Showing posts from August, 2012

How to Make Cedar Plank Lobster Tails

45 years is a long time. That's how long my parents have been married. This August we took a drive up to Kelowna to make them a special anniversary dinner. I chose cedar plank lobster tails with roasted radishes because my Dad loves lobster and my Mom loves radishes.

Cedar Plank Lobster Tails

What you need:

• 1 jalapeno pepper
• ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tbsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
• 1 tsp granulated sugar
• ⅓ cup good quality olive oil, plus more for grilling
• 6 uncooked lobster tails (7 to 8 oz each), halved lengthwise *
• 2 untreated cedar planks (7" x 14" or similar), soaked in water for 2 hours**

What you do:

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Place the pepper on the hot grill and cook until charred on all sides, about 6 minutes. Let cool, then remove the charred skin from the jalapeno and cut the pepper in half, discarding the seeds. Finely dice the jalapeno.

2. Place the diced pepper in a jar with a tightly fitting lid. Add …

So how old fashioned am I?

This is what I had in my bag on Monday. Yes, that's chewable ginger Gravol. Hey, you never know when you're going to feel sick to your stomach. The bag is by Vancouver designer Erin Templeton.

My Lamp Dilema is Solved

Found a shade - at my local Sally Ann.  Lamp shade $4. Total investment $29.

From the Archives - How to Find a Pair of Boots

It's that time of year again and I'm starting to think about boots for Fall.
I'm going to head out to my favourite shop in New West for some inspiration and then I'm jumping onto Etsy to pad my favourites. I already have an idea of what I want, it's just a matter of finding them!

Originally published September 20, 2010

Well, after trying those Fiorentini and Baker boots on two weekends ago I had to go revisit the inspiration for them - just to make sure. Last weekend we headed to our favourite surplus store in New West to see what was in stock. I found both pairs I was looking for - the parade boot and the combat boot (photos 5 and 6) plus a few cool ones for him. Is it just me or is the boot in photo 3 a near spitting image to the Barry Distressed Buttero boots - now sold out - or how about any of these for inspiration? Of course neither of us walked out with boots but I picked up a Canadian cadet overcoat - currently at the dry cleaner so no photo.

Quote of the Week - Rachel Carson - Life

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.

image stacy reynaud

An Inspired Knock Off

My orange high school locker was my inspiration board. It was 1985 and the orange background only enhanced the already kaleidoscopic menagerie of 80s fashion, Calvin Klein underwear ads and my bobbed hair crush Marcus Abel. Fast forward twenty years to a Black Crowes after party and I'm debating the difference between knocking off and being inspired by fashion with one of the designers whose ads I'd always had hanging in my locker (no, not CK).

Three months earlier the assistant of the aforementioned designer purchased my collection of vintage leather jackets at a New York event I was showing at. I wouldn't have known otherwise but being a nosy Canadian I asked her if she was really going to wear all those jackets. She replied that they weren't for her, they were for Designer X who would be knocking them off. Trust me, I know what you're thinking.

I do not regularly attend parties to accuse designers of knocking off vintage clothing. You see, as a result of early…

The Hibernation Home - House and Garden 1967

While on a little road trip last weekend I came to the conclusion that bears have SADS - hence hibernation. Humans need to take heed from our animal friends. Really, would you not rather sleep, chill out, snuggle, and stay out of the gross weather from November until March instead of forcing yourself up out of bed to go to work in the dark and come home in the dark only to be surrounded with nothing but artificial light? I know I most definitely would.

I have asked my GP for a doctor's note/green card/prescription to move south from November - March (I figure the final three months of Vancouver rain from March to June will be ok) and although she didn't say no, she did give me a prescription for a Happy Lightand told me to take up indoor activities like the climbing gym (how 1994), lunching with friends ($$$), and movies (sorry, bed bug paranoia).

The days are getting shorter. If you have SADS, like me, that looming darkness is slowly rising on the horizon of your mind a…

I'm away

away - my vacation pic site
Starting today I'm on vacation for four weeks! I'm headed to the spa in Whistler for the weekend - that's my only plan. What happens next will be spur of the moment as plans give me anxiety. I've started up a Tumblr page to chronicle my vacation.

Nothing is up yet but book mark it if you want as I'll be sporadically posting vacation pics - and pics only  ->

I'll still be posting on BL and on the BL fb page so please let me know you exist.

ps I deleted my Twitter account. 

A fashion theory I like to live by

You can't do head-to-toe Chanel; you've got to mix it up with combat boots

Design Lover - Windsor Sack Back Chair


Currently Listening To

The Pentangle Basket of Light

Quote of the Week - Ralph Waldo Emerson on Amateurs

Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Lamp Dilemma

I couldn't resist this big handmade vintage lamp at our local thrift shop. Unfortunate thing is, it doesn't have a shade. One would think it would be easy to find one - not so. Any suggestions?