What do Hip Hop, Bingo, Sushi and Roasted Chicken and good friends have in common? At first glance, you might say that’s a random list of things that don’t relate at all…but this weekend they all played a role in helping me have a really FUN WEEKEND! After last weekend of my 2 day self inflicted-pj-hibernation that had activities of tv watching, sleeping, knitting and reading…this weekend I was ready to get out and have some fun with friends. It was a jammed packed day and was packed with lots of fun social stuff.
Blue Print for Life was in Pang last week doing workshops with the kids ages 10-13. The really cool thing was that the older teens were young leaders for the week…and helped mentor the younger teens in the various activities.
“Blue Print For Life believes that people make changes in their lives based on the relationships they have with others and how they see themselves fitting into the world. We are dedicated to working creatively with youth around the world to empower them with a sense of control and hope in their lives.”
On Friday night, there was a hip-hop showcase to show the community their moves. It was really an awesome show! Here’s a shot of the dancers at the end of the performance.
It started off with a little bit of throat singing, and then beat-boxing… It was so cool-it made me wonder, how do people realize that they can make sounds like that? How does one discover that they are a talented beat-boxer? I suppose they just try. After they pulled up the Mayor and someone else to try their hand at DJing…which was pretty funny… (they were using a drum box thing, and ‘scratching’ records? (is that what it is called?) There were 5 group performances where the youth leaders created routines for their groups to dance… pretty neat to see the kids dancing and having fun. Then the 4 leaders from Blue Print for life danced to introduce themselves…which turned into a big hip-hop circle of random teens challenging each other in dance…and taking a turn showing off moves! I took a few photos, but mainly watched below are some of the ones I took!
My thanks to the youth of Pangnirtung for an awesome show… can’t wait to see their next performance!
After the show I headed over to Nic,Shannon and Baby S’s house..to get ready to play RADIO Bingo! Radio Bingo is played at home, you pick up your game cards, head home…turn on the radio and play! When you get a Bingo you call the radio…and then head down later to collect your prize. One of the daycares in town was having a ‘super’ bingo…as a fundraiser. It cost $100 for 10 games of Bingo…there were prizes of $200, $300, $750 and the grand prize was $10,000! It was super fun, but intense. Radio Bingo is very SERIOUS business…. the pace was a bit faster than I’m use to. Nic and I were madly crossing off numbers, Shannon was helping point out numbers we missed. Baby S was laughing like a manaic- clearly already a Bingo Fan (or was it just because he was way over tired?) It was such a fun night! Especially with some of the random ‘bingo’ number jokes… “B9…yes, the tumour was B9.”
Saturday night brought more fun at my house. I invited over a few friends to make sushi. Making sushi was Number 7 on my List of 32 Things to do when I’m 32. It was such a fun night, and making sushi was so much easier than I thought.
Some of the supplies… Markus and Delia lent me their sushi cookbook, “Perfect Sushi”. I’m totally putting it on a list of things to get myself…such good sushi recipes AND pictures.
Markus was fishing for the day…and brought back FRESH Arctic Char for us to use in our rolls.
Mary and I cut up veggies… cucumber, red and orange peppers, shaved some carrot and cooked some egg (Sadly there were no avocados at the Northern or Coop!). I had cooked the rice-using the Sushi Cookbook instructions…(no photos of those parts!). Then it was time to start rolling… it took a little bit to get knack of making it happen. But basically you add rice (leaving a strip at the top and bottom)…then layer up as much ‘insides’ as you want…make your own combos of veggies…and you can sprinkle some sesame seeds inside the roll before you roll it up!
It took me a bit to figure out how to use the matt to roll it all up… but after a few instructions, and watching the other ‘seasoned’ sushi rollers sitting around my table… I was off. A photo of my FIRST sushi ROLL!
The sushi rolls started piling up…. then we cut them… and ended up with TWO plates stacked FULL of SUSHI! Markus brought Miso Soup mix… which was an awesome addition to the meal.
I didn’t take a photo of dessert–but I made baked apples that Tara made for me when I was in Kug. They were as good as I remembered! As for more sushi parties, I just need to get a few more ‘supplies’ so I can make some more. Which might be an issue of trying to figure out how to get some more sushi rice, nori, miso soup mix up here in Nunavut. I think I need to get a set of chop sticks, and small bowls to mix wasabi and soya sauce. Thanks Mary and Markus for teaching me how to make sushi… I hope you both had as much fun as I did! Number 7 on the list is DONE!
If that wasn’t already a perfect evening… tonight I had cooked my first EVER roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots and canned corn. Nic, Shannon and Baby S came over to help me eat it! I didn’t take any photos..but it was incredibly yummy. Thanks for joining me for dinner–it’s nice to eat with someone once and awhile!
I suppose this is where I make a wee bit of confession…as much as I protest about being a ‘bad’ cook, and total disaster in the kitchen, soon I’m not going to be able to say these things about myself–I’m actually gaining some mad cooking skills. But sometimes I don’t follow the instructions, and decide to walk on the wild side…and wing it! This weekend that worked for me, but I must admit sometimes it doesn’t!