Did you hear about the big storm that hit KW last Friday? I’ve never seen anything like it. The wind and rain was intense. The thunder and lightning actually worried me less than the former. It seems almost everyone in the city has their own story to share… and we’ve been sharing stories all week!
I was at Vincenzo’s, a local grocery store, when the storm hit. The winds were so strong that we could see and hear them shaking. My little brother was on a bus at the time. The bus had to pull over due to poor driving conditions. A tree was struck by lightning nearby and fell onto a hydro pole, which then fell on the bus! I’m happy to say that my brother and everyone else on the bus is ok. We exchanged text messages and a few photos — he was bored being stuck on the bust for almost an hour afterwards!
Trees and branches are still being cleared even today! Check out some images of the damage the storm caused:
- CTV News: University of Waterloo campus (This is the bus stop that I normally wait at!)
- CBC News: A map of pictures around the city (I was at King/Allen, there were a lot of trees down in the area)
- OntarioStorms.com: An assortment of pictures of the aftermath of the storm
I’m also happy to tell you that my garden made it through the storm! No planters were knocked over or damaged. My neighbourhood seems to have missed the worst of the storm.
I started my garden quite late this year. I didn’t plant anything until mid-June. I have two lovely tomato plants, a basil plant, chives, and mint. The tomatoes are from my aunt at Sun Root Organics (if you’re in Ontario, check out her blog and Facebook page). Despite planting the tomatoes later than I’d have liked, they’ve really taken off and are growing like crazy! I took the photos a few days ago, and the tomatoes are more plentiful already! The basil is from a vendor at the St. Jacob’s Market, and the chives and mint came back from last year. I have been using the chives in my cooking recently and can’t wait for some fresh basil and tomatoes!
Since the storm, it has cooled down enough to cook again! Hooray! I’m quite enjoying being back in the kitchen. 🙂
Trout with Caper and Butter Sauce
- 1 pound steelhead trout fillet – approximate cost $8.50
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
- 1/4 cup butter – approximate cost $0.50
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil – approximate cost $0.05
- 2 cloves garlic, minced – approximate cost $0.20
- 1 100 mL jar capers – approximate cost $2.00
- Preheat a frying pan over medium-low heat.
- Add butter and grapeseed oil.
- Heat until butter is melted.
- Add garlic.
- Cook until garlic is fragrant.
- Sprinkle salt over fish.
- Add fish (skin-side down if there is skin on the fillet).
- Cook until about 3/4 cooked.
- Turn the fish.
- Add capers.
- Cook until done.
- Remove from frying pan.
- Serve and enjoy!
Roasted Balsamic Asparagus
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus – approximate cost $4.50
- 1 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.10
- 2 tablespoons olive oil – approximate cost $0.10
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar – approximate cost $0.50
- Turn the oven to broil.
- Place the asparagus in a large roasting pan.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Broil until the asparagus turns bright green.
- Flip the asparagus.
- Broil until the other side is bright green and the tips begin to brown.
- Remove from oven.
- Serve with trout and enjoy!
Note: These dishes take about the same amount of time to cook. I started the asparagus first then cooked the fish.
Makes 2 servings (approximate cost: $8.25 per serving).
Wednesday Link Parties
- Cast Party Wednesday (hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain)
- Fresh Foods Wednesday (hosted by Kristy from Gastronomical Sovereignty)
- Allergy Free Wednesdays (hosted by Gluten Free Pantry, Real Food Allergy Free, The Tasty Alternative, Tessa The Domestic Diva, The Willing Cook, Gluten Freely Frugal, and Whole New Mom
- Wednesday Whatsits (hosted by White Lights on Wednesday)
- Fluster’s Creative Muster Party (hosted by Fluster Buster)