Monday, January 27, 2020

Cough, Cooking,

I'm pleased to say that having gone to bed so very early on Friday night and haven woken occasionally managed to dose myself all night with cough mixture, I awoke feeling a lot better and not coughing nearly as much. I was concerned because it felt like bronchitis which I haven't had for years, not since I gave up smoking. When I was a smoker, I got bronchitis every winter. Must be going on 30 years since I quit and I am so glad I did although funnily enough, I occasionally think I would like a cigarette which is odd after all these years. Passes off quickly though.

When we were at Victoria St. Market ladydog bought some potatoes stuffed with cheese. I thought they looked good and bought some too. However, I didn't think til later, were they already part cooked or what. Saturday morning I phoned  the store and was told "no, they weren't part cooked and
to put them in a 350°F oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I had already emailed ladydog and she said she had cooked hers for a 1/2 hour in a 400°F oven and then 3 minutes in the microwave. We shall see tonight, Saturday. Of course, by the time you read this, it will be all over and done with. As  I said the other day, I also bought a London Broil, Canadian style. Not the same thing that we called London Broil when we lived in NC. They are stuffed and I just read a recipe which recommends broiling the meat on both sides for 7-9 mins and then cooking in the oven for about 25 mins. One is certainly enough for two people. Mind you, these days, Matt seems to find all beef tough!! After supper - I didn't really think much of the potato or the Canadian style London Broil. Disappointing. Funny, their meat is excellent and their desserts also, but this is the second time I have bought a pre-made meat dish and it will be the last.

I just read an excellent tip. If you are pressed for time and need meatballs, take the casing off sausages and roll the meat into balls. The filling is already well seasoned. Of course that's always assuming you keep sausages.

This recipe appealed because it is good for you, requires no cooking and only has three ingredients.


3 Ingredient Healthy Energy Bars – these delicious energy bars are simple to make, require no
cooking and no fuss. Just pulse, refrigerate and enjoy.

1 cup peanuts
1 cup dates pitted
1 cup dried apricots

1. Place the nuts, dates and apricots in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.

2. Scrape the edges of the bowl as needed and continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.

3. Lay a piece of parchment paper on your work surface about the size of a baking sheet. Press the dough with your hands until it forms a thick square, roughly 8? x 8? in size. I found it easy to roll it with a rolling pin to get it nice and smooth. Wrap it with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour or overnight.

4. Unwrap the chilled power bar dough and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper.

Servings: 16

Source: Jo Cooks
Joanne Cismaru

Have a great day


  1. I stay away from pre-made meals. I think they are often fairly tasteless - which irritates me.
    Love the sound of those power bars though - and suspect you could vary which nuts you used too. Almonds would be good.
    I am glad you are coughing less.

    1. You're right Sue, and I will in future, just that they looked so good in the store.

      I am sure changing the nuts would work well.


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  2. My mother used to make something called whiskey balls with walnuts and dates. Don't think I have the recipe, but that recipe might be similar.

    1. Except whiskey balls must have had alcohol Denise. I like the sound of those, pity you don't have the recipe.

    2. Yes, they had alcohol and as a kid, I never had them. As an adult, I wasn't fond of them. I cook with booze, just don't drink it, which is why my kids tease me about my liquor cabinet.

    3. I cook with booze to of course Denise. But yes, funny in a way, a liquor cabinet for a non drinker. Funny came across a recipe for leftover wine, what leftover wine?

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    1. Not completely Alex. Better than it was though.

  4. It's odd that the prepared meals at VSM are so mediocre. I won't be buying them again either.

    1. And yet, Jan, the desserts are fine and the frozen shrimp in coconut etc. are good too although I once bought a frozen fish meal there and wasn't too happy with that. Forget what it was now.

  5. Those energy bars look like something we should try. They would be a great snack on a long walk. Hope you can make it out to one of my presentations. You can check the right side of my blog to see the dates I will be speaking in Kitchener.

    1. I would love to David, but right now I am busy with medical appointments either for Matt or myself. Joys of aging and dementia. If I can, I certainly will come hear you speak.