Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Busy Day.

Started this morning with a visit to Regional Cardiology Services  to pick up a Cardiac Event Monitor for Matt. Not at all what I was expecting him to have. This is just a small device attached to parts of his chest which he has to operate if he feels dizzy or anything. The monitor might also record an event on its own. I was expecting him to have one of those BP monitors which inflate a cuff every half hour to take one's blood pressure. He has to wear this for two weeks (except when he showers of course) and they give you a bunch of sticky things to adhere the diodes after showering etc.  What I did find interesting, there was no charge. Matt has been given a 24 hour monitor before and had to pay $50 for it and I had to pay $60 for the one I had.  In both cases they were from specialists!!

Came home and had lunch and decided to go bowl - better for me because I normally go to exercise class on Wednesday. Unfortunately, we hit a group of very noisy male bowlers which didn't make Grumpy very happy at all. Admittedly even I found them a bit off putting at times. Whilst we were there another couple came in and just played one game. Young, but he never stopped talking the whole time he was there. Even when she was bowling he was following her up and down the alley and talking the whole time, he didn't stop when he bowled either. We decided if it was a first date she would probably not go for a second. I would have told him to go sit down whilst I bowled, but more difficult to do when you are young I suppose.

Next, having played 3 games (we played an extra one because the noisy group had left) we went to the grocery store to do our weekly shop. The grocers is still there, but only just! I bought a load of the stuff needed for the Chicken Pho I posted yesterday. Wednesday I plan to cook it as well as make some Moroccan Stuffed Peppers which we really like.  By the time I had put the shopping away and wrapped some of our bananas in plastic and put them in the fridge, I was knackered.

I discovered, talking to the Building Manager who really does know everything, that some of the balconies did not pass inspection which is why they are working on them and why they haven't finished our balcony - or had it inspected or whatever remains to be done. He aslo said they had to be out of here in 2 weeks. Not sure why.

Macaroni and cheese seems to be one of the staples of North American households. Bryan of A Beer for the Shower was telling me of a somewhat opulent version he makes and then I came across this recipe from our local liquor board. If you are reading this Bryan, I am practicing a bit of one-upmanship. LOL.

Four-Cheese Macaroni with Curry Crunch

A touch of spicy curry flavour is a surprisingly terrific match for cheesy pasta. Try the four cheeses below or use up bits of cheese lingering in your refrigerator. In either case, be sure to include the goat cheese for luscious creaminess. For variety, stir in sliced mushrooms or chopped broccoli.

3 Tbs (45 mL) butter
1 cup (250 mL) finely diced onion
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs (15 mL) curry powder
4 cups (1 L) fresh bread crumbs

3 cups (750 mL) macaroni or ditali
1 cup (250 mL) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (250 mL) shredded provolone cheese
1 cup (250 mL) shredded friulano or Gouda cheese
½ cup (125 mL) crumbled mild creamy chèvre
½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp (7 mL) salt
4 cups (1 L) 3.8% whole or 2% milk
1 large sprig thyme or ½ tsp (2 mL) dried thyme
1 bay leaf
½ tsp (2 mL) freshly ground black pepper
4 or 5 green onions, thinly sliced

1. For curry crumbs, heat butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until bubbly. Add onion; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and curry; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat. Stir in bread crumbs; set aside.

2. For macaroni, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again. Set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

4. Toss cheeses with flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Heat milk with thyme and bay leaf in a large saucepan over medium heat. When milk is just starting to bubble, stir in cheese mixture by handfuls. Heat, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, until sauce just begins to bubble and is thickened. Remove bay leaf and thyme stem; stir in pepper and green onions. Stir in pasta until coated.

5. Coat a 16-cup (4 L) baking dish with cooking spray for easy cleanup. Turn pasta mixture into dish. Smooth top and sprinkle evenly with curry crumbs. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre feels hot when removed. (If crumbs are getting too brown, loosely lay a piece of foil overtop.) Serve immediately.

6. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days. Reheat, loosely covered, in microwave on medium power until hot.

Servings: 8

Source: LCBO

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - hope Matt's thingy helps with the diagnosis .. love macaroni cheese ... and those balconies - well probably they'll be charged if they over-run ... cheers Hilary

    1. So do I Hilary. At least he can sleep with it on much more easily. I suppose that could be the case if they over-run.

  2. Take care of your health. Thanks for this wonderful recipe:)

  3. Wow. I'm tired from just reading, lol. I'm thinking of doing my lobster mac and cheese sometime next month. Haven't done it in a while and it is really too heavy to serve as a side with a main dish.

    1. LOL. Do I have your recipe for lobster mac and cheese Denise? Sounds good, expensive though.

    2. I started using the fake lobster meat and no kne knows the difference. I think I posted it once. I'll check.

    3. Got the link, thanks Denise.

  4. Some people don't know when to shut up.
    Bummer they still have to do more to your balcony. Better they fix it though!

    1. This guy certainly didn't Alex. I don't think he stopped talking once whilst he was there. I wonder if he still talks when he goes to the bathroom. It is a bummer, but yes, safety first.

  5. I'm not here because you reminded me. I'm here because I could sense your one-upmanship.

    I love curry. Not just because you can use it to blind annoyingly loud bowlers (hint hint) but it sounds fantastic in mac and cheese. I'm definitely going to try this. Most likely as a Thanksgiving side. I'll have 11 flavor judges with me, too. All of whom love curry. I'm not feeling good about my odds.

    1. Didn't realise your sported antenna on your fevered brow Bryan!! I think Denise one-upped us both with lobster mac and cheese.

      I am sure your odds are great.

    2. Got the e-mail you sent with the recipe. Now I can't decide which to make for Thanksgiving. Maybe both. Though I don't know if my poor heart can take it if my mac and cheese ends up taking last place*.

      *my stomach can handle it, though, and that's more important

    3. As you say, that's more important Bryan. I will have to give the Lobster one a try as well.

  6. I always preferred a sweaty-palmed, nervous date. Never trust a guy you can't make at least a little nervous. LOL.

    We do eat a lot of mac and cheese. I suppose I could start making a fancy variety for holidays.

    I made deconstructed stuffed peppers last night. A friend taught me the cheat. You just basically throw all the ingredients in a casserole dish and you get the stuffed pepper taste without the work.

    1. Don't remember any of those kind of dates Liz.

      Sure, mac and cheese needs a little extra now and again.

      I make unstuffed cabbage rolls the same way.

  7. I loooove mac and cheese! One of my faves! Russell was given a medi vest portable defibrillator to wear. It has sensors and paddles that'll jolt him if he goes into cardiac arrest. The design is just awful and it's been very uncomfortable for him, esp. trying to sleep in it. It hooks in front right over his incision scar. Even with gauze it's been bad.

    1. It seems to be a big favourite on this side of the pond JoJo.

      I hope for Matt's sake he never has to wear one of those, poor Russell, how long does he have to wear it for?

  8. I hate loud obnoxious people and that would bother me but my hubby would have gone up to them and ask them to pipe down. I’m sorry to hear that you are dealing with the balcony situation. I hope they correct everything and that they will be safe

    1. Matt wouldn't do that but I would Birgit. However, they weren't really being obnoxious and it is a bowling alley. They were just having fun, noisily. Here's hoping the balconies will be sorted soon.

  9. That's very bad etiquette to talk when people are bowling! Hpe you gave him a few glares.

    1. No, no glares Pinky - two lanes over from us. It was up to his girlfriend.