Friday, November 9, 2012

Vascular Surgery. Nursery Rhyme. Christmas.

femoral arteryI mentioned my vascular surgery yesterday, I was quite staggered, I emailed the surgeon’s office, I phoned and left a message and never heard a dicky bird, then, right out of the blue, I got an email with dates, times, pre op forms, you name it. My only complaint, couldn’t fill the forms out on the PC had to do it by hand and my handwriting is for the birds. So, with any luck, I should be able to walk again in December although I was reading what I wrote last year, June 16 I discovered, and it sounds as though I had a sore leg after. You’ll be getting as fed up with our medical histories the same as everyone was getting fed up with the election advertising. I also now know when I will be going in for the pre-op. I have been trying to work out the parking. The hospital parking lot is apparently $8 however long you spend. Seems a bit expensive. It is possible for Matt to drop me off and pick me up in a special spot by another door, but it’s a 15 minutes only parking place. I guess its going to cost $8 for the pre-op. Called the hospital, they said for short term used the parking meters next to the hospital.

I heard an ad, have heard it before, on the radio where a little girl is reciting a incy wincynursery rhyme. What she says is “itsy bitsy spider”, its not itsy bitsy its incy wincy. Grrr. It really irritates me, silly I know, but….. Most nursery rhymes started as lampoons of political happenings at the time they were written. There doesn’t seem to be any actually recorded history and on the North American continent the spider seems to have been give a bunch of different names. Ah well, it will, no doubt, continue to irritate the hell out of me.

It appears that all that dust from the new bathroom floor did cause me computer problems after all, I have had my computer guy here twice over the last 24 hours working on dust problems. What a pain. It seems to be fixed now. I have also spent a large portion of today making Christmas cards and printing address labels for them. Christmas is a cumin.

I thought this looked quite delicious although it does contain a few things I personally would change, not being a vegan, nor do I personally have a problem with gluten, but I think it would be a good recipe. I have friends who are not gluten tolerant or who are vegans, in both cases this is ideal.

Vegan Pasta Pie and Basic Vegan White Sauce

By The Gluten Free Goddess
WebMD Recipe from


  • 2 cups cooked gluten-free spaghetti noodles
  • 2 cups vegetables for roasting: leek, mushrooms, grape tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free cornbread crumbs
  • 6 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I used plain hemp milk)
  • 1 tablespoon rice or sorghum flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 portions egg replacer
  • pinch nutmeg
  • minced onion and garlic, to taste
  • dried Italian herbs: basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, to taste
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh chopped rosemary, to taste
  • vegan white sauce, recipe follows


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a deep 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Slice up a leek, and mushrooms and toss them into a roasting pan. Add enough grape tomatoes to bring the amount to two heaping cups or so. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with sea salt and ground pepper, herbs; toss to coat. Roast in the preheated oven till tender- about 30 minutes.
  3. Make the white sauce: In a sauce pan add the olive oil, non-dairy milk and flour; whisk and cook over medium heat. The flour will thicken the milk. Add in the nutritional yeast and whisk. Add the wine, mustard, nutmeg, minced onion and garlic, and stir till thickened. This is your basic vegan white sauce. Now we're going to make it a little eggy for the pie. Mix egg replacer for two eggs using warm non-dairy milk. Stir it into the white sauce.
  4. When the veggies are roasted, layer the cooked pasta in the prepared pie plate. Pour in the vegan white sauce mixture and shimmy the noodles a bit to allow the sauce to seep in. Top with the roasted veggies.
  5. Toss the cornbread crumbs in a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle over the pie. Press down a bit to compact the layers. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary. Arrange the uncooked asparagus spears on the top.
  6. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes or so, till piping hot.
  7. Allow the pie to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Use a sharp knife to slice and a pie shaped spatula/server.

Have a great day



  1. It was incy wincy spider when I was growing up but it appears there was a more 'adult' version in a book called Camp and Camino in Lower California (1910) page 279. using “blooming, bloody” spider instead of incy winsy.

    That was from Wiki ... but can't find a historic event linked to this rhyme

    1. I read about the more adult version, but like you couldn't find anything historical.

  2. Hope all goes well with the surgery. And seems like highway robbery that hospital charges you to park.

    1. Thanks Alex. And, isn't it just? Trying to make some money I guess, maybe the government doesn't give them enough.

  3. Surgery is never fun.

    Copying that recipe now!

    1. Thought you would like that recipe. You're right, surgery is never fun. Had the same surgery before so I know just how much fun this one will be.

  4. Good luck with the surgery. It was incy wincy spider when I was growing up in Australia too - and that was a long time ago..

    1. Thanks Helen.

      I find very often that you guys in Oz did very much the same things we did in the UK.

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