Thursday, August 20, 2020

Nuclear Test. Fresh Corn, Dentist, Phone Calls,

Had a lovely day today. I am a tad annoyed because they told me hours and I ended up spending 5 hours there, I  was not happy.. Ladydog was sitting with Matt, but he still got very agitated because he was worried about what was happening to me. I don't know what he thinks was happening. I tried to explain it was just a test, but.... Of course I am now radioactive for a while - not sure how long it lasts. When I was finally allowed to eat, it turned out they had a picnic table outside and I sat in the . n although there was a cool breeze it was still pleasant/ When I got home, there was a vase full of gladioli which are absolutely lovely. Jan was kind enough to stay for the whole time so when I got home, she shot off home. I then got treated to almost tears.because he didn't know what was happening to me and if I was alright!!! Oh well.

Ladydog also brought a couple of corn cobs which I cooked for supper and they were delicious. We then had some of the leek and taties soup I made last night, it was delicious. I will share the recipe, but I didn't use the same measurements - or not exactly.

Whilst I was out, got a bunch of calls from the dentist to whom I sent an email last night. They called again once I was I have an appointment for Matt next week.

Not only that, Dr. Jahromi's office called, he is the vascular surgeon, so maybe they have a date for me. Of course, he won't have today's results by then I don't think.

This was the recipe I used for the soup. I used 4 leeks and maybe a tad more cream. I used the fish sauce but couldn't tell the difference, but the soup ended up being really delicious so maybe it was the fish sauce. We have some left for tomorrow, yum.

Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup

Make Creamy Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup under an hour! Healthy Pressure Cooker Leek Potato
Soup is super easy to make with simple ingredients. A satisfying bowl of comfort to warm your soul!

2 (1.5lb or 552g) Yukon gold potatoes, diced
2 (375g - trimmed & chopped) large leeks, chopped
1 Tbs (28g) unsalted butter
1 (0.5g) bay leaves
1/2 tsp (1.5g) dried thyme
1/2 cup (250ml) heavy cream
2 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock
2 (13g) garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs (30ml) fish sauce (or sub with regular soy sauce)
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Sweat Leeks: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Add 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter and chopped leeks in Instant Pot. Season with a pinch of salt, then cook leeks until softened (~4 mins). Once the leeks are softened, add in 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp (1.5g) dried thyme, and minced garlic. Saute for another 30 seconds.

2. Pressure Cook Potato Leek Soup: Pour in 4 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce (or sub with regular soy sauce), and diced potatoes. Give everything a quick mix. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release.

3. Season & Thicken: Add in 1 cup (250m) heavy cream. *Note: Some enjoy the potato leek soup without blending. Since we like a thicker soup, we blend the potato leek soup at this step with an Immersion Hand Blender. Taste and season with more salt if desired (for reference, we added 2 large pinches of salt at the end to season this properly).

4. Serve Leek Potato Soup: Garnish with finely sliced green onions, bacon bits, fried leeks, chives, or fresh herbs. Season with some freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 -8

Source: Amy and Jackie

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. I am really really happy that both you and Matt might have dates for sadly necessary work.
    And yes, hospital time is always slow. I was once in the hospital for eleven hours for a procedure they had promised would take forty minutes.

    1. Yes Sue, things do appear to be moving at last.

      11 hours!!! I would have walked out way before that.

  2. Hello Jo, ... I hope you're feeling less radioactive today :). That soup looks lovely - thanks for the pressure cooker version. You're lucky to have such great friends and neighbours - all the best Fil

    1. Don't know how long it takes Fil. The stuff they gave me was a vasodilator and my head felt as though it was going to explode for a while. Not very nice.

      Yes, my friends have been very good. All the best to you too.

  3. Hi Jo - it must be so difficult coping and helping Matt - I'm so glad you've got lots of support. Love corn on the cob ... while gladioli - aren't they wonderful - oddly I bought some last night - and have them here.

    It does look like things are coming together for you ... and good to know you've got the dentist organised. I hope things all work out timeously for you ...

    Love leek and potato soup ... take care - Hilary

    1. Yes Hilary, not easy, not lots of support, but what I have is wonderful. Fresh corn on the cob, picked that day, is delicious. Coincidence you got some glads yesterday.

      Yes things are moving along, not sure he needs the dentist now, he has mentioned the tooth for a couple of days.

      It was absolutely delicious. Thanks.

  4. It is so nice that Matt was so concerned because it brings back the memories of the old Matt. One hangs onto that. I am so glad Ladydog is there for you.

    1. Well yes Birgit, but it is a bit worrying when he gets in such a state. So am I, she has been a very good friend.