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Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Good Winter Soup

Hello, Chef Sandy here. Winter is a great time to make a big pot of soup. Given what we have in the garden - leeks - we are going to make Cream of Leek & Potato soup.

First... you need some leeks. These are from the garden. They are beary dirty and need to be cleaned well.

Hmmm... that's not a lot. But that's OK... we have some extra from the store. You also need potato - I did a good job of cubing it.

Chop up the leeks "roughly"... whatever that means... I guess don't do it gently or something.

You also need garlic... three cloves... heh heh.

Yes... that is one head of garlic and it is ONE clove. Crazy... we'll make that into "3" cloves.

Sautee the leeks and garlic in some butter until everything wilts...

Then you have to have some chicken stock ready...

We didn't quite have enough, so we added some veggie stock.

Add that to the leeks along with the potatoes. Some thyme and bay leaves, salt and pepper as well.

Let it cook until the potatoes are done....

Then... run it through the blender in small batches.

But make sure to fish out the bay leaves and thyme sprigs first!!!

Mmmm... I think this is going to be good!

 There we go... all blended... the only thing you need to add now is...

"Heavy cream"... must be a British thing. It's supposed to be 40% Milk Fat but we only go up to Whipping Cream at 33% Milk Fat. Our pal Richard said whipping cream would do just fine... So in it goes. And... taste test rated it 10/10!!! Yummers... Now if I could only send some to my stuffie pals...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

September Mystery Trip - Part 6

Righto... today is a bit of a different adventure. We are looking at ancient history (like from the 1940s). Mama says that back during the War, there was an army base here, with a squadron of fighter planes stationed at the airport. Sounds cool. She also says there are old army bunkers around... Let's see... Do you see it? There behind me? This is right along the highway.

Let's go check it out.

Ohhhh...kkkkkaaayyyy....

You know, Mama, you're familiar with this sort of stuff... so I bow to your expertise...

You go first...

No seriously... I'll be right behind you!

Well... that's not so bad... just some crazy graffiti...

And a hole in the roof... wonder if that was for ventilation? Maybe they stored munitions here?

Spooky place though.... and getting hard to see from the highway.

At the airport there is this thing... it was a artillery backer... or something...

With some cubbies in behind.... maybe they test fired artillery here?

More graffiti...

Cool though!

Down a few airport side roads... if you know where to look... you come to this....

Keep Out. Restricted Area. Mama remembers reading about a mobile hospital from the 1950s being stored somewhere up here as part of Canada's National Disaster Preparedness program. Apparently there were about 200 squirreled away across Canada. I wonder if it's in there??

And then we have this... beary interesting. A bunch of junk and...

Another bunker. But this one has a door... with a hole in it...

Uhhhh... what do you mean you went first last time and now I go first?

mmmm.... nope....

You're the one with the flashlight on the camera...

I am right behind you... (ready to run screaming away).

Ooooh... beary dark! At which point, Gramma said, "Be careful of rats!"... and we heard some rustling and... scrambled back with squeaks of terror... but it was just a porcupine.

There we go... Holy mackeral... it looks like a dumping ground for furniture and old plane tires. Stinks too like oil or something.

Quite large actually... bigger than the first one.

And... white tanks with EHS on them... that's Emergency Health Services, part of the old mobile hospital stash. Wonder if it's in the orange-door bunker?

This one has some seriously rickety stairs going up to a hut.

Which is derelict... wonder what was in here?

And some old piece of airport equipment. Somebody should report these guys for illegal dumping! And... that's our visit to Gramma!! Salmon, mushrooms, and old army bases!

Monday, November 28, 2016

September Mystery Trip - Part 5

Today we are out at the cross country ski trails. I know, it's a bit early for skiing... but we're not here to ski.... we are here to explore the woods for mushrooms!

Kind of spooky woods I have to say.

First find of the day... BAD mushroom. Cute but deadly.

There are a few spooky trails along here... probably old logging tracks...

And here... here we have the prize... the King Bolete... sooooo goood according to Gramma.

I hope we find more...

I see some!

After maybe half an hour we had quite the bag full...

Well... actually three bags full!

And someone got bear wet kneeling in the moss... and it wasn't Gramma.

Gramma did think to bring a snack... some almond marzipan crescents. Oh YUM!

That was fun! Now we just have to find our way out of here...

Follow me!

Whew... we made it back out in one piece.

And more snacks... I think they got my memo about the "no picnic" day earlier.

Now we just have to clean them.

And sautee them in some butter...

They sure smell yummy.

And then put them aside to freeze them... at least we're going to try that. Gramma is keeping some to eat fresh later but... there are way too many. She can make mushroom soup later.

And... fresh apple pie as a surprise! Did I mention I am a lucky bear?