Friday, December 9, 2016

TV Ads, Winter Weather, Bowling,

I don't watch a heck of a lot of TV and mostly when I do it is on one of three stations which don't have advertising. The only channel I watch that does have ads is the one showing Jeopardy which is my favourite show. Even that half hour show has three ad breaks. However, Thursday night I was thinking that I wasn't seeing any of the Christmas shows, etc. so I found Snow White and the Huntsman on the Home Channel. I stood it for about an hour and then I had had enough. I think I saw more advertising in that time than I ever did movie. So, turned off the TV and ordered it from the library instead. I really don't understand how anyone can put up with it. There is only one advantage I can see, you might need a coffee or bathroom break but otherwise, no thank you.

The weather has been absolutely perishing today. When we went to the bowling alley at noon, there
was one hell of a gale blowing and that, of course, made it even colder. I got from the car to the alley as fast as possible. When I went inside there was one heck of a loud bang - we figured it was scaffolding being blown off the roof - they are having work done. I bowled pretty well today, for a change, and was thoroughly teed off when right at the end, Matt kept throwing strikes and beating me. Well he did that twice, the third game I actually won.

Talking of weather, we are pretty lucky that we haven't really had much snow at all, Buffalo, which is not really that far from us, as the crow flies, has been deluged with the white stuff. :Lake effect snow as they are south of the lakes. I am told that the roads in our sister town are pretty bad. I call it a sister town because you can't really tell, except for signs, where one town ends and the other begins. Round here the roads weren't too bad.

Here's something a bit different and something I will certainly plan on making.

Fragrant Fish Soup

1 cup jasmine rice
2 cups water
1 zest and juice of lemon
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 lb tilapia fillets or other firm white fish
4 cups bite-size pieces arugula or watercress, tough stems removed (about 1 bunch)
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1/4 cup very thinly sliced fresh mint
2 scallions, finely chopped

1. Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and juice.

2. Meanwhile, bring broth to a simmer in another medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat so the broth remains steaming, but not simmering. Add fish and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and break into bite-size chunks.

3. Divide the lemony rice among 4 bowls. Top with equal portions of the fish, arugula (or watercress), carrot, mint and scallions. Ladle 1 cup of the warm broth into each bowl and serve.

Servings: 4


Have a great day

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Exercise Class

Wednesday, I went to the exercise classes for the first time in a while and much to my delight I managed to do everything without much problem. We also had a stand in trainer who was so much better than the woman we have permanently. She really doesn't have a clue and her classes are boring because we do the same exercises every time plus she doesn't do them correctly - when compared to all the other instructors we have had - I have thought of complaining but I don't want to be a sh*t disturber. With the result that I don't go very much which is cutting off my own nose I guess. The regular woman is a nice enough person, but just not very good at running an exercise class. The woman who moved in across the hall from us, came twice and hasn't been since. She told me about their boring classes at another location so she probably thought the same here.

My good friend Alex J. Cavenaugh has a short story out today called Cassa Dawn. It is a prequel to
the successful Cassa stories and if you click on the link it will take you to Alex's blog and the information on where to purchase.

There is a video on Alex's blog too. I will certainly be picking up a copy. It turns out that yet another of his books, Dragon of the Stars is now on audio as well. I personally prefer not to listen to audio, but if you enjoy audio books, I can highly recommend the story.

Bowling for us today of course. I do hope we make a better showing than we did on Monday

Christmas is coming and what a wonderful time to have mulled wine. Such a traditional winter drink in England although not so much these days. I had never heard of a Lady Apple. They appear to be European so probably not available in North America.

Mulled Wine

20 whole cloves
2 tangerines, clementines, or small oranges
2 750-ml bottles Merlot
3 cups fresh apple cider
8 Lady apples (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks plus 8 for garnish (garnish optional)
2 green cardamom pods, cracked
2 cups tawny Port

1. Press stem (pointed) end of 10 cloves into each tangerine, piercing through the skin. Place tangerines, wine, cider, Lady apples (if using), 2 cinnamon sticks, and cardamom pods in a large pot. Bring to a bare simmer over medium-low heat; cook gently for 20 minutes. DO AHEAD: Mulled wine can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature. Rewarm gently over medium-low heat before continuing.

2. Stir in Port. Divide among glasses; garnish each with a cinnamon stick and a Lady apple, if desired.

Servings: 12

Source: Bon Appétit

Have a great day