Friday, August 23, 2013

Tell a Joke Day, Shopping.

According to Stephen Tremp August 16th was National Tell a Joke Day. Not to be left out, a friend sent me a whole bunch of jokes by email and I thought I would pass this set on to you.

We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished
by being governed by those who are dumber.
~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher
Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
now I'm beginning to believe it.
~Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defense' by Irving Stone.
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the
tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton, American actor/writer
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign
funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other
~Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."
I offered my opponents a deal:  If they stop telling lies about me,
I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952..
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter
to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better
to change the locks.
~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals
at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)
What happens if a politician drowns in a river?
~That is pollution.
What happens if all of them drown?
~That is a solution.

My shopping trip ended up fizzling out today. Having visited the doc’s briefly, we went to a friend’s house for lunch and was persuaded to wait til we get to the States where clothes are a lot less expensive. So, I am still wearing flappy shorts. Had a great time visiting though and didn’t do my diet a lot of good with what I ate for lunch. Ah well, just one day I guess.

I love stuffed mushrooms and this is one I haven’t tried before.

Almond and Herb Mushroom Caps
LCBO Food and Drink

Many herbs are perennial FnD_ESum09_P084_290098and all need little tending in a sunny garden or in balcony pots. Snip and chop whatever is most abundant for these delicious hot mushrooms.

24 cremini or button mushrooms, each about 1 1⁄2 inches (4 cm) across
3⁄4 cup (175 mL) toasted slivered almonds, divided
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1⁄4 cup (50 mL) minced red onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp (5 mL) tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp (5 mL) balsamic vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) each of chopped fresh rosemary and oregano or 2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh mixed herbs
1⁄2 cup (125 mL) fresh white-bread crumbs
Maldon or other coarse salt
Several sprigs fresh rosemary or other herb

1. Remove stems from mushrooms; finely chop. Finely chop 1⁄4 cup (50 mL) almonds. Set caps and remaining almonds aside.
2. Heat oil and butter in a small frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add chopped stems; sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until much reduced in volume. Remove from heat, stir in pepper, tamari, vinegar, herbs and chopped almonds. Then stir in bread crumbs.
3. Dividing among caps, firmly fill each one. Place 8 to 10 slivered almonds over filling. Mushrooms can be covered and refrigerated for up to half a day.
4. Grill upright on hot barbecue for 3 to
5. minutes or until hot and mushrooms are partially cooked. Garnish each with a few salt flakes and tiny sprig of rosemary or chopped herb. Serve immediately.

Makes 24 nibbles

Have a great day


  1. Sorry about the volume of 'joke emails' Jo, just needed to clear my inbox.

    I love mushrooms, raw or cooked, but would probably opt for something simpler than thisLOL

    1. Loved the jokes Sue. I also loved stuffed mushrooms

  2. Too funny! The sad part is they sound more like 'truths' than jokes!

  3. Those would be even funnier if they weren't all true.

    1. We all think these kinds of thoughts, why do we put up with it I wonder?

  4. I hate politics, so I really enjoyed those jokes! I'm hoping to get to the store for you today - it's been a crazy week. Again. Sigh.
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. I hate politics too Tina.

      As for the horseradish, don't make a special trip. Just when you happen to go will be fine, I'm very appreciative anyway.

  5. Lay down your life for his country - isn't that the truth?

  6. They are all good and true as well. Mushrooms are my favorite so will try this new twist with the almonds.