Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tip from my Mom, Doctor, Olympics

I don't know how many of my readers actually cook, but I thought I would pass on this tip I learned from my mother, many years ago, and only recently recalled. When she had to chop fresh herbs, which is a pain to do normally, she put them in a small basin and then using the tip of the scissors, snipped away at the herbs that way. So very easy. I really don't know why I haven't used that tip in years. Obviously senility kicking in!!

Everyone has been nagging advising  me to go to the doctor - however not too easy right now, yesterday was a holiday, today I have to take Matt to the Fracture Clinic. Reading up on IBS I think this may be a symptom of it. I have had IBS for years, although I didn't know it. They told me some 40 odd years ago that I had a spastic colon. I only recently discovered they were one and the same thing. Yes, I will go to the doctor as soon as I can.

Just watched Canada win the Women's Half Pipe Freestyle Gold. Canada is still in third place with the medals. Norway in first is well ahead. Germany is in second. We won a shared 2 man bob sled gold with Germany. Incredible they both did exactly the same time. So often these things are won by 100ths of a second. Ice dancing is on now but have to go to bed as Matt's appointment is at 9:35 am.

Oh dear, once in a while I really enjoy a "noodle bowl" for my lunch. Now I read how unhealthy they are, especially if you eat two bowls a week, which I don't. However, here is a recipe for making your own. Sounds pretty good.

Miso Ginger Noodle Bowl

Think of this comforting soup as a cross between ramen and miso soup. The broth gets instant depth from the bacon drippings in the pan, as well as the miso paste and shiitake mushrooms. You’ll find white miso paste at most supermarkets, either in the refrigerated soy product section or on the international foods aisle. Use it to enrich broths, marinades, or salad dressings, keeping in mind that a
little goes a long way. Give the eggs a quick rinse in their shells since they’ll simmer directly in the broth.

3 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
8 cups stemmed, sliced collard greens or kale
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 Tbs canola oil
1 (6-oz.) pkg. shiitake mushroom caps, sliced
2 Tbs white miso paste
2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
4 large eggs in shells, rinsed
4 oz dried flat brown rice noodles (such as Annie Chun's Pad Thai noodles)
1 cup matchstick-cut carrots

1. Heat bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high; cook 5 minutes or until crisp. Add greens and garlic; sauté 6 minutes. Place greens in a bowl; keep warm.

2. Heat oil in pan over medium-high. Add mushrooms; cook 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in miso and ginger; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add stock; bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add eggs in shells; cover and cook 7 minutes. Remove eggs from pan with a slotted spoon; plunge into ice water. Let stand 3 minutes; drain. Peel and halve eggs.

4. Bring soup to a boil. Add noodles; cook 2 minutes or until tender. Divide stock mixture evenly among 4 bowls; top evenly with greens, eggs, and carrots.

Servings: 4

Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. I have a good friend with IBS and have seen her in misery when we have traveled together. I have never eaten ramen noodles in one of those containers. I have been wanting to make some pad thai though and love Annie Chun's products. Take care of yourself.

    1. Most of my life it hasn't been much problem Denise, but in latter years it is playing me up. Don't know Annie Chun, wonder if we have them here? Thanks

  2. Still glad you are going to the doctor soon.
    Saw the bobsledders tie - really wild.

    1. Yup, some time this week Alex.

      It was something to see wasn't it. The women's half pipe was exciting too.

  3. Hi Jo - good luck with the docs ... and I hope you can sort it out. I haven't been watching the Olympics ... but sort of keep an eye open!

    I use a mezzaluna for my herbs - wonderful tool ... but use scissors sometimes too - take care with all the things going on - cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary, I've decided it must be my IBS however, I will get it checked. At least Matt has been properly checked out and Xrayed today. Never heard of a mezzaluna will check it out.

    2. Now I know what it is, didn't know the name Hilary. I don't have one either so snipping with scissors will do it for me.

  4. What's wrong with those noodles? I never eat that but my mom used to and my hubby will have cup of soup on occasion. I stayed up and watched the ice dancing which was amazing! I felt bad for the French pair because they were really good and her short program must have been so hard with her dress "malfunction..aka booby-hatched." The young U.S. brother and sister were also excellent but they were not as good as the other 2. I am hoping we kick U.S.'s ass in women's hockey..sorry U.S. friends:) I have IBS but i never threw up for no reason unless I was sick. I get wicked tummy aches and go from the C to the D and vice versa. I know there must be different severities though

    1. You should read the article Birgit, I linked to it. I didn't stay up but finally caught Virtu and Moir. Funny waiting in the hospital thought we were going to see it but after a few seconds they called us in - typical. Didn't actually see the malfunction or really hear about it. In fact the couple I enjoyed most were the ones who danced to Moonlight Sonata. I thought they were great to watch.

      Yes I get wicked pains in the lower gut. The stomach or tummy is just under the boobs, but the pains are usually pretty low down. I have never had this reaction before. We will see what the doc says.

  5. I haven't had Cup a Noodles in forever but I always liked them. Mostly the noodles with a little broth. I'd dump the rest out after the noodles were gone.

    1. We have lots of different varieties here JoJo, Asian as well as home manufactured. According to the article there are chemicals which aren't good plus the amount of sodium. It was the Asians who researched it.

  6. Good luck at the doctors Jo. IBS is horrible and I would hate to have it. the Canadians are great in the Winter Olympics. Aussies are terrible... no snow! Or very little anyway :)

    1. Like I said Pinky, for years I didn't know I did have it. Yes, I am delighted how well Canada is doing. No winter sports is not something one associates with Australia.