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.

Have a great day


  1. I'm glad to hear you're diabetes free- if you ever were. :)

    The lemon curd sounds delicious. I'm trying that tomorrow!

    1. I definitely haven't been since 2013 Liz.

      It is delicious. Guess I need some lemons.

  2. Hi Jo - good luck with sorting out your anaemia ... more Popeye spinach ...

    I hope to see the Gothic Cathedral programme at some stage - I've seen some over the years ... but not this one.

    All the best - cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary, will see what they have to say today. Love spinach anyway.

      It was interesting, especially in light of Notre Dame.

  3. Your doctors sure schedule a lot of appointments for you.
    Losing weight and eating right is the best way to stave off diabetes.

    1. They do Alex, bit fed up with it, but....

      Yes, and no. Sometimes more is required.

  4. I hate that 'pre-diabetic' diagnosis. We are all pre-something until we actually get it. I think it is just an excuse to sell more medicine. Like lowering the normal cholesterol levels by 60 mgs.
    Glad you are okay. Now if they can just figure out why you are anemic. Why is that so hard?
    I always make my own lemon curd for my lemon cakes. Nothing tastes like homemade.

    1. Wasn't pre Denise, in 2004 it was a definite diagnosis. It was already "getting better" and then I lost 50 lbs. and it disappeared altogether.

      Yes, this anaemia business is a bit worrying.

      I haven't made it in years but you are right, nothing tastes like homemade.

  5. Doctor visits can be so frustrating. I've read some books dealing with the construction of those cathedrals and sometimes they took years and years to build.

    1. You are so right Susan, they can. 100 years we heard.

      Bought one of your books today, never read anything of yours before. The Marine's Queen.

  6. Glad you don't have the D word! I love lemon curd but have never tried to make it. I'm going to try this!

    1. Well I did but can't convince anyone that I don't any more, except the endocrinologist. Lemon curd made at home is wonderful Lisa.