Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Boxing, Hips, Women’s Soccer, Curiosity, Gold Mail Boxes.

I didn’t mention that watched part of a bout between a Canadian woman boxer and Women's Boxinga Chinese. Maybe I am old fashioned, or too much of a feminist of something, but the sight of women punching each other out is not one that appeals to me. So much for us being the gentler sex. We once knew a woman who boxed with her husband (he was professional at the time, she wasn’t) and I thought she was something of a tough broad. However, in this day and age I guess I am outnumbered. Women want to be allowed to do everything, no matter what, so naturally that includes boxing.

I have mentioned that I might well have to have a hip replacement before year’s Hip Replacementend so when I saw this cartoon on Facebook I just had to send a copy to my surgeon as well as share it with you. It really tickled me.

There is a lot of fuss going on about the Canadian/US women’s soccer match and the controversial calls made by the Norwegian referee. Not all the fuss is by Canadians I might add, but of course most of it is and FIFA are talking about disciplining the team and coach for the blistering comments they have been making. Such a shame. They now get to play the French for the bronze.

Not seen a heck of a lot of pictures from the Mars landing so far, but I gather everything is going well and Curiosity is sending back pictures. This is one of the first I gather.Mars
There are more pictures on this page including a video of Curiosity’s descent onto the red planet. They are expecting much better pictures as various arms and antenna unfold over the next few days.

I loved this story, Britain have been painting the traditional red mail boxes in gold in Gold Mail Boxesthe home towns of their gold medalists in the Olympics. They say the mail boxes will be turned back to red after the games are over. But what fun and what a compliment to the medalists. They also assure everyone that mail will be collected as usual with no disruption to service. In these days of electronic mail, I wonder how much they are used, although Matt keeps on reminding me that not everyone has computers or internet connections. If I predeceased Matt, he certainly wouldn’t. He would go back to using a regular account book for finances and as he never writes to anyone, no-one would ever hear from him again except by telephone – and that would probably only be to his kids LOL.

This recipe appeared in my inbox and I thought it was interesting, not Caesar Salad in the true sense of the word, but they sound very tasty. We always enjoy endive in various ways. I have a Dutch friend who bakes them but won’t part with the recipe, she contends that then when she serves it, it will always be different.

Caesar Salad Spears

Makes 5 dozen spearsClick here to find out more!

Salads usually require forks, but Grace Parisi transforms a classic Caesar into a clever finger food. She tosses chopped endives with a lemony dressing, then spoons the mixture inside elegant endive spears, topping it with cheese and crunchy mini croutons.

2 cups 1/4-inch-diced white breadcaesar-salad-spears
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 anchovy fillets mashed
1 small garlic clove smashed
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plus more for garnish
7 Belgian endives


Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, toss the bread with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread the bread on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, stirring once, until golden and crisp.

Meanwhile, in the same bowl, using a spoon, mash the anchovies to a paste with the garlic and a pinch of salt. Whisk in the mayonnaise, lemon zest and lemon juice, then whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the 1/4 cup of grated cheese.

Trim the endives and remove the 60 largest leaves from 6 of the heads. Stack the leaves and trim them to about 4 inches. Thinly slice the remaining endive, along with the trimmings of the 6 other heads (you should have about 3 cups), and toss with the dressing. Spoon the salad onto each spear and garnish with the croutons and grated cheese. Serve immediately.

Have a great day


  1. As i'm practicing martial art, i don't feel like disturbed with box or freefight by women. What is more surprising is that fights are sometimes more violent than men's as we are not used to. In france since a couple of years, urban violences and assault and robberies are more coming from young female teenagers.
    I like to learn how to fight: it helps me beeing more cool, and so many other things ^^

    Curiosity is a cool and so expensive thing^^

    thank you for again such a nice recepie!

    1. As you know, I do T'ai Chi, but I don't think that's quite the same thing as boxing. Punching each other in the face is somewhat different. Yes, I know women can be and are very violent, but I don't know, boxing..........

      Yes, you're right, Curiosity is very expensive, but interesting to see what it can find, we might need to go to the stars one of these days.

    2. I agree that watching human punching ball is not my favourite activity, but i'm more shocked about tv publicity showing every day only women cleaning up the houses. As if it was so natural for women, almost genetic! I mean i suppose it is not because you are getting old, but more a matter of what we are used to^^

      Curiosity, it's really cool because of the discovery part of the project. I can't help though to think it's funny we want to explore the universe, when we didn't finished about exploring the oceans on the earth ! ^^ have you heard about the abyss project from james cameron ? It seems quite a funny project too ^^

    3. No I haven't heard about the abyss project, I will check it out.

      As for house cleaning, I have never been any good at that.

  2. That soccer match got a lot of press. Thought the controversy surrounding the women's gymnastics last night ended fair.

    1. Yes, I think you are right, it was fair. Always difficult with judges I guess.

  3. My dad was golden gloves boxer and I learned to box before I hit preschool age, much to my mother's disgust. I boxed as I grew up. I enjoyed it and it was a good defensive training. I couldn't box with girls because I'd hurt them. We had some real scrappers in a few of the schools I went to. Mom was appalled--ladies don't fight, you see. lol! Oh she had her turn with the making Sia a lady.

    A lot of high tension in team sports especially in the Olympics.


    1. I guess I must be like your mom Sia. I never came across girls fighting in school - or not that I can remember, it was a long time ago LOL.

      Yes, I guess you are right, a lot of tension.