Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Long long time no see.

Well it's been 4 years since I posted anything here. I can't believe it's been that long. It seems like a good time to start again now that we are here in Japan. So, in honor of having lunch withいつこ先生(Itsuko Sensei) here is the next post.

We have been in Japan for 4 weeks now and have done a lot.  I think I will work backwards through my pictures to catch you  up.  Today we had lunch.
Good times and Good Eats. Yesterday we went to Kenko no Mori Koen.  

Clearly I went by myself as there's no one else in any of the pictures. A few nights before this we saw my other co-worker from kagoshima Edna Mode. I mean Yumi chan.  She took us to an izakaya.  Once again I must have been in my own as the pictures show.
Well that is all for today.  Time to do something else.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Super Soup

Recently we have been on a bit of a vegetable kick.

The garden is dishing out these tasty treats now that we are well into August.  Lots of salsa, both fresh and cooked is being eaten as the summer winds to a close.  We are also at the tail end of a borscht frenzy.  Here is the Mrs. working her magic.  We make the Doukhbour version that you get here in Grand Forks.  I don't think we would fool an old timer but we think it is pretty good.

On the bread front we continue to make sourdough and are fiddling with technique now that we don't use the cloche anymore.  We have had some really great loaves recently.  We have also had some duds.  We are also slowly increasing our reach and even have the occasional new customer.  Looking ahead we are in the hunt for a counter top mixer.  I would love a hobart but that is for the day we go truly commercial.  Currently I am trying out the ankarsrum assistent.  Apparently it takes some getting used to as my pizza dough last night can attest.  We plan to give it a run this Tuesday when making our sourdough.  Pricey but it sounds like it has great longevity on its side.  

Love out.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Swim Season Wrap Up 2014

Well it was another great summer of swimming for the Dunnets.  We had lots of best times and made a bunch of new friends.  This last weekend we were in Kamloops for the Provincials.  Kohei and Kiyomi both had 4 individual races and both were part of some relay races.  Kohei had some good races and enjoyed playing Pokemon Y.  I think the pokemon was more of a focus than the swimming.  Kiyomi has best times in all of her races and wound up with two 5ths, one 6th and one 7th.  She was disappointed in some of her results as 3 tenths of a second would have meant a medal.  She did enjoy meeting the girls whose names she had been reading all summer.  She also knows what it feels like to make a final now.

Camping in Kamloops was a bit of a bust.  We didn't have any real time to enjoy Lac Le Jeune Provinicial Park.  We wanted to stay one more night and enjoy a day at the lake.  Unfortunately someone had reserved our site for Sunday night so we had to pack up.

We had a lovely evening with Mike and Barb Johnson and their kids Gavin and Branden (Brendon???).  The dinner was superb and the conversation (thought mostly centered around school stuff) was stimulating.  We also really really like their new house.  Lets hope we get back to Kamloops more often.

Last of all here is Kiyomi's 100m freestyle race.  She is in lane 6 (3rd from the top in the blue cap).

Kiyomi's 100M Race.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Typical Summer Week

Amazingly just a week later we have another post.  Miraculous it you ask me.  So the dinner pictured below was a Mabo-Nasu.  Which is basically a ground beef and eggplant dish where it is all fried up with seasoning and Tofu.  I love it over rice but the middle child was impervious to its charms.  For a boy with such a healthy appetite he sure can be picky.  The salad had some cilantro and a home made vinaigrette.
Bread production has increased recently as we are getting close to mastering baking without the cloche.  One evening while the oven was still warm we decided it was a pizza night.  We planned to use up the rest of the ground beef in bacon-cheeseburger pizzas.  However, after buying the bacon, cheese and other toppings when I got home I totally forgot to fry up the beef.  So it was bacon and pineapple for the kids with some mushrooms and onions tossed in for good luck.

The masses were appreciative but not as hungry as usual.  Maybe it was the heat.
Then Friday morning we headed off for another weekend of swimming.  This weekend was in Kimberley.  We camped out back of the pool.  Lots of families with trailers as usual.  Last year there were at least 4 other families who followed suit in the tenting area.  This year we had the place to ourselves.  Feel really cheap but the 2 minute walk to warm ups made the decision seem like a good one.  We would love to have a trailer but that would mean a car upgrade and way more money in terms of gas.  So we will continue to tent until the day we have a miraculous windfall(note:  no one thinks this windfall will ever come).
The swim meet had a pirate theme and by the morning of the second day the youngest had managed to talk someone out of their eye patch and toy blunderbuss.  I think its the dimples.

Both of the older two had good meets posting numerous personal bests.  The oldest managed to win her division.
 The middle child got disqualified in a race but still managed to tie for second place (the child he tied with left before the medal ceremony.  I think they were going fishing)
Regionals are next week and then in the middle of August we are off to Kamloops for Provincials.  At the half way point this is turning out to be a pretty great summer.  Still hot here (36C) and should be the same for most of the week.

Love out,
the dunnets.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barbecue Season in Full Swing.

So we were eating dinner two nights ago and decided wouldn't it be a cool idea if we took a picture of it and then wrote a blog about it.  So here it is.
We had ribs recently when some guests were here and on Sunday evening we decided we would go for it again.  Slow cooked on the barbecue with baked potatoes and a slightly spicy curried vegetable stir fry.  Brilliant.

Then on Monday evening we had some friends over for burgers and sushi.  Not a classic mix but everyone enjoyed themselves.  Our friends brought a turkey potato salad which I am filling my sandwiches with today.  It was a really nice evening catching up and finding out about their trip to Europe.  Someday, someday.

Other major recent events include my mother making it legal with her live in lover 15 years into the whole thing.  It was a lovely day and I am glad to have been part of it.  

We also celebrated the life of Uncle Dave down in Oregon. 

 We had a great time getting together with family, sharing meals, going on extended golf/shopping trips and swimming the not quite boiling Pacific. It really was a magical 3 days and from now on whenever we want to be close to Uncle Dave all we need to do it head down to the Oregon Coast.

Love out, The Dunnets.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bi Yearly Update

So yeah it has been a while, I notice I haven't been on here since January.  That is seven months by my account.  Really I think I need to focus a bit more and stop with the weak facebook updates.  We need a real record of what has been going on.  So here it is.

It was a dark winter, it dragged on and on.
We needed fire to keep us warm. (first use of our fire pit)

Then February arrived and our youngest turned four.  Crazy.  He gets more interesting everyday.  No more diapers, no more naps, no more helping him get dressed.  Still needs bathroom help (teeth brushing, etc...) but he really is getting to be a big boy.

Unfortunately our oldest seemed to turn 20.    This was a special evening when we had a friend over and they put on a fashion show.  However, this does not bode well for the future.  More succinctly, "Watch out dad, this is going to be rough."

The middle child found his long lost twin.  There was much rejoicing.  Both of the older kids have grown so much.  The oldest is closing in on mom really fast.  The middle child is making up ground quickly too.  What has happened to our babies.

So winter ended and suddenly spring arrived.  The two oldest started playing soccer.  The youngest wanted nothing to do with his Tots Team so he just wore his shin gaurds and cleats to the others games.  There were wins and losses (not the son's team, undefeated, more craziness) and a giant final play day.

Also in the spring we got to meet two new friends.  Cleopatra and Wil David joined the clan. So great to have more little ones around.  Love the growing number of cousins.  Keep up the good work sisters.  We are officially done having kids.

We also sadly said goodbye to one of our favourite Davids.  He was much loved and is sadly missed.  Sometimes it is hard to believe that he won't turn up for a next visit.  Safe Journeys Uncle Dave.

As spring continued to progress swim meet season overtook us.  The middle child met some unexpected success and took home quite a few medals.

The oldest also had her share of podiums and made huge improvements.  As of August her dad can no longer beat her at any stroke over any distance.  He didn't figure he would be put so firmly in place after only 11 years of having children.  But he was.

The youngest didn't medal but he did learn to swim in the deep end and should have medalled for this amazing Urkle impersonation.

With the school year over the first few weeks of summer were all about Birthday season.
Daughter had a pool party.
 Son had a water slide party.  Both were a great success.

Dad's summer project of putting up a proper fence to keep the deer out of his garden came to fruition.  Next year will be under ground sprinkling and a green lawn.  Just don't hold me to it.

As the summer wrapped up the kids went to the swimming regionals and qualified for the provincial meet.  Provincials were a real eye opener.  We got to see how good the top swimmers in the province are.  We will see how much we can improve by next year.  Hopefully they both make it back.

By the end of the swimming season we were all a little pooped.

 As luck would have it that is the perfect time to spend at home in the garden.

 The zucchini was a neighbour's but the rest of the produce came from our garden.  Thank goodness for the fencing as we had a pretty great crop and no vegetables were harmed by deer (so far)

And lastly, this being a blog about what we eat I had to add a picture of us having Yaki niku.  We don't pull out the Teppan often but we always enjoy it when we do.

School in-service starts on Monday so the summer is pretty much officially over.  The first half of 2013 has been a roller coaster but that is the nature of life.  Lets hope the second half is just as interesting.  And lets hope I can be a little more regular with the blog.

Love out,

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Slow cooking Sunday

So last week before we went skiing on Sunday morning I browned up some round ground and threw it in the slow cooker with the other ingredients I would normally use in chili and we left for a day on the slopes.  The aroma we came home to was so awesome. Even better was the realisation that we would not have to do much preparing to have dinner in the table real soon.  I think you can tell by the faces below that the chili was well received.

I also managed to capture one dinner this week.  It was salmon with cheesy mashed potatoes, vegetable soup and a festive summer salad.  The Mrs. has to be careful not to treat us too well or we may get used to the good life and be spoiled for anything else.

I can't recall if I missed this or not but the Mrs and the oldest also made cookies last weekend.  Gotta love people with baking habits.

Finally the tab managed to catch this evenings crock pot sensation(sideways unfortunately).  The Mrs. and the youngest stayed home from the hills today because he was running a fever.  But true to form I managed to get the crock pot stuffed with a Korean ribs recipe before we headed out for another glorious day at the hill.  And as before we arrived back home to the fabulous aroma of dinner almost ready to be served.  Unfortunately we also arrived back home to a hot little tyke.  Well kids get sick and then they get better.  Just part of life eh.  Back to dinner.  The Mrs. put together a cabbage salad which was nice because the ribs were pretty rich.

Finally here are some of the views we are enjoying from the top of the hill.  Hopefully next week we will get some video of the kids in action on the slopes.

Love out,