Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Weather, Sleep, Isolation, Sully,

Last night it was blowing half a gale and the tree tops we could see from our windows were whipping around like they were dancing. The forecast is talking about rain and snow, had neither so far, fingers crossed however it was cold in bed last night - I'd just got to sleep when around 1:20 Matt went bumping (walker) along to the bathroom. Next thing I know, he is in his slippers and dressing gown and thinks it is morning. I had to persuade him it was in the middle of the night and then to get back into bed. Of course when I got back to bed I just lay there wide awake for a while. It was 3 ish  before I went back to sleep so I didn't get a lot of shuteye. Right now I am pretty cold too and am about to go have a nap.

Chris Hadfield spent a year on the International Space Station - he is Canadian - and has since retired. He has made a video for us all about self isolation. He makes it sound so easy.

I/we just watched the movie Sully about Captain Chesley Sullenberger who landed his plane in the Hudson. I cannot believe how officialdom excoriated him and accused him of making a mistake. He saved 155 passengers along with the crew and that is how they repaid him, until the end, when they finally exonerated him and congratulated him. He and his second were a pair of wonderful guys. The crew too apparently. We had a friend who was a stewardess for many years - she always said who, in their right minds, in a crash - would stand back and say "please go first". I have wanted to see the film for a while and am so glad I found it on the TV.

If it's got shrimp, I like it. Does it ever occur to you I have too many damn recipes to try?

Air Fryer Shrimp Fajitas

Shrimp fajitas made simple in the air fryer. Garnish with guacamole and cilantro if desired.

1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 red onion, sliced into thin strips
1 lb uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 (1.12 ounce) package fajita seasoning mix, divided
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
4 (10 inch) flour tortillas, toasted

1. Preheat the air fryer to 400° F (200° C).

2. Place bell peppers and onion in a large bowl. Place shrimp in a separate bowl. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the fajita seasoning over the shrimp. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning over the vegetables. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over the vegetables and stir until evenly combined. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the shrimp and stir until combined.

3. Place vegetables in the basket of the preheated air fryer and cook for 12 minutes, shaking halfway through cook time. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

4. Place shrimp in the basket of the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 minutes more. Divide vegetables among tortillas and top with shrimp.

Servings: 4

Author: Soup Loving Nicole

Have a great day - stay well, stay safe and stay home.


  1. Captain Chesley Sullenberger was always hailed as a hero here. As he should be.
    I have had less than four hours sleep and am more than a little brain dead.
    There is a reason so many cultures use sleep deprivation as a torture. It is.
    I hope that you and Matt (and I) get a better night tonight.

    1. Hew was everywhere eventually Sue. Go have a nap. Miserable being tired. I did have a good night last night.

  2. Hi Jo - hope you can get a good night's sleep tonight ... and Matt too - I feel for you ... take care. It's cold here too - enough to make walk around town yesterday, not go to the seafront! Love shrimp ... might get some out for my salad lunch (always have!) ... I cook as simply as I can now ... all the best for today. Sully was a brilliant movie - amazing ... and so well made - I really felt I was being interrogated. Take care - Hilary

    1. I did Hilary, thanks. Feel much better this morning. It was a brilliant movie. You take care as well.

  3. There is a dusting of snow again this morning. That is cruel in mid April!

    1. I understand there is snow in Elora too, not here though I'm pleased to say. Not that it really makes much difference. As I always tell people, David,the worst snow storm I ever remember was in April.

    2. No snow round here she says, 10 minutes later it was coming down like a blizzard. Didn't last long, but it was snow.

    3. I remember a bad snow storm in Ontario in April too, but an event like that is exceptional, and certainly I have experienced worse when I lived in Qu├ębec City. Miriam and I just returned from a walk. It was sunny when we set off, snowing on the return leg, and it is now sunny again.

  4. Snowing here still. I am very tired today despite sleeping nine hours last night. I think it is boredom.

    1. I am sure it is boredom Denise, one can only read so long, cook so much, etc. etc. We are social creatures and not being able to socialise doesn't help.

  5. I hate the cold. I am ready for some summer sun.

    Prisons use isolation as a punishment, so it must not be easy.

    1. I don't hate the cold Liz, but I won't be sorry to see some sunny, warm days. Apart from anything else, the asparagus needs it.

      Very true. Mind you they are shut in cells, at least we get to move around in our homes and yards if we are lucky enough to have one.