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Sunday, 10 January 2016

In Memory of a Great Cat



Twelve years ago I met a lovely cat called Jazz.

Jazz lived across from me and Cats used to watch him through the window.

Jazz had a beautiful face and a calm demeanour.

Jazz loved his mommies and everyone who loved his mommies.

I had the privilege of cat sitting Jazz so many times and I cherish these memories.

Jazz left us to cat heaven three months ago to play with Cats and all the other cats waiting for him. 


Jazz, you just don't know how much mommies miss you and think of you. But I think they know you are fine and that they are always in your thoughts wherever you are now. 


Saturday, 9 January 2016

Weekends at Somerville Kitchen

On weekends at somerville kitchen, it is the cats (or some of them) that make the plans


Or the neighbours drop off a an appetizers platter that is too beautiful to touch


Definitely lots of naps, cats and humans that is


Finally, food pours from everywhere and a feast is served to many loved ones


Friday, 8 January 2016

To Dine For

To Dine For Eatery
101 - 333 Terminal Avenue 
Vancouver, BC

To Dine For Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

After being a ding dong writing the name of the restaurant as To Die For, thank the forces it was not that difficult to find To Dine For.


A favourite of the people working in that neighbourhood (and most likely the only decent eating establishment on Terminal Avenue), To Dine For offers all sorts of burgers but they seem to be famous for their beef curry.




I liked the beef curry (Korean style). The Sweety Brown Chicken was tempting, so I managed to get a picture of it.

But after the visit, I noticed a picture of Bibimba on their board (but not on the menu); a picture of purple coloured sushi rolls on their Zomato page; and a review on their peanut butter burger which I seem to have missed.

I think that means 3 more trips, at least, to To Dine For.  Not a difficult chore - I liked this place.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

My Dear Lovely Neighbour Strikes Again

This time with a lovely spread of innovations from a day of cooking.


My Favourite was the Kafta - a mix of Lebanese and Indian spicing to the meat, baked over potatoes. It was amazing. As for the dal...


The dal was in fact excellent, until I ate a big green items thinking it is a curry leave only to find out, late in the game, that it was a hot chilli pepper. But that did not restrain me from trying the spiced rice which was exceptional.


Hmmm, funny how all platters were cleaned up. Do we think all loved this dinner???



Wednesday, 6 January 2016

What Woke Up The Kittens



A smell of freshly made dips woke up the kittens.

Using my Christmas gifts, I prepared two fancy dips to munch on with the kittens.

One is a salsa spice mix prepared by Victorian Epicure Inc. in North Saanich, BC. This was mixed with tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice.

The other is the lemon Dilly Dip mix, also my Victorian Epicure Inc. This was mixed with mayonnaise and sour cream.

Easy to make. Tastes fresh. Impresses guests.







Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Night Jesus Passed By

The night before the Epiphany is a holy night. Some rituals say that Jesus passes by so the house lights are best left on all night welcoming Jesus.


The more relevant ritual is the making of Zalabiyeh, specially preparing the dough on this night so Jesus can bless it on his visit.


So one cat and I prepared the dough and kneaded and kneaded and let it wait for Jesus.


The next night, the dough, prepared in the right Zalabiyeh shape, was fried. It looked right, but did not taste right - I should have picked up on the fact that the recipe I used did not ask for any spices in the dough.


So my dear readers, specially the Lebanese ones, can someone please send me an authentic good Zalabiyeh recipe please? somervillekitchenwindow@gmail.com


Monday, 4 January 2016

Easy Sauce

What to do with these tomatoes that may not last the day?


Tomato sauce will be a good idea - cook some garlic, chop the tomatoes, add these lovely French salts with added herbs and simmer all afternoon.


Reading the title of this article, you'd think this is it. Not yet. Now add tomato pesto to the sauce, mix and turn off the heat.


Exceptional - taste, texture and ease!