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Friday, January 19, 2018

Chip Shop Dinner

 I try to keep some items in the pantry or freezer that are what I like to call "cheater food", things that can be thrown in the oven to heat up when I really, really don't feel like cooking.
Last night was just such an evening.  I was out a good part of the day and part of that time was spent at a diagnostic appointment with my new physiotherapist.  I was in quite a bit of pain by the time I arrived home so all of my thoughts around dinner came down to one question: what sort of cheater food did I have in the cupboard?
I bought these tinned mushy peas in the British section of the discount grocery store I occasionally visit.  They have great international foods but it was the first time I'd ever seen these tinned peas on this side of the pond.  Perfect to serve with freezer fish and chips for a cheater food "Chip Shop" dinner.
 It couldn't have been an easier dinner: heat up the mushy peas and shove the freezer French fries and breaded sole into the oven, and just to keep it from being completely devoid of vitamins I did put together a simple green salad.
It looks like I'm in for several months of physiotherapy for my levator scapulae and referring area around the shoulder blade and into the spine.  I'm looking forward to getting better, that's for sure!

Any Friday night plans?  I'm planning to copy my friend SunnyDay and have a date night in with my hubs.  I might have to think of another cheater food dinner!
Cheers to Friday,
xoxDani

19 comments:

  1. That physio sounds not fun. But it's good there is a path to recovery. I plan a quiet Friday night. It's been a busy week and by Friday, I'm usually exhausted. Netflix and maybe a glass of wine.

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    1. Jen by Friday we're exhausted too. It was a movie and a glass of wine for us too! xx

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  2. That dinner looked fabulous! I must look for the mushy peas. I know DH would love them. His grandmother was British and he has fond memories of things she cooked and baked.

    I'm glad to hear you have a PT plan. My mum was a physical therapist before she retired and I think they're angels for people with pain.

    Yes, tonight is date night! I never quite know what culinary surprises DH will pull off. He loves to cook and it works out well since I love to eat. I hope that you and Mr. BP have a wonderful time this evening.

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    1. Thank you SD! The mushy peas are a fun thing, I bet your DH would get a kick out of them. I didn't know your Mum was a PT! Yes they are healing angels, so true. I hope you and your DH had a really lovely date night xx

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  3. Hubs has fish and chips and mushy peas as his Friday night treat every week, with a buttered roll of course. We never have date nights as we are always alone!
    Oh aches and pains are the worst, my skeleton feels 100 years old, I need a new one, trying to get anything out of the NHS is like trying to squeeze champagne out of a potato.
    Hope the physio works out for you, have you tried using a mini foam roller? I have big one and small one and have to use them everyday, the small one is wonderful for my headaches.

    Tabitha

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    1. Tabs, champagne out of a potato! I won't soon forget that! Friday night chip shop treat, I can just see it. I haven't tried the rollers but I probably should, even for the fascia in my neck. I'll ask my therapist about it, just organized a RMT too, feeling hopeful. xx

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  4. Sending good vibes your way for your PT. Hope you get some relief, it sounds as if you've been in a lot of pain. How did you injure yourself?

    Hope you have an enjoyable evening and weekend ahead! I always enjoy reading your blog, Dani, it is so grounded and thoughtful (unlike some of the fashion blogs I follow).

    My plans for the weekend include working on some beaded flowers and also garment sewing. A new pattern I want to try out, and a great way to use up some of my "stash"! LOL

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    1. Thank you Vava, I actually have a very old injury: Congenital muscular torticollis. Basically I was born with wry neck, my parents had to do the physiotherapy stretches to my neck when I was a baby, my Dad says it was awful because I'd just scream and scream. I think this is the cause of the resulting pain I've had on and off for years... as I'm getting older it's getting worse. Time to address it!
      Your weekend sounds so good! Good luck sewing, I hope it turns out well. :) xx And thank you for the kind comments re the blog too :) xx

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  5. Hi Dani, good luck with the physio. Our date night will be catching up on some PVR'd shows - my husband has been studying French in the evenings for an upcoming test for his new job so he's been busy. I think we'll be close to home this weekend. Have a good weekend yourself.

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    1. Patricia that's interesting, how is the French going for your hubs? I started Duolingo a couple of weeks ago to get back into my attempts at French. It seems like a good program, it's very easy though so maybe I'm not really learning anything? ;)
      Have a cozy weekend at home, it sounds like just the thing! xx

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  6. I put a lot of faith in physical therapists. They have helped me so many times in the past, so I hope that your new physio will put you on the path to recovery. My book club just got cancelled a few minutes ago as I was getting dressed for my evening out - the hostess came down with a fever and chills. So, it will be a nice quiet evening at home with a good book. I may also stop by my daughter's house to visit with our new baby grandson who is almost 4 months old now. Have a good weekend!

    slf

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    1. slf that's too bad about your book club and I hope your friend doesn't get very ill! There's such a bad flu going around right now. Your evening at home sounds lovely though, but especially visiting your new grandson! He must be absolutely adorable. I'm so happy for you that your daughter lives close enough you can visit easily, what could be better for all of you... I hope you have a lovely weekend too. xx

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  7. Hi, Dani--sorry about your need for physical therapy. I had to go that route several years ago. The strengthening exercises they taught me and the work they did was helpful--to a point. I coupled their treatments with therapeutic massage, and it made all the difference! This helped loosen up the tightness in other areas--a sympathetic reaction to the injury in another area. It really helped, so wanted to offer this idea to you.

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    1. Marie thank you so much and it's funny you should mention this because I've just finalized my schedule with my new massage therapist this morning by email. I'll be going weekly to complement the PT, and this RMT is also an expert in the Graston technique which addresses scar tissue issues. Scarred tissue might be a factor since I do have an injury from birth that I believe is the source (congenital muscular torticollis, or wry neck).
      Thank you so much for your concern, I'm so happy to know it worked for you... gives me hope! xx

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  8. Hi Dani,

    I think my comment today disappeared. Anyway just a note to say how sorry I am to hear about your neck. I hope the physio helps! My fingers are still cold after sitting outside waiting for the birds to come. That's probably the last time I'll do it for awhile as the temperature is plummeting again. Hope you have a nice date night!

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    1. Ann, sorry for that I'll look in my email feed to see if it popped up there! Blogger is still having commenting issues, I'm having trouble leaving comments here too and it seems to be happening on other blogs too. Frustrating!
      Stay warm and don't let yourself get chilled. Thank you too, Ann, you are kind. xx

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  9. I love the sound of the cheater dinner, especially the mushy peas which HB would like too. I'll be checking out the International Section too. Meantime, I do hope the physio helps and you are on the mend very soon.

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    1. Patricia I hope you find them! Cheater dinners are kind of fun actually, and they definitely lessen the workload ;) Thank you Patricia, hopefully I'm on the path to being mended, I'm feeling hopeful about it at any rate! xx

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your neck but so glad you are taking good care of yourself. Physical therapy is the way to go! Wishing you the very best as you begin this journey. As for mushy peas, never have heard of them...I'l have to keep my eyes peeled for them!

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