Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lack of posts

I've been slacking on posts for the last few days.  Actually I haven't been home much for the last few days due to work and social events.  I'm still hoping to get down to the Buskerfest in Portcredit.  That's all pending how much time I spend parousing through Henrys' Tent Sale.  FreezeFrameBlodgett needs some more gear for his upcoming photoshoots.  Then its off to the market for some goods for the big dinner I'm making for yours truly's birthday.  Look out for some food photo posts.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Street theater

Always makes for a good picture anyhow.  So this weekend I will be traveling down to Port Credit for the Buskerfest.  The what fest?  Buskerfest.  This is first I've heard of this event too.  But since I'm new to the community events scene that's my excuse.  The Buskerfest is simply put Street Theater.  According to the Port Credit website 'Buskers are gutsy street performers'  Please do not hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong but I am assuming since this BuskerFest has a 6 next to it that this will be the sixth time that they have held this event.  Sounds very interesting to me and therefore Bloggin Blodgett along with Freeze FrameBlodgett (they may be the same people) will be there to photograph, video and blog. I came across this event thanks to the wonderful people over  at Mississauga Life Magazine.

Here's a quick map from the Port Credit website which shows some locations of events
Check out the video below as well

Robots in disguise

Maybe someone could explain to me the purpose of Robots?  Quite frankly I don't get it.   I mean other than the rich who need to be waited on tooth and nail why do we need Robots?   For me this question stems from the countless articles I read in mostly technology blogs and ezines.  I still believe in going to the Cashier at grocery stores and using tellars at banks.  Old school maybe but I find the world robotic enough as it is without actual robots running around.  I'm sorry but what can a Robot really do that a person who has a starving determination and will to live can't do?  The only answer is live without a conscience.  Robots would make for great killing machines (forgive the pun).  But other than that I spend enough time conversating with computers having one way discussions about  'what is wrong with you?'.... 'will you hurry up'.... 'come on come let's go. I don't have all day.'  I have no desire to come home to a pile of metal wandering around my home.  But some people do some people even want to have sex with robots.  I have read that a few companies have even taken blowup dolls to a mechanical level. Literally!  So the shy recluse can now order his custom brunette dream girl who will please at will, converse with and comfort those who are incapable of human interaction.   Maybe if us civilized people were a little friendlier or kinder they wouldn't have these issues.   Another debate though.

But nevertheless now we are on the dawn of a new age.  An age where countless people die of diseases, famine and poverty.... yada yada yada same ol story people have been dying for thousands of years.... the rich get richer... Machines replace human jobs... The weak are allowed to die off because 'only the strong survive. Survival of the fittest.'  as Spencer and Darwin said... Last time I checked Spencer and Darwin were dead but hey.  So what is my point.  My point is this... It's the same point I made to a bunch of people when some scientists thought it was good fun to waste a gazillion dollars trying to recreate 'the big bang theory'....  Why do we continue to waste all this money and research  for something that really doesn't matter at the end of the day when we could use that time, energy, and resources to help develop actual people.  I know even the time spent writing this blog could be used for better purposes than the self glorification and nimble satisfaction I could receive from knowing someone read my measly opinion.  But I will let others speak of the little good I have done.  So off with the Robots head I say.  Power to the people.

Monday, August 15, 2011


Lamb that is!

Greek was on the menu tonight.  Metro had a sale last weekend on Lamb Shoulder.  If you are not with familiar with lamb it can be very pricey and rarely is marked down.  There are a few packs in the freezer for the coming drought of lamb that is... won't be buying again for a while.  Now this wasn't a truly authentic greek dish as it would have had a few more ingredients on my part but for a quick whip up it suffices.

So Chef Blodgett Marinated the beast for about an hour at room temperature.  If you have time then I recommend that you marinade the beast for 6 hours in the fridge.  You don't want it too long though because the Lemon in the mixture will start to brown the meat. 

The marinade was a combo of  Dijon mustard, Rosemary, Lemon Juice (fresh is always better), Garlic, Salt (you can use regular or Kosher), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Greek Oil would give a nice touch), Fresh Ground Pepper (I never use packaged ground pepper).

1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons of Rosemary
2 Teaspoons of Salt
4 Cloves of Minced Garlic
1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
1-2 Tablespoons of Salt
4-6 Lamb Shoulders

Mix the ingredients together adding the Oil Olive gradually at the end.  Marinate as noted  Once you are ready to cook them in order to avoid burning the outside, since we are grilling them, please wipe them down almost dry.  While drying them set your grill to a medium-high temperature.  After the grill has heated throw those bad boys on there.  Let them cook for about 6 minutes per side or until desired rareness.  Remember lamb is not suppose to be well done and will continue to cook for a minute or two after being removed from heat.  

So while you are marinating the lamb I recommend preparing a little rice dish.  The original recipe I had found online but decided to tweak it a little.  You are going to need Onions, Carrots, Garlic Cloves, Pepper, Salt, Lemon Juice, Rice (Jasmine is my preference), Fresh Rosemary, Fresh Parsley, Chicken Broth (If you know how to make a home made broth do it up).  If you want to get creative you can also add Broad Beans (I recommend reading up on how to properly prepare it is easy to overcook).  

Chop up 1 onion and fry in Olive Oil.  Cook for about 2-4 minutes.  Do not let the Onions brown.  Prepare your Chicken Broth at this time.  You will need about 4 cups. Chop up finely (I use a processor to save time) 1-2 Carrots.  Throw it in the pot and cook for 3 minutes. Add your minced garlic, 3 Tablespoons of Parsly, and 1 Tablespoon of Pepper, Salt and Rosemary.  Cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Add a little more oil to keep from drying.  Add a teaspoon of Lemon Juice and then mix in your chicken broth.  Bring to a light boil.  Throw in 1 1/2 cups of white rice.  Let boil for about 2 minutes and then reduce to low heat.  Stir occasionally.  It will take about 15-20 minutes to fully cook.  Let Cool and Serve.

Kali Orexi
Chez Blodge

The Morning Mist

The cool breeze blows like the morning mist that travels across the still water at the dusk of dawn, reminding us that the change of seasons are near. The cold morning brisk reminds me of an Autumn day. So the battle of the seasons begins as cold and warm fronts meet hurricanes and tropical storms battle over land and seas.  The pagans of ol days would have said the gods were at war.  But us photographers and fishers will rejoice as the summer clings on and the Autumn leafs show all their glory.  As the leafs fall the lenses will change and as the salmon swim the credit the lures will wait.  The crisp coolness of Autumn's chill just spoke this morning letting us know I am coming!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A short story

I have always enjoyed various forms of writing. I have been writing here and there since about grade 5 which was a few years ago... OK many years ago. Nevertheless I have always enjoyed writing. My fidelity to writing hasn't always been the most faithful either. While doing some research for an upcoming project I came across this site which seems to be dedicated to freelance writings, poets etc... and you guessed it... Bloggin Blodgett signed himself up. Now I just setup a profile to get the wheels a churning so there is nada available for your reading pleasure. However not to disappoint I have decided that I shall upload a monthly story... most likely a short story but there may be the odd poem as well. It shall be swell! is where the story's shall dwell Bloggin Blodgett has a new mission to make you smile with stories that I tell.... lol. See poetry Bloggin Blodgett can dig it.

Be persistent

So this week at Mass the reading was rather interesting. It's not your typical story of Jesus that we're accustom to. In the Gospel reading (Mt 15:21-28) there is a woman pestering the disciples and Jesus is blatantly ignoring her. Not your typical image of the loving, caring, savior Jesus that we are familiar with. It isn't till the woman makes a bold declaration of faith that Jesus actually turns to her and as per her request heals her daughter who was being tormented by demons.

I myself had never really thought about this all that much but after listening to the Priest's Homily and looking at this reading it dawned upon me that there are some things that we really have to pester the Man for. Many people have the notion that God doesn't answer prayers and this can be quite true. There are many prayers or things we request from God throughout our life that we don't seem to be blessed with. They may not be what's best for us either though. And that's why many people firmly believe that God doesn't answer prayers. But this passage from the Gospel got me thinking that there are somethings we have to consistently ask the Lord for. This may also just be one reason that we don't get what we want.

I remember one time a friend said to me 'that there are some blessings that we are just given,some blessings that we don't receive and then there are some blessings that we must ask for'. And I think that's what the main context of this reading.. that just like in life we have to be persistent with the Lord and have a firm faith that He will give us those things that we need.

On the Menu this week

Gnocchi with Sage-Butter Sauce and Spinach Walnut Salad

Cheese, nut & Cranberry Penne


And Lamb Shoulder

Watch out for recipes and pics