Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday I packaged everything and made the babka. I used this recipe, but have changed it quite a bit over the years. The round babka is the result of lending my mum my third loaf pan and her giving it away. Nice. I didn't swear too much when I found that out. If you've never had babka, you need to! It's like a slice of a cinnamon roll with chocolate mixed in. I used to buy it at Canters when I lived in LA. A friend brought back some from Zabars in New York for me, but it was so gross I couldn't even swallow it. My boyfriend thought it tasted like a "hospital".
1. chocolate chip shortbread
2. plain shortbread
3. mint chocolate chip
4. chocolate florentines
5. orange chocolate
6. nutella & hazelnut rugelach
7. peanut butter rugelach
8. ginger with lemon icing
9. oatmeal hazelnut chocolate chip
10. peanut butter
12. chocolate walnut biscotti
13. lemon almond biscotti
14. peppermint cream cheese brownie
15. chocolate hazelnut sliced cookies
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Friday night my mum and I went to see the Barenaked Ladies with the Vancouver Symphony at the Orpheum. I know, I know... the Barenaked Ladies? But they were awesome! This is the third time I've seen them, and they are just as good as they were 12 years ago even though Steven Page & his voice are not with them anymore. They sounded great with the symphony and did several Christmas songs mixed in.
The Orpheum is a wonderful place to visit no matter the show. Being there one cannot help but think of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, we even parked at the library - which is also in the movie.
Before the show I got to go to Dressew, The Spaghetti Factory & The Bay. The basement at the Bay was packed with Christmas stuff, I got some crackers for Christmas Day. Much to my surprise there is a Topshop in the Bay taking up a whole floor! I only got to look for a minute because we ran out of time.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Hmmm... maxi skirts.... Knee length skirts and I are friends, but maxi skirts an I are not really friends. The only skirt I have that could qualify for this theme post is the skirt to my half mourning 1880's costume. There is a matching veiled hat, corset and jet jewelry that goes along with it as well. I made it 4 years ago for my mum's big Halloween party. She hired a magician to perform, who tied me up with ropes that fell apart - magically!
Anyway... back to maxi skirts. One reason I don't like to wear them is that there is an extreme religious group in my area that subjugates women in a depressing way. They are unschooled, unable to go out alone and have to wear these awful skirts. Of course the men are not subject to any of these regulations. They make me sad when I see them, therefore when I think of maxi skirts I think of them.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This remembrance day I thought quite a bit about my great grandfather, Walter John Thomson. He played the bagpipes into brutal battle in WW1 France. Apparently the fighting was so awful, he signed my grandfather up as essential farm labour at the beginning of WW2. My grandfather did not speak to him for several years because of this, but likely saved his life! Today I wore British, Canadian and American poppies, as well as a vintage thistle pin.