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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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEuoutKaGRk

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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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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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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Not everyone will lose an hour of sleep #DST

In BC, most of us will lose an hour of sleep as we adjust for Daylight Savings Time, but not everyone…

“… Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge are on Mountain Time and do not observe DST. This means that their clocks are the same as those in Edmonton in the winter and the same as Vancouver in the summer.”

“… also Cranbrook, Fernie, Golden and Invermere are on Mountain Time and observes DST, so they are always on the same time as Calgary. One exception: Creston, is the same time as Calgary in the winter, and Vancouver in the summer.” (Source: wikipedia)

In Canada, Saskatchewan never changes…

“Daylight saving time (DST) is now observed in all Canadian provinces, with the exception of most of Saskatchewan, which observes Central Standard Time year-round…” (Source: wikipedia)

As far as the rest of the world…

BLUE=DST is used.
ORANGE=DST is no longer used.
RED= DST has never been used.

Daylight savings map

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How to increase your chances of winning the lottery

Mike’s top five tips for increasing your chances of winning the lottery.

1. Play regularly. This will not increase your odds of winning a particular jackpot, but will increase the odds of you winning over your lifetime.
2. Play some numbers over 31. This won’t increase your odds of winning, but it will increase the amount you win. Most people consider dates their lucky numbers, so they hardly ever pick numbers higher than 31, so there will be fewer people to share your jackpot with.
3. Play as a group. Buying more tickets = more chances to win.
4. Some numbers really do come up more often than others – 7, 24, 28. BCLC actually makes this information available on their website.
5. For a statistical advantage buy your tickets Friday after work. Most winning tickets are purchased in the afternoon/evening on Friday.

Or Try this…

Want a guaranteed ONE MILLION dollar pay-off? If you simply invest the $10 a week you spend on lottery tickets and drop that $10 in the bank, you will have $1,000,000 in just 1,924 years.

(Some of this info was sourced from this article)





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Happy Birthday CKPG!

CKPG radio signed on the air in Prince George at 5:00 pm, February 8, 1946. I wasn’t around back then, but I did show up a few years later – 1986 (with Doug Jones).

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Mike Benny and Doug Jones – CKPG Radio circa 1987

From the history books…

… from radiowest.ca
“In 1946, CKPG Prince George signed on at 5:00 p.m., with 250 watts on graveyard frequency 1230 KHz. A license had been issued to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke in November 1944. Tiny had been General Manager of CKWX Vancouver since 1942, previously managing CFAC Calgary, CJCA Edmonton and CKRC Winnipeg. CKPG moved to its long time home of 550 KHz about a year after sign-on…”

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Cecil Elphicke with station PD Jack Carbutt – CKPG

… from the UNBC archives
“In November 1944, the Canadian Department of Transport granted a license to operate a radio station to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke of CKPG Radio Limited. Land was purchased in May 1945 for the transmitter site near the Hudson Bay Slough in Prince George. Construction of the transmitter began in August, and Radio Station CKPG Limited was incorporated and capitalized at $25,000 (2500 shares at 10.00 per share). CKPG signed on the air on at 5:00 p.m. on 8 February 1946, operating on 1230 kHz.”

… from BCRadioHistory
“CKPG studios were in Ritz-Kiefer Hall on George Street and the 250-watt transmitter was at South Fort George. Radio Station CKPG Ltd. was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate.”

… from BroadcastingHistory.ca
“The PG in the call letters represented Prince George. CKPG was owned by Radio Station CKPG Ltd. The original staff of three consisted of Cecil Elphicke (Managing Director), Ray Tate (Engineer) and Jack Carbutt (announcer). Mayor Jack Nicholson said at the time, “CKPG will make us better and closer neighbours”.”

I spent 13 years on the air with 550 CKPG before moving to 101.3 HITS FM (CKKN-FM) in 1999.  CKPG Radio eventually morphed into 99.3 The Drive (CKDV-FM), but the call letters are still alive with our TV station, websites, business name and all of our email addresses – @ckpg.com.


On March 1, 1981 Radio Station CKPG Ltd. opened Prince George’s first FM radio station, CIOI-FM “Country 101”. In 1995 the calls were changed to CKKN-FM “Kickin Country”, in 1999 CKKN-FM became HITS-FM and then in 2006 it became 101.3 The River.

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Hits-FM becomes The River – January 2006

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