Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Notre Dame, Cardiology, Wind,

Dunno about the French, I cried when I saw the Notre Dame Cathedral burning so violently. What a hideous thing to happen. The reporters were all using the word iconic, so very true nevertheless. Notre Dame is Paris. Such a wonderful cathedral. They seem to have save the main part and the two towers, it will cost a fortune, but I do hope  they restore it as they said they would. The city would just not be the same without it.

It reminds me of the time Balmoral Windsor Castle caught fire, that too was pretty devastating but not as much as this fire. Apparently they managed to save a lot of the treasures here, I seem to recall in Balmoral they didn't save much.

The cardiologist didn't have a whole heap to say on Monday afternoon, I was given an ecg and he used his stethoscope then said he would see me in a month by which time I imagine the bunch today will have sorted out something about my anaemia - we hope. I may be imagining it, but my legs feel slightly better. I don't know if that means the new blood in my system has kind of punched through in places. I would like to think so. Was a bit nervous on the way home, not 100% sure where, but part of the road was where the tire got blown a couple of weeks ago.

Couldn't believe the wind today, Matt, who was totally inappropriately dressed (shorts) decided to stay in the car and said several times the car really shook. For me, walking back to the car I was right in the teeth of it and had trouble walking forward. At least once I was forced to take a step back. I felt the car shaking several times driving home when we had to stop for lights etc. Dunno if it is the tail end of the storms in the south or another system entirely.

I am still looking for Instant Pot recipes and I thought this one looked pretty good. It is too much for my 4 quart machine so I will have to halve it.

Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna Soup

Your family will love this fun departure from the Italian classic—and you’ll love its ease and

1 lb 90% lean ground chuck
8 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 (14.5-oz.) can unsalted crushed tomatoes
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
8 oz whole-wheat lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
1/4 cup half-and-half
4 oz preshredded mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté; heat for 1 minute. Add beef; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Stir in stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Cover with lid; turn to manual. Turn lid valve to seal, and set to high pressure for 10 minutes.

2. Release valve with a towel (be careful of the pressurized steam), and release steam until it stops. Carefully uncover; set to sauté. Bring mixture to a boil; add lasagna noodles, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 9 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot; stir in half-and-half. Divide soup evenly among 8 bowls. Top evenly with mozzarella and basil.

Servings: 8

Source: Cooking Light

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - glad you got to the cardiologist and things are being looked after - good thing Matt stayed in the car ... at least he doesn't wander off. I think you're thinking of Windsor Castle which caught fire in 1992 ... they did manage to rescue quite a lot - not sure about Notre Dame - it went up very quickly and was very fierce ... the week will reveal - take care - cheers Hilary

    1. Today is the important one for the moment, trying to find out why I am anaemic. Yes, you are right, Windsor. I remember having seen a documentary about it just before the fire. It was fierce, I was horrified. As you say, the week will reveal.

  2. My son called yesterday and told me to turn on CNN. I broke down and cried and after 30 minutes I had to shut it off. I can still remember walking up those towers and blogged about it just last year. If they start up a fund to restore, I'll be sending what I can.
    Shorts? I went out with my winter parka just to get the mail out of the box.

    1. I was a bit the same Denise, terrible fire. Horrifying. I was only in my teens when I went there, but the thought of it being burnt....

      I was all wrapped up too.

  3. Still in shock about Notre Dame de Paris. I know they will fix it because it means so much to so many... Hope your legs continue to improve, and I LOVE the sound of that lasagna recipe!

    1. Me too and so is everyone I speak to Lisa. I am staggered by how much money they have already collected although the estimated cost is horrendous. Thanks, so do I.