Going to the cabin . . . a Canadian obsession . . . especially if you’ve never owned one . . . because you have no clue how much work is involved.
Fortunately, it’s almost always worth it.
The problem with our cabin at Wakaw was it kept going down hill . . . literally. Not too surprising since the first owner built it over a spring . . . a little detail he just never mentioned when he sold it to us.
But, now, instead of the cabin, we do the moving . . .
SeaScape Cabin on Quadra Island: best extras: kayaks, canoes, etc.
Ocean View at Tofino, Vancouver Island: best location and beach walk
Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island: best cabin and cliff views
Inside at Bodega Ridge:
Love a Kitchen with a window over the sink
Woodburner, for a little glow J
Living Area with TV: “Homeland”, Season 1, yay!
Just added our own coffee tables J
Another hurdle for THE WEEKEND at the CABIN is planning the FOOD. Everyone’s always HUNGRY at the cabin – so you have to load up those coolers . . . and that takes planning . . . Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner.
Day 1: Contenders for the Blue Ribbon Recipe:
Lunch: Egg Salad with Red Coleslaw Sandwich
(Ultimate Sandwich Cookbook)
Happy Hour: Brussel Sprouts ( from Appetizers & Party Snacks)
Dinner: Kielbasa in Red Wine (Mary Meade’s Sausage Cookbook)
And . . . the Blue Ribbon goes to . . .
the Applecakes from A Feast of Ice and Fire: the Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook.
The Brussel Sprouts, which are supposed to be served cold as a healthy hors d’oeuvre, but also would be splendid as a hot side dish, rate a very respectable second.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS in MARINADE
From: Appetizers & Party Snacks, Favorite Recipes Press, c1970. Recipe contributor: Mrs. Joy Lott, Caldwell, Idaho
1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts
5 oz can tomato sauce
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp dry minced onion
1 ½ tbsp. salad oil
½ bay leaf
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne
2 ½ tbsp. vinegar
· Combine all ingredients, except sprouts, in large jar and shake.
· Boil 20 cups water with 7 ½ tsp salt in large pot.
· Cook small to medium sprouts 6 minutes.
· Add hot, drained sprouts to large jar and cover tightly.
· Shake upside down a few times.
· Refrigerate and serve the next day.
The sprouts will keep well for a few days.