Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bowling, Mango Mystery.

Wouldn’t you know it, just when I have decided to brush up my Spanish I end up Pins and Ballshaving a busy day. It got even busier Wednesday afternoon because we went bowling. We knew we would be downstairs as there was a league finishing off their winter season which ran over because of a snow day. Turned out that I knew a couple of people on this league one of whom is joining our summer league along with a My Ballfriend of hers. The more the merrier. Anyway, Matt and I ended having the whole of the downstairs alley to ourselves. Eventually another couple came and then a third guy on his own. We didn’t bowl too badly. Whilst there I took this picture above. I thought the pin for 10 pin bowling was the same size, but Googling, apparently it is a bit bigger. Anyway, for those who have asked me about it, you can see the size of the balls against pins, bearing in mind the balls can be held in the fingers as in the pic on the right, and weigh about 3 lbs. 8 oz. A major difference in the game is we use three throws to try and knock down the pins not 2 as done in 10 pin. The 5 pins count 15 points (one 5 pin, two 3 pins and two 2 pins) and a perfect game is 12 strikes scoring 450 in total. (I can never remember that number, I always say 400 odd).

After bowling we popped into the mall to get prescriptions and a couple of things from the golden mangofood store. I saw some delightful looking golden mangoes which I picked up and gave them to Matt when I went into the pharmacy. He met me in the pharmacy carrying the mangoes and a couple of other things, I saw them. When we got home, the mangoes had totally disappeared. We haven’t a clue what happened to them. Luckily, when I phoned the store they said just come to the service counter and say they were left behind and they would be replaced. I guess two mangoes is chicken feed to them. Still, nice of them to do that for us.

Thursday (today) we are going bowling again. We are hoping we can cope as for the summer Towne Bowl are closed Monday and Tuesday and don’t open Friday afternoon. The league is Wednesday so unless we bowl at the weekend (which might be very busy) we have to bowl two days running. I might be moaning and groaning in my next blog.

I love things like the spicy sweet pork in the following recipe and have often prepared similar recipes. This one appeared in MyRecipes this week. I have the salmon for the recipe I posted the other day. Pork tenderloin we have in the Freezer.

Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork

Cooking Lightsweetsour-pork
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 3/4-inch cubes   
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, un-drained
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup pre-chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 
  • 1/4 cup slivered green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place almonds on a baking sheet; bake at 400°F for 4 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.
  3. While almonds cook, combine pork, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; toss well to coat. Drain pineapple in a sieve over a bowl, reserving juice. Combine juice, remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients (through Sriracha), stirring with a whisk.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1 cup onion, ginger, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in pineapple and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with almonds and green onions.
  5. Coconut rice: Combine 1 cup uncooked basmati rice, 1 1/4 cups water, 1/2 cup light coconut milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 16 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Have a great day.
Jo (2)


  1. HI, Jo...

    Sounds like you had a fun and busy day....

    That recipe looks wonderful. My stomach just growled. LOL. I guess I need to each breakfast.

    Have a terrific day!

    1. We bowling again today as I said. Not sure if a friend is joining us or not.

      I would say you do need to eat breakfast. I am just about to eat mine.

  2. Where i grew up in Massachusetts, Candlepin and Duckpin bowling is what we had. I didn't see a 10 pin alley till I was living in Boston. There was a local show on Sunday mornings called 'Candlepins for cash' that my dad used to watch, and he took me and my cousins Duckpin bowling all the time. They both used softball sized balls, and candlepins are straight up and down pins, not flared at the bottom. I can't do 10 pin, the balls are way too heavy.

    1. Don't know candlepin or duckpin. I have heard of them but know nothing about them. On the few occasions I do 10 pin I use an 8 lb ball and even that is a bit heavy. 5 pin was invented in Canada and not played anywhere else. We have 10 pin alleys here but we much prefer 5 pin. The lanes themselves are the same and there used to be a place in the area where you could play either game on the same lanes.

  3. Hi Jo: Did you ever hear of the game "Washers"? We saw this game being played in Canada. Wish I could bowl your way--like the idea of the lighter ball.

  4. Nope, can't say I have ever heard of it. What part of Canada?

    Yes, the lighter ball is much better to use.

  5. Hi Jo,

    I just visualised you bowling with a mango. I so miss five pin bowling. After now having done to ten pin bowling, five pin bowling might seem like I'm using marbles as opposed to a mango :)

    I seriously love that recipe. Exactly the type of food I enjoy.

    Gary :)

    1. Wouldn't get much mileage out of a mango I think. I still prefer 5 pin under any circumstances and a 3 1/2 lb ball is quite heavy enough for me.

      Me too Gary.