Radiohead Box

Listening to: Radiohead, Box Set

I have a love/hate relationship with Radiohead. I think I was originally introduced to them somewhat against my will (and comparatively late) when, in the mid-90s, I went to someone’s BBQ and ‘OK Computer’ was on the stereo, which had … [read more]

Lentils by Maggiejane via Flickr

Recipe: Curry lentil soup

4 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 stalks of celery, diced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 4-6 medium yellow potatoes, diced (no need to peel) 1 pound (450g bag) green lentils, picked over and rinsed 4 vegetarian stock cubes … [read more]

Yellow Curry

Curry

Happy New Year. I’ve been thinking about cooking with more spices lately. Even though I typically pack flavours into my dishes using all the ‘normal’ methods (lots of onions and celery, vegetarian stock cubes, herbs, chilies) I’ve not really cooked … [read more]

Eggs by Jack Brodus via Flickr

Recipe: Madras omelet curry

I was served this delicious and very rich vegetarian dish tonight. It stems from an out-of-print cook book by Mary S. Atwood called Adventures in Indian Cooking(1972). Well worth making. Tonight, it was served with basmati rice, spiced green beans … [read more]

Starbucks

Coffee bean ruminations

While I’m typically a big Starbucks fan, a devoted (some might say slavish) follower of the McDonalds of internationally standardized, excellent coffee-to-go, I never buy their beans or ground coffee for home. I get my home supplies from Whole Foods … [read more]

Tom Waits Franks Wild Years

Rediscovering classic Tom Waits

Maybe I’m in one of those moods, or maybe it’s because Christmas is rolling around and gruff voices and abrasive songs are a welcome antidote to ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ but I’ve been enjoying three classic Tom Waits albums again … [read more]

Listening to: Dave Gunning

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I woke up to CBC Radio 1. That’s what my clock radio is set to play every morning at 6. Even though the hosts’ accents are a bit pompous and there’s a … [read more]

Laptops, laptops everywhere

Recently observed at a Starbucks inside a Chapters (sorry for the crappy Blackberrycam pic). There’s practically nobody in this picture who’s not using a laptop. It’s a little puzzling and disorienting: there used to be a time when I would … [read more]