A simple miso soup using some left-over tonkotsu broth. Smoked tofu, green onions and swiss chard round out the flavours.
I’ve made a lot of food over the years, but never bread. It always seemed overly complicated. It wasn’t. There is something about baking that I’ve never really enjoyed (apart from the eating). I think it has to do with formulas instead of cooking by feel. In any case, I wanted to put those feelings aside and try to make a standard loaf of crusty white bread. It’s amazing that from only four ingredients (flour, water, yeast and salt) you can make something so delicious. Proofed via sous vide and baked in a dutch oven.
I’ve been wanting to attempt making a Tonkotsu Miso Ramen from scratch for awhile. Way too much work… But it did turn out delicious. I made the ramen stock from trotters, chicken necks, shiitake, cremini, leeks, onions and carrots. 14 hours later, a rich deep delicious soup base was ready to go. I have a lot of experience making regular pasta noodles, so I assumed that the alkaline ramen noodles wouldn’t be much trouble. I was wrong. Ramen noodles are far more dense than traditional egg based pasta and it takes a great deal of patience and time to work the dough into something usable. Was worth the effort. I finished the soup with a sous vide pork tenderloin sliced thin, shitaki mushrooms, green onions and a poached egg.
Day eight of my short Vancouver Island vacation. North of Campbell River in the Seymour Narrows there used to be an underwater mountain with two peaks. This was called Ripple Rock. Due to the hazards this caused to navigation and the many boats that were sunk in the area, the Government of Canada fixed the problem. In 1958 in what was at the time the largest non-nuclear peacetime explosion ever recorded the tops of the underwater mountain were exploded. It was the first ever live coast-to-coast broadcast on CBC.
Day six of my short Vancouver Island vacation. One of the major hikes I had planned for this trip was to hike to the top of Mount Becher and then take the Boston Ridge Traverse back to the bottom. Quite a bit of planning had been put into this hike, and I even created a custom map of the route to make sure we stayed on the correct trail. I was expecting it to be tough and it did not disappoint.
Day four of my short Vancouver Island vacation. Headed north from Comox to Seal Bay Nature Reserve for a pretty hike through a regenerated second growth forest. Eventually made it down to a rocky beach area to poke around. After getting back to the car, headed further north to Campbell River for some lunch and a stroll along Miracle Beach.
Day three of my short Vancouver Island vacation. Hiking through Rosewall Creek Provincial Park. This park and hiking trail follows Rosewall Creek through some extremely dense old-growth temperate rain forest before ending at a secluded set of falls. Due to the time of year (October) the waterfalls were a little unspectacular but it is still a very beautiful area.
Day two of my short Vancouver Island vacation. The Forbidden Plateau is an incredibly beautiful sub-alpine wilderness just a short drive from Comox. There are nearly endless trail loops to follow past an astonishing number of very pretty lakes. Fall colours abound during our 17 km or so hike.
Day one of my short Vancouver Island vacation. After flying in from Calgary and getting settled, went for a nice walk down to Comox Beach and Goose Spit.
Solo hiking adventure starting at the Highwood Pass in Kananaskis – July 15, 2017. Mount Rae is the highest visible peak from Calgary and the 4th highest in Kananaskis at 3218m.
From the parking area at the Highwood Pass (the highest paved surface in Canada at 2206m the trail heads up a number of switchbacks through the forest until you pop out of the treeline into the Ptarmigan Cirque. This is a beautiful area full of waterfalls, streams, and fields of wildflowers.
Heading through the cirque the real trail heads back up an endless scree field toward Mount Rae.