Good morning! The dogs let us sleep late this morning so we got to do the walk in bright (but cold) sunlight instead of the usual dark of the morning. I agree Tina that it is amazing how people can be so uninformed about money and blame the companies for something that is also at least partially their own doing. So sad about your friend's eyes, I wonder why both if the cancer is only in one but I guess there must be very good reasons because it sounds like a radical treatment and that is usually not entered into lightly. The Valdy concert last night was wonderful. The venue is an old converted church and there is a bar/lounge in the basement. At the intermission everyone, including Valdy, gathered down there and had time to socialize and then after the concert he jumped off the stage and ran up the aisle and stood at the front door visiting with everyone as they left. How cool is that? The beef wellington was really tasty and turned out well but next time I would cook the beef longer in the first stage because it was a bit too rare for my liking. I will definitely make that again. It is Gordon Ramsey's recipe http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2538/beef-wellington if you want to see it. Today I am making Simple Beef Curry with Grilled Naan Bread so better get started since the meal needs to be ready for 2:00 p.m. for Sean to eat before he goes to work at 4. Have a great day. Michelle
Good Morning Everybody! Morning Michelle! So pleased to hear you enjoyed the Valdy concert. Did he sing "Play me a Rock n' Roll Song"? That's my fave. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtNSljYgDe8 What an excellent venue. I'm very envious! Lucky you! Did you get a picture? That Beef Wellington recipe and picture looks soooooo scrumptious. I like rare! :) Beef curry and naan also sounds awesome. Hope you're taking a little bit of time out of today for you! :) Glad you got a bit of shopping done Lori. How's the head this morning? How was your lunch with Donna? Goodness Tina, I sure like the idea of the La Feria sauce as a dip for fries. I'm going to tell you my story about making the sauce up the other evening. Jim was just about to arrive home and I was running around the kitchen trying to get everything all prepped before he walked in the door. Threw the mayo and the olives in the food processor as per the recipe's instructions and I had some extra juice left from the olive container so I threw that down the sink, threw the container in the garbage, refer to the recipe again and it basically says that If you're using it as a dressing as opposed to a sauce (which I was) to add a little bit of the extra olive juice to the mixture. Yes....the olive juice I had just seconds ago threw down the sink!!!!!! :) Sigh. So....I figure I'll be all clever this morning when I went grocery shopping and I would add extra juice to my olive package so when I got home I could thin the sauce. Get to the olive section and realize they only have slotted spoons to put the olives into the packages. It takes quite a while to spoon juice with a slotted spoon, so I look around me and see if anyone's watching and then I 'borrow' the solid spoon from the red pepper tapenade and use that to spoon the juice and then realize that the red from the tapenade is now spreading all over the top of the olive compartment. ROFL. So I try my very best to scoop it and all redness up, I replace the proper spoons to the proper sections, and I now have a pkg. in my fridge containing half olives, half juice. Note to self: READ THE ENTIRE RECIPE THROUGH BEFORE THROWING THINGS AWAY!!!! Answering credit card complaint calls is one tough job. Putting "one suit of thick armour" on your Christmas list for you. :) Sending super thoughts to your friend Bruce. He is fighting the fight. That's all one can do. Had fun at the party last night. All you can drink wine and a delicious dinner. :) I had some lovely shrimp in a fennel sauce for appetizers then a Roasted Red Pepper Butternut squash soup. Lovely flavour. A Bone-In Rib eye with herbed mashed potatoes and then some cauliflower and broccoli that I gently nudged to the side of my plate not to endanger the yummy things. :) Dessert Creme Caramel. And I even won a bottle of wine as a door prize! Didn't get home 'til 11 and headed straight to bed. Up at 6, fed Jim out the door by 7 and dropped him at the airport, headed to McDonald's for my breakfast! :) Lots of little boys and their Dad's in there that time of day coming back from Hockey practice! Then to Walmart where I got this outrageous neon green hairy cuddly blanket for my niece to go with that fingernail polish book and a zebra striped little makeup case to put the nail polish in. I think she'll be tickled. Then to Sobey's. Big grocery shop. Home. Groceries put away, chicken broth put into jars and carried down to the freezer to make room for the new groceries. And voila. Here I am. Need to do a bit of housecleaning this afternoon and I'm making Benjamin Poor Hunters Purses for dinner. Sobey's had Lobster on sale for $6.99/lb. and they steamed it for me while I did my shopping so guess what I'm having for dinner! :)
Michelle, Your beef curry with naan bread sounds to die for as well as the beef wellington. Any time I have made beef wellington it seems very hard to gauge how well the meat is done. I guess that sort of thing comes with practice? I am pleased you enjoyed Valdy last night. He really is talented and a very nice person. I met him a few times as a teenager as he grew up in Ottawa too. His parents were not very pleased with him wanting to go into the music business at first but thank goodness for him he has done extremely well with his chosen profession. Have a great day and enjoy that sunshine.
Tina, Good luck today at work and hoping it is an easy shift for you today.
Janet, You must be at the airport with Jim. Sending him excellent travel vibes and I hope you enjoyed your party last night.
I am making a hearty beef stew for dinner tonight and doing laundry. Just in case I am not on for a couple of days. I have to be in the hospital on Tuesday morning bright and early for a test. Tomorrow well lets put it this way I will have to be close to the little girl's room all day. Doing laundry and maybe I will attack trying to put another dent in the Christmas cards again.
Hi Joce! Too cool you met Valdy! I didn't know he grew up in Ottawa. Yum on your stew. I see freezing rain is in the forecast for this aft and tomorrow morning! :( Shall be thinking of you on Tuesday. Hope all goes well. Think I'll join you in doing more Christmas cards in a bit too. :)
Your dinner last night sounds delicious Janet! Yum on lobster too! I hope we don't get freezing rain but you never know. If we do and it is that bad Den will work from home.
Laura, I am so glad you were feeling on top of the world yesterday and your leaf blower mediation skills are to be applauded.
Lori, Are you on the road shopping again today?
Marie, I usually send about forty Christmas cards and LOL I have cut way back! Yum I love ribs. Here is a chicken Wellington recipe I found it looks really good. http://www.puffpastry.com/recipe/23989/chicken-wellington
Happy Hanukkah to Dahlia and Laurie. I hope you both have a lovely time with your families.
Hey there all. Michelle I am so glad your concert was one to tuck away in your happy memory box. Its fun when you get to interact with the entertainer a bit. My favorite concert out of the happy memory box was Al Jarreau. We were front row center and during his encore he sat down with his legs swinging off the stage. Pretty sure I had Al Jarreau sweat on me that night. There was dancing in the Isles.
I'm with Janet on the rare beef. I wonder if it worked exactly as Chef Ramsey intended and forgot to mention. I know an awful lot of folkes that will send rare meat of any kind back to the kitchen. I got into it once at a Roy's Restaraunt. The have labeled Roy's quisine to be Hawaiian Fusion. I have no idea what that means but I ordered a duck dish. It came as duck sushi... apparently folks will eat fowl rare but I find that to be foul fare.
Oh my goodness I did a lot of work today. Time to call it quits and pat myself on the back. Cleaned the entire house, swept and washed the floors and changed over the Dining room table with a snowman/tree bough theme for tomorrow's lunch. Brought up a few more decorations. I'm officially prepared for Christmas. :) Pretty much. LOL. I put that Chicken Wellington recipe on my Pinterest board Joce. Thanks so much. Again, good luck tomorrow and the next. Hey Laura! Very cool on the Al Jarreau sweat. Love it! :) ROFL. What a lovely Sunday dinner you are about to serve up. Kudos. I want to make that Spring Potato Casserole every time you mention it and I never seem to get around to it. I also hear you on the gaining too much weight recently thing. My Dr. wanted me to lose 5 lbs. by Jan.7th. What made me agree to that when its right over Christmas? LOL. Happy Hanukkah to Dahlia and Laurie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLqG3BqMC8E
Okay, it is 1:01 on Monday. Nailbiter of a ride home...fog so thick you couldn't see five feet in front of the car. Even though I've driven the same road 40+ years and no every curve and merge, it was a nightmare drive. Liv stayed on the beach, she said she had a bicyclist appear out of nowhere in the fog and it scared her so bad, she decided to go to scottys'.
Work was much better...not so many rude people. Yes, a suit of armour would be appropriate. I had a widower call and he had me in tears., It was so sad. He was sobbing. There are some chores that should be left to others when the emotion is so raw. He did say I was kind and helpful when we said good bye and I hope i brightened his grief for a moment. I had four callers call to report their cards lost in the "snow" We shut them down and they have to wait 7 days for new cards. Hmmm, take your cards out of your pockets before playing in the snow,. I could have told then to wait til Spring and look for their cards, but I don't think that is what I am paid to do.
I love Wellington in any form. Beef, Chicken or Salmon. I used to make a Salmon wellington for Christmas morning brunch. With a leek, artichoke and dill layer on top of the salmon and the wonderful pastry....topped with a hollandaise. So good.
I love the description of the concerts. How nice to have that memory as Laura says to tuck into the memory bank. Michelle, that is some masterful planning on your part to keep food throughout the lean pay periods. Kudos to you.
Janet, how funny on the olive story. I can't tell you how many unhappy moments I've had in the kitchen by not fully reading a recipe,,,usually with a bowl full of expensive cream or something. What a busy day. Goodness you wear me out. Love the lobster....yum.
Joce sending you good wishes and health. Take care dear one.
Laura...LOL on foul fowl. You are too clever. How was Roy's? I've had it on my wish list forever.
I am slurping a bowl of tomato soup and nibbling on a cracker. I've burst a blood vessel in my eye and had a bloody nose at work. I'm not happy over this turn of events, but I cleaned up and here we are.
Happy Hanukkah! To Laurie and Dahlia!! May the festival be bright and full of wonder.
Thank you for the good thoughts for Bruce. He wrote to say, he was helping Lynda with her baking for the Holiday Bazaar in Frankllin. They were making up suet, seed and nuts for the bird feeders...had them shaped in plastic eggs. Their dog got one and ate it. Needless to say, Bruce was lamenting the mess he feared to find in the a.m. His sense of humor may be warped at times and the conversation macabre, but he is a dear man and I can only hope he continues to find the bright side of the coin.
Hugs all. Going to replay the DVR of the Next Iron Chef to get me sleepy.