In Ukrainian these perogie-shaped pockets stuffed with either cabbage, meat, potatoes, mushrooms, cherries or anything else are referred to as “pirozhki” aka “пиріжки” or “пирожки” in Russian. I made mine look like grande-size perogies for the heck of it, but you can shape in anyway you want. No rules here as long as it turns out delicious.
So I posted a photo of magnolia flowers, after confusing it with the pussy willow. No more mixups! No more hesitation! I present the real pussy willow aka the fluffy cat tree. Or the fluffy bunny tree. Or the fluffy sheep tree. Just follow this formula and you can’t go wrong: (fluffy) + (name of your animal of choice).
The lily-of-the-valley is one of my favourite flowers. Maybe it’s that cute petals open-in-day-light and closed-in-no-light routine that they do, otherwise known as nyctinasty. Or wait, is that another flower? And the one pictured above? No idea, I’ll find out later.
You know those fluffy, hairy flower buds that appear in early spring on magnolia trees? Yeah, I confused them with the ones on the “pussy willow” tree. They are often called “kotiki” in which “kot” directly in translation means “cats” but adding “iki” at the end makes it diminutive, making it sound more gentle and affectionate like saying “kitty”.
My dog’s name is Cherry. She gets a lot of compliments each time I take her for a walk. What do I get? Sweaty. My dog looks better than me, so I’m the equivalent of a garden bush that looks so ordinary no one really notices it, unless it catches fire or something.
I encountered witch hazel for the first time at Cootes Paradise in March of this year. This nature sanctuary in Burlington is one of my favourite places to go for a long walk and take pictures. There was a cold breeze. Everything was grey. Not a splash of colour could be seen throughout the entire park, except for the numerous red cardinals perched amid the trees.
I enjoy watching a nice sunset. The one featured above was taken in Oakville, Ontario from my apartment balcony. My goal was to capture the color, texture and light as best I could. If only the powerlines weren’t in the way.
Do you enjoy octopus balls? I will say “yes”, “quick” and “please” to a serving of takoyaki in three different languages. It’s heaven in your mouth. I’ve yet to try them in Japan, but that’s been on my bucket list since 1989.
I love pistachios. Especially salted pistachios. So how about some pistachio dark chocolate with sea salt? It should go nicely with a cup of delicious coffee. No recipe here sorry. Just photos taken with a shutter speed of 125.
Meet Mr. Roger pictured above, kicking back in a chair. Mr. Roger is having trouble finding his “true hat”. A true hat is a hat that he could sleep in and feel cozy all night. A hat that will make him feel complete. A hat that’s even better than a slice of buttered up toast with triple cream brie on the side for breakfast.