Friday, July 24, 2009
Migraine, Murder and Michael Bublé.
Having spent most of the last two days in bed with migraines, I phoned my pharmacist who recommended I quit using my new pill and see my doc. So didn't have a pill last night and missed the one this morning. I am seeing the doc this afternoon anyway so that worked out well. I actually woke up this morning without a sign of a headache. Whoopee. The pharmacist said was I functional, no flaming way, I couldn't see, couldn't think, just hid away from the light and any noise. I didn't do well with the latter, first the phone started ringing and Matt was in the shower so couldn't get it. Then they started mowing in the park. Normally they mow the park around twice a year, they already mowed a couple of weeks ago so what were they doing there yesterday other than bugging me? Terrible Canadian news story, three young women and a care giver were found drowned in a car in the Rideau Canal. The police couldn't figure how it happened because you would have had to really back and fill to get the car in the canal where it was found, you couldn't have just gone in accidentally. It now turns out they were murdered by the family. Read here, the family came from Afghanistan and police now think this was probably an honour killing i.e. the daughters wouldn't live by the strict standards of the parents and their brother. Along with many others, I am sick and tired of this kind of thing - Muslims come to our country and think they can still commit murder with impunity if it is for 'religious' reasons or part of their culture. This is by no means the first time young Muslim girls have been murdered by their families or just by the father or the brother. No, I am not being racist, I am merely pointing out that by Canadian law, murder is NOT permitted and anyone or everyone should suffer the full penalty allowed by the law no matter who they are. I forgot to mention, I wonder why, that the other day we watched a programme about Michael Bublé's last concert in his recent world wide tour, it took place in Madison Square Gardens which he figured was the pinnacle of his career. We have a couple of his CDs and I don't enjoy them although Matt does, however, I have seen him perform on two different occasions (TV) and I think he puts on an excellent show. He is rated as one of the top singers in the world at the moment. So I have no doubt he is crying all the way to the bank because I don't like his CDs. But then I'm a bit the same about Barbra Streisand, Matt loves her, I don't, but I enjoy her occasional concert and her movies. Nuts was one of the best movies I have ever seen. If you are wondering what I am reading lately, I am re-reading the Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey, I mentioned a blog or two ago. I also have Eclipse to read in the Twilight series which I have been enjoying. I read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey last week. I thoroughly enjoyed that too. Yet another vampire book. I wonder why two authors have suddenly started writing vampire love stories? Jessica's Guide did have more humour in it than Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. I basically do NOT enjoy canned tuna except for one recipe which Matt invented. I have shared this with you before. However, if you can get hold of some nice fresh tuna and you don't overcook it, there is nothing better. This recipe is from Eating Well. Grilled Tuna with Olive Relish Makes 6 servings Ingredients Olive Relish ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley ⅓ cup chopped pitted imported black olives, such as kalamata ¼ cup finely chopped celery 1 small clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil ⅛ teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Grilled Tuna 1 ¾ pounds tuna steak, trimmed and cut into 6 portions 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper Lemon wedges for garnish 1. To prepare olive relish: Combine parsley, olives, celery, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. 2. To grill tuna: Preheat grill to medium-high. 3. Rub tuna all over with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the tuna until seared on both sides and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with Olive Relish and lemon wedges. The olive relish will (Step 1) will keep for up to 1 hour. Have a great day.