Friday, February 23, 2018

Morning Rush, New Tablet, Bowling, Mandarin,

At about 9:15 Thursday morning I suddenly remembered the physiotherapist was due at 10. Talk about scuttling around. We just made it in time although I hadn't even had a coffee yet. She changed his exercises somewhat by making him do everything for a count of 5 with 10 reps. He said he was exhausted. They also worked on stairs and walked the corridors. She has one more visit. Something I hadn't heard before, if you have a hip replacement or something, you no longer get a therapist coming in, you have to go to a clinic. Don't like that. Not that I can have a replacement at the moment as I would need someone to care for the ol' man.

Of course my Kindle Fire had a reminder of the appointment but I hadn't turned it on - I don't think I will turn it off at night anyway. The wifi is turned off at 11 so that decreases battery use. I got my new cover for it but it doesn't cover the screen. Seems a bit silly. I will have to use my old cover when I put it in my purse, however, with the new cover it stops it slipping which is how I dropped the old one a couple of times.  I also got a new Notebook app too. Had to remember somebody owed me $6.58. In the end she paid me $6 - she didn't realise I guess so I didn't bother with it.

Went bowling in the afternoon of course. Next week we are back to regular bowling with the League on Monday. I had 3 great games today which would have been marvellous for my average on Mondays. But, of course, they don't count. I bowled a 166 average today so here's hoping I can do the same on Monday, or better. Keep everything crossed for me please.

I also got some new tea towels today I am sick of ours which are beginning to fall to pieces. Scheduled a lot of them for silver polishing and then a number for chucking out.

Almost forgot, popped into our supermarket for some tomatoes and there was a woman giving tasters of zucchini noodles (sometimes called zoodles) often wondered what they would be like so I stopped and had some, they were sautéed in olive oil with some chili seeds and she added a little Parmesan when she gave them to me. They were pretty tasty. They sell them, already cut, in the store. Might try them, but it is a fairly large container.

Mandarin for lunch today so won't need to do a lot for supper tonight. Hooray.

Many people don't like Brussels Sprouts, but I thought these would be a good way to encourage people, especially kids, to eat them. I honestly don't know why you would remove the cores but each to their own.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pistachios

3 Tbs grapeseed oil
1 Tbs minced shallot
12 large brussels sprouts (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed, leaves separated from cores (about 8 cups), cores discarded
3/4 cup shelled unsalted natural pistachios
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and stir 20 seconds. Add Brussels sprout leaves and pistachios, and sauté until leaves begin to soften but are still bright green, about 3 minutes. Drizzle lemon juice over. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Source: Bon Appétit

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bowling, Parking, Therapy, Lunch.

Basically a very quiet day. If somewhat frustrating to me. My dearly beloved and crippled husband, had the nerve to beat me 2 out of 3 games today. Bowling of course. He has been installed back on the team now he appears able  to cope with three games in a row. However, although I had one good game, with the two lousy ones, I bowled an average of 10 below which will not help me regain the lead. I may have to wash that desire from my mind. Oh well, it was fun whilst it lasted.

Got a few laughs about my parking garage story. Like so many things, not funny at the time, but very funny after. At least now I know how it all works and can park there again.  Biggest problem for me is the walk from there to the hospital doors. Denise of My Life in Retirement, mentioned valet parking at her hospital. What a good idea for people who have mobility problems. Dunno why they don't do that here. Although I always complain about the cost of parking, which can be quite horrendous in places like Toronto, I shouldn't really do so, we pay nothing for  the treatment we receive (well in taxes I guess) so we never have to count pennies about being treated for major operations etc.

Tomorrow we will be bowling again after seeing Matt's physiotherapist in the morning. I wonder if she will change his exercises again or just add new ones. Funnily enough he has been very good at doing them this time, with my assistance.

Friday, guess where we are going to have lunch, yup, Mandarin. Friend's birthday this weekend so we are joining her. She is 6 months older than I am so I always tease her about being so much older. She has already done her seniors driving test - not that you have to drive, merely prove you are mentally OK. I still think you should have to prove your ability to handle a vehicle.

I love wontons, any dumplings as you may have gathered. Here is a recipe I found today.

Spinach-and-Pork Wontons

Try this book: Asian Dumplings In her pan-Asian cookbook, food writer Andrea Nguyen recommends homemade wonton wrappers but says store-bought are fine: "Just look for ones labeled
'thin' or 'Hong Kong–style.' "   Fast Asian Recipes

2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
1 Tbs plus
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Asian sesame oil
1 tsp dry sherry
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
pinch of freshly ground white pepper
1/4 lb ground pork
1 small scallion, minced
3/4 tsp minced fresh ginger
Cornstarch, for sprinkling
30 thin wonton wrappers
2 Tbs chile oil
2 Tbs peanut oil
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs chopped cilantro

1. In a skillet, cook the spinach, stirring, until wilted; transfer to a colander and squeeze dry. Finely chop the spinach.

2. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 teaspoons of the soy sauce, the sesame oil, sherry, salt, sugar and white pepper. Mix in the pork, scallion, ginger and spinach. Chill for 10 minutes.

3. Dust a large baking sheet with cornstarch. Arrange 4 wonton wrappers on a work surface, keeping the other wrappers covered with plastic wrap. Brush the edges of the wrappers with water and spoon 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each. Fold the wrappers diagonally over the filling to form triangles; seal. Bring the two opposite corners of the triangle together; press to seal. Transfer to the baking sheet and cover. Repeat.

4. In a large saucepan of boiling water, simmer the wontons over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. When they float, cook for 3 minutes longer. Drain the wontons well.

5. In a large bowl, combine the remaining soy sauce with the chile oil, peanut oil and garlic. Add the wontons and toss. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve.

Servings: 6

Author: Andrea Nguyen
Source: Food and Wine

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