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Supremely Spicy Hummus

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sabra has some new flavors of hummus out. At least they are new to our WalMart. I bought Supremely Spicy yesterday. Wow! It's delicious! However, it is not for the faint of heart. It is supremely spicy. I think it tastes like it has a really good Mexican salsa in it. Almost half the container is gone, and I haven't even cut up the cauliflower yet that I'd planned to have with it.

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 3/29/2013 7:52AM

    I love some spice, but can't stand too much of it. So, thanks for the warning! lol. I love their roasted red pepper hummus.

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3016DEBRA 3/28/2013 7:26PM

  I love the garlic too! Most of the time I have to add more garlic because I scoop too much out of the center. I have tried the Spicy and she's right - it's SPICY! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 3/28/2013 6:14PM

    Their hummus flavors are yummy! My fave is the garlic!

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*RENEAT* 3/28/2013 2:57PM

    Thanks! I'll have to try it. My daughter has recently discover hummus so she will be thrilled! Have a great day!

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Fish update

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I ate it! Quickly, but I ate it. I mixed some mayonaise and sweet pickle relish together for tartar sauce. It was a rather high carb lunch. I coated the fish with panko crumbs, and we had wild rice and mixed vegetables, and a half piece of flat bread each. We split an apple for dessert.

DH was thrilled. He didn't know I had thawed out the tilapia.

What was the difference? Panko crumbs. This was the first time I'd ever used them, and they were very good. They added crunch without all the fat of frying. I used the recipe on the panko crumb box. I was going to use Chef Meg's recipe, but I noticed it didn't have all that great of reviews. She recommended making a parsley pesto, which gave me an idea. I have basil pesto in the freezer from our garden, which I love. Maybe that would help me get fish down. I'd never thought about having pesto with fish.

I also sprinkled fresh rosemary on top of the fillets before I baked them. (It's actually still alive and growing. The oregano is too.) I had never put rosemary (one of my favorite spices) on fish before. I do like the way rosemary tastes, but the big benefit today is that the kitchen doesn't stink like it usually does after cooking fish. I haven't used any air freshner yet or lit a candle. Tilapia doesn't smell as bad as most other fish do.

So, finally, I had an acceptable eating experience with fish. Now, it's on to a couple of Aunt Lois' peanut butter cookies......

  
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BRERRABBIT1 3/29/2013 10:13AM

    Hi SENIORSWIMMER,
:) Fish cakes are good (any fish, especially salmon, made like crab cakes).

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**I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let em walk to school like I did. --Yogi Berra**

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SENIORSWIMMER 3/28/2013 8:22PM

    Thank you for the cooking ideas! I am hoping my sudden, unusal, having a taste for tilapia MIGHT be a sign that my tastes are changing....perhaps because of eating a lot healthier than I used to (most of the time). Spring break doesn't count. haha Hope I'm still laughing when I weigh Saturday morning.

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*RENEAT* 3/28/2013 3:00PM

    I like to use lots of herbs with fish - particularly a white fish like tilapia. I like a mix of parsley, cilantro, garlic and lemon juice with a hint of oil oil to pull it all together. You can bake fillets with this sauce on it or use this as a fresher sauce after baking with the panko. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 3/23/2013 9:14PM

    You will have to write up the recipe you used today. I absolutely adore tilapia. We usually bake a big 9x13 pan of it covered with onion slices, and surround it with broccoli or wilted spinach and mushrooms. Just a spray of olive oil from a pump sprayer.
But I love almost any fish, except catfish.
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I Hate Fish

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fish has never been my favorite food. If my friends or family wanted to go to Long John Silvers, I would go, but it was never my first choice. I really hate baked or steamed fish. I don't like the way it smells. I don't like handling it. It tastes revolting.

So I was surprised a couple of days ago when I had a taste for tilapia. It's finishing baking in the oven now.

As it nears time to eat it, I am losing my resolve. We are out of tartar sauce, and I don't want to go to the store.

My husband's favorite food is fish. He could eat it every day. A few years ago we came to an agreement that when he wanted fish, put it on the grocery list, and I would get it for him, but I was going to eat something else.

The timer just went off. Gag. We do have one leftover bowl of spinach romano soup.....

  
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SENIORSWIMMER 3/28/2013 8:18PM

    Having a taste for any kind of fish surprised me too. Definitely not normal for me.

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3016DEBRA 3/23/2013 2:40PM

  I don't get why you have a taste for tilapia when you say over and over that you hate fish.... emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 3/23/2013 2:39PM

    I used to hate fish, but then I tried Orange Roughy! Expensive but really good.

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First swim

Monday, March 18, 2013

The water was clear and beautiful, 84 degrees. It was so good to see all my locker room friends again. I am so used to swimming being the go-to exercise when I am injured, I was surprised at what happened when I got in the pool. I dropped in the shallow end, like I usually do. I walked half a length several times with my friend Lisa and got caught up on what all is going on with her. I got my goggles on and dunked to get wet all over. I launched from the side of the pool and took my first stroke. OH MY GOSH. The pain took my breath away.

My chiropractor warned me I might be able to swim yet. I did not take him seriously. The rest of my time in the pool was spent cautiously testing what I could and could not do.

Everything on my stomach except slow breast stroke is out. Front crawl is the worst. Using a kickboard is out. I can't do backstroke. Anything that involves reaching and stretching my arm over my head is a no no.

I can float on my back with my arms at my side and kick.

I was in a lot of pain the rest of the day. I went to the chiropractor the next day and almost cried when he adjusted me.

Since the adjustment I have progressively had less pain. I had a good work day Sunday afternoon. I did cooking for the week and cleaned up the kitchen. I baked some bread. Saturday I cautiously raked leaves off our irises and daffodils. I even burned them. Activity is less painful than sitting. I just need to be careful what activity I do and how fast I do it. No zipping around getting things done.

So, here is my plan: Go to the pool two times a week and do the following workout.
20 minutes water walking - Alternate forward, backward, and left and right sides.
Back kicks. Start with 100 meters. See how you feel after your workout before you increase.
Slow breast stroke. Start with 100 meters.
10 minutes of strength and flexibility exercises on the side of the pool.

It looks like for awhile I will be joining my 70 and 80+ year old friends for their workouts rather than swimming laps.

I seem to have made the adjustment to eating less calories. My appetite is somewhat suppressed, so hopefully, I won't gain weight. I am hoping for really slow, steady loss. I will be happy if I get through all this without gaining.

We still don't know for sure how my ribs got bruised. No big accident or fall.....Weird.

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 3/18/2013 7:12PM

    As happy as I am for you that you got to go to the pool, I'm so BUMMED for you that your ribs are keeping you from being as active as you want.
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I'm glad you see your appetite has adjusted to your exercise level. You hang in there. It will all work out.

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Oh, My Gosh, What a Pain I've Got!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Oh, my gosh, what a pain I've got!
Send for the doctor as fast as you can trot!
Give me a bottle of I don't care what!
Just so it cures this pain I got!

That's a little poem my mom and Aunt Lois would jauntily rattle off to us when we fell, or stepped on a bumble bee, or were whining in general. I thought about it for the first time in years this morning as I was ATTEMPTING to get out of bed.

The heel spur is healing. It feels much better. I'm not impact exercise ready yet. I have a podiatrist appointment coming up. I'll know more then.

The bruised ribs....that's another matter completely. They were SO much better yesterday. Then, rolling over in the night, I must have twisted wrong or something, and we are back to square one again this morning. They hurt as bad as they did the first day. I see the chiropractor this morning.....I'm anxious for this healing phase to be over so I can exercise and EAT again! emoticon

  
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LIVINGFREE19 3/14/2013 8:09AM

    Love the poem! LOL!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 3/8/2013 9:25AM

    I am SO sorry about your ribs still giving you problems!
I loved your aunt's poem. My dad's parents used to say or sing little things like that all the time too.
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AZTLAN777 3/8/2013 8:25AM

    So sorry to hear about your pain...take good care of you, there is only one of ya! Hugs emoticon

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