Friday, August 21, 2020

Hairdresser, Mushrooms, Dentistry, Record High Temps,

As Matt has difficulty negotiating his way into the hairdressing salon and as I am about to start braiding both his hair and mine, I have arranged for our hairdresser to come here next week. Really nice of her. I, of course, can go there, but it is too difficult to get Matt there. Last time the hairdresser almost carried him into the salon.

I seem to have ended up with a plethora (love that word) of mushrooms so found a recipe for making Creamy Mushroom Soup in the Instant Pot, of course.

Matt complained of toothache on two separate occasions. I have asked him about it and so has ladydog but he denies any knowledge of toothache, so having booked a dental appointment, I have cancelled it again. Which, of course, means he will be complaining of toothache again soon. ladydog suggests Sensodyne toothpaste. Don't know if he will notice the change or not.

Just heard a report that the highest temperature ever recorded on earth was yesterday in Death Valley, "One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on the planet in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached at Death Valley in California's Mojave Desert where it soared to 54.4° Celsius (130° Fahrenheit)." That's hot. I've been having trouble with the heat here, I can't imagine what I would do in temps like that. 

Yet another recipe I really should try.

Cabbage Lo Mein

2 Tbs plus 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
3 Tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ¼ -inch slices
8 oz lo mein noodles
1 tsp chile-garlic sauce
3 Tbs vegetable oil, divided
5 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs chopped fresh ginger
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
2 cups small broccoli florets (about 1 large crown)
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup snow peas, halved
4 ½ cups thinly sliced napa cabbage ( ½ head)
¾ cup unsalted chicken broth
1 tsp cornstarch

1. Combine 2 tablespoons sesame oil, soy sauce and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken, toss to coat, and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles in the boiling water according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and toss with the remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil and chile-garlic sauce. Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms and cook until juices are released and the mushrooms are golden and tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger and scallions and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add broccoli, bell pepper, and snow peas. Cook until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cabbage and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the mushroom mixture. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the reserved chicken, leaving the sauce in the bowl. Sauté the chicken until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add broth and cornstarch to the reserved sauce and whisk to combine. Add the sauce to the pan with the chicken; simmer until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vegetable mixture to the pan and toss to combine. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to the bowl with the noodles and toss to combine.

Servings: 4

Author: Lauren Grant
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. Of course Matt will feel the toothache again when the appointment has been cancelled. It is a rule.
    That chow mein (minus the chicken for me) sounds good.
    And hooray for co-operative hairdressers.

    1. Fingers crossed Sue.
      It does look good. I will, of course, add the chicken of I make it.
      Definitely hooray. She is a very nice woman.

  2. I bet many of us would love to be able to forget a bout of toothache! And speaking of haircuts, I know of several people who have bought tools to cut the guy's hair during Covid. One of them told me recently how much they have saved since March and it is substantial. They plan to make home cuts permanent even when COVID is but a memory (if ever that happens).

    1. I am able to cut Matt's hair David, but so far he has resisted it. I used to cut my own, but got tired of doing so. Involves a lot of standing and that can hurt.

  3. Maybe you should have kept that dentist appointment for Matt. Just to make sure nothing is wrong. I've been using Sensodyne for years for sensitive teeth, but the problem I have feels nothing like a toothache, per se.
    I haven't had a haircut since February. I have trimmed it off my neck, but am reaching the point where I need to go in and get it shaped.

    1. I thought about doing so, but it's damned expensive with the X-rays etc. I use Sensodyne too.

      We have been a couple of times. I just can't manage cutting my own hair these days.