Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Settling

It's been about a month since I moved into my new home and my room finally feels properly settled. I've got glow in the dark stars on the ceiling and artwork on the walls.

Nov 25, 2014
I'm still swamped with homework but there's only two and a half more weeks of school to go. It'll be nice to have the holidays off to relax and recuperate. Cheers!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Busy Cooking

I'm responsible for the Dark Chocolate Mushroom Millefeuille with White Bean Purée in the college restaurant this week. The flavours aren't to my liking but I'm happy with how it looks at least. Chocolate, rosemary and mushrooms shouldn't mix, so far as I am concerned! Still, it's fun to assemble. Cheers!

Dark chocolate mushroom millefeuille and white bean purée

Friday, November 7, 2014

Scholarship Weekend

I was one of the lucky few to win a scholarship from the Canadian Hospitality Foundation and part of that was being invited to their gala award ceremony and charity ball down in Toronto. My boyfriend lives about halfway there so I took the opportunity to visit him too. Unfortunately only the scholarship winners were given a free dinner, everybody else had to pony up $450 a person so I attended alone. The food was divine though! Not to mention how I felt in the lovely dress my boyfriend bought me for my birthday so I could have something decent to wear to the ceremony.

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My mountain-man and I :) And yes that's a bear skin rug on the floor behind me. I love his cabin home. I didn't get to stick around too long though since it was still several hours drive to the ceremony in Toronto. The food alone was worth it!

Ceremony Menu CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 M CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 L CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 K They did a lot of modern stuff with their food presentation, like this plastic 'papillote' instead of using wax paper, which was really neat. Although I got the impression that non-foodies were more than a little confused by it.
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The wine was free-flowing and delicious, including a sparkling wine later in the evening. Their sorbet presentation was gorgeous too; instead of in a dish, it was served in an specially made ice bowl with a little electric candle in the base lighting it from the inside. There was even live entertainment!
CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 G CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 F CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 E By the time dessert came around I felt like I was going to explode. There was even a cheese plate after the dessert, but I didn't photograph that because I was too far into my food coma. But I actually got to eat some edible gold leaf, fancy! I drove home late and slept like the dead that night.
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The Sunday with my honey was leisurely. We went out for a paddle - he paddled, I enjoyed - on the lake and generally just enjoyed each other's company. I cooked us up a leg of lamb for dinner and we drank plenty of tasty wine. CHF Weekend Oct 25-27 A I snapped this last photo off the Monday morning when I was leaving to drive home and head to my afternoon classes. It was a decadent and most enjoyable weekend all around. I still have a bunch of photos from my class trip to Niagara to share too but I have a ton of homework to finish - which explains my general absence here - before I get around to that. Cheers!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thankful Flashback

I've been crazy busy with moving and homework and other things recently so I'm only just now getting around to posting photos from thanksgiving. My honey came up and spent the weekend and joined my family and I for thanksgiving dinner.

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Chunky Dog took a shine to my honey almost instantly, which was pretty adorable. That dog is such a suck up snuggle bug. He'll love up anybody who'll let him now that he knows he can.
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Thanksgiving 2014 A I'm not nearly as tall as my honey, I was just wearing heels. Our differences in skin tone always amuses me. He's a carpenter and avid outdoors-man and spends most of his time working outside so the sun has done its work. Meanwhile I'm white as a sheet! Now I'd best get ready for another day of moving the last bits and bobs out of my apartment and prep for hitting the road... I have an award ceremony to attend in the Big Smoke! Cheers!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Orange Duck

I was tasked with the duck in the college restaurant this past week. Decent for the first week open but turning all those little vegetables ate up a huge chunk of my time and I couldn't come up with a creative garnish. Hence the lame little piece of orange supreme.

This week I'm doing service work in the dining room so I don't have to worry about cooking anything, but next week I'm on starch and vegetables. I have to come up with tasty and attractive vegetables that can be easily portioned. Exciting... Cheers!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vintage

I picked up this skirt while vintage hunting in Paris, France. It's a fantastic skirt on its own as it is but the fact of where I purchased it makes it all the more special to me.

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This is the last outfit photo from my old apartment. I'll have to find somewhere new to take photographs here! Cheers...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Last

I sold my last snake tonight. He was the first of my snakes back in 2009, Galen the ball python. I'm still crying over it, and I'm going to miss him. But this is what needed to happen so I can do what's best for me.

Oct 4 2014 Now there's just two geckos. The four remaining tarantulas I am giving to my classmate. This horrible process is almost done...