Saturday, 13 January 2018

Cooking a not-so-spicy duck roast for our guests!


The recipe is similar to the one for goat, but the process is different,
And yes, this too has star anise!


The potatoes look orange 'cos they are cooked separately in the pot in which the duck was cooked


Stay healthy!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Prayer is a two-way communication with GOD

There is nothing more amazing than that feeling, when an unseen GOD responds to prayer! 
It’s happened before, and it happened again. 
This time that response came to me in the form of a couple of phone calls, 
and emails from people I know.
Prayer is a two-way communication with GOD, and when I don’t hear from HIM, 
it means the communication lines are broken at my end. 
It’s like me giving you my phone number, 
but me doing nothing to fix my phone when it is broken.


GOD’s line of communication is always open, and HE is always listening, 
and waiting to say something. 
But I won’t hear him even if my lines are okay, if I am listening to something else (distractions).

Here’s how to pray, and how not to pray.
Do it the way Jesus said, 
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners 
and in the synagogues where everyone can see them
I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get
But when you pray, go away by yourself
shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private
Then your father who sees everything, will reward you


True prayer can only happen if:

1) I know GOD, not know of GOD (these are two different things)
2) If I worship HIM in Spirit and in Truth
Because GOD is a Spirit. 
HE’s not someone like you and me. And I need to be completely honest and truthful.

To summarize, 
if I want to pray (communicate) with GOD, 
I can only do that if I know GOD, 
if I keep the communication lines open, 
and if I listen.

Best wishes to you on your journey with GOD!!


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Cooking a spicy Goat Curry with star anise

Many are sneezing, some are coughing,
Which means it's time for me to do some cooking with star anise!


Every year during the flu season, I cook a variety of spicy curries,
To prevent the flu.
All of them with star anise.

This is a goat curry with potato.
You can use this recipe with chicken, duck or pork


Enjoy!


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Hurrying to Union Station, Toronto on a rainy night

A few years ago, 
I used to work at a small downtown office just off Yonge Street in Toronto


One night after work, 
I was hurrying to Union Station to catch a GO train home, 
while it was raining


The CN Tower was lit in green and red,
And the sky was a spectacular blue and purple!


That's a GO bus on my way to the train station


This is a view walking from Yonge Street towards Union Station, 
past the Union Station GO bus terminal

I started this painting earlier this month (December 2017),
And have some finishing touches to do tomorrow,
Hence it's postdated to 1st January 2018.

Happy New Year to YOU, if you see this post!!


16"x 20" oil painting on canvas

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Winter walk at -35° C

*** Updated 5th Jan 2018

This is not a Christmas decoration. It is an icicle
Never stand underneath a roof with one of these.
It's a weapon of ice destruction!
😅


We are only two weeks into winter, 
and they say tonight it's going to feel like -36° C
so decided to go for a one hour night walk to experience 'extreme cold'


That's a nice skating rink, made out of  ...
.... ice
But there's nobody skating


Not a soul in sight, anywhere.
Not even a rabbit.



I must admit, at -35° C it does feel a bit cold



Stay warm folks!

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Winter walk at -27 ° C on the 26th of December


Love evening walks in winter.
No coyotes or rabbits today ...


When you go walking, you don't need parking!


In some places the snow is more than a foot deep


There's a certain shade of pink and purple in the winter sky!


Happy Boxing day folks!