Thursday, January 16, 2014

Phone Calls, Laptop Concept.

BahamasOh goody, I got a phone call telling me I won a free cruise to the Bahamas. Do people really fall for this stuff? I suppose they must otherwise they wouldn’t continue to do it. Right now, it’s cold and snowy again so I could use a cruise to the Bahamas. We went there once, for a couple of days, had a fabulous time. Tickled me that rum was dirt cheap but if you wanted to mix it with anything, that cost a small fortune. Earlier I got a phone call from someone talking with a very strong Indian accent who offered me cable, phone and internet service for a lot less than we pay now. However, the number showing on the phone was a list of zeros so I decided not to take them up on it!! What really tees me off, we pay for the phone to get these idiots calling us. We also are on a list not to receive advertising calls, but I guess some always get through. One of the most annoying is duct cleaning. Mostly I don’t answer such calls in the first place, but the other day I answered an unknown number and it turned out to be my cousin in California. Not sure what made me answer it.

I have been having trouble with my laptop and just got it back. It has German Concept Laptopbeen suggested I might want to upgrade because it has become very slow. I didn’t know a hard drive and memory could be changed in a laptop. Duuh. I kinda thought what you had was what you got. Anyway, I am using it right now, so it doesn’t seem too bad if not as fast as it should be. Talking of computers, a friend sent me a video of a German concept laptop. What a great idea. I want one. Absolutely fabulous. Do watch the video. That is the laptop hanging from his shoulder.

Bowling today, wish us luck.

I love rice noodles so this recipe is right up my street.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles
Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
This dish has the starch built in, and because the recipe includes lots of fresh veggies, it qualifies as a one-dish meal.
Cooking Light AUGUST 2012
  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste, such as Huy Fong)
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 4 ounces uncooked flat rice noodles (pad thai noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 green Thai chile, halved
  • 12 sweet mini peppers, halved
  • 3/4 cup matchstick-cut carrot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 3/4 cup fresh bean sprouts
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add shrimp to vinegar mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
2. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.
3. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add cashews, garlic, ginger, and chile to pan; stir-fry 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Remove cashew mixture from pan with a slotted spoon, and set aside.
4. Increase heat to high. Add sweet peppers, carrot, and salt to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add shrimp mixture (do not drain); stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in noodles and peas; cook 1 minute, tossing to coat. Return cashew mixture to pan. Add bean sprouts; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, tossing frequently.

Have a great day
Jo (2)


  1. I always wonder about the personality of the people who make these calls - I guess they must just switch off their brains and their self-respect and get on with the job!

    I had the first Nigerian email scam of the year today .... they've been absent for a few weeks, probably swanning round the Bahamas with their ill-gotten gains LOL

    That recipe sounds wonderful ...

    1. I actually did a similar job once for Encyclopedia Brittanica years ago. They train you for a couple of days and then let you loose. I did one day of cold calling and that was it, thank you. The pay was good though.

      Not had any Nigerian scams yet.

      Going to try this recipe quite soon.

  2. That dish sounds awesome.
    Unless it's someone we know, we don't even answer the phone anymore.

    1. Doesn' t it?

      As I said, we usually don't either, but once in a while....

  3. Hi Jo - I won't answer the phone unless I know who it is .. thank goodness you answered your cousin's call ... the rolltop machine looks just wonderful doesn't it - love the advert. I've seen them before, but not the advert!

    Noodles would be good anyday .. cheers Hilary

    1. I'm glad I answered that call too. I think that rolled laptop is fabulous.

      I love noodles too. Especially rice ones.

  4. That recipe sounds amazing.
    Good luck with your bowling.

    1. I think I need rice noodles, have run out.

      Thanks. Wasn't too bad.

  5. I don't get any calls like that. We haven't had a land line in many years. Seems so long ago. But I'm glad you are able to say no thanks. Lots of folks end up being caught up in a scam just because they don't want to be rude. My mother got caught up in something like that that took her years to get out of.

    1. Unfortunately hubby is not technologically minded and cannot cope with cell phones which are not totally simple, so a landline is a necessity. We are both perfectly able to say no or put the phone down when and if necessary. Sorry to hear your mom got caught. One of the worst is the scam about grandkids needing financial help because they are in trouble. Have heard of a couple of people being caught with that one. Unfortunately old people are extremely susceptible to this kind of thing.