Friday, March 26, 2010

Coyotes in NY City, Elephants in the Lobby, Silicone in the Kitchen.

Seems animals are hitting the headlines lately. The cops have finally caught a coyote which was running loose in New York City, there were shots on TV of horses running through town, somewhere else there was a monkey and there are rumours of a big cat. Watch this clip I was also sent an email showing a lodge, built in Zambia, accidentally crossing an elephant trail so now once a year the elephants of one tribe amble through the lobby in order to get at the ripe mangoes. Apparently the guests are kept well away from the elephants, they are wild after all and can be very dangerous, but it is quite a sight to see. Must have been a bit unnerving the first time it happened. There are more pictures of elephants at Mfuwe Lodge here although it doesn't give any details I just received my silicone pinch grips from Avon. These are instead of oven mitts or pot holders of picking up hot plates, casseroles, etc. I saw Sarah Moulton on Good Morning America and she said they were very good so when I saw Avon selling them I ordered a pair. Haven't really tried them out yet, but I practiced picking things up with them. I am very impressed with silicone in the kitchen. I have a silicone baking dish in which I have made several cakes, I love it, also a silicone spatula which is good and now these pinch grips. There are various other silicone goodies available but I haven't tried them and probably won't do so, but pot holders are always a nuisance and get burned so easily or dirty with food; the pinch grips are obviously washable. I received a copy of Kraft's What's Cooking yesterday and just browsing through it I came across an easy way to make an Alfredo sauce, for every 1/2 lb. of pasta you cook 6 oz. of cubed Philly cheese with 3/4 cup of chicken broth in a skillet, stirring constantly, until its all creamy and then add the noodles and toss adding any veg or sea food which appeals. What a good idea. We both love Caesar Salad and I am always looking for ways of serving Avocado which is so good for the heart so here is a recipe which should be a hit with us. Bacon and Avocado Caesar Salad Kraft Foods 8 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce 1 cup croutons 3 green onions, sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, sliced 1/4 cup Kraft Creamy Caesar Dressing 2 Tbsp. Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese 2 Tbsp. Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits PLACE lettuce on platter. TOP with remaining ingredients. SERVE immediately. Kraft Kitchens TipsVariation Prepare using Kraft Calorie-Wise Creamy Caesar Dressing and Kraft 100% Parmesan Light Grated Cheese. Have a great day


  1. My caesar salad comes from a bottle!!

    The elephant story reminds me of the movie Elephant Walk with the young Liz Taylor. Watched it when I was a child and watched it again a while ago on tv.

    I don't hold it against the animals to break into our world, seeing we've almost destroyed their natural habitats.

  2. From a bottle Marilyn, tut tut.

    No you are right about us destroying animial habitats. Zoos will soon be the only habitats they have.