Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Irish Polar Bears?
Here's an odd report, green polar bears in a Japanese Zoo. Apparently to conserve water, they haven't been changing the water as much as usual and it developed an algae which has turned the polar bear fur to green. They say it doesn't harm the bears who will return to their natural colour around about November. Read the article here and see another picture. They do look rather peculiar don't they? Picture from the Washington Post. As they point out, it is difficult to wash the colour out of the fur. Something that fascinates me with blogging is the comments one does, or does not, receive. Not just mine but on the other blogs I read. Some can go on for ever and frequently end up talking about something which has nothing to do with the original blog. It is all part of the wonder of the internet and making friends with people from all over. Glenda Larke (see link this page) recently wrote about language and the words people knew. This eventually produced more words we were unfamiliar with. She was wondering what readers do when they come across an unfamiliar word, do they immediately look it up or guess the meaning and carry on. I tend to be a "guess the meaning" type of person although if I find it totally incomprehensible, I might look it up straight away. This picture is from avoidinglife.typepad.com Talking of reading, I have had three books on order from the library for weeks and weeks, Monday we go away and I don't take books on vacation so, guess what, they are all ready for me to pick up. If only they could have come in two weeks later. I have just finished reading The Siege of Arrandin which I very much enjoyed. I have discovered a wonderful way to die, you kind of fade away and become part of a magical dragon. Right up my street, 'cos I love dragons. There are two more books in the trilogy so obviously the siege is not yet over. The three books I have from the library are Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb and two more in the series by Katherine Kerr which I have been following. I have been thoroughly enjoying J.D. Robb's books too they are very fast paced cop stories set in the future. The characters build up over the course of the books all centred around one cop, Eve Dallas. Cauliflowers are pretty plentiful at the moment so here is a recipe for a baked one. Baked Cauliflower and Mushrooms Servings: 6 3 cups cauliflowerets (about 1 pound) 1 cup chopped mushrooms (about 4 ounces) 1/2 cup chopped red onion (about 1/2 medium) 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, (about 1 teaspoon) 1/3 cup chopped green onions, (about 5 medium) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch square baking dish, with nonstick cooking spray. Mix all ingredients except green onions. Spread evenly in baking dish. Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and golden brown. Sprinkle with green onions. 6 servings. Have a great day.