Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BP Monitor, Asian Grocery. Towing.

Started my Tuesday by going to the Nephrologist’s office and being BPfitted with a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. So far it’s clocking me at readings in the 180’s which is not good. I always shoot up when I am at a doctor’s anyway, I seem to be doing it all the time right now, it’s about 10:30 a.m. and I have already had three readings, I have always hated BP monitors anyway. I’m probably wrong, but I think some people have naturally high readings, however the docs don’t seem to believe that. Later: I don’t know if the damned machine has gone wrong, but it doesn’t show any readings at all although it reverts to the time when it has monitored me. I would hate to think I have been through this for nothing. I have to take it back early in the morning (this morning when you read this) and the forecast is for thick snow. They might not get their $4,000 gadget back on time.

I mentioned, the other day, about our friend’s grandson finding a Asian FoodsKorean store. It turns out that they are not just Korean,  but Asian so sell lots of oriental foods. We went in there on the way back from the specialist and I bought some Kimchee, some pickled ginger and some peeled garlic. I always peel garlic and keep it in a Mason jar with some paper towel to absorb the moisture, this way, I don’t have to go through the hassle of peeling it. They had some very large bags of garlic as well as some huge pots of both Kimchi and ginger. I restrained myself.

Now I’m a bit miffed. We finally got back the reimbursement for our tow when the brakes went on our car some weeks ago. However, the tow cost $71 and we only got $50. They said that was the maximum our policy allowed. We don’t really have a policy it’s a bonus provided by Meineke when you have a full service from them. I had problems with this whole thing right from the beginning and now to be short changed, I will never use this again. We have coverage through Dominion Auto which is like CAA or AAA and in future I will be sure to use DAA – I’m not really sure why I used the Meineke one anyway. It’s not Meineke themselves, but some insurance headquartered in Boca Raton.

I was recently discovered by Nancy Mock at Hungry Enough to Eat Six. I returned her visit only to find a super recipe for mashed potatoes. I asked Nancy and she gave me permission to use it in my blog, so here it is. Don’t you think they look delicious?

Garlic Mashed Potato Roll-Ups
Garlic Mashed Tatie Roll Ups Ingredients:

1 TB butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 slices thick country white bread
2 cups mashed potatoes, warm (ideally the mashed potatoes should be smooth with no big pieces of potato. If necessary stir in some milk or half and half one tablespoon at at time to make the potatoes creamy and smooth. Use a potato masher to get rid of any big lumps.)
garlic powder
ground pepper
4 TB butter, melted

In a small skillet, melt the tablespoon of butter over medium heat. When hot and starting to sizzle, add in the minced garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes until just before the garlic starts to brown. Remove from heat and add the garlic into the mashed potato. Stir to mix in. 
Cut the crusts off the bread slices. Use a rolling pin to flatten each slice. Place 1/4 c. of mashed potato onto a flattened slice; use the back of a spoon to smooth out the potato and cover the slice. Sprinkle the potato with a little garlic powder, pepper and salt. Gently roll up the bread and potato into a cylinder. Repeat with the remaining bread and potato. Brush the outside of each roll-up with melted butter. 
Spray a small skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat up over medium-high heat. Add in the roll-ups two at a time and cook for about 5 minutes, turning them to brown on all sides. Transfer to a warm plate and repeat with the remaining roll-ups.

Serve warm. Makes 8 roll-ups.

Have a great day


  1. Sorry you didn't get the whole fee back.
    Anything with garlic, I'm game!

    1. Yeah, I figure I should have.

      Did you see my post about buying peeled garlic from the Asian store?

  2. Those rolls must be delicious!!! I love garlic and the much romantic breath it gives me afterwards. :))
    Hope the readings went well and it was not all for nothing.

    1. I agree, not tried them yet though.

      Don't thinks so, see tomorrow.