Friday, April 26, 2019

Water, Slow Cooking, Bowling, Friday.

That's great, a construction site has damaged a water main. Parts of town are flooded but we haven't got a drop, not even enough to clean our teeth. I just cleaned mine with Listerine. Our bodies we cannot clean. Supposed to go out to lunch, but without a shower!!! I don't think the bowling alley has water either in which case they might get closed down and that was the plan after lunch for all of us. The water came back on at 10 so we jumped in the showers and got ready to go to lunch.

I belong to an Instant Pot Group on Facebook (just joined) so asked them about my lack of success with my Cowboy Beef. One of them pointed out that the Instant Pot only heats from underneath whereas a slow cooker heats all round so in the IP, high is equivalent to low in a slow cooker. Wish I'd known that before. However, it should be OK for suppertime Thursday night now. Correction. I gave it another 5 or 6 hours on high whilst we were out. When we finally got round to serving, the meat was finally done, but the carrots were still crisp as were some of the onions. I will NEVER use my Instant Pot as a slow cooker again. Just not worth it. By the way, it tasted delicious. I will make it again, just not that way. It would cook very well in the pressure cooker.

So, we went with our Travel League Bowling Group to lunch at the Red Lobster. I had a Caesar Salad with shrimp which was good. We then went on to the Bowling Alley. We were going to bowl alone but Matt decided he couldn't, so I bowled on one of the teams. I only did two games but managed pretty well. My legs were tired at the end but not in agony. I was pleased. Also, I didn't bowl badly - actually the very first ball I threw, no practice, was a strike. Was I chuffed. Went and collected our shopping and then came home.

Tomorrow we have a lab visit for bloodwork for Matt and then in the afternoon his therapist comes for his last visit. They only make so many visits.

I need to find some recipes for Instant Pot asparagus.

I am not sure, but I don't think I tried this recipe last year.

Air-Fried Asparagus

Quick and easy Air-Fried Asparagus. Just a few minutes and you can have a tasty side of asparagus with little effort and easy cleanup

1/2 bunch of asparagus, with bottom 2 inches trimmed off
Avocado or Olive Oil in an oil mister or sprayer
Himalayan salt
Black pepper

1. Place trimmed asparagus spears in the air-fryer basket. Spritz spears lightly with oil, then sprinkle with salt and a tiny bit of black pepper.

2. Place basket inside air-fryer and bake at 400° for 10 minutes.

3. Serve immediately.

Servings: 2

 Author: MamaShire

Have a great day


  1. I thought an instant pot was like a pressure cooker, only electric. Now I'll have to Google how they work.
    We had a water main break last year. I always keep a case of water in the garage, just in case.

    1. Basically it is Denise, but slow cooking is supposed to be one of its features.

      Good idea. One of the benefits of having a garage. Mind you, a case of water isn't much use if you need a shower LOL.

  2. Glad you got your water back. We always have bottled water on hand so we can still brush our teeth and stuff, but certainly not taking a shower with it.

    1. I basically don't approve of bottled water as the bottles take 450 years to disappear completely so I never buy it anyway Alex. But, for cleaning the teeth, yes it is a good idea to have some on hand although I found Listerine worked quite well.

  3. Have to be honest, the only instant pot I'd ever heard of was the one that adds hot water and makes a soup!

    Glad to hear you had a good lunch and a better game of bowling and ye gods, how horrible to hear about the water line breakage! It's amazing how much we take water for granted until it's not there!

    1. I think Instant Pot's are marvellous Mork. They are the modern version of a pressure cooker. I use mine all the time.

      You are so right about the water. Have a friend from Oz who says the next world wars will be about water.

  4. Hi Jo - glad the water is back on ... I don't have water in store either. Glad you were able to get out and good luck tomorrow with the medics and therapist ... cheers Hilary

    1. So was I Hilary. Would have been reluctant to go out otherwise. Mostly don't need a water store - such accidents are pretty rare.

  5. I've never heard of an air fryer. Glad the water shortage didn't last too long!

    1. You haven't Lisa? Where have you been. They are marvellous particularly for cooking low fat or no fat at all. Yes, I was glad to get my shower.