QDOS (Quick & Dirty Onion Soup)


I was working late nights earlier this year & I would come back home (hotel) a little cold and a little hungry, but not hungry enough for a meal. At the same time, I wanted to avoid having an unhealthy late snack which would inevitably contain either too much sugar or too much salt. So I started making myself some onion soup, which I found had an exceptionally warm & satisfying effect, especially in combination with a good book in bed.

Serves: 1


  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Pepper to taste



Chop the onion. It doesn’t have to be very fine.

Add chopped onion to the water & bring to a boil. Add salt & pepper. Cover and simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
Occasionally stir & mash the onions to get the juice out.

Strain into a cup & sprinkle [freshly ground] pepper on top.


Day 140 – Farewells and Cocktails

_Captain’s Log, StarDate 2007.11.24-09.18_

There was a farewell lunch arranged for us today, at a Chinese place. We asked for vegetarian, and the first thing we got was boiled vegetables. The distinction between “vegetarian” and “vegetables” having been made clear, we enjoyed some noodles and a lot of tofu (in everything). Ofcourse, chocolate fudge cookies at the vending machine at work followed 🙂

In the evening, we started emptying out our fridge and putting together cocktails with whatever we could find. The first one was primarily grape juice and gin (in glasses with sugar-coated rims) and the second one was a cross between a Screwdriver and a Bloody Mary (in glasses with salt-coated rims). Judging by my roommate’s reaction, they turned out rather well!

Day 117 – Local Shopping

_Captain’s Log, StarDate 2007.11.01-20.24_

Groceries, scale models and some Boreale Blonde Pale Ale… just the usual stuff!

Bacardi Silver O3

“Mandarin, Tangerine and Valencia Orange Flavoured Rum Beverage” – I love it! 🙂


[ Source: Drinknation.com ]


  • Unknown
  • This was the first cocktail I had in Montreal, at Ste. Elisabeth
  • A variation of this in which I used Orange juice instead was also the first cocktail I mixed for friends at the Hotel


  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Triple sec (an orange-flavoured liqueur)
  • 30 ml Lime juice


  • 1 Lime wedge


  • Cocktail


  • Shake and strain into cocktail glass
  • Garnish with lime wedge


  • Unknown. It would be nice to know if there is a better alternative to Triple sec than Orange juice…


[ Source: Smirnoff Tastemaker Sessions ]


  • The Brazilians used sugarcane juice and rum and called it Caipirinha.


  • 45 ml Vodka
  • 4-5 Wedges of lime
  • 10-12 Fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 15 ml Sugar syrup, or 2-3 tsp demerara sugar


  • Old fashioned/whisky tumbler


  • Muddle together sugar, lime and mint leaves
  • Fill glass with crushed ice, pour in the Smirnoff and stir
  • Add more crushed ice to top
  • Garnish


  • Indian Summer: Use a tall glass and top with lemonade. Also add a bit of chat masala/rock salt/chilly!


[ Source: SAQ.com ]


  • One of my all-time favourites, probably because of its frequent appearance in Frederick Forsyth’s spy novels. Its origins lie near a beach and an iron mine of the same name near Santiago, Cuba in 1905.


  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz.) White rum
  • 20 ml (4 tsp.) Lime or lemon juice
  • 5 ml (1 tsp.) Sugar, powdered or syrup


  • 1 cherry


  • Cocktail/Martini, with salted rim (or use sugar with one of the variations)


  • Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice
  • Shake and strain into glass
  • Garnish with cherry


  • Lots and lots… the Daiquiri lends itself very well to being mixed with fruit juices like strawberry, lychee, mango, passion fruit…