Tomorrow people have been asked to vote for their choice for the 8th wonder of America.
Actually I was thinking about various sci fi books I have read in which major cities were housed in huge buildings which reached up into space. After 9/11 I can't imagine that ever happening unless they can figure out a way of shielding the buildings.
The number of dead is steadily rising in China, what a disaster it is and they are still having trouble reaching some of the areas. There are 50,000 soldiers working there but they have been unable to get to some towns and villages yet. One report where they did get to a small town of 10,000 people , 7,000 have been found dead. Almost makes you wonder if survival is worth the price when all you love has been taken from you. As for Myanmar or Burma, there was a report that another hurricane or cyclone is forming which could hit the area. I have lived through a few hurricanes in NC where we ran to more solid buildings to "ride it out" but as I understand it the people in Burma generally live in very flimsy shacks which do not stand up to a hurricane. Our mobile homes are built to better standards than their dwellings. I know the one we had was built to stand a Category 4 storm. The picture is Hurricane Bertha making landfall in North Carolina. That was 11 years ago, seems a lot more recent than that.
We were lucky because although we lost power for a week, our home was still standing with very little damage other than trees falling on our fences. Quite unlike what Burma is going through at the moment. Also shelters were provided in the local schools and churches if you didn't live in a very safe building. At least with a hurricane/cyclone you have some warning it is heading your way, although I wonder if the citizens of Myanmar had any warning - it kind of seems like they didn't. The cyclone, named Nargis, apparently hit the Irawaddy River which is a densely populated part of Burma. The disaster was not as big as the quake in China, but it is being magnified by the behaviour of the ruling junta not allowing relief workers into the country apart from them seizing the food supplies.
On a happier note, here is another asparagus recipe which I am fairly sure came from Food TV but I don't seem to have a record. By piping tube they mean a piece of white plastic piping which many chefs use to build up their creations. You can buy it in any hardware store. I must confess I have never eaten white asparagus which is always very expensive. You could substitute green for this dish if you wanted.
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Tomato concassé is very easy to make, peel tomatoes by dipping them in boiling water for a few seconds, the skins will slip off. Then de-seed them and rough chop the rest of the tomato flesh. Chop some shallots and gently sauté the tomatoes and shallots together in some butter. Set aside until ready to use.
Have a great day.