Saturday, 4 October 2014

Food Drive

Another busy Saturday as usual here at campaign HQ. We greeted the day with a hearty round of waffles and were out the door, but not before we put out our hamper for the Dundas food drive.

The cans are at the bottom.
Soccer was hilarious as usual and we were thusly off to the Mom 2 Mom sale at Knox church.

The mural just keeps getting better all the time!
Kim busied herself looking for boots, shoes and PJs while the boy and I dug through bins of Hot Wheels looking for ones missing from "his" collection. Then we were off to the Dollar Store for birthday decorations and the library for books and videos.

As far as the weather went, today was a soup day. With a quick lunch in our bellies, I was off to the food bank to help with some sorting.

Possibly the worst photo I've ever taken.
In a word, it was mayhem. There were bunches of kids helping from Columbia College and it was standing room only. Food was flying in every direction. Once the dust settled, and the kids loaded onto their bus, I stuck around to pitch in with the last of the deliveries. At the end of the day, it looked like over 10,000 pounds of food were donated and I was really pleased to see a bunch (me, Toby, Danya, Pamela and Mark) of the candidates do their bit. Even David Sweet (our MP) was there slinging boxes!

I got home and immediately set about getting dinner in the oven.

Three hours later and this becomes tacos!
As if the day hadn't been full enough, we snuck in some yard work and a trip to the park to play a bit of pick-up soccer.

With everyone (except me) snug up in bed, I put out the boy's birthday present. His actual 3rd birthday isn't until the 13th but that's Thanksgiving Day and we'll be quite busy driving South on the 400 that day so we figured we'd give him an early party tomorrow and I can't wait!

Yes, that's an actual Cult bike!
Time for another recipe!

"So Much Win" Pork Tacos

Step 1: Stem and seed a bunch of good quality dried chilies (guajillo, ancho, California, etc...) and place in pot.

Step 2: Add about 2 cups chicken stock or enough to about cover the chilies. Bring to a boil and simmer for a bit. Let them steep while you visit a food bank.

Step 3: Bust out your blender. Throw in your chili "tea", good dashes of cider vinegar and lime juice, chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and oregano. Set phazers to liquidate.

Step 4: Oil and season a nice piece of pork (I used a rib roast but almost any chunk will do - fatty is good).

Step 5: Set your biggest heaviest pan to high, oil it and sear the pork all around. Remove. Turn off the burner.

Step 6: Add liquid from blender and fry it in the rendered fat.

Step 7: Place pork back in the pot and put in oven set to 250F, covered.

Step 8: Remove from the oven about 3 hours later (depending on size of roast - ours was about 2lbs) and pull as you would for pulled pork.

Step 9: Serve on toasted tortillas with all sorts of nice things like roasted peppers, avocado, hard cheese and salsa verde.

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