Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Snow Picture, Medications,

I completely forgot we had taken a couple of pictures from the hotel window in Hamilton on Friday to show how the snow was coming down. It sure was coming down too and although it was too wet to stick to the roads, it was doing a pretty good job of covering parking lots etc. It carried on snowing well into the evening, I'm not sure what time it stopped. It was certainly still snowing when we had dinner, but later we got too involved in watching the Olympics to take notice of the weather. I was wondering if we were going to have trouble getting to the bowling alley the next morning but as I said the roads were OK. We had to go up "the mountain" to get to the alley and that is a pretty steep road which could, I presume, get absolutely treacherous at times. I might say, when we found the alley, it looked a right dump on the outside and we were staggered to see how many lanes there were inside. I have been particularly noticing the ads for various drugs which we see on TV. They say how wonderful the drug is for something or other and then proceed to list all the possible side effects. There is a depression drug which can make you more depressed or even suicidal. Another for smoking which can cause heart attacks and god knows what else. Its enough to scare you right off the drug in the first place. I think the drug companies should spend a few more millions to try and eliminate some of these side effects, and they do spend $millions. People often complain about the price of drugs, but I worked for a pharmaceutical company and I know the kind of money which is poured into research and not every project produces a satisfactory medication so has to be abandoned despite the millions spent on it. Then they do come up with a really good answer to some medical problem only to have it copied a short while later so it can be sold as a generic. I am not up to date on Canada's laws, but I know when I worked in the industry, the drug companies had little or no protection for their patents. Well, I have a busy morning so that's it from me today. Here's a fun recipe from Eating Well which also sounds as though it would be tasty. Eating Well are promoting low cal lunches at the moment. Green Eggs & Ham Frittata From EatingWell: March/April 2010
Our version of green eggs and ham is full of spinach, leeks and dill, along with ham and havarti cheese. Serve with: Roasted red potatoes or hash browns. 6 servings
Ingredients •8 large eggs •1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill •1/4 teaspoon salt •1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper •2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil •2 leeks, white and light green parts only, diced •1 5-ounce bag baby spinach, chopped •1/2 cup diced ham •1/2 cup shredded havarti or Muenster cheese
Preparation 1.Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F. 2.Whisk eggs, dill, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leeks; cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and ham; cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. 3.Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and cook, lifting the edges of the frittata so uncooked egg can flow underneath, until the bottom is light golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top, transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the eggs are set, 6 to 8 minutes. Let rest for about 3 minutes before serving. Serve hot or cold.
Nutrition Per serving : 217 Calories; 15 g Fat; 5 g Sat; 6 g Mono; 296 mg Cholesterol; 6 g Carbohydrates; 14 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 418 mg Sodium; 320 mg Potassium 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1 fat
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