Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Present, Snowy Day, Plans.

For those of you to whom I mentioned the groundhog biting the mayor, it happened in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. There is a video of it actually happening. Mayor says he is going to wear ear muffs next year.

I had a wonderful surprise on Monday, a very good friend sent me a copy of one of her books. Totally unexpected. It was intended to cheer me up after the rotten start we had had to 2015. I was delighted.

We had quite a dollop of snow as I mentioned so the bowling alley phoned and suggested people might want to forget the Snow Shovellingleague bowling for Monday. However, Matt and I didn’t want to miss bowling and the roads didn’t look too bad, so we went. As it turned out, so did three more of our league and another couple who bowl on Mondays as well so we had enough people to make up a couple of teams. There was quite a prang (by the look of it) at the junction of two roads we have to cross, so we ended up going through the parking lot of one plaza, through the garage courtyard, across the road and then into another plaza, round the back and then out onto the road we wanted. There were so many emergency vehicles I imagine it took quite a long time to open the crossroad up again.

Not our greatest achievement in bowling Monday, but not being league play it didn’t matter. We had fun and of course, bowling so many balls, we got our exercise as well.

I was supposed to go see the Paddington Bear movie with a friend Paddingtonon Tuesday, but it turned out her son was coming to town and as she doesn’t see he and his wife very often, she postponed our trip. Fine with me. So next week to see the bear. I am really looking forward to it. I plan to buy the DVD when it comes out too.

They are talking more snow for today, Wednesday and we are going for Matt’s free lunch at the Mandarin. I hope we won’t have to cancel. I don’t know if the restaurant will give us a “snow day”. Then, of course there is the cosmic bowling party on Thursday which I would hate to be ruined because of the snow. Of course Matt is 80 today.

This vegetarian recipe sounded a good one to me and as we have a lot of extra taties in house, maybe I will give it a try. This is a Cooking Light recipe which appeared in My Recipes today.

Potato, Mushroom, and Leek Croquettes

For a low-calorie vegetarian option, try these crispy, pan-fried potato and mushroom croquettes.
  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 patties)
  • 8 ounces coarsely chopped peeled Yukon gold potato
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 4 ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped leek
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Place potato in a pan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes or until tender. Drain. Press potato through a ricer or food mill into a bowl.
2. Place mushrooms, leek, and thyme in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushroom mixture; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mixture to potato. Add Gruyère, 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, pepper, and egg yolk; stir until blended. Shape mixture into 8 (2-inch) round patties.
3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Combine egg white and 2 teaspoons water in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-­Reggiano and panko in a shallow dish. Dredge patties in flour. Dip in egg mixture; dredge in panko mixture. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add patties; cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden.

Have a great day


  1. Those croquettes look delicious, Jo. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. This snow is putting a damper on everything. And we're getting more tomorrow and then a ton more over the weekend. :( Glad you were able to make it to bowling. What's a 'prang' though?

    1. We are supposed to be getting some today, it did snow last night, but not that much.

      A prang is airforce slang for an accident similar to a fender bender.

  3. You'll get to enjoy the movie next week.
    Again, wish we had snow.

    1. I hope so. Looking forward to it. Don't often go to the movies as you know.

      You'll just have to visit Alex. Do you remember the Christmas of '89 or '90 when at the beach, anyway, we had 18" of snow. We had just moved to NC and got rid of all our snow gear. Matt was trying to shovel our drive with a regular shovel and he didn't have any boots.

  4. Happy Birthday to Matt!! Hope you got your Chinese dinner and boy do those croquettes look good! Glad you were able to get out and bowl, and I wonder what the title of the book is you received?! Hope the day was fun and happy for both of you!

    1. Thanks Lisa. We had a very good Chinese lunch which Matt didn't have to pay for. I did of course. Yes, Matt said just before he went to bed that it had been a fun day.

  5. Hi Jo. I am looking through your blog and finding it very enjoyable. This recipe sounds really good as I like all of it's ingredients. Will definitely have to try it. Have a great weekend.

    1. Glad you are finding things of interest to you Dynna