Friday, May 14, 2010

La Cage aux Folles, Gulf Oil Leak,

I keep thinking today is Saturday which of course, it isn't. Makes life very confusing. I couldn't understand why Good Morning America was on so early (weekends they don't start til 8). They had a segment about La Cage aux Folles, apparently there is a new version with Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge playing the leads. I still think the film version, The Bird Cage, with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane was one of the best versions of this I have ever seen however they did an excerpt of a song and dance which was good and quite funny. It has apparently been nominated for 11 Tony awards, so they are doing very well. There are a couple of video clips on including the song and dance.
Oil is still pouring into the Gulf of Mexico although it seems the news has kind of dropped the story although you can find updates. Reports are saying there is more oil than we know, it has been referred to as an oil spill, it isn't, that makes it finite. This is a well we are talking about and unless it is plugged it will continue to gush oil into the Gulf until the well runs out and God knows how long that would take. There are pictures on showing the oil gushing out under water. In fact there are two videos there which are really worth watching. I gather the latest idea is to insert a smaller pipe, with a stopper around it, into the larger one to try and siphon the oil onto a tanker that way. It is now some 25 days this has been going on, I hope and pray something is going to be successful soon. Experts are quarrelling about the amount of oil which is flowing into the seas. At the moment, that seems somewhat unimportant, stopping it is what should be the primary focus although it is a fact that experts say there has been more oil than 4 Exxon Valdize spills put together and that was a major disaster in itself.
Last night I made the quick Alfredo recipe which I gave you a few days back, it came from Kraft, and added chopped, par boiled asparagus to the sauce. It was really good. We served it over Barrie Bros. asparagus pasta and it made a good meal. The recipe calls for Parmesan which I have run out of, so I used grated cheddar cheese instead. In case you don't remember, here is the recipe again. Do not add the par boiled asparagus til almost the last minute or it will end up very overcooked. I forgot to take a picture, so I am using the original recipe picture.
Philly Alfredo with Asparagus
based on a recipe by Kraft Kitchens
1 tub (250 g) Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
1 cup milk
1 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese (I used cheddar)
pinch of ground nutmeg
salt and pepper
12 - 14 asparagus spears
HEAT 1 tub (250g) Philadelphia Spreadable Cream Cheese with 1 cup each milk and Kraft Grated Parmesan in a nonstick pot. Bring to a boil. Season with a dash of ground nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile cook the asparagus until just tender. Drain and allow to cool enough to handle. Chop into bite sized pieces. Add to the sauce just before serving to reheat.
POUR over hot cooked pasta and top with additional Kraft Grated Parmesan.
Servings: 8
Have a great day

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