Monday, June 18, 2018

Wine Production, La-Z-boy Chair, Downsizing,

Here is a bit of trivia from How To Geek. The annual production of wine in France, when measured by the bottle, usually exceeds the world population. We could all drink a bottle of French wine and there would still be hundreds of millions of bottles left over. So, for those of us who enjoy our wine, we needn't worry.

I don't know if you remember but about a year or go, or a bit longer, I was moaning that my La-Z-boy had broken and the footrest would no long stay up. I got in touch with La-Z-boy who referred me to another company called Vynew. They said they would send someone to look at the chair and it would cost me $60 which, if I had the chair repaired, would be rolled into the final cost. They sent a guy with totally fractured English who turned the chair upside down and took some photographs, told me it was mechanical (I could hardly understand him but I already knew it was mechanical!) charged me $60 and disappeared. I then had to call Vynew again and they said they would repair it for $160, and no the $60 would NOT be rolled over. I was furious and have not done anything about it since. Along comes Wayne Berry to fix my VHS player. I mentioned the problem to him and he took a look but said he didn't think he could fix it. A couple of weeks later he called and said he had had an idea. He called today, Friday, took away a part, drilled a hole in it, came back and fixed it. The chair now works fine and it cost me $80. I plan to get in touch with La-Z-boy again and complain. Probably won't do me any good, but.....  I suggested Wayne give me some of his cards to distribute. Gave a couple away at Exercise Class. I know we will need him again, especially if we move into something smaller.

It seems to be the vogue these days to minimalize or downsize - the first person I know who did this was Ivy the Happy Whisk. She got rid of so much stuff, I am surprised they still had a bed. However, I am beginning to hear of more and more people doing this, a friend in the building for instance, plus others I know. I can see the point, but I am of the school of thought "I might need it" we got rid of a propane burner which was for doing things like Creme Caramel, I had never used it, guess what, within a week of getting rid of it, I needed it. If one cooks as much as I do, I can't imagine not having access to all kinds of items. As for anything else, we mostly use what we've got. I have sold off a few things over the years, but I still seem to have one heck of a lot, but I use it.

Tuesday, I am taking the car in for service, have to be there at 8. Dreading it, but at least I will be first in line. Monday I have to get to the hardware store for more large Mason jars. I also need to get to the asparagus farm as well.

This is another recipe I haven't yet tried and bearing in mind the farm sells both asparagus and rhubarb, you'd think I would have done so by now.

Asparagus with Rhubarb Hollandaise

2 lbs 1-1/4 cup finely diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1/3 cup sugar
2 sprig fresh tarragon
2 large egg yolks
3 Tbs lemon juice
½ cup melted butter
salt and pepper
butter for saute pan
chopped chives, for garnish

1. Bring a pot of water up to a boil and salt generously. Trim asparagus and add to water. Blanch, uncovered, until tender (check by tasting – time will vary depending on thickness of asparagus). Once tender drain and shock in a bowl with ice and water to halt cooking. Strain and chill until ready to serve.

2. For hollandaise, stir rhubarb, sugar and tarragon sprigs in a pot over medium heat. Simmer until rhubarb is just tender, about 10 minutes. Remove tarragon and keep warm (but not hot).

3. To assemble Hollandaise, whisk egg yolks and lemon juice over a pot of gently simmering water until they hold a ribbon when the whisk is lifted. Whisk in rhubarb mixture to warm. Remove bowl from heat and gradually whisk in melted butter (try to avoid adding white solids that have settled to the bottom of the butter). Season to taste and keep warm (hollandaise should be prepared as close to serving as possible)

4. To heat asparagus, simply warm in a sauté pan over medium-low heat with butter and season lightly. Place warm asparagus on a platter and spoon hollandaise over. Garnish with chives and serve immediately.

Servings: 6

Author: Anna Olson
Source: Food Network

Have a great day

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bowling, LCBO, TV Series,

Matt's bowling for the league was disastrous, his bowling on Thursday was excellent. Mine wasn't bad on both days so I was happy. Not only that, the team took 7 our of 7. Actually surprising Matt did so well as the alley was full of kids, some screamers, and Matt was doing his grumpy old man bit. The young man running the alley was on his own today as his sister was graduating so mom and dad had gone to the ceremony. Amazing how many people's babies seem to be graduating lately LOL.

Went and bought up the liquor store afterwards. Amazing how it mounts up. There was a French Bordeaux; we haven't had Bordeaux in a while so decided to try it. I included a bottle of Cassis which Matt enjoys after Saturday dinner. His Father's Day present I guess. It isn't a bad addition to champagne either, making a Kir Royale which I enjoy occasionally. (Cassis and champagne). Cassis and white wine is a Kir.

Otherwise, not a lot happening today. Did watch another installment of Vera which is on PBS at 9:00. The character is Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope and it is an excellent cop programme set in Northumberland. Apparently it is an older programme, originally made in 2011. I am really enjoying it. I see Poldark starts on Sunday, not sure I want to see any more of that. Will see how I feel on Sunday.

I haven't tried this one but reading it again, I really think I should do so soon.

Shaved Asparagus Quinoa with Soft Boiled Eggs

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
2 cups (500 mL) CAMPBELL'S® Ready to Use Vegetable Broth
3 eggs
1 lb (454 g) asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 tsp (10 mL) honey
2 Tbs (30 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) minced shallots
1 Tbs (15 mL) chopped fresh tarragon
1 Tbs (15 mL) dijon mustard
1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil
1/2 tsp (3 mL) each salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 cup (250 mL) flat leaf parsley leaves

1. Place quinoa and Campbell's broth in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all the liquid is absorbed; about 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

2. Bring a pot of water to a simmer (small bubbles, not a rapid boil). Add eggs and cook for 6 minutes. Adjust heat to keep a consistent temperature going. Remove eggs from water and run under cold water until cool. Peel and set aside.

3. Use a sharp vegetable peeler to peel the asparagus lengthwise into thin strips, starting at the bottom end. Put into a large pot of boiling salted water for 30 seconds and then remove from pot and directly into a colander. Run under cold water until cold.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, shallots, tarragon, dijon mustard and slowly incorporate olive oil until well blended. Add salt and pepper. Toss with quinoa, asparagus and parsley. Arrange on platter and top with halved eggs before serving.

Servings: 6

1.  Make ahead: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

2.  For something different, replace the soft boiled eggs with an equal amount of hard boiled eggs, grated.

3.  PLANNING TO COOK GLUTEN-FREE? Before preparing a recipe always read product labels to ensure each ingredient is gluten-free. Products and ingredients can change.

Source: Campbell's®

Have a great day