Bouillabaisse

I’ve been away too long.  I tried yesterday to blog but could not get on line.  Finally about 7 PM we found it was our fault.  We unplugged the WIFI tower and gave it a 5 minute rest and then plugged it back in and it worked just fine.  It took all day for us to remember that was what we had to do the last two times we could not get on line.  Hopefully next time it will not take us so long to remember but you know what happens to us “old folks”.

The holidays were a very busy time so when ever we had a day off with nothing to do that is exactly what we did.  Then Shanti came to visit last week and we had a wonderful time.  We took her around to see how we spend our days and to visit the family that we have here in Florida.  She did most of the cooking so it was a great break for me.  We hated to see her leave but she has family on the West Coast and had a trip there planned also.  Now we can look forward to another visit in the fall.

Shanti and Gina hit it off great.  Gina even read a book to her which she never does for anyone else.  Gina can read very well but hates to show off for people.  But she liked Shanti so much she would have done anything for her.  When Shanti cakes back in the fall we are hoping Dyhana can come with her and we can take the girls to Disney World for the day.

Thursday we went to Nelson’s Family Farm Stand.  This time of the year is not a very good time for most vegetables and my freezer is getting down in good vegetables so I was so glad the cauliflower is back in season.  Last Saturday when Shanti went there with us the cauliflower was $4.00 a head but Thursday I got it for $23 a box and each box had 12 heads.  Now we can fill the cauliflower bag in the freezer again and have lots to eat fresh.  Patty uses it for everything.  She does not eat any wheat products so she uses cauliflower for her pasta when she can get it.  I am sending home 6 heads for her to use and freeze and I have frozen three heads already.  I will use one head for my bouillabaisse instead of french bread and make the cauliflower pizza crust for my croutons.  Then I will have one head this week fresh.

This morning I went to the “New England Fish Market” to get all I needed for my bouillabaisse.  I got the leeks, fennel and fresh thyme yesterday at Nelson’s.  Today I got a nice fish head and bones for the broth, scrod, salmon, sward fish, flounder, shrimp, mussels, clams, ,calama, crab claws and a lobster.  When I got home I found they had mixed up my packages and instead of the fish bones I had an extra pound and a half of the shrimp.  I had gotten an extra pound of the steamers anyways so we had the steamers and some shrimp for dinner and have frozen about half a pound of shrimp.  I thought the price was high but I had expected to pay a lot for the fish so didn’t notice that I had $12.59 cents for extra shrimp instead of the $1.59 for the fish head and bones.  It was too far for Norman to want to go back in the rain so instead we went two blocks down the road to Publics and got a pound of fish to make the broth from and at the same time got a pound of shark steak as I was a pound short of fish for my bouillabaisse.  I needed milk and celery anyways so Norman didn’t mind driving me that far.  I hope the woman who ordered the pound and a half of shrimp noticed when they rang up the fish head for $1.59.  If she let it pass by thinking she got a great deal or that she was putting it over on them, she will be very surprised when she opens it up to cook her husband some shrimp and finds just a fish head and bones!!

I hope this awful snow storms does not make it to NH.  Nancy let me know how you are making out this week end.  I see on the news that NH has had all the candidates in Keene and Manchester.  Have you seen Donald Trump?  I would not go across the street to see him.  I just hope he is NOT our next president!!!  Have a great day

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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3 Responses to Bouillabaisse

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    I am glad to see you are back, Carol. A head of caulifower here is $6,00 and a head of iceberg lettuce is $5.00. It is being blamed on the low Canadian dollar which is worth 70 cents to your dollar. I have never heard or seen such a mean politican as Donald Trump. I just can’t imagine him as president. I change channels when he comes on the television! I am glad things are fine at your home!

    • Good heaven!! I don’t see how anyone there can make ends meet. Are wages higher also? I agree with you about Donald Trump but I don’t think much of any of the Republican candidates but I did think the American voters would see through Trump long before this. I don’t see how anyone could believe or follow him, he is just so stupid. However my sister hates Hillary Clinton so much she would vote for Trump if it comes down to those two. I am for Hillary, I think Sanders is just too old, I couldn’t vote for him unless he has a very good vice president. It is a crazy year for politics here.

  2. Nancy O'Grady says:

    No, I wouldn’t cross the street to see Trump either. In fact, I don’t go to see any of them. The TV is enough. I will stick with Bernie as long as he is a choice. He is getting the message out there and those that can ” see ” will want some things to change. Of course, we know one person can’t do much alone so the congress will have a lot of control per usual. Be nice if we could get a Democratic president with a Democratic congress. Then maybe we’d get some real change for the good. Sure need it! I am sure Bernie is smart enough to be very careful in choosing a vice pres. Wonder if O’Malley would consider?
    No snow here at all thus far. Tim and Asia Le, his daughter, are up in Pittsburgh. Up for the Penguins hockey games and to check out University of Pittsburgh for her Masters in Art History. They hope to fly back to Fl. tomorrow.
    Take care and great to have you back. Love, Nancy

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