Friday, May 31, 2019


I am getting a little tired of this. I have now lost my tooth and beginning to feel the pain from the extraction, however, I also have a cough. Bought some cough medicine yesterday and I think the cough has become worse since. Wonder what else can go wrong. I had Ensure for lunch and plan on coldish scrambled eggs for supper. I just ate a mashed banana, not bad actually. I have some jello puddings too which I guess are OK.

Figured out what was wrong with my stuffed peppers, apart from the possibility of the peppers being overripe, I also hadn't followed the recipe and used too much meat to rice. Duuh. Did the recipe once and then figured I didn't need to read it again.

I have my baby (desktop) back again, but it is already gone 11, been updating everything I could and more to do tomorrow so, sorry, once again no recipe. Will try and get everything up to scratch tomorrow. I don't seem to have any medical appointments at all - something must have gone wrong. We make up for it on Monday and Tuesday though. Ah well, a brief break.

Have a great day

Thursday, May 30, 2019


Hm, running late, fell asleep watching Nova. Previously watched a great Nature programme on elephants called The Soul of Elephants. Only thing that spoilt it was they said in the time we had watched the programme (less than an hour) 5 elephants had been poached. An amazing husband and wife team who get really close to elephants, incredible pictures and insight into their lives.

ladydog turned up at lunchtime today and suggested Subs. Great idea. She and I went down the road to get them and we came back and enjoyed lunch together. Matt said he had really enjoyed it.

I then went to make stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot. I had done them last week, it was a resounding success. I did them this week and it was a resounding disaster. They fell apart on me and didn't work well at all. We did eat a couple of them for supper, but... I had a pack of 6 peppers, went to get the last one out and it was almost completely liquid. Never seen a pepper do that.before, the rest were fine. I complained and as I had to go get some shopping I went and got another pepper.  I also got some more ground beef and I still haven't split it up to freeze.

Gotta get up early to get my tooth pulled, looking forward to that. It rained today, hope it doesn't tomorrow or I will be a tad damp walking to the dentist.

I am getting a new power supply for my computer, I had the option of a new one or a used one and opted for the new. Probably silly but... Supposed to get it back tomorrow.

All for now.

Have a great day

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tuesday, New Book.

Not much to say tonight, got my shopping this afternoon and I swear a number of things got lost in transmission. I know I ordered them but somehow they didn't get through. Either I'm going daft or the computer is. Will have to get them later.

Have booked to have my tooth removed on Thursday, managed to get a ride, I may be being silly, but don't fancy driving under the influence of drugs. Better safe than sorry. Been to this dentist 3 times (multiple visits per year) and each time there has been a different dentist.

Reading an excellent book called Leaves of Fall, recommended by Susan Gourley Kelleyof Susan Says - the book is by Patricial Lynne. I'm not sure if it is classified YF, but it is a fascinating concept where the trees got fed up with us and started a war. It's even dangerous picking berries, or vegetables. See what Susan has to say. I haven't got far but I am enjoying it.

Have a great day

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Instant Pot, Dentist,

Especially for Alex at the dentist - Instant Pot Kanata, SixSisters and TwoSleevers all have good recipes for the Instant Pot. I have already started to amass a collection of favourites - but it is so easy once you get the hang of it. For instance last night I cooked Basmati rice which I kept warm and then cooked Shrimp Creole. Took around half an hour or so. For you, as a working girl, you can shove stuff in the pot and set the timer and dinner will be ready when you get home or whatever time you need it. Easy Peasy.

Sadly, my tooth is still in my head giving me pain. They took an Xray and told me it would definitely had to come out but the dentist couldn't do it without my doctor's knowledge because I am on blood thinners. They are faxing the doctor and I also phoned later. This meant that I had a ride today for nothing, which is a bit of a pain. Although it is easier to take my walker which I needed to get from the parking area to the dentist's door as I mentioned before. My doctor's office tends to move slowly, will phone them again in the morning.

Tuesday is shopping day, Community Support have promised not to send a bus this time LOL. Wednesday ladydog is coming over and we are going to get lunch in for the 3 of us. Some time during this period I hope to get my PC back. Fingers crossed for me please.

Have a great day

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day, Dentist, PC,

We watched the Memorial Day Concert from Washington last night. I couldn't believe it was 74 years since D-Day or June 6. There were actually a couple of guys there who had been part of D-Day, didn't say how old they were, but they must have been in their 90s I guess. I was 6 when that happened. I found the whole show reduced me to tears in places, especially when they played TAPS. One part that really struck home, they were representing a woman who lost her husband, and said don't just say 'if you need help but call me', we won't do it, but come along with a meal, a helping hand, something and you will forever be appreciated. This is so very true. In a different scenario, my friend ladydog and another close friend of ours, really helped us both when I was sick last year. I didn't have to ask them and I can never really repay them. So, for you in the States, remember, if you know anyone who needs help, do what you can because they won't ask you for that help. For us in Canada and the UK we commemorate our veterans on November 11, Armistice Day.

Re my toothache, which I mentioned, I have been putting up with a lot of pain, intermittently, with some long gaps between bouts of agony! Coincidentally, the dentist called the other day and said they hadn't seen me for a while which kind of forced me into making an appointment. Sorry but I hate dentistry and guess I am a big coward. I decided to get a ride as I don't know what they will do, drill or extract, probably extract I think. Of course there is quite a walk from the parking area to the dentist's office, my luck it will probably be raining, which is one of my excuses for not going recently because I just couldn't have walked it, really! Mind you, Sunday being my champagne day, my toothache disappeared after a few sips.

I still don't have my PC back - but then he is moving and I don't suppose his wife would be too happy if he just disappeared on her. I know I wouldn't. However, tonight my laptop is working, it seems to be doing so intermittently too. Makes it a little bit difficult to select my groceries but I will post Monday evening so I do hope I can do so on this machine.

So, Happy Memorial Day to all my American readers, who come to think of it, probably won't be reading my blog today..

Have a great day

Saturday, May 25, 2019


Tonight my laptop is working so I am taking advantage. I hate being without a proper working computer.

I haven't mentioned that I have just received my Alert Alarm or whatever it's called. I plugged it in and tested it. Works fine. Only works at home, the ones that work everywhere are just too damned expensive. This is quite a small button necklace. It is waterproof which I hadn't realised although it makes sense. More slips and falls in bathrooms.

Today, Friday, I received my ceramic nonstick insert for my Instant Pot. Not used it yet. Next week I guess. I will make some mac and cheese just to try it out.

I also went to the asparagus farm to stock up - what a difference, a day or two ago we were getting short stubby asparagus, now I have long fat spears. Funny really, was planning to use my Instant Pot to cook salmon but I have a recipe to cook it in tinfoil with asparagus and I had to jog  my mind - no dishes to wash. duuh. I am so keen to use my Pot. Forgot to mention that I did a spaghetti dish on Thursday and was delighted with the results.  First time I have tried cooking spaghetti in my Pot.

Not heard anything from my computer guy so I guess a week is what it will be. Don't know if it is the power unit or not. On the way back from the asparagus farm, I dropped into Best Buy because I need a universal cord to connect my TV to my VCR. They don't sell them in store but they do on line!!!!  Seems daft to me, but I suppose VCRs are considered obsolete. However, if you have lots of tapes and, these days, DVDs what are you supposed to do, chuck them out?

By the way, as though I don't have enough health issues, I am starting something, a cold, bronchitis, cough, not sure. I don't have colds. AdmittedlyI had one last year after my stint in hospital but I hadn't had one in 40 years before that and I don't intend to get them now, except I apparently have something starting.

As an avid Jeopardy watcher, I am enjoying James Holzhauer who just hit his $2 million on Friday night. He had to fight for his seat on Thursday, one guy got really close to beating him. I wonder how long he will maintain his championship seat?

Have a great weekend

Friday, May 24, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Cardiologist,, Jamie Oliver, Commputers, Subs,

This afternoon, went to see the cardiologist who seems to think I am pretty healthy and doesn't want to do anything about an angiogram until I see the vascular surgeon. Basically, since I had the 2 units of blood my legs have been a lot better, don't think I need the vascular surgeon but another couple of pints LOL.

I was staggered to see headlines about the collapse of Jamie Oliver's empire. TV cook and restaurateur - never thought that would happen. Hilary, if you are reading this, I would love to hear what you know about this. I always liked his programmes plus he worked with kids at schools etc. some of whom didn't know the difference between a stick of celery and a cucumber.

I think I am going to be forced into buying a new laptop - not only does this one have the cursor problems but it takes forever for the browser to open. Plus, I have just typed the last two sentences with nothing appearing on the screen for a while.

My appointment was at 3 and it was gone 4 before we left for home. I was hungry although so early in the day. I took a different route to avoid the pothole where I burst my tire and ended up at a one way roadworks where we were held up for a while. In the end it was close on 5 by the time we got near Subway and I suddenly wanted a sub. Haven't had one since Matt lost his license. He used to pop down and get one now and again. I went in and got a couple of 6" ones and saw they had a hot sauce so decided to have it on mine. It was good. Nice to have a sub after so long and also saved me having to cook late in the day.

Have a great day

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Shopping, Computer,

So, there am I sitting in the lobby waiting to be picked up, when along comes a big bus - could have carried half a dozen passengers at least - just for me? The driver checked where we were going, and when he realised it was the underground parking, he said the vehicle was too tall. The height of the entry is 7 ft. so you know how big this was. I had to ask the PC Express people to come to us outside, not too difficult really. However, the driver is going to make sure that vehicle is not used to pick me up for shopping again. They always give you a granola bar and some bottled water. I never take the water (basically don't approve of bottled water, the bottles are plastic and take 450 years to decompose) so I just take granola. Got one for the driver too. No, they are not allowed to take tips apparently. Tried.

My computer guy came this evening, thinks the problem is the power source so has taken the unit away. Unfortunately he is moving and says I may not get my PC for a week. He is moving to Paris, Ontario that is, a delightful town from what I know of it. Unfortunately it is a long drive away. He says he is hoping to keep old customers like me (no he didn't mean my age). So I don't think I will be posting much on this laptop. Certainly no recipes I don't think. Too difficult with the floating cursor on this machine. Pity because the machine itself works fine except for that.

Wednesday is our cleaner's day and I have a cardiologist appointment in the afternoon. May have to go get some of that green stuff too. Getting low.

So, that's it for today. Will try and use recipes when I have more time to wait for the cursor to go where I want it to

Have a great day

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Computer Problems, Shopping. Stuffed Peppers,

Main computer kaput. This laptop OK but mouse won't behave so this won't be long. Phoned my computer guy, completely forgot it was a holiday on Monday, duuh. He won't be here til Tuesday evening.

Going to pick up groceries with Community Support person this morning. Will be interesting to see how it goes. Hopefully I can get someone every week from now on.

I am not sorry the holiday is over, I have lots to do which can't be done when everyone is away. Yes, I know, people have to have holidays and if I were working I would change my tune. Have to book for Matt to see the aneasthetist and then arrange rides. Probably already said this.

So, for the stalkers, I may not be writing blogs as often  as I usually do unless the main computer is fixed quickly. Got a feeling it may be an expensive problem. OK Monday morning, dead Monday afternoon. He asked me to check power cables, can't be that, no-one been there, but I did anyway.

I had been planning to do stuffed peppers in the Instant Pot.  I found a recipe but altered it slightly. I was pleased to find I could get 4 peppers in the pot at once although one was a bit squished. I can't post the recipe right now because of my PC problems, but I was thrilled to bits. There is no pre-cooking anything, you just mix up the filling, stuff the raw peppers and then shove them in the IP. They came out beautifully and we have two for Tuesday night. I am so very pleased. I always hated having to cook the peppers first. This was easy peasy.

A simple little recipe.

Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

Asparagus and peas prove the old adage: what grows together, goes together. This is the perfect side
dish for spring!

2 Tbs unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 bunch thin asparagus spears, ends trimmed, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces on a diagonal
1 cup thawed frozen peas
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp honey

1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 4-5 minutes.

2. Add the asparagus, ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently so the shallots don't burn, for about 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add the peas and honey and cook about one minute more until the peas are warmed through. Add more salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about 1/8 teaspoon more salt and a few twists of pepper) and serve.

Author: Jennifer Segal
Source: Once Upon a Chef

Have a great day

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fireworks, Victoria Day, Anaesthetist, Shopping Help,

Saturday, I heard a loud bang and wondered what the hell it was, later I heard another and thought it was a shot. thought about calling the cops. Later, I realised, it is a holiday weekend, Victoria Day. Fireworks!!! As I write this at 10:30 on Saturday night, they have been banging away for ages and that is the private ones, not the organised displays. Sunday it is raining now although it has been dull but warm all day. So much for firework displays if there are any tonight. I thought people would get a grin out of my Sparkling Wine picture on Sunday indicating all was well and I would be drinking fizz as usual. Not sure people "got it". Monday is actually Victoria Day.

Tuesday I have to phone the anaesthetist about Matt's upcoming hospital visit. Need to schedule a
visit with him/her. Then I have to book rides for both days plus I have a ride booked at 11:45 to get my groceries. First time I have been able to get grocery assistance. It's getting it upstairs which is the problem. Yes, we have a small shopping trolley, but that full and handling a cane as well is hard on my legs in particular. Ours, which we have had around 18 years, only has two wheels. I just saw the price they are today, this one is $76. That is horrendous. I was thinking about getting a new one. Just changed my mind.

Just came across this - forgotten I had it. Never tried Knorr packet sauces, but anything else of theirs is good so I should get some. Hopefully one can split the packet up or freeze the rest.

Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

4 Tbs (60 mL) oil, divided
8 salmon fillets (about
2 lbs/ 1 kg)
2 lbs (1 kg) asparagus, trimmed
1 package Knorr® Hollandaise Classic Sauce Mix

1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Coat 2 rimmed baking sheets each with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil.

2. Arrange salmon on 1 prepared pan and asparagus on the other. Drizzle asparagus with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil and toss to coat; brush salmon with remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil and season, if desired, with salt and black pepper.

3. Roast 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork and asparagus are crisp-tender.

4. Meanwhile, prepare Knorr® Hollandaise Classic Sauce Mix according to package directions.

5. To serve, arrange asparagus on platter; top with salmon and drizzle with sauce.

Servings: 8

TIP: For a zesty twist to your Hollandaise Sauce, stir in 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) Dijon or whole grain mustard.

TIP: The salmon and asparagus are also delicious grilled instead of roasted

Source: Knorr

Have a great day

Friday, May 17, 2019

Driving License, Urologist's, Asparagus Farm,

Didn't  mean to write a blog today, but ... had a bit of a scare this morning. Checked yesterday's mail and found our insurance for the car. Went to put it in my wallet and realised I still had the temporary license which I had been given last September and never received the proper license. The temporary one expired last December meaning I have been basically driving without a license for 5 months. No idea what would have happened if I had been stopped. Luckily the Service Ontario office is just round the corner from us so I went haring to the office and was somewhat miffed to have to pay $35 because I hadn't renewed it before it expired. Apparently I should now get my license by August 15 (my mother's birthday) and I was warned that if it hadn't arrived by the beginning of August I should go into the office again otherwise I would be shelling out another $35. Tees me off though, wasn't my fault. Apparently it was mailed to me before and it wasn't returned to them so who knows what happened to it.

After lunch we went to the urologist who has just moved into new offices. Somewhat further away than the old ones. Nice place though, although they are not yet settled in. Huge reception area and the consulting rooms are much bigger, the urologist was delighted with the space he now has. Also, very important, parking is free. Turns out Matt's kidney stone is still there so it has been arranged that he will go have the thing "blasted" in June unless it decides to leave him before then. I had to use the bathroom on the way out, quite luxurious.

As the doctor's was about half way there, I decided to go on to the asparagus farm. I got a $10 bag (just over 2 lbs) and a couple of $5 bags which I thought some of my friends might like. I was right, they did. We had some for supper together with the coconut shrimp I bought at the local market store. One friend is a rhubarb nut too but it wasn't all that great yet. Maybe next time.

This looks pretty yummy. Don't remember ever trying it, must do so.

Tuscan Roast Asparagus

Asparagus and tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted to perfection with a topping of
melted parmesan cheese.

1 1/2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
1 Tbs oil
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp oregano (or Italian seasoning)
1 large tomato, sliced thinly
1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated

Toss the asparagus and tomatoes in the oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper, place the asparagus on a baking sheet in a single layer with the slices of tomato on top, sprinkle on the parmesan and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until they start to caramelize, about 15-20 minutes, mixing half way through.

Servings: 4

Author: Kevin
Source: Closet Cooking

Author Notes
Option: Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or toss in balsamic vinaigrette.

Have a great day

Toothache, Poaching, Shopping, Air Fryer, Cannabis, Poutine

OK you stalkers. May be nothing on Saturday, I have appalling toothache.

I have written about Pangolin poaching before, but was reminded today that the shy little animal is being poached to extinction. It is actually the cutest little animal and when raised by humans can become extremely affectionate. NOT that I am advocating raising them ourselves, but some have been because they are orphans due to the crass stupidity and greed of  the human race. If I were a billionaire I would contribute large amounts to organisations such as Wildlife Fund, but sadly I am not.

Not much going on during Thursday. Picked up a few items from the store but they didn't have the paper towels I wanted. Apparently they are on special so they ran out. Got myself a rain check. I could not think of that phrase. Felt a bit stupid explaining it.

One thing, my new Air Fryer arrived. Since I phoned and complained, my present one hasn't cut out once. Typical. I think I will put the new one in the cupboard until the old one does give up the ghost.

My newest Cannabis order arrived. I have been taking a half measure of a stronger oil. I feel as though it isn't working nearly as well, our foot nurse suggested if I felt that, I was probably right. The capsules are a possible for next time because the bottles are tending to leak which isn't funny, bearing in mind the price. If only our government would give it a Drug Identification Number, maybe our insurance would pay for it. Matt could probably use it too, but, no way we could afford it for both of us, can't really afford it for one of us.

Friday we both have urologist appointments. I checked where their new location is, on the way to the asparagus farm,  I was thinking about going there afterwards, but I still have quite a lot left, be stupid, wouldn't it? Although I could start canning some.

The Québecois invented Poutine which to me goes to prove they don't have the gourmet instincts of the French in France. The thought of French Fries dolloped with cheese curds and gravy really turns me off. I like my Fries crispy so don't want them in any kind of sauce or gravy anyway and I am not too keen on any gravy I have ever tasted (still time) other than my own. So, when I came across this recipe for Asparagus Poutine I felt like throwing my hands up in horror. This from a blogger who usually makes pretty good food. However, I know there are people out there who enjoy Poutine and might even enjoy this travesty.

Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Poutine.

1 cup beef broth, chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/4 oz dried porcini mushrooms
1 lb asparagus, trimmed
8 oz mushrooms, quartered
1 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs butter
1 small shallot, finely diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 Tbs flour (gluten-free for gluten-free)
1 tsp soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz cheese curds or diced mozzarella

1. Bring the broth and mushroom to a boil, turn off the heat and let sit until the mushrooms are tender, about 15-20 minutes, before straining the mushrooms, reserving the broth, and chopping the mushrooms.

2. Meanwhile, toss the asparagus and mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until they start to caramelize, about 20 minutes, mixing half way through.

3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the chopped mushrooms and cook until they start to caramelize, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the shallot, garlic and thyme and cook for a minute.

5. Mix int the flour and cook for another minute before mixing in the broth and soy sauce, seasoning with salt and pepper and simmering until it thickens, about 5 minutes.

6. Plate the roasted asparagus and mushrooms, top with cheese curds and hot gravy and enjoy!

Servings: 2

Author: Kevin Lynch
Source: Closet Cooking

Have a great day


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Drivers, Thai Restaurant, Shopping, Supper.

Phoned Community Support again this morning, I can't believe they can get me a driver whenever I want one to go to the hospital, but although other people do, I cannot seem to get one to help me with my shopping, well collecting it and bringing it upstairs at least.

Don't think I mentioned that one of the Community Support Drivers told me there was a good Thai restaurant "just up the road" literally, from where we live. ladydogj and I decided to go try it today although Matt wouldn't try and go with us. She arrived around 11:30 and told me off because I hadn't written a blog! It's one of her ways of checking up on us.

Left about noon and went to the Pho Tran Restaurant. Their menu is enormous but eventually we both settled on Pho (soup) and some spring rolls. I had a shrimp and noodles pho, I think ladydogj had beef in hers. My only complaint, in a big soup bowl, the shrimp had their tails on. Grrrr. However, the pho was delicious as were the spring rolls. Took some of those home with me for Matt. It was really nice to get out again and have a girl chat (OK old lady chat) yes, I know ladydogj, you aren't as old as I am.

I needed to go to the liquor store, turned out ladydogj did too so she took me to one close by, I had completely forgotten it was there, it is such a small store.

Home again and Matt had eaten the lunch I left for him so saved the spring rolls for supper. That is what we had, I warmed them in the air fryer. I also decided to cook some pot stickers so during the afternoon I prepared my "dip" which I know Matt enjoys. I made a double whamo today and have saved some for another day.

ladydogj uses her Instant Pot to cook ribs. I have never cooked ribs but I am going to give it a go. Neither of my husbands like "bones" although I love them.

Fall Off the Bone Ribs in 30 Minutes!

Instant Pot makes the ribs fall off the bone tender, and the boiler or grill finishes them off with a beautifully caramelized crust. Pick a barbecue sauce you love – whether it’s store-bought or
homemade, any sauce will do!

1 slab baby back ribs
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 cup apple juice
1 cup BBQ sauce divided, 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup

1. Liberally salt and pepper both sides of slab of ribs. Cut slab in half if it's too big for your Instant Pot.

2. Pour apple juice into Instant Pot. Place ribs into pot, drizzle with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and secure lid. Make sure it's set to "sealing."

3. Set it to Manual timer for 25 minutes. It will take a few minutes to heat up and seal the vent. Once timer counts down, let sit another 5 minutes then release steam by turning valve to "venting." Turn on oven to broil (or heat your grill) while you're waiting for the 5 minute resting time.

4. Remove ribs from Instant Pot and place on a baking sheet. Slather on both sides with remaining sauce.

5. Place under broiler (or on grill) for 5-10 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn't burn. Remove and brush with a bit more sauce. Pull apart and dig in!

Servings: 4

Source: The Spicy Apron

Have a great day

Monday, May 13, 2019


The hospital I was going to take Matt to posts Emergency wait times (before you go into the Emerg, no guarantee how long before you see a doctor) and this morning they never came below 4 hours. I decided to go to the Walk-In clinic I went to at Christmas time. As I expected, the doctor sent us downstairs for Matt to have X-rays. Everything is fine, nothing misplaced or broken - I saw them all - however, there is a fair amount of calcium build up which is causing arthritis as I understand it and the pain he is suffering is from inflammation. Recommendation to take Tylenol and treat with hot and cold.

Have a great day


Matt  is, unfortunately, no better so will be going to the Emergency Monday morning. As it is almost impossible for me to get to the Tim Horton's (cafeteria) I have decided to make some sandwiches to take with us. So, going to bed early. See you when.

Monday Morning: checking the hospital wait times in Emergency, it is 4 hours. This is a non urgent case so might even put it off til Tuesday on the assumption the hospital will be less busy.

Have a great day

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Matt, Saturday Recipe,

Matt's thigh doesn't seem to be getting any better. He is having knee problems which I think might be causing this. He basically is unable to do anything much at all at the moment. I even have to help him with dressing and undressing. If we don't hear anything from the doctor soon, I think a hospital visit is in our future. So don't be surprised if blogs are missing next week.

Just found this recipe, sounds good. I don't keep chile peppers as such though.

Simple and Citrusy Asparagus Stir-Fry

The trick to this citrusy stir-fry is to get your pan roaring hot before adding the ingredients, which
brings out all of the flavors in the aromatics while keeping the asparagus beautifully bright green and crisp

1 red chile (such as Fresno or Holland), thinly sliced, seeded if you prefer less heat
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 lb asparagus, trimmed, thinly sliced on a diagonal about ¼" thick
Kosher salt
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 medium orange, halved
½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high until hot, 3–5 minutes (a drop of water should jump around in the pan). Cook chile, garlic, and oil, stirring constantly, until oil starts to shimmer and garlic just begins to turn golden, 60–90 seconds. Immediately add asparagus; season lightly with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until asparagus is just beginning to brown around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add soy sauce, butter, and 1 Tbsp. water and cook, tossing constantly, until asparagus is still crispy yet cooked through and coated in sauce, about 30 seconds longer.

2. Remove pan from heat. Finely grate zest from one-quarter of orange over stir-fry. Squeeze juice from one orange half over and toss once more.

3. Transfer asparagus mixture to a platter. Top with cilantro and sesame seeds. Taste and squeeze more orange juice over if needed.

Servings: 4

Source: Bon Appétit

Have a great weekend.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Air Fryer. Asparagus, Steamer Basket,

I started off trying to find who exactly makes the Toastmaster Air Fryer. I haven't managed to solve the problem yet because I was being picked up to go to Mandarin. Matt said he couldn't manage it so our friends took me instead. I took Matt some Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls which was just as well as he had slept right through lunch!! He then ate them, a granola bar, an apple and a banana. He sure can eat and he never gains an ounce.

Next I went and picked up the car and went to the grocery store to pick up our order for the day. Whilst waiting I phoned the asparagus farm.  They had some for me and I had to be there before 6. Took the shopping home and lugged it upstairs. Discovered that my new steamer basket had arrived, then went over to Barrie's Asparagus Farm and bought a bag of the lovely green stuff and two gorgeous tomatoes - great for making salads with. I also have a can of Hearts of Palm and a good recipe for a salad with asparagus..We had some with our supper tonight but tomorrow, I will have time to do them properly.

So, busy day. Still got to find out who makes/repairs air fryer as it is cutting off at about 3 minutes for some reason, and not every time. Eventually opened my new basket too, checked it for size and it fits OK. Not terribly big of course, but then I have a 3 qt. On the comments page when I bought it, someone said the legs weren't long enough. Actually it doesn't have legs, has a rim all round it so I inserted it and chucked in a cup of water. Its fine. Stays below the basket. Yesterday, without the basket, I cooked up a load of chicken bones and veg and the result is a gorgeous jelly which I still have to deal with. I was glad to have leftovers to use for supper.

Now I'm not sure whether to use the large tomatoes or the grape. Decisions, decisions. I also only use white wine vinegar, don't keep the red.

Asparagus Salad with Hearts of Palm and Cherry Tomatoes

1 bunch of asparagus, steamed
1 can of hearts of palm
1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 green onions, sliced
1 small shallot, diced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1.5 Tbs red wine vinegar
1.5 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp gluten free dijon mustard
6 Tbs olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

1. Cook asparagus til al dente. Chil in ice bath or cold water. Chop into bite sized pieces cut diagonally. Place in large bowl. Cut each stalk of hearts of palm into 4 pieces and then each into 1 inch pieces at a diagonal.  Add to bowl.  Add your halved cherry tomatoes.  Add in sliced green onions.  Add in chopped shallots.

2. In a separate bowl, add in vinegars, mustard and a pinch of salt. Slowly pour in olive oil and whisk to emulsify.  Add in pepper and adjust ingredients to desired taste. Pour dressing over salad and mix.  Add lemon juice as desired.

3. Serve into bowls and enjoy!

4. This recipe would go great with some anchovies on top!  Also, if you can find jarred hearts of palm, please use those instead of canned!  Unless labeled, cans can be lined with BPA (toxic!!).  But some brands, like Native Forest, guarantee that their cans are BPA free so do some research before buying your canned foods.  Can also substitute hearts of palm with artichoke hearts!

Servings: 3

Source: Food for Rabbits

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Steamer Basket, Sharing, Mandarin, Scallops

Wednesday morning I wanted to put a chicken carcass and some veg into the steamer which ladydog's
husband fixed for me. Guess what, it doesn't fit my Instant Pot. Was I annoyed. Lucky I got my money back because of all the problems with it. I cannot find another source for the steamer basket other than Amazon and that's where I got the first one. In the end I put the carcass and veg in the regular insert and cooked it for 2 hours. It is very good. Got it chilling now. I am making the Hawaiian Barbecued Chicken for supper. I have since ordered another basket and have been assured (written on my order) that I can return it at no postage charge if it doesn't fit. Ve shal see.

Took Matt for his Xray and Ultra Sound on his knee. Funny in a way. Although he is having bad leg problems, he insisted he could get the car so off he went with his walker which he leaves in the garage rather than have the hassle of putting it in the trunk.. I took my cane and wandered to the lobby to await him. He arrived and I realised he didn't have his cane. So, I took over the driving and off we went. When we got to the lab, Matt used my cane and hobbled around the place as did I without the cane. It was actually quite funny. I had to help take his pants off. Another thing that amused me, the technician, female, said he should take his pants off. Not many women I would allow to say that to him LOL.

We were supposed to go to Mandarin with friends on Thursday, today to you, and Matt says he cannot go so I am being picked up by our friends to go for lunch. Matt doesn't need people or anything, I do. One of the things I love about the bowling alley is seeing all my friends.

Both ladydog and I love scallops and this one really fits the bill for me because, of course, it includes asparagus. ladydog doesn't like asparagus!!!! I might say I had some asparagus with my Red Lobster order yesterday, mistake, it was neither raw nor cook. Not good. Asparagus might be today, Thursday. Too cold to pick on Wednesday apparently, it was windy and I had no coat. Brrrrr.

Asparagus with Scallops, Browned Butter and Prosciutto

1 lb white asparagus, peeled, or green asparagus
3 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter
1 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 lb sea scallops
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth

1. Cook the asparagus in a large sauce-pan of boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a colander and leave the pan of water simmering on the stove.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add the prosciutto and cook over low heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the prosciutto to a plate.

3. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the skillet. Add the scallops, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate.

4. Add the lemon zest to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and simmer for 10 seconds. Add the stock and simmer, scraping the bottom of the skillet, until reduced to a rich glaze, about 3 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Return the scallops, along with any juices, to the skillet and cook over low heat until heated through.

5. Return the asparagus to the simmering water to heat through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a large platter and spoon the scallops and sauce over it. Top with the fried prosciutto and serve.

Servings: 4

Source: Food and Wine

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Red Lobster to Go, Credit Compromise?

Just a quickie as I am running late tonight.

Matt woke half crippled with his thigh today (Tuesday). He is going for Xrays and things on his knee on Wednesday. He had an Xray on his kidneys and bladder today. He didn't want to go to Red Lobster so I ended up ordering through a company called DoorDash who specialise in food deliveries from restaurants. My friend could have picked up the order but thought it would be too heavy. In fact it wasn't so spent money on delivery which wasn't necessary. Live and Learn. Still the meal was good and we all enjoyed it. Later I sat down to write this and discovered a message from the bank saying they thought my credit card had been compromised and to call instantly. I did so, amongst some of the security questions I was asked was where do I work. I said I'm 80 I don't work and haven't done so in years. Really! Anyway, turned out they were worried about DoorDash and whether I had authorised it. Nice to know they are on the ball. Bit scary at first because I did have a spam call purportedly from my bank whilst we were out today. I checked with the bank and they assured me there was nothing wrong and they wouldn't have called.

Think I should get a commission from Instant Pot, I have convinced my friend she too needs one.

Asparagus and Double Smoked Bacon Popover

Asparagus, double smoked bacon and leeks baked on a puffy popover topped with melted cheese!

1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces (unless farm fresh)
4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 leek, thinly sliced
1 Tbs butter
1/2 cup milk, warm
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Gruyère, shredded

1. Bring a pan with 1 inch of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook until it turns bright green.

2. Rinse the asparagus under cold water and pat dry.

3. Cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, and set aside on paper towels to drain reserving the grease in the pan.

4. Add the leeks to the pan, saute until tender, about 2-4 minutes, set aside and turn off the heat.

5. Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt.

6. Mix the milk, eggs, flour, salt and pepper and pour it into the pan.

7. Sprinkle the asparagus, bacon, leeks and the cheese over the batter in the pan.

8. Transfer the pan to a preheated 425F/220C oven and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

Servings: 4

Author: Kevin Lynch
Source: Closet Cooking

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Super, Bowling Banquet.

Well we have a new superintendent and wife. How long t hey will last, none of us can guess. From all we hear, the realtor doesn't pay the supers enough which is partly why they quit. This is a 9 floor building with a lot of apartments. That makes it a lot of work to keep clean without anything else going wrong.

Went to the bowling banquet. Done By Dawn did an excellent job as usual - she does a super beef dish and this year we had roast chicken. She also makes a great salad with Brussels sprouts and cranberries in it, amongst \other things. I went back for seconds of that. Also had blueberry pie which she makes with a cream cheese base and a shortbread crust. Deeeelicious. We "won" $5 each for our bowling last year before I ended up in hospital. Better than nothing. We then bowled a couple of games and Matt actually bowled this time. He was chuffed because he beat me. I certainly wasn't bowling very well. I really don't know if we should join the summer league or not. Matt won't get his rear end in gear and move down to the bowling area until the previous bowler has sat down, this takes a long time, at his speed, and therefore makes the whole team late. He doesn't see it. But I know people we are bowling with aren't too happy about being delayed so long. If I can't get him to move himself, we can't join teams. Just the pair of us, it doesn't matter of course.

Picked up our groceries on the way home and got a free Cinco de Mayo gift with a can of Rotel tomatoes which included all kinds of other veg (mild unfortunately) and a packet of flavourings to be mixed with avocado to make guacamole. All for eating with Nachos. Guess what, we don't eat nachos at home but there were some recipes and I have some ideas what to do with the goodies.

Matt has an ultra sound Tuesday and he has to drink a pint of water half an hour before his appointment. Lucky he likes water. I always flavour mine with Crystal Light these days. Then we are having dinner at the Red Lobster with a friend. Have a driver taking us for the ultrasound so it will be a kind of dash to get the car and get to the restaurant.

I might even have some asparagus tomorrow.

Spring Pizza

Asparagus, chives and Fontina cheese top this easy pizza recipe. Serve with baby greens tossed with
vinaigrette and pecans.

3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound)
½ cup snipped fresh chives (from 1 bunch), divided
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 lb whole-wheat pizza dough
1 cup shredded fontina or mozzarella cheese

1. Position rack in lower third of oven, place a pizza stone or large pizza pan on the rack and preheat oven to 450°F for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons oil and garlic in a small bowl; set aside. Trim asparagus spears to about 6 inches long; slice any thicker stalks in half lengthwise. Toss in a bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, ¼ cup chives, salt and pepper. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about a 14-inch circle. Carefully remove the pizza stone or pan from the oven and set on a heatproof surface, such as your stovetop. Place the dough on the stone or pan and brush with the reserved garlic-oil mixture. Arrange the asparagus in a circular pattern on the dough with the tips facing out. Top with cheese and the remaining chives. Carefully return the stone or pan to the oven and bake the pizza on the lower rack until crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Servings: 5

Source: EatingWell

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Warning, Steamer Basket, Shopping, Asparagus

Saturday I posted a recipe for flank steak, Instant Pot Marinated Steak. The recipe times are wrong. I cooked this and ended up with shredded beef. I didn't even do the full 35 minutes, I scaled it back to 30. It was way too well done. However, the flavour was good although it did need some salt. I will try it again but endeavour to work out a proper cooking time. Such a pity. Some people like their beef like this, we don't.

Ladydog came over to drop off my steamer basket which her hubby had fixed for me. We went up to Victoria St. Market which is a somewhat upscale food store. One thing I ended up buying was some desserts to use over the next 3 weeks. We have a dessert on Saturdays and I no longer prepare them myself. Tonight we had a chocolate/hazelnut cake (Nutella Cake?) which was delicious. I have some Tiramisu and some Turtle Cakes. Basically all chocolate from the description. We both bought some coconut shrimp - frozen - which looked really good. Ladydog appeared with a parcel and I asked what it was, lamb chops. Was about to go buy some and she said she had taken the last 4. So I was out of luck.

Matt spent most of today asleep. He was shivering this morning so I wrapped him up and gave him a heated pad to warm him. OK at the end of the day. I don't know how he will be tomorrow, we have a bowling banquet to attend.

This is yet another asparagus recipe and as many of you know, one of my favorites. I phoned the farmer who told me maybe Tuesday or Wednesday for asparagus. Keep your fingers crossed.

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

1 lb asparagus, trimmed
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan), grated
salt and pepper to taste
Alternatively used chopped almonds instead of Parmesan

1. Dredge the asparagus in the flour, dip them in the egg and then into a mixture of the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper.

2. Place the asparagus on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden brown, about 7-13 minutes.

Servings: 2

Source: Closet Cooking

Author Notes
Asparagus coated in panko bread crumbs and parmesan and baked until golden brown and crispy.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Gothic Architecture. Saturday Recipe,

Windows produce different Lockscreen pictures all the time and this morning (Friday) it was the Palace of Westminster in London, England. Studying the picture I thought about Westminster Abbey which is behind this building, you can just see the towers in the background, and I started wondering about the safety of that building after what I learned from the documentary about French Gothic Cathedrals. Westminster Abbey was built around 1066 and some of the problems of other Gothic cathedrals could well appear there too, but I could find nothing about it. Will have to do some more research. Mind you, the Palace of Westminster might be having problems too with their towers. Then, of course, I started wondering about other cathedrals in England. York Minster, of course, was rebuilt years ago but Canterbury is yet another Gothic building.

I was planning to do a flank steak recipe in the Instant Pot for Saturday night then discovered I needed an ingredient I don't have, so I Googled and found another one which is a "dump and go" recipe, which I am all in favour of. Re-reading this now, I am wondering if there is enough liquid. I might add some stock to the pot. I will see.

Instant Pot Marinated Steak - Dump and Go Dinner

2 lbs Flank Steak
1/4 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cups Olive Oil
2 Tbs Onion Soup Mix, Dried

1. Set Instant Pot to sauté.

2. Add flank steak and brown on each side.

3. Add vinegar, Worcestershire, olive oil and onion soup mix.

4. Lock cover into place and seal steam nozzle.

5. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.

6. Naturally release pressure for 5 minutes and quick release remaining pressure.

Servings: 4

Source: Once a Month Meals

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Internist, Driver, Shopping, Wilderstead,

Is it me or what? I am getting a tad tired of visiting doctors who say "nice seeing you, don't know anything, good bye". Which is basically what happened today. My haemoglobin was apparently fine and they really don't know why it was so low. If I feel unwell, come back. Only thing is, I didn't feel unwell before when they discovered I was anaemic. One possible difference is the fact that my leg problems seems so much better, not cured by any means. So he said if they get bad again, come back.  About the only clue, I didn't feel especially tired or anything else.

We had a ride to the hospital appointment again and found a driver who is interested in cooking and we talked, guess what, Instant Pots. He and family have a 6 qt. He was telling me he made ribs a lot. Turns out he lives only a kick and a spit from the asparagus farm and knows Tim Barrie, the farmer, very well. Small world. Jokingly told him he can pick up my asparagus for me! Whenever it grows that is. Actually today was a lovely day and the temps are supposed to be warmer although not 20°C which is what Tim said.

The driver's daughter and husband have a website and publish YouTube videos. Wilderstead is their home. Haven't really checked it out yet but I gather they are planning to live "off  the grid" one of these days. There is a video about maple syrup and tapping the threes. The driver said now they were going to be tapping the bark? Never heard of that.

Went to get groceries this afternoon. Went upstairs into the store, got a few more produce items and then went back to the car. Couldn't have done that a few weeks ago. So if you hear me yapping about my bad legs and how I can't walk, remind me about the first paragraph in this blog will you? I also walked around the liquor store too. I think I bought the store whilst I was at it. Told the check out I would have to take out a bank loan. We were out of everything.

This is one of my favourite things to do with asparagus, make pesto. It keeps in the freezer for ever. It is absolutely delicious. Obviously you can use it for anywhere you would use other Pestos.

Asparagus Pesto Toasts

1 lb trimmed green asparagus
1 cup toasted walnut halves (I used pecans)
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Freshly ground pepper

1. Cook asparagus until just tender. Refresh in cold water, then drain and dry well. Place asparagus, walnuts, garlic and salt in food  processor. Process until blended.

2. With motor running, gradually add olive oil, then add cheese and pepper. Blend together and check seasoning. Place in covered bowl.

3. It shows the recipe served on crunchy toasted French or Italian bread with a curl or two of parmesan on top and some asparagus at the side.

4. We freeze this in ice cube trays, then wrap the cubes in pairs (separated by Saran, and put in a bag in the freezer until we need them.

Source: Food & Drink

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Endocrinologist, Internal Medicine, Gothic Cathedrals, Lemon Curd,

Well that was a bit of a waste of time, and gas come to that. I was not 100% sure how to get to the doctor's office but made it OK in the end with one turnabout. She talked to me for a few minutes, checked my diabetes monitor readings and then said she would leave me in the care of my family doc. Matt had waited in the car (cold today and the silly bugger was still wearing shorts). He couldn't believe how quickly I was back out. I kept telling everyone, I DO NOT HAVE DIABETES although they thought I did in 2004 and I certainly had some horrific readings whilst in the hospital, but when I lost 50 lbs, I lost the diabetes too. One doctor's comment was "if I had ever had it).

The rest of the day was a quiet one although I seemed to be busy doing nothing, working the whole day long. I looked a number of recipes and then ducked out and did the IP Macaroni Cheese which we both like.

Thursday have to see the Internal Medicine people again. Dunno if they have got any more ideas about what is causing my anaemia. Getting a ride as it is difficult parking/walking into the hospital. Bit daft really, many of the people who go to hospitals need wheelchair parking and no doubt there are lots like me who find that, even if you get such a spot, it is difficult to walk the fairly considerable distance to get inside. Once you are, you can find a volunteer with a wheel chair.

Nearly forgot. Just watched an absolutely fascinating documentary on the building of the French Gothic Cathedrals and the imminent collapse of some of them. I have heard of flying buttresses all my life but I had no idea what they were for. Now I know. The link will work for my US readers but not for me. I was right, many of them did have stone roofs which were explained in the programme, showing one how they managed to stay there. I do wish I could see it again as I found it very interesting. This seems to be dealing with Gothic Churches and may carry much the same information.

I have been hankering after Lemon Curd lately. I haven't  made it since I lived in England and that is prior to 1976. I haven't looked up the recipe I used to use, but this is a simple enough one from Kevin Lynch of Closet Cooking. It is possible to make it in the Instant Pot but at the moment I don't know what dish I would  use - seems like I really need a ceramic pot insert. Maybe later.

Lemon Curd

4 lemons, juice and zest
1/2 cup sugar
4 large eggs
6 Tbs unsalted butter

Heat everything in a bowl over a small sauce pan of water simmering over medium-high heat, whisking continuously until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Yield: 20 (1 1/4 cups or 20 1 tablespoon servings)

Author: Kevin Lynch
Source: Closet Cooking

Author Notes
Note: You can cook the lemon curd directly in a saucepan rather than in a bowl on top of the saucepan with the simmering water but there is more of a chance for the egg to cook and produce little white flecks in the otherwise smooth and creamy curd.

Note: If some of the egg does cook and turn into little white flecks in the curd, you can push the curd through a sieve to remove them!

Note: Let cool and store in the fridge for up to a week.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Obsession, Rechauffés, Weather,

I guess most of you will have guessed that I am obsessed with my Instant Pot. It is so easy to use and you can walk away and forget it or have a snooze or anything. Today, Tuesday, I receive my glass lid for it and am looking forward to using it in conjunction with my steamer basket.

For a change, this has been a very quiet day. Just been pottering with things - planned to reheat the liver in the Iscas dish I posted a day or so ago, so I microwaved some bacon. When I got the liver out of the fridge, realised I had saved bacon anyway. Oh well, we had lots of bacon. Did some of my Air Fryer Sauté Potatoes and the Herbed Peas which we both enjoy. Must order some more liver. Thank you Portugal for letting me enjoy liver.

Of course I am also obsessed with asparagus.Whatever that is!! Matt swears the temps are increasing. Today was the greyest of days, my knees hurt so can't get down and ask for decent weather. Unfortunately, looking at the forecast, it is slightly warmer, but.... It's May, it's May, the lovely month of May.

Tomorrow (sorry, today to you) I go to see the endocrinologist. She is the one I have only seen once and works in a part of town I am unfamiliar with. Wish me luck.

Six Sisters put out some good recipes, but this one is extra special, three ingredients. Will be trying this as soon as I have some more pineapple. Especially as I made my own barbecue sauce.


4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts (mine were still frozen!)
1 Bottle Archer Farms Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce (from Target)
1 20 oz can Pineapple Chunks (do not drain - you need the juice so it will pressurize!)

1. Place frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot and cover with sauce. Empty can of pineapple chunks and juice on top. Close the lid and turn the knob to SEALING.

2. Set the timer to 25 minutes if your chicken is frozen or 18 if you chicken is thawed.

3. When it is done, turn the knob to VENTING. When the pressure is released, take the lid off.

4. Shred chicken and return to the Instant Pot so the chicken will be well coated with sauce. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice.

5. Sometimes I also throw in a chopped up green pepper and chopped onion . . . it tastes good with or without it.

 Source: Six Sisters

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