Friday, October 13, 2017

Supper, Weather, Balconies, Bowling, Krav Maga

I was quite impressed with myself Thursday afternoon, I hadn't been able to do anything about supper because the cleaner was here - changed her day because of a funeral. So when we came home from a) bowling and b) doing a bit of shopping, I rushed around and made Moroccan Style Stuffed Peppers for supper.  So what you might say, but these days doing anything like that, quickly, frequently has me howling with back pain. Or leg pain, or both. I managed to get through it without too much problem.

This morning they were re-painting the roof of our balcony. Not sure why, but I guess they figured 2 coats. Not sure when they will get around to painting the floors. When we came home I noticed that both the hoists which they had been using on our side had gone. I am guessing, hoping, they have taken them round the back to do all the handrails.

After all the gorgeous weather we have been having, today winter is approaching. 10°C and quite chilly. Matt wore shorts, silly Matt. Even the bowling alley owner had gone into long pants today and we usually figure he lasts out til the last minute. Bowling, by the way, was NOT good. Not only that we only won 2 points on Monday. One of the opposing team had the best game of his life, 305. At the beginning he told me he was lucky to get one strike a day. He would choose to prove himself wrong when we were the opposition!!! He is on the Thursday League as well so was there today and said he couldn't buy a mark for love or money.

I mentioned Krav Maga the other day. The Israeli self defense system. I did some Googling about it and found there are two schools in the area. I also found a clip showing just what Krav Maga is like. I think I am a tad too old for this. Pity because I think it would be wonderful to learn. The idea is to defuse the situation.

For years I have been bemoaning the fact that we cannot get fresh shrimp in Ontario. Then Denise of My Life in Retirement said she always uses frozen. I then thought, I always froze the fresh shrimp I bought and brought back to Canada so maybe it wouldn't be so bad, so I bought some the other day. Uncooked and in the shell. I plan to make Shrimp Creole which is a dish we used to be very fond of and here is my recipe. We will be having this on Saturday night. Of course when we lived in North Carolina, I frequently used more shrimp than called for.

Shrimp Creole

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup celery
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tsp peanut oil
flour for thickening
ground black pepper
2 cup fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes drained
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 Bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chili powder (or Tabasco sauce) and/or fresh chillis
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup sherry
1 lb shrimp cleaned and deveined
cooked white rice, basmati for preference

Sauté onions, peppers, celery and garlic in hot oil until tender. Make a roux with a little flour. Add tomatoes, paste, sherry and seasoning. Simmer 45 minutes. Add shrimp and simmer for 10 mins. Just before service add Worcester sauce. Serve over rice and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Servings: 4

Have a great day


  1. Our temps dropped for a few days but not that bad. Going to be warm the next couple of days. I'll be out cleaning the yard. Hope the shrimp work for you.

    1. Ours are still down Denise and I don't think there is much improvement any time soon. I hope they work too. Haven't told Matt, kind of a surprise.

  2. At the rate we're going, we'll still be wearing shorts in December.
    Shrimp creole is the best!

    1. Well I remember sitting on our back deck in a sleeveless shirt on Christmas Day when we lived in NC, Alex. Yes, I agree.

  3. I love shrimp over pasta with butter, garlic, and Rotel.

    I'm still in shorts. :/

    1. Sounds Yummy Melissa.

      I would expect so in Texas. Same as Alex in NC.

  4. I always get frozen shrimp too.

    It's still warm here. I'm like Matt, still wearing shorts.

    1. Now that is being bad Liz, you live close enough to the coast that you should be able to get decent shrimp. Especially if you go down to the Outer Banks.

      Matt is in jeans today.

  5. It's cold here today because it's raining however this summer will be a very hot one. I hope your winter is mild.

    1. Been dampish here too Pinky. I actually hope we get lots of snow because the ice fields and glaciers need it.