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I am delighted to say that LemonFaerie has sent me her Valentine’s release book to read through before it goes on sale. I CANNOT tell you how much I enjoy doing this. I think I missed my calling, lol.
I am also happy that being alone in the house with my husband is not necessarily a bad thing. I cannot remember having the house to ourselves all day. And you may read as much innuendo into that as you wish!!
Tonight I cooked an old favourite; braising steak with thinly sliced onions, tomatoes and potatoes, all slow cooked in stock. I served it with runner beans and cabbage. Very nice too, though I can still taste the garlic, lol!
Ironsos, message sent.
Lady Hawke, my mother keeps making noises about me going into their loft. I can imagine the tears, nostalgia and memories, and admire you for attacking the job so far with a level head. You cannot keep everything, much as your heart might want to.
It sounds like your Mother has been working herself towards this move for a long time, she has certainly seized on the opportunity.
Graymayne, your lunch sounds delicious, I am glad you had a good day. I too was so happy to see snowdrops, and even a few crocuses in the churchyard yesterday.
ASTI, that is amazing you and your DS have never had a day at home alone. Because my DS has been in graduate school off and on over the years he has frequently stayed home from work to study or work on an assignment on a day our daughter had to be at school.
IRONSOS, we sent a DREADFUL painting to the donation center today. We suspect there is another one lurking somewhere. My grandmother had a strange taste in art and would purchase things no one wanted to hang on the wall. They are below par work by amateur artists attempting to pass themselves as professionals.
I am tired. Spending hours rooting through everything in my bedroom wore me out. There are boxes of books back there I simply could not lift and carry out of there to the car to take to the donation center. I’ll have to take those the next time we go.
My mother has been clearing out the closet in the entrance hall since I left. At the rate she is going I may have to have her come over here and loot through my closets.
We are having hamburgers. I am tired. I almost pulled frozen pizzas out of the freezer but I rallied and made myself wash up some lettuce and sliced some onions and tomatoes. I also cut up some potatoes to cook some potato planks in the oven.
Tomorrow night I am planning to make a coconut chicken curry. I know in England curries are a common home dinner. I saw a selection of them on the “something for everyone” menu at the restaurant I found in England that resembles US chain restaurants. Curries are much more exotic here. You only see them at Indian restaurants here, not on a generalized menu. My local grocery has only two selections of curry, a jar of green Thai curry and a jar of red Thai curry, and a can of coconut milk. To find a selection of products I had to go to an Indian market. I have never been served a curry at someone’s home. We don’t have curry shops on every corner. So, making a curry is somewhat intimidating and exotic. I don’t have anything I need to make one waiting on a shelf in my pantry. I had to go purchase everything.
I went shopping today with Jen. First we stopped and got my hair cut. It had gotten so long but I am too old to wear my hair that long. Now it is cut in a bob that is just below my chin. Just the right length especially since I seem to have so much static electricity. Now I can at least put it behind my ears so it is not flying in my face. Then we stopped at Golden Corral where we ate dinner. We stopped there because I could get what ever I fancied.
Then it was on to Kohls where I shopped for tall boots, a sweater, over blouse, and a sweater jacket that I could wear under my coat and not be too bulky. I needed the boots to wear over my skinny black jeans. I had black flats and black heels but they both would be too cold to wear to a funeral. It is suppose to snow again tonight and this time accumulate about 3 inches so it all won’t be gone by Monday. I do not have winter dress clothes so I needed to buy something dressey. Well I have them but all my dress clothes are too big.
I meant to go to the grocery store but I was too tired. Now I won’t be able to for a couple of days because of the snow. It is not like I don’t have food but I needed to get some fresh fruit and milk. I have some oranges left so I guess I will be eating them. If the snow doesn’t come until tomorrow late I might make it to the grocery store.
I am up again early. It did snow last night but just a small amount. Since we are under a winter advisory all day it still can snow more.
I just let the dogs back in and it is snowing hard. This time we will probably get the accumulation they said. There is enough snow on the ground that this will stick. It has warmed up enough for it to snow too.
Leaky is not up to snuff yet. Everyday I get the notice that the site was not able to be recovered. At least it comes up when I use the bookmark and I am not locked out.
I am glad I bought a new pair of long johns. I use to have some that I wore when I was working outside but I don’t know where they are today. I knew it is going to be cold outside Monday so I wanted to be prepared. At least they will be black like my pants.
COOLG, we have black ice outside. I have been so busy I haven’t seen a weather forecast this week. I was completely surprised to find the wet street outside was actually ice. Fortunately, I did not find out the hard way. My Facebook feed is full of reports of wrecks all over the area. It seems we are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM.
Happy Groundhog Day Ya’ll
That is one of my favorite movies.
Lady Hawke – have you ever seen American Pickers on the History channel? http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/articles/want-to-be-on-american-pickers Maybe you have some stuff in the attic they would buy… Then again you probably don’t have the time to wait for them to get there.
sounds like you are getting the weather we had about to 2 weeks ago Cool G. Sorry.
When I lived in Bozeman Montana in the 80s a new restaurant opened up that was American food mostly. They had a Chicken Curry that was out of this world. The place is on my list of best restaurants I’ve ever been to. The New England style Clam Chowder they made was sssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooo good I always had 2 bowls of it whenever I went in on a Friday. It was also one of the few places I have eaten at where I would tip the cooks along with the waitstaff.
That sounds like a great feast Graymayne Feasting is a great way to celebrate.
The graveyards have finally ended (mostly, still have one a week tonight) and we are back to a normal schedule. I get 22.5 hours a week, up from the 14 that was my normal last year. Need more but it’s a start…
I woke up early, but that gives me time to get things done and get a good long nap before I pull my 8 PM to 8 AM shift tonight.
Is tipping an American thing only or is it done world wide now?
We are going to go over to my parent’s house so my DS can collec the tools he wants from my father’s “shop” in the garage. I know my mother needs something heavy lifted into the trash can as well and it is likely we will collect those boxes of books too. That way my DS can help me with them.
Then, we are thinking of trying a restaurant my DS discovered yesterday when out to lunch for the birthday of a work colleague. It is in a historic neighborhood. They serve only meats which were fed on an organic diet. They use locally grown produce. It is a sort of soup, salad, sandwich and hot meat and vegetable “plate lunch” type of place. It is called a diner but they also have a full bar which is not standard at a diner. My DS says the desserts are made by a Middle Eastern fellow. He brought home a piece of rum cake for me last night. It was delicious, very dense with a sauce.
Here is the website with the menus if you are interested.
My curry making will wait until tomorrow if we are out and about today, plus having lunch in a restaurant. We will have leftover hamburgers or the threatened frozen pizza tonight.
SIRIUS, I’m pretty certain that show would want something in that attic but we would have had to have contacted them before my parents were ready to go. My mother would have never let a bunch of strangers and a TV crew traipse through her house. Are you working the security desk on your building or are you working some other place?
The sun is out. The black ice won’t last long now.
My hands are cold. I went outside and cleaned the snow off of my truck. I wanted it cleaned in case we get another storm like they are saying is possible. If it doesn’t come, then I will drive to the grocery tomorrow. They say to stay off the roads if you don’t need to because of the black ice. They probably have the main roads clear by now.
Someone new is moving in across the street. While I was cleaning my truck off, someone pulled into my drive next door and left the vehicle. I saw them getting into another vehicle and hollared at them. I let them know they had pulled into my drive. They said they were just getting the trailer off the road and would be moving it shortly. I told him it was ok to leave it for a short while but that was my driveway and it was used. That is where we park when it snows and is icy because you have a hard time getting out of my drivway since it is on an incline. I also have the area in front of my fense graveled so you can park there too. When the weather is bad, everyone turns around in the other driveway and then parks in front of the fense.
I just wanted them to know that even though it looks vacant next door that someone was around. I think the people who lived in the house a couple of years ago were the ones who stole all my wood crafts off my porch.
Groundhog Day the movie has been on AMC several times today. I think it stays on until this evening around 7 or 8. I have been listening to it while I work.
I am cooking some fettuccine and shrimp scampi. I will probably bake a potatoe in the microwave and toast some hoagie bread along with a salad for my dinner. The shrimp scampi is something I get from the Schwann’s man. It is frozen individually in a resealable bag so I can cook as many shrimp as I want. It taste very good. I have a two burner hotplate I got at Walmart which does a good job of cooking. Between the hotplate, the microwave, and my large roaster oven I can fix just about anything I want.
Hi everyone! I just wanted to drop by & say that I discovered a gem in the pre-cooked entree section of Walmart’s supermarket. It is the “Jack Daniel’s Old Time Quality Seasoned & Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork” All I can say is YUMMMMMMM… & I am super finicky about my BBQ! Never thought I would rave about a packaged item like this… But, it is just flat delish!
We spent so long at my parent’s house with my DS working on clearing the garage and me helping my mother clear the kitchen cabinets we didn’t make it to the restaurant for lunch until dinner time.
I was extremely hungry since I had nothing to eat since breakfast. I expected to be terribly impressed with the food since the cake my DS brought home was so good. Unfortunately, I ordered a pork pazole with hominy which was supposed to be a stew but in reality was a soup. The flavor was not particularly interesting. It was flat and one note. Considering how hungry I was that was a bit of a negative conviction against the meal. The pazole was served with two tortilla chips and when I finished I was still starved.
I prefer eating at privately owned restaurants and if I had my way the next time we go out to eat I would go somewhere I have never been. Sometimes, like tonight, it is a disappointment.
We have played a game of cards since we’ve been home and now we are finishing watching GROUNDHOG DAY.
Lady Hawke All in all, I would say that you didn’t have a good day. We once ate in a restaurant in Manchester when visiting BigG which specialised in Mexican food. It is so long ago I don’t remember what I had, I only know that I haven’t repeated the experience.
My DS is going to roast chicken in the halogen cooker today because he was so impressed with the finished product the first time he attempted it. This cooking method, as well as being faster than using the conventional oven, seems to deliver a moister, tastier bird. I am additionally pleased because the smell of cooking is much reduced and there is no roasting pan to wash afterwards.
My meal that I cooked yesterday was very good too. So good that after eating, I was reading and went to sleep. I don’t think I ever fully woke up until 5 this morning. The temp must have raised because I never put on an extra blanket . The dogs slept all night too. Of course they were jumping around waiting for me to let them out this morning. I thought I should check the storage building on the other side of the house because with the snow melting, the roof might leak in one spot. Sure enough the buckets were almost full but the top was frozen. I got the top busted loosed and was able to dip the water out of the bucket to throw away. When I came back inside I realized how warm it was inside. So my heaters keep it warm as long as the outside temp is in the teens. When it drops lower, it isn’t cosy but at least it is not cold.
I usually pay my utilities online befor I actually receive my bills. I hadn’t opened my water bill from last month since it was already paid. Yesterday I opened the new one and got a shock. It was almost doubled. So I went looking for the last couple of bills to see what the problem was. I was afraid I might have a leak but checking the bills out it seems it doubled when my daughter was here.We finally decided it was from washing clothes. She and her daughter usually washed clothes every day. Between the extra washing and the extra showers, the water consumption added up. There was no question what the problem was since we looked at the water bills before they moved in and the water usage after they moved out. My electrical problem might have saved me some money. Lol Even with using the heaters, my electric bill was not as high as it was last year.
I had to shut down my computer and restart it. I was not kicked out of Leaky so that is an improvement.
Graymanye It sounds like your new oven is working out ok for you. I have thought about getting one since Won recommended them but was afraid it would be too complicated for me to remember how to work it. I can use anything I used befor the stroke but it is hard for me to use something new since. The days of my being a great cook are over with. It is too bad that I didn’t use receipes for a lot of what I cooked. I never though a day would come that I could not remember how to cook something.
I am getting better on making meals with the help of frozen items. I buy things from the Schwann’s man that is in reclosable bags. Then I only cook what I need to use in making a meal. This is much better than cooking a frozen dinner. I also buy things that are good to use in an omelet. Of course things from Schwann’s are expensive but not when you take into consideration how many meals you can make out of each item and that it taste good. Their catfish is very good.
GRAYMAYNE, Mexican food might be an acquired taste but I don’t think I would have made my first attempt at it or based my life long attitude toward it based on a restaurant in Manchester, England. I think Mexican food, like Indian or Asian foods is best found in areas with a large demographic of those populations. I have no doubt the MM’s homemade tamales bare little to no resemblance to the tamales in that restaurant in Manchester.
I will also say that the stereotypical Mexican restaurant is going to have a lot of food dependent on rice, beans and tortillas with various stuffings of meat, cheese and beans inside and various sauces on top. Much of that is very good in its own right if prepared properly but I would find it too heavy for a steady diet. However, if you can find a Mexican restaurant with a good mixture of regional Mexican foods and chefs who know how to cook them you will find a whole other diet based on fish and seafoods with fresh fruits and vegetable incorporated into the meal.
We have a fairly large and growing Mexican/Hispanic population here. There is a wide variety of privately owned Mexican restaurants. Those are some of the few privately owned restaurants we have relatively close to our house. One of our favorites is down the block from my parent’s new home and another is in the same block where my MIL lives. If Mexican food is well prepared it can be quite enjoyable, even if you might not want to eat it every day for every meal for weeks, months and years.
MM has noted she thinks I cook more Mexican food more often than she does. The reason for this is fajitas and tacos are quick and easy to throw together, unlike MM’s tamales which are so time consuming and complicated I would never start.
I am doing the curry/Coconut Chicken Korma/Chicken Tikka Masala tonight. I’m preprepping as much of it as possible before we go to my mother’s to do a shift there. I don’t want a lot of complicated preparation and cooking waiting for me when I get home. We were very tired and hungry last night. I want dinner tonight to be pleasant and quick.
COOLG, I never thought of not being able to remember how you cooked something without using a recipe. I just assumed if you just knew how to cook you would be able to continue “just cooking” without the aid of recipes. As you know I hardly ever use a recipe. I’ve just been looking at a variety of chicken curry/coconut chicken korma/chicken tikka masala recipes and finding they are all very similar with variations. I’m just going to follow a general path toward something with chicken and a curry sauce with some onions and maybe some green peas and tomatoes to serve over rice with naan (flat bread which I did purchase from the Indian shop). I also have some snow peas and carrots to stir fry and serve on the side.
Indian is another food that so closely resembles itself from dish to dish I know I would find it monotonous to eat on a daily basis. Meat with vegetables or vegetables in some sort of curry sauce over rice with naan is not much variety. I very much enjoy it in isolation but would not want to eat it to the exclusion of all else on a daily basis.
I also have to go produce some sort of breakfast for us.
As most of you know I am not a sports fan and I am certainly not an American rules football fan but I must share a bit of information with you.
I imagine a lot has been made of this nationally as the defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens is Michael Oher, the young man whose life was featured in the Sandra Bullock Academy Award Winning movie THE BLIND SIDE.
There is a lot of furor about it around here as he is a Memphis boy who went on to play for the University of Mississippi.
I probably still won’t watch the Super Bowl (Downton Abbey is on tonight.) but I will be more interested in the outcome than I normally am.
I’ve decided to make the curry before going to my parent’s house. I decided curry was one of those things that probably improves from sitting in the refrigerator a few hours and being reheated. That means when we get home I will only have to cook the rice and warm the naan.
My mother just called and has about five priorities for me to work on first. So, I’m going over there prepared to face onslaught. I’ve told her we are going to have to wait for a more moderate weekend to go to the attic.
Please stop me if I’m whining, but I am tired! All this overtime is catching up with me. I am only working a 39 hour week, but it is irregular, the overtime is as and when, and the early starts and long days are hurting. And although I am doing all I can, the extra money really won’t make that much difference.
Still, this week I do have two consecutive days off, for the first time since Christmas, yay!
Lady Hawke, please let us know how the curry turns out. We have discussed curry before…. I have a few Jamie Oliver curry recipes that are the best I have ever cooked.
You find curry on pretty much every pub menu here. Our little town has 3 indian restaurants, and also do takeaways. My DS likes the really really really hot ones that really really hurt to eat, but since I found the Jamie Oliver curries, we don’t use the restaurants, he prefers homemade, lol. None of them are that hot, but full of flavour with a lot of spice.
I hope you enjoy yours.
ASTI, I made your Jamie Oliver Chicken Tikka Masala once and it was very, very good but I had to purchase a lot of things I don’t have and it ended up being very expensive for me in addition to having a very difficult time finding the correct ingredients. As I mentioned we don’t have curries in every restaurant and in a metropolitan area of about one million people we have to drive about 18 miles to reach the nearest Indian restaurant. It is just recently I have found this Indian market that is not 15 miles away.
We like a hot curry, particularly with a long slow burn. I sometimes like painful ones but when I eat those I like some yogurt type cooling side dishes to accompany them.
I AM HOME!!
You ladies are making me hungry.
I will keep my eye out for an Indian restaurant and an Indian store. I’m sure we have them but I have not seen them. LadyHawke is correct. An authentic Mexican restaurant is rare in areas where there are very few hispanics.
LadyHawke – I absolutely LOVE Pozole. I am very sorry that they served it to you like a soup. If made correctly it is very tasty, thick and full of hominy and pork. But it is like any other stew….It’s much tastier after it sits or the next day. Also you have to make sure you skim off the fat but leave all the tasty stew.
Your attempt at making chicken curry simply intimidates me. I have never tasted it so I would have no idea how to make it.
Tamales – I make only ONCE a year and with lots of helpers. It is a very involved process and each tamale has to be rolled individually. If you are making dozens and dozens you need a lot of helpers. :D
no hot curry !!!!!!!! I like to taste the food not the heat……. don’t like any HOT (spicey) food except horseradish which I can eat straight out of the bottle
welcome home MMM
I am up early again. I was able to go back to sleep after letting the dogs out earlier this morning.
I did watch football last night. I kept thinking about we use to have a game about the super bowl. I miss the games but realize that people have moved on with their busy lives. I do wish JKR would write a book about Harrry and Company. Since there were several wizards that were evil in the past, there will be a new evil that will arize she could write about. She has got the last novel out of her system so maybe there may be a chance for this to happen.
I have to go to a funeral today. I told you about my son-in-law’s father a couple of weeks ago. Jennifer is taking off work early so I will be riding with her. I am glad since I do not want to drive in the snow. It is mostly the side roads that are still slick. It is suppose to snow again today.
My DS’s company is “reorganizing” tomorrow. They do not believe this includes loss of jobs. They have had an early retirement incentive on offer and they believe the departments under retiring directors will be reorganized under other directors in other departments.
We are still holding our breaths until we see what happens.
I am going to my parent’s house as soon as I leave my daughter at school. I am going to tell my mother I will give her two hours this morning and then I need to come home and do my own things here.
I cannot remember if I’ve already described this recipe. It is relatively new, but is certainly a firm favourite. It is a sort of soup of onion and celery, to which you add chicken stock, peas, courgette, orzo and left over roast chicken. It is finished off with a spoonful of green pesto and a squeeze of lemon, and is so beautifully light and tasty. Yum yum.
My DS didn’t stay up for the superbowl after all. He and son are watching it now, and were grateful they had the ability to buzz through the power cut!!!! CoolG, I remember you making my DS an honourary Leaky Person one superbowl!
Lady Hawke, I have been thinking about your husbands situation a lot since our phone call. I do hope all works out well tomorrow. You will all be very much in my thoughts. xxx
MM, did you have a wonderful holiday?
Sirius, I’m with you……. I much prefer layers of flavour to heat. But I have to disagree about the horseradish, I really don’t like it!