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Hilarity in hockey numbers…

February 27th, 2010

A big woohoo for the Canadian women’s hockey team, who won gold a couple of days ago at the Winter Olympics… and another shout-out to the men’s team, who play for gold tomorrow.

Just a quick post to share a hilarious video along this theme. Shaun Majumber from “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and his unbelievably well thought-out and wonderfully-executed spiel to Sid the Kid, during Crosby’s Olympic Torch Relay stint in Halifax, Nova Scotia last November:

Makes perfect sense to me!!!

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Watch Today today

February 26th, 2010

If you were one of the billions of folks who watched the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games a week ago, you caught a glimpse of the über-talented spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. Above is a photo of Shane when he joined Dan Mangan at a BC Scene show I wrote about last April, one of many times they’ve shared the stage over the past few years.

So I just caught wind of the fact that Shane will be, in just a few hours’ time, performing on NBC’s “Today Show” with Matt Lauer (airing at 8 a.m. EST/PST on Friday, February 26th), and he’s invited Dan Mangan to join him; they go on at around 9:45 a.m. Watch it, listen, and be blown away.

From the same show as pictured above, here’s a video I took when Shane joined in on Dan’s “Fair Verona”:


postscript…
I missed it!!! I had to take a client call, and when I ran back to the tv afterwards, I saw Shane and Dan amidst the crowd, but they’d already performed. Zounds. Good thing the Today folks posted the performance on their site — whee! Great job, guys!

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The garlic pita chip non-recipe recipe

February 23rd, 2010

Here’s a sure-to-please and easy snack. It’s so simple, in fact, I feel a bit silly putting down the instructions… but whenever I bring these to a gathering, someone always asks for the recipe. I made a whack on the weekend, so I took the opportunity to take some pics. Just to let you know though: this is an off-the-cuff concoction — no measurements!

Seasoning: pour a whack of olive oil in a bowl and add crushed garlic, salt, pepper and whatever herbs & spices you like. This time, I threw in a couple of shakes of Montreal Steak Spice.

Pre-heat the oven to 275˚ F / 140˚ C. (I’ve tried higher temps, but then tend to burn the chips! I’ve found using a lower heat with a longer bake time makes for a much crispier chip, anyway.)

Cut up pita pockets (I tend to use whole wheat) in sixths, or eighths if you want smaller chips.

Split apart each triangle into single ply pieces, and lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, with the inside (breadier, less smooth side) facing up.

Dole out the seasoning on each triangle. I use a fork first to make sure each chip gets a little garlic on it, then I go over each chip again with a brush to spread everything around lightly — make sure there are no big pools of oil. (Sorry, I was a little over-excited at this point and forgot to take a photo! Gah…)

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the chips are golden and crunchy.

Once you’ve let them cool a bit, they are delicious with dips (hummus, tzatziki, salsa, artichoke, whatever you’ve got!) or just on their own. Warning: these are highly addictive and cause garlicky breath… Enjoy!

Do you have any super simple recipes to share?

On the topic of garlic, John recently planted a bunch of cloves that had begun to sprout on our counter.

We’re hoping to add garlic to our balcony garden. John’s Mum grows her own bulbs every year and they kick the storebought kind’s butt by a long shot in both size and taste. Ideally, we would have planted these in the fall, like she does; the sprouts die over winter, but then new bulbs grow the following summer. So we are cheating by growing the sprouts indoors now, and then we’ll put them outside once they become taller; hopefully they can catch up. Go garlic, go!

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