Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries Review – Secrets And Lies

Secrets and Lies
Long-Lost Love: Will the Inspector rekindle his romance with a former flame? CBC

Secrets and Lies begins with Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) in unfamiliar surroundings, searching for a missing person. Within minutes, he’s jumped by several men and knocked flat on his back. When he finally gets back on his feet, he makes his way up a staircase to a one room apartment, and is greeted by a black woman with whom he’s obviously well acquainted. He tells her he still hasn’t found “our daughter”. Then the audience loses its collective mind.  Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Secrets And Lies”

Health, Recipes

Vinaigrette Caesar Salad Recipe

Vinaigrette Caesar Salad RecipeCaesar salad is a tasty way to get your daily fiber and servings of vegetables, but unfortunately, the dressing can be chock full of calories. I’ve never been a big fan of creamy Caesar dressings anyway. Some of those dressings contain mayonnaise and mayonnaise is just wrong, on so many levels. That’s why I prefer a good vinaigrette Caesar salad.

The best Caesar salad I’ve ever tasted was at a little restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The waiter made the salad in front of me. First, he grilled two large pieces of romaine lettuce, then he added vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and shaved Parmesan cheese. It was light, crispy and delicious and like no other Caesar salad I’d ever tasted before. I raved about it for weeks. A year later, I was back in Puerto Vallarta. I looked for the restaurant but couldn’t find it. I began to wonder if that tasty salad had just been a dream! And I was kicking myself that I hadn’t written the name of the restaurant down.

The recipe below isn’t exactly the same recipe as the restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, as I’m too lazy to grill the romaine. I have tried to come as close to the taste as I could though. And trust me, once you’ve made this vinaigrette Caesar salad from scratch, you’ll never want to go back to your store-bought salad dressing.

Vinaigrette Caesar Salad

A low-calorie, delicious Caesar Salad that's easy to prepare and much healthier than its creamy mayonnaise-laden counterpart.

Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Lettuce in water 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup Unico white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Trestella light Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp President's Choice Lightly Buttered Sourdough Croutons
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Whisk together white wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese in a large salad bowl. Set aside.

  2. Chop up romaine lettuce, place in salad spinner, pour cold water inside and let it soak.

  3. Pour out water, spin the lettuce to dry it. 

  4. Add medium amount of lettuce to the salad bowl, that already contains the dressing, then toss. Keep adding lettuce until it's lightly coated.

  5. Add croutons and grind some fresh black pepper then toss again.

  6. Lightly sprinkle shredded Parmesan over the top and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you’re looking for a vegan Worcestershire Sauce option, there are many out there to choose from, including Annie’s Naturals Organic Worcestershire Sauce and the less pricey Compliments brand (sold at stores like Sobeys, IGA and FreshCo).

Also, if you're not a fan of raw garlic, roasted garlic also works well in this salad.

Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries Review – Drowning In Money

Drowning In Money
On The Case: Brackenreid, Murdoch and Watts try to determine the cause of the Westerbrook’s deaths.

When a wealthy Toronto couple are found dead in their swimming pool, a suicide note is found in their home. But Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) believes it could be murder, in this week’s Murdoch Mysteries episode, Drowning In Money.

Murdoch discovers a burglary had taken place on the same night of the “suicide” of Franklin and Louise Westerbrook, although it could just be an “unlucky coincidence. Extremely unlucky if you ask me,” Murdoch tells Detective Watts (Daniel Maslany).

During a discussion about the deaths at Station House No. 4, Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch) enlightens his fellow officers on what he knows about the Westerbrook couple. As it turns out, the couple’s daughter Diana had just married a duke’s son, Albert, The Earl of Lincoln. And according to Higgins, this made the Westerbrooks think they were royalty.  Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Drowning In Money”

Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries Review – Brother’s Keeper

Brother's Keeper
Exceptional Performance: Daniel Maslany shines in this episode, which focuses on Watts’ backstory. CBC.

Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Crabtree (Jonny Harris) are investigating a call of a body near the Hogshead Tavern.  They find the dead body in an alleyway and follow the trail of blood to Detective Watts, who is sitting on a fire escape, nursing a wound on his arm. So begins Murdoch Mysteries season 12, episode 7 – Brother’s Keeper.

Back at Station House No. 4, Watts (Daniel Maslany) says he came upon the man in the alleyway unexpectedly.  He tells Murdoch and Brackenreid the man was drunk, took a shot at him and when they struggled for the gun, he shot and killed him.  A distraught Watts admits it was the first time he’d ever killed someone. Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Brother’s Keeper”

Walking Dead

The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes’ Cheap Conclusion

Rick Grimes
A Fitting Farewell?: AMC touted last night’s episode as Rick Grimes final.

I wanted to write an ode to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) this week. AMC has been promoting the whole “Rick Grimes final episodes” on The Walking Dead for months now. As it turned out, it was just another clever marketing ploy to trick viewers into watching the first couple of season 9 episodes.

Well, they got me. I thought they were going to kill off Rick, but the mysterious helicopter we’ve been seeing for a while now (part of Jadis’ human trafficking network) swooped in, scooped up Rick and saved his life in the nick of time.

Once again, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and AMC pulled a second-rate ratings scam (anyone remember the whole Glenn under the dumpster debacle?) and viewers should be pissed. But likely they’re not, because their hero Rick Grimes is still alive.

The episode itself, entitled What Comes After, leading up to this cheap conclusion, wasn’t all bad. When last week’s episode ended, Rick’s horse had thrown him onto a rebar. The dead were approaching and it looked like he was a goner. Continue reading “The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes’ Cheap Conclusion”