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Something is fishy here.

All the health literature says we should eat more fish. It’s healthy and it’s tasty. This is why I found myself at the fish counter at WalMart trying to decide what to buy. All those dead bodies strewed on ice unnerved me. I couldn’t remember what I had read about fish eyes, except that they have something to do with freshness. I didn’t want to touch the fish. Realizing that buying a fresh fish was just too big a step for me, I wandered over to the freezer section. I was quickly overwhelmed again. I know that I don’t like salmon, so I didn’t want that, because I wanted to eat it, not just cook it for someone else. So grabbing my cell phone, I called my friend, Mrs. WB. I read her the names of the fishes. We conferred with one of her friends who was there with Mrs. WB. The decision was made to buy Mero, grouper in ...

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Soups on!

When the temperature drops, I think of making bread and a big pot of soup. I realized that soup would be a good thing to help keep me hydrated. As you probably have gathered, I have a tendency to get either dehydrated or overheated, if I don’t pay close attention.I don’t drink much soda and I have slowed down my lemonade and iced tea consumption because of the sugar. I don’t like the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners, and I think those have their own problems too. Now that stevia is here, we’ve started using that in our coffee instead of sugar. It doesn’t really taste like sugar, but the stuff we’ve bought here doesn’t have the aftertaste the drops we used to buy NOB had.It dawned on me that having soup with our meals would accomplish two things, hydration and it’s good for weight control. Soup is nutrient dense, which means that it has a lot of nutritional value for ...

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I am exhausted

Out of pure hubris, I decided to have an Indian dinner yesterday. While I was gone several of my friends had Husband over for dinner and besides I just wanted to show off. I started on Monday, making 3 kinds of pickles, lime pickle with peppercorn syrup, pickled green mango and assorted (and very hot ) vegetables. In my head, I had this vision of receiving our guests while elegantly dressed in my new pink Indian tunic (bought at Thrifttown for $6 usd!) resplendent with gold embroidery graciously serving a magical spread of food. Instead, I had on capris (it could have been worse, right now I have on a pair of green and orange shorts with a tank top). Rather than a bounty of food emerging in what should have seemed an effortless manner there were pots everywhere, and the naan was sticky and refusing to roll out. Husband was the gracious host, serving pickle and making sure everyone ...

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Getting sucked into the whirlpool…

Getting sucked into the whirlpool…that is the internet. Husband commented the other day that there really isn’t as much of interest to him online anymore. We don’t facebook or twitter or whatever is the newest electronic rage. Even though that is true it’s still easy to get sucked in.When you are retired it’s easy to let time pass by unmarked. I don’t like that idea at all.Then again, I have always needed a project. Completing those projects is another thing entirely. My tea party project has been put on hold, DD (darling daughter) says that there is no room for more stuff for the faux granddaughters. They have the fairy skirts and crowns that I made (but couldn’t photograph due to camera issues) and she says that is enough for now. I am thinking maybe I will make them a basic costume dress with accessories, but I don’t know if they would know how to use them. I am totally ...

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2nd hand Stir-fry cookbook!!

While I was NOB I didn’t do much shopping. I did however get to go to Thrifttown with my sister and her granddaughter. While I was there I picked Sunset Magazine’s 1989 edition of their Stir-Fry Cookbook for ninety nine cents American!Somewhere in Mérida, I managed to find Chinese 5 spice powder. I don’t really know why I bought it, it isn’t like I can’t make my own. Maybe it’s the same thrill that a hunter wildlife photographer gets when he sees a rare tiger in his sights viewfinder. I am sure that I justified it somehow. Unfortunately, about the only thing that I know how to make with 5-spice is char sui or Chinese Barbecued Pork. The cookbook that I bought had a recipe for a pork stir-fry with 5 spice, here is my version. I never would have thought to put potatoes in a Chinese dish, but then again Indian cooking uses lots of potatoes, so why not? ...

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The reinvention of me.

This eating healthy thing has me cooking again. I bought this enormous head of cauliflower at the supermarket, Husband was doubtful, cauliflower is not on his top ten. Personally, I love cauliflower raw with ranch, I also like it with other raw vegetables without dip. Today, I used half of the cauliflower to make Cauliflower steamed with whole spices. This recipe is similar, mine tastes better, nah,nah,nah.It was really pretty and yummy. Here is the link to mine. I think I finally had a day where I ate enough vegetables and fruit on the same day! I didn’t have enough of the other stuff though.This reinvention of myself has led me to look hard at my clothes and wardrobe. Soon much of it isn’t going to fit! Hurray! After one week of the new plan, I weigh 140.On that vein, I like to wander the web and look at sewing stuff. A big trend is refashioning. You take something you ...

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Home cooking

Mr Dog thinks he died and woke up in Paradise. Finally, after nine years of trying to get across to us that he is not a dog, and therefore should not have to eat dog food, I have started to make his food from scratch. My mom used to cook lamb and rice for my sister’s collie. My parents had a freezer full of mutton and lamb, since they had sheep. The collie had food allergies and in those days there weren’t any special diet dog foods. The irony of feeding lamb to a sheep herding dog is not lost on me. Many of my friends started making their own dog food when all the contaminated gluten dog food hit the market. Mr Dog is allergic to wheat so I wasn’t really worried about the gluten. When we first moved here the only wheat free dog food available was Royal Canin, eventually Lamb & Rice became available at Costco for ...

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I knew it couldn’t be all that eating!

See? it isn’t my fault! It’s the internet! yup!!! Overweight? It Could Be the Internet’s Fault!Then of course there are the articles that say if your friends are overweight you will be too. I gotta find me some slim friends, oh, darn, I already have slim friends.Husband and I are losing weight, but we’re not on a diet, we have changed our diet.“Huh? Isn’t that just a matter of semantics?” you ask.“No, it isn’t the same thing at all”, I answer.I took a long and hard look at my life recently. I hate being overweight, I hate feeling sluggish. So far I have lost 5 pounds, and they are staying off. I have a few more to go, but that is fine, they are coming off.I am one of those people who need to eat every few hours or I have problems. If I wait too long I find myself gorging on stuff that I don’t even like because I ...

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hanging around

It’s been a good week, including some interesting mistakes. I showed up a week early to having coffee with a reader of my blog. The Tuesday at 11 part stuck with me, but it’s next Tuesday. I hung around for half an hour and then consoled myself with shopping at Miguel’s Fantasia, Micheal’s Arts and Crafts Mexican cousin. I bought a bag of 1000 assorted plastic flower beads and leaves, they look like Lucite for around $60.00 mxp and I am going to decorate a chandelier with chains of them.There was this amazingly garish blown glass hanging chandelier at Galeria Triunfo that I like (it’s a cross between this one and this one. ) I really liked it but not enough to spend over $3000 pesos on it. Crafty Chica made this chandelier for her Heard Museum Exhibit, it’s also very cool but not exactly what I want. I did a search online and found several interesting ideas . At ...

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I made jelly!

Not being able to sleep I started making jelly last night around 10 pm and I finished this morning at 7am. I did go to bed around 11pm, so I really can’t say that I stayed up all night making jelly. I did my internet research, I also looked at every cookbook that I own and finally settled on a recipe for Jalapeño Jelly to adapt. This recipe for Pineapple Habanero Jelly looked really good too but it called for pectin which I haven’t found or made yet. I did a cross between the two. My recipe can be found here. I didn’t have any fresh cranberries so even though I was making a half recipe I used almost as much water as the original recipe called for, I also used an entire bell not a half,so my recipe still yielded almost 4 cups of jelly. I wasn’t sure if my granny smith apples were tart enough so I still ...

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