Mike’s top five tips for floaters

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If you’re contemplating a float down the Nechako this weekend, here are Mike’s top five tips for floaters…

#5. Though not necessary, it’s nice to have your Pleasure Craft Operator card mounted somewhere in the wheel house.

#4. Be sure to get off BEFORE Quesnel.

#3. If you encounter a 19 foot sturgeon, look over at the others and say “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

#2. Keep in mind, if you hit an iceberg and find yourself looking into the eyes of Kate Winslet. She will let go (I saw the movie).

#1. Remember when buying a floatation device you should be looking for something that is more “water proof” than “water resistant”.

#1a. Remember to bring a stash of O’Henry bars with you. Nothing says floater like an unwrapped O’Henry!

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Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Here’s the recipe for a Moroccan Red Lentil Soup I found online at CanadianLiving.com with my notes in red (link).

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Brilliant red and filled with the spices of the country it represents, this soup is a definite crowd-pleaser – perfect for this big-batch recipe. Of course, you can always just halve the ingredients if you want to make less. Also, it freezes really well. By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2003

  • Portion size 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil (I think mine was just regular olive oil)
  • 2 onions, chopped (Gordon Ramsay’s How To Chop An Onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) turmeric
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground ginger
  • 1 Pinch saffron, (optional) (Nice for colour, but I couldn’t find any.)
  • 8 cups (1.5 L) water (and stock – to taste) (I did 2 tetra packs of broth and a cup of water)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) red lentils
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used cooked potatoes and added them near the end so they wouldn’t get too mushy.)
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas (Add near the end, the mushy thing.)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) light sour cream (When serving.)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) minced fresh parsley (Garnish.)

Preparation

In large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven (I did it all in my soup pot), heat oil over medium heat; cook onions, garlic and celery, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and saffron (if using) (didn’t have any saffron…); cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes (or 3, or 4, or 5…).

Add water, lentils, tomato paste, potatoes (later) and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with spoon; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35 minutes (Mine simmered for an hour, then I added the cooked potatoes and peas…).

Add peas; simmer until lentils, vegetables and potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes (25 minutes for me).

I let mine cool a bit, then took out the kitchen wand (hand blender – immersion blender) and pureed the soup until it got to a pea soup consistency.

Didn’t hurt to add a splash of Frank’s RedHot.

(Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate, uncovered, in shallow airtight container until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat to serve.) Ladle into bowls. Dollop each with sour cream; sprinkle with parsley.

Complete recipe here…

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Top five best Tank movies

Taking a break from World of Tanks and looking for a great tank movie? Here are the top five best tank movies of all time.

#1. Fury (2014 – Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf)
Tanks featured: M4A3E8 Sherman, Tiger

#2. White Tiger (2014)
Tanks featured: T-34-85, Tiger

#3. Sahara (1943 – Humphry Bogart)
Tank featured: M3 Lee

There was also a 1995 version with Jim Belushi.

#4. The Beast of War (1988)
Tank featured: Soviet T-55

#5. The Battle of The Buldge (1965)
Tanks featured: Ridiculously, historically inaccurate tanks of all description. “American M47 Pattons represented German King Tiger tanks and M4 Shermans were represented by M24 Chaffees…

Did I miss any? Comment below…

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A book about ants

A friend of mine (who obviously knows me well) got me a book for my birthday!

The Ants is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, written in 1990, by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson. It was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1991. – wikipedia

I found it on Amazon for $174.00. I hope he didn’t pay full price!

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The top five things mom really wants for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, so here are some things that mom really wants for Mother’s Day. Mike’s top five things mom really wants for Mother’s Day.

#5. To eat an entire meal without the discussion of human bodily functions at the table.

#4. Go shopping at the mall without the “why is this person my mother” look.

#3. At least five minutes in the bathroom without someone knocking on the door because they can’t find something.

#2. Not the entire Die Hard series on Blue Ray, not a kettle, not a good sturdy shovel (unless you want to wear it).

#1. I believe the correct formula is; hours of labour multiplied by years of service, expressed in dollars (rounded up).

More on Mother’s Day here…

 

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Princess Mary Clam Chowder

Here’s our version of “Victoria’s Official Clam Chowder”. Our recipe is based on the original recipe from The Princess Mary Restaurant in Esquimalt, which closed it’s doors February 27, 2014. (Here’s the ‘Times Colonist’ article).

Our version has a few modifications (mushrooms and Clamato) and is delicious!!

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Princess Mary Clam Chowder v1.0

3 slices of bacon
1 tsp thyme
1 cup sliced/diced onions
3 cups uncooked potatoes (diced)
1/2 cup celery
5 cups hot water
1 tbsp parsley
1 can sliced mushrooms
a pinch of curry
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
28 oz canned tomatoes
1 1/2 cups carrots
3 cups clam juice (or Clamato Juice)
1 tin of clams


1. Slice bacon (small pieces), saute bacon, thyme, onion
2. Add potatoes, celery, hot water, salt, pepper
3. Cover, simmer 5 minutes
4. Add tomatoes, carrots, clam liquid (Clamato)
5. Simmer, 1 hour
6. Add clams (at the end)
7. Thicken with flour if desired…
Enjoy!

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Ways to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day 2016 is on Friday April 22nd.

703977_10151254730923119_86380795_o If you are looking for new and “different” ways to celebrate Earth Day, here are some suggestions…

#5. Make clever gifts for each other using only materials that are found on Earth like, gold, silver, chocolate, rubber, wood, plastic, mercury, bacon, ducks, etc…

#4. Throw a big party for Earth but don’t invite Megatron, Loki or any Romulans. Do invite Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Steve Buscemi.

#3. Calculate your Carbon Footprint and then make it you Facebook status for the day! (Example: Mine is 19.9 metric tons)

#2. Watch the movie 2012, but shut it off right before the global cataclysm.

#2a. Show compassion for faux-planets like Pluto, but never let them forget you got your own day!

#1. Use less energy by avoiding unnecessary switching of radio channels.

Happy Earth Day. I hope we win Planet of The Year again this year!

More on Earth Day here…

 

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Where did April Fool’s Day come from?

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April Fool’s Day is coming up in less than two weeks. Ever wonder where it comes from?
The story goes like this…

Back in the day, in France in 1582, Pope Gregory introduces the Gregorian Calendar…

This leads to New Year’s celebrations being moved from April 1st to January 1st.

Some people continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st – they were known as “April Fools”.

Soon, people started inviting “April Fools” to non-existent parties at the end of March and that morphed into the pranks we see today.

So if you want to get back to the original spirit of April Fool’s Day, invite someone to a fake new years eve party!

To back up my story, here’s what Wikipedia says about it…

In the Middle Ages, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns. In some areas, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. Many  suggest that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year’s Day was common in France by the mid-16th century.


of course this could all be a big joke 😉

Looking for some safe but fun pranks? Right here!

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St. Patrick’s Day Jokes!

St. Patrick’s death occurred on either March 8th or 9th in 461 A.D. Church officials weren’t sure so they added them together and made it the 17th. Good thing it wasn’t March 28th or 29th…


Mike’s top five Worst St. Patrick’s Day jokes.

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Lucky Charms – photo taken by Evan-Amos

#5. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Irish. Irish who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s day!

#4. Why did the leprechaun buy TWO lottery tickets? Dublin his odds!

#3. Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover? Because you shouldn’t press your luck.

#2. Why are leprechauns always asking for money? Because they’re always a little short before payday.

#1. Where does a leprechaun buy his suits? From a four leaf clothier.


Top five ways to get in trouble on St Patrick’s Day.

#5. Eat haggis, drink scotch and insist Scotland and Ireland are the same thing.

#4. Wear a button that says “Kiss me, I’m Iris”.

#3. Insist you are wearing something green and it’s right here on your finger.

#2. Go door to door – demanding candy.

#1. Re-introduce snakes to the island.


Ways to tell your neighbor might be a Leprechaun

#5. Always tries to cover up his Irish accent by saying things like “G’day Mate..”.

#4. Rainbow always seems to end in his backyard.

#3. Spends his summers planting clover along foothills blvd…

#2. Always wears green and he isn’t even from Saskatchewan.

#1. Always thinks everyone is after his Lucky Charms!

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