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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.

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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 🙂

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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

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

Sackville, New Brunswick

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Mel’s Tea Room, Sackville, New Brunswick

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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.

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wwDSC_9386Sackville Bowling, Sackville, New Brunswick

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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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This Week in Canadian History – November Week 5

1698, Bishop St. Vallier, Canada, canadian history, Canadian trivia, Captain John Schuyler, Count Frontenac, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, France, Frontenac, Governor of New York, history, La Prairie, massacre at Schenectady, Montreal, New England, New York, November 28, On this day in Canadian history, quebec, Treaty of Ryswick

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This is a repost and updated post that I published on November 28, 2012.

Count Frontenac dies at Quebec, but that doesn’t mean his heart stays put. Oh no.

Frontenac had been asked to return to Canada in 1689 and serve as governor for the second time. His instructions were to regain the respect of the Indians and to drive the British from New England and New York.

He did succeed with most of the Indians, but Frontenac was unable to take New England and New York for France. After eight years of war, Britain and France signed the Treaty of Ryswick on September 20, 1697. Actually, Ryswick meant little, and war was resumed five years later.

As there was supposed to be peace, however, Frontenac exchanged messages with the Governor of New York, and Captain John Schuyler arrived at Quebec as a peace emissary…

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