Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mandarin, Exercise Classes,

I did go to Mandarin today and gorged myself on dumplings, and 1,000 yr old egg. That was served in a Chinese soup spoon and seemed to be mostly tofu to me! But boy were there some good dumplings. I also tried spicy chocolate ice cream which was about as spicy as milk, but it was good chocolate ice cream. I bought Matt some egg rolls and chicken balls to have for supper. The restaurant have said he can have a rain cheque and book when he is OK again. I think there were more dumplings this year than I ever remember in previous years. I also had some of my favourite kelp salad and of course I started with Hot and Sour Soup.

 I am not sure when the New Years Dumpling festival ends, but I will have to make sure I go back before the end. These pix are only 3 of the many they had on offer today.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, I go to exercise classes. I bumped into another English woman who lives in the building, I have known her casually for a while. I didn't really know she lost her husband a year ago. She was sitting in the lobby and said she did so for a change of scene. She was obviously lonely. I suggested she come to classes with me and I am pleased to say she has agreed to come tomorrow. I think she will enjoy it even if she can't do a lot. Many can't at the beginning and end up doing a lot more than they expect, after a while. Not only that there is the camaraderie of the women who participate. We have quite a bit of  fun as well as doing ourselves some good. Maybe I should email our instructor and warn him there is another Limey coming to class. I think I might go bowling after class and I think Matt might come with me!! Not to bowl but just to accompany me. I checked with the alley about my status after missing Monday. I had bowl aheads in the system so apparently only dropped one point on my average. Unfortunately that means there are two of us at the same average. Gotta do something about that. However, I learned my team took 7 out of 9 points which is good.

After being at the Mandarin, I went shopping and tried to be more controlled and shop thinking of what we needed and not what I/we wanted. I did pretty well. Spent less than I expected. I heard this advice on TV a week ago - a woman was saving a lot on groceries by buying what she needed and not what she wanted. I fell by the wayside buying myself a couple of artichokes, I do enjoy them and they are not always available. I didn't buy one thing I needed and then realised I had enough points I wouldn't have to pay for it anyway. Duuh.

I used to love salad sandwiches but mine were not as ornate as this one. Sounds pretty good though.

Green Goddess Crunch Sandwich

Think of this as a salad sandwiched between two slices of bread.

¼ cup finely chopped chives
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup tarragon
¼ cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
1 lemon, halved
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
½ head of butter or Bibb lettuce (about 2 ounces), large leaves torn
¼ English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
1 avocado, thinly sliced
4 slices grainy bread
8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick
2 cups sprouts (such as broccoli sprouts or alfalfa)

1. Place chives, mayonnaise, tarragon, and yogurt in a blender. Add zest and juice of 1 lemon half, then add 2 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.

2. Squeeze juice from remaining lemon half over lettuce and cucumbers in a medium bowl. Drizzle with oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

3. Divide and smash avocado between 2 slices of bread; season with salt and pepper. Arrange lettuce and cucumbers over. Top with mozzarella and sprouts. Spread remaining 2 slices of bread with ¼ cup green goddess dressing and close sandwiches.

Servings: 2

Source: Bon Appétit

Have a great day


  1. My kids were just talking this weekend about going to the local Chinese restaurant for dim sum. We talk about food a lot, lol. I love veggie sandwiches, but cannot find sprouts around here. I was told the problems with contamination have caused them to not be sold in stores.

    1. But you didn't go Denise? Pity. I must admit I haven't looked for sprouts in a while. I wonder if they have disappeared round here too? I used to make simple sandwiches with just salt and pepper, no dressing. They were delicious.

    2. LOL. WE had just finished brunch at my house. They were busy talking about where they would eat next time we were all together. We had so much food on the weekend that my youngest did not want to go out and celebrate his birthday on Monday. So we had leftovers at my house.

    3. Oh well if you all ate that much...... I would still want to go out to lunch for my birthday though.

  2. I hope that woman joins you. She'll feel better if she gets out and socializes.
    Nice they gave Matt a rain check on his birthday meal.

    1. Yes, she is definitely coming today Alex, I hope she enjoys it and stays.

      Wasn't it nice, I didn't think they would.

  3. That sandwich is making my mouth water. I haven't had sprouts in ages cause there was something a few years back about them being full of ecoli and bacterias and making people sick. I had to look up 1000 year egg and I have to admit, I was fairly horrified. lol

    1. I didn't know, or remember anyway, about the sprouts JoJo. I think the egg was very limited in the spoonful I got, seemed more tofu than anything.

  4. That was very kind of you to invite your fellow Limey to exercise class.

    1. She's been twice now Pinky. So I hope she stays.