Friday, August 16, 2019

Lunch, Weight, Morse,

Been a pretty quiet day today. I didn't even have to do any cooking as I had chili from last night.

However, ladydog came at lunchtime bringing not only lunch, but her dog Zoe who I haven't seen since she was a puppy. Not a puppy now. Delightful dog. She is an Australian Sheepdog which are not Australian at all but bred in California. She was very obedient and when she found Matt's chocolate, one word and she left it alone. I hadn't even thought about it. Wouldn't have left temptation in her way. Our last doggy visitor wasn't tall enough. Poor Zoe is also missing her companion as much as her owners I think.

Lunch was subs and Subway keep having a sale on, 12 cookies for $6 and ladydog keeps buying  them even though she isn't eating them herself. I need to cut back too, I am not being very resolute about this and have got to be severe with myself. I lost weight in 2013 and kept it off until the last few months, now I not only put back the 20 lbs I lost in the hospital, but I am putting some of the 50 lbs back too. One half of my brain is saying what does it matter, you are 80 the other is saying do something Josephine. Got a feeling I wrote the same thing the other day, too lazy to check, so sorry, but I have to give myself a good talking to.

One thing I need to start doing is going back to the workouts provided by Community Services. Most of the year I can only go one of three afternoons because of bowling, but I really need to go to the other two classes. Mind you, in the last few months there have often been medical appointments clashing with the classes.

Thursday is my night for watching British shows on TV. They have brought back Inspector Morse which I used to enjoy - the original one with John Thaw as Morse. In fact John Thaw died in 2002 which shows you how old these shows are, but I still enjoy them.

This recipe is from Campbell's. They come up with some good ones - obviously using their products. I liked the sound of this one. I just might have a go at this tonight. No seafood medley of course, but I have the sausage, shrimp and chicken thighs so I am sure I can adapt.

Seafood Paella

1 tsp olive oil
2 andouille sausage, sliced
1 cup red onion, diced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, medium diced
1 cup frozen mixed seafood medley
1 Tbs garlic, chopped
8 saffron
1 Tbs Cajun seasoning
1 tsp paprika
2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes with liquid
2 1/2 cartons CAMPBELL’S Stock First ® Chicken stock
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped

1. In a large ovenproof sauce pan,heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage,onion,pepper and chicken and garlic and sauté for 4 minutes or until the chicken and the sausage is golden brown. In a separate bowl soak saffron threads in chicken stock for 3 minutes.

2. Add the mixed seafood,garlic,Cajun seasoning,paprika and rice to the sauce pan and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomato,chicken stock with soaked saffron and remaining chicken stock and bring it to a boil.

3. Remove the pan from the stove,cover with a lid or aluminum foil and place in oven for 25 minutes or until the rice is properly cooked.

4. Remove from oven,add lemon juice and cilantro and mix well.

Servings: 4

Source: Campbell's

Have a great day


  1. A friend and I were discussing Endeavour and how she needs to have the closed-captioning on. I asked her if she had ever watched Inspector Morse and she had never heard of it. Great show. I watched it all on DVD years ago.

    1. Well they have a new show now called Endeavour. Different guy obviously and he is not so high up in the police hierarchy. Have you seen it Denise? Not on at the moment but will no doubt be back.

    2. Just watched the most recent season of Endeavour. Endeavour is Inspector Morse. That is his first name. This show is supposed to detail his rise in the force. Some of his cohorts are still around in the original series, like Supt. Strange.

    3. Me too, saw most of them, but didn't know this was about his rise in the force.

  2. Beautiful dog.
    Go back to the community workouts. You'll also enjoy the company.

    1. She is beautiful isn't she Alex?

      You're right, I should.

  3. I would lecture you on staying active, but I've fallen off this summer also. Maybe we should start checking in regarding our activity levels. I've also been sliding in my heathier eating and drinking far too much pop.

    1. Yes, well I don't mind lecturing you Liz. Actually I just went to our class in house. I am also back on, tracking what I put in my mouth. Luckily pop has no interest for me. Have you tried water with Crystal Lite, tastes good but no calories.

  4. That looks like a good recipe. I copied it out so I can make it in the fall when the oven gets back on. I've kept the 50 pounds off I lost last year so far. What has helped me is weighing weekly. When I'm up a pound or two, I know its time to cut back and its usually gone the next week. I do exercise 5 days a week on the treadmill, but lately I've been going slower on it. I think the summer heat has something to do with it.


    1. Well you live in a pretty hot part of the world Betty. I wouldn't want to do treadmill much either. Good thing to do what you are doing, I did much the same for several years, but since getting my appetite back after the hospital, I can't stop eating. I've got to, obviously, and only I can make me do it.

  5. Zoe is certainly beautiful. Good job she is obedient, I believe chocolate can be toxic to dogs.

    I need to shift some weight also ... the exercise bike used to live in our lounge in front of the tv so I/we could do a few 10 minutes sessions throughout the evening. It got tidied away when we had visitors at Christmas and hasn't found its way back yet!

    1. She is a lovely dog Sue, found out it was Zoey by the way.

      You need to get that bike out again tout suit if you are off on your travels soon.