Monday, January 26, 2015

Bone Scan, Bowling, Birthday, Paddington.

As you know, Matt had a bone scan appointment on Friday. Our intention was to go to the hospital in the morning when he would be given his radioactive injection and then pop over to some friends to kill the couple of hours until he had to be Boredomback for the main scan. When we finally got into the parking lot (they are rebuilding everything and everything is very different now) we realised it was $3 for half an hour or a maximum of $12. We figured that the way things usually went in a hospital it would probably cost us $12 for each visit. There was no way we were going to spend $24 on parking so we decided we had to stay. What a boring, draggy morning. Not so bad for me as we went into Tim Horton’s coffee shop and I had a coffee and donut and then later another coffee. Matt doesn’t drink coffee or tea and didn’t want water, so it was worse for him. We didn’t take anything to read which might have been better had we known. The technician told us that the surgeon would have the results in the afternoon so I figured I would call on Monday to see if they had any results.

Of course I missed my exercise class. That was expected anyway, but I was hungry when we got home and somewhat late for my lunch. Just as well I had eaten the donut.

Having email conversations with the caterer, she says she thinks the cake is going to look very good from the pictures I sent her. I asked her to include the English, Canadian and US flags too as we have lived in all three places. I do hope Matt enjoys all this stuff and is pleased with all the people I have invited.

Thursday is one of our travel leagues again. We will be staying in town and going to Victoria Bowl which is our alley’s only competitor in town these days. The idea being to stay local in January because of the possible bad weather. At the moment it’s gorgeous weather with very little snow anywhere. Next month we go to New Hamburg which is way out of town with lots of country roads which are susceptible to snow and blowing snow, it’s February, so what do you bet!!!

I arranged with a friend to go see A Bear Called Paddington on Feb 3 so I am looking forward to it. I saw one review which said Two Paws Up but lots Paddingtonof bear nudity. From what I have seen, it looks hilarious. I am so impressed with the bear itself. I was always impressed with the lion in The Narnia ChronicPaddington Trail Bearsles, not to mention all the other animals, but I wasn’t expecting Paddington to look so real somehow. They installed a Paddington Trail in London recently placing 50 specially designed bear replicas all over London near places which are particularly associated with the bear. The bears were eventually auctioned off and raised thousands of pounds for the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). Do follow the link, there are pictures of all the individual bears.

I suppose after that I should have had a marmalade recipe, marmalade sandwiches being a favourite of the above mentioned bear. However, here is a dessert I think sounds pretty good.

Custard Phyllo Pie With Almonds and Pistachios

Contributed by Ghaya Oliveira

  Custard Phyllo Pie
For this unusual open-face pie from executive pastry chef Ghaya Oliveira of Daniel in New York City, buttered phyllo is layered with nuts and baked, then drenched with syrup and filled with rich custard.
  1. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 large egg yolk
  5. 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  6. 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
  7. 1 cup raw almonds
  8. 3/4 cup raw pistachios
  9. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  10. 10 sheets of phyllo dough
  11. 3/4 cup water
  12. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk 2 tablespoons of the sugar with the cornstarch and salt. Whisk in the egg yolk, then whisk in the milk and vanilla bean and seeds. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat, whisking constantly, and cook until a loose custard forms, about 3 minutes. Strain into a bowl and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the custard. Let cool, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Toast the almonds and pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer to a rack to cool; coarsely chop the nuts. Leave the oven on.
  3. Butter a 9-inch pie plate. Set 1 sheet of phyllo on a work surface and brush the top with some of the melted butter. Arrange the buttered phyllo in the pie plate and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the nuts. Repeat the process with the remaining phyllo sheets and melted butter, and more of the nuts; reserve the remaining nuts.
  4. Poke holes through and around the phyllo layers with a fork. Using scissors, trim the overhanging dough. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the phyllo is golden brown and crisp, rotating the pie dish halfway through baking. Place the dish on a rack set over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, stir the remaining 1 cup of sugar with the water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the syrup thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Slowly drizzle the syrup all over the phyllo crust, including the edge. Let cool completely.
  6. To serve, pour half of the custard into the crust and sprinkle the reserved nuts on top. Serve the pie sliced into wedges with the remaining custard on the side.
Make Ahead The pie can be prepared through Step 4 one day ahead: Refrigerate the custard; let the nuts and phyllo crust stand at room temperature.

Have a great day


  1. Anything that includes Tim Horton's is a bonus. Wish I had one near me.

    My daughters said Paddington was good, but I doubt that I'll be seeing it.

    Tossing It Out

    1. I, like most Canadians, enjoy Tim Hortons. However, I need to be careful because their donuts and muffins are delicious.

      You should see Paddington Lee, from all the things I've seen it will be very funny.

  2. I was sooooo into Paddington when I was a kid. I love him. He's so cute. I probably won't see the movie because to me he just doesn't look like my stuffed toy Paddingtons or the illustrations. I'm kind of a stickler that way (speaking of Narnia don't get me started on my 'Dawn Treader book RUINED by the movie' rant). Hope Matt's doing OK. Can't wait to see that cake!

    1. Well the movie was approved by Michael Bond and his daughter who is a friend anyway. I am looking forward to seeing it. I enjoyed the Dawn Treader, but haven't read the book for a while.

      Reasonably OK at the moment. I'm looking forward to seeing the cake too.

  3. Anything involving doctors takes way longer than it should. And $12 for parking? At a hospital?

    1. Doesn't it? I believe the parking fees in Toronto are even worse. I believe it helps raise extra funds for the hospital. But can you imagine having to visit frequently?

  4. Enjoy Paddington. Hope Matt's cake rocks. Especially after a crappy day at the hospital.

  5. I loved Paddington as a kid. I'm not sure if I could go see that now as a 30 year old man...

    Also, you really have to pay to park at the hospital? Ouch. I've never heard of that.

    1. I'm a much, much older woman and will definitely be going to see it.

      I agree, ouch.

  6. They've only just started making hospital patients and visitors pay for parking in my city and there has been an absolute uproar about it. Have fun at Paddington :)

    1. I think we should have an uproar here too although it's been happening for a while. But really, it is way too expensive. $3 for half an hour or $12 a day. What happens if you have to visit every day because a loved one is there. It would break you.

      Looks like a good movie.

  7. Hospital parking is expensive here too, but not like that.
    I love anything Phyllo - will save this for later! Thanks, Jo.

    1. Not sure where "here" is Dixie, lots of people in the US seem horrified we have to pay for hospital parking.

      Me too, Phyllo is great. Do you make your own?

  8. Oh, Jo, don't they make their money at hospital parking lots. I always try to find street parking, but they make sure that's very difficult too. Not so bad when the money raised goes to the hospital, not some sharks.

    That cake sounds like it's coming along fine. Hope the bone scan went well. I'm sure I would find life a lot sadder without coffee and tea!! :-) Oh, and I haven't seen Paddington, but I hear it's great.

    1. I guess they do Denise, but then hospitals are government funded which is probably a joke, more like underfunded.

      It does, I am looking forward to seeing it. Matt will drink coffee in Portugal where it is really strong. Looking forward to Paddington.

  9. Not into talking stuffed animals, or any talking animal, really - don't know why but they freak me out! LOL

    Went to the dentist this morning - next time I'll take reading material - lousy selection of magazines. All sports stuff. Will keep a book in my purse from now on! LOL

    Hope all is well soon!

    1. Not really a talking stuffed animal - certainly not in the movie. However, each to his/her own.

      Don't you have a Kindle? Easiest way of ensuring you have something to read.

      Thanks, we both hope so too.

  10. We have valet parking at the hospital we go to, but I think it is only $3 for whatever their set hours are. We've only used it a couple of times, depending on why we had to be at the hospital and depending on the weather.

    I'd like to see Paddington, but will wait until it comes out on DVD or TV. I'm not one to go to movie theaters.

    1. That's much more reasonable. I like the idea of valet parking. Some hospitals the parking is a difficult walk for those of us with leg problems.

      I don't go often, but one does lose a lot by not seeing them in the theatres.