Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Day, Boxing Day,

So I cooked. What else does one do on Christmas Day? One thing I did make, which was different, was a Carrot Salad similar to the one Matt got from Meals and Wheels. Mine worked pretty well, I was quite pleased. I was told the ingredients, but not the quantities. Talking of Meals on Wheels, what was unexpected was that we got two frozen meals for the rest of this week!! I didn't expect them to deliver Christmas Day, of course, but thought they would on Thursday. One of the things he got was the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Doesn't look remotely like that. I will be interested to see what it tastes like when defrosted.

Meals on Wheels Carrot Salad

Grated carrots - I did the best part of 2 large carrots.
Cranberry - Not too many, I used close to a handful. Too much
Raisins - as above
Orange juice - enough to cover fruit
Honey - loaded teaspoon
Cinnamon - good shake
Green onion - I used sweet onion.
Black Pepper - To taste
Olive Oil - about 1 Tbs, enough to mix with the orange juice.

Soak cranberry and raisins in orange juice. Mix all other ingredients together.

Today, Boxing Day, I have to go to my family doctor. Apparently I have to get two refills for the blister packs, I also have to discuss bloodwork I got done recently plus discuss my UTI. I have a new set of pills now so I need to show the doc. I really don't want to go haring around on Boxing Day, but needs must unfortunately. We set off early and got there at opening time. Not too many people in front of us, but we still had to wait for quite a long time. Apparently my bloodwork showed that my A1C (diabetes) was rather high, I explained the endocrinologist had taken me off Metformin. Also she discussed my kidney/bladder situation and once I mentioned Dr. Cybulski she was happy with that. She also told me that if my pharmacist writes a note on a fax request for renewal saying something like "have Doctor's permission" they can fax her. Told the pharmacist so she added to my file a note to write a note LOL.

Needed some cereal, forgot to order it, so ended up walking to the other end of the store, with a cane, not my walker, and I was too dumb to get a cart to lean on. By the time I got back my legs were screaming at me. In the afternoon, I didn't nap, I completely conked out in my lounger. This evening we finished off the stuffed turkey breast and the Christmas Pud. Tomorrow must cook the scallops I bought on Christmas Eve. Think I might try a recipe by Kevin Lynch, or one I found in my own files. From the date on the picture I haven't made this in a long time. When we lived in North Carolina we could buy a gallon of bay scallops for $8. Used to make a lot of scallop dishes then. However, by 2009 we were certainly back in Canada.

Scallops Parisiennes

1 glass dry white wine
¼ cup  water
pinch of salt
1 sprig parsley
6 peppercorns
few slices of carrot and celery
1 lb scallops
1 1/2 oz butter
1 green onion
1/4 lb mushrooms
1 oz flour
¼ cup milk
1 Tbs browned breadcrumbs
a little melted butter

1. Put first 7 ingredients (wine - carrot and celery) into a pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain and return liquor to the pan. Bring to the boil, add scallops and poach for two mins. Remove scallops and reserve the liquor.

2. Melt butter in a pan and add the green onion, finely sliced and the mushrooms cut into quarters. Cover and cook for about 5 mins. Draw aside and add the flour and the strained liquor from the scallops. Stir until boiling, simmer a few mins. add the milk by degrees, then reduce to a creamy consistency. Stir in the scallops.

3. Fill cocottes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and a little melted butter and brown quickly under the broiler. It is recommended that real butter be used.

4. Serves 2 as a main course, 6 as hors d'oeuvres.

Have a great day


  1. I like that my pharmacy can just call my doc when my refills run out and she gives permission. My cholesterol levels are above normal, but I usually remind her that back in the 70's, those same numbers were considered normal. My personal opinion is that Pharma just wants to sell more medicine.
    I was beat yesterday, took a nap and then slept nine hours last night.

    1. Well most pharmacies can just fax the doc. Now they can for my refills.

      I bet you were Denise, that's a lot of catering. I can't do it any more.

  2. The only meds you have to see the doctor to refill are the ones considered 'opiods'. Other than that CVS will fax the request and the doctor faxes back the refills. But if you also haven't been in for a checkup, they will make you schedule one in order to get your refills.

    I'm curious how Matt likes Meals on Wheels. People here say they are awful.

    1. It is generally the same here JoJo, except for my doctor.

      He eats most of them and what he doesn't like I finish off. I think they are pretty good value for money and they don't taste bad. Not gourmet food of course but a perfectly adequate meal for someone - you get a soup, main course with veg and starch. Dessert. Most days Matt likes the soups, today he said it was tasteless!! For $3 one can't really complain and I am thinking of joining him, three times a week. Saves on cooking.

  3. Oh my gosh, carrot salad is something my mom's mom would make. I enjoyed it. Also, I love carrot cake. Carrots in general, for the win.

    1. I think I was a bit too heavy on the fruit though Ivy, but it was pretty good and we both enjoyed it. Carrot Cake is one of my favourites too.

    2. Too heavy on the fruit. I can understand that.

    3. Well they didn't give me any measurements Ivy, all done by guess.