And since we're speaking of good things to eat, can I tell you about the meal we shared with good friends Saturday night? I made this simple but delicious carrot salad from Sarah Woodward's Tastes of North Africa -- I love the colour and will advance it as one of my Project Spectrum contributions. The salad accompanied the Moroccan Beef Short Ribs Tagine from a Bon Appetit recipe, also served with Honey-Glazed Butternut Squash (also Bon Appetit). We finished up with a pie I made with blackberries from the freezer (blackberries I picked last summer at some risk). Paul made his yummy tapenade as a starter and he prepared the squash, but otherwise, he let me do the cooking this time -- rather unusual around here, but I think I did a decent job. With the two of us working together, having friends for dinner is easy and the good food with great conversation was a pleasant alternative to taking the boat into town on a Saturday night.
I'll leave you with more sailboat pictures, shall I? There are races in the waters in front of us every Sunday (our Saturday evening dining companions were racing; I think theirs is the blue-spinnakered boat in the top photo). These sailors below came very close to shore . . .
before turning to head out again.
And here's the fleet, with the freighter just behind -- at least the freighter's crew will have had some action to liven up their Sunday.
After classes tomorrow, I catch a seaplane over to Vancouver so that I can make a Hawksley Workman concert, and then I'll fly back over Thursday morning. We've been fans from the first CD, so as soon as I heard he was doing a show, I tried to figure out how I could get to it -- mid-week in another city seemed impossible. But where there's a will . . . So I'm hoping there's not too much wind tomorrow and Thursday. The 20-minute flight, harbour to harbour, is so easy compared to taking the 95-minute ferry ride (especially since the ferry lands 30-45 minutes by bus from downtown Vancouver).
And by the time I get back, we'll have sailed up to another weekend!