After lunch we went bowling for the second time this week. Because their Wednesday league is so huge, we had to bowl downstairs. Much to my surprised they had quite a few drop ins. However, at one point we had the whole alley to ourselves. I had a reasonable score, and then a good score with a final reasonable one again. Matt however, thrashed me in the last game getting a turkey and lots of strikes and spares. The owner and I were busy at the end talking about winter league teams and such for next week. I have been calling everyone to check that they are planning to return. When we were home later on, I called a couple more people and one of them called me back. We have friends who's name is Anderson. Bill and I used to work together but unfortunately he died of cancer a year or two back. You can imagine how startled I was to see Bill Anderson on the call display. Turned out that one of the bowlers, Jane Anderson, had been married to a Bill who was also 3 years deceased. An English couple too, they emigrated a few years after we did.
In the evening we watched a movie I had borrowed from the library, The Bucket List. I had seen it before but thought Matt would enjoy it again, in fact we both enjoyed it very much. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. The latter is a particular favourite of Matt's anyway, especially since his fantastic line "You can't handle the truth" from A Few Good Men. Mostly Matt enjoys all the parts Jack Nicholson plays. We both also like Morgan Freeman too, I especially liked him in Driving Miss Daisy. I have just received a couple of old movies I decided to buy, not watched them yet though. The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman again) I am awaiting another one and right now cannot remember what it was. Amazon had them on special for a few dollars so I grabbed them. I'm seriously thinking about buying this one, I enjoyed it so much for the second time.
The reason we couldn't bowl on Thursday as we normally do is because I am finally getting to see the vascular surgeon about my blocked carotid artery. I didn't realise I had been waiting so long, but I actually had the ultrasound on June 18th. My collapse, fainting spell, or whatever must have been about a week before that.
This from the New York Times this week. Sounds good although we don't have a barbecue of course, too dangerous in an apartment building.
- ⅔ cup dry-roasted peanuts, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons chile powder
- ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
- 2 racks of baby back ribs, about 2 1/4 pounds each
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Make the shake: Combine the peanuts, sesame oil and chile powder in a small bowl and mix well, then put in a sauté pan over medium-low heat and toast, tossing occasionally, until light brown and very fragrant, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. When the mixture has cooled to room temperature, stir in the scallions and set aside.
- Meanwhile, build a fire in your grill; when the coals are all covered with gray ash and the temperature is medium low (you can hold your hand 5 inches above the coals for about 7 seconds), you’re ready to cook. (For a gas grill, turn all burners to high, lower cover and heat for 15 minutes, then turn burners to medium low.)
- Sprinkle the ribs generously with salt and pepper, put them on the grill directly over the coals, and cook until a peek inside shows that the meat no longer has any pink at the center, about 10 to 12 minutes per side.
- While the ribs are grilling, prepare all the remaining ingredients but keep in separate containers.
- Take the racks of ribs off the grill, cut them into individual ribs, and put them in a large bowl. Add the hoisin, soy, orange juice and ginger one after another and toss with spirit. Lay the ribs out on a platter, sprinkle with the spicy peanut shake and serve.
Have a great day