I initially thought we would spend the night in Burlington, VT on our way to Quebec City but after looking at a map we decided on Manoir Hovey in the Eastern Townships of Quebec for one night to break up the driving. If you are a Louise Penny fan you will know about the Inn from reading A Rule Against Murder. Louise lives very near Manoir Hovey and the Inn offers a Vive Gamache! Getaway Package.
A few days before we left, my mom forwarded me an article from a Toronto paper that said Hillary Clinton was a fan of Louise Penny and Hillary, Bill and Chelsea had been invited to Manoir Hovey as guests of Louise Penny. Our dates overlapped. You see where this is going, right?!
The secret service tried to be discreet, dressing in polo shirts and shorts, but those curly wires coming out of their ear were a dead giveaway. The front desk staff were also discreet but confirmed that special guests were on site.
We went for a walk and decided to have a drink on the patio overlooking the lake.
And there they were. Hillary, Bill and Louise! Enjoying the same view of Lake Massawippi that we were. They stopped to chat with guests as they left. I told Hillary I voted for her. I told Bill I voted for him too. He said “bless you.”
Our brush with fame!
My youngest son just got engaged! He and his fiance are a wonderful couple that bring out the best in each other. They are happy. We are happy for them. They are our friday favourite!
My ‘aunt’ Sondra just gave me a jar of her homemade mustard, a smooth, hot and sweet family recipe that was once sold commercially under the label Chalif Mustard.
It is begging to be spread on the sourdough bread I just pulled out of the oven.
And I am going to be begging Sondra for the recipe!
Two podcasts I am currently listening to are my friday favourites-
Crimetown: Every season, we’ll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Missing Richard Simmons: On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him – and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Simmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard – and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.
Listen to them and let us know what you think!
Last week, I “chatted” with people for five nights in a row at my internet provider to try and make adjustments to my plan to cover I’m-a-new-netflix binger. Yes, I finally got netflix. And yes, there are still some of us who don’t have unlimited internet plans in Canada.
Signing in to a “live chat” became my nightly ritual. I even did a scribbled sketch about it on day 3 of the chatty week as I sat waiting…because I thought three days and three calls was getting ridiculous.
By Friday night (day 5), I finally dialed in to chat to a live person. Funny thing. He told me that all the other information I’d received – on the four previous nights from Hi my name’s Stella, Mitch, Michael and more – was incorrect. I smell a training opportunity.
I don’t know if I should trust the live voice. But I’m back online with nothing to love about the growing trend of live chats to get information. I’ve also heard (maybe I’m the last to know) that they are most likely staffed by bots anyhow. Customer service fail.
My fellow furloughed co-workers and I met last week for a soup swap. Between the four of us we had three delicious soups, a loaf of bread, and a salad; but not many leftovers!
Carole made a NYTimes recipe: Mushroom-Spinach Soup with Middle Eastern Spices. It had a delicious almost smoky taste and great texture due to coarsely pureeing the mushrooms. I am definitely making this one.
Alison brought a Curried Lentil Soup with chutney butter. She used two types of green lentils and the juice of 2 lemons for a tangy curried lentil soup. The interesting addition was a dollop of chutney butter on top!
I made Red Lentil and Pumpkin soup. You can find the recipe in our Dec 7th, 2016 post.
The swap was a great way to taste some new soups. If the plan is to have some to take home, you really need to double the recipe since by the time we all tasted the soups, there really wasn’t much left to take home! We’ll get it right next time!
I was in a cafe last week and ordered the soup of the day — pumpkin and red lentil. I was cold and hungry, the soup was warm and filling. A perfect match!
I found a recipe online for this soup, it even used a can of pumpkin which is so easy and I had one sitting around for the pumpkin pie I never made!
Here’s the recipe:
Saute 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic and 1 T grated ginger in 1 T olive oil until onions are soft and translucent. Add 1-15oz can of pumpkin puree, 1 cup dry red lentils, 6 cups of vegetable broth and 1 T curry powder.
Bring to a boil then turn the heat down, put a lid on the pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper as needed.