Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mandarin, Cooking, Hospital,

Ii either post too early or forget to post at all!!!!

Our trip to Mandarin was relatively successful, I say relatively because there was one kid running up and down the restaurant and another sitting in a high chair, banging her feet and periodically emitting and ear piercing shriek. Really made our day. However, the food was good, as usual. I primarily went Japanese this time with the odd Chinese thing thrown in. They did still have some Moon Cake so I had a little of that and some super ice cream that I cannot remember the name of. I had some last time but still don't know the name. It is lavender in colour mixed with some white.

We then collected the weekly shopping - new girl working there. Seems very capable. The click and collect manager is on holiday. When we came home and had finally put the shopping away, I decided to make the bean dish I posted the other day. Having done so, I realised we didn't need a heavy supper after our lunch so we had Cambazola Cheese and one of my heavy buns LOL. Will save the beans for tomorrow when I come back from the hospital.

In case you don't remember, I am going for a CT Angiogram Wednesday afternoon. Not 100% sure what that is although I know they give you a dye. Not sure why I never thought of Googling before. This is what I got "CT angiography uses a CT scanner to produce detailed images of both blood vessels and tissues in various parts of the body. An iodine-rich contrast material (dye) is usually injected through a small catheter placed in a vein of the arm." I have had something similar before and I believe the dye upset me a bit. I just found out what CT stands for, Computed Tomography. 

I just bought a roast and came across this recipe which I thought I might try.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

1 (4 -5 lb) beef roast, any kind
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package brown gravy mix, dry
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package dried Italian salad dressing mix
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package ranch dressing mix, dry*
1/2 cup water
1 cup red wine
potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, celery and onion

1. Place beef roast in crock pot.

2. Mix the dried mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over the roast.

3. Pour the water around the roast.

4. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

* Use onion soup mix instead of ranch.

6. Add one cup of red wine.

5. Add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, celery and onion 2-3 hours before end.

Servings: 8

Source: Genius Kitchen

Have a great day

Monday, October 15, 2018

Bowling, Opioids, Mandarin,

Bowling today of course, and my first two games were appalling. You would have thought I had never held a bowling ball in my life, I redeemed myself with my third game, but my average has taken a plunge. One thing, however, I wasn't suffering as much pain in my legs as usual. Not sure what's doing that, could be a combination of things. Whatever it is, I was grateful.  Despite my performance we took 6 of the 7 points available. We are currently in 4th place. Having phoned ahead, I dropped into The Grain Harvest where I buy buns I like, she had saved me 48 (if they go in the freezer they are sold for half price, I'm not stupid!!) however, that's a lot of buns, and heaving them upstairs to the apartment was not easy. Had to sit for a while. However, I have enough for quite a few lunches. So the pain got me in the end!!

Duuh, I wrote to the wrong political office so they referred me to the right one and I composed another email about Tylenol 3. I wish I had a magic wand, I would gift some of these politicians with the kind of pain seniors get, just for a couple of days, so they would know what it's like. Not just seniors of course, but they are apparently being targeted at the moment.

Tomorrow (today now I guess) we are going to the Mandarin for lunch with our usual friends, seems like quite a while since we went but Moon Festival is still on so it can't be that long ago. Wonder if they will have any moon cake left. I recall, one year, going late in the season of the Moon Festival and they had run out of moon cake.

Using leftovers (Marmalade Pork Tenderloin) for supper Monday night, I needed an extra and had some spinach in the fridge so I prepared this, it wasn't bad. Of course, I didn't make nearly as much as the recipe says.

Garlic Sautéed Spinach

1 ½ lb(s) baby spinach leaves
2 Tbs good olive oil
2 Tbs garlic, chopped (6 cloves)
2 tsp kosher salt
¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs unsalted butter
Sea or kosher salt (optional)

1. Rinse the spinach well in cold water to make sure it's very clean. Spin it dry in a salad spinner, leaving just a little water clinging to the leaves.

2. In a very large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 1 minute, but not until it's browned. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for 2 minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving bowl and top with the butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt. Serve hot.

Servings: 6

Author: Ina Garten

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Waterups, Senior Medications, Cooking, Dr. Who.

This is a fascinating picture, a storm called Callum is causing the water to go upwards instead of down - Scotland.

I have written to our MP this morning about the treatment of seniors as addicts. I have also written to CARP (same as AARP in the US) in the hope that they too will become involved. Having already endeavoured to spread the information on Facebook. I do not use Twitter unfortunately, at this time it is perhaps a pity that I don't.

I kind of planned ahead this weekend. Friday I cooked Thai Pineapple Shrimp Curry which is enough for two meals, finished it Sunday night, then Saturday I did
Marmalade Pork Tenderloin which will give us supper for Monday. Mine didn't look anything like the picture but it was delicious nevertheless. I am thinking I will do the Stewed White Beans I posted the other day for Wednesday - I have an afternoon CT Angiogram to go for so suspect we will be fairly late home. The Curry calls for toasted peanuts but I usually use toasted cashews which we have in house all the time. Recently discovered where to buy them at half the price I pay in our regular grocery store. It is Bulkville, but unfortunately a bit of a walk for me. However, it can be done. In fact I will walk to the bench right outside the store, wait for my legs to stop hurting and then go into the store. Reversing the process when I come out.

Tomorrow is, of course, league bowling which we both look forward to. The son at the alley is a Dr. Who Fanatic and they have just introduced a Barbie Doll of the current Dr. Who - a female!! I was telling him he should buy it as it will probably be worth a fortune in 50 years or less. It occurs to me the programme has to have been running 50 years (actually 55) or more. Just read this interesting snippet on Google Doctor Who first appeared on BBC TV at 17:16:20 GMT on Saturday, 23 November 1963; this was eighty seconds later than the scheduled programme time, due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy the previous day. I didn't remember that. I used to watch the programme when it first started. 

Brussels should be getting good now, never so nice in the summer. This seems a tasty way of eating them.

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Slaw

1 cup thinly diagonally sliced carrots
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
12 oz Brussels sprouts, shredded (about 5 cups)
2 Tbs toasted sliced almonds

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring to coat. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds

Servings: 6

Source: Cooking Light

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