Sunday, July 31, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shiny Balls of Mud

Apparently kids in Japan have a strange past time. We made mud pies, they make ... mud art. You, too, can make hikaru dorodango by following these simple directions. Let me know how well you do, heh heh heh.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. " - Abraham Lincoln

Welcome to Improbable Island

Welcome to Improbable Island


Well it's Weird Friday again and I have no idea what to say about this Post, so I'll quote them. "You've been drafted into a war against a machine called the Improbability Drive. It lives somewhere in the jungle, over there. Improbability is leaking out of this bloody thing like radiation, so we've got to blow it up. The whole war is being televised, you've noticed the cameras already, so try not to do anything stupid while the world watches. Your head hurts because the guys who burst into your living room with sticks and a great big sack probably hit you a bit too hard, and you might have landed badly when they tossed you out of the plane. You survived the fall without a parachute because of the Improbability Bubble surrounding the island, which makes the air notably denser about forty feet above sea level. You're naked and unarmed because everything that penetrates the Improbability Bubble gets changed in rather amusing ways, and we didn't want to take that risk. There's blood on my boots because I came across some monsters on the way over here - yes, monsters, stop gawping, you'll get used to them - and you'll either pick up the rest as you go along, or you'll die in a very entertaining fashion." She smiles. "Either way, it'll make for great television."

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Humor is just another defense against the universe." - Mel Brooks

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NASA!

For the Benefit of All

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back." - Lois McMaster Bujold

Demotivational Posters Pictures

Funny stuff. Just perfect for any early morning.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rec: Chicken Thighs With Crispy Prosciutto And Foie Gras Pate

5 ounces foie gras pate
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
5 ounces thinly sliced Italian prosciutto
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons corn oil



Cut pate into 12 rectangles, and place onto a plate lined
with plastic wrap. Place into the freezer. Combine chicken
thighs and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Seal with
plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator to marinate for
1 hour. Gently fry the prosciutto in a large, nonstick
skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain, cool and
crumble into a bowl. Season with garlic powder to taste
and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175
degrees C). Remove chicken thighs from the marinade
and pat dry with paper towels. Discard marinade. Lay
the chicken thighs out flat on a clean work surface.
Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle crumbled
prosciutto in the center. Place a cube of pate on top of
the prosciutto, then wrap the thigh around the filling
and secure with toothpicks. Heat corn oil in a large
skillet over high heat. Place thighs into oil, and cook
until browned all over, about 5 minutes. When browned,
place thighs seam side down into a glass baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until the chicken is no longer
pink, and the juices run clear, 25 to 30 minutes,
depending on size.



Serves 4
Will not reheat well

Rec: Chicken Breasts in A Creamy Foie Gras Pate Sauce

2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup cream
4 ozs foie gras
1/4 lb capellini



Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a sauté pan and cook
the chicken breasts until they are tender, but not brown.
Lightly salt the chicken, remove from the heat and keep
warm. Add the cream to the same pan and bring it to a
simmer. Rub a tablespoon of foie gras pate together with
a tablespoon of the warm cream, add into the sauce.
Meanwhile cook the capellini in boiling, salted water.
Drain the capellini and toss with 1 tablespoon of butter.
Add some small cubes of foie gras pate to the pasta.
Make a bed of the pasta on a hot platter and arrange
the chicken on top. Pour the sauce over all and serve.



Serves 2
Will not reheat well

Rec: Microwave Mushroom Gizzards

2 lbs chicken gizzards
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 10.75 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 10.75 oz can water


Clean and rinse gizzards trimming off any green material.
Placed cleaned gizzards in a large bowl. Mix flour, paprika,
salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour mixture onto
gizzards and toss well to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet
over MEDIUM HIGH heat. Brown coated gizzards in oil, drain
and place in microwave container. Mix together soup and
water in a medium bowl. Pour over gizzards, cover and
microwave on HIGH for 15 minutes. Stir, replace cover and
cook on HIGH for another 10 minutes. Check for tenderness.
If still too firm, recover and cook on HIGH for another 5
minutes. Let rest and set for 5 minutes after cooking before
serving.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

Rec: Chicken Naranja

Naranja is Spanish for orange, so this is simply Chicken with Oranges. But Chicken Naranja sounds better because the recipe calls for orange juice, and somehow Chicken with Orange Juice just doesn't sound as tasty. This is quick to prepare and is tasty. I found it in a magazine twenty years ago, credited to Laura Alvarez of San Francisco. This recipe serves two, but can easily be doubled. Any sort of rice makes a nice side dish for this, and looks especially good placed on a bed of white rice. Add a green salad for a complete dinner.

Any preferred pieces of chicken may be used to make this. I prefer the lower calorie option of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Any type of orange juice may be used, but I like it best with freshly squeezed orange juice. Some ingredients can be substituted if you don't have the called for ones on hand, such as crystallized ginger for fresh ginger, frozen orange juice instead of fresh, celery seed instead of fresh celery, and of course the garnish can be dropped. Also, you can add
a couple of drops each of red and yellow food coloring to get a more orangey color.



Chicken Naranja



Two chicken breasts
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/6 cup packed brown sugar
10 slices fresh ginger root
1 cup sliced celery
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
Orange slices and fresh parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the chicken in a baking dish, skin side up if using chicken with skin. Mix the orange juice, soy sauce and brown sugar and pour over the chicken. Sprinkle the ginger root and celery on and around the chicken. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the baking dish and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Replace the chicken breasts and bake about 10 minutes longer until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened. Garnish with the orange slices and parsley to serve.


Rec: Golden Chicken Breasts with Coleslaw

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (7 oz. each)
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 whole beaten egg
1 cup Panko (fine bread/cracker crumbs)
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons parsley, finely chopped
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Coleslaw

2 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Garnish

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1/4 cup parsley cut into 1 inch lengths




Salt and pepper chicken breasts and coat with flour. Dip
them in the egg and then the Panko or fine breadcrumbs.
Place parchment paper or wax paper (coated side up) on
a microwave-safe plate (12 inches in diameter). Place the
chicken breasts on it and sprinkle with mozzarella and
Parmesan cheese. Place a microwave bacon rack in the
microwave oven. Cover the chicken plate with a vented
microwave lid and center it on the bacon rack. (Turning
over the chicken is unnecessary, because placing bacon
rack allows the microwaves to cook from the bottom.)
Cook on HIGH (1200W) for 8 minutes or until chicken
breasts are tender. Take the chicken breasts out and
place them on a baking sheet. Cook them in a toaster
oven until the surface turns golden brown. To make the
Coleslaw, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in
a bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves. Add the coleslaw
vegetables and mix well. Sprinkle finely chopped
parsley on the chicken and garnish with parsleys
sprigs. Add coleslaw on the side and serve.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Yet each man kills the thing he loves, from all let this be heard. Some does it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword." - Oscar Wilde

MURDER MOST FOUL!

And, of course, the murderers were never punished...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain." - Edward De Bono

How Much Does It Really Cost to Be Batman?

And Gizmodo answers the question: "How much does it REALLY cost for all of his cool toys?"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage." - Marvin Kitman

Holy Funny Bone, Batman!

Herewith, the top 15 unintentionally funny comic book panels ... at least according to blogger Evil Richard. He has some pretty good picks here, although his blog doesn't completely display some of the panels on my browser. Maybe he could adjust them for all browsers?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind." - E.B. White

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Thought For The Day

"Never try to make anyone like yourself. You know, and God knows, that one of you is enough." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Batman At Twitter

Name: The Batman

Location: The rooftop behind you.

Bio: I clean criminal filth from the streets of Gotham. You're welcome.

He updates frequently.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

TO HELL WITH IT!



TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I'M TAKING IT OFF. Thanks for all the presents folks. No, wait - there weren't any! Now excuse me while I go get drunk.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

It's Mandy Maslankowski Day!

Mandy Day Is Finally Here!
Many Happy Returns! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." — Jack Handey

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A little bird told me," she said. I tried to figure out how a bird could possibly care about what I was doing and then, tell my mother. I went out and looked up...Sure enough, they were up there flying around ready to squeal." - Bill Cosby

adoption centre - bunnyhero labs

adoption centre - bunnyhero labs

Where you too can adopt a free virtual pet. They're a lot less expensive and messy than the flesh and blood kind. And they poop a lot less too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Thought For Today

Lady: "Are you really a man?"

WC: "Well, I've been called other things." - W.C.Fields

Make Your Own Cool Summertime Drinks

Make your own Frappuccino, Iced Mocha, Jamba Juice, Slurpee and Thai Iced Tea at home.

And here's a Link to a recipe for Harry Potter's Butterbeer. Enjoy.

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20100630/D9GLR9TG1.html

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Just between you and me, I think "everything" bagels are making a lot of promises they can’t keep." - Kevin Tor

Rec: Spaghetti With Squid And Tomatoes

11 ounces spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 scallions, cut in half, then sliced thickly lengthways
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/4 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped
7 tablespoons white wine
12 ounces baby calamari, and squid tubes, sliced into rings
2 tablespoons chili oil
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped



Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the
spaghetti according to instructions. Heat the olive oil in a
frying pan, then add the scallions and cook over a
MEDIUM heat for 3 to 4 minutes until beginning to soften.
Add the garlic and tomatoes and continue to cook for 5
minutes until they're soft but keeping their shape. Pour in
the white wine, bring to the boil, then add the squid and
cook for 2 minutes. Drain the pasta, return to the pan and
stir the chili oil through it. Stir the squid, squid tubes and
scallion and tomato sauce into the drained spaghetti, along
with the chopped parsley. Serve immediately. Best Served
with green salad and lemon wedges to squeeze over.


Serves 2 to 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Squid With Tomato And Green Peas

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 (15 5/8 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
31 3/4 ounces small squid, cleaned
salt and black pepper
12 1/3 ounces fresh peas or frozen peas



Put the olive oil and onion into a flameproof casserole. Saute
over a MEDIUM heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10
minutes until it begins to soften and turn golden. Add the
garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and
half of the chopped parsley. Cook at a gentle simmer for
10 to 15 minutes until the tomatoes begin to thicken.
Slice the cleaned squid into 1 inch rings. Divide the tentacle
clusters in half. Add to the casserole. Season with salt and
pepper. Stir well, cover and simmer gently for 20 to 30
minutes until the squid is tender. Stir in the peas, season
again and cook for a few more minutes until they are done.
Stir in the remaining chopped parsley and serve with plenty
of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.


Serves 4 to 6
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Potato And Baby Squid Stew

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 lb potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups fish stock or bottled clam juice
1 pinch saffron thread, crushed
1 lb baby calamari, cut into 1 inch rings
buttered noodles




Heat olive oil in large skillet over MEDIUM heat. Add onion,
peppers and garlic and saute 10 minutes. Add tomato and
bay leaf and saute 3 minutes more. Add wine and boil until
reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add potatoes, fish
stock and saffron and cook until potatoes are tender, stirring
occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add squid and simmer until
cooked through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste. Serve over
buttered noodles.



Serves 2 to 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Greek Stuffed Squid Hoods

120 g fresh sourdough breadcrumbs (2cups)
120 g goat feta cheese, crumbled
80 g chopped kalamata olives (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 fresh birds eye chile, finely chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepper
6 small cleaned squid, hoods
olive oil flavored cooking spray
baby romaine lettuce, leaves washed
lemon wedge, to serve
toasted bread, to serve



Combine the breadcrumbs, feta, olives, chilli and oregano in a
bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into
the squid hoods and close the ends with toothpicks to secure.
Lightly spray with oil. Preheat a grill pan or frypan preferably
non stick and cook the squid heads for about 2 mins each side
till cooked but be careful not to overcook or they will be tough.
Divide the lettuce leaves among 4 serving plates. Cut the squid
into thick slices and arrange on the lettuce and serve with
lemon wedges and toast.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Squid Soup

28 ounces spaghetti sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon oil
1 cup white wine
1 lb squid, cleaned and cut into rings


Saute garlic in oil. Add spaghetti sauce and wine. Simmer
15 minutes. Add Squid, cook 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with
crusty bread.


Serves 2 to 4
Squid can become rubbery when reheated

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Washington etiquette was of little importance to Woodrow Wilson. According to tradition, a president...walked ahead of his companions...But Wilson refused to enter rooms before his wife, saying "a man who is a gentleman before becoming President should remain one afterwards.""

Petridish

From IO9: "With government spending for the sciences on the decline, entrepreneur Matt Salzberg saw an opportunity. He'd create a crowdfunding site for scientists, where researchers could get funding directly from the public. Last week, he and his team launched Petridish.org, and they've already got reputable researchers whose projects are almost funded after just a few days. Could this be the future of publicly funded science?
If you visit Petridish right now, you'll see a handful of projects — all from reputable scientists associated with institutions like NASA, the California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford University — that request fairly modest sums to do incredibly important work. It's all basic research, and ranges from searching for exomoons (moons in other solar systems), to tracking endangered sea turtles, recording the sounds of undersea ecosystems (how cool is that?), to discovering new species of ants in uncharted regions of Madagascar. The videos of the scientists requesting funds are geeky and lo-fi, but still incredibly exciting. Imagine helping somebody discover weird new life forms in the ocean!"

Thursday, July 07, 2016

THIS IS A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY!

Yup, it's my wedding anniversary - the THREE years that I was married, were the worst TEN years of my life. Without going into great detail, this is NOT a day to celebrate - it's a day to get VERY, VERY drunk. On that note...

Monday, July 04, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them." - Thomas Jeferson

HAPPY FOURTH!!!


HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE FOURTH!