Friday, July 31, 2009

Onions and Garlic skins, more skins...

Boy I wonder. Peeling onion skins not at home but at the hypermarket? I just have to post this favorite past time of some people here.
Have you been to Tesco or any other hypermarkets and sees a whole lot of people crowding around a big box of onions and garlic? I have and almost every time there is a price reduction or sale of these. I was wondering why do people take the trouble to peel the skins off these onions or garlic before putting them into the plastic bag they hold. Saving money because it will weigh less on the scales? How much less and how much does one save? Believe it or not, it is not only women but men doing such acts....peeling the skins off. I would think if the less skins the onions or garlic have, the shorter period it will keep. Am I correct? Of course, I stand to be corrected. Why am I so irked by this? It is this. It always ends up with me having to buy a whole bag of pre-packed onions and garlic because I can't reach the garlic/onions with the many people crowding round the container. All I get each time I put my hand in between the people and into the box is...a whole handful of skins! Now tell me if you know, why all the peeling? :o(

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Five-year-old left in cab


As reported on Yahoo news.

Boston hack almost takes blame for forgotten child

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press Writer Bob Salsberg, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jul 28, 4:40 pm ET
BOSTON – A family picked up by a taxi at the airport left a sleeping 5-year-old child behind in the back of the minivan — and the cabbie almost took the blame for it.
Joseph Cohen, a taxi driver for 39 years, picked up the family at Logan International Airport on Sunday, drove them to their home in the city's Mattapan neighborhood, and helped them unload their luggage.
"They paid me, thank you very much, everything was nice, and I left," he said.
Minutes later, Cohen got a call from the cab pool at the airport. State police, who have jurisdiction over Logan, were looking for him.
He was told the family left a child in his cab.
"I said, 'What?' So I looked in the back and I see the baby sleeping. I said, 'What should I do?' So you know, I take the baby (back) to the family," he said. "The father came out. He was very happy."
He even gave him a $50 tip.
The following day, Cohen was ordered to report to the Hackney unit, where police told him his license was being suspended for three days because he didn't do a thorough check of the van. He appealed the suspension and was allowed to keep his license pending a hearing. On Tuesday, he visited the police station with an attorney and learned he would only get a warning.
"We are very happy that the baby was safely returned to mom and dad," said Elaine Driscoll, a police spokeswoman. "That said, it was an important opportunity to remind cab drivers why we have a rule that dictates they must check the back of their cab after every fare."
Cohen said the girl had been in the back of the van behind another seat and he could not see her from his rearview mirror or from the outside of the vehicle.
The cabbies' union expressed outrage at the proposed suspension, saying the fault should lie with the child's family, not the driver.
Police would not release the names of the parents but said they were not being investigated.
"I think the sad piece here is that the police are not recognizing the responsibility of the adults and are now saying this driver also has to be responsible for passengers who forget their children," said Donna Blythe-Shaw, a staff representative for the United Steelworkers Boston Taxi Drivers Association.

I find it so shocking because the first thing I'd do is to take my child down from the taxi before anything else. Don't you think so? :o(

Asparagus...Interesting article

Asparagus...some facts you would want to read about. I find it interesting. Just read on...and find out.

Who knows, it can't hurt.
Snopes still has it classified as "Undetermined" (http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/asparagus.asp)

I am asking you to read this article to the end. My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus that she PUREED and she took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she does not need to see him for 3 months.THE ARTICLE:Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer.He gave me a photocopied copy of an article entitled, `Asparagus for cancer' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years..Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer.
Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples: Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise. Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal. Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine. Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced.. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy alsocure her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.
I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of material medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records.I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brand contain no pesticides or preservatives.
Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that 'what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink...
As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic.
In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good.
It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Please spread the news!
The most unselfish act one can ever do is to forward all the kindness one has received! :o)

Help find Ebon a home please?

Hi, meet Ebon(y). Ebon is one of the dogs I've been feeding. This picture doesn't say much about him except a normal looking stray dog. Actually Ebon is a very loving and adorable dog. He can 'talk' to you. Yeah, he growls a lot when I am late getting myself to the park for his feeds. I bring food every evening for Ebon and a few of his friends. I have posted all these furry friends of mine in my earlier post. Chocolate has been taken to an orchard recently. A choice we had to make to prevent him from beaten and have bricks/stones thrown at him. Chocolate barks a lot so I think that irritates some 'not so kind' souls. King comes and goes. I would like to think that he has a home somewhere. Dogg has been sort of adopted by an Indian family. The only remaining one now is Ebon. Ebon is lonely and would love to have a home.
A little on Ebon(y) here. Ebon is about 1 year plus. He is black silky fur. It isn't the light that does the shine. He is actually silky black.
Gentle dog and one who loves to be patted and scratched under his chin. He'll follow you all around the park how ever many circles you make. Doesn't bite but would make a good guard dog. Can you, can you please help to find him a home? TQ :o)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fish in Beer Batter...

Have you watched Jamie Oliver on TV? The guy who goes around teaching people how to cook and how cooking is just so simple? I have and many times on TV. I was recently given Jamie Oliver's Fish and Chips recipe by my brother-in-law. I am one of those who can't seem to get food to taste right from a first try. Well, this time I did and only one try! How nice. In Jamie Oliver's show after learning you have to go out and teach one person. Here I am...passing the recipe around. This is really easy to prepare.
For the batter:
1 cup plain flour
1 cup beer
2 egg whites, whipped to soft peaks
salt
4 (9 ounce/250 gram) fillets haddock or cod, skin on, and pin boned.
For the chips:
3 3/4 pints (2 litres) vegetable oil
2 pounds (950 grams) floury potatoes, like russets, peeled and cut into large chips



I didn't fry any chips because I prefer mashed potato to deep fried chips.
This is really cooking made simple. An easy batter to prepare and my...the batter is so light.
METHOD:
1.Pour all the vegetable oil into a deep pan or deep fat fryr, and heat to 300 degrees F (160 degrees C.) Blanch the cut potatoes in the oil until soft, but not coloured, about 4 minutes. Remove and drain.
2.Mix together the flour and the beer and then fold in the egg whites. Turn up the heat of the oil to 350 degrees. Dip the fish in the batter and fry for a few minuts with the chips until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and serve.
Happy cooking! :o)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Choo choom ber...!!! ???

Now tell me what do you see in the picture? To me and for many of you it will be a cucumber. (Picture is that of a Japanese cucumber.) Right and it will be so right to pronounce it as cucumber (kew kum ber). I'm spelling it out as how one would pronounce it. Our Education Ministry has decided to have our Math and Science subjects taught in our National Language again! How many times has it been changed from English to Malay to English and back to Malay? I can't remember. I worry little now because my child is already in University but...maybe later.
My friends however are lamenting and lamenting. First they have to get tuition in English and with the recent decision; it will be hunting time for Malay tuition. For those who are in the SK school, they should be alright. Those who are in the SJK schools, oh dear! As it is, their English is already suffering. Of course, there are many who has impeccable English because they speak English at home. We were on this subject when this cucumber subject came up. One lady told me how she almost fainted when her son who is in Form One asked her why she came home from the market with so many choo choom ber! Okay, lady told me that she doesn't speak English very well but she knows that it isn't pronounced that way. She chided her son and got the reply that the pronunciation was from his teacher!!! Oh goodness gracious! What is happening in school? I would like to think that it was being pronounced according to the way we learn our Malay. Right? Tell me how do you pronounce 'cuci' in Malay? Choo chee, no? 'Cari' is pronounced char ri, no? So...cucumber has become choo choom ber. Another something to haaahaaa heeeheee about here. I remember once I was teaching my nephew spelling and I gave him this word to spell. Charcoal. How did he spell it? Carkol! See if you can tell me more. Welcome to the learning of the English Language the Malaysian way. Can you imagine how Science and Math terms will be taught in Malay? :o)
**Post is put here just for some kicks and giggles. It isn't meant to hurt anyone's feelings nor is it meant to be offensive.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Excuse me...do you spoking English?!!!

Should I put this here? After some thinking I thought I would just for some humor. I was at the bank yesterday and as what is being practiced here, we have to get a number. I went to the counter and there were 2 staff there talking away. It went like this, "Excuse me, can I have a number please?" One of the staff responded with this reply, "No, you can not". I was taken aback by her reply and asked, "Huh, what's the reason?" She looked at me blankly. Silence. I asked again, "Why?" No answer. I then asked that isn't it the normal thing to get a number to go upstairs to do my transactions. I added in this at the end..."mengapa hari ini tak ada nombor?" Oh, the staff replied that the computer system is down. Ah...finally she understood me. Isn't that many minutes wasted just to get a number and a reason why no numbers are given out?
I drove to another bank to do my transactions. I made some payments with cheques. After that I asked the teller if she could kindly stamp on my voucher the date received. Her answer was, "Sorry, I can't." I asked why and her reply was my Officer's instructions. She then turned and asked her Officer. "Tak boleh." was the Officer's reply. Hmmm...I was wondering why so I asked the Officer why it can't be done. It is just a received stamp. The other bank normally put that stamp for me. Guess what her reply was? "You are paying by cheque. Not cleared." Huh??? I explained that I am not asking for the 'Cleared' stamp but the 'Received' stamp. Received means you took the cheque. Miss Officer took a look at me and said..."Same and she continued with her conversation on the phone." Is cleared and received the same? Do we speak the same kind of English here? I can't help but agree with another lady at the bank. The last batch of staff was more competent. The older ones. They have since retired or some have left. They understand us better. These present staff come 'armed' with degrees but do they serve the public better? They can hardly understand simple English.
My friend has some interesting incidents too. She works in the Human Resources Department. This was what one applicant put as the answer on the Resume form to be filled in. Under the column Sex...the answer written was...SOMETIMES! There are some who put even funnier answers. Can you just imagine? Then came the telephone answering skills. One girl picked up the phone and said...Hello, (name of company stated by her) followed by this...Who's spoking?" !!!! Did she get the job? Need I say more?:o)
*** The above are my own opinions/views based on experiences I've had. They are not race or gender biased. TQ

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I did it again...Aarghhh!

I set out to make tuna rolls. It isn't the bread dough kind but the one using short crust pastry.
All ingredients in the food processor. Wahla...all set and I turned the machine on. Recipe says to process till the mixture look like bread crumbs. That sounds so simple. I used to use my fingers and slowly rub the margarine till they look like bread crumbs. No sweat it is simple. Everything was done in a jiffy with the food processor. Believe it or not, I didn't realize anything was wrong till I handled the dough. I think my brain was working on reserve power. I was up till 4am watching Michael Jackson's memorial live. Yes, over on our side it ended almost near 4 am!
The dough was in the fridge chilling when I had the tuna prepared. [I don't even have pictures of the dough to show! Where was I?] It was only when I took the dough out of the fridge and put it out for rolling did I realized something was wrong. Oh, my brain worked at that moment because I just had my cuppa, coffee that is. Instead of pastry margarine I put in butter. BIG MISTAKE! Did I throw the whole lot of pastry away? No I did not. It is wastage and that is something I don't practice. I did the most I could and had everything in the tray for baking. It couldn't be rolled. It was too soft. I did whatever I could to come out with the rolls I started out to make. The pastry turned out crumbly but it was soft and delicious. Well, I did manage to come out with something. Hubby came home just as I finished baking. The aroma that drifted from the kitchen was great. Hubby asked what was I baking this time? What did I tell him? CRUMBLY Tuna Rolls. heeeheee...:o)

Friday, July 3, 2009

They are Murderers...!!

I was out in the garden clearing up some twigs and leaves the wind had blown down. I thought I saw some thing dart across the ground from the corner of my eyes. I took a look and EEwww...a monitor lizard. A baby one. Remember I had a post earlier about a monstrous one? This is nothing compared to the Monster but it still gives me goose bumps. The only thing I wanted to do was to make sure it doesn't go into the house. I ran from one door to the other and made sure they are closed tight. I took a peek just to make sure that the two furries are not looking for the lizard. Hmmm...Okay, they are already snoozing in the sun. I took a walk outside with a stick and being wary of a surprise appearance by the lizard. Coast clear and I can't help thinking that it must have escaped through the drain.
I got a big shock when I went to the back of the house in the evening. Aargh....Aargh... I can't stop my screaming. The lizard is here. It is here and it is dead! Murdered..Ohhh.. I don't fancy or like these kinds of lizards in the house but I don't jolly like them to be dead. Murdered that is.
Okay, I know these pictures will give you goose bumps because I still get them as I type here. The one thing is if I don't have the pictures here then you wouldn't know that my two gentle, always with tails wagging furries are capable of murder! How the 'victim' died. I know it is just a lizard but it is still murder, no? May you RIP Mister or (whatever) Lizard. :o(

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ever wondered how to tell the sex of flies...?

This was sent to me from US. I find it hillarious... Yeah, haven't we all wondered how to tell the sex of flies? Now be honest...
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her
husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?"
she asked.

"Hunting Flies"
he responded.

"Oh. Killing any?"
she asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked.
"How can you tell them apart?"

He responded,
"3 were on a beer can,
2 were on the phone.”
Loved this. Thank you my Sayang. :o)