Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bowling, Weather, Disasters.

Bowling yesterday of course, and I actually had a good day with one Bowling Pin Placement 5very good game bearing in mind how long it has been for me to settle down to regularly bowling in a different alley. However, I didn’t find out til she had gone, but one of our close friends bowled really well and certainly beat me to a fare thee well with her scores. One of her games was 295 apparently, I didn’t get anywhere near that. Ah well, maybe next time. Bear in mind that for 5 pin bowling, a perfect score is 400. Yesterday's score could certainly earn her high single I think.

The weather was once again really sunny yesterday. I even saw sunshinepictures of people having their Thanksgiving dinners outside. Very unusual for October. However, we are told by the weather bureau that this is coming to an end today. Such a pity it has been delightful other than when I sit in my chair and try to use my laptop with the sun streaming in and I can’t see a damned thing. We always get lots of sun in the winter months, but it’s not usually so hot. In the summer we are lucky it doesn’t shine into our apartment.

Been a bad earthquake in the Philippines with, at the time of writing, 6 people dead. A friend reports on Facebook that there is india-cycloneextensive damage in the south. At least she and her family are OK. The cyclone Phailin appears to have accounted for 17 dead, last I heard, and also caused lots of damage. They say the massive evacuation kept many alive. However, it seems to have disappeared from the news reports already. Having gone through a bunch of hurricanes when we lived in North Carolina, I can very much sympathise with people who are hit by them. We were lucky in that we only lost 19 trees over the years and never sustained damage to our home unlike the picture above.

I have, over the years, made many a Hungarian Goulash. This recipe from Cooking.com seems very similar. I am very fond of all kinds of soups and I think this one sounds delicious.

Hungarian Beef-and-Potato Soup

Source: Quick from Scratch - Soups and Salads
Serves 4

Rec ImageTraditionally, this soup would be made with cubes of beef, but when you want a quick weeknight dinner, who can wait for meat to braise? We use ground beef instead. If you like your soup spicy, substitute hot paprika for some of the sweet paprika here.

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 pound boiling potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 1/4 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 cups canned low-sodium beef broth or homemade stock
3 cups water

Set a large pot over moderate heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring to break it up, until the meat is no longer pink, about 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the potatoes, paprika, cayenne, marjoram, caraway seeds, salt, tomato paste, broth, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

Use one cup of wide egg noodles instead of the potatoes. You'll only need to simmer the soup for about five minutes, since the noodles don't take quite as long to cook.

Have a great day


  1. What a great score!

    Sunshine - boy do we need a dry out! We got 9.85 inches of rain and it got into our electrical breaker box. Actually wound it's way down via the electrical cables and piping into the box. Lost power, and water. 30 hours later all is well - I hope!
    Can't imagine all that and the winds of a cyclone too!

    1. Wasn't it.

      That's one hell of a lot of rain. Glad you have power back again.

  2. I'm going bowling Friday night with some friends from my track and field club. It's a fun game to play even though I'm a terrible player. I think I only ever broke 100, once. Oh well, at least the drinks are good. However, my family started a tradition a couple years ago and we go bowling with the kids on Halloween. It's fun to go out all dressed up, the kids love it (me too) (:
    The weather here is typical for mid October, rain and gloomy. I hadn't heard about the earthquake in the Philippines, that's just awful. At least the evacuation got a lot of folks out in time.

    1. Sounds like a fun tradition. I never think of bowling and France, I don't know why not. Hope you break 100 this time. Of course you will be 10 pin bowling. Sounds fun being dressed up for Hallowe'en.

      Lots of disasters again.

  3. Sunshine? What on earth is that?
    No hurricanes this year for us. Good.

    1. It's that big yellow disk in the sky Alex.

      There were lots of hurricanes but at least they didn't come ashore. You must be pretty close to where so many of them do seem to come ashore in NC though.

  4. We're cooler here. Not a lot of sun happening.

    What would bowling weather disasters be? When the sprinkler system comes on by accident?

  5. Not so sunny yet, but looks like it's on its way.

    Thought I'd forgotten the commas. Maybe a leaky roof at the bowling alley.

  6. Glad you had a good bowling session! I hadn't heard of 5 pin. We used to bowl 10 pin (well those without fused wrists still do...) and on the Wii there's 100 pin bowling which I'm quite good at. I imagine the strategy and alignment and the rules for picking up spares would be quite different with them spaced further apart. Wish I could try.
    That soup sounds like just what I need right now...
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. Well 5 pin was invented by a Canadian and only played in Canada as far as I am aware. I would have thought a fused wrist would be good, we are all working to keep our wrist and arm as straight as possible LOL. Only place you could try would be up here even if you were able.

      Hope you are feeling a bit better. I would think that soup would be perfect for you at the moment.

    2. Well yes, the straight wrist is good, but it's too weak. I can only hold about 8-10 pounds, and I can't put any spin on the ball at all. I have limited conrol over it, fine motor wise, so sometimes all the fingers don't let go at the same time...it's a mess.
      Tina @ Life is Good

    3. You have to remember a 5 pin ball is in the 3 lbs range so not as heavy. You don't even really need to put spin on it either. Not only that you hold the ball in your fingers, not stick your fingers inside. Come to Canada and I'll show you the difference.