Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wildlife, Cheese, Taxes and Salad

I have just been reading, on Glenda Larke's blog site (see link on this page) about the arrival of the raptors which migrate through Malaysia every year and which is happening right now. I mentioned it the other day. As she pointed out, this may be something Malaysian residents may not see in the future. Like so much wildlife which is being harmed by destruction of their habitats and the millions of earth residents who don't care. I agree it is difficult to care if your family is starving and you don't have a job, but for the rest of us!! Luckily zoos are doing a fantastic job, but there is only so much they can do. I heard this morning, by the way, that the Zoo in Baghdad is now up and running again which is a good sign. Did you realise it is 5 years since the invasion of Iraq?

On a total switch of topic, we had our tax refund the other day and thought that was it, lo and behold I received a refund cheque too yesterday. I did my taxes through an online site which I have used before. It is so easy to follow and so inexpensive to use. Its Ufile that I use and it cannot be easier.

As part of our Easter meal which I was telling you about, I think we will be serving Brie de Meaux which is the most delightful cheese I have tasted for a while. We bought some at a local deli and both loved it so I hope they will have it available next week. Talk about ripe and creamy, wonderful, makes me drool just to think about it. Traditionally the French always use a good bread never crackers when they serve cheese. I must admit a nice piece of crusty French bread will go down very well with it. Maybe a glass of port.

This is another of those recipes which I thought sounded good, but haven't yet made. However, re-reading it, I think I will very soon. I have a number of recipes like this which I see on TV or read about in ezines, but don't very quickly get round to making them.

Antipasto Steak Salad
Recipe du Jour

Servings: 4

1 pound beef boneless top sirloin steak -- 1 inch thick
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
1 bunch romaine lettuce torn into bite sized pieces
1 cup garlic-flavored croutons
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Caesar salad dressing

Heat coals or gas grill. Sprinkle beef with pepper. Cover and grill beef 4 to 6 inches from medium heat 15 to 18 minutes for medium doneness, turning once. Cut beef across grain into thin slices.

Toss romaine, croutons, cheese and dressing. Top with beef slices. Serve with additional shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.

Have a great day.


  1. Never really liked Brie. Shouldn't you be able to get French baguette in Canada?

  2. We love Brie, as you will have guessed. Yes, we can get baguettes and other French breads as well as Italian breads such a foccaccia. Most of them go well with Brie.