Friday, December 11, 2009

Left-over Onions.... dangerous

I must say I am the biggest culprit when it comes to storing left over onions. There are times when I can't get any Bombay/Indian onions from the local hyper market. So, I would buy the red onions from Australia. Oh, these are huge compared to the Indian ones. See the picture here. That is one! For one sandwich, there will definitely be left over. What I normally do is, keep the balance in an air tight container. Isn't this something we do almost all the time to the left over onion? Oh NO! You shouldn't do that. Just read on to find out more.
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I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later. Now with this info, I have changed my mind....will buy smaller onions in the future. I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist. The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's. Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially- made Mayo is completely safe. "It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary.." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick. Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES. He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!) Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down. So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.' Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions .Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions and try to use it to cook the next day ,it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates Toxic bacteria which may cause Adverse Stomach infections because of excess Bile secretions and even Food poisoning. :o)
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It is the time of the year again....not what you think it is!

It is the time of the year again! No, I'm not talking about the school holidays and neither am I talking about the many sales going on at the mall. I'm talking about spring cleaning time! Yes, time to clear and clean the house. 'Cheng Chooh' as what Penangites calls it. This is actually a Chinese tradition. Cheng literally translated is dust in our local Hokkien dialect and Chooh is home. This is in preparation for our Chinese New Year in February. House will normally be done before the beginning of the Winter Solstice. A day when rice balls (tong yuen) are made and eaten. I couldn't wait till the weekend for more help and since I'm sort of 'off work from the office'; I decided to do it my way. On my own.
Back in grandma and mom's days a bunch of bamboo leaves are purchased from the wet market for the brushing part. Well, needless to say, I forgot about the bamboo leaves part till I've dressed down to my shorts and T. What else is there left to do except to cut the bamboo leaves from the pot I have outside. Right? Oh I know mom or grandma will make lots of sounds and noises if they see what I did. Then and again, I do try to keep all the rites and rituals that I've been taught. I used bamboo didn't I? The only thing is, these are young ones and they are not bought from the market. Still, I used bamboo as instructed, no? As far and as much as I can remember, bamboo leaves has some 'cleansing' effect and this is the reason why they must be used.
I cheated after a while and used this instead. A plastic brush stuck to a very long stick. It is cleaner, faster and the stick is longer. Of course, the best thing to use would be the vacuum cleaner. Heeheee....I managed to finish all corners (up the ceiling and down), nooks and crannies. It is done, yay!
As I was 'chenging' (brushing in English) I can't help, reminiscing about the time and meaning of spring cleaning back when I was a child. Back then, it was quite an enjoyable time for cousins and me. The whole household is involved. My pa would even take leave from his work. It really was FUN time for us children. Then and again, as children we enjoy any extra activities, don't we? I remember how we had to tie towels or men's handkerchiefs below our eyes to cover our nose and mouth. Oh, that is to prevent the dust and dirt from us. Yes, that is how dirty the house was. We even had bandanas tied on our heads. was fun with all the laughing and sometimes pretending to accidentally brush each other's face. After all the cleaning, it will be chow time outside. That is a treat in itself for all of us children.
Today, it is a different picture altogether. I am not sure about those living in the rural areas but for us urbanites, I know of many homes where the maids do the spring cleaning or for some, none at all. It isn't that they live in dirty houses but it is or could be that traditions aren't held that dear and near anymore. Me, I do not claim to practice all and everything, I just try to remember and do as many and much as I could. Now, if you will forgive and excuse me, I got to go and 'oil' my neck. It is still creaking each time I turn my head. It has been more than 12 hours plus and it still can't stop creaking. That's how hard I've worked spring cleaning the house just to keep the tradition alive. Ahemmmm......! :o)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Especially for Women.....important information

Eeew....! I will never believe it if this comes to me by word of mouth. **I have decided to write a little on this. This is a sanitary pad for those (men especially) who do not know ahemm.... what these pictures show. The little thingy is a maggot! Gross as it may seem to find one of these little creepy crawly
in a pad but it is what is as shown.

These pictures convinced me. After all these years.......did you bother to check? Huh? Urghhhhhh, Yikes! Please DO CHECK before you use one the next time. :o(

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

She's only ONE year old....and pregnant!

Bizarre as this may seem. Can you help wondering how difficult can lives get? How sad can it be....? Poor, poor baby....she is only 1 year old.
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A Chinese girl, one year old Kang Mengru was taken to the hospital after her stomach became swollen. Mengru has left medics baffled as her stomach became larger as the days go by. An ultrasound was done and doctors were amazed to find that inside her a baby was found. Her parasitic twin brother. Doctors said that the baby twin was not in her mother's womb but had found another place to grow that is this one year old's womb. Kang Mengru will undergo a caesarean section to have the parasitic twin removed. This is a very unusual phenomenon 'fetus in fetus' occurs only once in every 500,000 pregnancies. Mengru is now waiting to have her parasitic twin taken out.
**Sorry for the previous text which has confused many who 'came by' to read. It was literally translated from the Chinese Language. Thousand apologies here.
Take a look at her, still smiling (oblivious to what is happening). And yet....I'm here complaining about the heat making me sweat....! Prayers for her, her mom and dad that everything will go smoothly and alright.:o(