Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Total Mish Mash

Today I'm offering what I call a wish mash


  (mĭsh′măsh′, -mäsh′)
collection or mixture of unrelated things; a hodgepodge.

[Middle English misse-mascheprobably reduplication of mashsoft mixturesee mash.]

I took down the Xmas tree, I know, I know!
The ornements are waiting in Pyrex bowls to be stored until last year...

 This year these are my favorite ornements. I got them a couple of years ago
in my go to church basement when I lived in the burbs.
I paid a big old quarter for them. I think they we ment to be hung from a chandelier....
But not sure. They are all handmade.

Next up a plumbing issue....
When it is very cold in winter, the bathtub drain freezes....
The first time I freaked out but thank God, Dad was around to explain
that this situation didn't cause damage, that it would thaw as soon as the weather
is milder and that he had tried to correct this but nothing fixed the problem
and this had been happening for 30 years....

I was very surprised to notice that the shower drain was super duper
lazy.....And when I noticed it Dan was in the hospital and it
never occurred to me that it might be clogged by a wig!
Ew! Problem fixed!

 I was so glad I had this nifty tool on hand!

 Since Dan wasn't mobile and at one point I couldn't stand cooking anymore...
So we had some really amazing salmon tartare Japanese style delivered.If you like sushi there is a 
very good chance you will like tartare.....

I marinated and cooked lean pork cutlets on my
new Le Creuset grill pan....
It was free , the grill pan not the pork.....

Grilled pork, with celeriac salad and collards

I need to revise the collard recipe....It needed something
I don't know what but I will figure it out!

Have a great evening

I'll be watching the X-Files!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Seen Around

I was planning to post about something else, but I am having issues with the pic download as usual....

Just a street over there is a little Portuguese grocery that has been at the same location since the 60's.

I started shopping there in the 80's when I had a shitty apartment just across the street from where i currently live.

The grocery store is a staple of Portuguese culture and food. people come from all over for their specialty meats, cheese and groceries.

 The ground beef, and bifanas (pork steaks) are really good.
They make the most fabulous smoked bacon.

 last night 2 of the butchers were fixing chorizo, the most wonderful
sausage! It is smoked and dried and stored in the cabinet
in the picture below.
you can order a mild or spicy chorizo.
it can be served grilled or sliced and served with 
Caldo Verde the traditional Portuguese kale and potato soup.

I really love this store and so did my Dad.
He didn't want to move from his neighborhood because of this place and other

I am really happy that I enjoy posting again!

I hope it lasts!

Have a great night!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Good news!

Dan went to the Orthopedic surgeon today and the ankle is mostly healed. The wheelchair is now optional!

We are settling nicely in this new life.

Monday, January 8, 2018


I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I probably have many, many times....


I give thanks for this and that Dan is still with us every single day...

I find myself sneaking up to him and checking if he is still breathing....I am so afraid that one time I will check and he will be blue.

What do you do after a heart attack? You are stressed that this will happen again.....You are aware of all the changes in poke and probe....

of course they don't tell you is your body going to react with all these meds....what you can eat or not....just guidelines.....

how are all your close ones are going to react...I tell you some of them will have to step up to the plate BIG TIME!

So that was the Monday vibe... 

Sleep tight!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

All Good

So we went and picked up Dan and brought him home......

Everyone is happy.

we are now embarked in the low sodium,low fat, low sugar lifestyle adventure.

After while Dan was enjoying the conforts of home (remote control), we ran some errands and stopped at a church basement vintage sale!

Vintage is my crack....and I got so excited that I didn't even take pictures!

And I spied from afar....can it be? Are my eyes deceiving me?

I just wanted to push people out of the way! OUT OF MY WAY YOU FOOLS! The great Baroness Vonlipi must get closer, must confirm.....

Heck I felt like Indiana Jones on the cusp of a great discovery!

I have looking for this glorious casserole for quite a while now....
The 4 quart Charcoal Snowflake in all its glory!
I have been looking for this one for a good 8 years....
Yes I did see some on Ebay but either shipping was too expensive or
they didn't ship to Canada!

this was what I saw on Friday morning when i went to
go to work.....Yikes and freezing cold too!

For supper I am fixing turkey sacllopinis, broccoli and marinated mushrooms.
(all low animal fat......all good)

Stay warm and stay safe!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Good News

So I went to visit the Dan meister this afternoon and it seems he's doing super good and will come back home tomorrow...rats the vacation is over!

I miss his presence, the sense of humour and not being alone in this really big apartment.
However I can't wait to see that boot going and the wheelchair too!

 The mess behind the wheel chair is made of the empty Xmas boxes that I didn't have the strength
to put away before Xmas.

 Yesterday on my way home, I saw this...
you all know of my love of vintage so my heart went
pitter patter when I saw this suitcase. Unfortunately
it had a lot of interior I left it there!

I have loved Asian cooking as long as I remember. My parents would 
take me to Chinatown quite often.
we would have Chinese vermicelli, chicken Soo Guy,
Sui Mai, butterfly shrimp with and oyster and wrapped in bacon.....
those were amazing!
I remember the formica booth where you could remove a partition and you could share double booths...I also remember the old grandma behind the cash who made sesame candy....

I have never had the same since.....

i cook a lot of Asian food at home and when time allows...I watch food and travel  videos on Youtube.

and I have been slowly but surely obsessed with Japan, most notably Tokyo.

so the other day I ordered a Umai box full of Japan ramen.

I had one yesterday and it was delicious! of course I had to pimp it...
I added chinese cabbage, green onion, enoki mushrooms, leftover blade roast and sliced daikon.

so delicious!

I guess I am all tapped out. So have a great evening my friends
and sleep tight!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Already failed!

You remember when I wrote that I would post every day?

Well I was all set up to do so when I had to call 911 because Dan was having chest pains....we still thought that it was because he hurt his shoulder when falling from the wheelchair....

well no it was a heart attack! With an artery blocked at 100%.....

Byebye butter, cream and salt....

we will survive and thrive that's what we do. The apartment feels empty and the cats have odd behaviors....

This is the view from the room. It is really gorgeous at night.
In the background you can see Jacques-Cartier bridge.
A Montreal must see sight.

This is the brand new French hospital, funny enough we have a brand new
English hospital and a French one...not really but all the people from the west of the island , the majority being Anglos go to the English hospital and the people in the east, the majority being French go to the French hospital.

in the Cardiac emergency all the room are singles and super duper modern.
there is an interior parking!
and everyone is super nice and helpful!

Tomorrow is the cardiac echography.

Can I tell you a secret?

I am sooooo tired.

I am going to feed the cats.

have a great evening,

hugs to all and tell your loved ones that you love them and appreciate them
because in the end life is fleeting.