Friday, February 15, 2019

Out and About

Well, after several weeks I finally got to the Cannabis Lab. I was a bit teed, my appointment was for 2 and it must have been 2:30 when I got to see the doctor. Turns out I am taking it wrongly. He says I should split my daily dosage up during the day, not take it all at once. Will try that tomorrow. Different doctor, much nicer, he actually looked at me. I have to see them again in August. At least the weather shouldn't interfere then.

Afterwards, went to the Scottish Bakery, The Rising Dough, where I had ordered 5 Cornish Pasties,
had one left from when I was in hospital and Matt was heating them in the microwave. Must have been horrid, pastry needs to be crispy. Whilst I was  there, I fell for some individual Lemon Meringue Pies, some scones and some rum truffles. I actually hadn't bought the truffles but I had to use their bathroom and saw them on the way back. The pies were delicious, have one left for tomorrow. Decided to have a pasty for supper too. Easy peasy for me. Had a rum truffle later, yummy. If you're interested, I have linked to their page of products so you can drool over the things they make. I should do that instead of buying so much, they are not inexpensive.

I had placed a small order at my grocery store so stopped to pick that up and then forgot to go to the library - ordered some DVDs of Vera, an English cop show I like. When I got home discovered the mail man had been and hadn't been able to get one item in the mail box. Damn. Got a hospital visit tomorrow (Friday) so won't have time to go to the Post Office and/or the library. Funnily enough watched Vera Thursday night. Series 8 I believe, I have ordered 1 and 2.

How's this for a breakfast dish then? Don't think I mentioned before that I bought frozen avocado chunks from the store. They aren't bad, been adding them to salads, but they have a recipe for guacamole. Never made that although I have eaten it a few times.

Bacon Fried Rice with Avocado and Fried Eggs

Chef Ed Kenney uses both white and brown rices in this terrific bacon-studded dish that he serves at his casual Honolulu spot, Kaimuki Superette. “In Hawaii, we call it hapa rice; it’s more interesting
and flavorful than plain white rice,” he says. “In Hawaiian, hapa means ‘partial’ and is often used as a term of endearment to describe people of mixed ethnic backgrounds.”

1 10 oz bag of curly spinach (16 cups), thick stems discarded
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
Kosher salt
12 thick slices of bacon
Canola oil, for frying
2 large shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
4 cups cold cooked medium-grain white rice
4 cups cold cooked medium-grain brown rice
3 Tbs oyster sauce
3 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbs Sriracha
4 Tbs unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium celery rib, julienned
4 scallions, thinly sliced
6 large eggs
1 Hass avocado—peeled, pitted and sliced
Pickled vegetables, such as okra, long beans and radishes, for serving

1. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the spinach until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain well and let cool slightly, then squeeze dry. In a medium bowl, toss the spinach with the sesame seeds and sesame oil. Season with salt.

2. In a very large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, turning, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Pour off the fat from the skillet and heat 1/4 inch of canola oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to a paper towel–lined plate to drain.

3. In a bowl, toss the white and brown rices with the oyster sauce, soy sauce and Sriracha until well coated. In a wok or the wiped-out very large skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery and cook over moderate heat until just starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir-fry over high heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Stir in half of the scallions and season with salt and pepper; keep warm.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet and brush with oil. Crack half of the eggs into the skillet and cook sunny side up, about 4 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a plate. Brush the skillet with oil and fry the remaining 3 eggs.

5. Spoon the fried rice into shallow bowls and top with the spinach, avocado, bacon, fried shallots, fried eggs and the remaining scallions. Serve with pickled vegetables.

Servings: 6

Source: Food and Wine

Have a great day


  1. I love lemon meringue pie. I'd have bought some too. Any time I walk around the grocery store, I always over buy.

    1. That's why buying on line is good Liz, as you know. This place is good, it is a little cafe where they sell all kinds of home made goodies. Just had a scone with bacon for breakfast. Got another lemon meringue pie each for supper tonight.

  2. Glad you were able to get out yesterday. Not a big pie eater but the pastries would've tempted me.

    1. So were we Alex. I'm not a big pie eater either, but like Liz (above) I love Lemon Meringue. Cornish Pasties are delicious.

  3. I can't believe you've encountered doctors who don't look at you!

    1. Nope, it was through computer and he looked at his papers practically the whole time Pinky.

  4. Hi Jo - glad you got to the cannabis lab ... and let's hope it works better. I try not to eat pie or pastry ... but on the occasions I do - it's too good. Love lemon meringue pie and my homemade pasties - where there's more filling that pastry - I make a dish ...

    Hope the snow isn't so bad ... and you have a good weekend - cheers Hilary

    1. So was I Hilary, been trying for some time. I don't eat pies of pasties very often, but indulged the last two days. Never made pasties.

      Snow has left us for a while, but it's still winter.

  5. Hi Jo,
    I'm hoping you can help me. I've been trying to track down a very old friend the past couple years, and finally stumbled across his link to your blog. I was a penpal with Hrugaar way back in the early 2000s, and have been hoping to get in touch with him. Could you pass along my contact info to him if you are still in touch?

    1. Will see what I can do Mark. Not been in touch with Ru for a year.