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Feb. 3, 2013 6:38 am 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 11:47 am

In our university town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia,  St. Francis Xavier University has a STRIKE going on. Briefly, it’s about wages, job security, etc. and involves professors, lab instructors and library workers, many of them friends of mine.  In the last week they have picketed in -22 degrees and blowing snow, followed 2 days later by heavy wind and RAIN that froze as it hit the cold ground, next day it was + 15 degrees with the birds singing and later today we are expecting a BLIZZARD!   As the old saying goes  “If you don’t like the weather in the Maritimes, just wait a day or two!”

Seriously crazy weather for sure.

Before this latest weather development I invited 8 - 10 people here tonight (including a few picketers)  for a big Indian dinner.  Since cooking Indian food often requires a few days prep,  I am too deep into it now to call it off.   Noan Pork Vindaloo and Cardamom Chicken have been marinating since last night.  I have cauliflower florets cut for the Cauliflower and Potato curry and have chopped a ton of onions.    I have roasted and ground spices, cubed mangoes and peppers for the mango salad and made the dressing.   The basmati  rice with roasted cumin seeds, dried cranberries and saffron, as well as the mixed fruit raita can wait until I get a head count as to how many braves souls might make it for supper.   

Heading out now to fill my spare BBQ propane tank in case of a power outage, and to the liquor store for some decent wine to wash all that food down!    

BRING IT ON, I am ready!

PS:   I heard it is also SUPER BOWL Sunday - what time DOES that puck drop anyway?  


Feb. 3, 2013 9:06 am
Good to have you back,Bernice! I'm only vaguely familiar with Indian food but that sufficed to make me appreciate your meal. I should explore that cuisine and impress my wife.
Feb. 3, 2013 9:26 am
Thanks Mike, it really isn't DIFFICULT, just time consuming - lots of chopping and stirring. And you need to plan ahead! Just start with something simple like butter chicken. I only do it when I have a free day or two. I used to work with a woman from India and picked up a few good tips from her. Onions need to be cooked until golden brown and spices must be "cooked" before adding liquids. (in butter or oil). Lots of good recipes here on AR.
Feb. 4, 2013 6:56 am
Good morning Bernice,interesting read.Arizona was wonderful,nice and warm.Now we are in Edmonton for a few days,visiting my family.Hope when we come back to Nova Scotia the weather will be nicer.Have a great day.
Deb C 
Feb. 4, 2013 11:47 am
It has been crazy weather! I would love to sneak in with the others and enjoy your wonderful meal. It sounds so delicious! I'm very sure your friends will love it! Like Mike, I must explore Indian cuisine too.
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About Me
I am a professional photographer and medical secretary who loves to cook and garden. Entertaining my family and friends with different recipes is one of my favorite pastimes. I have five sisters who are also great cooks and bakers. When I am not roaming the roads looking for great photos I am prowling the grocery stores for ingredients for my latest new recipe. if you would like to see some of my work. Cheers!
My favorite things to cook
I love to BBQ (all year round if possible). Pork, chicken and fish dishes interest me most but I am not adverse to a good cut of beef once in a while. My garden provides me with lots of fresh herbs, garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers, leeks and potatoes. One sister has honeybees which provide us all with honey for the year. If I only had a olive tree in my backyard and a sheep to provide feta my gourmet life would be complete! Mediterranean is the way to go!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas morning with toasted Montreal bagels topped with cream cheese, locally smoked salmon, capers and lemon zest. Who needs Santa?
My cooking triumphs
Getting into Indian cooking was a big triumph for me. Now that I have a handle on all of the spices this requires, I find it very satisfying to cook Indian on a regular basis - the aromas in the kitchen are amazing!
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make my own pasta for the first time was a complete disaster and a very big mess! I'll buy fresh from the gourmet section from now on or resort to the good ole Catelli!
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