Friday, June 26, 2009

Farm Trip!

I have a buttload of blog drafts here, just going through them. Mostly they are just random thoughts and songs I felt like sharing at the time. However this one was going to be about this amazing trip I took with a bunch of George Brown folks. We went up to Grey County and had a wicked day taking in a huge farmers market and cattle auction (Keady Farmers Market), a grassroots grain company, an organic diary and a cute 100 mile market.

We enjoyed a completely 100 mile lunch buffet at Rocky Racoon Cafe in Owen Sound. That was really excellent. The Nepalese chef was all in red, smiling and passionate, eager to talk to us about how his restaurant works with local people and farmers to bring a new menu every day. The buffet had mainly curries and fresh local fish and veg. The walls were dark purple and covered in hundreds and hundreds of sets of salt and pepper shakers.

At the 100 mile market I bought a pack of 12 eggs in different hues ranging from molasses brown to toothpaste green and periwinkle blue. Apparently they are from chickens that belong to a dentist in the area who also grows lavendar after her great aunt. Lovely. I also bought an elk pepperoni stick, and a 10 pound sack of Red Fife Flour.

The organic diary was most interesting to me. Run by two german families, it was the cleanest farm I have ever been on in my life, not a speck of dirt, even the cows looked polished and dapper. I saw a baby cow coming right out of his mom, in a nice gooey sac. She looked mildly unnerved haha. Also, I was licked by a baby cow, a Bernese Mountain dog named Sam, and a small pregant cat. Very inspiring day.

Here's a wee article and clip from the trip if you're interested. Mostly I'm just writing this down for posterity.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Oh Me Oh My


Mos Def - Workers Comp.

Electrik Red - We Fuck You

Monsters are Waiting - I Wanna Be Adored

The Chalets - C'est Supercool

Baking caaaaakkkkke!

This is the carrot cake I made for Mindy (Cory's awesome Boss Lady) for Fathers Day! I've made this recipe three times now, always with success. It produces a dense, moist, ultra carroty cake with a very compact crumb which makes cutting it a breeze. The icing is fluffy, smooth and easy to work with. The lemon juice highlights the tangy cream cheese and downplays the sweetness, which I like. Tis a nice cake.

I swapped walnuts for pecans, turned the leftover brown sugar carrot juice and pineapple juice drippings into a simple syrup to brush over the cake to keep it moist, and added a little bit of whipping cream to the batter.. just 'cuz. Don't judge.

Carrot Cake

* 6 cups grated carrots
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1 cup grated coconut
* 4 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 3/4 cup vegetable oil
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

1. In a medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes, then stir in coconut.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 10 inch cake pans.
3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in the white sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir in the pineapple. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir into the wet mixture until absorbed. Finally stir in the carrot mixture and the pecans Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. When completely cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Icing
(Makes 4 cups)

2 250-g packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest *(I left this out)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
2. Add in butter and continue to beat.
3. Reduce speed to low and add icing sugar, scraping sides as necessary.
4. Mix in remaining three ingredients, continuing to beat until fluffy.
5. If not using immediately, transfer to a container, cover lightly and chill.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


When I grow up I want to be a Cape Rain Frog.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Prune Bum

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

Grizzly Bear vs. Dead Prez - Two Weeks of Hip Hop

I love Sundays.

So, I woke up to piles of dishes. Literally stacks of stacks, encrusted with week old butter cream sludge. It was a severe situation. I got the fuck out of there.

And went swimmmingggggg! Wrinkled myself up right and pruney, then sauna'd my brains out of my skull into a puddle beneath my wrinkly ass. It was lovely.

I then skipped my prune-bum off to the boyfriends and despite much thunder and lightening and distraction of all sorts managed to somehow convince him to let me buy him some breakfast. Also, as a side note, he got mace in his face last night. Hilarious.

Then it was breakfast, a pitcher of Amsterdam on a rooftop patio in the sunlight, followed by naps and horror movies.

Now I am home. There's groceries in the fridge, and I am happy. The apartment is still covered in dishes but I have neglected them for 5 days, whats another 12 hours or so? My plan for the rest of the evening is to eat chocolate and watch Kate Winslet movies while Cory is off at his friends playing videogames and eating BBQ chicken. We are grownups.

P.S: That Grizzly Bear track is exactly Tears for Fears

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mmm Jerbs!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Blueberry Birthday Pieeeee!

That leaaaked out one of its holes! Leaked sweet blueby goodness! Mmmm, hmmm. Happy Birthday, Stinkass!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bloody Ballsy

Article here.

Spicy like Groin Pain

XDS - Argentine Pears.mp3
Grizzly Bear - Knife
Blockhead - Cheer
Up You're Not Dead.mp3
France Gall - Nefertiti.mp3
The Toothaches - Sophia

Hello melon ballers,

I'm coming to you live from my dining-bed-living room. All around me lies the evidence of carnage and devastation. The remains of many brave chocolate popsicles litter the quilted landscape. Bingo tickets have been scratched like a cheap paint job and tossed away in crumpled balls. Like a queen among the rubble a chub belled cat sighs disdainfully at the Dorito cheese goo that coats her furry hide. Yes, my cat is now nacho cheese flavoured.

Well, what happened was, I have the evening to MYSELF! So I went and filled it with popsicles and chips and gambling and internet boobs and what not. It's a maelstrom of disreputable happenings. It's really wild. I may watch a Kate Winslet movie later on even. WHY THE FUCK NOT!

Earlier I couldn't decide whether I should try to sneak into the Grizzly Bear show across the road or bake a pie. Of course pie always wins out (less walking involved + more eating involved = win) but I have no flour so I
m just laying around being a minimum wage sensualist indulging in my convenience store sins.

Also I can hear the people on their way to the Grizzly Bear show talking outside my window about granola, so I made the right choice.

This week has been mental man. My brain is numb, my feet are screaming, my back is cracky and I look like a fucking lobster faced goon. I mean, this is my face:

RAWWRRRBsteR. Scary.

And now, for a reason I cant completely ascertain, babies dressed up, as lobsters:


Poor taste, or delicious taste?

This may just be some kind of crazy latin communion dress, but close enough.

I don't understand, these pictures are clearly not taken for halloween. Is this what poor people serve at dinner parties and pretend they are rich and eating fancy foods? There's approximately 13981230912 pictures of babies in fucked up lobster costumes on the internet, what the hell is going on. I WANT ANSWERS!

Their future:

Also it's not limited to babies, this scurge has also been infecting dogs.

Haha. This dog is so disappointed in you.