Well this story is more in Glenda Larke's line than mine, however, a Muslim cleric in Iran, Ayatollah Kazem Sedighitold, has stated that extra-marital sex and girls who do not dress modestly and appropriately can cause earthquakes. http://tinyurl.com/y5cfb6d Where does anyone get this nonsense from? Do they really, honestly, believe it? Actually from the news report I heard, thousands got together and demonstrated whilst wearing scanty clothing. The funny thing is, whilst this was happening, a small quake occurred. One girl was laughing about it saying 'whooppee she had caused a quake". I read that this kind of thing has been used before to bring people in line. Maybe in the past, but surely most people are too well informed to be taken in. Did you know there is a movement afoot to make William Shatner (Captain James Kirk) the new Governor General of Canada? It started as an internet joke but has now spread and become huge, there is a big page on Facebook devoted to 'Shatner for Governor'. I heard people express the belief that if he could run the Enterprise and do all the wonderful things he did in Star Trek he would be perfect. Hunh?? He is an actor, not a starship pilot. Wake up people. Once again, are they kidding or do some people really believe this? Even Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) is supporting his candidacy. As far as I know, Shatner himself has not said anything yet. I am not sure who selects Governor Generals, but this is not a good choice. Fluent French speaking is a requirement too and I understand he doesn't speak fluently. He is a Canadian of course, but hasn't lived here in many a long year. I qualify better than he does *g*. One of the biggest stories at the moment is that Wal-Mart in the States is being sued for sex discrimination. Lots of money involved if it can be proved. Women are claiming they were not paid similar wages to their male colleagues, not were they promoted as frequently. We shall see. The last report I heard of the Icelandic Volcano was that the ash clouds are now hanging over Iceland causing all kinds of problems although their airport is finally opening after a 3 day shut down. Eyjafjallajokull is still spewing ash but the plume is not high enough to reach the jet streams so not causing as much problem. Hopefully everyone will finally be able to get home from wherever they were stranded, I know Glenda Larke (Tropic Temper) has a flight for the 29th - lets hope all goes well for her after being stranded in the UK for so long.
I made myself a batch of Asparagus soup on Sunday and am now looking for more recipes to try. This one came from the Asparagus Growers Marketing Board of Ontario. Mind you, before I can try it, I have to go back and buy more asparagus. Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Aioli
1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled pinch saffron (optional) 2 to 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest 1 cup mayonnaise salt and pepper 1 lb Ontario asparagus, trimmed 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 to 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar salt and pepper
Lemon Aioli: In a small saucepan, cover garlic with water; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cover and cook until very soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain and pat dry. If using, stir saffron into lemon juice; set aside to dissolve, about 5 minutes. In food processor, process garlic and lemon zest; to form puree. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice mixture; process until well blended. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Grilled Asparagus: Preheat barbecue or grill on high for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high. Place asparagus in shallow pan; add oil and toss to coat well. Grill until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Brush with vinegar; season to tast with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with Lemon Aioli as a dip or as a drizzle.