Thursday, 6 January 2011

Rainbows . . .



I think we often forget to give enough thanks for the sudden appearance of a rainbow in the sky. Hard to believe, but they are often taken for granted, and I don't know why.

Breathtaking in appearance and seen after a storm, this wonder of nature and God's promise surely add a sparkle to any day.

It wasn't too long ago that Todd and I were driving back into the Blacon Estate where we live and I noticed a big beautiful rainbow arching across the sky, seemingly to end in Blacon. Oh, it was so bright and colourful . . . red, yellow, blue, green, indigo . . . purple . . . so wonderful.



I remember turning to Todd and saying . . . "Who'd a thunk we'd find the rainbow's end in Blacon." . . . and then I felt all warm inside, thinking I already had the pot of Gold, for despite all the seemingly horrible things that happened to us in the past year, I have come to find the blessing in each one.

Rainbows are so special. Set into the sky as a reminder of a special promise from our Heavenly Father, I do believe I can remember each and every one I've ever seen, even the double ones, which are especially spectacular to view. I have even, once . . . seen a triple one!

"May we never miss a sunset or a rainbow because we are looking down."
~unknown



Well, I got my appointment for the specialist. It will be on the 29th of the month and will last approximately 4 to 5 hours. Quite long, but at the same time I feel like they are going to be very thorough, which is good. I looked up knee replacements on the www yesterday and scared myself. I absolutely loathe the thought of being put to sleep. They did say you could have an epidural so hopefully I'll opt for that, although Todd says he cannot think of anything worse than being awake when it's being done. It will be a 5 day hospital stay according to what I read, which also sounds blah . . . boring. Oh how will I ever cope. I will miss you all for sure. I am hoping Todd would come to see me each day, although with the price of Petrol who knows!

Poor Mitzie is going in for her op this morning. She is already wondering I know . . . just why didn't she get her special treat after I let her out this morning . . . hmmm . . . I will be on pins and needles until we have her safely back home and recovering. Then the fun will start. Just how are we going to keep that satellite dish on that little tornado's head for ten days??? ☺

I am trying to eat somewhat healthier these days, or at least half of these days at any rate! These delicious fish cakes fit the bill perfectly with the addition of whole wheat flour and some tasty green beans on the side. So much tastier than those bread crumbed frozen ones you can buy in the shops!



*Fish Cakes and Beans*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

So much better for you than any that you can buy premade! A lot tastier too!

3/4 pound of floury type potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 pound of white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock (You can also use Salmon, which is very good)
1 1/4 cup milk
a handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
1 bay leaf
1 TBS finely grated lemon zest (use unwaxed lemons, or scrub your lemons really well)
2 TBS chopped fresh herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro)
2 to 3 TBS wholewheat flour
2 to 3 TBS sunfllower oil
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the beans:
1/4 pound green beans
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil

Place the potatoes into a pan of lightly salted water to cover. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes until tender. Drain well, then return to the pot. Give them a shake over the residual heat on the burner to dry them out further, then mash.

Rinse the fish and put it in a frying pan along with the milk, parsley sprigs and bay leaf. Bring to the bol, then cover and simmer until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Remove the fish and discard the cooking liquid. When the fish is cool enough to handle, remove any skin and bone and flake the fish completely.

Place the mashed potato, flaked fish, lemon zest and chopped herbs in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Shape into 8 small fish cakes. Place the flour on a plate and coat the fish cakes in it. Transfer to aplate, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

To make the beans, lightly steam them for about 5 minutes, until crispy tender. Drain well and then toss them in a warm serving bowl along with the lemon juice and olive oil. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.

To cook the fish cakes, heat the sunflower oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the fish cakes and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown, crisp and piping hot through. Serve immediately along with the beans.



Baking over in The English Kitchen today, a delicious Irish Soda Bread!


7 comments:

Sybil said...

That is great getting the appointment so quick Marie. I am so pleased for you. You will be just fine, I promise. as for how long you will be in a lot depends on how good you are at the exercises you hav eto be able to bend your knee to a certain degree, sorry can't remember what Pam said it was..then home you can go and keep up with the exercises although it can be painful the more you do the easier you will find walking later...Just imagine hoe many good books you will be able to read whilst you are there, and sketching you can do !!
Hope Mitzie gets on ok today. I can see lot sog extra cuddles comming her way LOL
Love Sybil

Suze said...

I am so pleased you are being seen so quickly. Sybil has given you some sound advice. It will be hard work initially but in the end you should be so better for it.

Hugs, love and prayers.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thankfully you have an appointment mow and help is on the way. Hang in there and take care. I hope your Thursday is a great one!

Brenda E. said...

Good for you Marie - you are doing the right thing. Go for the epidural girl - you won't be sorry. I did and loved it. You are not entirely awake so you don't know what they are doing but you will talk if the doc asks you a question then back to sleep. But when surgery is over you are wide awake and no pain. The epi lasts for awhile and keeps you comfortable because you aren't hung over from being put to sleep. Eventually you will be glad you did the replacement - I live alone and I was up and moving around all by myself after the first 3 days home. I had people to do for me but I was able to do for myself. The more you move the better it will be. You will be just fine.

Tracy said...

Hi, Marie! So glad you've got yourself a physio appointment for later in the month. Do hope very much this will offer you some relief. I have three aunts who've had knee replacements in the past two years, and they are glad they did it. Just hope you can find options to ease the pain and get around easier. Thinking of sweet Mitzie today and hoping all went well for her. Give her a cuddle from us. ;o) Oh, but I love rainbows, always have. I know the science behind their happening, but I prefer to think of them as magical creations instead... LOL! Hope you have a great weekend ahead, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

Mica said...

You can do this Marie! My Mom had knee surgery last year and doing well...though it had been pretty painful it is verymimportant to keep excercised and moving or it will only be worse. i hope you will feel encouraged after the surgery... With God all things are possible! Blessings to you, Todd and sweet Mitzie and her little surgery too..Mica

My Grama's Soul said...

I just found you.....I love what you do with your blogs....I can't believe you can manage so many...I can barely manage one....will be checking to see how your knee surgery comes out.

Hugs,

Jo