Good Morning everybody! It's a glorious morning here in the Ottawa Valley! Cool...but clear and supposed to get very nice by this afternoon and sunny all day. I have a lot of things I'd love to accomplish today. So did I get you with the Maltose? What the heck is Maltose right? Benjamin printed off three very cool recipes before we left to the Asian Grocery store yesterday so we could pick up the ingredients and one of those ingredients happened to be Maltose. Which I personally never heard of but if one if you have, you win the daily prize! :)We had a fun time shopping but at the end of it we were still missing four things: -Maltose -Rose Wine (I'd heard of Rose Water before but never Rose Wine) -Kombu -Seitan (which I had heard of, it's a vegetarian meat substitute, but we couldn't find it, and in the end never did) So we went and asked a young man who was working down one of the aisles and he couldn't speak English so he brought us over to a second young man, who called in a third, who actually had a cellphone on him and who proceeded to google "Kombu" (which I had planned on doing before we left but forgot). And then they finally called over a fourth person. It was hilarious. We had our own huddle of people hunched over our grocery list. What a hoot! In the end we got it them : Kombu is dried seaweed...I think I knew that once upon a time, Maltose is a sugar used in brewing beer and it is also a secret ingredient in Char Siu pork (BBQ Pork) that gives it that sticky sweet taste and texture. And Chinese rose wine is a cooking wine made from sorghum wine (gao liang jiu) and distilled rose petals, sugar and salt. It is clear and has an alcohol content of 54%. ROFL! (Easy on the Rose wine there Benjamin!) I am hoping we get to make the Char Siu Bao today which is the vegetarian version of Baked Pork Buns. The other two recipes we want to try are for Jiaozi Dumplings and Chinese cabbage rolls. The other thing on my 'things to accomplish' list today is to stain the one side of Jim's shed that hasn't got stained yet, and....if I'm feeling extra energetic.....the hot tub deck. It's not large, so it shouldn't take long. Not sure what to make for myself for dinner. I really do hate cooking for myself. I do however, have a hankering for Porkchops with Sauerkraut and Pearl Barley. Wishing everyone a really great day! Waving Lori off on her vacation! Bye Lori! "Shana Tova" Dahlia and Laurie! :)
That has to be the all time great grocery shopping adventure. A scavenger hunt with a cast of Chinese characters. Thanks for the lesson as I had never heard of any of those ingredients. The Chinese Rose Wine reminded me of one of my favorite movies. Red Sorghum (1987) Hong gao liang (original title) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093206/ It is beautiful I doubt that it will ever air on networks. This was one of the first Chinese movies I ever watched. I became fascinated by the diversity in China and how very very very foreign it is to our North American ways. The movies give me a little window on that world I am unlikely to every experience.
Oh, I knew all three, maltose kombu and seitan. So maltose is the secret ingredient, very very cool. I like kombu. I adore the seaweed salad with squid from Rollbotto. It would be dangerous for me to go with you Janet, I'd buy the whole store! Seitan is hard to describe. But if you don't like tofu, you will hate seitan.
Off to work in a minute, it rained too hard to grill steaks last night. We scrounged on green beans, tomatoes and salads. Fred had a huge turkey sandwich. I cut up a pineapple for lunches and did the cukes/tomatoes/splenda and dill salad.
Happy Trails to Lori!! Talk to ya'll tonight. Hugs and have the best day you can.
Morning Guys! It was a fun shopping trip Laura! :) That's very cool about the Movie "Red Sorghum". I googled it. We sometimes go to a very cool independent video store that has an amazing selection of rentals so maybe,maybe we could find that movie there and watch it sometime. That'd be cool. What are you up to today? Did you get Dad's car all fixed up? And you Tina...win the daily prize for knowing what maltose was. :) LOL! And you know, now that you mentioned it, I think it was you that told me about Kombu in the first place. I knew I'd heard about it before I just couldn't remember where. It would be dangerous for you to go to that store but I'd love to go with you if you did! :) Joce, I did look for Hot pots at T&T but to be honest they didn't have the greatest selection of cook pots. Not even a wok I don't think. They have some frying pans and some saucepans, lots of bowls and plates and dishes and lots of wicker steaming baskets and electric rice makers, but no hot pots.
This is the kick off of "Take Dad to Doctors" week. This morning we went to the dermatologist. As always seems to be true, that appointment resulted in another. Tomorrow will be go back to dermatologist, followed on Wednesday by Stick a Needle in your Eye doctor. Working on finishing up the insurance renewal today. I was able to get both homeowners and auto insurance through AAA. The combined premium is less than what I would have spent on home owners insurance alone. Its like free auto insurance. I really can't believe how much we are saving. Feels good to have a win for a change.
Janet, What a wild shopping day you had! I have heard of maltose and no doubt you have had a chocolate malt, milkshake or chocolate malt candy before. I have had rose wine also, but just know a little about Sorghum but not sure about it at all! Never heard of Kombu or Seitan before either! LOL You learn something new in here every day! Thanks for checking out T&T for pans and utensils. I am still intrigued with the wok store you were in in San Fran. Most likely I will order the stuff I need from there as it would be a one stop shop and much easier for me. They have many things I have been looking for including a little stainless steal wok set which would be perfect for me as Den does not like Chinese food at all! Gee you have a busy day ahead of you! Would Jim have to go to work today after all his traveling?
Laura, Another busy week for you also! It does pay to shop around for insurance doesn't it! I shall look for that movie as it looks very interesting to me. What are you cooking for dinner?
Tina, That salad sounds lovely as well as the pineapples. I am gathering you will have your steaks for dinner then?
Lori, Enjoy your vacation and pop in when you can.
Dahlia and Laurie, Wishing you both a Happy Rosh Hashanah, "shana tovah u'metukah” :)
I am going to pick up milk and things we need today as tomorrow it is supposed to pour cats and dogs! Roasting a chicken with carrots and acorn squash on the side with roasted potatoes. Going to fix some lunch and then heading out into the wild blue yonder.
Ugh on Dr.'s week Laura. Ugh. Even having to go to such doctors when it's not me getting the needle in the eye creeps me out. And I totally agree. Jim and I have always said that once you let a Dr. check you out they keep finding stuff. LOL. Not that that's always a bad thing of course but indeed it makes one think it's a never ending journey. Big HURRAY on the insurance package. That is awesome! Morning Joce...oops, it's not morning anymore! You are right. I have had a chocolate malt before and I LOVE malted milk balls. You have to share the Daily prize with Tina now. :) I too am really impressed with the Wok Shop in San Fran."I'll be back."(She says in her Arnie voice!) I just got an e-mail from Jim saying he landed two hours ago. He went for some tapas and wine (for breakfast/lunch?sustenance?) and is going to work from his Hotel room for a few hours as it is normal work hours for his Ottawa team. Then he and the guy he flew down with are going into the Old City of Gamla Stan for dinner and then to bed by 5 p.m. our time, 11 p.m. Stockholm time. I'M VERY JEALOUS! despite how tired he may be. :) He'll hit the ground running working with the Swedish guys tomorrow morning. I heard about that rain forecast for tomorrow alright and I have plans to spend the day walking around downtown with friends! :( Your dinner sounds lovely. I saw some beautiful acorn squash at the Farmer's Market this weekend. I'm done staining the shed....on to do the hot tub deck now.
Howdy do folks! What an adventure! - sounds like fun ;-) Hubby & I went to the Skechers outlet over the weekend and I was able to get some Shape Ups for a great price. Since I just bought Reebok's in early August I didn't think they would refund my money but they did - YAY! This heel pain is no joke. I sure hope these shoes help because I HATE not being able to get my walk on. I hope everyone is doing well. I don't mean to stop by & complain about my heel ... there are so many things to be thankful for. Bloom where you're planted! XOXO Jett
Hey Jett! Always nice to see you! Hope the Shape Ups work for you. Indeed heel pain is no joke. Ugh. Love "Bloom where you're planted". That is such an excellent expression. Have a good one. Deck is done. The rest of the day is mine to putter. Whoo Hoo.
Sometimes I think I'm certifiable! :) Note to self: Do not start making Vegetarian Char Siu Buns at 5:30 at night after a busy day especially when the recipe is extremely poorly written and you are not at all familiar with the ingredient list. Sigh. I think I've got it going now. The inside sauce mixture has to marinate for 24-72 hrs. so I wanted to do it earlier on in the week rather than later. I think I deserve a glass of Chardonnay! :)
Hi all Crazy busy day today and lots of issues with traffic following an accident at the major intersection right outside my office so life was complicated. I made a version of crockpot enchiladas with a few modifications and it turned out pretty well and still ok for diabetic needs. Laura is home sick with a cold today which added to the confusion. Dylan just reported that his stomach hurts but then admitted it was because he ate too much of the enchiladas - he says this as he is still eating! Apparently I can make this again, many times, to quote him. Always nice to be appreciated. Hope everyone has a good evening.