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  • FaettaFaetta Member Posts: 854 Member Member Posts: 854 Member
    Pot Pies I am not of fan of the store-bought ones because of the very high fat content and very little of it is good fat. It must be age because most gravy and sauces are just a gag for me. In so many of the homemade ones, there are so many ingredients that any pleasant flavor is lost for me. One of my friends is a good example of one that uses all leftovers from the last two weeks to make a pot pie. When it tastes blah, she adds spices and salt. Then the consistency isn't right, so with broth and who knows what else, she makes a spicy gravy for it, and then the entire mess is topped with mashed potatoes. I quit wearing my dentures when visiting so I could have an excuse, then she offers to blend it for me into a yummy shake. I make excuses why I can't stay and her hubby insists I stay while he hides behind his laptop screen, silently laughing at my predicament, while the blender whirls. I used to feel for the poor *kitten*, but now he deserves any culinary punishment he gets dished.

    Naming pot pies The same conglomerated and baked delight can have different names depending on the country, culture, and tradition. Shepard's pie in the UK will differ from the Shepards pie of South France. Shepard's pie traditionally was made with sheep meat. I don't use the term lamb because most of it wasn't lamb. It was old sheep known as mutton that was carefully skinned and fat removed so not the traditional mutton taste. It was used in pies because the old tough meat was tenderized by the longer cooking process. They sold their lamb because that brought top prices from those with money. If you taste a "mutton" flavor then that isn't lamb. I hate the mutton flavor but love the flavor and delicacy of lamb. Most sheep meat sold as lamb isn't! A sheep is considered a lamb up to 12 months of age. Who is examining every sheep slaughtered for age? No one and when I look at a "lamb" chop in the store and it is large, I avoid it. The best lamb chops are the smallest.

    Fae's Basque-style mountain woman Shepherds pie.

    First, you coat a large skillet with olive oil. Then you slice russet potatoes about 2 large ones thin like chips. Sautee these chips until soft. Set aside off heat and then season them lightly with salt and Pimenton Spanish hot paprika. Now cut a shoulder (or leg) of lamb and cut very thin slices and make them into squares or whatever shape they come out. Make them bigger than pepperoni, but smaller than Canadian bacon. Cut up about 1/2 cup worth. In a liberally olive oil seasoned large skillet sautee the lamb until it reaches a medium state. Remove the meat, set aside, but save the broth.

    Now beat 4 eggs with 1/2 cup (this can be less or more depending on consistency desired) of goat milk. Slice 2 large carrots and 1 onion sideways very thin (garlic can be added here) then sautee them in the skillet with broth until tender. Mix with the eggs/milk slurry. Now dump all this mix in the large skillet over the spuds. Cook gently until the consistency looks right. Now top with the lamb, seasoning lightly with salt, black pepper, and hot paprika.

    Now cover and simmer this pie for 5-10 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy.

    Fae that hates cooking, but loves to eat, and therein lies her dilemma

    edited October 17
  • TerriRichardson112TerriRichardson112 Member Posts: 10,740 Member Member Posts: 10,740 Member
    🍾🥂🎂 Happy Birthday 🎂🥂🍾
    To Johnny, I hope he enjoyed the rest of his birthday, too! 😜

    (Later) I see that he had a great time with the girls.

    This afternoon, I cleared out the rest of the summer planting from the greenhouse and mowed the lawn while Mike (DH) did some of the heavier work in the front garden. He’s just brought me a cup of coffee. We have a lovely crop of garlic which should keep us going for a while. Tomorrow I am hoping to plant out my winter greens (Pak Choi, and a couple of other things from my generous friend). Next week we will start on the winter planters.

    ☘️ Terri
  • spikeyhairspikeyhair Member Posts: 1,887 Member Member Posts: 1,887 Member
    HEATHER looks like Johnny had a lovely day. Did the cake come from the place where Repair Shop is filmed

    Kate UK ❤️
  • teklawa1teklawa1 Member Posts: 234 Member Member Posts: 234 Member
    Dr. Katie..... So sorry to hear of your fall. I was walking with Ella on the Dungeness River and rocks were slippery and I fell flat on my face. Bruised my knees and my left shoulder but unlike you.... I ripped my brand new pants on both knees, but didn't need stitches. Hope you heal quickly.

    Barbara... sorry it's taken me so long to answer your questions...sometimes life gets in the way of getting simple things completed. :-). This has been one of those weeks.

    I am not exactly sure why my eye pressure was down to 20 in each eye but I think mostly it is because of a treatment I had three years ago... My eye pressure was high in both eyes and I was feeling an ache behind the eye area. I had "Select Laser Trabeculoplasty" done in both eyes. It was covered by medicare.... Doctor explained it as a laser treatment that makes pinhole openings in the cornea allowing pressure to release over time. It took months to see any improvement but in the past two years, each six month appointment has shown lower pressure. I still have aches behind the eye area when I get tired or when it is very bright outside but I hardly notice because it is so much better than the discomfort I had for years. The nice thing about the "SLT" treatment is that since it was successful for me, it can be done again when (or if) my pressure goes up in the future.

    Gals, Big day Monday coming up... I'm going with my husband to a cardiologist in Seattle to get a second opinion on the treatment he is getting for his LV ejection fraction heart failure. The specialist will look over his meds and his tests and we'll discuss the issues with the medication that are causing balance and confusion problems. Makes it so much more difficult to do a trip into Seattle with Covid... and of course my DH wants to cancel the appointment because he is positive nothing new will be learned. :neutral:

    On a positive note... my sister is feeling well and hasn't had a seizure in over two months. We are optimistic that her next MRI will show the immunotherapy is still successfully working to reduce the cancerous tumors.

    Life is good,

    Betsy in NW Washington
  • Katla49Katla49 Member Posts: 7,535 Member Member Posts: 7,535 Member
    Heather - Love the breakfast setting. Beautiful! Happy Birthday to Johnny. :star:

    KJ - My plants are all outside except for five Christmas Cacti. I inherited them from my mom when she passed away in 1994. :heart: If you want your outdoor plants to survive, get a water timer to connect with your outdoor faucet & put your hoses on the system. Our timer is battery operated and will last the full season. It is still running but we’ll turn it off when frost arrives. We bought our water timer from ACE hardware some years back. :smiley:

    Allie - I hope you get some needed rest. Margaret has shared some good ideas. :star:

    DS wants to help be gain access to Microsoft. He is currently out running errands. I don’t do accounting work and really don’t have much of a need. He is currently running around on family errands nd will get bak to me eventually. :heart:

    Katla in beautiful NW Oregon
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  • FaettaFaetta Member Posts: 854 Member Member Posts: 854 Member
    I am feeling unappreciated
    It is so wrong that millions of us women of advanced years have yet to receive an Honorary Medical degree for curing our old man's ED.

    Fae working on a new fresh standup sitdown comedy routine for seniors
  • FaettaFaetta Member Posts: 854 Member Member Posts: 854 Member
    Betsy In a couple of weeks I will go off my drops for 3 days to evaluate my SLT treatment. I am glad it has lowered your pressures over time. I also notice my eyes are slightly affected by bright light. Luckily I have prescription sunglasses and can even wear them indoors to read. Nice for doctor's office waits, grocery shopping, etc.
    edited October 17
  • teklawa1teklawa1 Member Posts: 234 Member Member Posts: 234 Member
    Faetta..... Wishing you well with your SLT. Doctor is amazed at my pressure. Hope it works for you.

    Betsy in NW WA
  • Snowflake1968Snowflake1968 Member Posts: 4,886 Member Member Posts: 4,886 Member
    Barbara - so happy to read that Joe is feeling better. A cattle prod probably would be a better alternative for me.

    Evelyn - I agree with you, I have only heard of Shepherds Pie with ground beef as well.

    Heather - 😂 I bet he did. Happy Birthday to Johnny!

    Paint Nights - I have instructed at a few but never attended. It started because my eldest and her best friend wanted a night out away from husbands and children. They couldn’t justify paying the 40.00 at the local bars that offer them and adding food and drink onto it. I offered to host it at my house if they bought the supplies. We had those two and my youngest daughter and her best friend and a couple other young ladies. They set up a tent in the back yard, brought the makings for a spaghetti dinner and of course their own booze. It cost them about 5.00 each for the pain supplies and I worked them through the painting. I have instructed about 10 more since then.
    My youngest and her friends have done some zoom paint nights since Covid hit us. They just follow an online YouTube video. I would join them but my daughter has all of my paints at her house.

    Fae - I’m curious how super glue would work?

    Kelly - sorry the spaceship didn’t last as long, that is an interesting observation about the children age and play style.

    Karen - yay for the mortgage payoff!!!!! Congratulations

    I slept in the morning for the first time in months and months. It was quite enjoyable.
    I ordered two hanging lights last night for the living room, I have not been happy with the lighting in here in 4 years, it is time I did something. Thanks to the power of Amazon they will arrive today, I need to go buy some light bulbs for it though.
    If I like them I may buy 2 more for over the kitchen counter. The lighting in this place is not placed where it is most needed.

    Hubby is feeling some better today, but he hasn’t eaten since yesterday afternoon. He thinks this is the answer. 🙄
    I told him that if he would go to the doctor he could be diagnosed and treated and feel better. He thinks it’s going to be bad news and is afraid I think. He, of course, won’t admit that. He will be seeing his doctor in the next few days because his BP meds will be running out and he will need a refill.
    I suspect he is suffering from IBS or something similar, but I’m not a doctor either.

    Tracey in Edmonton
  • cityjaneLondoncityjaneLondon Member Posts: 8,166 Member Member Posts: 8,166 Member
    Kate UK - Yes, it is the same place. We have been there and enjoyed it. Before the Repair Shop though.

    Karen - Hooray for mortgage payoff! :p I still remember my grandfather opening the front door, with a big grin on his face, telling us he had paid off the mortgage that day. I must have been about 6. He would have been 63.

    I cooked the best fillet steak EVER! Officially named such by DH. I learned the technique from Heston Blumenthal.
    Red wine was from Lebanon, 2004, the year of our marriage. Fabulous!

    Love Heather UK xxxxxxxx
  • SuziQ113SuziQ113 Member Posts: 1,478 Member Member Posts: 1,478 Member
    Happy birthday to Johnny. It looks like he had a great day.
  • Katla49Katla49 Member Posts: 7,535 Member Member Posts: 7,535 Member
    Tammy from SE TX - Welcome! Post often and get to know us. :star:

    Tracey in Edmonton – I hope your DH is healthy again soon. IBS is something that I was once diagnosed to have. In my case it turned out to be lactose intolerance and if I avoid milk sugars life is easier. Since then, the dairy industry invented lactaiid. It works for me. Cheddar cheese was never a big problem, and neither was cottage cheese. I’m grateful. :flowerforyou: If you can get your DH to log his food, he may be able to figure out what is causing his tummy upsets.

    Heather – Happy Birthday to Johnny! “I cooked the best fillet steak EVER! Officially named such by DH. I learned the technique from Heston Blumenthal. Red wine was from Lebanon, 2004, the year of our marriage. Fabulous!”
    Congratulations on a special meal and a special day. :heart:

    DH bought a new computer because his previous one was developing problems. He’s spent the last several days getting the information off of the old computer and transferred to the new one. Now he’s looking at a collection of photos that goes way back in time. He is enjoying his success. YAY!!!

    Katla in Beautiful NW Oregon
    edited October 17
  • exermomexermom Member Posts: 4,927 Member Member Posts: 4,927 Member
    Did a Cool It Off DVD 9 stretching). The plan for tomorrow is to do a 5 Day Slim Down DVD (I think this is a Leslie Sansone DVD)

    Katla and Heather – we have two cleaning ladies…their names are Left and Right…lol

    I don’t have a garden. You name it…I kill it. Except for weeds

    Kim – “Live and learn…and die a fool”. I’m sorry that happened to you about the panels

    Kate – get better fast. It didn’t even rip your pants!!!! That’s amazing

    – Vince will run to the doctor if it persists for a few days. And I do mean run. Since this pandemic started, I think he’s been to the doctor’s office 3 times. I haven’t been at all. I didn’t realize that they’d text you when it’s OK to go into the office! He had to tell me and then I had to make sure they had my cell # on file.

    – where do you get all the egg cartons?

    Karen VA – are you going to have a mortgage burning party?

    – happy birthday Johnny

    Allie – yes, they should NOT be given your number. Just say NO

    Betsy – best of luck at the MD’s and wonderful about your sister

    – welcome!

    Michele NC
  • dlfk202000dlfk202000 Member Posts: 473 Member Member Posts: 473 Member
    Faetta wrote: »
    Evelyn So glad you are excited about the painting. That 11 X 14 canvas sounds intimidating. I have done a few but I like my 8 X 10 on hardboard. If your interest continues, check your local wineries as many have painting classes and nights and they can be a wonderful experience, especially the all-girl groups.

    we did the 11X14 in the one class I took- a Daycare Provider Appreciation Day- so it was free. Had never painted before but it really was fun and nice to get out.
  • Snowflake1968Snowflake1968 Member Posts: 4,886 Member Member Posts: 4,886 Member
    Katla - I suggested that he log his food. I don’t think it’s lactose though as he drinks milk every single night before going to bed and he eats cheese regularly. It seems to be after a big meal.

    The first episode was after our daughters wedding, his Mother had been here and cooked a lot of richer foods than I do. Plus he drank at the wedding which he very rarely does. I’m trying to remember the time before this, I remember it but not the exact time. This time was after our Thanksgiving dinner. Each time he claims he’s not constipated, just very bloated and feels like trapped gas. Magnesium Citrate has been the only thing that helps each time though.

    I went out and bought new furnace filters, humidifier filter and light bulbs for the new lights that should be delivered very soon.
    I also found some smart plugs on sale so bought them to go with the Google Home nest I won a month ago.
    So far it’s just been a digital photo frame.

    I need to do some cleaning but I find it difficult with him lying on the couch. 🤨

    Tracey in Edmonton
  • pipcd34pipcd34 Member Posts: 11,662 Member Member Posts: 11,662 Member
    Stats for the day-

    Walk w/family- 1 hr 30min 46sec, 3.40ap, 89ahr, 107mhr, 5.26mi= 453cal
    Strava app = 638c
    Spin bike- 45min, 118ahr, 148mhr, 15.12mi= 512c

    Total cal 965
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