Friday, June 28, 2019

Museum, Bowling, Death of a Friend, Shopping,

Hilary Melton Butcher has been posting about the Towner Gallery and showing pictures of its colourful mural. This made me think of the very colourful museum I pass on the way to the asparagus farm. I didn't know what it was called, it is apparently the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, and this is why I noticed it.

It took me a while to distinguish the word museum when I was driving past. I have never been in to it, I really should do so one of these days.

Didn't do a lot this morning, but this afternoon we went to the bowling alley. The younger owner is off on his month's vacation now so we talked for ages, his boat is still not repaired from last year, incredible, so they cannot use it for this holiday weekend, Canada Day on Monday. We spent so long talking that Matt and I ended up only playing one game and much to my chagrin, Matt beat me.

One thing we did learn during our talks was that a very good bowling friend had died the previous day. I had heard she had fallen once again and broken bones once more, but I didn't think it would cause her to die even though she was 92 years old. How very sad. I have a photo of us from some years ago when we were in a tournament together with a few other friends. Damned if I can find it, must do some more searching. Tragic though. She was such a nice woman.

Having left the bowling alley, went to the liquor store, I was out of Champagne, sorry, Sparkling Wine, serious that. Then we went to the Victoria St. Market where I stocked up on Italian sausages, bought some Brie too. When we got home I packed the sausages except four which I used to make a Sausage and Peppers recipe in the Instant Pot. This time I tried browning the sausages first, last time I made it I thought they looked a tad anaemic. They did look a bit better in the finished dish.

This is a recipe I picked up last year but haven't tried yet. I really should do so but just hadn't had the time plus I love asparagus just cooked and doused in butter. Monday is not only Canada Day but also the last day for fresh asparagus. Picture me weeping salt tears on Monday night.

Asparagus with Indian Spices 

Long green spears of asparagus are not the usual Indian vegetable but with the right spices it really does work.
Hari says
Asparagus is a beautiful vegetable that only has a very short season, but when it is fresh, it’s perfect. Asparagus starts to appear in May until about July and I know it's a vegetable that needs very little to be done to it. The more simply it's cooked, the more tasty it is. That being said I like to experiment and try new things and although this was a tricky one to put with some spices, by using the lovely aromas of fennel seeds I found that it really worked. I decided that keeping it simple with a couple of flavours worked well…so here you have my Asparagus with Indian spices - make the most of it while it’s in season. If you can’t get hold of amchoor, just use a little squeeze of lemon instead.

2 garlic cloves
3 cm piece ginger
500 g Asparagus, chopped
3 tsp rapeseed oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp fennel seeds
1 onion, sliced
1 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
½ tsp amchoor powder (dried mango powder) (or a squeeze of lemon juice)
3 tomatoes, chopped finely
Salt to taste

1. Crush the ginger and garlic in a pestle and mortar to a paste.

2. Heat the oil in pan and on a medium heat add the cumin and fennel seeds.

3. Once sizzling and fragrant add sliced onions with the chopped green chilies and crushed ginger and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the chopped asparagus and sprinkle in the salt, red chili powder and amchoor.

5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Servings: 4

Author: Hari Ghotra

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - thanks for the mention. Your museum looks stunning ... and having just had a brief look at the their site ... certainly tempts me -rather too far ... perhaps one day.

    Sadly life catches up with us ... but glad you had a good chat and at least were able to get a bowl in. Enjoy the weekend, the fizz and the last of the asparagus ... if you didn't weep salt tears I'd be somewhat surprised!

    I'm off to the tennis today and tomorrow - five minute walk ... as my cousin rang with two spare tickets ... so I'm a lucky girl who's looking forward to today!! Cheers - Hilary

    1. I have wanted to post about this museum for a while. You just inspired me with your blogs Hilary. Yes, chatting to the owner was great even if we didn't get enough bowling time in. Maybe next week. Ha Ha.

      Lucky you, I would love to go to matches like that. Enjoy.

  2. Very sorry about your friend. That is sad.

    1. Thanks Alex. I am a little puzzled as to what happened. She had fallen and broken things several times, I wonder what went wrong this time?

  3. It could have been a coincidence. Maybe she was having some other health issues that precipitated the fall, causing complications. Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope you find the picture.

    1. Yes I did find it Liz. You are right it could have been something extra. However, it was totally unexpected. Her son was bowling when he got the call saying it had happened.