Lamb tongue gelee with tarragon, frisee, and mustard

Lamb neck consomme with poached summer truffle, nasturtium, and brioche

Lamb sweetbreads, bacon, sweetpeas, and lemon

Spot prawns, arugula, and lamb heart vinaigrette

Confit lamb shoulder with laurel, olives, radish, and mint

Aromatized rack of lamb with morels, fava beans, ramps, and spaetzle

Aromatized rack of lamb with morels, fava beans, ramps, and spaetzle

A decadent chocolate and hazelnut creation with homemade vanilla ice cream 

Fondy and I celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary with a special dinner at (Where else?) Fuel. The place was hopping when we arrived for our 6:30 p.m. reservation. Surprising considering many Vancouver restaurants don’t start getting busy until around 7:30 p.m. Also, things were a lot quieter at Fuel last year when the hot weather hit. But that doesn’t seem to be the case this season. Owner Tom Doughty informed me that they’re busier than ever, thanks in no small part to the great press they’ve been receiving of late. Well deserved, I say.

Rather than bother with the menu, we left everything in the hands of Chef Belcham and his crack kitchen crew. On this night, we would be enjoying his personally designed Polderside Farm Milk Fed Organic Lamb Menu. Allow me to break it down for you:

1st course: Lamb tongue gelee with tarragon, frisee, and mustard. Now I’m sure many of you will make the same face Carl made when I told him about this dish, but I can assure you that it was utterly delicious. The texture of the tongue lends itself wonderfully to this preparation.

2nd course: Lamb neck consomme with poached summer truffle, nasturtium, and brioche. Wow! Tasty, nicely marbled lamb neck, and a whole black truffle that proved delightfully subtle yet wonderfully aromatic in its light consomme bath.

3rd course: Lamb sweetbreads, bacon, sweetpeas, and lemon. The addition of bacon to the golden-brown sautéed sweetbreads makes this a dish I want to see on their regular menu.

4th course: Spot prawns, arugula, and lamb heart vinaigrette. It’s spot prawn season! The prawn are purchased off the dock as the boats come in that afternoon, then prepared that night for the evening service. They don’t come any fresher. And the lamb heart vinaigrette was so good that I actually finished my arugula before eyeing Fondy’s (alas, she finished hers as well).

5th course: Confit lamb shoulder with laurel, olives, radish, and mint. Not being particularly enamored of mint, this was my least favorite dish. That said, the shoulder was nice and tender and the accompanying olives, of all things, a truly stand-out addition. For her part, Fondy (who enjoys mint just fine) really liked this dish.

6th course: Aromatized rack of lamb with morels, fava beans, ramps, and spaetzle. The crowning glory! I pointed out to Tom that every month or so, I’ll be eating at Fuel and someone at the table will say “This is the best (fill in the blank) I’ve ever had.” The best duck I’ve ever had. The best pork I’ve ever had. And, on this night, it was the best lamb Fondy has ever had. And, to be honest, I’d have to agree with her. Tender, incredibly flavorful, redolent with the scents of roasted onions, garlic, and rosemary, it was the dish of the night. When I told Marty G. about it, his response was that he’d already had the best lamb dish he’d ever eaten – at Fuel. He looked forward to having it topped.

7th course: The new addition to the dessert menu, a decadent chocolate and hazelnut creation with homemade vanilla ice cream. A definite keeper.

Two days later, Fondy left for Montreal and, that night, I was back at Fuel for another memorable meal. But I’ll save the details of that visit for another entry as I suspect you’re already completely stuffed.

Today’s entry is dedicated to Leila (best wishes for a speedy recovery), Amy as she heads in for major surgery, and birthday girl Sarah L.

Mailbag:

AMZ writes: “So, what types of green tea to do like?”

Answer: I’m a matcha man.

PG15 writes: “1. Are you guys shooting both parts of the mid-season 2-parter at the same time…? 2. 2. My uncle saw one of those signs indicating that someone was filming something nearby with the letters “SGP” on it around Oak street; is that you guys? 3. I don’t think we’ve heard much about episodes 17 and 18 yet. Care to share any hints?”

Answer: 1. Yes, we are. 2. Nope, not us. 3. Right now, I know as much as you do about them.

David writes: “So…do you have any summer plans yet?”

Answer: I’m thinking of heading back to Montreal for a week. Other than that – much like last summer: reading in the backyard with the dogs.

Prior of the Ori writes: “So my question was, were the Ancients justified in their cleansing of Asuras?”

Answer: That, my friend, is a matter of opinion. Clearly the Ancients felt they were justified in ridding themselves of a device of their own making. The Asurans, who obviously considered themselves more than mere constructs, begged to differ.

Rose writes: “Which actor is most unlike (his/her) screen character? I’m guessing – based on some of your past comments – it would probably be Jason Momoa.”

Answer: In some ways he is very much like the character he plans, and in some ways he isn’t. Unlike Ronon, Jason is a very deep and thoughtful individual with an artistic streak. But, like Ronon, his imposing physical presence belies a warm and goodhearted soul.

Jill E. writes: “Thanks too for inspiring me to start my own blog. No one reads it except probably my family but I don’t care.”

Answer: Your family and me. Nicely written entries. And given that two of the entries deal with two of my favorite topics – animals and chocolates – it’s hard to go wrong.

Alainaross writes: “Were you ever in Theatre, or even an actor yourself.”

Answer: My theater career began and ended with my high school production of Hamlet.

Sue writes: “And still curious when Michael wraith will be showing up again…”

Answer: Well, if he survives the events of the season premiere, chances are good he’ll pop up later in the season.

Masterchief writes: “Hey Joe, I was wondering which actress is playing Katana?”

Answer: More on Katana in Tuesday’s entry.

82 thoughts on “May 25, 2008: Our 10 Year Anniversary Dinner – Polderside Farm Milk Fed Organic Lamb Menu

  1. Happy anniversary Joe! I hope y’all had a great time!

    Haven’t commented lately, but have read your blog daily. I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for the wonderful pics of Michael and David.

    If you don’t have any other plans at the time, any interest in coming to Shore Leave? It’d be great to see you there!

  2. Did you eat all that food between you?

    Was there any bit of the poor wee lamb that you didn’t eat?

    I am sure that you can turn the fleece into a coat for Ronon. 🙂

    Best wishes for the next 10 years of married life. 🙂

  3. Joe said: “I’m a matcha man.”

    As soon as I read that, I was immediately reminded of a song by The Village People, “Macho Man”. I could almost hear you singing that as you have your tea.

    Joe, if you ever end up unemployed, I suggest you check out becoming a Mystery Shopper. You could make a mint (no pun intended) on your colourful reviews of food. You can actually get paid to check out certain restaurants based on food presentation, flavour, server etiquette and bathroom cleanliness. You would be a natural.

    Patricia (AG)

  4. Your pictures and descriptions of the menus at Fuel are almost enough to send me off to search for a local place that could match the variety and elegence of the menus at your favorite eatery. Alas, neither enough time, money, or patience to search for what probably doesn’t exist locally. I’ll settle for the occasional foray into the high end restaurants for when I’m doing a road trip. There is something entertaining in watching the staff eyeball my too-casual dress. That usually takes my mind off of the normally less than stellar food. On the occasions I do find a place whose staff is professional enough to overlook my wardrobe, and/or the food impresses me, I make sure they will remember me with a more than decent tip. I’m promising myself that I will make it to B.C. by 2012(before the end of the world doncha know) and try out Fuel for myself. So please keep patronising them so that they will be in business when I manage to get there.
    As always, thanks for your time in keeping this blog updated daily.

  5. Yummy is right, pictures look delicious! I have not tried lamb, I believe I will be doing that now.. Those sweetbreads,,!!! Have you ever been asked to be a food critic? I believe you would make an excellent one, the ability you have of describing and the pictures to accompany, a side job perhaps. The chef at Fuel should be very proud of his work(we see it here)wonderful!! Congrats on the anniversary. 😀

  6. I love lamb. Never had it until I vacationed in New Zealand (my favorited country outside of home). Never on any menus of restaurants I frequent (in my price range anyway) unfortunately and few choices of cuts at the local grocery. I have to admit I’m not brave with food. I’ll stick to shoulder chops and loin cuts – the idea of tongue, heart and sweetbreads makes me a little queasy.

  7. Meanwhile back in the solar system, a bucket of bolts from Pasadena touched down on Mars: All hail the Phoenix 🙂

  8. Speaking of Michael, can you get Shanks to please do at least a monthly blog?

    Have you ever read any works by Terry Goodkind?

    Did you ever think about being a chef? Or career as food critic? (not that I would have wanted to miss you here!)

    Happy Anniversary! We’ll be “celebrating” our 20th in Sept.

    I know WE are happy that the season starts soon, but is it killing all of you doing it so fast on end of last season?

    Debra who writes and writes and never gets responded to but keeps trying cause well, I’m determined.

  9. Happy Tenth Anniversary!!! May you have many, many more!!

    Quick Question was watching Runner today and had a thought…. shocking I know, But are we going to explore why exactly the wraith stopped feeding on Ronon anytime soon?? Thats kinda a loose end thats in serious need of exploring ;).

    Also was wondering if you can dedicate tom.’s blog to my Friend Lady Jai Monroe. It’s her 30th. Her first time hopping the pond to be in US and she wanted to spend it with me. Thank you Joe. 🙂

  10. Wow! Haha you make me feel like such an uncultured American!!!
    Going out to eat on special occasions for my family means going to Old Country Buffet, which is basically a cheap [I mean… affordable] buffet with such choices as country fried chicken, a salad bar, a make-your-own sundae bar, three or four different types of pasta, and some awesome sticky buns. Oh, and chocolate milk, the best part of any meal. But it’s the only place guaranteed to have something for all six members of my family, so it’s where we go!!!

  11. Thanks again, Joe! So…nothing yet on 17 and 18? You know, I have ideas… 😉

    Moving on…with the marathon!

    New Ground: A nice episode. Again, nothing spectacular, but I thought the backstory of the war was really nicely thought out, and the bad guy wasn’t exactly 1-dimensional, as they often are. Teal’c was great, as usual. My only gripe was that we didn’t see the ramifications of this event on Bedrosia, not even a reaction from Rigar from seeing SG1 going through the Stargate and vanishing. That must have kicked his beliefs in the face.

    Maternal Instinct: Awesome, awesome episode. Everytime there is great music, I’m almost always sold on the episode, and this was no different. Rob Cooper really made a name for himself by coming up with all those Zen things, and of course the best one ever: if you immediately know the candle light is fire, then the meal was cooked a long time ago. The ending had my mouth gaped open for most of it, thanks to the music and just the…well, that feeling of there’s nothing bigger, something more out there that I felt when I watched The Torment of Tantalus. Just a great, great episode.

    We saw our first Ancient. It’s amazing how much further we’ve developed them since this.

  12. happy anniversary Joe! I hope you had a good time, the food looks delicious. also thanks for answering my question, I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s entry

  13. Hi Joe,
    Glad you had a lovely meal at Fuel for your anniversary! Happy anniversary again! Wow! that was alot of food! I would be full the second course!

    Have you ever eaten chocolate that you didn’t like?

    What is your favourite book that you have read recently or when you were a child or both?

    Are you going to working on the third stargate series?

    I just want to say that I absolutely love reading your blog!
    It brightens up my day quite a bit!
    I have even started to read books again! Not usually a reader. Your blog has helped me quite alot in ways you can never imagine! So a huge Thank you Joe!

    Take care & happiness always!

    Cathie

  14. Hey Joe…HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!

    As I write this comment right now, I am sitting in my basement shiverring from the cold. My laptop has a virus (don’t click on a pop-up…EVER). so I am forced to use my parents computer…which is located in the non-heated, currently-being-renovated basement!

    Anyway….you said you might go to Montreal, are you or Fondy part French? I could never quite pick it up in school…hey maybe you could teach me!!!

  15. Actually Nasa’s probe Phoenix just landed on Mars – but if it’s offtopic, so be it 🙂

  16. Thanks for checking out my blog! I can die happy now, well let’s just say sleep well, knowing that YOU read words that I wrote. No matter how well or horribly written those words are. It’s truly an honor. 🙂 My blog entry tonight has been dedicated to you and is for all the sci-fi fans out there!

  17. Happy 10th Anniversary Fondy & Joe! Wishing you many more happy years together.

    Here’s a poem written by Diane Westlake, that fits in celebrating 10 years of friendship & love;

    i pray
    that i am as much for you
    as you are for me
    my friend i love you.

    Happines always – Evelyn

  18. Thanks for answering my question about Michael wraith; hopeing you will have Connor back!

    So have to wait for the first eps of the 5th to see if he survives.

    And wow great menu there and happy 10th Joe!

    Sue

  19. Not really related to this post but I just wanted to thank you for,all be it inadvertently, introducing me to the blogging world. I was able to keep my family and friends updated while I was away last month and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Happy Anniversary by the way!

  20. Happy 10th anniversay. Down here in the South we like to call our prawns, shrimp or more specifically Gulf Shrimp. They are so very tasty. Hope your prawns are just as tasty.

    Just thought I would let you know that I really enjoy your blog. Thanks!

  21. ah.. damnit. I was totally going to tell you yesterday, that my birthday is today. I even responded to your entry! And I forgot.

    Dinner once again looks AMAZING. I’m trying to justify myself a trip to Vancouver just to have dinner.

  22. Mmmm. That looks fabulous. I love lamb, and really need to learn to cook it.

    I randomly stumbled across your blog a few months ago, and now read it every day, because it is entertaining, well-written, and the pictures are great. In fact, you were part of my inspiration for starting my own blog. I just got around to writing my first entry tonight…it isn’t the most exciting thing ever, but I hope it will help me with my writing skills. Only time will tell, I suppose.

    Congrats on ten years! We’ll celebrate our first anniversary in July, and it doesn’t seem like it has been a year already. Any advice you might give to a newly-married couple?

  23. Happy anniversary! I wonder, in forty years, when you hit your 50th anniversary as my parents did last year, whether you’ll be able to eat such rich and enormous amounts of food. I’m betting you’ll give it your best effort.

    It’s good to see someone who enjoys a good meal. I’ve been a vegetarian for about six years and I confess, to my surprise, that at times I have to scroll quickly through your food pictures. Call me squeamish, I guess.

    Luckily, no such problem for me when the chocolate pictures were up. I’m glad you enjoyed your meal and your time with Fondy.

  24. Ah, tongue. Another one of those foods from my childhood in which Grandma said, “Nevermind what it is, just it eat.” I didn’t care for it, before or after I found out what it was.

    I never ate it again. I developed an aversion to eating anything that can taste me back.

  25. Congrats on ten years of marriage! Here’s to ten more years, eh?

    I must say, that dinner looks daunting. Impressive, yes. But daunting. I would kill for that dessert, right about now.

    My family spends special occasions at Taste of Texas. Steak, steak and more steak! Delicious and nice, but nowhere near Fuel level. Somehow, I don’t think the boys would quite appreciate a Fuel dinner…

    I’m still re-watching season 3 of SGA with my friend. (The one who got her hands on season 3 before any of the others.) I have to say, I’m quite enjoying re-watching these episodes and seeing how everything connects to events in season 4. I am quite impressed by how seemingly minor details can become incredibly important a season (or more) later.

  26. susanthetartanturtle wrote:

    Wonder how I managed to write it all in bold. Sorry!

    View Source reveals all. You didn’t use an [/b].

    Don’t worry. You’re not the only one to goof. I do it frequently. This place needs a Preview function.

    Arctic Goddess wrote:

    Joe said: “I’m a matcha man.”

    As soon as I read that, I was immediately reminded of a song by The Village People, “Macho Man”.

    pg15 wrote:>

    On a side note, Arctic Goddess, I thought the exact same thing when I read “matcha man”.

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one.

    Anne Teldy

  27. Everyone realizes I deliberately goofed up my HTML coding so that susanthetartanturtle wouldn’t feel so bad, right?

    😳 Anne Teldy 😳

  28. Tomorrow is Memorial Day here in the States, traditionally the first big barbecue of the season. I’d be sad about having to work, but my husband has big home repair plans, and I’m pretty sure I heard the captain’s secretary calling in an order to Big Bubba’s BBQ a couple of days ago. I suspect I’ll be way better off than GeekBoy, who will be at his father’s mercy tomorrow, cleaning, fetching and carrying.

    You folks aren’t on any kind of hiatus there, are you? I lose track. Because there could be cookies coming your way, if I was sure someone would be there to eat them…

  29. Happy Anniversary!

    What is that massive nut-like thing on the cake in the last picture? I’m sure this question shows my knowledge of the culinary arts, but whatever. 🙂

    Being the SG newbie I am, I was skimming through past entries and noticed your anime recommendations on April 12. There are a lot of fantastic ones on there (Kino’s Journey! Paranoia Agent! Cowboy Bebop! N&TH&T! I salute you, sir!), but your recommendation of my all-time favorite, Boogiepop Phantom, took me by surprise. I’m always thrilled to find people who have seen it (let alone heard of it), so thank you for making my otherwise somewhat frustrating day.

    Have you had the chance to read Boogiepop and Others or some of the other novels with that fun-to-say name in the title? They’re an easy read (at least in terms of the demographic it’s aiming for), but a good one nonetheless. BaO in particular is excellent.

  30. Congratulations on your ten year anniversary!!! That’s a big deal! Next April will be five years for my husband and I. Time goes by so fast, doesn’t it?

  31. Happy anniversary Joe, and Lamb is such a versatile meat.

    I was wondering if you could tell us about wether the Wraith barter, or use humans as a payment system (I’m studying macroeconomics, and suddenly wondered about a wraith monetary system). Would they produce items to trade for others, or would there be a standard rate for humans. For example, a Wraith dart with GT stripes and extra turbo goes for 15 humans in their prime, while the standard model only goes for 10. Of course, as Wraithie says, that conjures up the image of a used car Wraith salesman in a bad suit and a comb over!

  32. In the words of Cookie Monster, “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy”. My Sony Reader just arrived. Have 5000 books just waiting to be uploaded.

    Is it sad I’m so excited over a device that holds books?

    Congratulations all around. Firstly to you and Fondy again for 10 years and to Aunty Jeannette! The big 9-0.

    Happy belated Birthday to Chev 🙂 Hope you celebrated in style.

    Loved reading Joe Abercrombie’s entry. Is it just a given that Sci Fi/Fantasy writers all seem to have a sense of humour?

    I have a question. Does Atlantis have central heating?
    I’ve been in bed now for 5 days with way too much time to think about these crucial kind of things.

  33. Goodness how can anyone eat so much??? I was stuffed just reading what you and Fondy ate. Come on Joe you must weigh at least 215 lbs. right?? You mean to tell me that little bit of running you do on the treadmill keeps you slim with all that food you eat??

  34. Joe:

    How important is it to the actor to have first billing in a series?

    I noticed, while watching Stargate, the early years, that RDA always had the first spot, followed by the rest of the cast. Then in season seven, when Michael Shanks came back to Stargate, his name was at the end of the list with, “AND, Michael Shanks”. So, obviously, that “And” is important. As well, some of the actors are listed with other actors and some guest actors names stand alone. Can you explain the significance of all of this?

    Thanks

    Patricia (AG)

  35. Hello Joe,

    When can we expect Alex Levine to resume his Blog? Do we have to wait for the first airing in July???

    Cheers
    Patricia

  36. Wow, Mr Nykl has been blogging – http://lettersfrompegasus.blogspot.com/
    Have you been speaking to him again about that?!

    Joe, could you tell me if whether the Atlantis laptops have been upgraded to Vista?

    I’m sure the techs on Atlantis are all over it but if you’re still on XP I wouldn’t recommend applying Service Pack 3, as it has been known to cause some problems like endless rebooting. I would hate for that to happen in the middle of something important.. like solitaire.

  37. Thornyrose said:

    I’m promising myself that I will make it to B.C. by 2012(before the end of the world doncha know)

    December 12 – we should all make a pact to end up in BC on Dec 12 2012.

    Cheers, Chev

  38. Soooo Joe, if the extreme shep whump episode, “Hexed” I believe, is axed will there be sufficient shep whump in the other episodes in season five to hold those like me over? In a post a few months ago you mentioned that Shep, Mckay and one other. Ronon I think, would be an equal split for infirmary time. Since Ronon has his own episode as well as Mckay, will Sheppard also get his time in the sun and enough whumpage to keep us going? I know Same old question different format but hey like I said I’m sick and I know it and I’m just hoping to have a healthy dose of shep h/c in this new season. I’ll watch either way there’s not doubt there, but really really like those episodes centered around my favorite Colonel. Thanks again, Nicole.

  39. ytimynona said:

    Wow! Haha you make me feel like such an uncultured American!!!
    Going out to eat on special occasions for my family means going to Old Country Buffet, which is basically a cheap [I mean… affordable] buffet with such choices as country fried chicken, a salad bar, a make-your-own sundae bar, three or four different types of pasta, and some awesome sticky buns. Oh, and chocolate milk, the best part of any meal. But it’s the only place guaranteed to have something for all six members of my family, so it’s where we go!!!

    It’s not the place that makes it special it’s the people around you – sounds corny but it’s true. One could spend a fortune on a meal at a fancy new restaurant and moan about it if it wasn’t cooked to one’s liking or one could go to a trusty favourite and be guaranteed a great time. For me and my friends the chosen place to celebrate is Taco Bills. Occasionally we’ll say…do we want to try somewhere else? But we always end up at TB’s. It’s a guaranteed pleaser. Your Old Country Buffet sounds cool as well 😀 I really like the “make your own sundae” bit.

    Cheers, Chev

  40. I’ve been meaning to ask you. Does Mr. Flanigan really draw his gun that quickly or is the film sped up somehow?

    Anne Teldy

  41. It’s a damn good thing mum’s cooking dinner now, your descriptions and the photos are mouth-watering! Although I don’t care how tasty that tongue was, you’d never get me to eat one of those. Anyway Congrats on the big one-oh! Can’t wait for more, your blogs are always so entertaining!

    Jessica

  42. Sue writes: “And still curious when Michael wraith will be showing up again…”

    Answer: Well, if he survives the events of the season premiere, chances are good he’ll pop up later in the season.

    Well, then he sure as heck had better survive. I loves me some Michael.

    You know, I’m not sure how much the lamb appealed to me, but that dessert sure looks delicious. I’m a big fan of the chocolate/hazelnut combo.

  43. Happy Anniversary Joe…..me and my old man reach that enormous Silver milestone of 25 years in just 23 days’ time…our anniversary present to each other?…a trip back to Canada – for just under 8 weeks!!…travelling around a bit, but spending the whole of August in Vancouver….maybe we’ll head to Fuel for a celebration dinner while we’re there…those pics sure look tempting!!

    Have you eaten at Metro, near Canada Place?…we found it in April and quite enjoyed the novelty of ordering our meat by the ounce!!

    Deeds xx

  44. Joe, congratulations to you and Fondy on ten years. Sounds like the meal was well deserving of the occasion.

    Arctic Goddess, pg15 and Anne Teldy, you all beat me to a comment about the “matcha man” statement. I’ll say one thing for Joe, he certainly knows how to make green tea amusingly topical.

    Amy

  45. That dessert looks positively decadent.

    Thanks for posting those behind-the-scenes pictures yesterday!

    So, I was able to meet Christina Cox in London this weekend, and she is just a lovely woman. I’m really looking forward to Whispers even more now (hard to believe that’s possible!). And she had some nice words to say about you too. 🙂

  46. A huge congrats on the 10 years – and the great looking (and sounding) celebratory dinner!

    May there be many, many more!

    Nika

  47. Joe and Fondy,

    Congratulations on 10 years!

    My husband and I celebrated our 20th last August. Can’t believe I’ve been married that looooooonng! LOL

    Kimberly

  48. A belated thanks, Joe, for the great pictures of David and Michael. Much appreciated.

    My beloved 17-year old cat passed away Friday, and I have been a basket case ever since. Well, yesterday we visited the County Animal Shelter looking for that special one. Hubby only wanted a kitten, but I kept opting for a little older cat – after all, the kittens always get adopted first. Well, the first kitten we saw was all over the place, clawing everything. We finally ended up with a 2-year-old Calico love – her name – Teyla.

  49. Speaking of blogging, the NY Times magazine today features a cover story about a young woman who took “blog sharing” to extreme lengths and lived to regret it… What do you think — snappy writer or self-absorbed poser? (thanks to Cate on LJ for pointing this one out!)

  50. susanthetartanturtle wrote:
    Did you eat all that food between you?

    I was wondering the same thing. Do you eat just a portion of each dish or the entire thing? 7 courses is a lot of food—-no matter how scrumptious it tastes (I looooove lamb!). Also, how long does it usually take you to consume a 7 course meal like this? You’ve never mentioned feeling rushed when you talk about Fuel, so I’m guessing that you are encouraged to take your time and linger over each course?
    I must admit that I am envious that you are able to eat so much and stay so fit. I eat a cookie and I have to add an extra mile to my daily walk.

  51. Thornyrose said:

    I’m promising myself that I will make it to B.C. by 2012(before the end of the world doncha know)

    December 12 – we should all make a pact to end up in BC on Dec 12 2012.

    Cheers, Chev

    (note that Chev amended the date to 21 December)

    Chevron 7: Count me in. At least we have plenty of time to work out the carpooling and hotel arrangements. If the world does end, might as well be in the company of people I’d enjoy being with. If it doesn’t, well I suspect we can have one heck of a party.

  52. Hey Joe!

    Congratulations on your tenth anniversary, and may you have many many many many more enjoyable ones! 😀

    Did you change the blog layout again? Looks different today. Keep experimenting, you’ll find one you want to stick to eventually. 🙂

    Thanks as always, and congratulations again! The meal looks delicious!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  53. Just waiting for your word to start discussion on The Android’s Dream 🙂

    Never got a chance to say congrats on 10 years!!

    Did I miss the entry for June’s BOTM selection?? It’s not on your side panel did go back a few entries but didn’t find anything…. help??

    Have a great day
    Pen

  54. Hey Mr. Joe M. Think your book list/club is great–I’m a huge fan of Sci Fi lit. as well as RPG video games, D&D and anything by Frank Miller and Alan Moore. Though Moore is more of a curmudgeon and doesn’t like film. Also, the episodes you’ve written are fabulous (Travelers, The Siege and Home–Travelers being one of my all time favourites) Anyway off topic (and I make huge apologies in advance), I notice you tend to have pictures of main entrées you’ve had recently on your blog, and you consistently display your appetite for baby animal dishes ie slaughtered piglets, milk fed lamb etc., (I hope lambs are milk fed, that would be fairly cruel if they weren’t). And please forgive me, I realize I am the “visitor” reading “your blog” which I do enjoy: I’m always up for any and all updates on SGA esp. the fantastic WRAITH (Yea!). I just can’t handle the dead baby animal pictures AHHHhhh! (especially the piglets being brought in on a platter at your recent chocolate fest.) I find them (the pictures) rather hard to digest (pun I guess intended). I am a meat eater, and I like the other worshippers at WDC like the wraith–talk about EATING!! Yet you did mention recently, even the wraith don’t eat children. 😉

    WK

  55. “Two days later, Fondy left for Montreal ”

    Did it take 2 days for Fondy to finish all 7 courses?

  56. Cat said:
    @PG15: SGP is the sign for a tv show called Samurai Girl

    Thank you! I always wonder about these signs.

    SGP…dangerously deceiving. I thought it was an acronym for Stargate Productions. 😉

  57. Narelle from Aus said:

    In the words of Cookie Monster, “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy”. My Sony Reader just arrived. Have 5000 books just waiting to be uploaded.

    Woo hoo! Congratulations. What are you going to read first?

    Is it sad I’m so excited over a device that holds books?

    Totally, but its a gadget and you can never be sad over getting a new gadget.

    Happy belated Birthday to Chev 🙂 Hope you celebrated in style.

    Thanks Narelle. I had a lovely day. The celebrations continue this week as I catch up with everyone. Dinner with friends tonight and family lunch next weekend.

    Cheers, Chev

  58. Beverly said:

    My beloved 17-year old cat passed away Friday, and I have been a basket case ever since. Well, yesterday we visited the County Animal Shelter looking for that special one. Hubby only wanted a kitten, but I kept opting for a little older cat – after all, the kittens always get adopted first. Well, the first kitten we saw was all over the place, clawing everything. We finally ended up with a 2-year-old Calico love – her name – Teyla.

    So sorry to hear about you kitty I lost three of my older kitties last year around this time; 13 years, 16 years and 16 years all with in 3 months, but I know have 7 cat’s. I’m a gluten for punishment.

    Joe forgot to say Hapyy Anniversary in my earlier post. Congrats!!! Nicole.

  59. Hi Joe,

    Any chance McKay or someone will find the instructions and/or special lab in Atlantis so they can try to make their own ZPMs and drones? The right materials are probably hard to get hold of but that also means more off-world fun and problems for the teams.

  60. So Android’s Dream had me from “fart”. Is that bad to say? I chuckled a lot while reading this book on my breaks at work. I hear that there is a possible sequel…I was wondering if that is true.

  61. I am not sure what face Carl was making, but I bet you I was making that same face.

    I am a simple food person, but I have to admit that reading your blog daily has made me more open minded when considering gourmet food choices.

    Your blog has almost made me want to read more. I am more of a TV girl myself, but as of late seeing all the reading everyone one is doing makes me feel somewhat inferior. Surprisingly, it sometimes makes me think of reading more (not there yet though).

    I like thornyrose’s plan to get there by 2012 in which time perhaps I will be more into gourmet food as well as books. I also like Chev’s Dec 21, 2012 date idea, I am always up for a party.

    Thanks
    Linda Gagne

  62. Congratulations on 10 great years, Joe! The Fuel dinner looks fantastic! And a whole black truffle? Erm… 2 whole black truffles! Chef Belcham must be your new BFF!

    Your frequent forays to Fuel and “confit territory” have inspired me to make it myself! Although covered briefly when I attended culinary school, I’ve never actually prepared or eaten it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  63. Narelle from Aus said:

    Chev, Thornyrose – room for one more?

    It wouldn’t be a party without you!

    and

    Linda Gagne

    I like thornyrose’s plan to get there by 2012 in which time perhaps I will be more into gourmet food as well as books. I also like Chev’s Dec 21, 2012 date idea, I am always up for a party.

    Great that’s 4!

    Cheers, Chev

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