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Top 10 Movies of 2005

31 12 2005
As has been my tradition for the last 3 years (see 2004, 2003 and 2002) I’m making a list of my favorite 10 movies that I watched for the first time this last year; so, in no particular order…

Serenity Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Dead Man Walking Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas In the Name of the Father Batman Begins In Good Company Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Hulk Garden State

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More Christmas pics

29 12 2005


See, we weren’t kidding about VICO (that’s chocolate milk)

Christmas pictures

I got a new vintage Habs jersey – sweet!

Christmas pictures

Clearing the backyard hockey rink after a fun game.

New Years Cookies

21 12 2005

New Years Cookies!

New Years Cookies
Mrs. Suderman via Mom H

1 tsp sugar
1 package (1 Tbsp) dry yeast

Dissolve 1 tsp sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. Sprinkle 1 package (1 Tbsp) dry yeast on water and let stand 10 mins. Add:

3 cups water
3 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter
4 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 cups raisins, as desired
12 to 14 cups flour

Stir in flour to make a faily thick batter. Let rise until double in bulk. Drop by spoonfuls in hot, deep fat and fry till golden brown (~ 2min on each side). Make sure the fat is hot before you start. Makes ~186 cookies so 1/2 batch should be plenty.

Chef and Sous-Chef at 24hr race

19 12 2005

Chef and Sous-Chef at 24hr race

Heidi was asked to be the chef for the 24hr race that was going on with a bunch of friends of ours and I got to be her sous-chef (under chef) which was a lot of fun! See many pics here.

New pics from Christmas

17 12 2005

Pictures of ToonTown

Heidi and I had a nice Christmas party with wine and cheese, and pomegranide (sp?)

And also, I did make it home alright and here’s the photo’s to prove it…

Pictures of ToonTown

Wheee! Major snowstorm!

16 12 2005

Montreal snowstorm

Montreal is getting a huge dump of snow today – hopefully I’ll be able to catch my flight tomorrow as today most of the flights out of the airport are cancelled…

And the buildup is closing in on the all-time record for any Montreal day – 47 cm – set by a huge storm in March 1971.

“Already we have 40 cm on the ground ,” Amanda Pfeffer of CBC News reported in the early afternoon. “That’s about a foot and a half.”

Vermicelli with Chicken in Peanut Sauce

13 12 2005

Heidi’s laying on the hits lately with back to back stellar suppers. Today it’s…

Peanu Butter Chicken

Vermicelli with Chicken in Peanut Sauce

30-45 mL (2-3 Tbsp) Vegetable Oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
250 mL (1 cup) home made or prepared chicken stock
30 mL (2 Tbsp) liquid honey
30 mL (2 Tbsp) soy sauce
30 mL (2 Tbsp) cornstarch
50 mL (1/4 cup) peanut butter
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 red pepper, cut into strips
500g Vermecilli

Heat oil; saute chicken until golden. Remove and set aside. Combine stock, honey and soy sauce; whisk in cornstarch and peanut butter. Cook and stir until just thickened. Stir in onions, pepper and reserved chicken; heat through. Cook vermecilli according to package directions. Spoon chicken mixture over vermecilli, cover with peanuts.

Sweet and Sour SpareRibs

13 12 2005

My favorite supper ever!

This is my very favorite supper that Heidi makes…

Sweet and Sour SpareRibs
Esther Balzer

1 lb lean pork spareribs
1 egg
1 to 2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt and pepper

1 cup ketchup or 1 can tomato soup
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup water (1 soup can)

Cut ribs into serving pieces; coat ribs with egg, cornstarch and seasonings. Pan fry coated ribs until golden brown. Place ribs in casserole dish; cover with sauce. Bake in 350F over for 1 1/2 hours.

Amish Paradise

7 12 2005

Heidi has been marveling at the wonder of Weird Al’s lyrics in Amish Paradise lately,

As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain
I take a look at my wife and realize she’s very plain
But that’s just perfect for an Amish like me
You know, I shun fancy things like electricity
At 4:30 in the morning I’m milkin’ cows
Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows… fool
And I’ve been milkin’ and plowin’ so long that
Even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone
I’m a man of the land, I’m into discipline
Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin
But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine
Then tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1699


List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

6 12 2005

I was checking out the list and I noticed 3 of Radiohead’s albums got in there. Wow – that’s why I like to listen to them so much! Other notable entries…

17) Nevermind (Nirvana)
26) The Joshua Tree (U2)
29) Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin) (Heidi’s so into the Led right now)
46) Legend (Bob Marley and the Wailers)
62) Achtung Baby (U2)
110) The Bends (Radiohead)
139) All That You Can’t Leave Behind (U2)
162) OK Computer (Radiohead)
207) Ten (Pearl Jam)
221) War (U2)
297) Weezer (Blue Album) (Weezer)
305) Odelay (Beck)
311) MTV Unplugged in New York (Nirvana)
336) Superunknown (Soundgarden)
341) Play (Moby)
360) Siamese Dream (The Smashing Pumpkins)
417) Boy (U2)
428) Kid A (Radiohead)
439) In Utero (Nirvana)
440) Sea Change (Beck)
473) A Rush of Blood to the Head (Coldplay)
487) Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins)
492) Vitalogy (Pearl Jam)

I’m currently listening to a lot of the Stones, Pink Floyd and the Beatles as they’re all featured very prominently in the list