05 October, 2010

Thanks for Swinging By

I suppose you want to know who won the giveaway?

The big winner of the complete set of rulers was Angela. She was a very excited gal when Pat let her know.

And the winner of the Blog Aid cookbook was Debbie from As Busy As Can Be.

I also wanted to answer some of the questions that came up in the comments. Yes, it is indeed real maple syrup. It's the only thing we've got in the house. I am a good Canadian girl and it's the only way to go. I get mine from a maple farm in Ontario. Sadly, sugar maples don't grow out West.

The bean recipe can be kept vegetarian, just skip the bacon. But in this house we adore the bacon. And maple and bacon together? A little bit of heaven.

About that metric and imperial contrast. Another uniquely Canadian conundrum because we have conflicting influences between American and British influences. More than once I've found myself writing a recipe using both grams and cups or milliliters and ounces! But I think only a Canadian would get it.

Someone asked about my time. Well, let's just say I don't watch that much TV and there is little in the way of exercise in my life these days - stupid knees. And the best part about being a food writer is that I get to do research and make dinner at the same time. Even if it means making Christmas cookies in the September sunshine!

And yes, I promise to finish my Mom's quilt and soon!

Thanks for hopping!


Suzanne said...

I thought of you as I entered my latest project on Ravelry. I entered my color, Charcoal Grey, and selected Gray as the color family. :-)

elle said...

Cheryl, a woodsy workshop on trees declared that even a Manitoba maple will give syrup. Maybe not eastern quality but he's doing it. ??? And they say quilters have patience! ha, I'd not make to the end of that long process.

CitricSugar said...

Ah, the Canadian staples of bacon and maple along with what must seem to be insane recipe directions if you didn't grow up with the Her Majesty's Metric system! You have to learn it intuitively, I think... And by watching mum and gramma to see which cans they grabbed and how many squirts of ketchup equaled tbsps... :-) I totally understand!

Squares and Triangles said...

My husband's Canadian, but he doesn't like maple syrup. I love it!

Pat Sloan said...

i LOVE maple syrup and really need to try it more! one of the ladies on my forum from AZ made your beans and raved on them..

hug smooches to you my friend!

Andrea said...

mmmm maple bacon.

Lee said...

love maple syrup. Whenever my kids have friends over for sleepovers and I make pancakes or french toast we have to remind the kids "it is real maple syrup" so go easy on it". We had to ration it when we lived overseas. Truly a treat when we get a can from Quebec via my sister's friend.
As for the metric/imperial thing, I laugh at my mom everytime she converts to F*. You would think after 40 years she would get it.

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