Here's what's making July a happy month for me.
Discovering a new writer and an old inspiration
At the Museum of History's special exhibition on Fox's life, we learned so much about his struggles on and off the road. How in the early days he was splashed and nearly run off the road by trucks. How he struggled with his new celebrity status as the run gained momentum. And his secret worries about his health. It was a story I thought I knew well, but what I hadn't realized was that Fox was a prolific writer, taking solace in his diary. At the end of brutally exhausting days that combined running and public appearances, he would chronicle his experiences in his diary, sometimes writing pages at a time.
Terry Fox was always an inspiration to me but to see him in this new light, as a writer, makes me admire him even more.
Celebrating Canada Day!
Speaking of movies... I went to a drive in!
Saying goodbye to some old "friends"
Becoming a culinary master
My recipe is an adaptation of Tyler Florence's recipe, which can find at the Food Network, and it's the perfect amount if making Eggs Benedict for two - or for just one person who really, really like to dip things.
2 egg yolks
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp water
Pinch each of cayenne pepper, freshly ground black pepper, and crushed tarragon
1/4 cup melted butter
Get your double boiler (or a homemade version using a sauce pan and a bowl) ready to go - you want the water simmering but shallow enough that the bottom of bowl doesn't get wet (if the heat is too direct, you'll scramble your eggs!). Place all your ingredients but the butter in your bowl and whisk your heart out - you want them to double or even triple in volume. Gently set your bowl on top of the sauce pan and keep whisking like a maniac. Slowly pour in the melted butter, still whisking, until the sauce thickens. Careful, this happens much more quickly than you imagine! And there you have it - blender free, package free, homemade Hollandaise sauce. Way to go, culinary geniuses!