Archive for April, 2013

Daily quote

“Never give up on what you really want to do. A person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”
– Albert Einstein

What do I really want to do? Write…!


Official synopsis:

On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

I saw this movie last night. In my humble opinion, this sci-fi movie is average. The impressive visual effects are to be applauded, but the overall story is lacking. Although there are some nice action scenes, the rest of the movie is slow-paced (especially the first half of the movie). I also believe some viewers may need to see the movie a second time to fully understand the overall plot. My rating: 5.5 on 10.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Voici une délicieuse recette que j’ai préparée dernièrement (et que j’adore).

Veau parmesan


Escalopes de veau (en tranches minces)
Chapelure Pastene assaisonnée à l’italienne avec fromage romano italien, fines herbes et épices
Huile d’olive
Sauce à la viande (pour spaghetti/pâtes)
Fromage râpé mozzarella


Préchauffer le four à 300 degrés Farenheit
Battre quelques oeufs dans un contenant
Tremper d’abord chaque tranche de veau dans les oeufs battus
Tremper ensuite chaque tranche de veau dans la chapelure Pastene
Faire saisir les tranches de veau dans une poêle (avec un peu d’huile d’olive) à feu moyen (*** quelques secondes seulement de chaque côté — il est important ici ne NE PAS trop faire cuire le veau, car sa cuisson va se poursuivre au four lors des prochaines étapes de la préparation — si les tranches sont trop cuites dans la poêle à cette étape-ci, elles seront dures comme une semelle de botte en sortant du four!)
Placer ensuite les tranches de veau panées sur une tôle/dans un contenant allant au four
Verser de la sauce à la viande (préalablement réchauffée) sur les tranches de veau
Ajouter le fromage râpé mozzarella sur le dessus de la sauce à la viande
Mettre la tôle/le contenant au four et attendre que le fromage ait fondu (+/- une douzaine de minutes)
Retirer le veau du four et faire un petit test gustatif avec une tranche afin de vous assurer que la cuisson est bonne
Dernière étape: dégustez!

(Recommandation pour l’accompagnement: du bon spaghetti avec sauce à la viande!)

Résultat: une recette italienne succulente!

Bonne chance à tous les cuistots!

P.S. La prochaine fois que je ferai cette recette, je prendrai quelques photos que je rajouterai à ce billet)

Chef Martin

“I believe in you, Jim.”

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.

Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute (that’s the level I’m currently at). After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

Most of us thought winter had left for good. Several car owners had already started removing their winter tires. What did we get today? Hmm? A cocktail of snow, fine hail and freezing rain… As I look outside now, I can see it’s not over yet. There’s snow, slush, water, ice, more water, more slush all over… Darn. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this is the last one of the season!

Daily quote

Use what talents you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
– Heny van Dyke

“Gatineau, we have a problem.”

I took the following pictures last weekend. This is my garage. Yep. Can you see my desk? (can you find it?) That’s where I write. And blog. My garage is my hideout, my sanctuary, my man cave. Yet, Somehow, I allow it to be the way it is. Messy. Very messy. Shameful, isn’t? We’ve been living in this house for five and a half years now. And I’ve been wanting to fix up my garage for that long… Damn procrastination. Enough is enough. I am declaring war on my garage!

The first offensive strike will be Operation De-Clutter. I must throw away some stuff. Okay, okay. A lot of stuff. There, I said it.

It’s amazing how much stuff can accumulate and pile up in a man’s garage! You know, it’s tough to get rid of something, even when you haven’t used it for a long time… because you know damn well you’ll need it just a few days after it’s gone! It’s Murphy’s Law. You can’t change that.

“Attention all crew, this is the captain speaking. We are about to drop out of warp and engage the enemy. Battle stations!”