Monday, November 27, 2017

Decorations, Bowling, Cooking and Shopping. Monitor.

I said to a friend that I had never had a real tree but thinking about it, I must have done as a kid in the 40s and 50s because I don't suppose there were such things as synthetic trees. I have used a synthetic for years but I only just found out that we are not allowed to have a real tree in this apartment building. Just as well I do, I never knew there was a rule about it. So, ours is now up and decorated and lots of other stuff is spread around but what a lot of work. Every year we swear we won't bother next year and then when it comes down to it, we kill ourselves decorating once more. I haven't totally finished, had enough for one day.

Of course this is Monday's blog so we will be off to the bowling alley. I do hope the rest of our team will be there. Never found out what happened last week. I know our team sank quite a bit in the standings. Emailing with a friend in England recently she tells me her husband lawn bowls in summer and one of the most popular games around is 9-pin bowling!!! I had never heard of that but googling I gather it is very popular all over Europe. I thought it was 10 pin there like in the US.  It's popular here too of course but 5 pin is a very Canadian game and, IMHOP, much better.

We enjoyed the Pho so much the other week that we decided I should make it again soon although I have just remembered we are going to the Mandarin on Tuesday. So it won't be at the beginning of this week. I want to get into Costco soon too, need a couple of things. It's close by the Mandarin so maybe we'll go then. I complained before about having to walk so far to the meat counters. Then we go regular grocery shopping on Tuesday afternoon anyway. Oh well, I'll live I think.

Forgot, Tuesday Matt will be delighted to get rid of his Cardiac Event Monitor which keeps falling off his belt, especially when bowling. He has been keeping it in his pocket which seems to work a bit better but he will be so glad not to have to wear it any more.

Not sure of the origin of this recipe but it is in my recipe programme. I chose a picture which I figured looked like the salad although I don't think there are any tomatoes in it, not sure why not.

Grecian Pork Tenderloin Salad

1 lb pork tenderloin
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1- 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1- 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1- 1/2 cup peeled, sliced cucumber, divided
1 Tbs fresh dillweed
1 8 oz carton plain nonfat yogurt
veg cooking spray
4 cups tightly packed torn Romaine
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion separated into rings
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
2 Tbs crumbled feta
2 tsp chopped fresh mint
2 med ripe tomatoes in 8 wedges each
1 med green bell pepper, 12 rings
8 pitted whole ripe olives

1. Trim fat from pork. Combine oregano, vinegar, oil and garlic in a large ziplock. Add pork, seal bag, marinate in fridge for a minimum of 30 mins, turning in bag occasionally.

2. In a processor put 1/2 cup cucumber, dill and yogurt. Process about 10 secs until smooth, scraping sides of bowl. Set aside.

3. Remove pork from the bag, reserving marinade. Coat grill rack with spray and place meat over med hot coals. Cover and cook 30 mins turning occasionally. and basting with marinade.  Thinly slice pork and set aside.

4. Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top each with 1/4 of the remaining cucumber, onion and next 6 ingredients (radishes to end). Divide pork evenly. Top each plate with 1/4 of the yogurt dressing. Serve immediately.

Servings: 4

Have a great day


  1. I never let my kids decorate the big tree when they were young. They had a smaller one to decorate. Now, I only put up one tree and I have invited them over on the 10th to help decorate the house. Call me lazy, lol.

    1. I don't remember decorating a tree when I was young Denise, I don't remember much about any of it. Long time ago I guess. My mother was very big on Christmas as am I.

  2. Glad he can ditch the monitor soon.
    We always had a real tree when I was a kid, but my wife and I have had a fake tree since the first Christmas. Cheaper and we don't feel guilty about killing a tree every year.

    1. Yes, he has found it a pain in the butt Alex.

      That is a very valid point. When one thinks of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of trees destroyed every year it seems very sad.

  3. Haven't put our tree up yet. We have an artificial one also though we used a real tree for years when the kids were younger. Decorating wears me out too.

    1. And I don't think you are anything like my age Sue!! I still haven't finished everything and I figured I ought to clean the silver otherwise it spoils everything. One day!