Thursday, February 14, 2019

Instapot, Weather, Rockets, Breakfast,

Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

I am beginning to get fed up with hunting for Instapots. First I decide on a second hand one, then I figure it's not such a good idea and anyway, being from Amazon, returning would be more difficult. However, if I buy from Walmart, I can return it to the local store. So, although it is not the one I would prefer, I think that is definitely the one I am going to buy. Then I was sent to Instant Pot's online store which has the one I really want, with free shipping. No hassle return, but... have to pay for shipping if I returned it. Blow it, I'm going to bed.

They are saying the weather will still be pretty rough tomorrow. We shall see, but I have an appointment with the Cannabis Lab and I have been trying to get there for a while as you know. Also want to take the large Instapot back. I also have shopping to pick up tomorrow, so it had better be good weather. Or relatively good driving anyway. My cleaner did come today although this morning it was snowing and we were getting whiteouts because of the winds - the winds are still howling around our building I might add.

Just watched a fascinating programme on Nova about the future of rockets. Apparently there are now a lot of companies who are developing smaller cargo type rockets ( such as those supplying the space station as is done by SpaceX) but NASA is building a giant rocket to go into deep space. Cannot imagine what it is costing,  but the aim is to eventually use this rocket to colonize Mars etc. Oh I wish I was younger. Matt just doesn't understand why they are wasting their money, but Earth will be too full of people one of these days and we need to spread out. Just hope we have more sense with the places we colonize than we have had with our present home. Apparently the cost of a trip into space has already been reduced from multi millions of dollars down to around $5 million!! That sounds a familiar figure.

Thinking of smoked haddock and having some in the freezer, I remembered my father often cooked it for me for breakfast adding a poached egg. Delicious. Meant to do so this morning but we were a tad late getting going and the cleaner phoned to say she was on her way. Tomorrow hopefully.

I have always been one for making enough of anything to produce another  meal or two. This certainly fills the bill. Love the idea of the Chicken and Herb Crêpes.

French Onion Roast Chicken

Make a big batch of this juicy roast chicken and caramelized onions and you've got enough for three meals. Save the leftovers to make Thai Chicken Pizza the next night, and Chicken and Herb Crêpes
the night after!

2 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 lbs yellow onions, vertically sliced
2 Tbs chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp black pepper
2 (3-lb.) whole chickens, spatchcocked (butterflied

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add onions, 1 tablespoon thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Spread onion mixture in a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Combine butter, pepper, remaining 1 tablespoon thyme, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a bowl. Loosen skin on chickens; spread butter mixture under skin. Place chickens, skin sides up, on onion mixture.

3. Roast chickens at 450°F until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, about 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove and discard skin; slice meat. Using a slotted spoon, reserve 1/2 cup onion mixture. Shred meat from 1 chicken; store shredded chicken and remaining onion mixture in separate airtight containers in refrigerator up to 5 days. Serve remaining sliced chicken with reserved 1/2 cup onion mixture.

Servings: 4

Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. You're more daring than I am. You couldn't pay me 5 million to launch me into outer space. Good luck getting to your appointment and getting your instapot.

    1. Wouldn't you like to go Liz, I would. What about your boys, would they like to go?

      Thanks, I hope it all gets sorted.

  2. If there was once water on Mars, it is quite possible there was life there at one time. I get motion sickness, so traveling to outer space was never in my 'to do' list, lol.
    Maybe you should rethink if you really need the InstaPot. I am pretty sure I do not. I have an immersion device I rarely use. A gift. And another gift is a slicing machine. Still in the box for three years.

    1. Very true Denise. They would have to build living units for people these days.

      No, I don't NEED the Instapot but I am pretty sure I will use it.

  3. I'm all for space exploration but only if someone else goes.

    1. My friends don't seem to be that adventurous Alex, not that we are likely to get a chance anyway.

  4. I would never go into space..I love my earth and, besides, there might be a huge pandemic and many of us will be killed off which will help the earth. yeah, I am so full of girlish glee. I hope you can get your pot..both kinds:) This weather has been nuts hasn't it?

    1. You are a cheerful soul Birgit. I would love to go but too late in my life now. The roads were fine today so got to Cambridge but haven't got my other pot yet.

  5. I would love to go into space... And this chicken sounds wonderful!

    1. Let's book a trip Lisa, only $5 million each and they say the price is coming down LOL. It does sound good doesn't it.