Sunday, January 19, 2014

A LONG COLD WINTER AND HOT CHICKEN SANDWICHES


I live in the Niagara Peninsula, at the easterly bend of Lake Ontario. Every year on the other side of the lake places like Buffalo were buffeted with icy winds and tons of snow while our temperatures rarely dipped below freezing and the most we saw of the white stuff would be a few lake effect flurries.

That was until this year when it did a complete turnaround and we're having what the weather gurus say is the worst winter in over ten years. January 7 they say was the coldest on record with a wind chill of minus 41 Celsius.

At one time we lived in Montreal where subzero temperatures and tons of snow were the norm. Back then we didn't care about the cold. If we had to stand at a bus stop until our legs turned purple, or follow the snowplows to get where we were going it was all part of the fun. We were always going somewhere--up to the Laurentian Mountains on the weekends to try skiing, or to enjoy the apr├Ęs-ski activities at one of the many lodges. Other weekends we'd visit friends in Valleyfield on the Quebec/Ontario border and go dancing at the local bars. At the end of the night we'd always stop for a hot chicken sandwich and fries. Those things were soooo good, but in our present cholesterol/fat conscious world they've disappeared. I saw them advertised about a year ago in one of those fake old-style diners, but the bread was wrong, the sauce was canned and so, I suspect, was the chicken. I've thought about making them myself at home, they can't be that difficult, but I don't have a deep fat fryer and that's just as well, I doubt they'd taste the same anyway.

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