Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Heat Wave, Bowling, Dreaming, Beaches.

Phew it was a hot one yesterday. It reached 33°F here, which, in itself, is not exceptionally hot, but the humidity pushed it up til it felt like 41°F. A friend who works in Toronto said 44°F there. As usual there were lots of warnings out but you still saw TV pictures of people playing tennis and sunbathing in the parks or on beaches. I bet there are a lot of sunburns today. Something a lot of people don’t seem to grasp; you don’t start off white and then lie in the sun for hours. Matt and I sunbathe for about 1/2 an hour at a time until we have built up a tan. There was also a power outage in parts of Ontario yesterday, I felt so sorry for those who did not have their air conditioning. I think I would die. Reports always say how much worse it is for old people in such heat and humidity too. I wonder if retirement homes have back up generators, I was thinking that our apartment building should have.

Of course Bowling Pinswe were bowling for part of the afternoon and I was told that the pins don’t fall as easily in the heat as they do in the cold. Obviously the alley has air conditioning, but I guess its not on for most of the time, only when there are players in house. That might excuse my summer bowling, not my faMy Ballult, the pins won’t fall. It is a fact that I kept getting 13s yesterday, meaning that the corner pin just would not fall. Very frustrating. If you are not familiar with 5 pin, the middle pin is worth 5 points, the two on either side of it are worth 3 and the corner pins are worth 2 points. So if you bowl and get them all down except one corner pin, that’s 13. You then have to make a difficult shot and knock down that corner pin. Not easy I assure you. Don’t forget, our bowling balls are not the big monsters of 10 pin either, but small enough to hold in your hand – as in the picture of my ball.

Just watching a bit of TV and there was an Orkin pest control ad which broke my dream. Not quite sure how it started, but everywhere was running with baby cockroaches. What a delightful thing to dream about. Of all the bugs I have ever encountered, cockroaches have got to be the worst.

BP announced yesterday that they have now spent $3 Billion on the Gulf clean up, that’s a billion a month. A lot of money considering the problem isn’t fixed yet. Apparently the beaches aren’t bad down there although thousands of people have stayed away. We saw lots of pictures of people thoroughly enjoying themselves there and on being interviewed said the oil had been no problem. However, the tourist industry is hurting badly in that area. Plus seeing oiled, dying pelicans on the beach can’t be much fun.

Partly because of the heat and partly because we were still full from Sunday lunch, we just had salad sandwiches for supper last night together with a small amount of Brie and crackers. I make the sandwiches the way I have always done, buttering the bread, not slathering it with mayonnaise. I layer lettuce, onion, cucumber and tomato adding salt and pepper on each layer and then cover with the top layer of bread, pushing down firmly. Its refreshing and delicious and does NOT need anything else.

Eating Well have been putting out some low fact frozen treats and the following is one I particularly liked the sound of. Once again this calls for an ice cream maker, but it could be done by hand although it would, of course, take a lot longer.

Brown Sugar & Toasted Almond Ice Cream

From EatingWell: July/August 2010

In a world of designer ice creams, sometimes the simplest can be the best. The full-bodied flavors of brown sugar combined with nutty toasted almonds are all it takes to give this easy-to-make frozen treat a sophisticated distinction. The alcohol in the base mixture acts like an “anti-freeze,” reducing the icy texture sometimes associated with lower-fat ice cream. For a little extra indulgence, try topping a scoop with some crumbled gingersnaps.

Makes 8 servings

IngredientsBrown Sugar and Almond Ice Cream

1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1 tablespoon water

2 1/2 cups low-fat milk, divided

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 large egg yolks

1 12-ounce can nonfat evaporated milk

1 tablespoon vodka or rum

1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted (see Tip) and cooled

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small bowl; let stand, stirring once or twice, while you make the base for the ice cream.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 cups milk into a large saucepan. Whisk in brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat over medium heat, whisking often, until steaming. Whisk egg yolks and evaporated milk in a medium bowl until combined. Whisking constantly, gradually add the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture until blended. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the back of the spoon is lightly coated, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not bring to a boil or the custard will curdle.
  3. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean large bowl (preferably stainless-steel). Add the softened gelatin and whisk until melted. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup milk and vodka (or rum). Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Whisk the ice cream mixture and pour into the canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. During the last 5 minutes of freezing, add almonds. If desired, place the ice cream in the freezer to firm up before serving.

Per serving : 209 Calories; 6 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 84 mg Cholesterol; 31 g Carbohydrates; 9 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 92 mg Sodium; 338 mg Potassium

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 fat-free milk, 1 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1 fat

Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3 up to 1 day ahead. After freezing, store ice cream in an airtight container for up to 1 week. For the best texture, let soften slightly before serving. Equipment: Ice cream maker
  • Tip: To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Have a great day



  1. Oh that ice cream - a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.

  2. Well it is a low fat recipe Marilyn, and just the thing for our heat here at the moment.

    How is it in Paris, I believe London is pretty warm.