Friday, June 29, 2012

Doctor, Scam, Here Lizard, Snake, Bomber Drops Poppies.

Having seen the neurologist yesterday, Matt has now to go for an MRI on his brain – I forebore to make the crack that he didn’t have one. They really don’t seem to know what is wrong with him and there is doubt being cast on whether his TIAs were actually TIAs.

In common with most people, I get emails telling me I have a lot of money coming my way in scamone form or another. However, yesterday I got a bit of a laugh from the one telling me the courier carrying $2.5 million US dollars was stuck at an airport with the box of money because he had lost my address and his ticket was about to expire. Poor fella.  Do they think people are that gullible? In fact are there people out there who are that gullible? I hope not. This picture reminds me of the Taco Bell Chihuahua who was trying to catch Godzilla. Did you see that ad? Used to crack me up.

snake on the arm
Weird, driving home from the doctors’ yesterday I saw a man on a bicycle holding one arm in front of him, he had something wrapped around his wrist, I figured he had hurt it until I got closer. He had a snake curled round his wrist, I couldn’t believe it. Obviously I have no idea what kind of snake, but how very odd to go cycling down the road with a snake. Not as big as this one mind you.

Yesterday in London, there was a Lancaster bomber flying over and droppingLancaster and poppies thousands of poppies in Green Park, escorted by Spitfires. It was the a way of memorialising the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who died in the Second World War. Oddly enough there was a programme about Lancasters on TV last night as well. Matt obviously was keen to watch it. I have mentioned before, they have a working Lancaster in Hamilton at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – it costs a small fortune to ride in it though.

I thought this picture looked yummy and will certainly be trying it fairly soon.. I am not sure the combination of chicken and shrimp will appeal to Matt, but it sure does to me.

Chicken XimXim With Ground Peanuts

WebMD Recipe from
In African dialect, ximxim means "stew." Using ground peanuts, shrimp andchicken_ximxim_with_ground_peanuts coconut in stews is distinctly African. Enjoy spooned over brown rice.

Servings: 8
Recipe Ingredients:
  1. 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  2. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-size pieces
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  5. 1 large onion, chopped
  6. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  7. 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
  8. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  9. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  10. 1/4 cup dried shrimp, or 3 tablespoons fish sauce, optional
  11. 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  12. 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  13. 3/4 cup “lite” coconut milk
Recipe Steps:
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt and pepper and sauté, stirring often, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, parsley and garlic, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and bubbly, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place dried shrimp (if using) in a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl. Add peanuts to the processor and process until finely ground. Combine the ground shrimp (or fish sauce), if using, with the ground peanuts.
  4. Add broth, coconut milk and the peanut mixture to the pot. Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
Have a great day


  1. Re Lancasters and the Bomber Command Memorial. At Teesside (now called Durham Tees Valley) there is a statue of Andrew Mynarski VC of the Royal Canadian Airforce who lost his life flying from what was then RAF Middleton St George during the war. Check out my post

    1. Thanks Bob, I will check your blog later - got an early doc appointment today. Hubby remembers all the planes going over on D Day and such and used to watch dog fights in the sky - he lived in Kent - during the Battle of Britain. He is much more familiar with warplanes than I am. I accuse him of being so much older than I LOL

  2. I especially like the creative scams, the ones that say that their husband was poisoned by his partners, etc. etc. Jo, it would be terrific if your husband could be your guest blogger and he would re-tell what it was like to be in Kent and watch those dog fights during the Battle of Britain. Things would have been so different in the world today if it weren't for Britain.

    1. Must say I never thought of Matt telling his memories of that time, don't know if he would, but I will try and get him to do something. thanks for the idea.

    2. when I mentioned this to him, he said no way - he was only about 4 or 5 at the time.

  3. Just an idea :) Happy Canada Day!

    1. I thought it was a good one but had an idea hubby wouldn't be enthusiastic. Thanks for the good wishes.