Another page from “Simply Satisfying” by Jeanne Lemlin, this recipe calls for bulgur, a grain I’ve never cooked with before. I made a few phone calls and located it at a store specializing in Persian food products. It comes in four versions, based on how coarse the grain is. I’ve done a bit more research since then and discovered it can be used in a lot of dishes I’d like to try, so I’m loading up on it.
I was looking for a recipe to use with some green mung beans I already had and I came across this Bengali dish posted online by Lail Hossain, a blogger who was born and raised in Bangladesh. The only spice I was missing was cardamom, but when I discovered the price was $14~$16 per small bottle, I decided to just leave that ingredient out.
Feb. 22 – Free sandwich & beer at the casino
Feb. 23 – Olympic Closing Ceremony on TV
Feb. 24 – Won a little cash at the casino
Feb. 25 – Free pizza & beer at the casino
Feb. 26 – Monthly retainer for March received
Feb. 27 – Shopping for spices, new recipe tried
Feb. 28 – Slept in late; another new recipe tried
Through Nevada’s State Drug Plan program, I got a coupon code to order glasses online for just $25 a pair, including frames and prescription lenses. I am a bit leary of getting something like this via ecommerce, so as a test I have ordered a pair of prescription sunglasses. If it goes well, I’ll get a new pair of everyday-wear glasses from them, too. Fingers crossed.
I used to have a kick-ass collection of spices, but it has been depleted by use and during moves over the years. I want to cut down on meat consumption and to increase the amount of veggies in my diet, which demands having a great variety of spices for flavoring. To get this party started, I’m first going through what I already have. I know I am missing a lot of common Indian spices (tumeric, cumin, etc). I wonder what else is missing that others use a lot.HERBS & SPICES
- Basil Leaf (flakes)
- Basil Leaf (ground)
- Bay Leaf (whole)
- Black Pepper (ground)
- Black Pepper (whole)
- Cayenne Pepper
- Celery Salt
- Chive (dry, minced)
- Cinnamon (powdered)
- Clove (whole)
- Coriander (ground)
- Dill Weed (ground)
- Fennel Seed (whole)
- Garam Masala
- Garlic (dry, minced)
- Garlic (dry, sliced)
- Garlic (powdered)
- Ginger (dry, powdered)
- Ginger (pickled)
- Onion (dry, minced)
- Paprika (ground)
- Red Chili Pepper (flakes)
- Rosemary Leaf (whole)
- Tumeric (ground)
- Sage (powdered)
- Salt (iodized)
- Sesame Seed (black)
- Sesame Seed (white)
- Thyme Leaf (ground)
- Wasabi Root (paste)
- Wasabi Root (powdered)
- Bajou Cajun Seafood Seasoning
- Chicken Grilling Blend (salt-free)
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Chili Powder
- Chinese Five Spice
- Curry Powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Japanese Seven Spice
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- Mexican Hot Sauce
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Soy Sauce (dark)
- Soy Sauce (low sodium)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Chili Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
Items in green recently added
Tomorrow I’ll have a complete eye exam and get this goal going.
Feb. 15 – Free pizza & beer at the casino
Feb. 16 – Afternoon free Chocolate Tasting at the Palms
Feb. 17 – A nice, quiet President’s Day at home
Feb. 18 – Lost a few bucks playing at the casino
Feb. 19 – Sierra Club Executive Committee meeting
Feb. 20 – Movietime: American Hustle
Feb. 21 – Eye exam completed; new glasses ordered
My doctor went over all the test results with me today and it was almost all good news. My greatest fear, that I might have congestive heart failure, was put to rest. That’s not the case, although I do have blood pressure and cholesterol issues that need to be addressed and I’ll be taking meds for those. Perhaps the best news is that my heart, lungs and liver are all doing fine … no diabetes, no major concerns. I was diagnosed with some arthritis in both knees, but no operations required. Looks like I’ll be kicking around longer than expected. :)
Feb. 8 – Free pizza & beer at the casino
Feb. 9 – Won a bit of cash playing video poker
Feb. 10 – Free seafood buffet with Chinese New Year specials
Feb. 11 – Coffee with a young writer that I’m mentoring
Feb. 12 – Doctor’s visit went well – better than expected
Feb. 13 – New meds started – the healing begins
Feb. 14 – Nice long talk with my mom on the phone
Feb. 1 – Grocery shopping: Got nine 8-oz sirloin steaks for $16
Feb. 2 – Superbowl Party: Lost 4 of 5 bets, but still had fun
Feb. 3 – Finished up the last project booked in 2013
Feb. 4 – Circulatory system exam at the doctor’s went well
Feb. 5 – Long Skype with my only remaining client in Madrid
Feb. 6 – Movietime: The Wolf of Wall Street
Feb. 7 – Watching the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony
Looks like the High Roller will officially open on March 1 and cost $25~$35 per 30-minute ride. Pricing will vary by time of day. I’m thinking to ride it during the day the first time and then do it at night if it’s worth a second ride.
I am really looking forward to February this year. There’s so much coming up, starting with the Superbowl on 2/02, which is also Groundhog’s Day. I’ve got an invitation to an all-you-can-eat-and-drink viewing party with prize drawings. Then there’s the Winter Olympics from 2/06 thru 2/23. It will be my first full month living on a fixed income, but surprisingly I’ve got over $300 worth of free play at various casinos in February, so entertainment should be pretty much free throughout the month. One casino has also given me a $25 gift card that I can use to go to movies that only cost $4~$5 each. On 2/12, I’ll complete the series of health tests I started on 1/21 and get a prognosis … hoping for the best.
I met my new doctor today. He was quite flattered that I had reseached him on the Internet and knew the medical school he attended. As it happened, he had two students in tow during my visit…. bright kids.
The good news is that nothing was so seriously wrong that I needed to be hospitalized, but my blood pressure was high enough to warrant concern and a couple of pills to bring it down. I also got a prescription for some BP meds, appointments for blood tests and x-rays, and two return visits to see the doctor in early February. I’m pleased that so much will happen so soon.
I have not been getting out much to new restaurants lately, so I decided to take advantage of a promotional offer at the new Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. Throughout January, they are offering local residents 50% all dining at their restaurants. My choice was Red Mansion and I ordered the Singapore noodles without pork. I was surprised by how slow the service was, and although the dish was excellent, the portion I received was small by most Chinese restaurant standards. I’m glad it cost only $7.03 instead of the normal $14.06. I don’t think I’ll be back after the promotion ends.
The High Roller will be 550 feet tall – the world’s tallest observation wheel. It will take passengers 30 minutes to complete one full revolution. Tickets will supposedly be priced at $20~$35. Locals discount, perhaps?
certainly make a differemce when it comes to walking. I have a bad habit of wearing shoes out completely, till they have holes or cracks in the soles. Today, I went to Skechers outlet store and got a new pair of walking shoes (above), plus a pair of sandals for half price (below). The total cost was just $51.26, which works out to only 14 cents a day over the course of a year. I really need to make a new habit of buying at least two new pairs a year. They feel soooo good.
It took 101 days from the time I first attempted to enroll in Obamacare, but I now have health care coverage. I just received my Medicaid card from Nevada’s Division of Welfare & Supportive Services. I immediately phoned the office of the doctor I had selected as my primary care provider and scheduled a first appointment for January 21st. After six and a half years without any form of health insurance, I can finally get some treatment for long-postponed issues. 2014 will be my “Year of Health and Return to Wellness.”
I’ve got Season Six, which I plan to watch during New Year’s Week. At the rate I watched the first five seasons last spring, it won’t take long at all. The bad news is that Season Seven will be split into two parts and aired in 2014~15. Ah … the waiting is a killer.
setting up my new checking account with Chase. The bank offered me a $150 incentive to use them for direct deposit of my Social Security check. I’ve added automatic bill pay for utilities and credit cards, plus there will be an automatic monthly transfer of funds to my savings account. It’s like putting my finances on auto pilot.
I suppose such banking may seem like old hat to most folks nowadays, but because I was self-employed and had no regular income, I could never set up automatic payments before – no guarantee there would be funds in the account at the time the payment clicked in. I think I’m going to enjoy this “fixed income” phase of my life.