Saturday, May 8, 2010

GMA Weekend, Oil Spill,

Just watching Good Morning America Weekend, in particular, The News You Missed. There really are some dumb things out there. One man has taken a welding helmet and re-designed it with a humming bird feeder included. The only thing is you have to stand still for hours waiting for the bird to come feed. Another weird story was people hunting an emu which was rampaging through the streets. Then a cockpit door was banged and someone announced he was an alien and wanted to fly the plane.  That was just a few of the weird things Bill Moyer talked about this morning, probably my favourite segment of the programme.

They also had an exposĂ© on psychics this morning. Apparently there are many people who practically won’t move without consulting a phone pshychic first. One woman even got divorced because of what a psychic told her and also changed jobs. They had staged conversations which repeated accurately what had been said on a real phone call and the generality of the replies was so obvious I couldn’t believe anyone would fall for it. Bill Moyer was giving the psychic the information to make a statement without realising he was doing so, at least that’s what we were told. In the end they said a lot of people called because they had no-one to talk to. A very expensive way of chatting to someone, over $3 a minute.

The 114 tonne Domecontainment “box” has now been lowered over the oil league in the Gulf and is settling into the mud of the seabed.  This is a picture of it being lowered courtesy of CBC News. We can only hope and pray this will work. There is an article here if you would like to read it. They now say that the explosion which sank the oil rig was caused by a bubble of methane gas in the pipes.

As I said yesterday, I am off to do some volunteering at the Open Up Health and Living Expo this afternoon. There will be lots of diabetic information available as well as other health related topics.

I found this recipe on Oprah Winfrey’s recipes. Never been there for recipes before. I like goat cheese so I think this would be a good combination, also a pretty simple recipe.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese and Bread Crumbs
Recipe created by Susan Spungen

Servings: Serves 4Roasted Asparagus Goat Cheese

1 thick slice crusty bread or 3 thick slices baguette cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 pound asparagus spears , trimmed

4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

3 ounces fresh goat cheese , crumbled

Zest of 1 lemon , removed in long, thin strips


Preheat oven to 425°. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast, tossing halfway through, until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove, cool, and chop into coarse crumbs; set aside. Wipe sheet clean.
Arrange asparagus on sheet. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil, and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast, rolling asparagus over once or twice, until just tender, 12 to 14 minutes; transfer to a large platter.
Sprinkle lemon juice over asparagus, then scatter bread crumbs on top. Drizzle remaining olive oil; top with goat cheese and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Extra idea: These flavors would also work together harmoniously as a canapĂ©—the goat cheese spread thin on crustless bread, the asparagus steamed and sliced thin, the lemon zest curled on top.




Have a great weekend


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