Monday, 30 September 2013

#Cuisine Today I'm a lazy cook #Cooking Korean Beef with Garlic Stems and Shittake Mushrooms

Today, I'm a lazy cook. So I marinated beef ribs overnight in this Korean barbecue sauce (I rarely use sauces that are already made) 


Chopping garlic stems


Cook the beef till it is well cooked


Add the mushrooms


And garlic stems


And cook for a couple of minutes


That's it!


Enjoy your meal 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

A good friend is someone who brings home a large live lobster ... #Friendship #Cuisine #Cooking

... And then we get started on cooking it


This is the largest lobster I've cooked!
The cutting board and my large knife look so little 



What you need ...



Chop onions, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Fry the onions till they are light brown, then add the garlic, ginger, green chillies and fry a few minutes. Add Kashmiri chilly powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, coriander powder, and when the mixture begins to stick to the pan, add a finely chopped tomato, and a little vinegar to prevent sticking to the pan.
Add the lobster which must be cut at the joints. For large pieces crack the shell so that the spices penetrate in for flavour. 



Mix very well to prevent sticking to the pan, turn off the heat, keep shut and allow to cook for about the time it takes to set up the table and have a sip of Gew├╝rztraminer




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Friday, 20 September 2013

Making Memories: On the Viking Trail to Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland


On our previous road trip to Newfoundland we only managed to drive across from Port aux Basques to St John's, so this time our aim was to visit Gros Morne and drive the Viking Trail all the way up to L'Anse aux Meadows 




The first days drive from Toronto was approximately 1,500 kilometres (or 930 miles if you prefer). We simply wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, quickly.
About an hour before it got dark, entering into New Brunswick, we saw this moose by the side of the road. Fortunately for the moose, and us, there was a fence between us ...


As tall as a horse ... almost






We saw a loon attacking a family of ducks and ducklings ...


At Alma beach you get to sit outside and watch the tides rise, while eating lobster served on a newspaper. This is not a restaurant 




This is one place the children remembered from our previous trip and wanted to visit again ... 




The Bay of Fundy is known for having one of the highest tidal ranges in the world. Take a look at NASA's view of the tides


Here you can walk the ocean floor, but you'll have to quickly walk back to the shore as the tide comes in ...

These two photos below from our first trip






Once upon a time, this skull used to belong to a whale


The photo below from our first trip when the weather was much nicer!



Yes, this sure is lobster country. I think you find the best lobsters on the planet here 



At Hopewell Rocks, the rocks are about 50 to 70 feet tall and have been shaped by tidal erosion. 
Too many tourists here! I prefer lesser traversed trails 





Driving in ...


This is one big boat!





Saw lots of dolphins this time, and a few whales on our previous trip


Spent most of my time on the top deck watching the peaceful ocean, and taking in the sea breeze, while everyone else was watching movies indoors  


This is what the weather is like usually



But over the next few days we experienced the best weather possible.

Entering Gros Morne National Park


I love driving Route 430 on the Viking Trail from Deer Lake to St Anthony. 
This drive reminded me of my childhood, and the coastal drives we used to do by the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa back in the '60's



Some amazing rock formation, all carved out by waves and tides






If you love history, you must watch this short documentary called The Vinland Mystery



This is the land of icebergs






While we were having lunch, we noticed the iceberg in the background had moved several hundred metres away ... 

from here ....



To here ...



More icebergs!




L'Anse aux Meadows is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world


This is where the Vikings first landed in North America


2,885 kilometres away from home ...




Lobster traps


A common mode of transport in these parts


Gas stations are not very common on this route. I couldn't find a Shell gas station so I switched






These are the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park.
What you see here are rocks from the ocean floor and the earth's mantle formed as a result of plate tectonics



We saw two black bears, less than fifteen minutes apart on highway 431 ...


This made our day


The second bear


Rocky Harbour



The food, the service and the friendly folk at Fisherman's Landing Restaurant was memorable! We went there twice 



Western Brook Pond is a fjord located in the Long Range Mountains





On our way back we saw two coyotes playing by the side of the road (sorry this picture is out of focus)


Sydney, Nova Scotia



This duck was on her way home, and so were we ...


Back home. At 5,970 kilometres, this is one of the short road trips we've done




Grateful to GOD for the journey! 

If you love road trips, please check out road trip to the Rockies