Friday, February 29, 2008

A Meme and a Nice Bowl of Soup

There's that meme bug going around and I was really surprised to be tagged by both Amy of Eggs on Sunday and Aimée of Under the High Chair. I had such a hard time trying to think of things to say about me that would be interesting to you guys who come by and read this little blog of mine once in a while. In any case, here goes (in no particular order…):

1. I know a lot of people out there don’t like the big bad Starbucks coffee, but I love it! Even before I ever tasted their coffee, I really like their designs. See, I used to work for a company that made signs and menus for them. I was in charge of layout and production drawings, so I got to see first hand what new designs would go into their stores. Eventually I even went to Seattle to visit their head office and meet all the nice people I had been working with via phone, email and fax. It was a big deal for me as I had only been out of Universtity for a few years and this was one of the company’s biggest clients. These days my life is still pretty hectic but not in the same way! Now that there are Starbucks Coffees in Quebec, I can go and relax with a nice cup of Caramel Macchiato!

2. I love to knit, sew and make some of my own jewelry. I only knit scarves mind you, I’m no expert! Sewing is not what I do best either, but I love to hand sew tiny pouches, I find the repetition of the stitches relaxing. As for the jewelry, I’ve been beading for as long as I can remember. The style of jewelry I make (and wear) has evolved over the years but one constant remains, no matter how many pieces I make, my stash of beads only gets bigger! And though I don’t have much time to do these things, they are some of my favorite things to do just the same.

3. I am not an organized person. For that reason I make lists, many, many lists. From recipes I want to try to things I have to buy, I write everything down. I have notepads, notebooks, pens and pencils all over the place, but most the time I struggle to remember which notepad I used to write down this or that recipe… Go figure!

4. My first year at University, living on my own, I ate plain rice with green peas for dinner, a LOT. What’s worse, I actually liked it!

5. When I was 8 years old my parents moved us from Montreal, Quebec to rural New Brunswick and bought a diner-style restaurant. By the age of 10 I was waiting tables and working in the kitchen. Not because I had to, because I wanted to. This love of food doesn’t come from nowhere!

6. MacGyver is my favorite TV show of all time. In high school I had posters of Richard Dean Anderson all over my bedroom walls. When the first season came out on DVD, I did a little happy dance in the middle of the living room. The kids thought I’d gone nuts!

7. I gave birth to my third child, Olivia, on my birthday. Yes, I spent my birthday last year in labor. Not exactly the way I had pictured spending my birthday but on the other hand, I got the best birthday present ever.

“7 Things” Meme How To:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 random facts about yourself
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their Blogs
5. Have fun!

I am tagging:
Ginny of Just Get Floury
Lynn of Cookie Baker Lynn
Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen
Nic of Cherrapeno
Brilynn of Jumbo Empanadas

I hope you guys don't mind, I'm looking forward to learning new things about you!

And now for your trouble, I offer this wonderful Salmon Chowder by Ricardo. If you can get your hands on his magazine, you should, it’s gorgeous and full of wonderful recipes.

Salmon Chowder
Adapted from Ricardo, Volume 6, Number 2

2 carrots, peeled and sliced
½ of a red bell pepper, diced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
5 cups chicken broth
1 lb of potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup of frozen corn kernels
1 lb of fresh salmon, without the skin, diced
½ cup of flat leaf parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, cook carrots, bell pepper and onion in the butter. Add salt, pepper and flour, and mix well.

Add 2 cups of the chicken broth and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Add the rest of the broth, the potatoes and the corn kernels.

Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Turn off the heat, add salmon and parsley. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes, or just enough time for the salmon to cook. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a nice slice of no-knead bread.

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Brilynn said...

Thanks for the tag, but I actually just did this one a couple weeks ago and I don't think the blogging world is ready for more info about me!

Ginny said...

Thanks for the tag! It's my first meme. I am not organized either, although, i found myself sorting my paper clips by size today because the chaos was annoying me! go figure!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for playing, LyB, it's great to read more about you! I confess that I also am a fan of the Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. :) And I enjoy beading too, nothing too complicated, mostly earrings...Your creations are just gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

A chowder without cream... finally! Thank you for sharing.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Thanks for the tag. You really want to know weird things about me?

I love your creative side. Fun scarves, bags, and jewelry!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I would love to learn how to sew and knit! :)

LyB said...

Brilynn - I read your blog regularly, I must have missed that post, sorry about that. I'll have to go back and read it! :)

Ginny - I can't wait to learn more about you!

Amy - Thanks for tagging me, I had fun! And I'm in dire need of a Macchiato right now! ;)

Julie - I thought the same thing when I first read the recipe!

Lynn - Inquiring minds want to know! ;)

Patricia - It's really fun. My mom learned to sew and knit in school when she was like 6 years old, she's the real expert!

Nic said...

I really like the way you can see the vegetables and salmon in this, usually it's just a mush - yours looks like something you would really want to curl up with!
Thanks for the tag, I'm really bad at doing these - I'd rather be baking, lol!

LyB said...

Nic - The chowder is just wonderful. And wouldn't we ALL rather be baking! ;)

Mike said...

Hi, thanks for the tag! Great blog, mike x