Thursday, April 19, 2018

Victorian Home, Climate and Weather, Salmonella

I guess I didn't check properly, and it appears that what I was watching on Tuesday evening was Part 2 of Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home. Which I am adding here.

With the result that what I was talking about in my blog yesterday was detailed in this segment today showing the adulteration of food and the deaths of children through Bovine TB in milk.

So then on Wednesday night we watched Nova which was all about climate change and how it affects our weather and the research scientists having been doing on the problems. There is absolutely no doubt our burning of fossil fuels has fueled (pun not intended) the problems the earth is facing and they explained it really well. Not something I will try and do, but they explained how the melting ice has already increased sea levels and showed coastal towns in the US which are subject to regular flooding and showed the Maldive Islands which are losing land rapidly and being regularly flooded too - islands which are likely to disappear before too long. They have proved that the earth changes regularly over the centuries, but that the current heating up period has been badly exacerbated by us. The Polar ice caps are disappearing rapidly and the oceans are warming up. The implication was that it isn't too late to reverse the trend but something has to be done now. My one consolation about how we are ruining our home is that I won't be here long enough to see the total devastation we are bringing down on ourselves.

In light of the recent recall of millions of eggs, I came across this article from Extra Crispy which answers the question "what is Salmonellay anyway?" I have not heard of a similar recall in Canada so I hope our eggs are OK.

Although these are vegetarian, I thought they looked quite delicious. I hope you do too.

Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans and Avocado

We all love a classic twice-baked potato. Why not put a more nutritious spin on the side dish by swapping in sweet potatoes and adding protein-packed black beans? When topped with creamy avocado and crunchy toasted pepitas, each of these potatoes can stand alone as a main—that both the kids and adults will devour. We opted for Pepper Jack cheese to add some heat, but anyone not a fan
of spicy can swap in Monterey Jack or Cheddar. Broiling the potato skins before filling them with the sweet potato mixture crisps them up so they can serve as a sturdy base.

¼ cup raw pepitas
3 Tbs plus 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 ¼ tsp kosher salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
4 medium-size sweet potatoes (about 2 ¾ lb.), halved lengthwise
1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
6 oz Pepper Jack cheese, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
1 ripe avocado, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss pepitas with 1 teaspoon of the oil, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and several grinds pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Rub potatoes with remaining 3 tablespoons oil and place cut side down on a second rimmed baking sheet. Add a few grinds of pepper. Transfer both baking sheets to oven.

2. Bake pepitas until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven. Continue baking potatoes until very tender, 22 to 28 minutes more. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes, then scoop potato flesh into a large bowl. Return potato skins to baking sheet.

3. Increase oven temperature to broil and position top rack 6 inches from heat. Broil potato skins until crispy, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add black beans, a few grinds pepper, 1 cup of the cheese, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt to sweet potato flesh and stir to combine. Divide mixture among skins and top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Return to oven and broil until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Top with avocado and pepitas.

Servings: 4

Source: Real Simple

Have a great day

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Victorian Homes, Books, Weather,

We have just been watching an incredible programme about the lack of safety in Victorian homes and detailing all the hazards. Foods, such as bread, were adulterated with harmful products to make them appear better. Milk was made to appear fresh with an addition which made it appear more palatable but which disguised the tuberculosis in the raw milk and cause thousands of deaths in children. Then there were baths heated by gas which could literally boil you to death. Servant's stairs you could easily fall down and break your neck. Many did. I just discovered I could get the programme online so if you are interested here it is. It really is fascinating to watch.

Next week the programme will be about Edwardian homes. I shall make sure to watch that.

I had a problem earlier with my email. I couldn't send anything although I could receive emails. Worked for a while with a technician from my ISP and eventually we found that one of the Port numbers had somehow got change. He said it had happened to him once (I thought it was my fault) but he assured me that it wasn't. Took a lot of time to sort out though. Whilst we were waiting I was telling him about books I read because of my email address which is the name of a dragon in Anne McCaffery's Pern books. I finally steered him to Goodreads. He apparently liked sci fi so he should find lots there for him to enjoy.

Because the weather couldn't seem to make up its mind, it was snowing hard one minute and stopped the next, we decided to go shopping early, just in case. As it turned out the roads were fine and we wouldn't have had any problem in the afternoon because the snow more or less stopped. However, better to get it done. Like many others, I do so wish we could have some spring weather.

I thought these looked absolutely delightful. They said serves 16, I thought that was ridiculous, obviously one would eat more than one.

Taco Salad Bites

These bite-size appetizers have all the flavors of your favorite taco salad -- zesty ground beef, smooth sour cream and, of course, a crunchy tortilla shell. Taco seasoning varies greatly depending on the
brand, so make sure to taste yours before you add it to the meat and adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly.

Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the wire rack
1 lb(s) ground beef (90/10)
2 Tbs taco seasoning
Kosher salt
16 cup-shaped corn tortilla chips
4 oz Pepper Jack cheese, cut into 16 cubes
3 Tbs sour cream
1 cup thinly sliced Romaine lettuce
1 small plum tomato, diced
Hot sauce, for serving

1. Position an oven rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 425ºF. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet and spray generously with cooking spray.

2. Use your hands to mix the ground beef, taco seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until just combined. Drop heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture onto the rack (about 16 total), then use your hands to roll the portioned meat into balls. Press a tortilla chip into the top of each meatball, making sure that the meat goes mostly up the sides of the chip (be careful not to break the chips). Put 1 cheese cube in the middle of each chip.

3. Bake, rotating the baking sheet once halfway, until the meat is just cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bites to a large platter, top with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with the lettuce and tomato. Serve with hot sauce.

Yield: 16 Taco Bites

Source: Food Network

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