It just occurred to me that I hadn’t posted pictures of myself here for a good while. So here we go!

We made our way here, and this is our home.

We come from different backgrounds, yet that’s not a reason for exclusion of any form. Racism has no place here.

Only when we bear in mind how this country took shape could we make it a better place for ourselves and our progeny.

Today is a time for celebration, as well as a time for reflection and action.

Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦

A Tiny Shard of the Plate

"A Tiny Shard of the Plate"

I broke a plate last May. It crashed to the floor, shattering into countless pieces. I spent almost an hour cleaning up the mess. Shortly after, another plate (part of the same dinnerware set) broke on its own into two parts, one of which cut into my finger. I took pictures of it with the other hand.

Just now, when I was sanitizing the garbage bin as usual, an itty-bitty shard of the plate (probably the one smashed on the ground) was clearly seen on the inside of the lid. It’s been 13 months. Even if I had fixed that plate, this tiny little bit would still have been left out, waiting to be discovered today, or someday.

Just like other things in our lives — once something’s broken, whether it ends up getting fixed or not, you’ll likely be reminded of the mishap one way or another. To keep everything intact might sound like a bright idea, but it’s one of the hardest things in the world.

a lovely day starts with a belated lunch

Normally I wouldn’t consider these colors for my own footwear or other accessories, but it’s Pride Month anyways. 😉🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈🇨🇦

UPDATE: oh I’m done this! I didn’t think I would so soon. Happy Pride Month!

The odds are that I will not finish building them until the end of Pride Month. 🏳️‍🌈😝 #Lego #Pride #EveryoneIsAwesome

First day that outdoor activities were allowed to reopen in Ontario. People decided to optimize summer fun today.

It’s been four months since I ordered food from Aunt Jean Creams. DoorDash kindly offered a 50% off coupon, so there’s no reason to waste it. 😋

Guess what music was being played here. The same music on my CarPlay! So I almost seamlessly enjoyed the album.

Tons of people and cars. The parking lot was 85% full. Bicycles and helmeted riders were everywhere.

Picnicking was a must do!

Folks having fun with water. I was wearing a down jacket standing at the same spot like just 12 days ago. LOL.

The album being played in my car, at Aunt Jean Creams, and probably on innumerous home stereo systems these days: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo, released on May 20, 2021. For a debut album by a young, aspiring artist, it is definitely worth a listen.

There might have been some spit-roasted lamb that I missed out on.

Not in the mood for water games today. But it was still fun watching these guys in water.

Tranquility of the lake was not disturbed.

Summer breeze, friends, music, and me.

I would caption this photo “Toronto Glint.”

This happens around 8:23 pm ~ 8:28 pm every single day this week as long as the Sun’s glare is not entirely behind the clouds. My camera is merely competent to do the job, though.

Disquiet has grown quickly in me as more appalling contretemps are going on in the world — in addition to the lingering pandemic.

This uneasiness even intensified when I ran out of meal prep ideas.

Probably pan-seared steak with some butter and veggies? Not a bad idea.

a panoramic shot of the beach

A Knack to Poaching Eggs

"A Knack to Poaching Eggs"

I have to admit that eggs Benedict are very delish and yet cooking poached eggs is one big headache. Whenever I cook them the traditional way, I lose at least 30% of the egg whites into the boiling water. Besides, I need to add white vinegar and always end up washing the saucepan with some efforts.

So I tried my luck on Amazon, where I found scores of tools for the job: silicone ramekins, electric egg poachers, metal egg rings, etc. When I was just about to order a set of four silicone cups, a review caught my eye:

3.0 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase

not great, use cling film instead

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2019

not the best, I find even if you add a bit of oil the egg still stick. Save your money buy cheap food safe clingfilm, wrap the egg in the film and simmer in water, works much better, cheaper and you can do more than 4 eggs at once 🙂

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What a bright idea! Cling wrap is designed to withstand high heat (up to 120~140°C), is BPA-free, and saves you from washing the saucepan and investing in unnecessary utensils.

But here comes an issue. Some cling wrap tends to melt at high temperatures when it comes into contact with fat, sugar, and, arguably, protein. So I laid my hands on some parchment paper in the kitchen as well. Parchment paper is water and heat resistant, and it has proven capable of doing the trick perfectly. Cling wrap or parchment paper, your choice. Just remember to add 30~90 seconds to the original cooking time (typically five minutes or so), as paper- or film-wrapped eggs do not contact boiling water directly.

Another small problem is that, probably because I wrapped each raw egg a bit tight and tied four of them together, none of these poached eggs looks like a UFO, which has the shape of an ideal poached egg. Instead, they are sort of ball-shaped and resemble crouching adult frogs. Wait… Does Ugly Frog Offspring have an abbreviation? 🤔

Bottom line: I’ll go with parchment paper for my poached eggs, and I’m confident of a nice shape.

Emm… I quite like my homemade eggs Benedict. Very successful this time. But I wish the poached eggs were a bit runnier.