Pam Anderson’s crustless quiche w/ sausage & apple

Made this for dinner last night:

Very easy:

2 large eggs
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
5 oz evaporated milk (fat-free)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp sage

Whisk together in medium bowl.

2 tsp vegetable oil
3 large chicken/turkey sausages, casings removed and crumbled
1 large Granny Smith (or whatever) apple, cored and cut into medium dice

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook until no longer pink. Add apples and saute until golden brown, a few minutes.

Pour mixture and filling into pie plate sprayed with Pam. Top with grated cheddar cheese (about 3/4 cup). Cook at 400 for 25-30 minutes until set.

Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into 4 wedges and serve with salad.

Slightly adapted from Pam Anderson’s (no, not the Baywatch one) The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great.

Love all her cookbooks.

Note to self: things to write about

Found this list on Pinterest under the heading 56 Lists to Make When You are Feeling Down. I’m intrigued by the seemingly random number 56.

Here are the suggestions:

About yourself:

  1. Favorite memories
  2. Your best qualities
  3. Best days you’ve lived
  4. Compliments you’ve received
  5. What you like the most about yourself
  6. Your most precious possessions
  7. Bucket list of things to do
  8. Things that make you happy
  9. Positive adjectives to describe yourself
  10. Your values
  11. Favorite ways to relax
  12. Fun things to do at home

About your people:

  1. People you love
  2. People loving you
  3. How you met your favorite people
  4. People you would like to meet
  5. What you like to do with your friends
  6. What you like to do with your family
  7. People you would like to reconnect with
  8. Things you would like to do with your friends & family
  9. People who inspire you
  10. Every friend you ever made
  11. People who have positively influenced you
  12. Gift ideas for your favorite people
  13. Everything you love about your partner
  14. People you want to send a thank you note to
  15. Date night ideas

About your accomplishments:

  1. Things that you are grateful for
  2. Things you are proud of
  3. The scariest things you’ve done
  4. Dreams that became reality
  5. Biggest accomplishments
  6. Ways to celebrate your wins
  7. All the things you are good at

About your dreams:

  1. Life goals
  2. Countries you would like to visit
  3. Things you would like to do
  4. Stories you would like to write about
  5. Adventures you would like to live
  6. Dreams for the future
  7. Where you would like to live
  8. What you will be doing in the next few years
  9. Things you would like to get
  10. Skills you would like to learn
  11. Wish list

Your favourite things:

  1. Favorite songs
  2. Funniest jokes
  3. Favorite movies
  4. Favorite TV shows
  5. Favorite books
  6. Favorite places
  7. Favorite food
  8. Favorite restaurants
  9. Favorite parks in town
  10. Favorite quotes
  11. Favorite podcasts

I’m inclined to start with my favourites.

Why do I feel compelled to read about death, all the time?

Our book club just read, and adored, When Breath Becomes Air. Of course, since it’s a memoir about a physician who discovers he’s dying of lung cancer, and then writes a book (this book) that he had always aspired to write, I had already read it. Some months ago. Shortly after it was published, in fact. Because, it’s a memoir about dying, and I am compelled to read them.

I just bought:


These are the latest in a long line of books about dying  I have read in recent years. (I particularly like dying spouses, but very sick spouses and friends qualify also.)


Books about women with breast cancer were a theme for a while (inspired by my sister, undoubtedly):

And now I’m newly bummed to see that Meredith Norton, the author of Lopsided (she had an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer), died FOUR YEARS AGO:

If anyone has suggestions for memoirs about dead and dying friends and spouses – let me know. It looks like I’m staying on this path for a while now.

The Winter’s Tale

Ballet buddy Barb and I went to see The National Ballet of Canada’s production of The Winter’s Tale on Wednesday night. Although we were both English lit majors in the day, and read our more than fair share of Shakespeare, we knew absolutely zip about this play.

I wasn’t particularly psyched to go. The posters for the ballet were pretty monochrome and blah (sorry NBOC, but I was uninspired):

And I knew it was a long ballet – 2 1/2 hours with intermissions. I was tired, work was tedious and overwhelming; it seemed like a bit of an imposition to go. I trudged along to the Four Seasons with low expectations and low energy.

Hold the phone. It was beyond fabulous and invigorating, and I haven’t stopped talking about it since.

I can’t decide what I loved best about this ballet:

  • the choreography, a perfect meld of traditional and modern
  • the performances – esp. Piotr Stanczyk, whose descent into jealous madness is told on his face and through his off-balance contortions throughout (he’s a gifted actor as well)
  • the score by Joby Talbot
  • the exuberant (I think I stole that word from the NBOC programme) second Act – I need that music and those images on a loop in my brain from November 1 to Feb 28, every dreary winter:

  • the scenery and silk staging for the violent seas
  • Jamie Street’s awesome death as Mamillius (that kid can die like nobody’s business)
  • plus let’s not forget the gorgeous costumes – it is not a monochrome ballet at all – the jewel tones in Act 1 were awesome

The TO Star loved it also (4 stars/4 stars):

If you can manage to go (only 3 performances left), please do.  Clearly Shakespeare could not make up his mind whether this was a comedy or a tragedy, so he threw it all in, plus the kitchen sink. And Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet tells the great mess of a story, emotionally, with precision and remarkable beauty.

I can’t decide what to make for dinner

But it’s between lots of things with carbs, when I’ve told myself it should just be protein and veggies for a few weeks. I have no resolve.

Butternut squash, mushroom & spinach risotto

Trying to replicate the risotto I had on Thursday night @ Tundra with Sharon & Julie (it was DIVINE):

Pros: have all the ingredients; Cons: Hubby will frown at the shrooms; and risotto is a pain in the ass to make, right? Meditative stirring, my ass. (Hence, slow cooker cashew chicken as an option)

Chicken, sausage, peppers and potatoes (watch the video):

Never tried – the carmelization intrigues me. And very positive reviews, including one that says to throw in some carrots and a WHOLE HEAD OF GARLIC.  Who doesn’t love roasted garlic?

But one of the reviews said 450F is waaay too hot and it just burns. So I’m a bit unsure about this.

Five-spice pork

Was a staple a couple winters ago and then I kinda forgot about it. I omit the peanuts and the bacon (it’s salty enough); and I usually serve over rice instead, with steamed snow peas.

Slow cooker cashew chicken

Which I’ve made a couple times this Fall already because, damn, it’s delicious and oh so easy. Overkill? Is it possible to eat TOO much cashew chicken. I don’t think so.