Dinner on my deck

Sometimes I do cook for myself! Shocking, isn’t it?

Tonight’s dinner required a fair amount of preparation and thought. I wanted to have grits. They have to soak. So I put them on this morning. I decided that the meat I’d have for dinner would be some short ribs I got at Witteveen’s when I hit the St. Lawrence Market yesterday. They needed to have some kind of a yummy marinade, so I used a sauce that Oliver and Melissa gave me last year (I hadn’t opened it yet!) and diluted it with a little Johnny Walker Red, and put the short ribs in a container to marinate for the day.

Come dinner time, I had to figure out cooking times and cooking order. Longest would definitely be the artichoke: it takes a while for the large globes to steam.

I thought the grits would take a while, and that the shortest time requirement would be the meat. I *almost* had it right. The grits only took about 10 minutes once I added them to boiling coconut milk. Fortunately, they’re an item that can go on low, and sit for a while. I heated the barbecue up for a half-hour, then added my short ribs.

Here’s how dinner turned out.


I had half a can of Rickard’s Shandy left from after my long bike ride on Thursday, and thought it would be a good complement to dinner. It was.

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About pat

Visual thinker, first got interested in digital imagery in the early days of Omni magazine, back when it used to review what had happened at SIGGraph. I worked in the 3D software field for 23 years. Lifelong enjoyment of gardening grew over time; I was a Master Gardener (briefly) and had a vegetable and herb allotment garden in Toronto to grow vegetables, as well as perennial gardens at home. Gardening and enjoying fresh produce also raised my interest in cooking with really good local food. As more restaurants in Toronto are offering local fare, I enjoy dining out and sampling the visions the different chefs have.

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