Thursday, May 12, 2016

Balconies, Asparagus,

I have been a somewhat interested spectator of the activities going on outside our windows with the guys doing our balconies. Our own balcony is not scheduled to be touched til next year. Today they have put up fences and they are building a kind of hoist-cum-crane-cum-platform.

If you enlarge the pictures you can see that they have cut out some grass in order to stand the foot of the hoist. They are in the process of adding new sections of the hoist to enable them to lift the platform further. Silly me, I thought they would be using a crane. Shows what I know. I guess this is movable scaffolding.

Here I tried to show that the whole area is now fenced off. Not sure if that is to prevent people walking into the area, but we are close to schools and the kids could certainly climb this fence. I took these pix as much to show some of the women in the exercise class who live on the other side of the building and cannot see what is happening. One woman commented they had put up a Porta Potty right on the front lawn. Why couldn't they have put it somewhere more discreet.

I finished making my asparagus soup on Wednesday, and we had some for supper. It was good. I haven't done the Crunchy Asparagus Fries yet. Maybe this weekend. I will definitely be making the salad below.

By the way, forgot to mention that I rented the new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens. I wasn't overly impressed with the movie. I enjoyed it, but found it dragged somewhat. However, I will still be interested to see the sequel(s). I was pretty lucky, I was still 92 on the waiting list, but they just happened to have a short loan copy in the library when I was in there.

Funny I posted a couple of recipes for Endive or Whitlof in the A to Z Challenge. This is one we really enjoy.

Asparagus and Endive Salad

1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
1 Tbs Juice, orange, fresh
2 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs small shallots, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp black pepper
8 oz Belgian endive, fresh, head , cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips (2 heads)

1. Place 1/2 inch of water at the bottom of a 12 inch pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in asparagus and cook until tender yet crisp, about 2 minutes. Place in strainer, rinse under cold water, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, oil, shallots, sugar, salt, mustard, and pepper until well combined.

3. Add the asparagus and endive to the bowl with the dressing. Mix well to evenly coat and serve.

Servings: 4

Source: dLife

Author Notes
Light and elegant salad combining asparagus and endive in a homemade orange dijon vinaigrette.

Try using a sugar substitute instead of regular sugar.

Have a great day


  1. A bright blue port-a-potty in the middle of the lawn. Nice.

  2. I haven't seen the new Star Wars either. I already heard what happens at the end and I was not happy about it. Everyone I know liked it though so one of these days.

    1. It was a good movie but some of it is fairly obvious. I wasn't too happy about one of the things that happened either. Interesting to see the actors so many years after though. Especially Carrie Fisher.

  3. It is always funny to drive by a construction site and see where they put the porta-potty. You are right, a little discretion can be taken in most cases on where to place it. I did see the Star Wars movie; it was interesting with the new characters introduced. Seeing Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer older made me realize really how much time had passed since the first one came out in the late 1970's.


    1. I used to use one when I walked a lot in NC. I was out very early in the morning luckily. Nobody used discretion here. It does kind of hit home doesn't it Betty?

  4. That looks like a tasty salad.

    In response to your comment on my blog earlier, I think doing an A to Z on British books sounds like a great idea. I would love that!

    1. Would take me a lot of research Cynthia. It's a long time since I read such books. I will have to see what I can find.

  5. I wasn't impressed with the Star Wars movie either. I got all turned around by the timeline and who was who etc. Especially with the Darth Vadar character. Must be my age. :)
    I hope the construction doesn't go on too long.

    1. I didn't have any problem with that Yolanda. Just found it somewhat slow. Mind you, the first part of the first Star Wars film was pretty slow too.

      Not longer than 3 years they tell us before it's all done.

  6. I thought the new Star Wars was pretty good but then again, the middle movies were still in my mind so maybe that was the reason. Overall, I thought it was good but I can't stand the son of Han Solo and Leia...he needs a good spanking. I was amazed at the actor's lips...they are huge.