Saturday, August 29, 2009

Violinist Marries

Violinist and Roll Kuchen married and we all had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect and the sky filled with gorgeous clouds. Just a bit of sun broke through to shine on our lovely Roll Kuchen while she was being photographed. Isn't she beautiful? Violinist got a wife - we finally got a daughter!I got to wear my Tadashi - navy and some pumps I last wore when Buff was just a little boy of three. Judging by the heels, I see that if you hang onto stuff long enough or have a closet like mine where things go missing for decades, you will be right back in style again, someday. Assuming of course you find what you forgot you had. Buff is that handsome young man on the far left above. Fun is the next young man, then Violinist in front and behind is Roll Kuchen the bride and behind her, is Speedy. Med Student Friend is the tall young man on the right. What a great group of friends!
(Photos by GG. The real photographer is Vicki Bartel.)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Speedy Bicycle Stolen

If you are in Windsor, Ontario or Essex County and see this bicycle or have seen it minus the cute guy below, please report it to the Windsor, Ontario police. Poor old Speedy had his bicycle stolen the morning of Wednesday, August 19th sometime between 0930 and 1030 hrs from the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor.
Now he has to bum rides and take public transportation and that's very annoying. This bicycle is Speedy's "car" and he needs it to get himself around The City, kill himself running triathlons and has even used it to rescue his mother from the clutches of the Canadian Health Care System (Bow down and kiss the earth.) We are all very sad about this and really don't want to have to put up with a mopey Speedy on account of someone's bad behaviour. Speedy is a poor student and needs his bicycle back. Click on any of the photos to have a better look at his bike.

(I don't know who took photos 1, 2 and 4, but to the person who did, thanks.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Places to Go, People to See, Things to Do

Places to go,
people to see,
things to do -
Plan to be back in September.

Monday, August 3, 2009

How to Freeze Tomatoes

The other morning I woke up to find a 19 pound box of ripe tomatoes on the kitchen table. Fun brought home discards from work, so I picked them over setting aside a few of the better ones for sandwiches that day and prepared the rest for the freezer. I have found over the years that it is far easier all around to prepare fruits or vegetables for winter by doing small batches. As the produce ripens and becomes available - eat as much as you can fresh and then do up small batches of the extra so the work does not become overwhelming.
After stemming and washing the tomatoes, they were plunged into boiling water and removed only when each tomato's skin had split. Just as soon as the split line appears, the tomato can be removed from the hot water.
Place them into a colander set into a bowl to allow the tomatoes to drain and cool.
When the tomatoes were cool enough to handle, I then slipped the skin right off.
Using a small paring knife, gently cut around the core.
Once cut around, using your thumb, push the core downward. The core will pop through and out the opposite end of the tomato.
Once finished skinning and coring, decide how to bag up the tomatoes. I used to use washed milk bags that come in the 4 litre bags here in Canada. This year I decided to use sandwich size ziploc bags as they hold about half the amount the milk bags do.
I evenly filled up the bags topping off each with the juice collected in the bowl of cores and skins. About six tomatoes fit into each bag. The bags seemed to be about the same size as a large tin of store tomatoes. Each bag will be just the right size for adding to a winter soup or lasagna or chili or salsa.
19 lbs. of tomatoes sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. Less the tomatoes for BLTs, I was able to freeze nine little bags of tomatoes. Canning would likely make more sense, space wise, but I've found freezing to be easier. However one chooses to do this, if done in little batches you will soon have lots of tomatoes tucked away for winter with not much effort.