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More Vacation!

My mom and I are headed over to Boston with my fabulous younger sister Kristen to drop her off for school and hang for a few days before Fritz meets us there Sunday and the two of us head back to Long Island.

At least, that was the plan, until a nasty hurricane came along and decided to let us know that  perhaps traveling from Boston to Long Island on Sunday evening was perhaps not the best plan.  So Fritz is going to drive to Boston tonight instead, and we’ll leave Saturday evening to beat the storm.

Wish us luck.

I haven’t had much time (okay, any) time to do any cooking in the last few days, so a real blog post will have to wait until Sunday.  Yesterday was my baby sister Jordi’s birthday (not so much a baby anymore at 17!), and we spent the entire day doing very important birthday things, such as braiding neon colored dreadlocks into her hair.

Yeah, she’s seriously way cool.

We’re headed on to the road in a few minutes, so I just wanted to leave you with a few photos of my grandma that I found on my mom’s computer.  She was a truly stunning woman, and I couldn’t resist putting up these pictures!

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Last Day on the Lake

Since it’s our last day on the beautiful lake (so sad!) here in British Columbia, I don’t feel much like blogging…but while I’m finishing this delightful snack of peanut butter and banana on sprouted toast (always a classic), I figured I could upload some pictures, do a quick edit, and submit them so ya’ll can see what we’ve been up to!

Wow.  Hello run-on sentence.

Anyway, we traveled on free ferries:

Made friends with new cats (oh, and by the way–Fritz finally agreed to let me get a fluffy orange kitten!  Now we just have to find one…):

I’ve written a guest post (that hasn’t yet been posted):

We’ve visited a bunch of artists:

We watched a lady with a really cool accent make a hand-blown glass:

And admired an impressive amount of hand-woven fabrics:

Handmade brooms?

We’ve baked:

And eaten a lot of whole-grain bread (recipe coming soon to a blog near you):

We’ve stared at this view every evening:

And of course, we’ve had wine with every dinner!

I’m off on one last canoe trip around the lake with Fritz, and tomorrow is a big day of driving, at his parents’ house Friday, then on Saturday we are flying home.  I will definitely miss this lake–but I am very excited to see my side of the family!

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Salt Potatoes–in the Mountains

If you aren’t from–you know, where I’m from (Syracuse, not Long Island), you may not know about salt potatoes.  And if you don’t, I’m really sorry, because they are just so darn delicious.

But before we get into that, let me show you where I am:

Oh, yes.  You’ll see much more of that later.

Plans for tomorrow involve a morning run, hiking (with bear spray), swimming, kayaking, and basically getting as much sun and fresh air as possible with Fritz, who hasn’t really seen the light of day since he started studying for his test. 

But back to the salt potatoes.  This isn’t much of a recipe, but more of an idea.  An inspiration, if you will.

Salt Potatoes

  • Baby potatoes (I’ve used baby red potatoes from my CSA box and white potatoes–both lovely)
  • Salt

Kinda makes sense, when you think about it. 

I’m not giving amounts of either because 1) it doesn’t matter all that much; 2) I probably don’t make them with the right amount of salt anyway since it horrifies me to add so much; and 3) it’s an inspiration, remember?  I’m not here to boss anyone around.

Start off by giving the baby potatoes a hearty scrub with a stiff brush and some water to clean them–no need to peel.  In fact, I’ll be mad if you do.  Maybe I am here to be a little bossy.

Dump in a pile of salt (I used sea salt and I’d estimate I used about 1/3 C to 1/2 C of salt for a few pounds of potatoes) into a pot.  And this is a VAST underestimation of how Syracusians really cook salt potatoes.  Wikipedia just told me to use a pound of salt for every four pounds of potatoes.  Another recipe said one cup of salt for six cups of water.   Add water and potatoes and bring to a rolling boil.

Try it the real way, at least once.  And then make it my way if it scares you to add a pound of salt to anything, even if you end up pouring most of it off.

Boil the potatoes in the salt water until tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Last rule is this:  you must serve these potatoes with butter.  And I’m talking real butter.  Don’t show me margarine or vegetable oil based nonsense with these potatoes, please.  Please?  I’m begging you.  Do it right.

Unless you really can’t.  In that case, I still love you.  But dude, I just learned that I am totally bossy.

Apparently what magic happens in the pot is that the salt forms a crust around the potatoes, preventing them from getting watery and instead making them soft and creamy.  And salty.  And delicious.

Fritz and his dad manned the grill, making lamb chops (or tjops, in Afrikaans) and boerewors, which are possibly my absolute two favorite grillable meats in the history of the world since I met and married a South African.

Have you ever seen anything more perfect than this?:

Good night!

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Vacation Time, Guys

So, this is it.  I’m going on vacation tomorrow.

I’m going to wake up super early, run 2.2 miles (!), take a million trains, cars, buses, and planes, and arrive in Canada.  The mountains, the lakes, and the re-lax-ing.

So about blogging–I’m not sure what exactly will happen, but I can guarantee you that posting will be a lot less frequent for the next two weeks.  If I feel like it, I will probably update as often as the urge strikes, but they might just be pictures of lakes and water and trees and wildlife and Fritz in the sun.  That way, you can feel like you are on vacation with me.  Isn’t that nice?  Some food might be involved.

So I will leave you with this, my friends.  A photo of Henry as a kitten.  I found it on Fritz’s computer (from whence I am currently blogging), and I just know that it will brighten your next few weeks as you learn to live without my daily updates (just kidding!).

I’ll miss you!

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