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Hey, It’s My Name! In a Magazine!

February 28, 2014

I spent all morn­ing pro­cess­ing pho­tos to go with a post about Iceland’s famous Gold­en Cir­cle route, but then I got lazy and decid­ed to go with this lazy post instead. The Gold­en Cir­cle post will have to wait until next week.

So I got quot­ed in an issue of the North Amer­i­can edi­tion of the Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Trav­el­er mag­a­zine (I always feel dirty typ­ing trav­eller with only one “l” because my mum­my raised me to use British Eng­lish). I post­ed a com­ment on an arti­cle about how Cana­di­ans loved their Nanaimo bar in the online ver­sion of the mag­a­zine a while ago (and was lat­er informed that it might appear in a future print issue). I have nev­er met any­one in Canada who is pas­sion­ate about Nanaimo bar. Not a sin­gle one. But every­one I know seems to love but­ter tarts. Hence my com­ment.

I have even found what I think to be the best but­ter tarts ever. You’ll have to go to Culbert’s Bak­ery in Goderich, Ontar­io to get your grub­by hands on them but they are total­ly worth the trip. They sell two kinds of but­ter tarts: the cheap kind with store-bought crust, and the rather pricey one with home­made crust. Don’t be cheap. Always go with the ones with home­made crust. Trust me, you won’t regret it. The crust is just the right con­sis­ten­cy (not hard but not too crumbly either) and the fill­ing has crunchy, caramelised top a la crème brûlée. Drools! I’m so look­ing for­ward to get­ting my fix this spring!

While we’re talk­ing about food, I’ve been using our slow cook­er a lot late­ly. Part­ly because our oven is bro­ken and part­ly because it’s so easy and con­ve­nient. So far I’ve made pot roasts, lasag­nas, chick­en wings, and bread with var­i­ous results. They weren’t bad but not the great­est either. I think the word I’m look­ing for is medioc­re. Right now a whole chick­en is cook­ing in the slow cook­er. Hope­ful­ly it will taste good. If not, at least I got it for cheap because it was on sale. 

Do you have any slow cook­ing recipes which you swear by? Feel free to share!

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