Tuesday, November 27, 2012

27 October 12

mountain fog
Jeff and I drove the foggy mountain highway up to Squamish for Chris & Wendy's wedding at the Howe Sound Inn. The wedding was brief and followed by delicious cake, and then relaxing at the pub for a bit before the reception down at the campsite. I was apprehensive about an outdoor wedding in late October, but Chris is an experienced outdoorsman and had a pretty swank setup going on with a fire and whatnot, so although it was pouring rain and bitterly cold, everyone was warm, happy, & dry under the giant tarps. There was loads of food too, and Jeff and I shared a flask of scotch. Later in the evening, once I started to regret too much my choice of wearing only one pair of socks, we headed back to the hotel. Decided to ignore the Halloween party at the pub in favour of drinking beer in a conference room and playing Scrabble with some of the others who opted to stay at the inn instead of camping. A few more photos from this day are here; sadly my photos of the wedding ceremony are pretty much unusable due to terrible lighting and blurriness.

Friday, November 23, 2012

26 October 12

While making a giant batch of chana masala for Chris & Wendy's wedding the following day in Squamish, I found the biggest clove of garlic I'd ever seen.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

25 October 12

curried squash pizza
The result of the previous night's cooking: butternut squash & red pepper masala curry cooked with pumpkin wine, and topped with raita, cucumbers, & cilantro; on a gluten-free cauliflower crust. I had some troubles with the crust, but it turned out ok in the end.
As always, check out the cookoff blog to see all the entries and winners!

24 October 12

Preparing for the squash cookoff with one of the last butternut squashes from the garden.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

23 October 12

'tis the season
If you live in Vancouver, go to the liquor store and get yourself one or two or five of these bad boys, before it's too late! Tastes like chocolate, coffee beans, and magic.

22 October 12

Pandora St.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

21 October 12

I made soup and cupcakes. Ventured outside to capture the beautiful light of the golden hour, nearly froze my fingers off.

20 October 12

First dusting of snow on the North Shore mountains. Bloody cold outside.

Monday, November 19, 2012

19 October 12

autumn stoop

18 October 12

After work I went to the library, then walked to meet Jeff for dinner at Italian Kitchen. It was raining like mad and my boots got completely soaked, so I sat through dinner with soggy feet. This was the umbrella stand at the restaurant.

17 October 12


Sunday, November 18, 2012

16 October 12

the Ascot
I had time to kill before my haircut, so I went to the Ascot pub down the block. It was nice inside (used to be a restaurant called Cassis, which I went to with my parents & Jeff several years ago), but the service wasn't the best, and the food was good but overpriced.
I told the hairdresser I wanted a bit of a change, and after failing to talk me into getting bangs, she basically gave me the haircut I had in 2009, only nicer-looking.

15 October 12


Saturday, November 17, 2012

14 October 12

rain & leaves
It rained a lot and I only left the house so that I would have the things to make lentil soup.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

13 October 12

frat bat
Went for beers at the Alibi Room with Tamara, Steph, and Sarah. We were going to eat food there too but the wait was over an hour so we had dinner at the Irish Heather first. Then we were all old ladies and went home at like 10.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

12 October 12

this is east van
This poor chair sat on this street corner near my house for several days. It's too bad it got all rained on; it looked pretty nice otherwise.

11 October 12

Dominion building

Monday, November 12, 2012

10 October 12

they all wanted what they'd seen in those pictures
the morning of the sale, everyone was out there waiting for the doors to open. they all wanted what they'd seen in those pictures.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

09 October 12

Outtake from a photo challenge about legs. Click here to see the photo and words that go with it.

08 October 12

autumn in the park
Stanley Park, from Coal Harbour. It's so beautiful there in the fall.
A couple more photos from this day here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

07 October 12

I went downtown to run some errands and saw this terrifying scene featuring ravenous pigeons on Granville Street.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

06 October 12


We hosted an epic Thanksgiving dinner for 23 people. All our side dishes were vegan (excluding the turkey gravy and the stuffing that went inside the bird), and we had meat, fish, and vegan main courses.
pictured here: smoky lentil loaf, roasted beets, sage & rosemary stuffing, ginger-glazed carrots & green beans, cedar-planked asparagus with applewood smoked salt.
not pictured: maple-sage turkey with bacon, cumin-caramelized onion mashed potatoes, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, maple-candied yams with pecans, mushroom gravy, tilapia fish cakes with mustard seed & cilantro, orange-fig cranberry sauce, butternut squash soup, potato leek chamomile soup.
desserts: pumpkin pie, vegan pumpkin pie, vegan apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake, cognac whipped cream, vegan coconut whip, vegan whiskey ice cream, vegan fig ice cream.

I was really glad to see Alice while she was in town, especially knowing I'm probably not going to see her until next May ;n; And even though Riley had to make his ferry back to the island and didn't get to stay for turkey, I was glad he could be there, since it's so rare to have the whole family together at once.
Our guests washed most of our dishes, which was a relief, and we had so much food that we ate leftovers for a week.

Monday, November 5, 2012

05 October 12

Thanksgiving fridge. Visible here: turkey, tilapia, ice cream being chilled, so many leeks, so many eggs, so many mushrooms, apples, celery, lentil loaf mixture. The drawers are jammed with vegetables, the freezer jammed with stock. Not to mention bags full of potatoes, squash, onions, garlic, and bread.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

04 October 12

Look what the fucking asshats in Calgary wrote on their transfer request. As if I a) intentionally send them broken shit, or b) have any control over what happens to a shipment after it leaves the warehouse.

03 October 12

We harvested 10 pounds of potatoes from the garden! And we were worried there wouldn't be enough for Thanksgiving. Also four butternut squashes, an acorn squash, a tall pumpkin, and lettuce.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

02 October 12

out of the darkness
Found this hideous, tacky lamp, so obviously my instinct was to take nude photos of myself with it.

01 October 12

Ever since I discovered the library's hold system, I've been back and forth there a lot.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 September 12

herb & cheese bread
I felt like making bread, so I did: whole wheat with gruyere, pecorino, and white cheddar; fresh rosemary & oregano, dried basil.

29 September 12

cake day
Krystyna chose Three Jewels, a vegetarian pho restaurant on the Drive, for her birthday dinner. It was super delicious, and so cheap! Afterwards we came back to the house to eat this cake she picked up at Edible Flours, and then we watched terrible 90s music videos on youtube, followed by Ren and Stimpy.