Tuesday, June 23, 2020

LHIN, Supper, Victor Borge,

Had my assessment check with our LHIN coordinator so that they could update our profile. I had a nasty feeling the video chat was not going to work, but we got it going just fine. She even had a kind of chat with Matt who kept telling her how bad his legs were. She also saw him walk into the room with his walker and him practically bent double, I think he can stand up, but he doesn't despite the nag he is married to. We are still carrying out his exercises and I think we might be able to get some more PSWs to help. Boy do I ever need them. I know he is going to rebel eventually unless someone else does the exercises with him. One thing everyone keeps asking me, does Matt wander? At the moment no because of those legs, but I don't think he has any inclination to do so, but who knows what could happen down the road. I know people who do have the problem and I think it must be dreadful, a big worry.

Sunday night we had leftover Shrimp Creole for supper. Matt has some kind of internal clock because he always starts pouring a second drink (if he is having one) just when I am serving dinner. So, I put his plate in front of him and he ended up pouring tonic all over it instead of into his glass!!! He ate it though. Not sure I would have done.

We spent this evening watching a Victor Borge Celebration. He was one of the funniest men alive. I remember seeing him on stage in Londoa, England, and laughing myself stupid. We have recordings of his, but some of the stuff they showed, or mentioned on PBS tonight, I had never seen before.

I tried a new chicken dish tonight. It was very tasty but I wouldn't have described it as sticky chicken.

Instant Pot Sticky Chicken Thighs

Tender, deliciously juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs prepared in the Instant Pot with a sweet and
savory sticky sauce. A delicious chicken thighs recipe that’s easy to make and tastes amazing!

6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
1 Tbs paprika
fresh ground pepper to taste
2 Tbs olive oil divided
1 Tbs white vinegar
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs hot chili sauce, or to taste (like Sriracha)
3 cloves garlic minced
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds for garnish
chopped cilantro (optional)

1. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the Instant Pot.

3. Season chicken thighs with paprika and ground pepper.

4. Add 3 chicken thighs at a time, skin side down, to the Instant Pot; brown all thighs for 2 minutes on each side, or until browned.

5. In the meantime, prepare the sauce by whisking together 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, minced garlic, and ground ginger.

6. Arrange all chicken thighs on the bottom of the Instant Pot.

7. Pour the prepared sticky sauce over the chicken thighs. Stir the chicken around so they are coated on all sides.

8. Lock the lid and pressure cook on HIGH (OR Poultry Mode) for 20 minutes.

9. Turn off the pot and allow to release the pressure, about 5 minutes.

10. Transfer chicken thighs to a serving plate.

11. To thicken the sauce (optional), scoop out 1/4 cup of the liquid and whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch in it.

12. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and stir in the cornstarch mixture into the sauce in the instant pot; cook for 2 minutes or until thickened.

13. Serve the sauce separately or pour it over the chicken.

14. Sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro; serve.

Author: Katerina

Author Notes
Remove the skin after cooking to reduce your points down to 12.

For a lighter meal, remove the skin: One medium chicken thigh without skin is 90 calories. One medium chicken thigh with skin is 140 calories. This is all before adding the sauce.

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. I really, really hope seeing just how doubled over Matt is helps you get the PSWs that he (and you) need. I am really glad that the video worked when it was needed.
    Not sure I would eat a meal drowned in tonic either.

    1. So do I Sue, although there is no real reason why he should be doubled up, it's his legs that hurt LOL.


  2. Hi Jo - well that sounded like a useful consultation ... and I hope things work out for you. Tonic over shrimp creole - I don't think it'll be a hit recipe! Still I hope you can get some more help. Take care - Hilary

    1. Yes, it was Hilary. I am sorry you don't think that will be a hit. I was thinking of publishing it. Fingers crossed for more help.

  3. Bother - I meant to add ... Victor Borge is a great favourite ... he's so funny ... thanks for reminding me - all the best -Hilary

    1. With us three. I would loved to have listened to a whole concert, but never did. I mean a straight one, no funnies.

  4. As you point out, Jo, Matt is in no condition to wander, and that is probably a good thing overall. There must come a point where physiotherapy can no longer remediate the issue to any great extent. Your chicken dish sounds good. Last evening we had shrimp and orzo salad - pretty simple, but quite delicious. A bowl of strawberries made a fine dessert.

    1. Yes it is David although I don't think he would anyway. I am sure that is so but I hope that point is not yet reached. The chicken was good. Last time I served orzo, Matt decided he didn't like it. Not tried it again. Only had berries once so far.

  5. I am so sorry, Jo that you guys are going through this. He still ate his food though, even with the tonic. Hey, no waste there. I love funny shows. Very cool. Also, I love that recipe for sticky sauce.

    1. Thanks Ivy, nothing can be done about it though. Funny after isn't it. Have you ever seen Victor Borge, he was brilliant. You should try find him on YouTube.

    2. I have not but I enjoy stuff like that so I'll have to give him a look.

    3. He was a brilliant classical pianist but also had the most wonderful sense of humour. I saw him live in London once, many a long year ago, laughed myself stupid then and have done so ever since although he is no longer with us.

  6. My mom never drooped over but many were in her home and, apparently, this can be a symptom of dementia. My mom never wandered..ever, in fact, she hated to leave and got very anxious if she was out of safety spot.

    1. I know shuffling is Birgit, didn't know the drooping over was. Matt wants to be with me most of the time, or at least at home.