Cooking For Two: Perfect Meals For Pairs by Strand, Jessica (Chronicle Books).
The kind folks at Raincoast Books sent over a delicious little book called Cooking for Two. Since James is the chef in our house, cookbooks for me are more like menus. “I’d like this please.”
That said, when James is busy, I’m on my own. The kitchen is a scary place with me in it so this book is perfect. Lovely photos that allow me to see how horribly wrong my version is, and simple recipes that suggest I should do better.
Not in the cookbook, but a complementary dish, is James’ prosciutto-wrapped pork loin.
Since I’m responsible for appetizers, dessert and beverage service, my suggested pairing is Marc Tempe’s Pinot Gris Zellenberg Vielle Vignes 2005. As Anthony at Farmstead Wines says: “Drinks like a wine of twice the price. Bottled in August 2007 without filtration. Stonefruit, spice, vanilla, & integrated wood notes with great minerality in an amazingly rich wine.” That means it tastes really fricking good with this meal.
[Marko]... was unable to sleep because of excitement on the night before the much-feared experiment aimed to recreate Big Bang conditions at the underground facility of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research or CERN in Switzerland.
The experiment failed because of technical problems, but Marko is confident that it will eventually prove to be a scientific breakthrough. “The media said it could cause the end of the world,” he said, “but there was never any danger of that.”
I have a great group of friends who get together randomly for art night. I usually sketch (or get totally distracted and spend most of the time talking). But lately I have been enamoured with making perfume. I’m working on a spicy oriental at the moment: cloves, cinnamon, coriander, cardamon, orange, with a dry woody base. It’s not going well but the photos look good.
Registration opened yesterday and there was a flurry of activity. The conference sells out every year so if you are interested in attending, here’s the place to buy your tickets. http://northernvoice2009.eventbrite.com/
I will, under no circumstances, miss Dave O this year.
Friday is the best day for me to geek it up. I love the on-the-fly scheduling.
The people attending, and speaking, all rock. (This is Megan Cole. Definitely worth meeting.)
And you never know what kk is going to do, so it’s totally worth coming out to Northern Voice for curiosity sake.
Look mom! Blogging with no hands. (That’s called podcasting.)
Every person attending the event will receive access to the conference event, along with a complimentary WordPress souvenir, and admission to the social event in the evening on the 24th. The swag is apparently very cool.
Early bird pricing of $35 is only valid until Friday, January 9. After that time the price raises to $40.
If you plan to stay overnight, the Fairmont has reserved some rooms at a sweet price, but book soon. Fairmont will be releasing some of the reserved rooms into the general populace shortly. If you want to book, please use this link.
“Chandler Burr is the New York Times’ first-ever fragrance critic. His knowledge of the history, culture, emotion, economics, science and global geography of scent may be unrivaled. Come along with Chandler as he leads the Camden Opera House on an interactive, hyper-articulate and hilarious olfactory journey.”