I Continue. It Continues.
Dec. 2, 2010 5:18 pm
Updated: Dec. 8, 2010 5:33 am
You’d think that a person with seven doctors appointments in the course of the next two weeks would be a fall-down physical wreck kissing the toenails of the grim reaper. According to all the medical folks, I’m in very good health. It has been a year since
my attempts to live healthier began so, it is time for re- evaluation. Lab results have come back and no indications of any problem. A CAT scan was negative. There may be a circulation problem in my left leg but it seems to be minor- if there is a problem.
A precautionary biopsy will be taken next week for a spot on my face. In January, I am scheduled for a full body (PET) scan at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
At this point, I have been given the all clear to begin a regimen of diet and exercise. The medicals are leaving it to me to develop my own program. There is not any recommended program because everybody has unique requirements. So, I’ll find a dietician or
nutritionist for my starting point and begin a new way of eating. After that, I’ll begin an exercise regimen as outlined by Richard Sears, MD in his book,"Prime-Time Health".
I’m very impressed with the vegetable broth that I’ve been making from what used to be garbage. I don’t understand why I never thought of using the cast off. It (now) seems so obvious! Tonight, I’m fixing beef stew for supper. The beef is a left over from the
freezer and the cooking liquid is the vegetable broth. I just tasted it and it is OMG Good! The broth is very rich in flavor and complements the beef perfectly.
I have enough scraps for another eight pints. I’ll can it tomorrow.
On Monday, I infringed on my wife’s territory and baked my "Fruit and Nut Wreath Cake" (fruitcake). It will be left wrapped to age until Christmas Eve. This year, I decided to do something different with it. Instead of candied fruit, I used a dried fruit mix
that had a light confectioners sugar coating. This reduced the amount of sugar considerably and provided a greater variety of fruit. I did have to chop it into smaller pieces but the extra work may be worth the effort. I was tempted to replace the sugar entirely
by using honey but, because the cake is so heavy, I was afraid it wouldn’t cook down enough. Also, I slow roasted half of the pecans to intensify their flavor. If it works out deliciously, I’ll have to rewrite the recipe. (Or write it as another recipe.)
Where'd this come from?
Me: I’m going to do my fruitcake today.
DW: In my kitchen?
Me: In our kitchen! I contributed to the mortgage, also.
DW: Well, if spilled blood and scorched pots are contributions to the mortgage then, I guess, you would be the sole owner!
Me: Cute! Very cute!
DW: Are you going to use anything sharp or breakable?
Me: Knock it off!
DW: Aww! Poor, poor hubby! Did I hurt the feeling of my pweshus tendew hubby? Poor, poor hubby!
Me: Nice sarcasm! What’s next? Skin me and throw me into a salt pile?
DW: You’ll find some way of doing that yourself. I’m just a witness. Oh! We’re off the topic. You said I should call the paramedics?
Me: All I said was I’m going to cook my fruitcake today.
DW: Same thing.