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Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011 06:28PM

Laurie08 wrote:

I thought it might be fun to start a thread on what we are having, making or had for dinner.  Sometimes it is the best tuna steak you ever had, sometimes it's a can of soup.  But we all do it every night in some form or another.  Maybe we can give each other ideas on what to make, or bitch about what we had, or the fact that we did enjoy that grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Every night my husband comes home and says "whats for dinner?"  no matter what I say he always says "sounds good!"  even if I say it's a 'fend for yourself night'. :)

Bilateral Mastectomy on 6/30/10 Exchange surgery 1/10/11 Dx 4/22/2010, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 13, 2019 05:34PM MinusTwo wrote:

I'm so inspired by those of you who are clearing out & cleaning up. I started on my books. I have 8 floor to ceiling book cases in 3 rooms, in addition several bookcases in 2 other rooms. It made sense at 1am one morning to at least reorganize the piles that were everywhere, so now at least the same authors are not only in the same room but on the same shelf. Unfortunately that led me to discover the duplicates I'd purchased over the years. Sigh. Anyway, I'm on a roll determined to re-read shelf by shelf. So far 60% of the books are going to the used book store for credit or donated to the library. But ... well... to be truthful... 60% is only one shelf completed so far. Another Sigh.

I also decided to clean my freezer too like Carole & Joyce are doing. Today's meal is pork loin served with frozen leftovers - green lentils cooked with shredded carrots & bell pepper and also corn cut off the cob fresh last summer. It's gotten to be a contest with myself. The last time I went to the grocery store (including WalMart or Target) was 3/27 - so just over 2 weeks. Although I'm getting desperate for salad greens, I'm holding out until tomorrow.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 14, 2019 12:45AM SpecialK wrote:

minus - I do the “how long can I stay out of the grocery store and survive” thing too, and I know it’s time to go when I start craving salad. My house is big but had to have been designed by men, the pantry is pathetic and so is the laundry room, so sometimes I try to use most of the pantry before I re-stock because it is too crowded. Your book plans remind me that I need to thin mine too - we have more books than shelves, and increased our library when we added books from my parents and in-laws as well. And we only kept the “essentials” from their homes, lol!

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Apr 14, 2019 05:37PM M0mmyof2 wrote:

Steaks, potatoes and corn

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Apr 14, 2019 07:45PM - edited Apr 14, 2019 07:47PM by eric95us

Special. Does the house have a walk-in beer cooler? :-). That, combined with the paltry pantry and little laundry, would be a sure sign of a man designed house.

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Apr 14, 2019 07:48PM MinusTwo wrote:

I did make it to the grocery store - so I had bites & pieces of rotisserie chicken while standing at the sink stripping & de-boning earlier this afternoon. Really a Costco rotisserie chicken is soooooo much better than the grocery store version, but I was at Kroger & had a $2.00 off coupon. Dessert was some dried coconut strips from Trader Joe's.

I just had triscuits and garlic & herb cheese spread with my gin & tonic. That will probably be it for dinner.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 14, 2019 08:20PM auntienance wrote:

In spite of it not being Monday, it's red beans and rice tonight. Garlic bread and fruit salad on the side.

Woke up to 3" of snow this morning. Winter just won't quit. Most of its gone now, but not all. I expect Sandy and Monica got more than that. Hope the southern folks are safe from the tornadoes.


Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 14, 2019 08:38PM - edited Apr 14, 2019 09:27PM by SpecialK

Tonight was roasted boneless pork loin, small potatoes roasted with the pork, then smashed and returned to the oven with a little cheddar on top, and roasted broccoli with lemon pepper and lemon olive oil. Roasting was apparently the theme.

Edited to address eric’s beer cooler question - sadly, no - it didn’t come with the house, so we built one into the outdoor kitchen!

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Apr 14, 2019 09:21PM Beaverntx wrote:

We had lunch out and had large taco salads so dinner was light: hummus and cheese triangles with crackers and chips, fruit for dessert.

Auntienance, wow, 3 inches of snow--this winter just won't quit!

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 15, 2019 12:26AM illimae wrote:

Tonight a friend cooked us Chinese. Cashew chicken, egg drop soup and cream cheese wontons. Love when he cooks but hate all the dishes.


Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 15, 2019 11:03PM MinusTwo wrote:

Illi - that look delicious. Sorry you're not a fan.

Dinner was rotisserie chicken piled high on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls - served with leftover fresh (frozen) corn.

I'm freezing both chicken breasts and one of the pork loins - but still have at least 3 more dinners.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 15, 2019 11:51PM illimae wrote:

Minus, lol, I love the food, I meant that I hate the clean up. He uses every bowl and pot in the house, worth it for special meals.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2019 08:49AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night was dinner out at Crabby Shack.  A dozen raw oysters on the half shell and a shared fried shrimp and thin catfish fillets meal with fries.  We went at 6pm and got there before the crowd.  

More yard work this morning instead of the gym.  Much to do before our May 19 departure date.  Hard to believe the months have zipped by so fast since we got home in October.  

Dinner tonight to be decided.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 16, 2019 04:16PM april485 wrote:

Made a calzone for dinner last night. Used pizza dough I bought at my local pizzeria and it came out great. This one has spinach, ricotta cheese and mozzarella in it. I made a nice marinara to go with. It was delicious!

"Fear has been a huge dictator in my life - so I am trying to stage a coup!" ~ a friend Dx 1/30/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/20/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/10/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/21/2013 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 16, 2019 04:53PM illimae wrote:

April, yum!

I’m making French bread pizza tonight.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/20/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2019 06:29PM Beaverntx wrote:

Layered chicken enchilada casserole using the last of the chicken breasts in the freezer.

The calzone looks yummy and the pizza sounds good, too.

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2019 06:52PM MinusTwo wrote:

I took my nephew to the PeliPeli Kitchen for very good South African lunch. Interesting & different flavors. The guy who opened the first PeliPeli a number of years ago now has 4 or 5 restaurants around town. The spice that is the basis of the food (also known as peri peri or piri piri) was first discovered by the Portugese on the plains of Southern Africa in the 15th century. The restaurant is knows as South African Fusion - using foods from the Dutch, Portugese and Asia.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 17, 2019 09:24AM april485 wrote:

Yummm Minus!

I have had food made with piri piri before and loved it. They are African chili peppers known as "Bird's Eye" Chilis. I had Piri Piri chicken at a Portugese influenced restaurant. Actually, my friend ordered it and I tasted it and loved it so we shared our lunches and I got to eat half of it. That was plenty as it was spicy but still had a wonderful flavor.

You can buy the chilis in dried form from Penzeys or even Whole Foods these days as this is becoming very popular in the US.

"Fear has been a huge dictator in my life - so I am trying to stage a coup!" ~ a friend Dx 1/30/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/20/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/10/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/21/2013 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 18, 2019 01:23AM ChiSandy wrote:

Special, have you found that Invisligns put a serious damper on your going out to eat or dining in general? Just got mine today, and having to take it out to eat, then brush/floss/rinse before putting it back in seems like a royal pain---especially since total eating/cleaning time isn't supposed to exceed 4 hrs. a day. And since my teeth haven't started to hurt yet, when I took the aligner out I had a pastrami on marble rye for dinner--and the crust caused one of the little "attachment" anchors to come unglued from my R canine. Almost swallowed it~!

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 18, 2019 09:18AM carolehalston wrote:

Last night was a prime rib eye and boiled small red potatoes with butter and sour cream. Wonderful meal. And so easy.

Tonight will be crab cakes. If we aren't blown away before dinner time. The weather forecast is dire for this afternoon and tonight. We're in the danger zone for high winds and tornadoes.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 18, 2019 11:44AM SpecialK wrote:

chisandy - Invisalign is certainly an adjustment! I don't go out to eat all that often so the whole bringing a toothbrush with me thing wasn't that much of an issue, but I imagine it will be for you! I tended to remove my trays and put them in the case before I went in to the restaurant, and then not put them back until I got home. The exception was if I was going somewhere else after dining out. My dentist wanted me to be wearing them 22 hours out of 24, so I learned to only eat when I was really serious and I ate more rapidly - usually when I was home, lol! In all honesty I did not always wear the trays that many hours every single day, I doubt anyone does. My case ( and possibly yours as well) was complicated by receiving Prolia, and it slowed me down considerably so be prepared for that, my teeth just didn't want to move. I was an exceptional responder on Prolia though - so maybe it will not be a problem for you. My dentist had several patients on Prolia and they experienced slowing as well. What should have taken a year or less, took two full years for me and I only really needed bottom straightening, my uppers were good although I wore full mouth for the whole time. I was also treated with massive steroids for two months when I lost my hearing and I had zero progress during that time as steroids are contraindicated for Invisalign. What you may not know yet is that you have to wear trays - after the attachments have been removed from your newly straightened teeth - for that same 22 hours a day, for an entire year, so nothing changes for that year after you are done with the actual straightening. I believe that after a year you switch to just wearing the trays nightly. I was told that in addition to only drinking water or clear liquids with the trays on I could have white wine, champagne or a wine spritzer - this was after my husband's high school reunion where I was running about taking my trays in and out all night, ha!

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Apr 18, 2019 03:28PM auntienance wrote:

Spent the morning cleaning out and reorganizing the laundry room/pantry. It looks much more presentable. Where did all these aluminum containers come from? (Trick question. They came from Costco. They're great for packaging food to give away, but apparently I've never thrown one away. And why are there twice as many lids as containers?) Mysteries of the universe.

I also spent some time organizing my drawers using the Marie Kondo folding method. I've never seen even one of her videos but I read an article that demonstrated the folding method. Amazing - the woman's a genius - all of my t shirts fit easily into one drawer and actually closes without effort. I haven't figured out bras yet though.

The calzone looks great, haven't made them in a while. May have to be Saturday's menu.

Tonight is taco Thursday with black beans and some kind of salad. I wish I had an avocado but I don't and I don't want it badly enough to drive to town to get one.

Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 18, 2019 03:30PM auntienance wrote:

Carole - stay out of those tornadoes! That's the only thing I hate about spring.

Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 18, 2019 11:56PM - edited Apr 19, 2019 12:05AM by ChiSandy

Okay--here comes the food porn from my trip:

Here are my dining companions at the rijsttafel dinner in Amsterdam, and my plate piled high from the passed-around dishes:

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The dinner didn't include dessert, as we had to vacate the place (Indrapura) by 8 pm, so we returned to the Sofitel Grand Canal Hotel's "Flying Dutchman" bar for a genever digestif and the classic dessert Paris-Brest (shaped like a bike wheel to commemorate a bicycle race from Paris to Brest, on the NW coast of France):

Salmon sushi and Pavlova at the restaurant in the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem:

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 19, 2019 01:53AM ChiSandy wrote:

Next, after a day of hiking on Masada and floating in the Dead Sea (no, you don't wanna see me in a swimsuit and shower cap), back to our hotel. There was some sort of political rally/concert taking place outside, which I photographed from my balcony (those sre the walls of the Old City, by Jaffa Gate):


Had dinner at the nearby Happy Fish rooftop restaurant in the Mamilla St. Market, an upscale outdoor shopping arcade. The market was built on land that used to be a slum, but some of the buildings dated back several centuries and were preserved, stone by stone, to be reassembled in the new market. The numbers you see on each block are not grafitti--they were written to indicate where they belonged when reconstructed:


I had fish shwarma (with Tunisian couscous, pickled root veggies and insanely silky hummus) but I had stopped taking pix of my meals for awhile because I couldn't convert the HEIC files from my phone-cam to my iPad. But something else captured my attention: I kept hearing barking, but when I looked for the dogs, instead I saw feral cats chasing each other. Apparently, they taught themselves to bark to make it likelier that diners would slip them some morsels--dogs are pets in Israel but cats are mostly strays, trapped & neutered and returned to the streets as rodent-exterminators. Here's one (sorry for the lousy color balance):

Turns out that blue-tented stage was part of the Old City Lights Fest, which is a nightly audiovisual sound & light show projected on the Old City walls:

Next, various exotic (to our American palates) fruits, veggies, meats, pastries, etc. at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace tour (with our guide, David Kichka, an Israeli food TV personality):

Pickles & Yemenite pastry:

Leeks:

Artichokes:

Strange veggie, like a cross between a zucchini/cucumber/pepino melon/winter melon--extremely short season:

Fava beans (sans the liver of an IRS agent and a nice Chianti):

Center: beef shanks. Left: chicken hearts. Right: Kosher version of "Rocky Mt. Oysters" (turkey testicles):

Jerusalem artichokes (from Jerusalem but not artichokes):

Typical produce stand:

Entrance to a very weird smoothie stand (Bizarre Bazaar?):

Facades:

Smoothies (some weird, some not):

Two very strange smoothies:

Smoothie stand owner, "etrog" enterpreneur (he also makes skin care stuff from citrons) and one of the lawyers on our tour:

Our guide with the etrog (citron) and gat leaves (illegal in US & EU, together they make EtroGat smoothie:

Lox:

Bet you've never seen, much less eaten. a fresh raw green almond!

Oldest stall (>100 yrs) in the market:

Fresh aka "moist" dates (there's a pun here and I'm not gonna make it):

Date trio: Medjool, fresh, Deglet noor:

Olive mart:

Kube (deep-fried lamb-filled croquettes):

Ethiopian mart:

Taste of Chicago, East (note Blackhawks banner):

Georgian pastries (like an omelet/empanada/calzone):

Tropical & familiar fruits

Jerusalem "kugel" (sweet):

Persian spice mart:

Our guide at ShukCafe:

Roaster at ShukCafe:

Getting late--post some Tel Aviv tomorrow.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 19, 2019 09:57AM HikingLady wrote:

ChiSandy Thanks for sharing all this!!!! I am a food-obsessed person, and loved hitching a ride along on your trip by seeing those lovely photos, and also the previous ones.

I'm new here! I love to cook, and love to eat good food. I don't think I've posted on this thread before, but I've been reading it for awhile, for inspiration! I'm really just getting my bearings again about preparing food and enjoying it, after going through a traumatizing time in 2018, with foot surgery + breast cancer treatment.

DH and I just had a 9-day trip to Kauai. It was my huge reward for being healed and strong enough to enjoy hiking and snorkeling, which we did!

Back home now, I've been inspired by our food there to create some teriyaki sauces using my new guava jam I picked up on our trip. Made pork ribs with that sauce + roasted baby potatoes + many stir-fried vegetables with some sesame oil and ginger yesterday, and will marinate, then bake chicken thighs in another gingery sweet-n-sour sauce today and serve with brown rice and other veggies. For tomorrow, I'm using some of the (oven-baked with a rub, then finished on grill with my sauce) leftover pork from the ribs + brown rice to make a fun fried rice, adding lots of veggies and a new, very intense soy sauce I found in a Chinese market in my neighborhood.

In Hawaii, I bought some of this seasoning, which is used to pep up the rice in sushi and other dishes. It's a Japanese condiment, and I am adding it to the brown rice for fun. It has Nori + dried vegetables + dried shrimp bits, and it adds some color and fun flavors to any rice dish.



Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/8/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/9/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/7/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 19, 2019 10:10AM carolehalston wrote:

Very interesting, Sandy. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more photos.

Our dinner last night was very good. Crab cakes, steamed asparagus and a romaine salad with favorite additions and dressed wtth olive oil and white balsamic. The asparagus was cooked perfectly. Dh made a remoulade sauce that went well with the crab cakes.

I think we'll have shrimp tonight and use up one of the packages in the freezer. Several veggie choices in the refrigerator and more salad makings.

Nipple-Sparing BMX w/Alloderm & Silicone Implants 7/24/09, Oncotype Dx 9, No Chemo, No Rads, Arimidex Dx 6/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 19, 2019 12:24PM joycek wrote:

Wed night we had grilled chicken breasts cooked by DH on the grill. Served with rice and beets. The chicken was so tender. DH had Cajun on his and mine was garlic pepper.

Last night we went out with our neighbors who are leaving Fl tomorrow morning and heading back to Ct. Went to a pizza place called Grimaldi’s. Beautiful evening and sat outside. I had a white pizza with garlic and Spinach. It was delicious and will be finished as today’s lunch. DH has a traditional pepperoni pizza.

Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!!!!!

Dx 2/23/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
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Apr 19, 2019 12:34PM auntienance wrote:

Great pictures Sandy, LOVE the olive mart. That would be my first stop.

Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, DCIS/IDC: Tubular/IDC: Cribriform, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/22/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/25/2011 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 10/3/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/11/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 19, 2019 01:48PM - edited Apr 19, 2019 01:49PM by Lacey12

Cool pix, Sandy. Thanks for the travelogue! At the food market I especially loved the images of the dates, olives, and those piles of Persian spices. I actually do have access to raw almonds at a local Middle Eastern grocery store I frequent, but have yet to buy them.

Welcome HL! Happy for your recovery and that you had such a nice trip to celebrate it. That spice looks interesting.

We rarely eat red meat, but I decided it was about time to have a brief indulgence. So, last night we had one of our faves....lamburgers. I prepared them by mixing in fresh garlic, rosemary powder, salt and pepper, and crumbled feta cheese. We had them on toasted kaiser rolls with red leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, and red onion (apologies, Carole). I use ketchup and dijon mustard on my roll. We hadn't had these for many months so it was a good treat! We also had a cucumber salad that I dressed with kalamata olives, red onion and chopped orange bell pepper. Last side was fresh (but clearly well traveled corn on the cob (am guessing from Florida?). It was a summery dinner for a raw coolish day. No complaints about our weather, tho, knowing what the mid-west and southern states are enduring. Stay safe everyone!


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Apr 19, 2019 09:59PM ChiSandy wrote:

Glad I took that market tour before getting my Invisalign (just the top teeth), because I have to take it out to eat and then brush, floss, rinse it and put it back in as soon as I'm done. No nice clean ladies' room to do that at a foreign market! Have to keep it in 20-22 hrs/day, so I have to be careful about planning my eating. Having a quiet Passover at home tonight--Bob wanted to go out to Cellars, but it looks like restaurants are going to be a PITA for me. Tomorrow night's temple Seder will run nearly 3 hrs. (so breakfast will have to be fast & lunch nonexistent), and Sunday's Easter brunch at least 2 hrs.

Last night was Bob's leftover filet mignon Oscar, roasted Brussels sprouts and Caesar salad. Tonight, our mini-Seder will be matzo ball soup (my broth will be chicken, Bob's vegetarian--it's Good Friday and he's Catholic), Caesar salad with sardines, the "Hillel sandwich" (which tonight will be with Israeli haroseth--very dense and almost jammy, so I cut it with crushed matzo & cashews and a little cider--horseradish, and Israeli "shmura" matzo). Then gefilte fish and green beans, with all sorts of gooey Passover candies & snacks for dessert. More conventional Seder tomorrow, of course--have to remind Bob not to have meat during the day as the main course is always roast chicken.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)

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