Wednesday Wisdom — or How to Prepare Corn the Easy Peasy Way

Oh, hello there! How is your summer going? The weather out here on the West Coast has been gorgeous — sunny and hot. I’m reveling in this season — going for walks in the early morning when the air is cool and fresh, reading a lot, eating ice cream, exploring our parks and beaches and generally enjoying these lazy summer days! It’s heavenly!

Beach photo
A walk on the beach at Deep Cove

Not only are my days feeling a bit lazy, I find I’m also in summer mode in the evenings, often getting lost in cyberspace after dinner. Seriously. I just discovered Wallander on Netflix and I have been binge-watching the entire series — only two episodes left! I have to admit [with a sheepish grin] that I have several more TV things lined up — like Marvel’s The Defenders, House of Cards, Sense8. And…we just discovered Amazon Prime — hello, Man in the High Castle! Of course, I’m still getting hopelessly distracted by all the pretty things on Pinterest. Phew! – maybe someone should put some sort of lock on my laptop — I may be getting out of control!!

Ahem, well, that’s enough about my procrastinating ways… I really wanted to tell you about this great hack I stumbled across on Pinterest. It is THE easiest way to deal with corn on the cob that I have ever seen! It seemed crazy simple — I couldn’t wait to try it — I LOVE fresh corn in the summer, but I hate the husking.

The instructions for this tip are straightforward: cut the stalk end of the cob off, put the ear on a microwave safe plate and zap it for 2 or 3 minutes. Then grab the cob by the uncut end and squeeze. Voilà, the steamed cob should slide right out of the husk — no fuss, no muss.  I was curious to find out if this little trick would work — I crossed my fingers and pressed “nuke”.

It works!

No struggling to pull off tightly bound leaves, no painstakingly stripping away fine corn silk, no mess to clean up afterward. Yowza! If you haven’t tried this yet, do it — you will be amazed!

Ear of Corn
Corn cob ready to go into the microwave


Corn on the Cob
After 2 minutes, I’m squeezing the corn out of the husk – it’s hot, so I’m wearing an oven mitt!


Check out the hack from America’s Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel for a detailed description of the process:



Meet Me at Whalley’s Corner — Part III

In part three of the continuing series, Meet Me at Whalley’s Corner — this excerpt is from an article introducing Manis Restaurant  — that I wrote for Surrey604 Magazine. Read the entire article and see more photos here.

Wendy, from Manis Restaurant

Manis Restaurant is a relative newcomer to the Surrey dining scene, having opened their doors three years ago in the middle of the historic community of Whalley in City Centre, just steps away from Whalley’s Corner.

A fresh dining experience for local diners seeking something different, Manis offers a unique menu best described as Pan Asian. The focus is on dishes from Southeast Asia ranging from the authentic plates of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to various tastes from India. Diners can expect traditional dishes along side original fusion dishes that blend time-honoured recipes with new, trendier concoctions.

Manis is a family-owned eatery tucked into a trendy mixed-use building on Whalley Boulevard. Wendy Lee, a family member who manages the floor, warmly greets every customer as they walk in the door — her sunny disposition instantly creating a welcoming mood. The restaurant is intimate and cozy with a minimalist, but warm décor. The main floor offers seating for 26 with additional room for 16 on the mezzanine level.

Read the rest at Surrey604.com


Fire — A Haiku

My thoughts are with the many firefighters — professional and volunteer — who are battling the hundreds of fires raging in BC at this moment. I am holding in my heart, the evacuees, the wildlife, the people living in the surrounding communities and the burning trees in the blazing forests. I continue to send my hopes for their safety, comfort, solace and most of all — rain.

Forests raging flames
fierce inferno’s blazing light
treacherous beauty

Burning forest image