Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Bunny, Wedding Fever, Dyngus Day, Chocolate and Bowling

‌Lindt BunnyI hope you all had a great Easter and are enjoying a day off today. My Lindt Bunny didn’t survive Saturday night untouched although Matt’s wasn’t chomped into until Easter Sunday. We both went for the ears which is apparently what the lindt-deaf-bunnymajority do. This morning I still have some left, Matt, however, finished his. Looking for a picture, I see Lindt have their own version of the bunny joke. Those are both dark chocolate bunnies. You can tell by the colour of the ribbon.

Watching TV yesterday they were talking about the choirs which will be singing at the Royal Wedding on Friday, there are two of them, both composed  of boy singers, don’t think there were any adults. One thing that surprised us, they are not allowed to eat chocolate which is bad for the voice. Matt used to be a chorister and had never heard that before, nor had I. I wonder why its bad for the voice, I shall have to try and find out.

Needless to say Good Morning America is full of the Royal Wedding. Half their presenters are in London together with several ABC people from other programmes. Elton John has been invited and Barbara Walters was talking to him about his contacts with the Royal Family. Whilst talking, Sir Elton was extremely critical of the British Press and the way they hound royalty. He used to be a friend of Princess Diana which is why he has been invited. The royal guest list includes other royalty and heads of state. The Middleton guest list includes their postman, their butcher and the owner of the local pub. Poor Matt, he has just turned off GMA in disgust because it is all about the wedding. Typical male, not really interested and will be glad when its over.

Today is Dyngus Day, what’s that you ask? I’m not Dyngus Daytotally sure myself. It is a post Lenten bash. It seems to be originally a Polish celebration held on Easter Monday and one of the biggest celebrations is in Buffalo, NY. Apparently there is a lot of Polka dancing involved. Go to http://tinyurl.com/d3zyq8 for more information – I like the comment, for those about to Polka we salute you.

Today is also the last day we will be bowling with Bowling Pinsour winter league. The banquet is next Monday but that is Election Day so we will be working. The following Monday we start the summer league which doesn’t last many weeks. I am sorry we won’t make the banquet, its always a fun time.

I have mentioned Recipe du Jour in the past. They just came up with a new asparagus recipe which I asked permission to share. If you have really fresh asparagus, picked that day, you will not need to snap off the ends. For some reason the longer they are picked the woodier the stems become. Takes a few days though, so if you buy stuff with stems which need snapping you know they are probably more than a week old.

Cheesy Asparagus Pie

Serves 8


1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagusasparagus
1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 (8-ounce) package shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Snap off tough ends of asparagus (trimmed to about 5 inches). Cook in boiling water to cover 30 seconds; drain. Plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.

Reserve 9 spears; set aside. Coarsely chop remaining asparagus; set aside. Unfold piecrusts; stack on a lightly floured surface, and roll into a
14-inch circle. Fit piecrust into an 11-inch tart pan, trimming excess dough. Line piecrust with foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Place tart pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 425F for 12 minutes; remove weights and foil. Bake 2 more minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Set aside. Brush bottom and sides of crust with mustard. Sprinkle with half of cheese, chopped asparagus, onion, and remaining cheese. Arrange reserved asparagus spears over cheese. Whisk together half-and-half and remaining ingredients. Pour mixture evenly over asparagus.

Bake at 375F for 25 minutes or until set and golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes. 

Have a great day

Jo

4 comments:

  1. Dairy products including chocolate are full of fat which coats the throat and thickens the mucus. That's gotta be bad, especially for higher range voices.

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  2. Interesting Mike. How long has this been known? It certainly wasn't a factor when Matt was singing and he was a top boy chorister in his day. So they must have discovered it since. Do Beth's group get told this as well? I think I would quit singing LOL

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  3. Beth tends to avoid dairy before a performance but it won't stop her from eating chocolate at any other time! The effect is thankfully temporary!

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