Friday, March 20, 2015


Matt’s procedure went fine, however, I ended up steaming. There were two wives waiting for their husbands. We had been seen by the volunteers, sitting there for round about 3 hours, but Grand Riverwhen our husbands were released they took them out another way, not through the waiting room, and said they didn’t realise the wives were waiting. I was totally p**ed off. Same volunteer both times. Not only that, I had said I would call our friend and they did it anyway. Matt was in a lot of pain, never had that before, surgeon suggested it was gas, think it must have been because it dissipated later. Then when he took his coat off I notice his shirt sleeve was covered with blood. Turned out the nurse hadn’t ensured that the IV wound had stopped bleeding and the pad she had put on his arm was absolutely soaked in blood. I wrote a complaint to the hospital. Surgeon did his job OK, they didn’t do theirs. My final complaint, they said my husband was with my daughter. Our friend is the same age as me, grrr. In fact it is a joke between us that she is older than I am, by 6 months. I was so grateful she drove us there and picked us up. Of course I was fine all day, naturally. I also had not one but two cups of hot chocolate from Tim Hortons and a donut. What boredom will do. But I have gone nuts on this hot chocolate. I wouldn’t touch it once upon a time, wish I hadn’t changed.

I love Giada de Laurentis. I used to watch her regularly on TV at one time and have cooked many of her recipes. This one sounds a beaut.

Slow Cooker Cioppino

Giada De LaurentiisGiada De Laurentiis

The advantage of this savoury brew is that it will welcome virtually any kind of shellfish or fish you find at the market. Squid, scallops, and chunks of firm white fish such as monkfish, halibut, bass, or whatever is fresh and local can be used instead of, or in addition to, the options below.

Serves 6
Slow Cooker Cioppino photo


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, stalks and fronds removed, thinly sliced
  • I onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups fish stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 pound manila clams, scrubbed
  • 1/2 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 1/2 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound skinless salmon fillet, cut into 2-inch chunks


  • 1 a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the oil, fennel, onion, shallots, salt, garlic, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock, and bay leaf. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, until the tomatoes have broken down and the vegetables are tender.
  • 2 Stir in the clams, mussels, shrimp, and salmon, then cover and continue cooking until the salmon and shrimp are cooked through and the clams and mussels open, about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and any clams and mussels that do not open.
  • 3 Season the broth to taste with more salt and red pepper flakes if desired. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
Have a great day’'


  1. Hi Jo - sorry about all the confusion and general slackness - not helpful .. but I hope Matt feels easier today ... take care - all the best Hilary

    1. Yes, he seems fine today. Doesn't remember much about yesterday. I don't remember him being that dopey before either.

  2. Sorry you had such rotten service. (Not sure how else to say that.) Definitely complain. They can do better.

    1. Nor me Alex, not the usual description. I have complained. Whether it will do any good or not, who knows.

  3. Hospitals are stressful enough at the best of times without their bad service making it worse ... I hope he's feeling better today and you too.
    That stew looks interesting ..
    Have a good weekend

    1. You are so right Fil. It had begun to get so late I was starting to worry and there they are trying to send him home without me. He's feeling a lot better today.


  4. Oh yum, I love a good fish stew. I want to try this.

    Sorry about the hospital contrempts. Good grief. I hate rude behaviour. Customer service is so important in many businesses and a hosptial is a business, when all is said and done. No excuse for not letting you know he was released and not bringing him to you. That's standard. It doesn't matter how busy they are, common courtesey is still possible. I'd have been pissed as well!

    Here's hoping that Matt feels better soon. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  5. What really miffed me, the volunteer had seen us, the other wife and I, sitting there for close on 3 hours. Made me doubly pissed.

    He's fine today thanks Sia.

  6. So sorry to hear about the hospital stuff. That's pretty unacceptable. I hope Matt's feeling better today.

  7. I was really teed off at the end of the day. I emailed them but haven't had even an acknowledgement..

    He is fine today thanks JoJo

  8. Sorry to hear they made you angry, Grandmother, but I am glad to read from the comments Matt is doing better today. It's sad some people working in the health sector have no regard whatsoever for the distress hospitals can cause on the patients and their family. Stop on the chocolate already. ;) Dragon Hugs!

    1. I could have flamed them I suppose. Yes, Matt is fine today thanks Al.

      You are right, I should stop on the chocolate. One isn't bad, two and a donut, not good.

  9. Oh, I've seen Giada make this - would love to try it.
    Jo, I would have been furious. I don't know hwo you kept your cool. Must be the lady in you; I'd have been a pain in someone's toosh!

    Glad it all turned out well for Matt, eventually. That bleeding is no excuse and makes me wonder if that's the reason they took him out another way. (I better stop mouthing now.)

    Having cocoa is better than punching someone out. (Oops, there I go again.) (smile)

    1. I must admit I did feel like punching somebody out by the time we got home and I discovered his arm and the shirt sleeve covered in blood. Luckily it did stop bleeding anyway and the blood came out of the shirt after some work by me. But wheeling both he and another woman's husband out when we were both sitting in the waiting room forever really teed me off.

  10. Very sorry you had such rotten service.

    1. I wonder if the hospital will take any notice of my email.