Monday, September 29, 2008

Let's Start This Week of With a Little Salmon

We’ve all heard how great salmon is – it’s low in calories and saturated fat, high in protein and contains the almighty omega-3 fatty acids. Have a great week everybody!

Salmon Steaks With Wine Sauce

Instructions
Yield: 2 servings
8 oz (2) salmon steaks *
2 teaspoon Cooking oil
1 tablespoon margarine
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 Dash white pepper
½ cups Half & half light cream
1 Lge. beaten egg yolk
2 tablespoon Dry white wine
1 Seedless green grapes (opt.)
* Salmon steaks may be either fresh or frozen.

Directions
Thaw salmon steaks, if frozen. Preheat a 6½-inch microwave browning dish on 100% power for 3 minutes. Add cooking oil to the browning dish; swirl to coat the dish. Place fresh or thawed salmon steaks in the browning dish. Micro-cook, covered, on 100% power for 30 seconds. Turn the salmon steaks and micro-cook, covered, on 50% power about 3 minutes or till the salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork. Let the salmon steaks stand, covered, while preparing the wine sauce. For the wine sauce, in a 4-cup measure micro-cook the butter or margarine, uncovered, on 100% of power for 45 seconds to 1 minute or till melted. Stir in the cornstarch and white pepper. Stir in light cream. Micro-cook, uncovered, on 100% power for 2 to 3 minutes or till mixture is thickened and bubbly, stirring every minute. Stir HALF the hot cream mixture into the beaten egg yolk. Return all to the 4-cup measure. Micro-cook, uncovered, on 50% of power for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir till mixture is smooth. Stir in dry white wine. Transfer the salmon steaks to a serving platter. Spoon the wine sauce atop. Garnish with seedless green grapes, if desired

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Cookie Monster

I saw the article below and it made me laugh. First of all, I love that he says he has switched from butter to margarine (good choice!). Second, the article focuses on men shopping in grocery stores. Ladies, do you take your husbands/boyfriends to the grocery with you when you go? My boyfriend truly believes the four categoies of food are potato chips, dip, cookies and beer. Every time I send him to the store for eggs or milk or something sensible he comes back with the newest "sensation" of potato chips that we've just got to try. He's almost physically incapable of only buying what's on the list.

Enjoy!

Of Men and Groceries
Overheard at the superstore: "No, put that back." I looked for a patient mom dealing with a child who had snatched some forbidden goodie from the shelf, a regular moment in any supermarket.

There was no mother, no kid. There was, however, a wife dealing with a spouse who was "helping" with the shopping. An embarrassed man looked at me, shrugged and put the package of chocolate chunk cookies back in the display.

Some wives have adopted the immutable rule: spouses must not be allowed to participate in the shopping. Of course, that is unfair and unfortunate for it removes the opportunity of enhancing what many men believe is a boring shopping list.

Recent welcome additions to food shopping options in London -- stores like Sunripe, Remark and the Real Canadian Superstores -- have become mandatory destinations for husbands, veritable treasure houses of heretofore unavailable goodies.

Women are practical shoppers, men are not. We gravitate toward the really important stuff in the deli department, ethnic food aisle and, of course, nirvana -- cookies.

Check out the contents of a sensible wife's shopping cart: lots of vegetables, fruits, grain bread and the occasional family treat such as frozen yogurt. Now look at a man's choices: smoked trout, very old cheddar, hot sauce, garlic dills, Mexican salsa and cookies. Of course this man is on his own, he's "helping" by doing the shopping and his wide grin and devil-may-care approach means he's shopping solo.

Couples shopping together agree to split up. No, not that, I mean they go their separate ways when she says, "Honey, I'll get the bread and vegetables. You get the margarine (I once ate butter before my ticker troubles, alas now it's margarine), the eggs and the milk."
Advice to wives: Don't send him on his own to the dairy section. He'll come back with chocolate milk.

In some cultures, men do not do chores such as grocery shopping they believe are traditionally what the missus should do.

That, though, is changing in some regions in the East. Recent reports indicate Asian husbands are challenging traditions and becoming more involved in helping with the food shopping.
In Singapore, it is now noted husbands' involvement includes not just shopping, but influencing what to buy even though in that culture wives are still the principal decision-makers about food. Marketing communicators and advertisers would be wise to portray more husband-like figures in their messages to reflect their more active role in grocery purchasing.

Here follows a joke, or so I was told by a friend I encountered recently at the supermarket. He told me of a husband and wife doing their grocery shopping in an American store. The man picks up a case of beer and sticks in into the shopping cart.

"What do you think you're doing?" asks the wife. "They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans", he replies. "Put them back. We can't afford it," says the wife and they carry on shopping.

Later the woman puts a $20 jar of face cream into the cart. "Whoa, what do you think you're doing?" he asks. "It's my face cream and it makes me look beautiful." The man replies, "You are already beautiful and 24 cans of beer will make you look even lovelier to me."
Great line, and I think he was allowed to keep the beer.

When in Florida, I've noticed grocery stores have wine and beer sampling, a civilized example of customer service that would be frowned on in Ontario. One supermarket recently threw in free pizza samples and it was reported there was a sharp increase in the number of men volunteering to do the shopping.

I'm told a London wife and mother handed her husband the grocery list and he put it in his pocket unread and headed off to the supermarket. He faithfully selected only the items on the piece of paper and then glanced at the last item, probably something very practical and saw this: "When you see this, you are done shopping -- come home now."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hurricane Ike Reaked Havoc on Houston

Hey guys! Sorry for the MAJOR lack of updates lately. As most of you know, I live in Houston so we've been dealing with Hurricane Ike for the past week or so. I decided to get the heck out of dodge and fled to Austin for the weekend but I'll be heading back to Houston later today. Everyone is safe but Houston's expected to be without power for 2-4 weeks!! Now I know what the cavemen felt like. And, believe you me, living in Houston without air conditioning is a form of punishment I think should be reserved for the worst of the worst. I'll try to post as soon as I can but without power, it's gonna make things ever so slightly difficult. Take care!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Aftermath of Gustav

While I temporarily reside in Houston, TX until my pending move to New York City, I have once again had the unfortunate opportunity to experience the dreaded hurricane season preparation. While Americans around the country were enjoying the Labor Day weekend with barbecues, boat rides and picnics, people in the Gulf Coast region were boarding up houses, stocking up on supplies and even evacuating to other parts of the country.

Houma, LA, the town that Hurricane Gustav hit the hardest, won’t have power or electricity for weeks at the earliest. Citizens of New Orleans waited in line for gas for five to six hours this week as they made the trek back home. There are people who reside in Louisiana that have no idea what condition their homes are in and won’t know for some time now as they aren’t allowed back to their towns until notified.

Once these people are finally able to return home, the cost of damages will be considerable. In addition, with no power, the food in their refrigerators will have gone bad and that will need to be replaced. Many of these people don’t have the money for such astronomical, unplanned costs.

Please help out your fellow Americans and visit DirectRelief.com. This is a reputable organization where you can feel safe and secure donating money to.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Mono a Mono

So, I'm pretty sure I should win the "Blogging Slacker of the Year" award. No updates in two weeks is so unlike me...but wait, I have an excuse! Of course I have an excuse you say, people always do. But wait, mine might actually be considered valid. I've got mono. Yep, mono or what some people refer to as the "kissing disease." Unfortunately, I got mine by sharing food with my high school best friend who unknowingly was carrying the virus.

All in all, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Sure, I'm tired all the time but I love to sleep so that's not so bad. My fever's pretty much gone and I'm living on yummy comfort foods. I'll give you a breakdown of what I ate yesterday:

-Breakfast: low-calorie English muffin: one side topped with margarine and the other side topped with peanut butter (margarine and peanut butter = the best of both worlds!)

Lunch: macaroni and cheese made with skim milk and margarine to cut the calories in half; a salad with low-cal. Ranch dressing and a piece of whole toast topped with margarine

Dinner: chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes (topped with ow fat sour cream and margarine), a dinner roll and side salad.

Did you happen to notice a them in my meals? Perhaps a margarine theme? I'm eating very healthy and incorporating lots of fruits and veggies to help my immune system while still enjoying my favorites. And naturally margarine's going to be a part of this healthy diet too!

Cheers to all and I'm off to take nap.