The week starts with Marbled Banana Bread, constructed a day prior due to availability of ripening bananas, as well as a generally unsatisfactory loaf from Loblaws.
Nonetheless delicious with their signature crunchy exterior, I shall admit to disappointment resulting from a lack of depth. Cinnamon, pumpkin spice mix, and a sprinkle of nutmeg were truly pivotal components of the batter. It was unthinkable that I had omitted them in the process.
I proceeded to munch on these for the rest of the four-day work week, skipping the frequent sustenance purchases I had committed in first three days on site.
At any given point in time, residents can be spotted relaxing on their front porch, observing the happenings of the construction before them, and calling out with questions without any hesitation whatsoever. Their attitude, and oddly unwavering presence often leads me to ponder: "Do these people not have jobs? Do they not have things to do with their lives?"
Lawns are maintained regularly, with various forms of flora and décor arranged out front. From wind chimes to colour lawn gnomes to "No Poop Zone" standees, the furnishings lent each house a sense of individuality.
But, seeing as there was no way to object the Act, I took to exploring a different section of the neighbourhood at each opportunity.
"What else can I do?" I responded, matter-of-factly, "I only have thirty minutes and I need A/C."
Ranked from greatest to smallest range are: Starbucks, Shoppers Drug Mart, and McDonald's.
- Grilled Pork Chop with Steamed Broken Rice
- Banh Xeo / Vietnamese Pancake w/ pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts
- Grill Pork, Grilled Beef wrapped in herb leaves with Vermicelli
- Chen Com / Steamed White Rice
The extra order of rice had been mistakenly described as "stir fried cubes of beef on sizzling plate" on UberEats. After a period of confusion, I took to translating the Vietnamese text. The discovery prompted me to consult the app's Help section, then be refunded for the item as a consequence.
Conflict resolution is key to preventing calamities and complaints. Beyond answering homeowner inquiries in a pleasant, timely manner, coordinating the next steps is another challenge altogether.
There is explicit direction that, with the exception of emergency situations, a Contractor cannot be given "directions", for it entails legal liability. Consequently, any remarks made must be done so to stem contemplation, rather than be relayed in an imperative tense.
"What will you do to ensure access for homeowners this weekend?"
"Do you think that is safe?"
"Is there anything you can do to make the situation safer?"
"By doing this, do you think it will impede access (and thus earn complaints from Councillors)?"
The baking process spanned one hour, but was ultimately deemed insufficient to render the pies flakey and fresh. Seeing as two of three pies possessed soggy bottoms, I concluded that the duration (or temperature) was inadequate to dissipating moisture acquired from the freezing process.
Its neighbour of Beef and Potato revealed a lighter looking crust - one that either contained more flour or was not weighed down by an excess of meat juices. The bottom peeled away from the base of its aluminum container easily, unlike the Steak and Guinness. Within its internal cavity contained a generous amount of mashed potato, a few pieces of neatly diced carrot, and fine morsels of red meat. Although a notable class amongst pub fare, the slice was simply "flat". A distinct lack of herbiness - be it thyme, rosemary, or ginger - caused the layers to blend together; emerging was a one-dimensional profile from evidently non-one-dimensional ingredient compilation.
The latter two are unlikely to earn excitement next time around, though I wouldn't mind successive sampling of the Steak and Guinness, accompanied by a proper ale next time.
The sleepy polar re-routed to royaltea instead, which was situated in the same plaza as Myungdong Shabu Shabu and Chicken Plus. Against my delighted wails for Passion Fruit Slush with Passion Fruit Jelly, a different beverage was brought back.
An XL Signature Mousse Oolong Tea w/ Brown Sugar Tapioca was gleefully placed beside me. "Oh dear." I said. "Mousse??" I hesitantly took one sip from the (surprisingly rigid) plant-based straw, immediately declared it too milky, too creamy, and too sweet for a post-dinner treat. After a few more mouthfuls, the sleepy polar bear agreed. We both regarded the brown sugar tapioca with fondness though, for it was softer and, dare I say, tastier than most establishments without being overly sweet.
1) Ube Krispies with Pistachio
Having witnessed the last batch to disappear within 24 hours, I was eager to recreate the recipe for prolonged pleasure. Little had I known that my marshmallow inventory had run low. I would, instead, by limited to 48% yield of the original formula.
"Again?!" you may be wondering. Why yes, again.
Another batch of rapidly ripening bananas prompted a second stab at the double loaf formula. My preferred blend of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ginger powder, and nutmeg were added to the plain batter, while 40 g of melted Surfin was folded into the chocolate.
- 375 F for 15 minutes
- 365 F for 15 minutes
- 350 F for 45 minutes
Proudly declared as the "best cookies ever" by the sleepy polar bear, I opted to undertake another iteration of Ube Crinkle Cookies when plans for ube financiers fell through - because, truthfully, any recipe summoning parts of eggs is always a headache. (Lemon curd had been one of the contenders for yolk usage, but there was just not enough time on hand.)
BOGO offers of the namesake Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and Pepper Jack's Burger set me back just $28.37, delivery included! The quad arrived in a stapled paper bag: the sandwiches in insulated food wrap and the burgers in individual compostable containers.