Friday, April 26, 2019

Water, Slow Cooking, Bowling, Friday.

That's great, a construction site has damaged a water main. Parts of town are flooded but we haven't got a drop, not even enough to clean our teeth. I just cleaned mine with Listerine. Our bodies we cannot clean. Supposed to go out to lunch, but without a shower!!! I don't think the bowling alley has water either in which case they might get closed down and that was the plan after lunch for all of us. The water came back on at 10 so we jumped in the showers and got ready to go to lunch.

I belong to an Instant Pot Group on Facebook (just joined) so asked them about my lack of success with my Cowboy Beef. One of them pointed out that the Instant Pot only heats from underneath whereas a slow cooker heats all round so in the IP, high is equivalent to low in a slow cooker. Wish I'd known that before. However, it should be OK for suppertime Thursday night now. Correction. I gave it another 5 or 6 hours on high whilst we were out. When we finally got round to serving, the meat was finally done, but the carrots were still crisp as were some of the onions. I will NEVER use my Instant Pot as a slow cooker again. Just not worth it. By the way, it tasted delicious. I will make it again, just not that way. It would cook very well in the pressure cooker.

So, we went with our Travel League Bowling Group to lunch at the Red Lobster. I had a Caesar Salad with shrimp which was good. We then went on to the Bowling Alley. We were going to bowl alone but Matt decided he couldn't, so I bowled on one of the teams. I only did two games but managed pretty well. My legs were tired at the end but not in agony. I was pleased. Also, I didn't bowl badly - actually the very first ball I threw, no practice, was a strike. Was I chuffed. Went and collected our shopping and then came home.

Tomorrow we have a lab visit for bloodwork for Matt and then in the afternoon his therapist comes for his last visit. They only make so many visits.

I need to find some recipes for Instant Pot asparagus.

I am not sure, but I don't think I tried this recipe last year.

Air-Fried Asparagus

Quick and easy Air-Fried Asparagus. Just a few minutes and you can have a tasty side of asparagus with little effort and easy cleanup

1/2 bunch of asparagus, with bottom 2 inches trimmed off
Avocado or Olive Oil in an oil mister or sprayer
Himalayan salt
Black pepper

1. Place trimmed asparagus spears in the air-fryer basket. Spritz spears lightly with oil, then sprinkle with salt and a tiny bit of black pepper.

2. Place basket inside air-fryer and bake at 400° for 10 minutes.

3. Serve immediately.

Servings: 2

 Author: MamaShire

Have a great day

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Spring, Slow Cooking, Pickling,

Maybe spring really is here. Its sunny today but not very warm. We went to get Matt's ears lowered, and when we got back to our apartment building, I got out of the car and could hear a chickadee. Don't remember hearing one in years. Made my heart lift.

Put our dinner on to slow cook this morning and will be anxious to see what it turns out like. I let my cleaner taste the Barbecue Sauce I made and she loved it so wanted the recipe. I must say I think it is delicious and so very easy to make. Posting it below. I have a slow cooker of course, but it is so huge, I hardly ever used it. Could feed the 5,000 with it I think. The Instant Pot is just a nice size for the pair of us. Wednesday Evening: The Cowboy Stew wasn't cooked after 10 hrs at medium. I decided the cook I got it from was wrong and gave it another 5 hours (ate something else for supper) on high and just checked it. Almost done. Will be Thursday's supper I guess.

Not too happy, I made a batch of brine a few days ago. Had some left over so put it in an old coffee jar which was sold as a storage jar many years ago. Matt and I could not open it for love nor money. Not only have I lost the brine, but the jar as well. Tried all the usual tricks, banging it on a hard surface and running hot water on it. No luck. Grrrr. Managed to do a couple of jars of pickles though.

A tip from me - I put the vinegar into the sugar before I added the ketchup. The vinegar does a nice, quick job of dissolving the sugar.

Barbecue Sauce

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 Tbs dry mustard (Colman's if you want a good bite)
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
2 dashes hot pepper sauce

1. In a blender, combine brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce. Season with mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until smooth.

Source: All Recipes

Author Notes
This will fill a 32 ounce ketchup bottle exactly. Cut back on the brown sugar to make it less sweet, or add more Worcestershire for more 'steak sauce' appeal.

Have a great day