Mystery Solved

No longer will you have to put up with me complaining about how dodgy my internet connection has been. We have solved the mystery! Turns out the stereo speakers upstairs are interfering with the signal from our router, and therefore I lose my internet connection. We have a wireless set up for the surround sound, and I think it’s that signal that is causing the issues. How did I find this out? As soon as my mom put on the stereo to watch a movie, I lost my connection. I had her shut it off, and it worked again. Eureka! Why was I having problems when no one else was here? Well, I was using the stereo upstairs to play music from my iPod, and although the wireless speakers weren’t being used, it must have been emitting enough of a signal to interfere with the connection from time to time. So glad to have that figured out – I’ll just have to coordinate my internet usage with my mom’s movie watching time.

So now that you all no longer have to listen to me complain about technology (I can hear the cheers of joy), let’s check out what went down today in French Fries To Flax Seeds world.

I had wanted to get up early this morning, to hit up the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market near the time it opened, but that didn’t happen. Mom said she actually thought I wanted to go later on, so she let me sleep in. LOL. Thanks mom 😉

I started off my morning with a quick breakfast of toast with nut butter & jam. The first piece of toasted Silver Hills Squirrelly Bread was topped with peanut butter and some of my ad hoc blueberry preserves.

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The second slice was topped with some of that velvety smooth macadamia nut butter and apricot preserves.

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Served up with a glass of cranberry peach juice. I finally finished off the bottle!

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I enjoyed my toast outside while my sister & her bf enjoyed their Tim Horton’s breakfast, then it was time to get ready and head out to the Farmer’s Market with mom.

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I had heard mixed reviews on our local Farmer’s Market, but when we got there, we were happy to see a multitude of booths selling tons of produce, plants, nuts, baked goods, seafood, and meat, as well as crafts and various other items. And considering we got there with only an hour left, there was still plenty of good product left.

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So much local goodness! There were plenty of organic products, and many labelled as “spray/pesticide free”, and all of it looked delicious. My mom was impressed – she said the last time she went (sometime last year), it wasn’t as good. We definitely brought home a good haul.

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We got all that produce for $13:

  • 7 sunrise apples
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 crowns broccoli
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • bunch of new red potatoes

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We also got a beautiful fillet of halibut, and some BC side-striped shrimp, as well as two cacti   We already have plans to go back next week – apparently local gala apples will be in!

The market is located at the community rec centre, which is also home to a pretty little rose garden. We made sure to take some time to stop and smell the flowers

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Once we were home and had out loot put away, I threw together a little lunch plate.

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I whipped up some nachos – Que Pasa Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (locally made, the best chips out there) topped with a little grated cheddar, avocado, refried beans, and sour cream. If only we had some salsa, then they would have been perfect!

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I also sliced up a carrot and some cucumber to dip in some of the ED&BV Roasted Red Pepper & Almond Hummus that’s still kicking around.

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Seriously, salsa would have even made the plate more photogenic. I must pick up salsa stat!

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Lunch dessert was another Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownie.

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Then it was time to retreat to the basement where I could hear some Wii action going on. My sister & her bf were playing MarioKart, so I played spectator until they were done their game, then it was on! And I will let you know, it was a close race, but in the end, yours truly prevailed

Of course, that just ignited my Wii playing fire, so I swapped out my family’s machine for mine, and started up my saved game of Super Mario Galaxy, and proceeded to waste a good hour or so trying to save that damned princess. Alas, she’s still out there. One day princess, one day.

Dinner came around eventually, featuring one of our market purchases – the halibut. We dressed it up with some lemon juice, mayo, dill, garlic, chives, salt, and pepper, and grilled it up. It turned out wonderfully.

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We also grilled up some corn. There were only two cobs left in the fridge, so we had to cut them up to serve 5 people.

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Mom steamed the new red potatoes, and I topped mine with the same butter & pepper combo as my corn.

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And my sister was on salad duty, using up various things in the fridge – green leaf lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, avocado, and chick peas. I added the sunflower seeds and pine nuts, and dressed it with some Brianna’s Homestyle Honey Mustard Dressing.

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Enjoyed with a bottle of Perrier sparkling water.

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As my mom says: “Dinner fit for a king!”

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Oh how I love wild halibut. And it’s always better when done up on the grill. Mom is already talking about hitting up a different Farmer’s Market this week just to get some more delicious fish from this vendor, as they won’t be back at our market until the end of September now!

It was a great summer dinner. And what better way to end a great summer dinner than with a great homemade dessert?

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My sister dished up more of my mom’s homemade blackberry apple pie, which we enjoyed while we sat out chatting on the back deck until the sun went down and the mosquitoes started attacking.

Since my mom was watching a movie upstairs, rendering me internetless, I figured it was a sign I should hook up with Mario again and work on finding that princess. We got a little closer, but she’s still MIA.

I can’t believe I only have one more week of holidays left, and then I’ll officially be back in school. Where does the time go? I’ll have to make sure to pack in a few more fun things this week before I’m back to the grind. Which means I should head to bed – I’ll need some energy to get the most out of my last free week. Night!

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Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Farmer's Market, Lunch


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9 Comments on “Mystery Solved”

  1. August 31, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    wow, I just love markets, would have been interesting to see the seafood to compare with our markets in France, and the photos were brilliant congrats on a really interesting article

  2. August 31, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    Oh such tantalizing pictures!! The farmer’s market had so much, I can’t believe it. Our farmer’s markets don’t have quite that much available, I’m so impressed you only spent 13 dollars on so much produce. The nachos are my type of dish, great creation!

  3. Lizzy
    August 31, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    love me some farmers market! glad you finally figured out the internet troubles. nothings worse then a mystery that can’t be solved

  4. Megan
    August 31, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    That macadamia nut butter looks so much like frosting! What brand do you use?

  5. August 31, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    Glad you got your internet figured out!! Great FM haul – everything looks so fresh 🙂

    Not having salsa is a major no-no in this house! Looks like one delicious day! Enjoy your last week of freedom!!

  6. August 31, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    blackberry apple pie?!?!?!?! that sounds amazing!!!

  7. August 31, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    I love farmer’s markets! All the gorgeous produce makes me dizzy! 😉 If the weather cooperates this weekend, I have plans to hit one up in London…yes, I will drive 1+ hrs to go to a market!

    Glad to hear you sorted out the internet problems. Technology sure can be frustrating sometimes.

    Your piece of halibut looks like buttah…mmmm…great meal!

  8. August 31, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Oh man I love solving mysterious and annoying technology problems, it’s so darn satisfying, especially when you figure it out all by yourself 🙂

    I’ve only been to the farmer’s market once this summer… fail? Terrible! The fresh produce just looks so darn good… I really need to get there again.

    Now I’ve got a corn cob craving.

  9. September 1, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    so glad you solved the mystery!!!

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