For the Grid, I spent a day at Metro East, the city’s second busiest courthouse, found in a Scarborough strip mall. There’s so much human drama in just one day at court, getting a chance to capture it was gratifying.
I also found a bunch of decent houses for sale in Fairbank.
I haaaaaate shopping at Loblaws and was totally ready to write a complete rant. Why is it that a huge, multimillion dollar chain charges more for my preferred eco dish soap than the Kensington one-off Essence of Life? Prioritizing relationships with big suppliers over customers, that’s why. But when I was thinking about why Kensington is resisting Loblaws so strongly while Winnipeg is practically begging for one, a rep from FoodShare convinced me to broaden my point of view. I like when that happens.
I’ve been getting a produce box from Fresh City, which is super handy in the cold weather, especially since I don’t have a car. The goods are usually pristine and delicious (my only issue has been with the mangos, and this is not surprising in Toronto in the winter) and I enjoy the puzzle-solving aspect of figuring out what to do with the mix of fruit and veg that I end up with.
This week saw the delivery of a pound of cute little yams, which inspired a pseudo-South American version of shepherd’s pie: a beef mixture made up as if for Chilean empanadas (lots of aromatic spices, plus olives, raisins and hard-boiled eggs), topped with mashed yams. Forgive me for attempting to food blog, but I thought it was tasty enough to deserve a post, mainly so that I can remember how to make it again. With thanks to Leite’s Culinaria and Taste.com.au for help with the empanada bit, and Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice for confirming that mashing yams is just like mashing potatoes.
I also got three blood oranges this week that smell gorgeous. Any ideas of what to do with them are welcome.
Another stellar turnout at the Ethnic Aisle: this issue, we’re all about booze. From Asian clubs and Greek metaxa to Hennessy, enemies and a rant about St. Patrick’s Day, you can check it all out here.