Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.

Panama

Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.

Canada

Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

The vegetable garden with a toddler's touch!

The last few years our vegetable garden projects have been very rewarding but a lot of effort went into them none the less. Given how busy our toddler keeps us could we actually grow vegetables this year again? Only one way to find out.

Join us on our journey growing vegetables at home. Hope this will in turn encourage you to grow your own vegetables.



Week 1: The beds are prepped. We've also removed the lawn between the beds and will attempt to grow some more in the space.

Last year

This year

Home made bread - back to basics


Gingerbread cookies


Gingerbread cookies
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, 125 ml;
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, 175 ml;
  • 1/3 cup molasses, 70 ml;
  • 1 large egg;
  • 2 tablespoons water;
  • 2 2/3 cup flour, 600 ml;
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda;
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt;
  • 2 teaspoon ground dried ginger;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves;

Icing:
  • Icing sugar;
  • lemon juice;

Approach:
  • Mix the butter in a bowl with the sugar. Stir in molasses, egg and water. 
  • Beat up the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. 
  • Add in the butter mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 180 ° C (350 ° F). 
  • Roll the dough into thin slices, use a cookie cutter to mold into various shapes and place on a baking sheet and in a tray.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool. 
  • Decorate with a thick mixture of icing sugar and lemon juice,
  • Let it dry.

Christmas week in New York City

The Christmas decor in New York is fantastic and definitely worth checking out! Here are a few pictures taken during the Christmas week in New York City which hardly do it justice




 

Penang Char Kway Teow

Malaysian food is becoming one of my favorites of late. I decided to try making Penang Char Kway Teow


Ingredients (1 serving):-
  • 3 tablespoons oil, 30 ml;
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, 5 ml;
  • 1 small onion or spring onion, 10 g;
  • 1 tablespoon sambal chili paste;
  • 1 egg;
  • shrimp, 60 g;
  • rice noodles,150g;
  • a handful of soy sprouts, 30 g;
  • 1 tablespoon chives, 10 g;
  • 1/3 red chili peppers;
For the sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 15 ml;
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 10ml;


Procedure:
  1. Cook the pasta in salted water. Then we put them in cold water to  prevent sticking.
  2. Fry in hot oil, the garlic, onion and chili paste (sambal). Add egg and keep stirring. 
  3. Add the shrimp and cook gently. 
  4. Add in the pasta, pour in the sauce and sprinkle with sprouts and chives. Garnish with finely chopped red chilli peppers.

Autumn colors

Spent some time outdoors over the thanksgiving weekend enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Cameron Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Spent a lovely weekend with family and friends at a Cottage up at Cameron Lake in Kawartha Lakes.

Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore and Lake Louise, Alberta

Spent a weekend discovering Calgary. This beautiful country has so many pristine places. The Canadian Rockies are breathtaking and bring you inner peace as you spend time in this beautiful landscape. Here are few pictures from my weekend.

Sunset at Bow falls

Passed a black bear on the hike

The picturesque Bow river

Caribou at Banff

Canmore

Lake Louise


Sunrise at Sulphur Mountain

The Bow at downtown Calgary

Calgary skyline

Growing fruit at home

This is year two of our experiment growing fruit at home. Click here to read the previous post on our fruit garden. Despite the harsh winter most of our plants survived and have actually grown bigger. Doesn't look like we're going to get any pears this year. Had a bumper crop of red currents and blackberries. Our blueberries are recovering from too much acidity in the soil which we added.
Harvested our grapes

 Awaiting our blackberries

Red currents, Blackberries, Blueberries

The Flower Garden

This year we lost our Don Juan climbing rose despite trying to cover it over winter. So time for some new climbers. We got some Clematis which seem to be climbing well so far


Unionville Exotic Car Show

Here are some pictures taken at the Unionville Exotic Car Show, a great way to spend a bright Sunday afternoon