Thursday, December 12, 2019

Health Card, Coffee Meeting, Exercise Class, Cards, VCR and Earrings, Zoey,

One of the first things I did on Wednesday morning was to phone the government office, Service Ontario, about Matt's health card. They don't open til 9 a.m. Silly me. When if phoned them at 9:15 I was told that it take 8 weeks to get the card ??? He already got his id card wonder why the health card takes so long.

Then went to the Starbucks in my local grocery store and for a few moments I thought I was going to be all alone, however, in the end, the two friends who haven't  made it before turned up but the other two didn't (one his wife was sick, don't know about the other). We had an enjoyable hour chatting about our spouses and mentioning how we managed. It was so nice to see them, but I was sorry that the other two couldn't make it because it would have been the first time we had all been together at the coffee bar.

Went home and almost threw my lunch down my throat and then dashed down to the exercise class. Unusually there were several of us there today which was nice for a Wednesday. I seem to be improving again, glad I have been able to go and partake again. Checked the mail and was delighted to find 4 Christmas cards. Makes me a feel a mite guilty but I just can't manage the dozens of cards I used to send which is why I send electronic cards these day.

I can't remember whether I mentioned that having bought a new TV some months ago, we were
unable to connect the VCR. I finally found the cable I needed at Amazon (of course) and it will be here tomorrow (today now I guess). One of  the bowling alley owners has agreed to come help me plug it in as I can't manage all the bending and twisting necessitated to do the connection. I got cracking with the cable so I can play Miracle on 34th St. which is a VHS tape. I also bought myself some snowflake earrings. I have wanted some ever since I saw someone in the bowling alley with a pair several years ago. I hope they are as pretty as they look. Will tell Matt that is what he bought me for Christmas. They had some in blue too but decided silver was best.

Thursday, Zoey is coming to see Matt bringing ladydog who is picking up some Thai food for lunch - nice change from Subways.

I know many of you don't like tofu although I do. I always make sure to get plenty of it when I have my Hot and Sour soup at Mandarin. When I saw this recipe I thought it sounded good. I guess you could leave it out if you wanted. I thought it was vegetarian at first but then saw the pork belly in the ingredients.

Spicy Kimchi Tofu Stew

Stop at a Korean market on the way home from work, and you can have this soothing, vibrant dish on
the table in 30 minutes.

1/2 lb pork belly, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1 lb jar kimchi, drained, 1/4 cup liquid reserved
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
4 oz shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 Tbs gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
1 Tbs gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
Kosher salt
1 14 oz container silken tofu, cut into large pieces
Steamed short-grain rice, for serving

1. In a medium-size nonreactive pot, cook the pork belly pieces over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is sizzling and the pork is light golden, about 8 minutes. Add the kimchi and the onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the reserved kimchi liquid, mushrooms, gochujang, gochugaru, and 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook over moderately low heat for 10 minutes.

3. Season the stew with salt. Stir in the tofu, breaking it up slightly with the spoon, and bring to a boil; remove from the heat. Serve the stew hot with steamed rice.

Servings: 4

Source: Food and Wine

Have a great day


  1. Love those earrings, and they would look lovely in silver.
    I am a fan of tofu. My partner is not and calls it bean turd.

    1. I think so Sue, will know today some time.

      Love it.

      I did a Words story yesterday, what happens then?

    2. I have just read your W4W story - and loved it. I do hope those animals achieve success - world wide. Cindi moderates comments so people's responses are slower, but I do hope that lots of people come along to applaud.
      And huge thanks for your offer to provide the prompts if/when needed. I may well take you up on that.

    3. Thanks Sue. I must admit I am surprising myself.

      You're welcome.

  2. I am cutting way back on Christmas cards this year. Many folks I send to stop sending years ago.

    1. I am the one who stopped sending a few years ago Denise, I just do the electronic thing to most people these days.

  3. And thank you for that electronic card! We don't send many physical cards either.
    Glad you're exercising again.

    1. You're welcome Alex.

      Yes, feeling better for it.

  4. I'm not sure I could make it that spicy but it sounds good.

    We mailed 17 Christmas cards and have only received 3. Hopefully a few more come.

    1. I am enjoying spicy more and more Diane.

      I hope you do too.

  5. I think being busy suits you! I didn't do cards last year either, but I might this year. I got your ecard and I loved it. I opened it on my phone and then it froze when I hit reply. Of course, then I forgot to mention it.
    I don't care for tofu. Probably because I don't really know how ot cook it.

    1. You do? I must admit I love to receive cards Liz, but it just got so expensive on postage, particularly those cards going outside the American continent. I hope you played the card again, I thought it was so beautiful.

      Go eat some Hot and Sour soup in a Chinese restaurant, a good one.