Oli gets a man snack, something fast, easy and really tasty. Smoked salmon (caught and smoked by my parents), blueberries (pick by us), avocado and crackers. He loved it.
We don’t get out much, but it is Friday, we don’t have anything to make dinner, it is sunny and there is a food truck festival.
We got in our bikes and headed over. And it was good. Tanya had tacos, I had a po-boy, Oliver had a little of both.
I went fishing with my dad and caught this 10 pound spring salmon. It was fun and with the price if salmon at $5.25/100g this turned out to be a $100 catch. Oh, and it tastes amazing.
Tanya and I celebrated our 9 years of being together. Since 2004, we have always celebrated our anniversary with a good dinner, this year was one of the most humble dinners on record.
We put Oliver to bed a little early, cooked ratatouille, finished a bottle of already opened wine, enjoyed some dark chocolate (most of which we ate before dinner) and watched an episode of Portlandia, from the couch. It was a great way to celebrate, I’m sure those with kids will agree.
Tanya, I love you and I am am looking forward to the next 9, 19, 29, 39 and 49 years together.
We hit up the Spot Prawn Festival, in Victoria. Spot prawns aren’t like other prawns, they:
- are huge, and I mean big. You can’t really call these things shrimp.
- have a big spot on them (hence the name Spot Prawn)
- are local
- taste different, hard to explain, very tasty
The weather has started to turn for the better here, and that means we can leave our house to venture outside.
One of Tanya and my favorite places to go is Red Fish Blue Fish. This food truck (actually it is a container with a kitchen and a living roof) on dock that serves up some of the best fish I have ever had. This place is amazing and often worth the 30 min wait that it takes to order.
This was Oliver’s first trip to the dock to wait in line (you can see it in the background) and we ate some great sustainable seafood.
I wish I new the source if this image, but it was emailed to me and it looks great. I would love to have a poster just like this.
You can get this poster, if you are interested head over to popchart.
It is nearly the end of the year and two things happened
- I got a futsu squash in our vegie box
- Tanya gave me the Flavor Bible for Christmas.
I looked up winter squash in the book and got inspired for a recipe to make and I thought I would share it.
- 2 small winter squash (futsu in this case, but also used something else, like kobucha)
- a batch of rice (1 cup dried)
- 1 Onion
- 2 Apples chopped, peeled if you have the time
- 1 tbs Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- A handful Toasted hazelnuts
- A few splashes Apple cider vinegar
- 3/8 tsp cayenne
Methodology and process
The Flavor Bible guided me towards an apple, nutmeg, ginger, winter squash mix. I thought of serving it with rice to make it kind of like a pilaf. I was a little worried about the sweetness of the squash and apples, hence the cayenne and vinegar.
- Roast the squash
- Cook a batch of rice
- Fry the onion, add the nutmeg, ginger and cayenne (to release the aromatic goodness)
- when the time is right (you will know), add the apples and cook together
- Add cider vinegar, salt and pepper and taste it, adjust as needed
- Add 1/2 the hazelnuts to the mix, then mix in the rice and squash
- Top with a few hazelnuts and eat dinner
I used apple cider vinegar and cayenne to cut the sweetness, and it seemed to work. It had a nice taste, there was a decent kick of spice followed by a slight nutmeg flavour. It worked, and I was happy, Tanya said it was good just the way it was, but I would have added more squash and vinegar.
I also added some leftover chicken and that made this side dish a full meal.
Oliver was apparently not happy with his feeding tube today, he pulled it out while I was changing his diaper. Likely this was accident, but soon he won’t be need it.
In the last two days Oliver has made more and more progress.
Only twoNone of his feeds are through the feeding tube (they are all orally, breast or bottle). And the Neonatologist has handed Oliver off to the pediatrician. This means that he no longer needs the specialized skill-set of the neonatologist.