Saturday, April 21, 2018

Turkish Coffee

November 2010 - Istanbul Turkey

I am not sure what Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are up to these days but it sure isn't making anyone happy.

We had an ice storm for three days which led to cabin fever. This was Saturday and we didn't see the brunt of what hit the city.

By Monday school was cancelled and trees were down, Many people had lost power over the weekend as well.

For breakfast I made lined a muffin tin with a slice of ham, some kale and onion, added an egg and a tablespoon of milk, topped with grated cheddar cheese and a slice of mushroom and baked for 20 minutes. I would use less time if I made them again.

We started watching season one of Peaky Blinders and we are both totally addicted.

What does Peaky Blinders mean?
Members of this gang wore a signature outfit: tailored jackets, a lapel overcoat, button waistcoats, silk scarves, bell-bottom trousers, leather boots, and peaked flat caps.

The name Peaky Blinders is popularly said to be derived from a practice of stitching razor blades into the peak of their flat caps, which could then be used as weapons. Historian and criminal profiler John Douglas asserted that these hats were used as a weapon of choice for members. It is believed that members sewed razor blades into their caps so they could headbutt enemies, essentially blinding them.

We were intrigued by the theme song as well, it is by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds from Australia. Read the interesting story behind the song here.

By the end of the week we had watched three seasons and found that we have to wait for season four!

And that Leonard Cohen had a song in season three.

Along with some ice cream.

For dinner we had pizza.

Lots more rain and ice. And lots more Peaky Blinders!!

Oh the women's clothes are fabulous!

Dinner was roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed turnip and rainbow carrots with homemade gravy.

RAIN again.

More Peaky Blinders and leftovers for dinner.


My BFF and I went on a shopping spree, well, I did, she didn't buy anything!

Crazy shoes on display.

Then it was snowing at lunch hour (yes snow on April 17) so we decided to check out the new Assembly Chef's Hall.  This is not your average food court by any means. Upscale restaurants around the city have opened up stands serving up unique and tasty menus from around the world.

We wandered but then both settled on the lobster roll from Bluenose Lobster. It was incredible!

We had cheese and crackers for dinner. I had bought a duck pate at Longo's but we both spit out the first mouthful and it immediately went into the garbage, which is very unusual for us.

We had wanted to see Downsizing based on the previews. It turns out it was a flop at the box office but we liked it. Starring Matt Damon, it is tagged as science fiction. Based on the previews I had expected a comedy but it definitely wasn't.
Hong Chau, first as a house cleaner and then his girlfriend is delightful.


I headed out early to return one of the tops, it was a designer label top on sale for $42 but once I looked at it, it was such shoddy sewing I took it back.

So I then got a pair of black capri leggings on sale for $20 and then a matching lime pair of jean leggings and a top.

I had wanted to make falafels for a long time, we had tried them out once a long time ago and neither of us liked them. I used this recipe along with some items from other recipes. I added lemon juice and some olive oil to the blender and then some chickpea flour to bind them. They were good but I would greatly increase the cilantro, cumin, coriander and chili along with more garlic and onions. I served them with tzatiziki, cucumber slices, red onion on a gluten free foccacia.

My ice cream maker arrived! It is something I have hemmed and hawed about for some time.

I settled on the Kitchenaid attachment model, more expensive than a standalone maker but it was a good price at Costco.

For dinner, I couldn't find my trusty recipe for chicken Parmesan so I went with this one. It was not as good as my favourite, which I found on Thursday, it is called chicken mozzarella, which is why I couldn't find it!


We headed to Aroma on King St. for Indian food.

We got into the restaurant before the office crowds arrived at noon.
Within five minutes of this photo this place was packed with a lineup out the door.
It is an all you can eat buffet.

My plate, starting from the top, naan bread, vegetable pakora, rice, goat curry, beef rogan josh, chicken tawa.

John had the goat, beef, tandor chicken and butter chicken without the naan.
However, we learned later that there was likely gluten in some of the dishes to John's distress. Most Indian food is gluten free as they usually use chickpea flour.
I have since found another Indian restaurant that does state it is gluten free that we will try.

How to make chicken tawa.

We then went to Bulk Barn as I needed to stock up on baking supplies.

When we turned the corner to our place there were several Toronto Hydro trucks which didn't bode well.

The power was out! We survived the ice storm on the weekend without any outages, unlike our friends who were cold and without power on Sunday for fourteen hours.
Seems it went out at noon.

At least we have auxiliary power and had an elevator working. Once we were settled in it was very warm as the sun was pouring in. We settled with our readers until mine needed charging. Note to self - do something else in the daylight and save e-reader for dark!

We had already decided that after that big lunch we only wanted cheese and crackers for dinner, so power was no issue. We then watched a couple of DVDs on John's laptop.

Power was restored at 3:30 AM Friday morning.


Everyone had stories of what they did while the power was out and I learned a few tips while waiting for the bus.

I had half the chickpea mixture from the other day so I put it into the food processor and added siracha, lemon juice, and lots of cumin, hot curry power and more garlic. They tasted so much better and got John's blessing.

John coerced me to watch a series he found called The Leftovers.

The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure", the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world's population, on October 14, 2011. Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.
For dinner I made a clean out the fridge beef stew which turned out to be excellent, it's all about the sauce!! We had it with the cheese biscuits I had made and frozen last week.


We both finished The Cartel and were amazed at the complexity and details Winslow required to develop this work.
It was one of those books that left you wondering what you could read next that would be as satisfying.

I opted for Smile by Roddy Doyle which was as different to The Cartel as possible!
It is a short read that will leave you totally gobsmacked!!

I started The Night The Lights Went Out which started as a cosy Southern story with lots of  Southern hospitality. Well, that soon changes when there is an anonymous blog being written about the small town and its inhabitants. Things are turning nasty.


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Weekend Roundup

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Letter P

Spotted September 2017 near Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

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These shoes caught my eye while out shopping but the price tagged left me gobsmacked!



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January 2016 - Lake Chapala Mexico

Taken at Vincente Fernandez horse ranch.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Sharing with Tom the backroads traveller  and Our World Tuesday

In memory of the sinking of the Titanic this week on April 15, 1912.

I am fascinated with the history of the Titanic. I've seen the travelling exhibit of artefacts in Toronto, visited the shipyards where she was built in Belfast and also visited the great museum in Branson Missouri. AND in 2015 while in Ireland we visited Cobh  (formerly Queenstown) where the Titanic made her last stop.

I now need to return to Belfast to visit the Titanic Museum that has since opened.

RMS Titanic  was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.


Here is a stunning theory and video.


Here's a sample of the travelling Titanic exhibition.

Photos taken September 2015 Cobh, Cork Ireland

August 2013 - Halifax Nova Scotia

So on our trip to Halifax I had to visit the graveyard where many were buried. We drove to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery located about seven kilometres from downtown Halifax.

The Minia had been at sea when the Titanic sank, but returned to Halifax in order to collect the necessary supplies before sailing from the Central Wharf on April 22 for the scene of the disaster. After eight days of searching, the Minia was only able to find 17 bodies, two of which were buried at sea. On May 6, the Canadian government vessel CGS Montmagny left Halifax and recovered four bodies, one of which was buried at sea. The remaining three victims were brought from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia to Halifax by rail. The fourth and final ship in the recovery effort was the SS Algerine, which sailed from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on May 16. The crew of the Algerine found one body, which was shipped to Halifax on the SS Florizel.

Once you reach the graveyard there is plenty of signage to direct you to the Titanic section. 

A complete list of the Fairview Lawn victims can be found at this link.

A grave marked "J. Dawson" gained fame following the release of the 1997 film Titanic, since the name of Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the film is Jack Dawson. Many filmgoers, moved by the story, left flowers and ticket stubs at Dawson's grave when the film was first released, and flowers continue to be left today. Film director James Cameron has said the character's name was not in fact inspired by the grave. More recent research has revealed that the grave actually belongs to Joseph Dawson, an Irishman who worked in Titanic's boiler room as a coal trimmer.

On April 17, the Halifax-based Cable Steamer Mackay-Bennett set sail with a minister, an undertaker and a cargo of ice, coffins and canvas bags. She arrived at the site on April 20 and spent five days carrying out her grim task. Her crew was able to recover 306 bodies, 116 of which had to be buried at sea. On April 26, the Mackay-Bennett left for Halifax with 190 bodies. She was relieved by the Minia, also a Halifax-based cable ship.


King, Ernest Waldron. Lived at Currin Rectory, Clones, Ireland. Occupation - Clerk, Pursers Assistant. 28 years old. (Born in Dublin, Ireland).

Body number 321. Interred at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Memorial stone in Fairview Cemetery reads:- In loving memory of Ernest Waldron King, Currin Rectory, Clones, Ireland, died on duty, SS Titanic, April 15, 1912. Aged 28 years. ''Nothing in my hand I bring simply to thy cross I cling. 321.

In April 1998 at Sotheby's Auction in London A postcard sent from RMS Titanic posted from Queenstown dated April 11 1912. The reverse in pencil and reading: 'Dear Tom, Just leaving Queenstown, splendid weather, you might write 25th and address Plymouth, with love Dad x'. the front of the John Adams postcard with a polychrome image of the Titanic at sea with her dimensions underneath together with a sepia photograph of the sender of the postcard in his naval uniform and an official memorial card, the reverse depicting the ship at sail and the inside with a poem and memorial, with The Daily Graphic's Special Titanic Memoriam dated April 20th 1912, consisting of 18 pages of text and illustrations concerning the disaster (4) various sizes, the postcard with some foxing and with one corner detached and another torn off. The Lot made £3,105. Source

Most of the gravestones, erected in the fall of 1912 and paid for by the White Star Line, are plain granite blocks. In some cases, however, families, friends or other groups chose to commission a larger and more elaborate gravestone.

The occupants of a third of the graves, however, have never been identified and their markers contain just the date of death and marker number. The date marked is April 15 even though Titanic started sinking on the 14th. 2:20 AM April 15 is the recorded time of its sinking into the North Atlantic. The remains were recovered on the 15th.


Mr Ernest Edward Samuel Freeman, 43, was born in London.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 5 Hanley Road, (Freemantle, Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. He was listed as Chief Deck Steward on the Titanic but he was actually a secretary to White Star chairman J Bruce Ismay. He received monthly wages of 3 15s.

Freeman lost his life in the disaster, his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett(#239).

Bruce Ismay also made arrangements for a personal pension to be paid to Ernest Freemans relatives. Source

Everett Edward Elliott was born in Edmonton, London, England on 15 November 1888. He was the son of John Arthur Elliott (1840-1926) and Emma Jane Elliott (1845-1903) (1). His father was originally from Quebec and his mother was from Plymouth, Devon. They married in Lambeth on December 22, 1863.

When Everett signed on to the Titanic as a trimmer, he gave his address as the Sailor's Home, Southampton, but was still residing permanently at 1 Wilmington Street, Clerkenwell. As a trimmer he could expect to receive wage of £5 10s per month.

Herbert Cave; a 34 year old married man from Southampton, served in the capacity of dining room steward in Titanic’s first class dining saloon. Herbert Cave did not survive the sinking. His body was later recovered and numbered #218. Among the items found on his body is the “Third Proof” passenger list, which was retained in Canada and is now held at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada.

This list now widely referred to as the “Cave List” is not the only copy of this rare document. While there may well have been tens of copies of this list circulating aboard Titanic, bedroom steward William Faulkner is the only other known person to have saved a copy as he escaped in one of Titanic’s lifeboats. As a vital source for cabin allocations, the “Cave List” provides by far the greatest number of first-class passenger names and their cabin allocations than any other known source, thus being the most important document for this purpose. This cabin list is a “Third Proof” copy, which means there were two other “Proofs” printed before it. The “First” and “Second Proof” would have contained the names of passengers and their cabin allocations as were known to date of printing.

George Frederick Charles Talbot was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 26 December 1891. He was the first child of Alfred George Talbot (1870-1950) and Ellen Ada Ockleford (1874-1961).

As a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

lma was married to Nils Pålsson who worked as a miner in Gruvan, Bjuv, Skåne, Sweden. Following a major strike Nils tired of mining and because the only professions available in Bjuv were miner, brickworker and farm hand he decided to emigrate. On 10 June 1910 he received his emigration certificate and travelled to Chicago. Having gained employment as a tram conductor Nils set about saving enough money for his family to join him. He lived at 938 Townsend Street, Chicago.

On board the Titanic Alma got to know August Wennerström. When the ship was sinking it took a long time to prepare the four children and Alma came too late for the lifeboats. She met Wennerström on the Boat Deck near collapsible A. Wennerström tried to hold on to two of the children as she had asked him to but when water came up them Wennerström lost his grip and both disappeared.

Mrs Pålsson and the children boarded the Titanic at Southampton. They all perished in the sinking. Nils clung to the hope that stories about a rescued boy might refer to one of his children. He spent much money and time looking in vain for the boy but eventually Mr Pålsson was informed at the Chicago offices of the White Star line that his family was among the missing. Source

One of the Titanic's most famous passengers, a little boy known as the “unknown child,” has finally been identified, according to a team of American and Canadian researchers.

The remains of the young boy are “most likely those of an English child, Sidney Leslie Goodwin,” Ryan Parr, vice president of research and development for Genesis Genomics Inc. in Ontario, and colleagues write in the June issue of the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics.

Recovered from the Atlantic's icy waters five days after the luxury liner sank, the body of the small child was buried with some 150 other Titanic victims in a cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.According to an article printed in the attached link April 2011.

You can read about the little boy's funeral in this article.

Mr William Henry Harrison, 40, of "Sudbury", Grove Road, Wallasey, Cheshire was secretary to J. Bruce Ismay. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton (Ticket No 112059, cabin B-94) with Mr Ismay and Ismay's valet Richard Fry.

Many of the graves had carnations on them.

Mr Arthur Gordon McCrae, 32, was born in Adelaide on 7 January 1880. Arthur's grandmother was Georgiana Huntly McCrae (1804-1890) the (illegitimate) daughter of George, 5th Duke of Gordon and Jane Graham. Georgiana migrated to Australia with her husband Andrew (1800-1874). They had nine children, the fourth was Farquhar Peregrine R. McCrae, Arthur's father

Arthur was the youngest son of Farquhar Peregrine Gordon McCrae (1838-1915), a former inspector of the Bank of Australasia, Sydney, Australia, and Emily Aphrasia Brown. Source

Mr Harold J. Reynolds, 21, from Lewisham, London, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (Ticket no. 342684).

Reynolds, who gave his address as 10 Courthill Rd. London, was a baker who was on his way to join a fellow baker in Toronto who had emigrated to Canada and done well for himself. Source

The majority of the bodies were unloaded at the Coal or Flagship Wharf on the Halifax waterfront and horse-drawn hearses brought the victims to the temporary morgue in the Mayflower Curling Rink.

Surveyor E. W. Christie laid out three long lines of graves in gentle curves following the contours of the sloping site. By co-incidence, the curved shape suggests the outline of the bow of a ship as my husband pointed out.

Only 59 of the bodies placed in the morgue were shipped out by train to their families. The remaining victims of the Titanic were buried in three Halifax cemeteries between May 3 and June 12. Religious services were held at St. Paul's Church and at the Synagogue on Starr Street. Burial services were held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Brunswick Street Methodist Church, St. George’s Church and All Saint’s Cathedral.

Twenty-nine other Titanic victims are buried elsewhere in Halifax; nineteen in the Roman Catholic Mount Olivet Cemetery and ten in the Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery.

Photos April 2007 Belfast Northern Ireland

These were taken in Belfast at the shipyards where she was built. The ships were constructed by the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who had a long-established relationship with the White Star Line dating back to 1867.
Harland and Wolff

April 2008 Branson Missouri

The  Titanic Museum in Branson was an awesome sight. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures inside so you will have to visit their site.
However I did get some outside.

However, that week there was a TV show highlighting the museum so I took some pictures from the TV. This was one of the maids that showed us around.

 The grand staircase that we climbed. You can hold your wedding here or even renew your vows.

 The diamond was on display.
 They had an exhibit of the clothes worn in the movie. One of the models wearing a hat as we walked around.



29 photos after the Titanic sank,

I came across this article showing a model of the Titanic built from Legos.