Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, Shopping, Pickling,

Weird, didn't sleep too well, awake at 5 anyway, finally gave up and got out of bed around 6:30. So, felt headachy again so cancelled my bone density. By lunchtime I wasn't too bad, had a short nap afterwards and headed out to get my groceries. Now their computer system is playing me up and dropping some of the stuff I ordered. Anyway, I checked with the packer when I got there and we got it sorted out.

Got home and having especially bought an extra 5 lbs of asparagus yesterday and having purchased a couple of 1 litre Mason jars and some mustard seeds, I got cracking and pickled me some asparagus. Took a bit of time but I sterilized the jars in the microwave which cut it down somewhat. I am quite surprised 5 lbs went into two Mason jars. I shoved the ends in too. Had to cut the spears to fit them into the jars in the first place.  Using the recipe I posted yesterday, I added a few hot pepper flakes to the mix so will be interested to see how they turn out. They only had two 1 litre Mason jars, maybe they will have more next week. Got the bit between my teeth now. During all this shopping and stuff I scratched my arm somehow, no idea how, so had a blood streaked elbow area. Surprised nobody mentioned it. Mind you with the huge bruise I have on my right arm, maybe they didn't see it. These days I have only to brush against something and I look as though I have been beaten up. Partly age and partly blood thinners I believe.

Got a few deals today, two delicious salmon steaks which will make two  meals for us. Beef was on special today too.

Tomorrow is our bi-weekly coffee morning and then bowling league in the afternoon.

This sounded like an interesting, and unusual recipe. I would need to stock up a few things to make it though. I would not use calorie reduce mayonnaise though.

Asparagus Guacamole

Excellent, I actually thought it was nicer than standard guacamole. It was light and the wonderful sweet flavour of asparagus just shone through. It really is delicious!

1 1/2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
1 Tbs reduced-calorie mayonnaise
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
3 medium scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce
1/8 tsp table salt, to taste
1/8  tsp black pepper, to taste

1. Bring large pot of water to boil.

2. Add asparagus and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

3. Drain.

4. Place asparagus into food processor and purée until smooth.

5. Stir in remaining ingredients and serve.

Servings: 10

Author: Nat Da Brat

Have a great day


  1. Only two jars? Good thing you didn't want ten.

    1. I know Alex, hoping they will have more in the store this week.

  2. Hi Jo - the guacamole sounds good ... just hope the pickling works well ... cheers Hilary

    1. It seems to have done Hilary, won't know until I open a jar of course.

  3. Only two mason jars for canning! You probably would have used a dozen if they'd had them.

    1. Well there's a hardware store fairly close by Susan, so will go there for some.

  4. There's not much worse than a bad sleep but at least you know you should sleep better the next night. I have to get up at 5 every day :( Blood thinners would definitely be the cause of the bruises. Oh well, better to have thin blood, eh.

    1. True Pinky, and I did. 5 would kill me LOL.

      Funnily enough, Matt is on much stronger blood thinners than I am and yet barely gets any bruises.

  5. I accidentally hit post on the previous post before I said I’m sorry you’ve been having migraines. They really are the pits and yes, there is a lot more to them than just the disabling headache

    1. Considering I have been having migraine headaches for years Helen, I am surprised I didn't know all this before. I was told a woman living in a close apartment was getting migraines from the noise of the Coffee Klatsche in the room across the corridor. I pooh poohed it, now I am mentally apologising to her - it could well happen.