Thank you to each of you that commented on my Christmas blog entry. I was gone or busy for most of the time between
then and now and could only jump in for a quick read and pass a comment or two on other posts.
I changed my fruitcake recipe this year. I was told it is better than my previous recipe but I disagree. It was a good
fruitcake but I think it is more suitable as a health food. It didn’t have enough color (for a festive presentation) and had some seed crunches (from figs) that I found undesirable in a fruitcake. I believe that I will get some molds and make the recipe into
bars or rounds, something convenient for hand food. The very nice thing about this recipe is, I used zero sugar or sweetener. I had plenty of sweetness from the ingredients and wrapping the cake in cheesecloth wet with brandy. The fruitcake did bring much
praise for flavor but there were no comments for appearance. When I find an appropriate mold, I’ll post the recipe. Borderbumble blogged about one that could be suitable but I want to see what else is available.
I’m getting my events scheduled for supporting fundraising for cancer research. I’ll be walking (gratefully) in the
Relay for Life in July (Battle Creek) and Making Strides in Battle Creek (breast cancer) and Making Strides in Kalamazoo (breast cancer). Last year, in The Relay for Life (Battle Creek), I was walking as a survivor and didn’t do much because I was not in good
condition. I tried to walk in the Making Strides in Kalamazoo but there was a cold wind that shut me down because I wasn’t expecting anything that cold and my clothing was insufficient. Hither forth, I’ll be better prepared. Now, in 2012, I have much more
working for me, as you are about to see.
You remember that problem I had in my left leg. The doctor ordered a test that showed I had zero circulation through
the left femoral artery and he had surgery scheduled for ten days later. On December 2nd, I had two stents implanted and, as soon as I awakened, I could feel a huge difference. I actually felt blood circulating through my toes! After a few days
of inactive recovery I took my “new” leg for a walk. Six miles later it was still feeling good! Previously, a walk of that length would have been very painful but I experienced absolutely no pain! As bonuses, I no longer have those sudden dizzy spells that
would cause me to lose balance, I can bend over and straighten up without holding onto something for balance, I am not nearly as short on breath and I am sleeping much better and longer.
The aorta problem is still being watched. Surgery is still likely but the doctor wants to see if the dilation (aneurism)
will reverse itself, now that there is no back pressure in it. I’ll get his decision on the ninth.
Of course, neither of these problems would have occurred had I been a non- smoker. Another problem smoking brought to
me is gum and jawbone deterioration. (I just found this out on Friday.) It has stopped and my teeth are strong in their places but the deterioration is very evident.
I made a Shells (Macaroni) Salad for our supper, Friday. It isn’t anything really different but my wife liked it enough
that she wanted me to keep the recipe. So, here it is for your evaluation!
Shells (Macaroni) Salad
1 16oz pkg Shells
2 hardboiled eggs, rough chop
1 Cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
5 green onions, thin sliced, whites and greens
½ Cup celery, small dice
½ Cup sweet red pepper, small dice
¼ Cup Spanish Olives with pimento, rough chop
¼ Cup Radishes, small dice
2 Tbs EVOO
1 Tbs prepared yellow mustard
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp Old Bay
½ tsp black pepper
10 cherry or plum tomatoes, halved
Using your best method, cook the pasta and eggs.
In the meantime, place all other ingredients (except olive oil and tomatoes) into a large mixing bowl and blend well.
When pasta and eggs are done, drain water from pasta chill with water and ice then add the olive oil and mix well. Add pasta to mixing
bowl with the other ingredients. Then fold in tomatoes.
Notes: We really liked the extra flavor that whole wheat pasta gave to this salad.
I like shells because they catch more of the ingredients than macaroni does. Makes each mouthful more flavorful.