Soupe aux Pois Jaune

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I’ve always been fascinated with French Canadian cuisine.  In fact I have a cookbook somewhere from the famous Au Pied de Cochon restaurant in Montreal.  I’ve never been to Montreal but it’s on my list.  In the meantime, in would be nice to find that cookbook.


My impression of French Canadian food is that it is a hearty, farmers’ fare for the cold climate, yet sophisticated, having it’s roots in French cuisine.  My inspiration for this soup comes from the website, Canadian Living.  The recipe called for yellow split peas. Although I badgered M. Parret into driving me around to every store in town, I couldn’t find yellow split peas nor yellow lentils.  I found “coral” lentils which turn yellow when cooked, so that was okay 🙂


This is a very easy soup to make with all the usual suspects; onion, garlic, bay leaf, celery, carrots and smoked pork.  This…

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Splendid Farm Offerings at St. Lawrence Market

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Since the early 1800s, St. Lawrence Market in Toronto has been a traditional marketplace for fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses and all manner of other agricultural products.  It’s a colorful and happily bustling scene that has the distinction of being named by National Geographic in 2012 as the world’s best  market.  Even if a matter of opinion, that’s high praise!  Snapping these shots between bites of a warm croissant graced with a dollop of local honey provided a relaxing hour’s idyll.


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September 6, 2014 · 5:41 pm

Broke-Down Dodge Truck

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Situated along one of the wide pathways in Toronto’s Distillery District, this tired old Dodge truck  from the 1940s exudes character with its highly stylized chrome grill cover brightly shining against varied shades of surrounding rust.




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Kensington Market, Toronto: Fresh, Funky and Fun

Always loved the Kensington Market.

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There’s a little something for everyone in Toronto’s very colorful, very funky Kensington Market neighborhood!  Lot’s to look at, taste and absorb!

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August 3, 2014 · 9:26 am

19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented in Canada

Source: – by Amanda Green

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The good people of Canada are responsible for many inventions you use every day. Especially if you’re someone who plays Trivial Pursuit in a Wonderbra while eating peanut butter smeared on McIntosh apples.

1. Peanut Butter

Montreal pharmacist Marcellus Gilmore Edson envisioned his nutty ointment-like product, patented in 1884, as a food option for people who couldn’t chew. Or for, you know, everyone.

2. The Wonderbra

Leave it to our great neighbors to the north to invent one of the most popular push-up bras ever. Montreal’s Canadian Lady Corset Company first licensed the trademark “Wonder-bra” in 1939, and then renamed the company Wonderbra in 1961.

3. Trivial Pursuit

Here’s one for the orange category: What board game was invented in 1979 by Scott Abbott, a Montreal sports editor, and Chris Haney, a photo editor, when they couldn’t find all their Scrabble tiles? [And yes, that’s Rudy Giuliani and the sock puppet in the photo.]

4. The Odometer

Road trips were never the same after 1854, when Nova Scotia inventor Samuel McKeen created a device that measured distance with every revolution of a carriage wheel. Though to be fair, everyone from Vitruvius to Ben Franklin was also working on this one.

5. The Rotary Snowplow

A Toronto dentist named Dr. J.W. Elliot first conceived the idea of a snowplow to clean up train tracks. The snowmobile and snowblower were also born in Canada. But the Zamboni ice resurfacer? California, man.

6. The Egg Carton

Newspaper editor Joseph Coyle of Smithers, British Columbia, found an egg-cellent new use for paper in 1911.


Filmmakers Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroiter, and Robert Kerr and engineer Robert C. Shaw founded IMAX in 1967. Kroiter produced the first IMAX film in 1970. Star Wars creator George Lucas later credited him with originating the idea of “The Force.”

8. McIntosh Apples

McIntosh apples didn’t just grow on trees back in the day. In 1811, farmer John McIntosh began grafting a wild apple tree at his South Dundas farm. People began enjoying the fruits of his labor in 1835.

9. The Walkie-Talkie

Don Hings invented what he called the “packset” in 1937. When Canada declared war on Germany two years later, he went to Ottawa to redevelop the device for military use. Over and out.

10. Insulin

Toronto scientists Frederick Banting, Charles Best (pictured), and James Collip didn’t actually invent insulin in 1922 — it’s a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas. Instead, they discovered it and learned how it could treat diabetes.

11. Instant Replay

CBC Television producer George Retzlaff used a kinescope when he created the first-ever Instant Replay in 1955. Not surprisingly, it was during a broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada.

12. The Foghorn

Robert Foulis invented a steam-powered foghorn in 1854, but died penniless because he didn’t patent it. Argh!

13. Green Currency Ink

Got a dollar? In 1862, Thomas Sterry Hunt invented the ink that makes U.S. bills green.

14. The Baggage Tag

John Michael Lyons of New Brunswick changed travel when he invented the first baggage tag in 1882. The revolutionary document contained information about the bag’s point of departure, destination, and owner.

15. The Paint Roller

The paint roller has a messy history. Canadian Norman Breakey invented it in 1940, but an American inventor named Richards C. Adams tweaked the design and filed the first patent.

16. Standard Time

Engineer Sandford Fleming brought standard time to U.S. and Canadian railways in 1883. Time zones became U.S. law in 1918 and were accepted worldwide by 1929. It was about time.

17. The Wheelchair-Accessible Bus

Walter Harris Callow, a blind, quadriplegic veteran, invented the first wheelchair-accessible bus in 1947. He took his first and only ride after death, when his body was transported for his funeral.

18. The Electric Wheelchair

In 1952, engineer George Klein made the world more accessible with a motorized wheelchair

19. Garbage Bags

With stretchy, waterproof polyethylene at their disposal, Harry Wasylyk of Manitoba and Larry Hansen of Ontario invented the first plastic garbage bag for commercial use in 1950. Union Carbide Company bought the idea and brought Glad trash bags into homes.

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Mel’s Tea Room and More, Sackville, N.B.

Sackville, New Brunswick

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Mel’s Tea Room, Sackville, New Brunswick


These classic old signs and doorway tiles stood out on a recent stop in the historic town of Sackville, New Brunswick.  The neon and styling of the sign for Mel’s Tea Room — a local diner that is authentically vintage — in particular harkens back to an earlier era.


wwDSC_9386Sackville Bowling, Sackville, New Brunswick


wwDSC_9388Tiled Store Entryway, Sackville, New Brunswick

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Pot Smoking Mountie Should Go On Long-Term Disability

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indexThere’s a debate concerning a Canadian Mountie who smokes weed to deal with PTSD.  The debate is not if he should be allowed to smoke it but whether it is acceptable for him to light up while wearing the uniform of a Mounted Police, which he does.  In my opinion, I think he should not.

I think that if this guy has a condition that is serious enough to require him lighting up joints while on the job, then he should be put on long-term disability.  Plain and simple.  He is in no condition to perform his duties.  I mean, medicinal or not, I would find it a bit objectionable being arrested by for weed while the arresting officer puffs away happily on a medicinal joint.

A uniform is all about pride.  Pride in your job and the organization you work for.  Smoking weed while in uniform just does not…

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