Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bear Attack, Egg Warnings

Ohio Bear Attack A report I saw on TV this morning was about a man  being killed by a bear to whom he gave care. It actually seems somewhat sad that the victim loved the bear and had been caring for it for a while. Nobody actually knows what provoked the bear to attack on Thursday – to read the story go here – I’m not sure why people keep such animals on their own properties although I have heard them defend themselves by stating they have less accidents and escapes than do regular zoos. This particular back yard zoo used to allow people to wrestle one of the bears.

There is an ad running on TV at the moment which is for outdoor clothes and gear, their theme song is an oldie which used to be sung by Burl Ives, Big Rock Candy Mountain. the only part of it I know is that last line. I need to learn the rest so Matt won’t laugh at me when I sing out ‘big rock candy mountain’. This is a YouTube version of Burl Ives singing it and its not quite the same words as they are using for the ad.

The recall of eggs in the States has expanded considerably with 2,000 people having  been made sick. Figures of 228 million eggs have been quoted and they say some of the illnesses may not even have been reported. The advice – cook those eggs all the way through, just in case. Salmonella can just make you feel ill, or it can kill you.

Yet another of my regular emails is Living Well and yesterday they had this very interesting looking dessert.

Black Forest Tiramisu

Source: Splenda

Makes: 8 servings


9 squares (253 g) semi-sweet bakers chocolate image

1/3 cup (80 mL) canned evaporated skim milk

2 packages (500 g) spreadable light cream cheese

1/2 cup (125 mL) and 1/3 cup (80 mL)  SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated

2 1/2 tsp (12 mL) vanilla extract

1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream

24 thin chocolate wafer cookies

1/4 cup (60 mL) cold strong coffee

2 tbsp (30 mL) brandy (optional)

1 can (540 mL) cherry pie filling

8 mint leaves


Chop 9 squares of the chocolate, reserving 1 square chopped for garnish

Chocolate cream cheese mixture

Melt the 8 squares of chocolate with the evaporated skim milk in double boiler, over gently simmering water. Stir to combine. Combine 1 package of spreadable cream cheese with 1/2 cup (125 mL) SPLENDA® Granulated and 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract in a separate mixing bowl.

Pour the melted chocolate mixture into this cream cheese mixture. Combine thoroughly and set aside.

Whipped cream/cream cheese mixture

Beat the 2nd package of cream cheese with 1/3 cup (80 mL) SPLENDA® Granulated and 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

Whip the whipping cream separately until stiff peaks form and then fold into the cream cheese mixture and set aside.


Assemble into eight 10 oz ramekins or parfait glasses by dispersing in the following order: Chocolate cream cheese mixture; coffee dipped (brandy option) wafer cookies (3 per portion), 1/2 of the cherry pie filling, whipped cream/cream cheese mixture, the other 1/2 of the cherry pie filling

Top each dessert with the reserved chopped chocolate and a mint leaf

Serve immediately or chill and serve cold

Have a great weekend


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