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The Distillery District

December 12th, 2010 No comments

The last time I was here, it was for The River Peace. Today, I’m here after brunch sipping on a Mayan hot chocolate at Soma Chocalatiers. I’m not going to compare the quality of the two experiences, except to say this time contains 100% more hot chocolate.

There’s a lot of things I like about this area. A younger, maybe more artsy, crowd. It is the home to Soulpepper Theatre. But over everything is the architecture. Old time architecture just kicks my arse, and this is an area where everything is original old time architecture.

Sure, the insides have been modernized, but outside it’s cobblestone roads and old distillery buildings reworked into an arts/tourist area. There’s some condos beside it, so there’s residents using the shops and services here too.

I just love it. The only area that comes close to it for me is around Liberty Village.

And to close off, pictures.

Distillery 1The Boiler HouseDistillery 2

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Recipe 2

January 19th, 2010 1 comment
  • 1 hog
  • 1 quantity apples and apple cider
  • 1 block of lard
  • several onions and carrots and whatever ye deem fit as vegetable
  • bay leaves and rosemary

Clean and dress the hog. Slice the apples coarse. Cover the hog with the cider and add the apple slices, let sit for one day in a cool place. Cover to guard from the stink bug.

Put on a spit. Rub with lard. Make small cuts in the skin and put in the bay leaves and rosemary.

Put whatever vegetables ye fancy in a cloth bag. Dig a hole in your fire pit and drop the bag in. If too deep, the vegetables do not cook,  if too shallow, the bag catches on fire. Cover the bag.

Start the fire and roast the hog for several hours, until the skin is crisp and the fat has mostly dripped off. If you want, you can collect the fat in a pan underneath for soap or pastries dough.

Cut and serve the hog. Return the vegetables from the ground and serve with or after the hog. Heating and serving the cider from the night before may be done if all present are adults, otherwise the children become unruly and may run into the fire pit by accident.

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Recipe 1

January 6th, 2010 No comments
  • Flour (a quant. suff.)
  • Eggs (5 or 7)
  • Milk (one damsworth of a hogshead)
  • Sugar (quant. suff.)

Mix into a mixture that is soft yet not liquid. Drop onto a metal sheet. Place inside a clay oven.

While baking, chop some bay leaves, fine, and rosemary. When the cakes are done, sprinkle the herbs on top and serve hot.

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