Mini-vacay

It is a real gift to be able to get away on a bit of a vacation without going too far from home. And really, you can draw a circle around Vancouver and hit any number of great places to go within a couple of hours. We are so fortunate! IMG_6065So, last Thursday after lunch I took off for Harrison Hot Springs with friends Chris and Catherine for a two-day mini-vacay. Chris, Catherine and I worked together at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver in the late 1990s. We have all gone our IMG_6108separate ways since then, and had many twists and  turns along the way, but we have always kept in touch, more or less often. Of course Emma came with us as well – can’t forget my lovely fur-girl! Continue reading “Mini-vacay”

Scotland

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This past week I have been in Scotland. I attended the conference Memories, Identities, and Communities put on by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee. It was a good conference, an interesting mix of archivists, historians, and information people from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Australia. One of the highlights was the opening plenary by Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist who worked in Kosovo. The theme of social justice was prominent, and the conference definitely favoured the concept of archivist as activist, and the role of intentional, created “archives”. It brought up again the growing terminological divide and, in my opinion, anyway, the ever-present need to examine first principles and remember our theoretical archival roots as we look to the future. Continue reading “Scotland”

Schloss Dagstuhl, Digital Evidence & Forensic Readiness Seminar

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Last fall I was invited to participate in a seminar on digital evidence and forensic readiness at Schloss Dagstuhl, February 22-28, 2014. This post is a reflection of this week. Continue reading “Schloss Dagstuhl, Digital Evidence & Forensic Readiness Seminar”

Chicken & mushroom stew

Yesterday  I made a chicken and mushroom stew that is definitely a keeper. It was based on a Bon Appetit recipe I found on Flipboard. I didn’t take a picture of the stew I made (what was I thinking?) but here is the Bon Appetit picture:

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bacon (I didn’t have bacon so I used a fresh mild Italian sausage, squeezed out of its casing and crumbled)
chicken legs (I used whole legs with back attached because that was what I could get at my favourite butcher)
flour for dredging, and s&p
onion
garlic
dried porcini mushrooms (the recipe called for fresh but I didn’t have any)
white wine
olive oil
fresh thyme
bay leaves
chicken stock

Sauté the bacon (or sausage) until browned, remove from pan; dredge the chicken in flour, salt and pepper (and perhaps some dried herbs), then brown, skin-side down in the bacon fat (add some olive oil if necessary) until really brown – about 15 minutes – don’t move them! Remove the chicken, and add the mushrooms to brown (because I used dried mushrooms, I rehydrated them by simmering in water for about 15 minutes first – keep the water!); remove the mushrooms and add the onion, chopped, and after about five minutes, the garlic. Sauté till soft and translucent. Add some wine, bring to a boil to reduce, then add everything back in, add the stock, and the mushroom water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and let cook until the chicken is falling off the bone – about 2-2.5 hours. The BA recipe, using fresh mushrooms, doesn’t add them back in until about half an our before it is done, but because I was using dried, and was lazy, I added them with everything else. This can all be made up to three days ahead.

I didn’t make the dumplings, which should be made just prior to serving. Instead, I made Basmati rice and served the stew in a bowl over the rice. Delicious.