Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dragon Earrings, Physiotherapist, Sweats and Hair,

I treated myself to a gift, not sure whether it was for Valentine's or Easter, but along with my new lid and gasket for the Instant Pot, I bought some dragon earrings. Well I am called Grandma Dragon after all. I think they are made of pewter and the jewel is somewhat like crystal with opalesque colours. Not tried them on yet, only just arrived.

At 5:45 this aft, Matt's physiotherapist came. He agreed with me that it was probably bowling last week which had caused Matt's bad back. He basically came today to do an assessment. He thinks Matt will be able to bowl again with the help of a special belt which will prevent, or at least hinder him bending so that he has to remain upright when bowling. Several people do that anyway and are pretty accurate bowlers. Pratt (yes I know!) will start therapy on Friday or Saturday. He wants to use a TENS machine. I have one, but I can't find it. Will have to hunt for it but I have trouble bending low so will have to ask my cleaner to help me. A couple of minutes bending over and I am in agony. Roll on May/June when hopefully I can have some vascular surgery done to help. Keep your finger crossed please. How's this for a coincidence, his family doctor is the same as ours.

I ordered a couple of sweat shirts, most have mine have lost their soft fuzziness inside through washing in hot water. Originally didn't know you shouldn't. They arrived today and one is a very bright electric orange. Matt hates it.  It doesn't do much for my complexion I must say. What with my extremely short hair (did I mention that) and such a brilliant colour, it doesn't look like me at all. Everyone compliments me on my very short hair, I hate it. I will be so glad when it grows. However, it does seem to have helped the condition which had become really dry and horrid plus I was moulting like a dog LOL.

Finished off the mac and cheese to which I added a bit more milk, and it was still just as good.

I was following one recipe and came across this one. The English are big on Indian food because of extensive involvement with India once upon a time. I suspect some of the Indian dishes served are, like Chinese, no longer totally authentic, but this is a very popular one and lucky me, I found an Instant Pot version. Haven't got all the ingredients so can't make it tonight. Although I can use sour cream instead of yoghurt and I might have some marinara sauce (home made) I could use. Oh, I need 2 cups cream all told, haven't got enough I don't think. However, AllRecipes have lots of Instant Pot recipes so I must check them out. You can make many of these recipes without an Instant Pot of course.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

See how to make this top-rated recipe for spiced chicken in a tomato cream sauce.

1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbs garam masala
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 pinch ground ginger

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbs garam masala
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup heavy cream

1. Combine chicken, yogurt, garam masala, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and ginger in a bowl; toss until fully coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) and select Saute function. Add chicken with marinade; cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

3. Place tomato sauce, garlic, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, and salt in the pot; stir until well combined. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Remove lid and select Saute function. Pour in cream; stir well. Simmer until sauce has thickened, about 4 minutes.

Source: AllRecipes

Have a great day


  1. So glad Matt's back can be worked with. A support belt is a good idea. My husband uses one when he does any kind of lifting or construction work. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you and the surgery! We like Indian food too, and though we've tried one or two here in Columbus, we haven't found one we REALLY like. So we will keep trying until we find one as there are so very many here! Love the earrings!

    1. So am I Lisa, I called the therapist back today so he can start as Matt is in a lot of pain today. Good Indian restaurants are hard to find in North America. I'm wearing them today.

  2. Can't believe I was the first to comment!!!

  3. A belt makes sense. Something to keep it straight.
    You'll need to pose with your new earrings when they arrive.

    1. They're here Alex, but I am not taking pix until my very short hair has grown. People say they like it but I hate it this short.

  4. Well, if I had chicken I could make this. We have a substantial Indian population here and several Indian restaurants.
    Back issues are very annoying even when they are not extremely painful.

    1. I have the chicken Denise, not the yoghurt.

      Matt seems to be in a lot of pain today.

  5. I never could stand the smell of Indian food so I've not tasted it but I found it unusual how into it the Brits are. LOVE the earrings.

    1. Funny JoJo, my cousin, who did like Indian food, was living in a nurses home for some time and a lot of the Indian nurses cooked their own food. Even she got sick of the smell. As for the Brits, we "owned India" or it was part of the British Empire, for a very long time and many British were stationed out there in one way or another and learned to love Indian food. Their servants were all Indian including the cooks of course.

      Thanks, I love them too. They are quite long.