A vibrant rainbow of red, orange, yellow, green peppers
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Vibrant Veggies

Vibrant veggies

Vibrant, colourful — and good for you!

The vibrant colours of fresh fruit and vegetables help to keep away the gloom of not only a Northern Hemisphere winter but also of an overcast and humid Southern Hemisphere summer. (January in Sydney has been pretty soggy!)

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Random Fridays: Ultraviolet leaves

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Ultraviolet salad, anyone?

There’s a salad store in a food court near my office that has a display of leaves growing in boxes all along one wall. During the day the plants are the usual plant-like green, but at night, when most of the lights are turned off, they glow a peculiar violet colour in what I assume is special nocturnal lighting just for them.


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A food lover’s treat

Roasting coffee beans

Roasting coffee beans — the heat this machine generated was remarkable!

St Lawrence Market, Toronto.

The history of St Lawrence Market stretches back to 1803, when a weekly market day was officially established in the growing town of York (as Toronto was originally called). The market we see today was built in 1850. There are two buildings: North Market hosts antique stores and a Sunday market, and South Market has more food vendors in one place than I’ve seen in a while. Any food lover would find a treat here!

You’ll find olives …

… cheeses and mustards …

… fresh fruit and veg …


blueberries and raspberries

… seafood …


… sausages …

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… and tempting baked goods.

The only difficulty is getting it all home again!


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One lump or two?

Ah, afternoon tea! It makes me want to put on a posh English accent, and perhaps ride to hounds. This is afternoon tea at the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in downtown Sydney. Check out the chandeliers: installed in January this year, they apparently cost A$900,000. As this article says, that’s a lot of tea and scones. (BTW, contrary to the impression these photos give, the room was quite full.)

(Apologies for the quality of these images. I didn’t have my ‘real’ camera, and was limited to what I could do in the way of lighting, focus, and processing.)

Stranded in South Texas

I am one of the thousands of people whose travel plans have been disrupted by Winter Storm Hercules. The snow and ice didn’t reach south Texas, of course, but it grounded hundreds of planes farther north and led to the cancellation of thousands of flights — including mine, two days in a row. I’m now scheduled to leave tomorrow. Maybe.

There are some consolations to being stranded, however: my mother is a fantastic cook! (And these photos allow me to enter Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge, The Letter F — FESTIVE FOOD, in my case.)

Filo-wrapped jalapeno peppers stuffed with crab and parmesan cheese.

Filo-wrapped jalapeno peppers stuffed with crab and parmesan cheese.

Oysters Rockerfeller (oysters in a cheese and spinach sauce).

Oysters Rockerfeller (oysters in a cheese and spinach sauce).

A trio of hors d'ouevres: asparagus spears wrapped in filo pastry; salmon pinwheels; guacamole-topped cheese crisps.

A trio of hors d’ouevres: asparagus spears wrapped in filo pastry; salmon pinwheels; guacamole-topped cheese crisps.

Pistachio-filo wafers with lemon honey mousse.

Pistachio-filo wafers with lemon honey mousse.

Malakoff Torte (brandy-dipped sponge fingers with a ground almond-brandy-cream filling).

Malakoff Torte (brandy-dipped sponge fingers with a ground almond-brandy-cream filling).