Ontari-ari-ario

Clockwise, starting to the left of the new red potatoes: Elk summer sausage; lamb shoulder roast; olive rye bread; basil; dill; Italian parsley; yellow onions; cauliflower; our tiny-perfect coffee pot (spout looks funny because of a cauliflower leaf); a dozen REAL bagels; rhubarb; new crop Paula Red apples; baby beets; chocolate-almond croissant (E.g. already has hers). Everything is local.

Total damage: $70.42 . Still need: cooking oil; probably more milk.

Plans and dreams for this week: Pasta with pesto. Cold potato-and-dill soup. Slow-cookered lamb roast with root veggies. Apple crisp. Rhubarb muffins. Cauliflower with cheese sauce. Potato salad and summer sausage.

We still have veggies from last week — all of the beans, for example — plus some ground beef, chicken breast, and luscious market-bought bacon in the freezer. Should be a tasty week.

Running off to High Park with the dogs now. Have a good weekend!

6 Responses to Ontari-ari-ario

  1. goodbear says:

    the park sounds fun! we just got back from walking, now the doglets are sniffing in the yard.
    the apples look so good!!

  2. Gina says:

    Love the title! It looks so very good. I love cauliflower and new potatoes and real bagels!!! YUM!

  3. jamesviscosi says:

    Is that one of those old-style top-and-bottom coffee pots where the water boils up from the bottom into the coffee grind chamber at the top, then goes back to the bottom? Both my and my wife’s Nanas used that kind.

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Stay tuned tomorrow, Goodbear, for some pictures of High Park — taken wa-a-ay out of context!
    The apples are quite tart; they’ll be lovely in a crisp. Last year’s apples have gotten pretty gross, so it’s nice to see the new crops coming in.

    Glad you mentioned it, Gina! The title is a line from an incredibly cheesy (!) song written for the Ontario Pavillion at Montreal’s Expo ’67, and embraced by Ontarians as their unofficial anthem. It got lots of air time here as a commercial promoting the provincial government, and was taught to countless Ontario schoolchildren, me among them. You can hear it in all its heartwarming silliness here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3hDqKoHUqU&feature=related

    It’s kind of a modified percolator, James. The water boils up from the bottom, yes, but passes through the coffee midway, and then spills out at the top into an upper reservoir. You should be able to find one quite easily in your town’s Little Italy. The pot comes in different sizes; ours makes one cup regular if we put 2 Tbsp in the coffee section, and 4 cups espresso if we pack the coffee section full.

  5. Mutual friend Jane says:

    Nature’s bounty is certainly yummy at this time of year!
    Your picture reminds me of the new awful ditty for Foodland Ontario:
    ‘Good things grow-ow-ow in On-ta-ri-o’
    Oh no, tune will stay in head all day.

  6. lavenderbay says:

    At least you’re not rockin’ to the Young Canada Singers… (one little, two little, three Canadians! ) .

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