Who is there ?
Time to come in from the cold and …… Party.
It was my daughter’s 21st birthday this week. We actually celebrated earlier , a couple of weeks back to try to guarantee warm temperatures and hopefully milder weather. Well it was warmer than it is now. May have to do with the Frozen Theme for the party. We had most of Tasha’s friends and cast-mates from Elliot Lake Roundabout Exceptional Puppeteers make it, plus a couple of parents and Cora Richer – Tasha Respite worker extraordinaire and good buddy.
Tasha was spoiled with gifts and blessed with friends, though One member of the family was convinced it was all about him.
In spite of the overcast sky, for many Party Time started with pool time.
Safety was guaranteed by Odin, the Lifeguard Poo(l)dle.
Everyone who wanted to go go in the pool had lots of opportunity, some had several dips during the afternoon. No one was left out of activities.
Pool bliss – Henry has landed.
Party time means karaoke! Give them that old-time singing.
If you don’t want to sing and dance , how about some Foosball ?
Eventually it was time to open the gifts.
It was then time to eat.
We had prepared chili the night before. I had included what was left of a BBQ-ed Beef Brisket I had prepared earlier in the week. Liz had all the garnishings ready and had prepared her excellent potato salad. I had baked a couple of French style sourdough baguettes that had chopped toasted garlic amongst the ingredients.
Just to make sure there was enough food & variety available, ( Liz & I have strong ethnic backgrounds – never enough food, especially homemade.) there were Mild Italian & Honey Garlic sausages from the grill.
The only thing needed to top it off was lots of smiling friends to enjoy the day,……
…… and cake ( ice-cream optional , when is it ever optional ?) !
To bring the festivities to a close and emphasize warmth over Frozen, there was a pinata . Swing that stick !
Open says sesame (swinging a stick).
Fun was had by all with treats and games for everyone. And Mom got a big thank-you kiss.
Tried something a bit different on the grill this evening I prepared a steak wrap using grilled veggies and teriyaki steak ( cheated with M&M’s steak ). After grilling up the steaks, red pepper, onion, mushrooms, and apple I sliced them up and layered on individual wraps. I had pre-cooked a bit of broccoli and included that as well. I lightly oiled the wrap with canola oil. Then placed the works on the grill to slightly brown the wraps. My wife says this one is a keeper. Have a salad on the side and the meal is complete.
Another Surreal Thursday, you can choose to be Lachrymose or Hard-boiled.
Like an onion , sheds layers
Of moist emotions.
Hardened shells float,
Emotions bubble, surface –
Lachrymose : 1. given to tears or weeping – tearful
2. causing or tending to cause tears – mournful
1. to cook an egg in its shell until both white & yolk solidify
2. ungiven to tears or sentiment – tough, unsentimental nature
3. a literary style, most commonly associated with crime fiction (especially detective stories), and distinguished by the unsentimental portrayal of violence and sometimes sex . The central character in such a narrative is a hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon.
Today has been a hectic day for a number of reasons. I had some upsetting news late in the day. When I am stressed, I either cook, bake, take photographs, manipulate photographs, scribble thoughts in a global stream or some combination of these activities.
I was planning today’s post, but the emotional charge modified the trajectory. I decided to see how many tags I could legitimately connect to this post.
Also, I noted that the BBQ season has started on the blogs, my BBq perogies post is getting hits again.
The poem is a linked haiku. Wanted to see if I could use the terms and tie it to the images. Did I mention how I handle stress ?
Summer means barbecue, enjoy it while you can – especially in the more northern parts of Ontario. I received more BBQ books for father’s day. Oh so many recipes, where to start ….? One of the books was Steven Racichlen’s Planet Barbecue . I made a variation on Serbian Chicken Bundles (Pileci Paketici) . I used chicken breasts instead of the thighs. The results were very good.
When my wife and son came back from London On., they told me about a recipe the relatives were making. I combined the recipe idea with the chicken bundle recipe and added a couple of twists of my own. The London recipe’s key concept was melting Havarti-jalapeno on grilled chicken. I placed the Havarti-jalapeno slices in the chicken breast bundles. I seasoned them with my Dry as Bone Devil Dust. To finish them off I brushed them with a smoked peach chipolte sauce. Cranked up the heat, now we eat ! Enjoy the day !
Neither my mother or Baba barbeque grilled their perogies, then again they made their perogies from scratch. I looked at a few directions online for grilling perogies, after I did my own version. Most talk about aluminum foil packs. They also say to prepare from a frozen state. I prefer the direct route after boiling the perogies. I boil them up first because the dough has a better consistency when they are then grilled. I find it is the same if you fry up the store-bought variety, just the same as the home-made ones. Raw or semi-raw dough does not fry or grill up correctly. Mom was right !
Once they are boiled up put them in a bowl and mix in some oil (light olive or canola). Add some of your choice of bbq seasoning and mix up perogies. Heat up the grill to medium-high and place on the grill. I use a grill topper and that avoids the issue of lost perogies. While the perogies swell up and turn golden brown prepare some sausages. You will need to turn the perogies over once or twice during grilling.