Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's Ice Fishing Time Again

Some ponds (lakes to the rest of us) are frozen enough to support ice-fishing shacks. Surprisingly, just a couple inches of ice supports not only intrepid walkers like me, but these heavy "ice-drinking" wikkiups.

If you don't have an ice shack to keep you "warm" (these don't have smoke stacks, so no stove), there is still good news for the outside fisherman.

No longer must you sit next to an ice hole holding a pole! You set your hook and the trigger of the automatic fishing device. When you get a big one (or a bite) the flag springs up to alert a catch.

When you catch "trash fish", they are just tossed out onto the ice near the hole for the bald eagles to swoop on. They are not released because they endanger the viability of the "good eatin" fish. Anybody know what kind of ugly fish this is?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Greetings from Portland, Maine

Here is your Christmas card from me to you:

It's that time of year when there's a snap in the frosty air and the snow crunches under foot. I took a little walk.... well, a brisk walk downtown this week to see the always eclectic holiday decorations. The small park beside the Eastland Hotel held strange shaped lights. The cocktail bar at the top of the Eastland is just below the sign for a great view of the city.

Further down the street is a column of balls. The Time and Temperature building display is in the background.

Monument Square, the main downtown square was not so interesting.... just a big tree with tiny lights.

Longfellow Square, on the other hand, had the best display in town. Who knew pink and orange went together??

Friday, December 11, 2009

Down Home Country Meal

I'll admit it, I'm obsessed with eating opportunities.

Saturday was the latest in ongoing fundraiser dinners (called supper, here) I've come to enjoy. This was the Boyscouts hosting a roast beef supper served family style and hence, all-you-can-eat for 8 bucks. Service is always good and well organized. You pay upstairs in the Lions meeting hall, then sit and watch a general interest TV station until there are enough eaters to make a full table of 8. It never takes long to be ushered to a waiting clean table.

The kitchen was full of Lions Club members who prepare the food with frivolity. They must have thought I was a reporter taking these pictures because I had on a Santa hat and just nosed my way in like I owned the place. Everybody was accommodating and let me take pictures as I pleased.

Dishes of food arrived at the table in swift succession and were passed with efficient cooperation of my new dining buddies. We had roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, baked carrots with a little brown sugar and cinnamon, cole slaw, rolls & butter. What a spread.

Pies, some home made by scout mothers, others store-bought, were served when everybody at the table had finished their eating orgy. We had our pick of any flavor on offer.

I plan to branch out to been feeds, and mac & cheese suppers.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Brussels Sprouts are Good After All !

I've spent most of my life hating burssel sprouts. As boiled vegetables, they were bitter that no amount of butter and salt could disguise. But just this week I tried roasting them as suggested by two other people who also used to despise the little cabbages. They were GREAT! Just roast em with olive oil, salt and pepper until they start to brown on the outside. They become sweet and creamy, sort of like a roasted onion.
For this recipe of roasted sprouts in butternut squash puree, just click on: GREAT!
They make a nice fall and winter side vegetable loaded with vitimins C and K.