My Old House

I used GoogleMaps this morning to give directions to someone out of town. I clicked on “street view” to provide them with a few landmarks and noticed a friend of mine in one of the street level photos. Then I started clicking around and pretty much took a virtual tour of downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland, looking for people I know.

Then I typed in the address of the house I grew up in, in Nova Scotia. I probably haven’t been there in about 20 years. The house is a different colour, the tree in the front yard is big, there’s an oil tank beside the house which I have no memory of but I guess it was always there, the front steps have been expanded into a deck, and the field behind our house is gone. Things have changed.


Then I took a tour of my old neighbourhood, checking out places my friends used to live, going up streets where fields and woods used to be. It was a strange trip.

Schnitzel on the Grill

I made schnitzel for the first time yesterday and threw it on the grill. I think I might like it more than steak. It goes good with beer.

From Food & Drink

I did a Google search for schnitzel recipes, discovered I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients, so I improvised, which is all I ever do anyway. I sliced some pork loins about an inch thick; cut them around the edges so they wouldn’t shrivel up on the grill; I took all these ingredients — olive oil, 4 gloves of garlic, various amounts of paprika, curry power, fennel seeds, rosemary, parsley, pepper, kosher salt and probably a few more spices I can’t remember now — and mixed them all together in a big bowl; then I pounded the pork into all it, mushing it up real good, and I let it sit covered in the fridge for a couple hours. Then I just cooked it on the BBQ (or outdoor grill for the purists) with corn on the cob and zucchini fresh from my garden. Done. It may be the best thing I’ve had on the BBQ this summer.