Friday, September 30, 2011

Bowling, Janus Cat

Wasn’t too sure if I would be going bowling 5-pinon the Travel League yesterday, but I went and it was fun. Had a chicken Caesar for lunch and then bowled two good games and one lousy one. Par for the course I guess. Matt did very much the same. It was great to see people we hadn’t seen all summer – I was surprised one of our friends had been to England in June. Didn’t know he was going. We have a few new people on the Travel League one of whom we discovered is on our team for our Monday Senior’s League.

The doc’s office called with Matt’s blood test results, but no-one called about my X-rays, I didn’t think to ask at the time and then it was too late to call them. I am very anxious to know what turned up, if anything.

Of course today is bowling on our regular league, we haven’t Friday bowled yet this season and I am not quite sure if I am up to it again. Ve shall see. Sorry to rabbit on about my health, but as you get older, it becomes somewhat of a preoccupation. A friend says when we were younger we talked about sex now we are older we talk about illness.

FrankenlouieAn incredible story caught my eye about a Janus cat or a two faced cat which was only expected to last a few days and has now survived for 12 years. The owner saved it from being put to sleep but nobody thought it would survive. It has two faces, two mouths, three eyes and its owner calls it Frank and Louie. Sorry, I don’t think I would want to live with such an animal although I am sure there are many who wouldn’t hesitate. Must admit I have been wondering which mouth it uses to eat or does it use both?

I complained to about their new introduction of various Kindles in particular because there is a very inexpensive one as well as the top of the line one at $199. They apologised but said if I wanted to order one they would waive the postage and handling. Big deal, I am not too happy with them. I sure am NOT going to buy a second one when I only bought the one I have in July. Am I being unreasonable?

I tend not to enjoy foods made with apples especially if they are desserts, but when it comes to savoury things, I am often there with the best of them. Eating Well are currently promoting apples as being the best fruit you can eat for your health and here is one of their recipes. We always have pork tenderloins in our freezer, buy some really nice ones from Costco.

Apple-&-Leek-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Apple Leek Pork TenderloinFrom EatingWell: September/October 2009

Stuff pork tenderloin with apple and leek to take it from ordinary to elegant. Our easy method of tying the roast together keeps the filling inside while you brown and roast it. We use applejack, brandy made from apple cider, for depth of flavor in the pan sauce, but you can use 1/2 cup cider if you prefer.

4 servings Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 cup chopped leek, white and light green parts only, rinsed
  • 1 sweet apple, such as Braeburn, Honeycrisp or Macoun, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus 1 sprig, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1-1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup applejack or apple brandy
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leek and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add apple, chopped thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apple is beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool. Rinse out the pan.
  3. To butterfly the tenderloin, lay it on a large cutting board. Holding the knife blade flat and parallel to the board, make a lengthwise cut through the center of the meat, stopping short of the opposite edge so that the tenderloin remains in one piece. Open as you would a book. Cover with plastic wrap. With a meat mallet, rolling pin or heavy pan, pound the pork to an even 1/4-inch thickness.
  4. Spread the apple mixture in the center of the pork, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Starting at a long side, roll up the pork to enclose the filling. To keep the stuffing from falling out during roasting, fold in about 1 inch of the two short ends. Tie kitchen string firmly lengthwise around the roast to secure the two ends. Then tie it crosswise with string at 2-inch intervals. Lightly brush the roast with 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and brown the roast on all sides, about 4 minutes total. Transfer the roast to a rimmed baking sheet (set the pan aside). Place in the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F, about 15 minutes. Let rest on a clean cutting board for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Crush garlic with the flat side of a knife. Return the pan to medium-high heat. Add applejack (or apple brandy), thyme sprig and the garlic; bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Whisk cider and cornstarch and add to the pan. Return to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by just over half (to about 3/4 cup), 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; discard the garlic and thyme. Whisk in mustard and any juice from the baking sheet. Slice the pork and serve with the sauce.

Per serving :366 Calories; 11 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 7 g Mono; 74 mg Cholesterol; 27 g Carbohydrates; 24 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 561 mg Sodium; 534 mg Potassium

Have a great day


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