Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cleaners, Father Dragon, Treadmill Silicone.

Mrs. MopThought we had it all sorted out, now, however, our previous cleaner turned up with our keys and because it is going to be another couple of weeks or so before the new people come in she has offered to come in on Monday with her friend. We said yes. Now Matt says he thinks she wants to come back. We really don’t know and don’t know what to do. She is excellent at the job but still very upset. If she does want to come back, we would like to have her, but….

Don’t forget tomorrow, November 24, is Father Dragon`s mystery Father Dragonday. Tune in to his blog to find out what it`s all about.

This morning, I figured it was time my treadmill should be lubricated silicone lubricantagain. A horrid job but it has to be done at least every 6 months, more if you use it a lot. Apart from our inability to get down on the floor to do the work, we have a big problem with the silicone bottle. You unscrew the cap and then are supposed to be able to cut it open with a pair of scissors. Joke. We tried scissors, knives and eventually Matt used the cable cutting section on a pair of pliers. I complained to Johnson Health who assured me it could be cut with scissors. I wonder what kind of scissors they use. If I had known about this, I probably would not have bought myself a treadmill. Even once you do get a hole in the stupid bottle, its a messy job. Oh, if anyone does know how to open these things, please share.

This recipe was so nice and colourful; plus I am looking for something different to do for an upcoming dinner party so thought I would share it. Oops, just realised, I maybe can't eat it because of the similarity to grapefruit. If one is on a statin, grapefruit is a no no.

Tangelo Pork Stir-Fry

WebMD Recipe from
4 servings

This pork and pepper stir-fry uses strips of tangelo zest and bright tangelo juice, which offers a little sunshine on a midwinter night. Tangelos, tangelo_pork_stir_fryhybrids of tangerines and pummelos (or grapefruit), are often labeled as Minneolas or Honeybells.

Prep: 45 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes
  • 2 tangelos, such as Minneolas or Honeybells
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2  red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from tangelos in long strips. Cut the strips lengthwise into very thin pieces. Cut the tangelos in half and squeeze enough juice from them to get 1/2 cup.
  2. Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 2 teaspoons oil, then add pork and cook, stirring, until just cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan along with shallots, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper and the zest. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bell peppers and celery and cook, stirring constantly, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tangelo juice and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl, then pour it into the pan along with the pork and its juices. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and bubbling and the pork is heated through, about 1 minute.
Have a great weekend


  1. You're suppose to lubricate a treadmill? Oh crap, we never have!
    All set for Al's celebration tomorrow!

    1. Most definitely Alex, every 6 months at least, there's a mileage qualification too but I can't remember what it is. You have to put silicone under the running belt.

      Yup, I'm all set.

  2. I'm picturing that tiny bottle and a reciprocating saw - LOL. Sorry you have such a hard time with it though.

    1. It needs something like that Cindy. It really is impossible. Wrote to the company and they assured me scissors would do the trick. Ha. It really is ridiculous.