November 01, 2009

for a cold or your soul


quite a few people lately have asked me how i make my chicken soup. it's really quite simple, and there are a few ways you can go about doing it. personally, i like to add my veggies into the broth right before it's ready to be served that way they don't turn to mush. i hate mushy veggies. blech!

how do you make the stock???

the first thing you do is get a whole chicken and cook it up however you like and have that for dinner. the next morning, take whatever meat is left on them bones and put them aside for later... the bones is what you want right now. put them in the biggest pot you've got, cover with water, toss in a bay leaf or two, cover and turn the burner on low. every hour or so, remove the lid and scoop off the bubbles and oil and discard, you don't want that in your soup. be careful to not let the water boil as tempting as it is... it will cloud your stock. you can also use turkey bones or beef bones if you're into that. of course, you can also just skip this step entirely and use prepared stock, there's nothing wrong with that!

what kind of vegetables do you put in???

we like a lot of veggies in our soup, but you don't necessarily need to add as much as i do, or as many, but the soup is better with more veggies! my mouth is watering thinking of this...
i usually chop up a yellow onion, 4 garlic cloves (or less if you don't like garlic), 4 good sized carrots; you can just slice 'em, or dice 'em, 4 stalks of cellery, a cup of frozen corn and cup of frozen peas (i use fresh when it's available). i also add some basil and salt and pepper (to taste) to this lovely batch of goodness in a deep sided pan. start with the onion and garlic in some butter, then add the carrots and cellery, etc... take some of the stock and cook the veggies in that. when it's all cooked up, add it to the stock (don't forget to strain the bones!), and boil up some tiny pasta or egg noodles either in the soup or alone and add it in like i do.

by the way, check out my friend Gabrielle's blog. she's a writer and has a great chicken soup story...

October 14, 2009

back to it!

i've been a horrible blogger, not posting since june! yikes! i'm not going to go on and on about how hard it is to work at home with 2 kids, a dog, a cat, and a house to run, and vacations to go on and so forth, so i'm not...
that said, while i was busy with everything i still did find some time to be creative in the kitchen! not as much as before mind you, but still creative. i successfully made dorie's chocolate ganache ice cream (without making scrambled egg custard!), and a pretty great wild blackberry frozen yogurt. it was a hot summer!
we also tried growing fruits and veggies in our garden this year. zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, blueberries, raspberries, (thornless)blackberries, rhubarb and strawberries were all a success! i didn't plant the corn, carrots, cantaloup, and squashes early enough and so they were not so great, and "someone" ate the beans. this time last year we planted some fruit trees: a flemish pear, honeycrisp apple, and a fuji apple. we didn't get any pears, but we got a pretty decent crop of honeycrisp in early september, and just last week i picked the fujis... had enough to make our thanksgiving pie! who knows, maybe next year we'll have enough apples for 2 pies!

June 02, 2009

OMFG

can you say holy sh*t!?!?!?! i cannot wait for this one! i hope it comes out for the wii, too!


April 24, 2009

sprintcam

i just saw this amazing 1000 fps footage... amazing that cameras can do this now, but for those fx animators out there... wait for the jello....


I-Movix SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel from David Coiffier on Vimeo.

March 13, 2009

bbc commercail

i just happened upon this bbc commercial for the 2008 olympics. it's designed by jamie hewlett...

February 23, 2009

avez-vous

okay so i've totally neglected my blog with being so busy at work, and i just wanted to post something to let everyone know i'm still around! so without further delay... here's another deja-vu short:

January 19, 2009

9 years ago...

on the weekend we had a "little" party for our daughter, ella, who turned nine years old. she and seth have both started taking skating lessons and so she wanted to have a skating party. i booked a room at the local rink and we got all the girls in her class and a few neighbours' kids to meet us all there. everyone had a blast!
i ended up making 24 regular cupcakes, 48 mini ones, and a small one layer cake (for her actual day). in last year's april issue of living there were little crepe paper flowers and birds. the flower for january is the snowdrop and i made a bunch of them for her cakes. when ella saw the picture in the magasine, she definetly wanted a nest, too. off to michael's! i picked up 2 tiny little blue birds there as well.
and some bees

happy birthday ella! thank you for being such a great girl