Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Reflections on the past year

 Hard to believe it has been a year already...

What am I talking about?  Well a year ago I headed back to work after over 13 years of homeschooling my children.

The journey to find work started more than 2 years before that but it takes time now to get employment and I guess it was not the time to do so for me.   Besides 2019 was a year of grief and I needed healing in so many different ways.

Nevertheless 2020 started and I had some interviews.   In March, I was offered a position under contract at  one of the universities in town.  My start date was set to March 16.  

Was I nervous when this date arrived? You can bet I was...  so I drove to work in order to arrive for 8am.  I entered the building and went where I was suppose to go.   I wasn’t sure which door I needed to take but my supervisor came and asked me if I had received her message.  What message I asked?   Turns out that all employees were sent home because of the pandemic.  Most workplace in Ontario had to respect the new COVID restrictions of the province.   I stayed literally many a good 10 minutes.  I had to go back home.

Throughout the week, I attended virtual meeting, did online training, slowly set up my computer at home. It took about a week to have access to everything I needed.  My training for this position was done virtually.

Then a couple of months later, a coworker was going on maternity leave.  I decided to apply on the position because the salary was higher.  I got the position and was trained again virtually for 2 weeks before her maternity leave started.   For about 2 months I juggled the responsibilities of both positions until the new employee which was taking over the first position started in August.

Today, I am reflecting on the year of busyness as I call it.  These positions has brought a lot of activities in my daily work.   Not only do I have to work mostly from home but at times I do have to be on site for the learning activities of the students that I am managing.   COVID has thrown curve balls at us for scheduling and managing things but we have always found solutions for it.   The learning activities I am in charge had to be tweaked due to restrictions in the number of people allowed in the rooms where they are held but in the end we are trying very hard to make the learning be interesting to the students.

Today I celebrate my First year being at the university and I am in awe of the blessings the Lord had poured on our family.   One year ago, He has opened a door for me to get back on the market and to build up my confidence.  It has been an amazing year trusting Him in so many ways.  I am thankful for His presence in my life and His care for me and my family.   

I am not alone.  He is with me every day of the year - every single year  that goes by.

Have you trusted God lately?

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Sous Vide Cooking

 Have you ever heard of Sous Vide Cooking?  I have heard of it but never had tasted it. 

According to Wikipedia, Sous Vide is the French for under vacuum.   Sous Vide Cooking is known as low temperature long time cooking which is a method of cooking in which the food is place in a plastic pour and cooked in a water bath for longer than usual cooking times at a precisely regulated temperature.

Recently, I have had the opportunity to review a Sous Vide device and over the past week-end, we have cooked not once but twice with it.

The pictures included in this post show you the second meal we have made which was a roast.

We have put the roast in a plastic bag and remove the air in the bag using a vacuum sealer machine.  You can also use a Ziploc bag and press carefully to remove all the air.


Afterward, we set up the Sous Vide cooking device on either a pot that can contain a large quantity of water or a Sous Vide container like this one below.


Our Sous Vide device is KitchenBoss G320 model.  This one is somewhat different than other models on the market as it allows the water to circulate in the container allowing the meat to be cook equally.  This model possess a color LCD allowing you to pick an already set mode or set your own mode like we did below.   We have set the temperature to 140F and the cooking time to 2 hours.


Once the water has reached the desired temperature, you simply have to put your bag in the water to cook it.

 

Once cooked, we can cook the meat to grill it - this usually take less time that you would do usually since you already cooked it sous vide style.  For the roast, we cooked it approximately for 15 minutes in the air fryer.  Look at this beautiful piece of meat!  


We really enjoyed both the meals we have done with the sous vide kitchen tool.   This has become my husband favorite item in the kitchen apart from the air fryer.

The meat was so tender it was almost unbelievable.  Everyone enjoyed their meal when we used it.  

Below are the items we use for sous vide cooking:

KitchenBoss Sous Vide G320

Automatic Vacuum to remove the air 

Rubbermaid 12 Quart Container

Philips Air Fryer XXL 

Two items that we would like to add eventually would be:

Cover for the Rubbermaid 12 Quart Container
 

The rack to hold items in the Rubbermaid Container

Have you ever eaten something cooked Sous Vide?   I would strongly recommend that you try it out.  It is definitively an item that will be part of our lives for years to come.   We look forward in discovering other type of meat to cook with this technique. 

Bon Appétit!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray

 

Doom Patrol - Complete Second Season
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

DC's misfit heroes are back to save the world once again with the release of the Complete Second Season in Blu-Ray format.

You will be able to watch all 9 episodes of the second season of the original DC series and enjoy the extra features which also includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

In this season, Doom Patrol find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff's toy race car track.   They are going to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage.   As each Super Hero faces the challenge of moving beyond trauma and failure, they must come together to protect the newest family member, Nile's daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.

Special features:

  •  The Transformers: Doom Patrol's Make-up FX
  •  Doom Patrol - Come Visit Georgia PSA
This is perfect for the DC or Doom Patrol fan in your life.

This season of Doom Patrol is available in Blu-Ray or DVD at your favorite store, even on amazon.ca.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Falkowitz PR for sending me this book for review purposes.  I was not monetarily compensated for this review.  Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.  All opinion expressed here are only my own.