Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Spam, Farm, Bank, Accident, Emma,

I didn't think that could happen that when I had the comments on moderation, someone could get a spam comment through. Oh well, just have to stay vigilant.

Wasn't sure if I would get asparagus today or not. In the end, I was OK for asparagus but a friend wanted rhubarb and they hadn't got any. The weather was too cool I guess. At least I have  my asparagus and have made beginnings on pickling and canning some of my goodies. It was actually quite a pleasant day today, sunny but not too warm. I had to wait a while before I knew I could go to the farm but eventually off I went with Matt riding along with me. Nice to get out, beautiful countryside, even beautiful avenues to ride though close to home, at this time of the year, the trees are now in full leaf but it is all young and green and absolutely gorgeous. We are lucky to live on the outskirts of town in an area which has been built fairly carefully to conserve the gorgeous trees.

Tomorrow Matt gets his second PSW visit, from a woman this time, she phoned and is also doing an assessment to see just what we need. 24/7 help perhaps?

Before we went to the farm, I went into the bank to sort out my problems with Visa. I was the last customer allowed in today. Discussed what was going on and the woman said she would investigate, see what was going on and phone me. There has been some kind of screw up somewhere. I am supposed to be a co-signer but they have me as a secondary card, i.e. Matt is the primary card holder and they want to talk to him every time I call them. He doesn't have a clue what it's all about. Once I left - in something of a hurry to go to the farm, I backed into a vehicle and realised it was the SUV of a woman who used to be our foot nurse. (I didn't know where she was and had no time  She has changed her phone number and have only just got her cell phone so will call her and confess. It felt very gentle so hopefully no damage.

Just watched the new version of Emma by Jane Austin. Had a lot of trouble understanding them, but I enjoyed it just the same.

This is a recipe I am very fond of. As I frequently mention, if you buy asparagus from the farm, freshly picked, you do NOT need to trim the spears.

Asparagus and Endive Salad

1 lb fresh asparagus , trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
1 Tbs Juice, orange, fresh
2 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs small shallots , minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp black pepper
8 oz Belgian endive, fresh, head , cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips (2 heads)

1. Place 1/2 inch of water at the bottom of a 12 inch pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in asparagus and cook until tender yet crisp, about 2 minutes. Place in strainer, rinse under cold water, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, oil, shallots, sugar, salt, mustard, and pepper until well combined.

3. Add the asparagus and endive to the bowl with the dressing. Mix well to evenly coat and serve.

Servings: 4

Source: dLife

Author Notes: Light and elegant salad combining asparagus and endive in a homemade orange Dijon vinaigrette.

Try using a sugar substitute instead of regular sugar.

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. I hope that you finally get the Visa card shemozzle sorted out for once and for all.
    Sigh on the car dingle. I hope that the damage (if any) is neglible.
    And hooray for asparagus.

    1. So do I Sue, I am fed up with it. Just phoned the girl who's vehicle I bumped, she didn't notice anything and will call back.

      Asparagus is good.

  2. Hi Jo - glad you had that trip out, which you and Matt enjoyed. Excellent you've got your asparagus ... and hopefully will enjoy some of it fresh today. Bother about the accident ... nuisance - hope it's all minor. Take care and hope the week goes well - all the best Hilary

    1. Yes, lots of asparagus, want to pickle some. I hope it's minor too. Just phoned her.

  3. You are quite right, Jo, with all the greenery at this time of the year, it is a pleasure to drive just about anywhere. I have a sister-in-law who lives in Victoria, BC, and while I have no desire to live on Vancouver Island, I envy her the fact that she has foliage all year.

    1. It is lovely isn't it David. Never been to BC, would like to visit one day.

  4. I am getting a lot more spam messages on Blogspot too. It's so annoying because many are on things I posted ages ago. Oh well! You are the asparagus queen. That recipe looks light and tasty.
    That's Purrfect

    1. Spam is a nuisance no matter what Patricia. Asparagus queen eh? It is delicious except I can't always get the endive. You should have access to fresh asparagus in your neck of the woods.

  5. Did Matt go in with you to the bank? If he needed to sign something, he was right there. Hopefully they get it sorted out.

    1. No he didn't Diane, but yes, he would have been right there except he doesn't really know how to sign any more.