Thursday, May 9, 2013

Summer League, Lids, Android Computer.

Towne LanesWell our first day of summer bowling went really well, my only problem was we were whipping through so fast, I didn’t seem to get a chance to sit down with the result that I was knackered at the end. Nevertheless everyone seemed to have fun although I did have to complain to the management because the had obviously been sticking bubble gum on the corner pins (they just wouldn’t go down). It was nice to bowl on well kept lanes, our old place really didn’t spend any money on anything if they could help it.

Talk about what we call ‘sod’s law’ in England and Murphy’s in Canada, we had medications to collect on the way home. I had kid proofrecently received a couple of refills with kid proof lids – you know, the push down and turn kind – I need a kid to open them. There used to be instruction on the drug store computer not to give me kid proof lids, anyway, knowing we were going in, I took my two refills in to change the lids. Once there, discovered I had picked up only one with a problem lid, the other being fine. Never thought to check and when I got home, found the new one I had just picked up had the same lid on it, grrr. Don’t know why I didn’t think to check. The pharmacist made the notation on their PC again, don’t know why it wasn’t still there. I still want to get the other lids changed though, they are a nuisance.

AndroidHaving posted the story of Ben and his horrific medical bills, I bought the book by his dad – David Farland – called Nightingale. It's good and I am enjoying it. I`m actually reading two books simultaneously as one is on my laptop, the other on my Kindle so I read the Kindle with my lunch. Talking of which I just told my husband he was buying me a birthday present, (September in case you ask) an android computer, but I had to buy it now whilst available. $129 from Worldstart and in case you wonder, I have bought a lot of stuff from them over the years. I've wanted an iPad for a long time, why I don`t really know, just did, but could never justify it, still can`t, but at that price, I couldn`t pass it up.

This recipe came from Food & Recipes and I thought it looked good. One could always serve asparagus on the side.

Coconut Fried Rice

WebMD Recipe

You can boost the yellow color of the brown rice by cooking the rice in low-sodium chicken broth instead of water. If you want to add some heat, add a tablespoon (or to taste) of chopped red chilies coconut-fried-rice-recipealong with the tomato.

  • 2 large eggs (use higher omega-3 fatty acid eggs if available)
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1  sweet or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic (depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons catsup
  • 1 cup finely diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk (or substitute whole milk or fat-free half-and-half)
  • one or two pinches saffron (available in small jars in the spice section of your market)
  • one or two pinches curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice (use a rice cooker, or cook on the stove)
  • 8 ounces or more shrimp (frozen, cooked, shelled and de-veined , thawed) or diced tofu; or cooked and shredded or diced chicken, beef, or pork)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • canola cooking spray
  1. Add eggs and egg substitute to medium bowl and beat with fork until well blended. Coat a large, nonstick wok or frying pan with canola cooking spray and start heating over medium-high heat. Pour in the egg mixture and either scramble or cook like an omelet (your choice). Set cooked eggs aside. If you made an omelet, cut into shreds before setting aside.
  2. To the same wok or frying pan, add canola oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and stir-fry until golden (a few minutes). Add salt (if desired), pepper, catsup, and diced tomato, and continue to stir-fry for a minute or two. Meanwhile, add the milk, saffron, curry and coconut extract to a 1-cup measure and stir to blend.
  3. Add the brown rice, shrimp and coconut milk mixture to the wok with the onion mixture and continue to stir-fry for a couple more minutes. Stir in the cooked egg pieces or strips.
  4. Arrange each serving of rice in a bowl and garnish with green onions and cilantro.
Have a great day


  1. That sounds (and looks) really tasty. I must stop reading when I'm hungry! I'm glad bowling went fairly well.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    1. Thanks Shannon, I love things with coconut in them, especially shrimp.

  2. I hate those lids. You really do need a small child to open them.

    1. I know, they drive you nuts don't they?

  3. I save the old lids and exchange them if the drugstore forgets, the containers are usually the same size. But yeah, a kid can open them, I can't, and it's the over the counter bottle that really get me. I don't know how many times I've torn up the palm of my hand trying to press hard enough and twist at the same time.

    I'm allergic to rice, hell, I'm allergic to food!

    1. Oh and wanted to say thanks for the good thoughts. We are all healing and mending and see a light at the end of the tunnel.
      Thank you!

    2. Unfortunately the pharmacy has started using some new pots so the caps I have won't fit.

      Sorry you are allergic to rice, are you really allergic to food?

      I am glad you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  4. My mother always goes nutty with the bottle cap issue...she has a tremor and having to push and twist is ridiculous for her...Ive never seen pills fly so far across the room.

    I love coconut rice although Ive never seen this recipe. I will have to check it out. Thanks!

    I read nitengale and a few of the other books are in progress now...I really think I am going to freak myself out with the scary one though. I am not sure what I was thinking..I usually cant take the spooky stuff!

    1. Can't she ask the pharmacist to give her easy bottle caps?

      Me too. Especially with shrimp.

      I am enjoying Nightingale, didn't download anything else

  5. I suspect you'll have loads of fun with the tablet. I love my Android. And the only thing worse than childproof lids are the bubble-packed, peel-off backs on migraine pills. Don't they realize how difficult it is to get to the pill while suffering a migraine? Alas, now I just pre-open them and store them in an old pill bottle--that has a child proof lid. LOL

    1. I hope so, hubby will probably say 'what do you need it for'.

      I hate blister packs too, I take Tylenol 3 when I have a migraine so they are in a bottle, but I have lots of other pills in blister packs. Opening them is difficult, as you say, with a migraine, opening anything is bad.