Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday Morning, Insurances, Exercises, Asparagus Farm.

Happy Monday - first the lawnmower started running around the building at 7:15 a.m. which I managed to ignore and slept a bit more, but then at a little past 8 the construction workers started drilling a balcony. Grrrr. I guess, because of the rain, I had almost forgotten them. Then, I am sitting at my computer when I heard a crash. A frog ornament, which I have had for many a year, perched on the toilet tank, vibrated right off it. And that drilling is not even on our side of the wing.

One thing I did get round to was paying the insurance on the car and the contents of the apartment. There's over $1,000 gone in a flash. Of course I paid with Visa because I get 1% back. It all mounts up by the end of the year. I do save up for the insurance all through the year by the way. That way I don't miss it when I have to shell out.

Later I was a good girl and went down to exercise class. I can no longer do as much as I did a year ago unfortunately, but I figure it is good for me to go. I just wish I could get Matt to go. It's odd, he has been athletic all his life (he used to be a gymnast) and the only thing he does today is bowl whereas I have never been athletic at all and am now more active than I have ever been. School days. if I could get out of games or gymnastics I did. Hated it.

After the class we went to the asparagus farm, penultimate visit, I plan one more on Friday. Today they had a relish for us to sample. Delicious so, of course, I bought some. It has asparagus in it too, I bet that surprised you LOL. I bought quite a lot of asparagus for other people and some rhubarb for one friend. I wasn't even sure if that was still available but it was. I bought some strawberries for us. Plus a spear or two of asparagus of course!!! I had run out of asparagus the day before so planned to have some for supper. I ended up with this recipe. It is very good.

Asparagus With Poached Eggs and Parmesan

8 large eggs
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt, divided
2 bunches asparagus spears, trimmed (about 40)
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 Tbs coarsely grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided

1. Break the eggs into 8 individual containers (such as teacups, prep bowls, or paper cups). Fill a large, low-sided pan with water, and add vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

2. Meanwhile, bring a separate pot of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add asparagus spears, and cook 3–4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus with tongs, and set aside.

3. Dry the medium saucepan. Add olive oil, and heat over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté about 1 minute. Turn off heat; add butter, and swirl pan. Add lemon juice, parsley, remaining salt, and pepper; swirl pan again to combine. Add asparagus and 2 tablespoons Parmesan; then toss with lemon-butter sauce to coat.

4. Slowly pour each egg into the boiling poaching water; cook 2 minutes. Turn off heat, and remove pan from burner. Divide asparagus among 4 plates. (Bring plates close to pan with poached eggs, and place a folded clean kitchen towel next to plates.)

5. Remove the eggs from water with a slotted spoon, 1 at a time, blotting bottom of spoon on towel to absorb excess moisture. Place 2 eggs on each mound of asparagus. Pour any remaining sauce over each serving, and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Source: Health

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - well done ... lots going on - but disturbed mornings are a right pain. Love asparagus and poached eggs ... preferably both separately! But that's me ... and parmesan adds an extra savoury taste to the dish ... cheers Hilary

    1. They started drilling at 8:45 this morning. I really enjoy them together Hilary, you should try it.

  2. When the construction crew were working on our street, they woke us up many a time. We took most of our stuff off the walls etc... due to all the construction.

    1. I'm sure, but this is actually on the building which makes it pretty bad Birgit. Never thought of doing any of that. I will when they actually get to our apartment.

  3. I feel for you. Construction work can really get you down.The recipe is just my kind of food. I'll be trying it come asparagus season.

    1. It sure can Helen and they haven't even started on our own balcony yet, still the other side of our wing. I think it will be bloody awful when they do. Yes, this is a delicious way of combining eggs and asparagus.

  4. That egg dish sounds so good. I'd love to make that right now but it looks like a lot of work for just me.

    1. It was good, but it is a lot of work for one JoJo. Can't you wait til Russell gets home?

  5. That's some serious vibrations.
    I was never much for sports when I was younger, but now I'm in the best shape of my life and run over five miles a day.

    1. And they're not even "Good Vibrations" Alex.

      I used to walk 4 miles a day when we lived in NC but now I can't walk a block unfortunately.

  6. Hi Jo,

    Workers making loads of racket in the morning is such an aggravation.

    Well done for going to exercise class.


    1. Ain't it just Gary. Trouble is it goes on all day too other than when they take a break which they do fairly often. Maybe they have to take a rest as all the vibration and noise, can't be good for them either.

      Yup, I was pleased with myself LOL. Tomorrow bowling. Good night to you and Penny.