I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater. I’ve tried snake, duck tongue, alligator, and turtle. But those dishes pale in comparison to the just-plain-crazy dessert I had last week: a garishly violet ube cake. Ube, for those not in the know, is the Filipino word for purple yam, a more-than-key ingredient in this very unique dish. Fondy picked up a cake for visiting niece Megan’s birthday while they were in town. “What is it?”asked younger brother Eric, not quite sure what to make of it. “Vegetable cake,”I informed him. “Enjoy.” He did. And, I can honestly say, so did I. And so did Fondy. In fact, she liked it so much that she picked up another ube birthday cake the other day – this despite the fact that her family had already left town and there was no actual birthday to celebrate. So, bottom line – fruit and desserts don’t mix, but veggies and cake are a-okay. Especially when they’re topped with some pistachio ice cream and Advokaat.
Well, it had to happen sooner or later. As I related in one of my previous blog entries, Lulu make the rookie mistake of trying to snag Jelly’s treat and ended up learning a painful but powerful lesson on appropriate newbie behavior. And that, I assumed, was that. Well, not quite. Jelly has taken to testing Lulu snatching up her toy (that wonderful leopard-spotted squeaky stuffed bra) and walking away with it. Lulu will protest loudly and then, finally, redirect her interest to something else. At which point Jelly will scamper over, toy in mouth, and bat her upside the head with it. Want it? Waaaant it? You know you waaaant it! To her credit, Lulu has shown incredible restraint. Until the other day when she challenged Jelly and ended up on her back, shrieking in terror as Jelly chewed on her hindquarters. At which point Maximus and Bubba jumped into the fray as if possessed by some berserker rage. No sooner do I pull Jelly and Maximus off than I look up and see Bubba dragging poor Lulu across the lawn by one of her oversized ears. Needless to say, I had to rescue Lulu, reprimand Bubba (correcting a puppy is okay, but I have to draw the line at outright dragging), and restore a general sense of order to the clan. They’re much calmer around one another and Maximus has even warmed up to the little one, resting his chin on her back when he’s feeling unusually amiable, but after that 3 on 1 takedown, I’m concerned about leaving the our of them alone when we go out. Also, Lulu is the runt right now, but in a couple of months she’ll grow into a stocky little thing. Let’s hope she doesn’t have a long memory to go with those barracuda teeth. Hmmm. Now what would Cesar Millan do?
Today’s pics: Lulu settling in, Et Tu Ube?, shooting Kindred I.
Let’s move on to the Q&A –
Neep writes: “Lulu is gorgeous! I can’t imagine her making the strange noises that I associate with French Bulldogs.”
Answer: The other writers think she sounds like a gremlin.
Promogirl writes: “If we get a season 5 (fingers crossed) are there plans to keep Carter and Keller around?”
Answer: We’re not even thinking about season 5 right now. But if and when we do get the pick up, given everything we’ve seen so far, we would very much like to have both of them back.
Scifan writes: “Since alot of the cast and maybe crew are musically talented, have they ever thought of doing a cd for charity?”
Answer: Don’t think so, but this is a question for them. I’m musically disinclined.
PG15 writes: “How does a fan get the chance to come on set for a visit without paying the obscene amount asked for by Creation Con?”
Answer: Get cast in an upcoming episode.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Speaking of tattoos, do you have any?”
Sheppardsonlypie writes: “Have they started any casting calls for Stargate Universe yet?”
KirFect writes: “Who is that big black dog in the background with Kavan?”
Answer: That is John Smith’s dog, Haida.
Cathain writes: “I just wanted to check in and see if I couldn’t get permission to post the photos of Kavan and Lulu snuggling up on KavanSmithFans.com?”
Answer: Sure, go nuts.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Will Shep’s ex wife be mentioned in the backstory?”
Answer: She will be making an appearance.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Do any of the cast and crew listen to classical music?”
Answer: I do. I’m a Strauss man.
Nicobar writes: “I your learned opinion what place in Montreal serves the best smoked meat sandwich?”
Answer: I’m a big fan of Smoked Meat Pete’s in Ile Perrot (I think it‘s in Ile Perrot).
IB writes: “Any Dalmatian restaurants in Vancouver you maybe heard of??”
Answer: A what? Is that anything like a Pomeranian Café?
This answer made me laugh :D! No, I mean Dalmatian like Dalmatia the Region in Croatia.”
Answer: Oh. Then no. Still, I think an actual restaurant for Dalmations would do very well here.