawing on walls, making forts, art, and gymnastics on Saturday mornings. Dad works and does paperwork.. Mum shops online.. and keeps things completely ship shape on the home front.
Drumming with Mom
Winter with the two kids has taken it's toll too - some days we're on the edge of insanity .. and then its FINALLY bedtime for Ava - its mainly her who works us over. We really love these little people and some days I look at their childhood and already it seems to be going by so fast. Jesse is such a sweetie ! Right now He's into sitting up, watching his sister and eating - He can really pound back the rice cereal and mashed veggies!He loves the cat and has recently mastered the art of drumming too~!
I think I'll take this opportunity to sign off and nap while the rest of the Wimbushes are doing
just that. -J
Sledding with Liam in Telkwa