Thursday, March 22, 2012

Douglas Adams was right about giant currency.

Marie Curie

"I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory. "
Marie Curie
Marie Curie was AWESOME. She got turned down to attend the University of Poland, so she went to University of Paris instead where she was the first woman to be granted a doctorate. She got a Nobel Prize in Physics (with her husband) and in Chemistry (by herself). She was also the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne.

She invented the word "radioactivity". She discovered two elements: Polonium (named after her home country) and radium.

She died of complications from years of exposure to radiation. Even today her cookbooks are too dangerous to handle and are kept in a lead lined box.

Her daughter won a Nobel Prize too!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Here's a poem I wrote my Mom for her birthday yesterday. Maybe you will like it.

No. 2

this was a poem
about sparrows
fat and mud brown
puffy pinatas
full of bird seed and stuffing
stuffed with it

a poem about
dust battles and dry leaves
and commotion
about brown & grey
and candy wrappers
and crumb battles
and a day the colour
of gravy
of pencil lead
of November

but the sun crept into this poem
licking between the lines
slinking along the ligatures
soft on padded feet
bright and silent
as an e

the sparrows
like fleeing punctuation
rose and dotted the sky
all pauses and exclamation

now this is a poem about
a warm patch of sun curled with yellow yawns around the day

and dreams with wings

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Amazing Kay Anderson, Your Friend!

Found her on Kijiji. This woman is so multi-talented, she will rid you of snakes, perform for your children, buy your house, pick up your dog poop and count your inventory. All with NO SMOKE BREAKS (during job)! Here are some exerpts from her ads, seriously, must be read to be appreciated:

End Snakes RULE! I will STOP them bothering You! Snake Guards! Safe for Children, Pets, keeps out snails and skunks, limits snakes so they leave on their own.. and will put money in my pocket and hair on your chest.. or something like that

Dressed as Woodesey the Elf: MAGIC! Show with Live Bunny!  Kids enjoy helping work the Magic with FREE Candy Magic Shaker Wands!  No Dangerous Blades, Fires, etc.  Things like Here & Gone! Wet & Dry! Shrinking! & more Kids get to have fun.. eating potatoe chips

SNAKE PROOF Your BASEMENT & Yard! No More LEAKY Basements! NEW Construction System keeps out rats, snakes, mice, ants and insects from entering basement levels (with windows closed).Serious inquiries only.. cash in hand.  $30,000 plus hst.  Added fees apply if snakes in basement already.  Installation time approximately 3-4 weeks conditional on city inspections.
ALL Types Wallpaper SALE! Just $28/hr! Plus Supplies
RACCOON REPELLANT Applied for You $50 plus HST
SAVE $100 On Your Next Accurate COUNT! Use OUR InventoryServices
  • Healthy!  Drug Free!  (& Non-smoking at least on shift!) No Smoke Breaks needed! Cooperative!  Willing to wear Gloves, Hair Nets, whatever!

  • Accomodating!  Kind and Polite!  Will make needed changes without complaint!

  • Exterior Cement or Wood STAIR REPAIRS! No More Falling Apart!
    Full Spectrum Fungicide - Algaecide our OWN mixture
    Leaf Cleeaning
    House Cleaning
    Creative Tutoring! by K Anderson Just $25 for a 1st Session! 
  • Teaching Techniques that foster INDEPENDANT Learning and Love of Finding TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, and EXPLORING the WONDERS and MYSTERIES of The World are basic to my services.

  • BIRKS! Porcelain 3 Angel Set OCCUPIED JAPAN suspected!

    Still in the BIRKS Box with Original Wrapping.. this set of 3 Porcelain Angel Figurines compete with Llandro and other FINE Porcelain Figurines.   Each has the BIRKS Sticker on the bottom and is stamped "JAPAN". Waiting for BIRKS to get back with the documented info.. could be old enough to be Occupied Japan.. ?  I doubt it but they will check for me.  Just too new looking for that.. however.. we'll see what BIRKS say in writing!  Meanwhile.. get it NOW for just the $125 plus HST!
    Doggie Clean Up Services.. just $20 a Visit! Made in Canada ONLY Plastic Bags a bit larger than the pestilence carrying made in chine ones, filled to the tie. Before and After Photos of Totally BALD Yards from neighbors and family dogs..
    HOUSE to Assume Payments Will Pay Seller $4,400 & RE

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    For Stacey (the one who likes to cook, not the one who likes to bellydance)

    Pumpkin Scones Recipe
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    7 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 cup canned pumpkin
    3 tablespoons half-and-half
    1 large egg
    6 tablespoons cold butter

    1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons whole milk

    1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons half and half cream
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    pinch ground ginger

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon ginger in a large bowl.
    3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half-and-half, and egg.
    4. Cut butter into cubes then add it to the dry ingredients. Mix with your hand, rubbing the butter in until it is the texture of cornmeal or coarse sand.
    5. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then form the dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick disk. Vut it into eight triangles, like a pizza, and seperate them a bit so they can spread.
    6. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes on a baking sheet that has been lightly oiled or lined with parchment paper. Scones should begin to turn light brown. Watch them, they burn quickly near the end!
    7. While scones cool, prepare plain glaze by combining ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Mix until smooth.
    8. When scones are cool, use a brush to paint a coating of the glaze over the top of each scone.
    9. As that white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing by combining ingredients in another medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Drizzle this thicker icing over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (at least 1 hour). A squirt bottle works great for this, or you can drizzle with a whisk.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    In the immortal words of Mick Jagger: "I know It's only Cooking School but I like it!"

    So I have spent two days at my new job and so far I love it and think it will be awesome.

    For those who are still catching up, I sold the cafe and I am now running a cooking school at a big grocery store.

    I'm off work today because I have to go in Saturday to observe three birthday parties and to meet some of my staff.  But I will be busy today because I have to choose and book more than 50 classes. About 35 of them are kid's classes which I will probably teach myself, but the adult classes are run by other chefs. These chefs submit their class ideas and this Friday all of the Toronto cooking schools meet to pick chefs and times for the next six months. It's like the NHL draft and I hear it can get competitive, so I have to make sure I have choices and back ups prioritized.

    Best part of new job: learning new recipes and techniques, flex time (sort of), variety, my own office with floor to ceiling windows (not in a traditional sense but I like it)

    Worst part of new job: pants. Seriously, I had to go buy a pair. Dress code.

    VIDEO BONUS: This kid is my inspiration: the wind beneath my wings!