Miso memories on Baldwin Street

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I met up with my friend Natalie to check out an event – some possible stories to come from that. After, we went to Kinton on Baldwin to indulge in the meaty goodness of ramen.
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The Devour Food and Film Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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New Contract and Some Advanced Planning

Menu planning on my fridge

This week I start a four-month editing contract. Nothing out of the ordinary but this time my client wants me in the office. That means I’ve got to do some planning so I don’t fall off the wagon and end up buying lunch every day.

That gets expensive. I’m going to average $10 for lunch with a drink. Factor in coffee, say, $2 (rounded up) for a large Tim Hortons coffee or $4 for a tall coffee at Starbucks, maybe $1.50 for the mid-afternoon vending machine snack and the day’s spending is anywhere from $13.50 to $15.50.

Multiplied by five and that’s $67.50 to $77.50 a week. If I multiply that by 16 weeks, that’s $1,080 to $1,240 spent (maximum).

I could buy with that money:

A plane ticket to somewhere

Hardwood for one of the rooms in my home

Stocks, bonds, RRSPs etc.

Clothes, shoes, accessories

Two iPads or a nice camera with money left over

A lot of groceries

I’m writing this down so I can see the numbers, not just have them float around in my mind where I can ignore or justify them. Seeing that four-figure number makes it plain that I’m going to have to do some grocery shopping and some meal planning. I know myself. If I don’t plan this out now and come up with enough creative meals, I will get bored and lazy and end up buying my lunch and multiple coffees.

I’d prefer to have the money to spend on a plane ticket.

 

Baking Powder Biscuits or Boredom on a Friday

So after the whining in my previous post I decided I needed some serotonin. Or cheese, either would do. I baked some baking powder biscuits (American-style biscuits, not British) last night.

Mmm... bread

 

I think this was the first recipe given to us during our cooking class in high school. Imagine a bunch of 11 and 12-year-olds trying to sift flour and not get any on our uniforms.

Basic recipe:

2 cups sifted flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup milk

1 cup grated cheese (optional)

Combine all dry ingredients, rub butter into the flour, add the cheese, then add the milk. Mix to make the dough. Shape the biscuits – you can use a cookie cutter if you want – or do what I did and just use a muffin pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 450 degree F or 230 degrees Centigrade.

I also added:

Parsley

Curry powder

Chili flakes

You can add bacon bits too if wanted.

I’ve eaten them with split pea soup. Perfect for today’s weather.

 

Cupcake Maker

This was part of the President’s Choice Holiday media preview. I used this in a gift guide this year and it’s been lingering in my mind. Mini cupcakes are fine but what else would you make? Quiche, muffins, bread rolls and what else?