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smitty55 last won the day on January 27

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  • Birthday 11/01/1955

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  1. Fresh Asparagus is still in season. Last week IG had nice young spears on sale. I bought 4 lb of nice younger pinky size. Anyone here enjoy cream of Asparagus soup? I happen to have a great recipe for a non dairy concentrate that you freeze in containers and then mix with equal amount dairy. Back in the 90's when I moved to the country there was a local farm that sold fresh asparagus each spring and also this soup concentrate. It was all on the honour system, they had a fridge in the open garage where you'd pick up and leave the money. Well a few years later some lowlife stole all the cash and of course they basically had to shut it down and ruin it for everyone. Anyway, about 20 years back I dropped in on Bernie and asked him if he would share his soup concentrate recipe with me. He said to come back in a couple days and he'd get his wife to type it up for me. Still have it. Didn't make it for a long time actually but it got resurrected on a whim looking at spring sales a few years back and it's like I'd forgotten how good this cream soup was. So we did a triple batch and then a double the next year. Ran out since then and I decided it was time this year to transfer all those empty containers taking up room back to the freezer. I did 2 triple batches in the last couple weeks. The big change in the base recipe this year was to add wild leeks to the pot while it simmers, after trying the first batch there was no doubt I was doing it again. Not to take away from the original recipe at all. I used a quality immersion blender in the large pot, so much better than dealing with transferring to a plastic blender. Here's some pics to give you an idea. Better than any restaurant I'd wager easily. I've got 30 containers frozen now, each one gives two smaller bowls, just perfect for part of a nice meal. Cheers
  2. I can certainly attest to the magic and beauty that is the Kipawa Lake watershed, there really is something extra special about Kipawa, it's hard to explain, I don't get the same feeling when we fished Temagami for a few years and then it was back to Kipawa. It's easily my favorite place to go on a fishing vacation and the hub area in particular is the best of all for me as it gives four directions to travel from the middle of the X shaped waterway. Paved road to the government dock and my first campsites up there were 10 miles away in the shortcut, a few hundred feet away from Corbeau Rock, the actual physical center hub of the whole watershed. Corbeau lodge just around the corner, long history there. Rich hockey player ended up buying it. One year we couldn't get a cabin there or at Alwaki and the new American owners let us put up tents on a nice stretch of flat shoreline around the corner from the lodge. Now I had left word with Carl and Mary at Alwaki to let us know of any cancellations and we lucked out and got the end of July with two cabins so we got locked in to at least 2 cabins and spent the best weeks of my year at Alwaki Lodge for many many years to come until it was sold. It's a 14 mile boat ride to Thompson Island. It's another 6 miles to Kipawa Lodge, so a 20 mile trip. No plane fly in required Such a shame to see Alwaki broken up into lots and another lodge on the lake gone forever. Good luck with your sale Rob
  3. Water sensor perhaps, just a wild guess.
  4. With rain and showers all night around here there won't be anything to see unfortunately.
  5. Yea mine here are just barely starting to swell a bit, it will be a while yet before main pick but still getting the odd treat fresh dipped in salt. The soil is very dry and will slow down growth without any rain in the near future. I've never tried them roasted like that, I'll have to try that tonight with steak.
  6. Just to let you know if you want fiddleheads you'd best get out soon or it might be too late already. I was almost too late when I went out yesterday, most were up well over a foot and if I didn't have one spot where they come up a bit later as the water receded I would have been screwed. As it was I managed to get just over 9lb. Cheers
  7. Tons of older 9.9 OMC engines out there that are still running fine. Save yourself a ton of coin and find one that still has good compression and it will still last you for life. Still lots of parts for them available too like impellers, coils, lower unit seals etc. from what I know but might still be a good idea to check with a marina to be sure.
  8. I have no idea where you would get that idea. A quick search for treble hooks shows anything but China crap. https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/search-results.html
  9. You can be sure they're up down your way. Right now they are basically the only green in the bush so easy to spot.
  10. That too for sure. I have 3 or 4 spots out this way where I pick. I make this fabulous leek and fiddlehead cream soup that is to die for. Also has mushrooms and green onions in it. Supposedly it came from an old Harrowsmith article but I've never been able to find it. It's called Wild Country Cream Soup. I may have shared it here in the past but not sure. Down to my last 3 logs of leek butter too so I'm just going to make it till mid May. Dougie did you end up making some last year?
  11. Looked out the window this morning and really starting to notice that the leeks are up pretty good, right on schedule. Cant wait until they get a bit larger so I can at least get a taste from the stems until the bulbs start to form
  12. That's an excellent point I never would have thought of having never owned a power trim engine, so my knowledge is limited. I never lock down my outboards unless I was back trolling into a good wind. Nothing bigger than 20hp. I definitely will admit to having more than once being forced to quickly lift it out of the water as an unexpected hump magically appeared while exploring new runs on windy days. Cheers
  13. The only issue I see with a 25 over a 20 is the 25 might not troll down slow enough without a trolling plate or drift sock. For instance I like to troll lead core or copper and gang trolls for Lakers where the optimum speed is 1 mph and I doubt a 25 would go that slow, although with the newer 4 strokes it might with the right pitch prop.
  14. That makes far too much sense lmao. The asylum moniker is perfect hehe...
  15. Chris I get it that you're pretty wound up here lately, and if I still had young kids I'd likely agree a lot with you. But listen man, your thread got locked up fast, you should realize that there is a low tolerance level here for threads going sideways and anything political. So please don't bring that crap to Bunks thread, hijacking it makes no sense and is totally inconsiderate and disrespectful to Drew. Hopefully mods just remove your posts, no need to lock it.
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