Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DST, Life of Pi. Bowling. Bits and Pieces.

Now there’s odd. I wrote most of my A to Z posts before the time change. I always schedule them for 1 a.m. I went in yesterday to do some editing and lo and behold they were scheduled for 2 a.m. Presumably the system changed them when it changed everything else. I never knew it would do that. How very odd. I guess, for an hour, it doesn’t matter, but suppose it had been critical?

Oops, I downloaded Life of Pi from iTunes and dLife of Piecided to watch it. I was so engrossed, I ended up forgetting all about blogging. A great movie, I really enjoyed it. I do wonder how they filmed some of it though. I felt a bit sorry for Jackson Parker some of the time. I wonder which was the true story. I love this picture of the two of them in the boat.

Monday league bowling wasn’t the thrill it was last week, but my average, which is now 159, was beaten because over three games I averaged 167 although the first game was appalling. Anyway, I was pleased, obviously.

It was Matt’s youngest’s birthday today also her husband’s. Right now the time difference is only 4 hours because they haven’t yet changed their clocks in England. They were eating Chinese we were told. Which reminds me, the letter from the Mandarin allowing us to go for lunch for free arrived today, at long last. Have to use it by the end of April.

Here’s a different recipe from WebMD. They use tofu but I guess you could always go back to Ricotta if you preferred.

Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls
WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

Crumbled tofu replaces the ricotta in our Italian-style vegetarian meal.

Prep: 45 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes
  • 12  whole-wheat lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained, rinsed and crumbled
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 25-ounce jar marinara sauce, preferably lower-sodium, divided (or make your own)
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse, return to the pot and cover with cold water until ready to use.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add tofu and spinach and cook, stirring often, until the spinach wilts and the mixture is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; stir in Parmesan, olives, crushed red pepper, salt and 2/3 cup marinara sauce.
  3. Wipe out the pan and spread 1 cup of the remaining marinara sauce in the bottom. To make lasagna rolls, place a noodle on a work surface and spread 1/4 cup of the tofu filling along it. Roll up and place the roll, seam-side down, in the pan. Repeat with the remaining noodles and filling. (The tofu rolls will be tightly packed in the pan.) Spoon the remaining marinara sauce over the rolls.
  4. Place the pan over high heat, cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium; let simmer for 3 minutes. Sprinkle the rolls with mozzarella and cook, covered, until the cheese is melted and the rolls are heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.
Have a great day


  1. Greetings human, Jo,

    My humble apawlogies for not being able to keep up with your pawsts. Such is the busy life of this celebrity doggy :)

    Of course, speaking of time zones, you note that the UK doesn't go onto British Summer Time until March 30. This gets my human most confused. Has to remember to phone his mother in Vancouver, one hour earlier.

    Life of Pie would get my interest :)

    5 pin or 10 pin bowling?

    Happy birthday wishes are passed on.

    My humans both love lasagne. Note the English, English spelling :) Thanks for the recipe. I should cook it for my human.

    Also, Google Friend Connect is still not working. Sigh.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

    1. Very odd Miss Penny that Google Friend Connect isn't working, have used it on other sites without any problem.

      Vancouver is three hours later than me anyway, which would make it pretty difficult timewise from England.

      Sorry Penny, wrong pi. This one featured a tiger who would have made mincemeat of you. Me too come to that.

      5 pin. We 10 pin in the States sometimes. Prefer 5 though.

      I had forgotten it was lasagne in England. There are many differences which I have become so used to now, been here nearly 40 years, that I don't notice any more. One of the first was leash and lead. Something you would know about.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, although they are closer to you than me, being in Kent.

      Pawsitive wishes to you and your human from me.

    2. I just tried Google and it worked OK for me.

  2. I make a similar recipe and it always goes over well, though I never thought to use tofu. This recipe's healthier. Thanks, Jo.

    Be well.

    1. Lasagna or lasagne (see comment from the UK) isn't something I make, but I might have a go at these.

  3. Hi Jo - the language difference is always interesting isn't it ... let alone all the other aspects. The Life of Pi was a really good film .. like you I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I quite enjoy pasta - it's one of those things I don't cook often - being on my own I guess ... but a good pasta is always delicious ...

    10 days before our clocks go forward .. and we have daylight til 7.30! What a difference it makes ...

    Cheers Hilary

  4. I love pasta, can't often eat it though, my hips don't enjoy it.

    Maybe we should stay on summer time.