Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”


Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara” was definitely a winner from Cooking Light.

It wasn’t really a carbonara since it really only used one egg to make the sauce so I guess that’s why the carbonara is in quotation marks.  Regardless, it was very tasty!

You saute the asparagus, garlic and tomatoes in a skillet.DSC_0207

In a separate bowl you mix together pecorino romano cheese, a large egg, and salt & pepper.  When the pasta is done cooking you mix it all together and POOF! you have a delicious meal that doesn’t taste diet but it’s only 335 calories per serving (9 Weight Watchers Points Plus).


Bad bad blogger

I’ve been a bad blogger.  I’ve made some pretty fine suppers but I’ve not been taking pictures.

For instance, I made Yakisoba for supper tonight and it was delicious.  I used a recipe that I found on the Just One Cookbook blog (you can find it here).  If you love Japanese food but aren’t sure where to start, Nami Chen, who grew up in Japan, has shared many of her family’s recipes.  I wish I’d taken a picture of our meal.  It looked wonderful and tasted even better.

Lots of little bits of news to share, though:

  • I have an update on my foot.  I’m still in the boot/air cast until May 11th and there are several small fractures, but no Lysfranc fracture so no need for surgery.
  • This past week, Jody and I had dinner with my “brother”, Bubba, when he came into town for a short work visit.  Years ago I met him online and he was pretty shy about sharing his real name, so I just started calling him Bubba.  We met on a (a game site) and before long were we convincing people we were brother and sister.  Somewhere along the line we convinced each other and now over a decade later, I still call him my brother and he calls me Sis.   I still call him Bubba even though I know his real name now.  It’s payback for initially thinking I was an axe murderer.
  • Jody and I will be starting a summer bowling league in June.  It’s been about 20 years since we’ve bowled regularly and, easily, more than a decade since the last time I actually bowled at all.  I’m really looking forward to that.
  • Got the garden planted.  We’ll be trying to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, potatoes, carrots, green onions and herbs.  DSC_0188
  • I’ve been sewing a bit and I’m looking forward to summer actually arriving and STAYING.

And that’s about all the news that’s fit to print.

Mongolian Meat and Caraway Packets

Mongolian Meat and Caraway Packets from Andrea Nguyen’s book Asian Dumplings:  Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas and More

This was a really good meal.  It was a bit labor intensive since I made everything from scratch but it was well worth it.

First up was making the dumpling dough.  DSC_0108It was an easy to whip up dough of just flour and water.


Then I used my tortilla press to make 4 inch rounds out of the dough.  Some were more attractive than others.  And some you wouldn’t have wanted to take home to meet your mother.

DSC_0111They say that as you get more practice your dumplings will look better.  I can only hope. They were far from attractive this time around.


But who can resist falling in love with something that is deep fried? It was the first time I’ve ever deep fried in my wok.  The high sides kept things from splattering all over the place.

DSC_0115I’m a lousy food blogger, though.  I completely forgot to take any pictures of the finished dumplings as they were plated.  Luckily, I had this one last one left over.  Imagine if you will, twelve of these golden brown dumplings waiting patiently to be divided into servings.

I served the dumplings with a side of rice and a spicy tomato dipping sauce.

The meal got a thumbs up from both me and the husband.

A Bit of a Setback

Last Saturday night, I proved how much of a clutz I can be.  I was almost down a flight of stairs and I fell down the last three steps.  Ended up bruising my foot pretty badly and it swelled up about the size of a cantaloupe.  The following day, Sunday, Jody insisted I go to the doctor.  He wasn’t buying my “I’m sure it’s just a sprain” spiel.

The doc took xrays, declared it was broken, gave me good drugs, put it in a splint, and referred me to New England Orthopedic Surgeons.  They are specialists in this sort of thing so he referred me there for further care, not necessarily surgery.

I left NEOS with pretty new footwear.


It makes me mobile so that’s good.  I can move around with one crutch instead of having to work really hard just to go from Point A to Point B.  I also have a Cat Scan on Monday to rule out a Lysfranc fracture.  The Lysfranc fracture isn’t likely at all and it would be the only case which would require surgery.

Of course, since last Saturday, I’ve been unable to do any real exercises and for a couple of days I wasn’t even able to hobble around enough to cook so we ate out a lot more than we should have.  I don’t even want to get back on the scale to see what damage I’ve done.

Today, though, I purchased a hula hoop.  It’s not one of the fancy weighted ones because the store was out of them but it’s a “normal” hula hoop.  It was only about $7 so I will be able to figure out if it’s something I can do (my lack of coordination is astounding as may be evident by the above picture of my footwear).  If I am able to do it, I will consider purchasing a weighted hula hoop for fitness.  We had cause for celebration when I was able to twirl it 3 times before it crashed to the ground.

Chag Sameach!