Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Duchess, Mail, Bridge and Fireworks

Royals CanadaThe Duchess of Cambridge wore a delightful hat of bright red with a maple leaf on it and a white dress. Very clever compliment to Canada’s 144th birthday. She also wore a maple leaf brooch on her dress. So far they seem to be making a very good impression on Canadians.

We, personally, never did get any mail last week. Apparently the postal workers are teed off about being legislated back to work and are not working at full efficiency. People in the building got various pieces of advertising, we didn’t even get that, not that we wanted it of course.

Browsing last night I came across an article about a sea bridge insea-bridge China which is 42 Kms long. The longest bridge in the world. Incredible feat of engineering. If you would like to read more about it Prior to this the longest bridge over water was in Louisiana over Lake Pontchartrain.

Fireworks went on til well after midnight last night. I guess we are getting blasé, once upon a time we used to watch them. From one side of this building you can see organised fireworks from a local entertainment area, we can see the tail edge from one of the major parks plus lots of others around the area.

Cayenne Cinnamon Baby Back Ribs with Maple Glaze


You can use other rib cuts if you wish, I like St. Louis rib cut. Recipe adapted from McCormick.

Serves 4

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugarBaby Back Ribs

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cayenne powder (or crushed red pepper flakes)

1 teaspoon sea salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)

3 pounds pork baby back ribs

1/4 cup maple syrup


Preheat oven to 375F (or prepare your grill). Remove the tough membrane from the underside of the ribs.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, ground cinnamon, cayenne and salt.. Place ribs on a double layer of tin foil (large enough to wrap around ribs) and season the ribs on both sides with the rub. Fold over foil and completely cover ribs. Place ribs on baking sheet or roasting pan.

Bake 1 hour or until meat starts to pull away from bones.

Turn broiler on to high and move rack to upper-mid position. Carefully open foil. Brush ribs with maple syrup. Broil ribs 3-4 minutes until browned. Take care not to burn the ribs!

Have a great weekend



  1. mmm,mmm, good sounding rib recipe. I love ribs.

    I saw that bridge, isn't it phenomenal?

    While I love fireworks, I don't think we'll be going out to see them. If I sit outside and look south, I can see some of the fireworks from rodeo grounds, 7 miles away by car but probably only 4 or 5 as the crow flies.

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

  2. I see a lot of places have been asked not to have fireworks because everywhere is so dry in the heatwave and there is a considerable risk of fire. I hope people will take notice.