Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bowling, Restaurant, Birthday Dinner, Exercises,

Sorry no blog this morning, I was feeling  teed off with the world. I started off OK, I bowled a couple of games, first time in about 3 weeks, and didn't do too badly. Matt didn't bowl, he has decided his leg hurts too much. Later we were booked in at the Charcoal which is a slightly upscale steak house, especially for my birthday dinner - a treat because I don't have to cook. It started to go south when we got there and found the normal parking lot was blocked off. Went underground and had no idea where we were and how to get to where we wanted to go. (I noticed a faded sign afterwards which directed us to the restaurant parking, by then too late). There is a Pizzeria downstairs so I asked them and they said I could get an elevator into the restaurant or even order what I wanted from upstairs and they would bring it down. Unfortunately by this time, Matt wanted to go home or he suggested I should go dine and he would sit at the outside table or in the car. Home we went. I was both very disappointed and fuming. End of story. Threw some samosas in the air fryer and that was my special dinner.

Luckily for Saturday, I have a sirloin steak and some Chocolate Wave Cake.

Today, Friday, I went to exercise class and am hurting a tad. Got too enthusiastic I guess. This evening we had coconut shrimp which I bought at Victoria St. Market, ladydog bought some too. I didn't read the packet properly so made some dipping sauce and then discovered there was some in the packet. Duuh. I have small bottles of fizz to drink on Saturday morning - for my birthday and then more for Sunday when I normally drink fizz. Spoiled, me? Naah.

One of my friends is 93 today. Amazing isn't it? I am 81 tomorrow. When we were kids, nobody lived that long. Now it's almost normal and 100 is nothing any more.

I thought of turning our Sirloin into a London Broil and then realised I didn't have enough soy sauce and wasn't up to going to get any so it will just be sirloin steak tomorrow.

London Broil

For Flank steak, use same marinade (only less) and flash fry in skillet for about 5 minutes a side. Let
stand for 5 or 6 minutes before cutting diagonally.

5 Cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup veg oil
1/4 cup of oregano
6 slices ginger, slivered
2 tsp hot sauce
salt and pepper
4 lb London broil 2" to 3" thick (inside round) (or sirloin steak)

1. Mix up marinade. Marinate meat for several hours, minimum 8 hours,  the longer the better, store in fridge and turn frequently.

2. Light barbecue and get it good and hot then reduce heat to medium to cook. Suggest you  remain with meat initially to reduce flare ups. Give it 10 mins on the first side, baste and then turn, then cook 5 mins a side until you have cooked for a total of 25 mins. from the start.


4. Let the meat stand 10 - 15 mins before carving. Carve at a bias across the grain, not straight up and down.

Servings: 8

Source: Ramsey's

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - I do hope your birthday is better ... just enjoy - take care ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. At least I will get fed, even if I have to cook it myself LOL.

  2. So today is the big day. Happy Birthday.
    Like you I assumed that my ancestors did not live long. But those northern Italians are wonders. Now that I am doing my family history, it is not unusual to find folks dying in their 80's and even 90's back in the nineteenth century. Of course, all the women who had twelve or more children is something that is also pretty amazing. One day I need to blog about it.

    1. Thanks Denise. Yes, it is pretty amazing at that time. I once knew a family who had 19 children and their eldest son told me he planned to beat them. Don't know if he did. I felt sorry for his wife. I wonder what she thought about it. A farm family.

  3. Happy happy birthday Jo! So sorry the dinner didn't turn out the way you wanted. Maybe you two can make up for it another day when Matt is feeling better. You've made it into the next decade plus! Yay. IMO that is always something to celebrate and be happy about. I'll think of you Sunday morning when you're drinking your "fizz" and I'll have a mimosa in your honor!

    1. Thanks Lisa. Pity you were't here. Hopefully we can try again for our anniversary.

  4. Happy belated birthday, Jo, and do hope the homemade dinner was enjoyable. Maybe you can have that special dinner this week, now that you know the parking issue and can get in and out quicker?

    1. Thanks Mork. It was enjoyable although I changed it slightly. Plan to go on our Anniversary at the end of the month - as you say, now I know the parking issue. Have a free lunch at Mandarin coming up on Tuesday.

  5. Oh, I missed your birthday. I would have been irritated at that restaurant also. Can't believe you're 81. You don't seem to sit still at all.
    My husband always wants steak for his birthday too.

    1. Thanks Susan, I do sit still though, reading as you know LOL.

      I don't always want steak, but I really enjoyed our visit there with a couple of friends recently. They also do Pigtails which I love.