Thursday, June 1, 2017

Teeth, Willow Pattern, Phone, Bowling.

I dunno about "old age ain't for sissies" but I can tell you this partial denture ain't for sissies either. Today I finally could wear it without excruciating pain but it still wasn't full of joy. I still got pain at certain times when chomping on my vittles. My friend who has also had her teeth extracted this week has had her denture put in right away. Seems to be different for each dentist. Hers has told her to keep her denture in (if she can) mine says take it out at night!!! I used to think this was all my fault but I don't think it is.

I have one small piece of Willow Pattern china. Not sure how old it is, but I was looking at it this evening and thinking it needed a wash. So then I tried to remember the poem that was written about it. I googled and discovered there are several different versions, but this is the one closest to what I can remember.

Two birds flying high,
A Chinese vessel, sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four,
A willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese temple, there it stands,
Built upon the river sands.
An apple tree, with apples on,
A crooked fence to end my song.

Yesterday I received my new phone from my re-arrangement with my ISP. I had trouble with my SIM
card, I'm not good with cell phones, and ended up going down to the local store for help. I had it in the wrong place, duuh. This morning I texted the younger owner of the bowling alley to tell him I had a new toy, his response was to ask me if I had traded in Matt. LOL  So now I have a phone I can take pix with it. I used to have a phone like that but had changed it for something easier for Matt. Now he never uses the cell phone anyway. Talking of bowling, wasn't too bad today for the whole team. Not sure ow many points we won as we left before the other team finished their last game. Will see tomorrow.

Here's a Japanese take on asparagus.

Pork Belly Rolls with Asparagus and Enoki Mushrooms 

Impress your guests with this canapé recipe at your next party

16 thin slices pork belly
200 g baby asparagus
200 g enoki mushroom
3 Tbs Japanese soya sauce
6 Tbs mirin
2 Tbs olive oil

2 heaped tablespoons Korean chili paste
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs Japanese soya sauce

1. Mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce, adding a little water if you wish to thin it out.

2. Roll the pork belly with some baby asparagus, then repeat with the enoki. Continue until all the ingredients are used up.

3. Heat the mirin until it becomes thick and almost like a syrup. Add the soya sauce and olive oil.

4. Preheat the oven to 220°C.

5. Place the pork belly rolls on a roasting tray and crack some black pepper on them before brushing them with the soya sauce mixture.

6. Roast for about 12 minutes until they start becoming brown.

7. Serve with the dipping sauce at the side.

Servings: 4

Author: Mervyn Phan

Have a great day


  1. I couldn't remember what my folks did with their dentures at night, but I Googled and it looks like the ADA recommendation is to remove them. If I ever lose a tooth, I will get an implant.

    1. Unfortunately implants are not on my budget Denise. Extremely expensive. Never thought of Googling about it.

  2. It's confusing to me sometimes when doctors say one thing and then another says different. Sorry it's rough going.

    Funny about the new toy.

    1. You are so right Ivy, it is confusing.

      Yes, it was.

  3. Traded in Matt - LOL!

    My mother only had four real teeth left and denture top and bottom. It was strong motivation for me to take care of my own teeth.

    1. It was funny Diane. I'm much the same teeth wise but I think in my case, or so I am beginning to understand, it is because my jaw/gums shrank.

  4. Hi Jo - dentures are a nuisance - and are something I definitely don't want to experience ... my Ma had all her teeth at the end: I hope I do too. I go with what I feel is right ... i.e. right for me ...

    I've never heard of the Willow Pattern rhyme - so am very glad to read about it ... I'm sure we had some - but could be reproductions ... but thanks for the poem link ...

    Asparagus ... delicious ... cheers Hilary

    1. As far as I remember, my mother had a small partial, but my father had a total mouthful. Hope you can keep all yours too Hilary.

      Surprised you didn't know that rhyme. I think I have known it forever.

      Definitely delicious

  5. I have a blue willow piece I got in an antique shop in Snoqualmie, WA. I think it's real but I'm not sure.

    1. If it's genuine it will have markings on the back JoJo. Maybe you should go to Antiques Road Show.

  6. So I guess we'll be seeing a lot more photos now! Good! I had a set of Willow china but it was fake and from Target. The real stuff costs a fortune.

    1. My mother used to have Indian Tree which is a collectors pattern now. She had a few pieces of Willow. I just have the one piece which is genuine. Same as a few pieces of Delft etc.