Terse Tuesday 33

“Grey hair is becoming a stylish and fashionable option for both older and younger women alike – it can actually make a woman look softer, more premium, more interesting – younger, even, if done in the right way.”
– Harvey Nichols 2015 Hot List Hamper

Whether it was reading this weeks ago or noticing the extra silver at my temples, I’ve been seeing youngish grey-haired women everywhere lately. No doubt this will all have passed by the time my hair is entirely silver, but I suppose this all just goes to show that everything comes around again in time.

Happy Burns Day!

IMG_3207Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some cannot eat that want it;
But we have meat and we can eat,
So let the Lord be thankit.

attributed to Robert Burns, “Selkirk Grace”

Today marked my first Burns Day as a proper Scotch drinker, so naturally, I planned a full vegan Burns Supper complete with single malt pairings.

Taking my cue from The Caledonian’s Donna Wolff, I paired the smoky, briny Laphroaig 10 with a bowl of Cullen skink, a hearty chowder traditionally made with smoked haddock. My vegan version was a creamy, warming, rib-sticking potato soup with a sweet smokiness to match the Laphroaig. A wonderful way to stimulate the appetite — and it’s appetite that was needed, for there were two courses still to go! Continue reading

Tasting Flight: Seven whisky stories to read this wintry Saturday night

A photo of the blogger reading Fred Minnick's WHISKEY WOMEN with a dram of whisky in handLooking over my list of goals for 2015, I realize I should have specified that I mean to read more books this year. In 2011 and 2012, I read 30 books of various genres, but in 2014 — I’m embarrassed to say — I read less than one book per month.

My RSS reader, on the other hand, was robust. Here are a few recent whisky stories I found worth reading:

In the year 2015…

They say that the surest way to keep resolutions is to hold yourself accountable by sharing your goals with a friend. Rather than burden any one friend with my list, I’m sharing it here.

This year:

  • I plan to read and to write more, even when I think I’m too exhausted. Reading at least one chapter and writing at least one full paragraph (here or elsewhere) each week should be entirely achievable, regardless of my work schedule.
  • I plan to get back into my running routine. I miss it.
  • I’d like to expand my arsenal of knitting skills so I can finally tackle some of the more involved projects I’ve been eyeing. Like this cloche here.
  • I’d like to take a few day-long hiking trips in the GTA. The Escarpment is virtually at my doorstep, and yet I haven’t taken proper advantage of my location. I think I do a good job of being a tourist in my own city, but it’s time to extend my field of adventure.

Here’s to the start of a creative and stimulating new year!