Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ski Cross Gold, Cross Speed Skater,

Woo hoo, another gold for Canada, Ashleigh McIvor won the women's ski cross which was the first time this event has been held at the winter Olympics. She was a very excited young lady when she had finished her run. Another Canadian came 5th. Norway's Hedda Berntsen took silver and France's Marion Josserand the bronze. I wonder if the French stayed up for that one? Apparently Ashleigh wrote an essay recently on why this event should be included then she went and won the first one. Great job. Tuesday evening was the short programme for the women's figure skating; I am less interested in that part of the sport, I like the free programme. Mind you I prefer to watch the men as their jumps are so high. However there were two young Asian girls who gave excellent performances, Yu Na Kim from Korea who came first and Mao Asada from Japan. In third place there is a Canadian girl, Joannie Rochette. It would be fabulous if she could medal. I notice I've picked up the phraseology, since when was 'medal' a verb?
Then there was the story of Sven Kramer of Holland who skated in the 10,000 metres event yesterday and was told by his coach to change lanes, Kramer hesitated, but did as he was told and was disqualified because he shouldn't have been in that lane. Matt says the coach should be fired, I think he should be shot. Kramer was so mad, so would I have been, he won the race in record time and never got a medal. I am surprised he didn't throttle the coach then and there. Matt says Kramer should have known as he is an experienced enough skater to be aware of which lane he should be using. I disagree, if you are used to taking direction from your coach, that is what you do. At least he knows he would have won, but doesn't have anything to prove it. Mind you Robin Roberts on Good Morning America told a story about Kramer which gives the impression he thinks rather a lot of himself and deals with people in a superior manner.
I was going to tell you about a new fuel cell which has been unveiled today and which was discussed on Good Morning America, however, their web site is unavailable; I have found a page which talks about it at - there isn't a picture on this article, but it is a very thin cell and produces cleaner electricity than anything to date. It was a product developed of NASA technology.
I am very worried at the moment, the weather forecast for Friday is not good and that is when we have to drive to Hamilton for the bowling tournament on Saturday. Please keep your fingers crossed for us.
I love frittatas and this sounds a good one for breakfast.
Potato, Salami, and Cheese Frittata Source: Quick from Scratch - One Dish Meals Food and Wine Serves 4 Fortified with sautéed potatoes, strips of salami, and bits of goat cheese, this robust egg dish makes a fine breakfast or dinner. Add a salad and you're all set. Though we like them warm, frittatas are traditionally served at room temperature. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 1/2-pound baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 ounces sliced hard salami, slices halved and then cut crosswise into thin strips 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 pound mild goat cheese such as Montrachet, crumbled DIRECTIONS In a 12-inch nonstick ovenproof frying pan or cast-iron pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Add the potato and salt and sauté until the potato cubes are brown and just done, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the pepper and Parmesan. Stir in the salami and the potato. Add the butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Melt the butter over moderate heat. Pour the egg mixture in the pan and reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the goat cheese over the top. Cook until the eggs are nearly set, 6 to 7 minutes. Heat the broiler. Broil the frittata 6 inches from the heat, if possible, until the eggs are set, about 2 minutes. Loosen the frittata with a spatula and slide the frittata onto a plate. Cut into wedges and serve. Test-Kitchen Tip If the handle of your frying pan isn't ovenproof, protect it from the heat of the broiler with about four layers of aluminum foil.
Have a great day


  1. Thanks to you Jo I know what's going on with the Olympics!

    Nice-sounding recipe.

  2. Assuming you do eat eggs, you could leave out the salami.

  3. I do eat egss, yes, Jo - even the odd slice of salami because my not eating meat is not for any religious etc reasons, just that I went off the look of raw meat ...