Friday, March 11, 2011

Quake and Tsunami, More of that White Stuff.

I am sitting here watching pictures and reports about the tsunami which is expected to hit Hawaii and the West Coast of the States at any moment. There was a massive earthquake 8.9 in Japan followed by 19 aftershocks some of which were 6.0 which is considered a major quake anyway. There are pictures of a Japanese airport with planes and cars strewn all over the place. Now they are saying one of the reactors may be causing problems because the shut down systems are failing. They are talking “cause for concern”. The waves are about to hit Hawaii as I type. What doesn’t help is that it is still dark. They just talked to a guest in a coastal hotel in Hawaii. The hotel has only cleared the first three or four floors, the people higher than that are still there watching and waiting. The water travelled a mile inland in Japan and swept up cars in parking lots as though they were toys. The Japanese are the most earthquake savvy nation which means a lot of buildings remain safe despite the devastation around them. There are buoys all around the Pacific which enable them to watch the progress of the waters as they cross the area from Japan to the States. The prediction is a 6 ft. wave in Hawaii – at the moment nothing much is happening although the wave is supposed to have arrived.

8.9 is the strongest quake in Japan’s history. Certainly the biggest in the world since the major tsunami in ‘04 which took place in the Indian Ocean. There have been pictures from inside buildings which were shaking like Jello, basically what they are designed to do is sway and sway they apparently did. They have lots of fires including those in refineries. Many caused by gas leaks. There are videos and pictures here Good Morning America has been concentrating on the situation all morning. They probably have great pix too, what they have been showing are incredible and to us unbelievable.

All this devastation in Japan has cause major reactions in the stock markets already - if you had money in shares yesterday, you probably have quite a bit less today.

Meanwhile, back in Canada we have snow in our back yard. Once again it was almost clear yesterday, this morning everything is white with wet snow clinging to the trees. Pretty, but bad driving. Matt has to go to the hospital for a special test, then we have bowling this afternoon. I guess its true that Wiarton Willie (Groundhog’s Day) did not predict the end of winter correctly although I guess he has four more days to be right.

I feel like a comfort food today with all the bad news. This from

Chicken Noodle Soup with Parsnips and Dill

Source: Quick from Scratch - Soups and Salads

Serves 4

Lots of carrots and parsnips give old-favorite chicken noodle soup a sweet savor. To balance this effect, Chicken Noodle Parsnips Dilluse the optional parsley, which is just slightly bitter.

1 1/2 quarts canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

1 onion, chopped

4 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

4 parsnips, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3)

1 cup wide egg noodles (about 2 ounces)

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)


In a large pot, combine the broth, onion, carrots, parsnips, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken breasts to the pot and simmer until just done, about 10 minutes. Remove the chicken; bring the soup back to a simmer. When the chicken breasts are cool enough to handle, cut them into bite-size pieces.

Meanwhile, stir the noodles into the soup. Simmer until the vegetables are tender and the noodles are done, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken pieces to the pot and then stir in the dill and the parsley.

Variations: *Skip the parsnips and raise the number of carrots to eight. *Add one diced turnip to the mix.
*Use bone-in chicken breasts and cook them for an additional ten minutes. The extra time in the pot will give the soup even more flavor.

Have a great day.



  1. I hadn't seen the news yet Jo. I'll have to check it out. I got up early this morning and felt like eew and so went back to bed. This nasty crud just hangs on.

    Weren't you complaining earlier this year about not having any snow? lolol! Weather is weird. Today we have sunshine, blue skies, bird song and 50 degrees. Yay. I'm so ready for spring. Hey, I even have tulips and dafs starting to show three inches above the ground. My front yard hedges has a light rosy haze about the naked limbs. In a couple of weeks I'll have a river of color across the front yard.

    Have a great weekend sweetie. Hope you and Matt are doing fine and healthy. No nasty crud for either of you!

  2. Sorry to hear you are feeling unwell again. Do look after yourself and get better quickly.

    Yes I was talking about the lack of snow, not exactly complaining, but Mother Nature has made up for it. I am envious that spring has reached you, not so here I'm afraid.

    Have a good weekend yourself, and I hope you get lots of TLC