Wednesday, January 29, 2020

I Was Right, Busy Day Again, Doctor's, Car Service,

I knew it wasn't me. Having tried four different browsers to get on to the grocery web site on Tuesday, and then the IT people having agreed to look into it, I was talking to the manager of the PC Express (the bunch who shop for customers) and she couldn't get in either. However, tried at about 4 in the afternoon and lo and behold, there was the web site and it recognised me and still had my "most purchased" items listed. I get a tad annoyed when people in IT departments treat me like an idiot and/or novice. They do tend to talk down to one and especially when they find our I'm as old as the hills.

So this morning our cleaner came and I toddled off to get my grocery order which had been posted by their IT department. Spent time phoning to add the missing items which I hadn't been able to add before. Anyway, got back and slowly put them away. Not sure that isn't the worst part. Had my lunch and then went down to exercise classes. Only managing one a week at the moment. However, hopefully we will be getting an instructor for a few weeks, ostensibly for me but actually for Matt. The deceptions one has to practice. After class we went to get our ears lowered once again, seems only five minutes since we were there, however, we both needed it. Stopped at the liquor store on the way back, I was out of bubbly, serious that.

I phoned the doctor's office and asked if I could save us a trip (about 45 mins) and find out the results of the tests over the phone. Not heard back, but a) it's a long way and b) Matt gets antsy about the long drive and then sitting for ever in the waiting room and c) he won't understand any of it when we do see the doctor. I thought of going on my own, if I have to, but then I don't want to leave Matt that long and be so far away.

Finally I remembered to re-book a service appointment for the car. Did it around Christmas and had to cancel, there's always somebody coming here or we are going there. Couldn't go until Feb 13, this is ridiculous. But just don't have time to wait whilst they do a service. Doesn't take that long but... at least it's free. Meineke award you points and after my tire episode last year I have lots of points at the moment. Mind you, I always enjoy "hanging out" with Bob, the manager, he is a really nice and fun guy.

I am sure this recipe can be adapted for the Instant Pot, but for now I give you the original as emailed to me.

Chinese Chicken Curry

Placing the chicken breasts in the freezer for 10 minutes makes them much easier to slice.

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbs vegetable oil
4 scallions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 fresh red hot chile pepper, minced
1 Tbs finely chopped fresh ginger
1 Tbs Madras curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 13 1/2-ounce can coconut milk, well shaken
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1/2 cup bamboo shoots
2 Tbs coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
Steamed white rice, for serving

1. In a medium bowl toss the chicken with the soy sauce and cornstarch until it is evenly coated. Set aside.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over moderately high heat. Add the scallions, garlic, chile pepper and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until very fragrant, about 2 minutes.

3. Add the curry powder, cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok over moderately high heat. Add the chicken pieces, stirring to separate them, and stir-fry 5 to 8 minutes, until they are no longer pink.

5. Carefully pour the curry sauce over the chicken and bring it to a simmer. When the chicken is cooked through completely, add the peas and bamboo shoots and simmer just until heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped cilantro.

6. Serve the chicken curry over steamed white rice.

Servings: 4
Yield: : 4 to 6

Source: Food and Wine

Have a great day


  1. Our insurance just added phone visits. They have doctors on call to diagnose small illnesses. I'm all for it because it only costs $25. Not to mention the time savings.

    I'm going to add in exercise next week. I've been slowly trying to get life back to some sort of pattern and get more things done.

    1. Well of course, Liz, our visits don't cost anything, except driving that distance.

      Good thing, don't push the exercise too hard at first.

  2. Patronising service people do my head in. Our ISP is one of the worst - and you have reminded me that I have to chase them up again.
    Good luck on getting the doctor's results by phone. Our doctor flatly refuses - and charges nearly $90 each visit.

    1. I know what you mean Sue. They can be infuriating.

      Looks like I may have to phone them again this morning. Otherwise have to drive in this aft. No charge though. I guess you don't have social medicine in Oz?

    2. We do have a national health system. IF a doctor is willing to participate visits to the doctor are included. Ours does not (and not many in my city do) which means that only the most disadvantaged can visit a doctor free of charge.

    3. Funny Sue, when we emigrated it wasn't something I remember thinking about, but once we really needed medical help, I realised how lucky we were to go from National Health in England to the same thing in Canada. Having experience the lack of it for a few years in the US, it makes quite a difference.

    4. Having doctor's visits covered by Medicare is a bit random in Australia. The GP practice we go to has eight doctors of whom three have opted in and the cost of your visit is covered and the remainder charge an excess over the Medicare rebate. Specialists are a whole other cost problem because almost all of them charge over what Medicare reimburses and private health insurance doesn't cover visits to them. When you have as many specialists as we have between us it's quite a hefty cost. You used to be able to claim those costs against your tax but they stopped that a while back.

    5. Funny Helen in that here we can claim medical expenses on our taxes, but most of it is covered by our health system anyway. Drugs, however, are not covered unless you are a pensioner, so it can become very expensive for some people. We are lucky because Matt had an excellent insurance from work which covers most of our drug expenses and also most of our dental expenses which are horrendously expensive. I cannot imagine what some people do. As for the US, I don't know how anyone manages, insurance is very expensive and a large proportion of regular working folks would find it backbreaking to pay the premiums.

  3. I couldn't get into the website for one of my credit cards this month. I spent several minutes on the phone with IT and nothing worked so they said they would have someone get back to me. If I used Silk or Edge I could get in, but Chrome was blocking it. So, I googled and found others having the same problem and then a tech site said that because the site had some insecure elements, Chrome would not allow any of the supposedly secure site to load. Last week I got an email with the exact same instructions I had over the phone with the caveat to be sure my selected language was English. What did they think I was using????
    As for the doctors, my health service has my chart online. If I have blood work and make a stop for lunch or shopping, my results are there when I get back home. Plus, I can have an online conversation with my doc by email which is way cool and I have never seen a charge for it.

    1. Maybe Chrome was right to do so Denise. Generic email obviously.

      Yes, I can get to see blood test results on line but not sure about ultra sounds and X rays. Not sure I would understand them properly anyway.

  4. We do several versions of chicken curry - all good, and great dishes at any time of the year. A Riesling or other sparkling wine goes well with curry, or cold beer, but beer gives me gout so I stay awxy from it.

    1. So do I David. I basically look for ones I can do in my Instant Pot these days. Never thought of drinking a sparkling wine with it though. Not a beer drinker anyway.