February 18, 2007 at 4:54 pm (Food, Photographs)
Next weekend it’s house-sitting time at Robinson Subdivision, between Carcross and Whitehorse. What a spot! House-sitting for our friends there is like a vacation for us. They own a beautiful two-storey log home which they built themselves. The best part is the view! I’ve posted some pictures to show you what the view is like from the back door, as well as the red sky at sunset in December 2005.
When house-sitting, I enjoy spending a bit more time preparing some of my favourite recipes that require extra time. My mother-in-law gave me a delicious East Indian recipe for Mughlai Lamb Biryani from Madhur Jaffrey’s Illustrated Indian Cookery, which is currently unavailable to buy. It is a lamb and rice casserole drizzled with saffron milk and mixed with raisins. It’s hard to describe the flavour, though the saffron comes through nicely. The taste of this dish is unlike anything I had ever tasted before. I thought of writing out the recipe here, but it’s very, very long, and I did find another blogger who went through the trouble. So here it is, if you’re interested, thanks to Ruth Daniels in Toronto.
P.S. Actually, Ruth Daniels has such interesting recipes on her site that I’ve added her to my blogroll.
February 17, 2007 at 11:01 am (Livin' North of 60°)
My partner came across this hilarious picture from The Onion, a satirical newspaper/website.
After the end of the Yukon Quest, some mushers will be heading to Anchorage for the start of the Iditarod on March 3rd. Sled dogs don’t look like what most people imagine, though they also don’t resemble anything in the above picture.
My posting’s title is from the book Ellen Degeneres: My Point…And I Do Have One.
February 15, 2007 at 8:52 am (Food)
Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I was doing my daily web reading when I came across a fellow Urban Yukon contributor’s post, Yukon Jen. It was a warning about not buying a ham as a Valentine’s Day gift as it can spell disaster. Well, I hadn’t exactly bought a ham as a gift, but it was what I planned on serving for dinner. And, so far so good, it wasn’t disastrous.
In fact, I found an recipe for a sauce in my Joy of Cooking cookbook that looked interesting. It’s called Marchand de Vin sauce, which I had never heard of; it’s a butter and wine sauce. The only problem was that the cookbook’s recipe (on p.327) referred me to p.326 for Brown Sauce, and this recipe referred me to p.541 for Mirepoix, whatever that is. Why make it so complicated? I was ready to pull my hair out, so I gave up and went to the Internet to see what I could find.
My first hit was a hit, literally. I ended up finding a straightforward recipe that was absolutely delicious. You can find the recipe here at About.com, and you can also use it for steak and roasts. The flavour is out of this world!
Thank goodness for the Internet!
February 11, 2007 at 5:24 pm (Livin' North of 60°)
The first checkpoint after the departure from Whitehorse is Braeburn Lodge, famous for their huge (and I mean HUGE) cinnamon buns. Hugh Neff, who was the 19th racer to leave Whitehorse was the first to arrive at Braeburn after being on the trail 9h24m. I just so happen to have a video of his departure, which I’ve posted here for your pleasure (I grudgingly had to post it to YouTube before I could upload it here). The sky is blue, Golden Horn mountain looms in the background, and the dogs are just beautiful. Enjoy!
February 10, 2007 at 3:52 pm (Livin' North of 60°)
The 2007 Yukon Quest got underway this morning, so I went downtown to catch some of the action.
Here’s one of my pics – this one of Kyla Boivin and her team leaving the starting chute in chilly -22 -29°C (with windchill) weather:
These dogs are patiently waiting. Perhaps they’ll be racing in the Yukon Quest 300, which starts later in the day:
[Update: No, this is NOT the Iditarod!]
February 8, 2007 at 1:09 am (Poetry)
Quand je pense à ma vie
Ici, souvent je m’ennuie
La fatigue et les affaires
D’école et du travail
De rien, maintenant, je raffole
Au manoir, je deviens folle
Les amis et les ennuis
J’ai seulement hâte qu’ça soit fini
Livre après livre
Les pages deviennent tordues
Mes pensées perdues
Ce que je pense, ce que je sais
Je ne veux plus étudier
Ni parler, ni penser
Puis-je me reposer?
Prendre un somme et rêver?
Sans être obligée
D’utiliser ma pensée?
Est-ce presque fini
Ce martyre non béni?
Cette torture psychologique
Qui affecte mon physique
Maux de tête
February 5, 2007 at 7:53 am (Poetry)
I once knew a man named Denis
So fit that he still could play tennis
Even now that he’s old
If truth be told
We’re careful ’cause he’s still a menace
Don’t fret if you’re looking for him
You’ll find him fiddling with somethin’
Under a car’s hood
Or in the neighbourhood
Of something in need of a fixin’
February 4, 2007 at 3:33 pm (Livin' North of 60°, Photographs)
Yukon scenery is breathtaking, to say the least. There is something about the place that makes people want to stay. It’s been almost five years now since my move to Whitehorse (wow, has it already been that long?), and I was only supposed to be here one year. But, alas, it’s the same story you hear from everyone who has moved here.
Below is a picture I took from my aunt and uncle’s backyard a couple of winters ago. In the background is beautiful Grey Mountain.
Here’s another photo I took in the Yukon, again showing mountains that seem to go on forever.
February 3, 2007 at 10:18 pm (Livin' North of 60°, Poetry)
Sun is shining bright
Cold, still air; blue skies above
Winter sundogs high
Sundog Picture and information at ExploreNorth
February 2, 2007 at 10:09 pm (Education, Livin' North of 60°)
Working in the schools, I had the privilege of meeting one of the north’s favourite mushers, Hans Gatt, and a whole bunch of his sled-dogs. Gatt is a veteran of sled-dog racing, including in the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod.
Gatt ended up leaving Atlin, BC (two-hour drive from Whitehorse) later than anticipated, so the planned morning visit had to be postponed until the afternoon. Considering the late time of day and the long drive ahead of them to Fairbanks, Alaska, I was very pleased at Hans and Suzie’s immense generosity in taking the time to stop at the school, take all their dogs out (one student counted 23) and then “pack ’em all up” for the trip ahead.
The grade six class I was working with were very excited, to say the least. They went around the truck petting each of his dogs, getting to know them and getting answers to tons of questions from both Hans and his friend, Suzie.
Having that many dogs in one place at one time, you’re bound to see EVERYTHING dogs do, all within a five-minute period. And, because sixth graders are, well, six graders, I got a kick out of hearing their reactions to seeing dogs be dogs.
A BIG THANK YOU TO HANS AND SUZIE!!!