Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nurse and Chair, Dentistry, Trump,

Tuesday we had our feet prettied up by our foot nurse. Used to use my chair to lift up our feet to a good height, Now we have to use a foot stool and cushions. I haven't yet sorted out the charges the repair people wish to make. At this rate I probably never will get it repaired.

I now have dates for my next dental visits, April 13 for the filling and to take a form for my partial. Then a week later, they will fit the partial. Not sure about this as we are supposed to go to a bowling banquet the same day. Hopefully there will be no difficulty. We have a friend in the States who always takes his teeth out to eat, even in a restaurant - discretely - but they hurt him and the dentists don't seem to be able to help him.

A certain President has got himself in the news again today because he has signed an executive order which totally contravenes the Kyoto accord and will lead to more industrial pollution. He says global warming is a hoax!!! He says it will give the miners jobs and he asked these miners if they would like other jobs and they all said no. That I don't believe, I have never heard of a miner who wouldn't be delighted to get out of the mines.The man is a congenital liar.

Following a trend from yesterday, here is a broth which is vegan and also full of umami which is really worth working to achieve. Kombu is an absolutely delicious seaweed and should certainly be available at any Asian store as too the miso.

Vegan Umami Broth

Roasting the vegetables along with a trio of umami-rich ingredients (miso, mushrooms, and kombu) give this meat-free broth a deep, satisfying flavor that can be used in a variety of soups or braises.
You can even sip it on its own or top it with scallions and fresh chiles.

3 Tbs white miso
2 Tbs vegetable oil
8 dried shiitake mushrooms
4 6x4-inch pieces kombu
2 medium onions, unpeeled, halved through root, very thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, unpeeled, very thinly sliced
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
6 sprigs parsley
1 tsp black peppercorns

1. Preheat oven to 300º. Whisk miso, oil, and 2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl. Crush mushrooms and kombu with your hands over a rimmed baking sheet. Add onions, carrot, celery, garlic, and parsley and toss to combine. Drizzle miso mixture over vegetable mixture and toss to coat. Bake, tossing halfway through, until vegetables are slightly shriveled and mixture is fragrant, 60–75 minutes.

2. Transfer vegetable mixture to a large pot. Add peppercorns and 4 quarts cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until broth is reduced by half, 60–75.

3. Let broth cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.

Yield: 2 Quarts

Tips: Broth can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months

Source: Bon Appétit

Have a great day


  1. I try to avoid looking at that liar as much as possible, so next time no pics please, lol. If I were your friend with the bad fit, I'd find a new dentist. The dentist I had as a child was awful, but guess my parents did not know how bad he was. Plus, he was a friend - right. I'm sure you'll be fine if the man knows what he is doing.

    1. Me too, but I couldn't resist that smug face. See Hilary is back in the fight, wonder if she will stand next time? My friend has tried different dentists apparently. Can't understand why they don't work for him. My dentist is a woman by the way. And seems very good so far.

  2. Hopefully your dentist knows what he's doing.

  3. I'm just disgusted with everything in this country and the world right now. Things are getting worse.

    1. Aren't they just JoJo? I am so glad I no longer live in NC.

  4. I think Global Warming has become this generation's Theory of Evolution.

    1. Sounds like you don't believe in it Diane? I certainly do, but don't think it's all our fault. Volcanoes cause more damage than anything for a start.

  5. Congenital defect should be defined by that face:) Why am I not hearing impeachment orders?? Let's find some intern and a blue dress maybe that will get him impeached

    1. LOL. Didn't really get rid of Clinton did it? I am hoping for an assassin myself Birgit.

  6. I agree with your Volcano comment. Also I think the sun has a lot to do with it. Nevertheless, pollution needs to be addressed. That man should definitely go to another dentist. Good luck with yours.

  7. Yes, you are right about the sun as well Pinky. But that is because the defensive layer between it and us has been damaged. He has been to other dentists he tells us. Thanks.