Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Light Bulbs. Strokes. Guys and Dolls.

When we first came to this apartment, the whole place had regular light bulbs. Fine, except the one in the kitchen kept burning out CFLbefore you could turn round. Eventually we wised up and started using CFLs, there and in most of the rest of the place. Much later we kind of discovered we could probably have got the super to change the bulbs so we didn’t have to buy them, however, we always have bought our own and continue to do so. We had a big bulb to go into the kitchen and when it went out after many years of sterling service, we tried to replace it. However, these days, neither of us are that stead on our pins and we couldn’t threat this large bulb into the holder. Had to call the assistant super (super had a stroke a week or so ago). He fitted the bulb but damn me, it wouldn’t work, they cost about $15 too, couldn’t take it back, had it too long. The assistant said they are now using LED lights, about which we know nothing, so we went and bought a new CFL and fitted it. Now I need to find out about LEDs which I saw were sold in the store as well. I think the CFLs are great, they last forever, but I assume, because of what he said, that LEDs are better. Anyone know?

I had forgotten to write about our superintendent having a stroke, I am pleased to say he is doing pretty well according to his wife. But a day or two after he went into the hospital, the assistant ended up in hospital as well. Poor woman was dealing with the building on her own. The super is carrying rather a lot of weight so I am not terribly surprised he had a stroke, it is apparently not his first. I am not sure if it was a stroke or a mini stroke (TIA) but he lost the use of his legs for a while although he is now able to walk again. I feel so sorry for his wife, she must have been going out of her mind when it happened and afterwards running this big building. Matt had lots of TIAs a few years ago so I know what it’s like.

Last night I had a sentimental evening, I watched Guys and Dolls Guys and Dollswhich was popular when I was 18 or so. I particularly love the song Your Eyes are the Eyes of A Woman in Love; a band to whom a bunch of us used to dance would play that for me and my current boyfriend every time they saw us. We used to belong to a club which held dances at the weekends. The movie starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra with Vivian Blaine. The idea was taken from the books of Damon Runyan all of which I read at the time. I loved them. One never hears of them these days. There was a second movie (or maybe it was the first) made from his books all about Apple Annie. Frank Sinatra was in that one too. I have forgotten the name at the moment. Marlon Brando was particularly gorgeous in those days.

Kevin Lynch of Closet Kitchen has come up with a good recipe. Saltimbocca is a traditional Italian recipe made with veal originally which is wrapped in prosciutto and flavoured with sage leaves, we have also made it with chicken. This recipe is made with shrimp and sounds pretty good.
Shrimp Saltimbocca
Servings: 8

Shrimp wrapped in prosciutto with sage leaves served with a tasty browned buttery, lemony sage dipping sauce.

Shrimp Saltimbocca
  • 1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • * small sage leaves
  • 3.5 ounces prosciutto, cut into 4-6 X 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Wrap the shrimp up in the prosciutto along with one small sage leaf optionally skewering them either on sticks or with toothpicks to hold the prosciutto on.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the shrimp and cook, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in the pan, add the sage leaves and cook until the just start to change a darker color, and set aside on paper towels.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Add the wine to the pan, deglaze, simmer until it has reduced by half, about 3-5 minutes, add the lemon juice and butter and remove from heat stirring in the butter as it melts.
  6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste, crumble the fried sage leaves and mix them in.
  7. Serve the shrimp along with the dipping sauce and enjoy!
Have a great day


  1. That's why I work hard to stay in shape. It's something I can control and I want to remain healthy for a long time.
    No idea on the light bulbs.

    1. I hope you manage to stay in shape and healthy Alex. it is important.

  2. Love Guys and Dolls. My sister and I wore the original Broadway cast recording to bits and I saw it on stage in Los Angeles. The song I loved was More I Cannot Wish You. I do have a new CD of the recording and think I will get it out and play it. Thanks for the memories. Don't know about light bulbs either but had better find out I think.

    1. I don't think that song was in the movie, I don't remember it at all.

      I guess I should make enquiries too.

  3. I don't know anything about the bulbs, but I'm glad your super is doing better. I can't imagine how scary that must have been for his wife. I hope he's able to relax more and get his heart in shape to prevent another stroke.

    1. I wouldn't think running a large apartment building would be very relaxing. He is still in hospital as far as I know. Last I heard he was walking about and able to put his shoes on.

  4. I have an entire cabinet full of incandescent bulbs. I HATE the CFLs and LEDs. I am in and out of a room before they ever light up to full capacity. Biggest rip-off I have ever seen here in the USA. Just my opinion, of course.

  5. Our kitchen light is on all day so the warming up part doesn't apply. No windows in case you wonder. They do last forever though which I think is marvellous compared with how often we changed the kitchen bulb before.