The irresistible lure of cell tower dollars drew in the church at Woodbine and Kingston Road many years ago and I have long been impressed by the way ugliness has been minimized. The gear does not stick up above the tower and it has been painted to harmonize with the bricks.
Today, more moneymakers are being bolted on. This church is very hip to our worldly ways, capitalizing not only on mobile phone chatter, but monetizing the surrounding graveyard as a movie shoot location.
From its beginning, I have been following the builder’s lead, calling this lovely little home a pied á terre. Seeing the height it has risen to, I feel now that it is taller than a pied. What’s French for “lower leg”?
A Fiat will fit in the front parking space. That’s planning.
As you see by the title of the post, “lower leg á terre” comes out a bit long in French. Nevermind, it’s a charming thing that Rob and his son Josh have constructed, and a brilliant use of a quirky bit of land that used to hold a couple of modest garages.
Banksy is contradiction personified. Famous for being anonymous, he takes graffiti pot shots at capitalists, polluters and art snobs while collectors spend huge sums to acquire his witty propaganda. He has been called a counterculture hero, a political activist and a vandal. If you like his cause, you probably like his art. If he gores your ox, you probably don’t.
If you want to boycott Toronto’s Banksy ripoff, stay away from 213 Sterling Road between June 13th and July 11th. If you are going to buy or steal a ticket, maybe I’ll see you there.
Banksy was in Toronto a few years ago. Here are a couple of his leavings.
This is the first time I have posted a second Royko Recipe in the same month, but this one was our dinner last night and I have a photo illustration.
Danica may comment on some recipe tweaks she made. She made cornbread to go with it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Chicken Sauce Piquant
Chicken in a tangy tomato-based sauce that’s so tender, it almost falls apart. Serves 6 to 8.
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 large split in half whole chicken breasts – or use boneless breasts
2 medium coarsely chopped onions
4 coarsely chopped celery ribs
1 large coarsely chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 28-oz. can crushed Italian plum tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 large bay leaves
2 large cloves minced garlic
1 tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
4 cup chicken stock
2 tbl. chopped green onions
2 tbl. minced fresh Italian parsley
12 pimiento-stuffed olives
Heat oil over moderately high heat in a large pot. Add chicken pieces in batches and sauté, turning, until browned, 4-5 minutes on each side. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate.
Add onions, celery and green pepper to the pot and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened but not browned, 5-10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to another plate.
Whisk flour into the remaining oil in the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot, until the roux turns a rich brown, about 10 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes with their juice, 1/2 cup of water, tomato paste, bay leaves, garlic, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt, pepper and stock. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken and sautéed vegetables and simmer, uncovered, stirring and skimming the top occasionally until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thickened.
The recipe can be prepared to this point the day before and refrigerated, covered.
A few minutes before serving, stir in green onions, parsley and olives.
Friend John McCready was born in Burundi, then as a 10 year-old child, moved with his parents to North America where he got his Phd and practiced his career in community development. Grateful for 30 years of success, John found himself in a position give something back and realized that his skills could be useful in the country of his birth.
Website photos: The label for the picture on the left … “Two goats named John”.
I just received word that John is over in Burundi right now, tending to the many employment projects he has initiated. As you may have heard, Burundi is a fledgling democracy,currently going through a lot of political turmoil. Civil war, basically, including terrorist attacks.
Sewing products for sale.
John has continued to make lengthy visits to Burundi through the period of strife, nurturing projects and starting new ones. He says he is safe and knows how to stay out of danger zones. I hope so.
One of the startups was a brick-making operation.
There is much to admire in John’s work. He is rigorous in sticking to his principle of offering assistance to grassroots businesses that have been conceived by the participants themselves. There is no need for yet another white guy telling Africans what do do. He is there to help, not to give orders.
Preparing fields and planting rice
John’s website has lots of photos of the new businesses that bring employment and income to impoverished Burundians. Raising goats and pigs, making bricks, sewing, welding and growing crops.
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