Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Kiss, Humiliation Diet.

Time Square Kiss At the end of World War II a photograph was taken of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square which became an iconic symbol of the end of the war. Now they have erected a statue which is a copy of this picture and the intention is that today they will have a kiss-a-thon in Times Square to celebrate both the end of that war and to pay tribute to the people of that time. There is a video clip here in which the organiser explains the intention behind the event which explains the idea behind it, also there are two more statues, one in Florida and one in California.

There is a new ‘fad’ on Twitter at the moment, posting your weight and your dieting each day to show people how you are doing and to keep yourself on track by shaming yourself into it. They call it the Humiliation Diet. A dietitian was interviewed on GMA this morning and she thought humiliation was not a good way to feel when you are dieting. Much as I would like to lose weight, I can’t imagine sharing it with the world. Even at Weight Watchers®, the only people who know your weight are the counsellors although if you have a particularly good loss it will be shared with the others in the room.

The floods in both Iowa and Pakistan continue to worsen with the rain being non stop. We also heard of some flooding in North Carolina last night, I am not sure how bad that is. A lot of the trouble is because people have, over the centuries, ignored the flood plains – oh look a pretty river, lets build a house – but however pretty, rivers have been flooding since time began. When we bought our land in NC, we didn’t check into the flood plain either, but in fact we looked into it later and we were outside the known flood area, in our case flooding would have been from the sea if there had been enough wind to drive it inland. Talking of which, I was reading Driving Force yesterday by Dick Francis which included a lot about hurricanes. A good book, but then as I have said, I love all Dick Francis books. Another book about hurricanes which I really loved was called Wyatt’s Hurricane by Desmond Bagley, an author I used to read a lot of at one time.

Continuing with the breakfast theme, here is another recipe from Eating Well.

Mini Mushroom-&-Sausage Quiches

From EatingWell: April/May 2005

These crustless mini quiches are like portable omelets. Turkey sausage and sauteed mushrooms keep them light and savory. Small and satisfying, they're also a good finger food for your next cocktail party.

1 dozen mini quiches Mini Mushroom-&-Sausage Quiches_0


8 ounces turkey breakfast sausage, removed from casing and crumbled into small pieces

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup sliced scallions

1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

5 eggs

3 egg whites

1 cup 1% milk

  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat a nonstick muffin tin generously with cooking spray (see Tip).
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Add oil to the pan. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in scallions, cheese and pepper.
  3. Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup.
  4. Bake until the tops are just beginning to brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place a rack on top of the pan, flip it over and turn the quiches out onto the rack. Turn upright and let cool completely.

Per quiche : 90 Calories; 5 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 105 mg Cholesterol; 3 g Carbohydrates; 9 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 217 mg Sodium; 108 mg Potassium

Exchanges: 1 medium-fat meat

Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • A good-quality nonstick muffin tin works best for this recipe. If you don't have one, line a regular muffin tin with foil baking cups.

Have a great weekend.



  1. This post reminded me of a photo my parents kept of an American soldier whom we billetted for a while during WWII. War over, he went home to his wife, whom he'd married when she was only 16, with a trim,girish figure, and he hadn't seen her for nearly two years. When he got back she must've weighed well over 100kg. She was so fat all you could see of the soldier were his arms around the bits he could reach!

  2. That must have been a shock for the sailor. I wonder how long they stayed married.