wine weekend

One night when I was around 11 years old, I heard a steady knocking coming from our basement as I got ready for bed. I don’t know what spooky things I was expecting to find, but I do remember holding my breath as I tip toed down the stairs.

It was just my dad hammering some DIY-wine bottle racks together; nothing frightening (although, I guess Dad with a hammer could be a bit of a scary sight). Thus my first exposure to wine appreciation was at home—kid-Katie thought white wine was pretty tasty, but red was revolting. Am happy to report that my taste buds have evolved.

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The Dark (Chocolate) Knight Rises

batmanbatman1It’s a very belated pop culture reference, but I’m too happy with my nerdy wordplay to care. I might be past my trick-or-treating days, but I’m definitely not past Halloween treats (is that even possible?). These don’t involve any sorceress’ spells or ghoulish gore, but they are dangerously delicious — Happy Halloween!batman2 Read On…

Yummy Mummy Meatloaf


I asked the students at the school I am working at if everyone gets dressed up at the school for Halloween and they looked at me like I was crazy. The teachers told me that due to globalization Halloween has become pretty big here, but apparently it is considered too “western” to wear costumes to school (I’m not really sure what this means, since I thought Spain was pretty “western”, but there you go. Maybe they think it’s too North American?). In any case, my parents are in Huelva this week and I’m traveling with them this weekend (yay!), so I’m not sure if I’ll be doing anything special for Halloween, but if I do dress up, I plan on utilizing clothes I brought to be a Canadian lumberjack/Habs fan. Creative, I know.

This meatloaf is evidence that it does not take much to amuse me. Make your meatloaf look like a mummy? Yes, please!
I do, however, have an aversion to food that looks good and fun, but sacrifices flavour in the process — that doesn’t happen here. The combo of this meatloaf and pasta is warm and comforting whether in mummy shape or not! Add a veggie side and you’ve got dinner. Happy Halloween! What are you dressing up as?