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  1. we've gotten as far as roast beef for Christmas dinner and that's it. with ed doing all the cooking. i'm still bedridden although with some hope of returning health for the first time in a while. no family or visitors however.
  2. oh dear. is your keyboard now officially dead? ed worries all the time that i am going to spill my coffee on the new laptop.
  3. Darienne

    Vegan comfort food

    brilliant...going to try that, heidih. and we are neither vegans nor vegetarians...in the words of Mark Bittman, whom i used to follow many years ago...we are 'lessmeatarians'.
  4. It's really generous of CD to tell us about food recalls in Canada, but the number of recalls and warnings are growing rapidly and I would urge any Canadian eGer's to subscribe to the service themselves. CD can't possibly cover each and every one for us and it's so bother to check in our own email service daily. Here's the sign-up website: https://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-cfia/newsroom/email-notification/eng/1481653931267/1481654078038 I am grateful to you, CD, for putting me onto this service and for all the postings that you have done. Darienne
  5. I use tahini constantly making hummus.
  6. I'm sorry it wasn't wonderful for you. Halvah, when it is good, is excellent. When it isn't good...I guess it's pretty ho-hum. Lior has sent me some wonderful Halva from Israel and we used to be able to buy lovely stuff when we lived in Montreal decades ago. I was raised in Montreal and so was introduced to good Halva at an early age.
  7. My favorite memory of Tucson is the wonderful zoo and arboretum. I'll never forget seeing a Boojum tree. I hope you get a chance to do that. Do let me know.
  8. Takes me back. Just over 60 years in fact. Thanks ElsieD
  9. In my household also, it was the starving Armenians. For our small wedding lunch, in Ottawa, in 1960, before the explosion of the Beatles and the entire world, we had Chinese food, at an Italian restaurant, La Paloma, run by Lebanese people.
  10. Ed takes care of the Bosch and he's not here right now...but somehow it is running through this tiny mind that you might be supposed to add the Jet Dry stuff.
  11. Our bountiful much producing Macintosh seems to be taking a year off. No apples. Nada. On the other hand our almost dead Northern Spy has quite a crop this year. Well, quite a crop for a tree which hasn't produced anything for several years. Northern Spies. That's apple pies. We haven't checked the current taste of the unidentifiable trees on the trail. I'll get Ed to do that soon. (Almost no grapes this year after last year's amazing abundance.)
  12. I had a bad experience with eggs a number of years ago...I mean really horrible...and it took me a long time to accept eating them again at all. And only cooked in certain ways. It's not a scathing criticism of shakshuka at all...it's my own personal difficulty in eating eggs in that format.
  13. Thanks Shai. Some good ideas from you. I'll pass on the eggs though sitting in a mixture though...
  14. Food mill is good. Like making apple sauce. I'm going to try that one. Thanks.
  15. I've made lettuce soup before and we loved it. It's not really a 'meal' though.
  16. It's not a digestive issue. The 'doctor' is an acupuncturist and it's a question of...well, I'm not really sure. He's not to have any raw food, nothing cold, because his body heat is ...well, whatever it is. It's a bit beyond me. He's drinking hot spicy teas...which needless to say he doesn't really like. We're giving this a good try and if there's no demonstrable change in 'x' number of weeks, then we might be back to square one. In the meantime, I'm faced with a now reduced glut of salad makings which I am using in a variety of ways so that nothing goes bad. So, for example, a huge pa
  17. Cherry tomatoes into soup: Ed is currently not allowed any raw vegetables and this dictum was handed down one day after his last large purchase of salad makings, including a gigantic clam-shell of cherry tomatoes. Has anyone made soup from cherry/grape tomatoes? You can't peel the little critters and so you are left with the skins in your soup. Is this acceptable? I've found recipes online to try, but would like to know of someone's experience doing this kind of soup. Thanks.
  18. Wow! Does that look yummy...
  19. With luck I will never again do this. I'm not counting on it or its fellows. Was making a confectionery treat using coconut oil which I melted in a small stainless bowl over a small pot of water. Took the melted coconut oil off the pot, put it down on the counter and promptly poured the hot water into my waiting mixture. Not good. after stirring it in for a couple of seconds, I realized my mistake, poured the rest out, added the coconut oil and extra walnut pieces to make up for the water problem. And crossed my fingers. The results are now in the freezer and soon we shall s
  20. My favorite chickpea salad: rinsed can of chickpeas, grape tomatoes cut in half, green onions, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, lots of parsley and a substantial sprinkling of chili powder (the inexpensive grocery variety).
  21. Where's the 'groan' button?
  22. Alas, I still don't have the jerseys. Quite near the last minute, I backed out of this one. They live in the most Covid 19 - ridden area in Ontario and I felt that I just couldn't risk it with our son arriving later that week. Our son would be in the category called 'at risk' after the last four unexpected years of his life. Today he turned 55 and we are going out for French Fries for lunch at a local chip wagon which has picnic tables. Now that is fun.
  23. It may be my imagination, but it seems that bean sprouts, which Ed buys regularly, are quite subject to recalls. Which leaves me with a very uncomfortable feeling...
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