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June 29, 2007

Open for business…

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 12:27 am

The Medicine Beach Market, formerly the Magic Lake Market, opened July 1. Hours are from 9 am to 11 pm. The outlet is cheery and bright and carries a wide variety of goods including videos and even spa supplies. Outdoor tables and chairs for a quick refreshment and snack are a nice touch. The wine and beer outlet is now open next door from 10 am to 10 pm (Nov. ’07). For residents and visitors to Trincomali and Magic Lake especially, it’s definitely an added convenience! The community is stopping for a chat there once again. Best of luck to the new operators.

June 27, 2007

Now hear this!

Filed under: Sustainable Living,Views — Jocko @ 12:25 pm

I recently became aware of this Vancouver based organization. The following is a quote from their website at

“The Right to Quiet Society’s Objectives are:

– to promote awareness of noise pollution and the dangers of noise to our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being;
– to work for noise reduction through better regulation and enforcement;
– to encourage responsible behaviour regarding noise;
– to foster recognition of the right to quiet as a basic human right.

We do not seek to create an absolutely quiet world. However, we want to see a world where quiet is a normal part of life and where it is possible to listen to the sounds of nature without the constant intrusion of machine noise and artificial stimuli.

We want our homes to be havens from unwanted noise, and we ask that the soundscape of our public spaces, like the air we breathe, be respected.”

Several categories of membership are available.

June 24, 2007

Blackcurrant cheesecake delight…

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 3:46 pm

I had the pleasure of trying this dessert and it is good!

John Jones’ Blackcurrant Cheesecake Tart:

You will need a 9 inch layer pan or a flan pan. Lightly grease, to aid in removal of the crust.

Shortbread Crust: Blend half cup of softened butter and quarter cup sugar together with a fork. Add one and a quarter cups all-purpose flour and mix by hand until crumbs are formed. Then mix thoroughly by hand to form a soft dough. Press onto bottom and sides of the pan. Prick bottom crust [ a lot ] with a fork to prevent it rising too much. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 F for 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cool in pan. Remove carefully, or if you think that won’t work, leave in the pan!

Cheesecake Mix: In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons of “Bird’s” Custard Powder with half a cup of milk and mix until smooth.
Using a saucepan with a heavy bottom [ to prevent sticking later] combine one and a half cups milk and 3 tablespoons sugar and heat to just below the boiling point.
In the meantime , have ready a 250 gram package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese cut up into small cubes. I have tried other varieties and find them not to work as well.
As the milk is approaching the boil, add the custard mix and the cheese and begin stirring like mad as it is boiling until the lumps are gone. Pour into the crust and chill until firm – about 4 hours. Then top with fruit mixture and store in fridge.

Topping : Stew up your favourite fruit with a little water and the appropriate amount of sugar for the fruit and chill OR use a can of pie filling!!

Enjoy this decadent dessert! (submitted by John Jones)

June 20, 2007

Another great recipe from Steve…

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 12:06 pm

Steve’s Southern Pecan Pie

for one 9-inch pie you will need —
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces
10-12 pecan halves
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp rum or Jack Daniels
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell of your choosing.

1) Mix together eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, pecan pieces, coconut, liquor and chocolate chips.
2) Pour filling into prepared pie shell.
3) Arrange pecan halves around the inside edge.
4) Bake at 400F for 10 min. Reduce heat to 350F. Bake 40 min. longer or until center is firm.
5) Cool to room temperature before cutting.

Tips: Pecan pie is best when served at room temperature or slightly warm.

June 13, 2007

Another world!

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 8:26 pm

Photos: Jocko
The Pender Island Straightkeepers, a group of volunteers, are bringing welcome attention to the marvel of the complexity of sea life in the Pacific Northwest. You might want to know more about the fascinating chiton pictured above. Check out the book “Get Your Feet Wet” by Julie Johnston and Patricia Haugh with Illustrations by Susan Taylor (see p. 20 about chitons) to discover the lives of this and many other amazing ‘other world’ sea creatures and associated plant life under and in the surf.

June 5, 2007

Gas prices too high?

Filed under: Commentary — Jocko @ 1:10 am

Some complain that oil companies are making windfall profits with high gas prices, which may have some merit, and don’t forget that gas tax. But what would lower prices actually mean? Lower fuel prices would likely encourage greater consumption. Is this what we want? Doesn’t this fly in the face of the “green movement” objectives, which I suspect is for some, nothing but political window dressing. How many of us are willing to put our actions, ie. fuel conservation, where our political correctness lies. We probably don’t really want to know how high oil prices could rise if, and inevitably when, supplies dwindle. CBC news recently reported that despite higher gas prices, car and light truck sales have soared. Apparently the buyers of new vehicles feel they can afford gas at current prices. Others may argue that supply is plentiful and that consumption rates can remain the same or even increase while prices go down. In this scenario, what about the increased CO2 emissions and associated climate change? Remember that? Sooner or later, something has got to give! What’s your take?

June 2, 2007

Some like it hot…

Filed under: Home projects — Jocko @ 1:04 pm

photo: Jocko
We are thinking about installing a hot water on demand system and wanted to know if anyone has an opinion about the pros and cons of this system in combination with well and septic systems. (Submitted by Jude)

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