Friday, June 15, 2012

Driving Tests, Wallenda, Shooting Judge

Driving TestThe other night we were talking about Ontario Driver Tests once you reach 80. We knew there was a written test and no hands on driving test (which I think is wrong) so I decided to Google about it. Obviously you have to know the law for driving on the roads of Ontario, but why, please tell me, do you have to know what the fines and penalties are? Isn’t that what the law courts are for? It is the same for any drivers’ test here, you have to have a written test and you have to know the fines and/or punishments. That seems absolute rubbish to me. If you know something is wrong or criminal that should be sufficient. Do they think knowing the penalties will deter you from wrongdoing?

Tonight one of the Wallenda family, Nick, 33, is planning to do his walk across _IDA6919Niagara Falls. I don’t know what the TV picture will be like, but I plan to watch if possible. They had a low wire set up in Times Square and the hosts of Good Morning America all tried walking the wire without much success. Then Sam WallendaChampion, the weather man, tried trapeze but found he wasn’t too good at that either. He had all kinds of safety belts and wires, but all power to his elbow, he was 25 ft. in the air. Funny to watch as was them trying to walk a wire. This is Sam, Josh and Nick. Sam and Josh were doing all they could to make Nick fall off, which he didn’t. The two of them, couldn’t stay on. From all the pictures one sees, the cable is pretty thick, but.. way above the Falls I wouldn’t want to know. One of the women, Lara Spenser, had a go at walking the wire too but didn’t see much of whether she had any success or not. Of course the Wallenda family have been doing wire walking through generations and its not so many years several of the Flying Wallendas were killed trying to do a stunt on a high wire which they had been doing for 15 years. Clicking the highlight will give you a background on the Family and their tragedies.

Headline yesterday was about a Quebec judge who has now been found guilty of shooting his 71 yr. Judgeold wife. Seems to me pretty incredible that a man who judges other should end up committing such a crime. It did occur to me to wonder if his wife was terminally ill or something, otherwise, to me, it is inexplicable. He won’t be too popular if he goes to prison, not a good place for any officer of the law. Makes me wonder why on earth somebody in his position would do such a thing? Heard an update on the radio, it appears the wife was an invalid and he was having an affair with his secretary, nuff said.

Funny story, the police received a report of a naked and bloody man – when they went to investigate, it turned out the man had been fast asleep, sleeping in the buff, he was startled awake by a spider and dashed out crashing into some glass doors. By the time the cops arrived he had put some shorts on.

I thought this looked delicious in the pictures, reading it though, it is a kind of variation on a quiche. Won’t stop me trying it, just the same.

Tomato-Corn Pie

From EatingWell: July/August 2010

Tomatoes and corn have a natural affinity for one another: the slight acidity of tomatoes balances the sweetness of the corn. Here they partner in a delicious quiche-like pie. The dough is very forgiving and bakes up into a sturdy shell that’s great for just about any savory pie or tart. Perfect for a summer brunch or try it with a tossed salad for a light supper.

Makes 8 servings Tomato Corn Pie


  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 large ear; see Tip) or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  4. To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust, then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with corn, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top.
  5. Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.


  • Ingredient note: Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store it in the freezer.
  • To remove corn kernels from the cob, stand an ear of corn on one end and slice the kernels off with a sharp knife.

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