Month: July 2016

Trying Some Recipes From “At Home with Lynn Crawford”

Lynn Crawford, celebrity chef, author and restaurant owner

Lynn Crawford, celebrity chef, author and restaurant owner

Lesbian chef, author and TV celebrity Lynn Crawford has over 25 years’ experience in the industry. From humble beginnings, she became the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotels in New York and Toronto before starring in various TV shows such as Restaurant Makeover,  her own show Pitchin’ In, opening her own restaurant, Ruby Watchco, and publishing two cookbooks. I tried some of the recipes from one of them, At Home with Lynn Crawford.

book cover of At Home with Lynn Crawford

book cover of At Home with Lynn Crawford

I try to cook meals these days, but I it’s rare that something is remarkable. I use Pepperplate, an online recipe collection service that syncs up with an app, and with all those recipes, I have only 2 or 3 that are definitely great even when I make them.

I made three recipes in all from Lynn’s book, and they were, well, mediocre. Since she’s an award winning chef, and since I had to look up what a “stock pot” is, I’m going to say it was me, not her. But what’s important is trying, right?

We want to support lesbians within the industry, and this is, after all, a lesbian book site, so Kelly and I will be trying various recipes from various lesbian chefs. Lynn Crawford was up first.

Crawford, a tattooed motorcycle-riding Canadian butch lesbian ~ Riese, Autostraddle

We tried the chicken curry, but it seemed a little bland. Lots of veggies, but we can get real curry chicken at the local pub and it takes pretty good (and spicy) there. Maybe it was the inception onion, maybe not. But it could have used another tablespoon or so of curry powder.

Onion inside an onion

Onion inside an onion

We tried her steak marinade.  It was okay, but not a knock-out.

Steak dinner with grilled veggies

Steak dinner with grilled veggies

Last, we tried the Chicken with Lots of Cloves of Garlic. I thought, how can you lose?

Lynn Crawford's recipe for Chicken with Lots of Cloves of Garlic

Lynn Crawford’s recipe for Chicken with Lots of Cloves of Garlic

Well, first you can start by having less garlic than you are supposed to. Two and a half small “Rooster” garlic bulbs wasn’t enough for one cup of garlic cloves. Yes, it’s Rooster brand, and I just went looking for a link or something, and now I am frightened and may never buy garlic from China again. Or maybe I will, some of those sites look a little sketchy. Anyway…

Just not enough garlic

Just not enough garlic

I did not use a whole chicken cut up, but instead cooked up some chicken thighs, on sale for $5. And I used regular $7 extra virgin olive oil instead of the $30 EVOO that a woman in the grocery store was hawking (it kills cancer cells, she said… really). And no tarragon, I just knock that stuff off the food before eating it, anyway.

I swear this isn't blurry, it's just covered in boiling oil

I swear this isn’t blurry, it’s just covered in boiling oil

Nonetheless, it was a delicious garlicky meal. We spooned the oil and mashed garlic over some potatoes and enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks, Lynn!

Chicken with Lots of Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with Lots of Cloves of Garlic

Fringe Theatre – Fractals

Every year, the Fringe Festival comes to Toronto, offering up innovative and alternative theatre performances by local performers. The choose the performances by lottery.

Kelly and I headed to Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Canada’s oldest alternative theatre devoted to the development and production of new Canadian work, to catch a performance of limited run of Fractals.

fractals

Fractals is Krista White’s exploration of self-realization, fragility and strength. She uses storytelling and song to ask, What moments define us? And who do we really think we are?

Stories about writers block, growing up queer, loneliness and our underestimated connection with nature and with one another is examined in each piece through a variety of characters.

Waiting in the Backspace for Fractals to begin

Waiting in the Backspace for Fractals to begin

Krista grew up in and around Saint John, New Brunswick surrounded by beautiful elements of nature, the ocean, the river, the highest tides in the world, beaches, forests…these elements almost always enshrouded in fog (used a theme throughout her performance). Her life experiences and who she truly is deep at her core, compliments her natural ability to story tell. Krista vividly embodies multiple characters, building intimate and authentic experiences for her audience, as she reveals how they are entwined.

Krista writes from her heart. Her shamelessly honest feelings and breath-taking poetry melt onto the page.  ~ director Christopher Sawchyn

Laughing it up before the show at Linda Griffiths Lane

Laughing it up before the show at Linda Griffiths Lane

And while we were there, we took a selfie at Linda Griffiths Lane, named after the Canadian actress who, among countless other films, was in the 1983 lesbian film, Lianna.

A nontraditional July 1st

Rather than doing a “Canada Day” thing, We headed out to the Royal Ontario Museum to see, among other things, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.  Coming from the musée du quai Branly in Paris, it explores the 5000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world.

I am familiar with the history of tattoos and women, being tattooed myself and being prone to conduct research. I even went as far as conducting a study (survey plus in-person interviews) with tattooed women, just to satiate my curiosity. There was little at the show that was surprising to me, but from what I gather from the other attendees, there was a lot of new information for a lot of people.

Kelly and I also went to Chihuily’s exhibit, From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty.  The work of Chihuily’s team is stunning.

Afterwards we headed toward home and walked around the neighbourhood as it prepared for the night’s Trans Pride festivities.

Here are some photographs of our trip.


Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

Drawing of a body tattoo design

Drawing of a body tattoo design

 

I believe this is an Algerian woman, with tattooed face

I believe this is an Algerian woman, with tattooed face

 

A beautiful old book repurposed to hold photographs of tattoos

A beautiful old book repurposed to hold photographs of tattoos

 

 

 


From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty.

Chihuily's work, reflected in black glass

Chihuily’s work, reflected in black glass

 

Kelly on the other side of a magnificent work by Chihuily

Kelly on the other side of a magnificent work by Chihuily

 

 

She tried to photobomb us, but I saw her and started laughing. After she told us a story about her being photobombed we asked her to please photobomb us.

She tried to photobomb us, but I saw her and started laughing. After she told us a story about her being photobombed we asked her to please photobomb us.

 

 

I had to take a quick minute out of the day to sketch Picasso next to Picasso, in a rainbow scratchboard

I had to take a quick minute out of the day to sketch Picasso next to Picasso, in a rainbow scratchboard


The Gay Village

A local Axe bodyspray billboard overlooking a Green Space Festival beer garden

A local Axe bodyspray billboard overlooking a Green Space Festival beer garden

 

A drag performer at Garage, a Gay Village bar on Church St. Toronto

A drag performer at Garage, a Gay Village bar on Church St. Toronto

 

 

Rainbow (and regular) donuts available during Pride weekend

Rainbow (and regular) donuts available during Pride weekend

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