Thursday, October 16, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
the world is a lesser place after the sudden death of canadian freestyle and extreme skier JP Auclair. on september 29, 2014, he died in an avalanche in Patagonia, doing what he loved best. everyone in the ski community is terribly saddened by his loss: our hearts go out to his family and friends.
i featured this delightful video of Auclair, freestyling through some bc ski towns that I know and love. i have since moved back to one of those towns featured on the video: i live next door to the flat-roofed house 'twenty two sixty' shown in the beginning footage.
RIP JP. au revoir.
Monday, September 22, 2014
I arrived home at lunch to find this black bear (some black bears are brown - that's just the way it is in the bear world) literally 10 feet away from me (I was in the house at this point, and looking out my kitchen window - bears scare the shit out of me because they are HUGE and I am a little person. I'm always astounded at tourists who GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES for an up close and personal photograph of one of these beasts.) anywho, the bear had just demolished the garbage of the downstairs tenants (see September 21st post for my thoughts on that couple) and had moved on to the plum tree. In a flash he had skeedaddled to the top of the tree for a few sweet morsels of fruit. Despite his size (about 300 bulky pounds of fur and head and teeth and claws) he was remarkably agile, which is why one never climbs a tree to escape a black bear. he'll get there first and have his bib on, waiting for you...
Sunday, September 21, 2014
so where does the overactive part come in? well, my imagination has convinced me that the guy downstairs is a drug-dealer: a) he doesn't have a job b) he's off on frequent short trips in his truck (this is a small town folks, he could walk everywhere in 10 minutes TOPS, but it's easier to make a lot of drug deals when you drive, non? besides, passing off an eight-ball is more discreet in a truck than standing on main street) c) he rented the flat through kijiji d) and he spends afternoons strumming his guitar and croaking out horrible renditions of red hot chili peppers songs. further mind exaggeration: i also thought that he murdered his girlfriend shortly after they moved in, because who buggers off at 11:30 at night after yelling and banging and crashing around, and leaves their flat looking like a hurricane blew through it, and with a light on, and the bed stripped of its sheets? (yeah, i peeked in their window, because i figured if she was dead down there i ought to notify the cops before her body started decomposing in the summer heat - stop judging). anywho, turns out they just went off on a weekend camping trip.
my latest theory is that they're heroin addicts, going cold turkey...every morning, for about an hour, they both cough and cough and cough, and then retch endlessly, and then there is silence. until they drag themselves to consciousness about 2 in the afternoon, and then cough and retch again. (the sound-proofing in this place is NON-EXISTANT, if you get my drift...)
but maybe they just both have a bad cold...and are malnourished from a hot-plate diet of toast, and mac and cheese, and spahetti o's.
so, this is a recipe for those crazy kids downstairs - nourishing red curried lentils, made entirely in a crock-pot. perhaps the neighbourly thing to do would be to make them a batch, and include the recipe. because i'm sure, in their spare time, they don't read blogs written by crazy women...
vegan red curry puy de lentilles made entirely in a crockpot
(adapted from a pinch of yum)
i used organic...use when you can. makes enough for 4.
what you need
2 c french lentils (these keep their shape and don't go mushy after 6 hours of cooking)
2 large shallots, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 T earth's balance
2 T maple syrup or honey
1 24 oz. jar of passata (italian tomato purée)
2 T red thai curry paste
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 T garam masala
1 T tumeric
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 organic veggie bouillon cube
1/2 - 3/4 c coconut milk
cilantro for garnish
how to do it
put everything except the coconut milk and cilantro in the crockpot. add 1 passata jar of water and stir to combine. cover and cook on high heat for 4-5 hours, until lentils are tender, but still be firm to the bite. check periodically to make sure the lentils are not drying out - add some more water if they are. (this curry fills your house with an absolutely divine aroma...i had to close my kitchen door at hour 3, so's not to attract the bears. a woman in a nearby town recently had a black bear in her kitchen, devouring a batch of chocolate chip cookies. true story.) stir in coconut milk and serve in individual bowls with cilantro, and garlic naan bread (or brown basmati rice if you prefer). add an ice-cold beer to temper the heat, and bob's your uncle...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
i now carry bear spray and a bell with me in case i chance upon a wandering black bear (which have been scarce over the summer due to an abundant huckleberry crop, but will soon be coming back into town looking for food to gorge themselves on before winter's snowy arrival). at night when i sit outside looking at the millions of beautiful stars that i can now see (not a lot of ambient light here), i can, upon occasion, hear the coyotes calling to one another in the wooded parts of town.
i used to be welded to my desk, working on a computer for most of my day...now i check pinterest on my iPad before i turn out the lights. the last time i wore a full face of makeup was at the end of May. i still make my own organic skin care, and i love lipstick and nail polish, but i have enough of those to open my own beauty counter. new fall colours? who cares?
i have started painting again, and am planning a series of mixed media works on russian icons (saints, not hockey players): i hope to show them in the beautiful local gallery (which used to be the bank), and maybe beyond. i have been taking some photos and posting on my instagram account (see collage, above), but i want to start using my canon again, before i forget how it works. i'd like to open a 'frenchified' cafe/flower shop, and serve fabulous food and pâtisserie, amidst beautiful flowers, plants, bijoux, and my own photographs. i want to travel to distant lands at least several times a year. barcelona next spring, is the plan. and maybe a quick trip to café friendly portland, oregon this fall.
i want to share it all with you, to continue to write this blog, and post beautiful photos that inspire, and recipes that are truly outstanding and delicious. but here's the thing; quelquechose is going to be different and look different, and i will only post once a week. but i can assure you, it will be worth it. i hope you'll come along for the ride.