Monthly Archives: January 2012

My Wife’s Notes – Silver Sage Grand Reserve – Soy Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

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Soy Ginger Chicken Stirfry

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 6 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1 can sliced bamboo shoots
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • soy sauce
  • rice wine vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • brown sugar

Cut all of the veggies and set aside in separate bowls.  Add 6 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 2 tbsp brown sugar and the garlic and ginger in a bowl, mixing well.

Heat 2 tbsp sesame oil in a wok or large saucepan. When hot, add the chicken and 1/3 of the sauce mixture.  Stir constantly, cooking until the chicken is just cooked through the middle.  Transfer the chicken to a dish and set aside in a warming oven.

Heat an additional 2 tbsp sesame oil in the wok, and begin cooking the vegetables. Start with the carrots first, and while stirring constantly, add the onion, water chestnuts, bamboo, peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms in that order.  Add the sauce to the mix slowly after each new vegetable is added.  Add the chicken back, mix thoroughly and simmer for two minutes.  Remove from heat, and serve over quinoa or rice.

After the craziness of December and the holidays, Alana and I took off to Mexico for a few weeks to refresh…and refresh we did.  Beach, ocean, sunshine and lime margaritas on the rocks have made me stoked and ready to take on 2012.  But I will say this: as excited as I was to come home, it was hard to leave the land of cheap fresh veggies and fish and come back to Canada to see avocados selling for $2 a piece and halibut more expensive than silver.

Annnnnd speaking of silver, let’s get talking about this wine.  A friend Lisa gave me a bottle of Silver Sage Grand Reserve, a winery I’d not heard of before.  It’s Lisa’s favorite wine and, knowing how difficult it is to find, saved a bottle for me to try.  How could one resist that?

Silver Sage Grand Reserve

I chose to pair it with a winter staple for me, a basic Soy Ginger Chicken Stir-fry.  Chock full of vegetables and chicken, this dish is a welcome relief after the heaviness of holiday food.

Soy Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

My Notes:

The first thing you’ll notice is that this wine is almost completely colorless. Silvery, with just the slightest hint of yellow-green, it’s obvious this wine is something different.  The nose is very unique, the sage hitting strong up front, with a sweet cotton candy scent coming in at the end.  The first sip is sweet and slightly thick, with a surprisingly low acidity that creates a very smooth and long mouth-feel.  The sage is very prominent after the sweet notes have disappeared; although strong, it just stays on this side of overpowering. Unlike most white wines, this flavor profile doesn’t budge when paired with the food, with the last sip tasting virtually the same as the first.  Unusual, but intriguing.  87 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“Whoa, it’s silver. That’s so different. *sip* It’s like…no wine I’ve ever tasted before! How unusual.”

Focus Friday: Love Smile

Here’s some simple advice, spotted by Melanie along the side of Old Vernon Road. I like trying to imagine how someone executed the plan to make and post these signs. Were the empty poles just demanding a positive message for everyone?

Love, Smile by lemanie73

Windmills Releases “Keep Moving”

Local Musician Windmills released his debut album this morning in “Keep Moving.” Have a listen and see what you think! Then afterwords, see his acoustic performance of Corona on our A-OK Rooftop Sessions.

Trickster in the Machine (formerly Picto Prophesy)

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EDIT 01/29/2012 10:31am: Please note the event name has changed and another performer has been added. Since this article was originally posted.

The Alternator Centre presents, Trickster in the Machine, an art inspired party with Djs, video mashup and live performance. The event will be hosted at the KCT Blackbox Theatre from 9pm—2am on Friday February 3. Join us in a celebration of technology and prophesy designed to challenge your expectations of progressive Hip Hop and Electronic experience.

Vancouver based group Skookum Sound, including DJ – Deano, VJ – Amphibian 14 and vocalist Csetkwe build a conscious party into a full dance – loose your mind type scenario.

The evening opens at 9:30pm with a live performance of Progressive Lyrical Hip Hop by Warren Hooley a.k.a AbruptFollowing this, DJ Darwin Frost, a.k.a Impossible Nothing, presents his fresh instrumental style, to ease the audience from the realm of hiphop into an evening of electronic dance.

DJ ON (Tim Fehr) will closes with an eclectic mix of experimental music and video featuring dance beats made from original recordings.

Admission is $12 or $5 for members.

The UBCO Creation Club presents Dan Ryder vs. John Mackay

Complicated, Eh? by jamica1 as featured in March 2011’s Focus Friday

Short notice! The UBCO Creation Club presents “Be it resolved that the genetic and fossil evidence supports the evolution model and refutes the biblical creation model” Dan Ryder vs. John Mackay.

The debate will be between John Mackay the Australian Director of Creation Research and Dan Ryder Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Moderator: Chris Walker (Host, Daybreak, CBC Radio)

John MacKay purports to show how the scientific evidence supports a biblical creation model rather than an evolution model. John has debated notable “evolutionists” including Dr. Eugenie Scott (National Centre for Science Education), Dr. Christopher DiCarlo (Centre for Inquiry Canada), and Dr. John Polkinghorne (UK’s leading theistic “evolutionist”).

Dan Ryder has a Master of Arts from the University of Calgary in Philosophy and Neuroscience and a PhD from the University of North Carolina in Philosophy. Areas of research include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science, theoretical neuroscience, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. Dan is also a member of Centre For Inquiry Okanagan.

Yukon Blonde – Stairway

The boys from Yukon Blonde released “Stairway” today, the first single from their much anticipated full-length album “Tiger Talk” to be released March 20th, 2012. Hear it here!


Fashionate: Recycle your Wardrobe

The cold has set in, our bellies and hearts are full from the holidays, and our wallets are empty.  Although retail therapy is the best medicine when the winter blues grace their presence, sometimes our budgets just won’t allow us the satisfaction! Recycling your wardrobe is cost effective and fulfills all of our new clothing addictions.  It’s much easier than one might think and what a great excuse to stay indoors during the blustery days!

  1. Pay a visit to the deep dark corners of your closet and there you will find a stained article of clothing you weren’t ready to get rid of, or perhaps a flashy piece of fashion that you wouldn’t dare walk out in public with anymore. A classic white blouse is a perfect clean slate to work with as well. Whatever your find may be, the options are endless for a quick easy makeover.
  2. Set yourself a budget before you hit the fabric store.  I gave myself a $30 budget for 3 new articles of clothing, and came out with three made-over outfits
  3. Make sure you have a vision before you go shopping so you know what you are looking for.
  4. Dying your close of the simplest way to quickly alter clothing that you want to change.
  5. Searching vintage stores, or unique accessory stores to pick up a new pair of earrings or a funky new bracelet can really bring a dull T to life.

Before you dye your chosen article make sure you thoroughly wash the garment to assure even porosity.

I chose to alter a pair of shorts, a one piece jumpsuit and a collared button down shirt this round of recycling.

My one piece jumpsuit was so hip and trendy when I purchased it last fall, I wore it to death and got so sick of it I haven’t look at it in months. I decided to cut the bottom portion just above the knee and create a bubble bottom romper. I sewed a hem and gathered it in to create the bubble effect. I cut the sleeves off making it strapless, layered it over a lace top and cinched in at the wait with a studded belt. Add a pair of creative fishnets during colder months and it becomes a new and exciting garment that I can look forward to wearing again.

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Focus Friday: Ice Season

As the temperature plunged this week, more photos of ice started popping up in our I Love the Okanagan group on Flickr. It’s worth wandering along the lake and local creeks to find some amazing natural art, as Tania did at Hardy Falls last week. Just stay safe out there — make sure you know how thick the ice is before venturing out over deeper water.