What’s Cooking?

Tender, fall off the bone, pork ribs basted in a sweet-sour-spicy sauce. There’s nothing like a rack of ribs fresh off the BBQ to call our minds back to the days of summer. Let’s admit it they just don’t taste the same when you try to replicate them in the oven during the winter months.

So what’s an alternative? Well my friend CC came up with a recipe for a spare rib casserole that’s become a favourite chez Beaulieu-Hobbs. And even better: it’s one casserole pan, and quick and easy.

She couldn’t give me the amount of ribs but we figure that the sauce will work with two racks of ribs. If you have more than that just double the recipe. What you don’t use will keep for three days in the fridge and is great as a basting sauce for baked chicken.

Spare Rib Bake
From my friend CC
Servings: will depend on the size of the ribs
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours

Rack(s) of spare ribs

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp pepper
salt  to taste
1 tbsp french`s mustard
1 tsp brown sugar
1 cup water

Vegetables of your choice cut into serving size pieces: potatoes, carrots, onions etc. Laurent throws in Brussel sprouts for the last 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350º.
Mix sauce ingredients until completely combined.
Place ribs and vegetables in a casserole.
Pour sauce over.
Cover and bake for 2 hours basting 3 or 4 times.
For the last 1/2 hour remove cover, flip the ribs and baste.
(Both CC and Laurent have left the cover on until the end and find the result very good – there’s just a lack of colour.)

The word for November 15th is:
Brussel Sprouts brŭs′əlz-sprout: [noun]
1.1 A plant (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) related to the cabbage and cauliflower that is cultivated for its edible small roundish green buds which are borne on its stem and resemble miniature cabbages.
1.2 Any of the edible green buds that are borne on the stems of brussels sprouts, consist of tightly overlapping immature leaves, and are typically cooked as a vegetable.
The plant has been grown in and around the Belgian city of Brussels since the early 11th century and the name was first applied in 1796.

Memes for a Monday

And this week it’s all feline.

The word for November 14th is:
Essential ĭ-sĕn′shəl: [adjective]
1.1 Constituting or being part of the nature or essence of something; inherent.
1.2 Fundamentally important or necessary: synonym: indispensable.
1.3 Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown.
From Late Latin essentialis, from Latin essentia (“being, essence”)5

The Journey Continues ….

Yesterday was my last chemo treatment and it was a long day and I’m glad that portion is over. Because of the looming danger of tinnitus it was decided cut the treatment short. The staff in the chemo section were incredible and I can’t thank them enough for what was, at times, a challenging time. I have eight more radiation treatments and again the crew there have been supportive, very upbeat, and kind. Most of the group there are dog and cat owners and their pictures and that of their pets are posted outside the room. One of the chaps has three dachsies – obviously a man of discernment.

A small package from my dear friend Auld Hat arrived in the post the other day.

I am still having weight issues and we will try and address that more in the next few days as I know what is coming is the difficult part. The last few days have been less than pleasant but I will not dwell on that for the moment. I will probably not be posting as frequently for the next while. After November 21st will come, as any radiation patient knows, a period of up to two weeks when it is still doing it’s job. Then a waiting period of 12 weeks to reveal the outcome of the treatments. It’s going to be a long winter.

Again I can’t say enough about my beloved husband. Laurent is putting up with a lot as I can be a very frustrating patient. He has been patient, upbeat and, when needed tough. I couldn’t ask for a better show of love than when he is tough.

To all of you: thank you for your support, your prayers and your love.

The word for November 8th is:
Discernment dĭ-sûrn′mənt: [noun]
1.1 The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.
1.2 Keenness of insight and judgment
Middle English discernen, from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis– + cernere, to perceive (+ment).

Memes for a Monday

It’s all canine this week.

Ain’t that the truth. My cardiologist won’t let me count my walks with Nora.

Now watch someone monetize this one.

He’s a catch – and probably more fun on a date than most of the lounge lizards.

I notice they don’t mention peeing on the rug.

Time for a Dad joke.

It should be an Olympic sport.

Well after all he is one of the family.

‘Taint funny Magee!*

Why does this look painfully familiar?

I must admit that when Nicky would see a bigger dog he became pretty fierce.

*Anyone who catches that reference is pretty old.

The word for November 7th is:
Fierce fîrs: [adjective]
1.1 Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious.
1.2 Characterized by or showing hostility.
1.3 Extremely powerful or destructive.
From Middle English, from Old French fers (“wild”, “ferocious”), from Latin ferus (“wild”, “untamed”).

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