Friday, February 14, 2020

Car, Colour Mutations,Supper,

Having gone for a service this morning (Thursday) they found I have a small gas leak, just what I need, gas ain't cheap, so I have to go back at 9 on Friday morning. Supposed to take about half an hour. Got a whole dollop of snow before I went out today but the main roads were pretty clear and the garage is only "just up the road" from us. Bob, who runs the place, made sure my cell phone had their Internet access. I didn't know that I could get online without, but then I would be charged for data. Pronounced dat as in bat. To me its da as in day. Sounds funny to me the other way. I wasn't sure what constituted data and certainly didn't know about getting stuff on roaming. Got a lot to learn.

How about this, they have found a pink Manta Ray on the Great Barrier Reef in 2015 and they have christened it Inspector Clouseau (Pink Panther if you don't remember). I know there is a pink dolphin.

Not sure, but I think it's a freshwater dolphin, but this is surely very rare. From the National Geographic email which was sent to me, there are, apparently, a lot more genetic colour mutations than I was aware of. I was aware of blue lobsters and black panthers, but I now hear of strawberry leopards (pink hued) blonde zebras and yellow cardinals.

Almost reminds me of the Prothonotary which we used to get in our yard in NC. Nature does some odd thinks does it not?

For supper I made the 13 Bean Soup Dish again, it really is delicious and soooo easy. Today I set the delay timer and calculated the time of coming up to pressure as being 25 minutes, might be 30.  But got it just right for supper tonight. It's great 'cos you can just walk away and forget about it until supper time.

Gotta get up early again to go to the garage. Oy vey.

This looked good, I usually enjoy Campbell's recipes. However, I would never leave the tails on and I thought a little chopped, cooked bacon would be nice.

One-Pot Linguine with Bacon and Shrimp

This creamy dish is full of flavor and fast -- it's made in one skillet in under 30 minutes.

1 can CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Cream of Bacon Soup
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp lemon juice
6 oz uncooked linguine
8 oz shrimp
2 cups baby spinach
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves

1. In deep nonstick skillet, mix together soup, water, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice and linguine.

2. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until pasta is almost tender but still firm and sauce is mostly absorbed.

3. Stir in shrimp and spinach. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until desired sauciness, and top with basil before serving.

Servings: 2

Parmesan cheese makes a nice add-on.

To save time, buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. Leave the tails on for a pretty presentation, if desired.

Try replacing the shrimp with 1 lb (454 g) cubed boneless skinless chicken breasts – just add at the beginning with the rest of the ingredients.

Source: Campbells

Have a great day


  1. To everyone who commented this morning. I was playing with my new cellphone which I don't really know how to use yet, and deleted the whole blog and comments. Managed to get the blog back on my computer, but the comments have disappeared.

  2. I guess when you're drunk underwater, you'll see pink mantas.

    1. If you are drunk under water you would see a lot more than pink mantas Alex. You might end up seeing nothing of the rest of your life.

  3. I am glad you managed to resurrect it. A friend sent me the link to that pink mantis - something I would love to see.
    I pronounce data as darta and have also heard it as dayta. Never as in bat though.

    1. Thanks Sue, and thanks for re-posting. I would love to see pink mantas too. Think there is only one right now, whether it will breed true will be interesting. In England it is definitely dayta. Date is date, why not dayta?

  4. So I Googled the data vs dayta conundrum and it seems it depends on where you live. Who cares anyway. No one actually talks anymore, they just text.

    1. I don't yet Denise. Very rarely text, I prefer to talk on the phone or I guess email. I still like to interact with people f2f. and it bugs me.No doubt when I say it my way, it bugs my North American listener.

    2. I also prefer talking or email, but my sons prefer texting, which is the only reason I have a smart phone.