Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thanksgiving & Election

Another federal election has come & gone and nothing much has changed since the last one. Stephen Harper won a minority government again. In my riding of Burlington, Mike Wallace was re-elected.

Not this Mike Wallace. ...................................... This one.

My cousin Larry also won in his riding. This is his 4th win in a row. Way to go Larry! He'll be sitting in The House on the side of the opposition. An interesting fact I read this morning - a record number of women were elected. Yea for Girl Power!

Simon could really care less. He doesn't know what all the fuss is about.
We walked over to our polling station after work - Simon came with us, so he was excited about that part at least - and by the time we got back home it was getting late. I didn't want to spend a lot of time at the stove, I wanted to watch the results on TV. So I made a super quick "election night" dinner.

Sloppy Joes! I softened some onions and peppers & used a package of Yves Veggie Ground Round. Then poured in a can of Manwich. I love that stuff! Not that great for you but I don't make it very often, maybe once or twice a year, so it's a treat. While I was getting that ready, I made some frozen fries. Jim wanted corn, I wanted carrots, so I did both. This was on the table in half an hour. What a 1960's meal! We even ate off TV tables. Ours are wood, not the old-fashioned metal kind. It made our meal more gourmet.

Since it was election night, we had Canadian wine. Yes, we opened a bottle of wine to have with sloppy joes & frozen fries. Why not? It elevated the gourmetness of our dinner. This is one of Jim's favorite wines. Made by EastDell Estates this wine is a blend of 3 red grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Baco Noir. It's different & has a nice dark berry flavour. A decent price & available at the LCBO.

The day before the election, was Thanksgiving. But before Thanksgiving was another pub crawl!

Who's that goof pointing in the back?

Look at the people I associate with. What a bunch of degenerates.

On Thanksgiving Day, no one was really around or else had other plans, so it was just Jim & I. Since turkey is never on the menu, we were free to choose whatever we wanted for Thanksgiving dinner.

We chose Chinese take-out. We had vegetable fried rice, spring rolls,

These Shanghai noodles with vegetables. Holy were these delicious!

Jim got some meat thing and I got mixed vegetables with tofu & cashews. Yum!

For our wine, I opened this delightful German riesling. You can see on the label that this one is halbtrocken which means off-dry, so it's a great match with Chinese food.

I actually did a bit of baking earlier in the day. I took a few of the gazillion apples that I have and made turnovers.

I was originally going to make an apple pie, but in the end, decided on turnovers for something a little different. The pasty baked up to a wonderful golden brown colour.

Inside the apples were soft and cinnamony. It was a nice, lighter treat for the end of our Thanksgiving meal. Whew! That weekend pooped me out. I'm glad things are back to normal. Well, as normal as they can be around here.


VeggieGirl said...

"Simon could really care less. He doesn't know what all the fuss is about."

HAHA!!! Oh, Simon ;0)


Happy belated Thanksgiving!! What a lovely time you had; and WOWZA those apple turnovers look scrumptious.

Anonymous said...

the turnovers look faboo. so does mister pup.

VeganView said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours is so fun to read, I love all the wine photos, all your meals look scrumptious...esp those apple treats :)

aTxVegn said...

Chinese takeout for Thanksgiving - I love it! And those apple turnovers look too good.

Michelle Ann said...

Pubcrawls, politics, wine, food and Simon? I wanna move in!!!

Tanya Kristine said...

Love the party. and Simon. move here.

Urban Vegan said...

I think Simon should run for office.

I love how you enjoy each day!

And those noodles...oh my. I can hardly stand it--a carb lover like me has a hard time looking at noodle porn (aka, noodies!)