Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, Bowling Banquet, Jo You Rock Award.

I’m not sure where my head is at the moment, I discovered late in the morning that although I had posted my Monday’s blog,  I had never checked it for format. Duuh. Then at 9:30 this evening (Monday) I suddenly realised I hadn’t written my blog for Tuesday.

My main news is that I was awarded a Jo You Rock by Alex J. Cavenaugh. I am very honoured to have been selected amongst all the people who have been selected previously and am proud to show my new badge at the side. Alex was very complimentary too. On his blog I also heard about the game Bloody Mary which I had never heard of before. I asked some Canadian friends at the bowling alley and none of them had heard of it either. It appears that if you say Bloody Mary in a dark room kids believe you will call up spirits. Sounds a tad daft to me. But kids do play some odd games the object is, apparently, to scare the you know what out of themselves.

Monday lunchtime we had our bowling banquet at the alley and we Pin_Animation1[1]were fed on beef with all the trimmings including jellied salad, something I will never cotton to I’m afraid. For desserts we got lemon meringue pie or apple pie. It was a very good meal. We then bowled our usual three games which, because it didn’t matter any more, I scored reasonably well. Oh, I forgot, Matt won high single with a 262. He had the sense to bowl such a high score in the league rather than on a day when it didn’t count. Many of the members of this league will not be joining us for the summer league which starts on Wednesday. They will be returning next September for our next winter league though. That starts on September 14, my birthday would you believe.

Some people seem to be enjoying the asparagus recipes according to the comments. As I also picked up some rhubarb I should look up some rhubarb recipes. Not that I do anything more than stew mine as it’s just for me. I do have a lot of recipes for it though.

One thing I always ensure that I make during asparagus season is Tim Barrie’s mom’s Asparagus Soup. I make a stack of it and then we eat it over the winter months.

 Barrie's Asparagus Soup Recipe

Asparagus soup
My Mom's Famous!!!

1 lb asparagus chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbs butter or margarine
2 Tbs flour
1/2 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
fresh chives for garnish

1. In a covered saucepan, boil the asparagus, onion and 1 cup of chicken broth. When the asparagus is tender and still bright green, blend to a purée (this purée can be frozen and used for future batches of soup.
2. In a large saucepan heat the butter and flour on medium to make a paste. Cook until golden. Stir occasionally as you add the 2nd cup chicken broth, making sure lumps don't form.
3. Stir in the salt, pepper, purée, milk. Bring to a boil.
4. Take soup off heat. Measure the yogurt or sour cream into a bowl and stir in spoonfuls of hot soup, little by little. Now, carefully stir this warmed yogurt or sour cream mixture back into the pan of soup.
5. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice, or to taste.
6. Serve in individual bowls, sprinkled with chopped chives.
7. (makes 3 1/2 to 4 cups of soup)

Servings: 4

Author: Mrs. Barrie

Have a great day
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26 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your award! My sister brought round a rhubarb crumble for Sunday lunch. I cooked roast lamb and it made a lovely end to the meal.

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    1. Oh PL I wish I had been there, especially for the roast lamb. Must do something with my rhubarb today.

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  2. Congrats on your You Rock award! Alex said some pretty nice things about you, and they were all true, Jo! Glad you had a nice time at the bowling banquet. It's cooling off again here, so the asparagus soup sounds like a wonderful way to warm up.

    Julie

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    1. Thank you so much Julie. Yes the banquet was fun. I didn't eat too much either which is a surprise. I love this soup.

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  3. Bloody Mary has always been a drink to me.

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  4. Love the new award! Oh yeah, the Bloody Mary thing....we did that as kids during sleepovers. You're supposed to say it into a mirror, in the dark or with a candle, and conjure up a ghost. We only ended up scaring each other.

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    1. Thanks. Funny no-one seems to know about Bloody Mary here or in the UK.

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  5. You are definitely worthy and I appreciate your friendship!
    You should put together a book of asparagus recipes.

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    1. Thanks Alex.

      Not sure I could do that although if I give accreditation for all the recipes, maybe

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  6. Congrats on the award! Your bowling sounds fun, along with the banquet :) Jello I think is made for kids :)

    betty

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    1. Thanks Betty. Yes, we both enjoy our bowling. We bowl on a league once a week for most of the year, be it summer or winter leagues, then we bowl on our own, just the two of us, for another day, usually Thursday.

      I don't mind Jello, but not on a plate of meat, potatoes and veg with gravy. Yuk. Jello is dessert in my book.

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  7. Well done to both of you on the awards. It's always nice get recognition

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    1. Thanks Helen. You're right, it is.

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  8. Kudos to you for winning the award. I'm sure it was well deserved.
    Great Have never made asparagus soup before so this will be a first. Am trying to expand my home made soup abilities!

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    1. Thanks Patricia. It was certainly appreciated.

      You will like this soup. You should be able to get fresh asparagus. I make lots of soups - one of my favourites is pumpkin. I don't like pumpkin pie which is so popular here, but the soup, which I first had in Malta, is wonderful and easy to make.

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  9. Being a Canuck as well, I never heard of Bloody Mary. When i read about this I knew that is what kids do but i can't tell you where I learned this. Congratulations for being on Alex's You Rock post.

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    1. Seems to have been a US thing Birgit. As one English person commented, to us it was a drink, and a Queen.

      Thanks, I was delighted.

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  10. Not many of my family liked asparagus as children, but now? Big change, and finding a new recipe for asparagus thrills them, and me.

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    1. Well Susan, you should find a few your family like over the next couple of weeks or so I hope anyway.

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  11. Hi Jo,

    You most certainly do Rock and bowl. Congrats on that award by Alex.

    Matt came up with a mighty fine high single in five pin bowling. I miss five pin bowling as will become apparent in an upcoming post.

    I never heard of the Bloody Mary game either.

    Cheers, eh.

    Gary

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    1. Thank you Gary.

      Did you know I had a 306 earlier in the season? Unfortunately not in the league though.

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  12. Rock on JO! Well deserved. Alex doesn't give those awards out willy nilly! Glad your bowling continues unabated!

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    1. Thanks Denise. I was very pleased to get the award. We don't stop bowling unless the alley is shut.

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  13. Yes, an award well deserved - and then also kudos to Matt - wow! 267!

    Recipe books with donated recipes do well! Coordinating maybe be a job but fun in he long run!

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    1. Thanks Yolanda.

      Donated recipes maybe, but mine are not actually donated. I have lots of recipes of course so you never know, it might be possible.

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