Tuesday, June 4, 2019

New Book, Ultra Sound, Exercise Class, Supper,

I should mention my friend Elizabeth Seckman has just released her latest book, Hoosier Dad. I am proud to say I helped with the proofing and quite a bit of encouragement, but it is a very good book. She writes excellent romances and this one is no exception. I think I have read all her books and I certainly have copies of several of them. So, do check this new one out. If you enjoy romances I am sure you will enjoy this one.

This morning (Monday) I was awake at 5:30 and seriously considered getting up and having an Ensure before 6 but decided to get back to sleep. I eventually toddled off for my ultra sound and was extremely hungry by lunchtime. I noticed the gas prices were down this morning and thought about filling up on the way home. In the end I did it later in the day.

After filling myself up with fuel, I went downstairs to exercise class. First time since I was in hospital. I did a lot better than I expected. Almost as well as I used to. Big surprise. Different instructor these days, she certainly kept us moving. A reasonable sized class too for this building. When they first started they had two classes three times a week but not enough people took part. Pity really. Once you get into the swing of things you feel so much better.

Also went to the asparagus farm this afternoon having totally run out. I still haven't had any today, horrors. Normally I eat it every day without fail during the season. Dunno about your neck of the woods but it has been pretty chilly round here. Tim Barrie, the farmer, was saying how much they needed the sun to produce more asparagus. I thought it was cold in our apartment but one of my friends at exercise said her place was less than 70°F this afternoon. Ours was about 74°F. Felt pretty chilly.

I had a cauliflower in the fridge which I wanted to use up. Had leftover pork loin to finish up. Having checked for IP recipes, I discovered that to make a cauliflower cheese is basically the same as making it in a saucepan, so I did just that. Made some cheese sauce, cooked the cauliflower and put them in a dish. I then covered the top with Panko crumbs mixed with a little more cheese and some Paprika and shoved it all under the broiler. Delicious. Simple enough. It looked very much like this when it was finished. Didn't think to take a picture.  No recipe as I assume you all know how to do this. If not, don't hesitate to ask how to make it.

Have to be up early again as Matt has to go to the anaesthetist on Tuesday morning. Next week he has to have his kidney stone zapped.

Asparagus with Anchovies and Garlic

4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 bunches asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tbs water
2 tsp anchovy paste or 1 anchovy fillet, minced

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add asparagus, water and anchovy; cook, stirring often, until the asparagus is tender-crisp, 5 to 6 minutes

Servings: 4
Yield: about 3/4 cup each

Source: Eating Well

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - I've seen Elizabeth's book around - good luck to her. Love cauliflower cheese ... while asparagus with or without anchovies is delicious - I'll be getting some more today. Hope all goes well at the doc's meeting - easier than spelling out anaesthetist!! Good on you for getting to the exercise class ... cheers Hilary

    1. It's a good book Hilary. Me too but I don't usually go to the trouble of grilling it. Think I will in future, it was good. I feel good for going to the class.

  2. It was 64 in the house yesterday morning and I refused to turn on the heat. I keep the house at 66 usually with 50% humidity. Supposed to be nicer today.

    1. I would be shivering to death Denise. I even shiver at 76. Had to put an extra cover on the bed last night.

      Looks dull and miserable here at the moment. Haven't checked the temps.

  3. It has been cooler but I am enjoying it and find it springlike. I think our seasons have been pushed forward. The May weather we are experiencing now. Last Halloween, the leaves were still on the trees and that was never the case when I was little. I am glad you are enjoying your asparagus

    1. It was quite shivery today, freezing in the hospital in fact. Yes, Birgit, but only got til July 1 and then the asparagus is gone for yet another year.

  4. I haven't made cauliflower cheese for ages. Don't know why but now you've reminded me I certainly will be making it again soon.

    1. Funny how one just stops making a favourite Helen. Enjoy it when you do.