Friday, September 28, 2012

Maintenance, C/2012S1, Foamed Village.

Chandelier 001I have mentioned that we have been going through superintendents rapidly at our apartment building. Over the last year we have requested various things to be repaired without much success. Then the other day our annual rent increase came in which finally got to me so I called the office and spoke to the woman in charge who said I should have gone to her in the first place!! I spoke to her Wednesday, already plumber has been and is coming back Friday to change a toilet and the electrician came and repaired the chandelier above our dining table. One of the candles had fused and couldn’t be replaced. Its considered to be old fashioned, but we like it. I am very impressed.

Astrologers have discovered a new comet named C/2012S1 which they say is thecomet brightest ever seen and will be visible to the naked eye as it passes us next year. Probably in November 2013. We seem to be getting more and more events in the stars which can be seen without a telescope.

I read a story about a Scottish village, Footdee near Aberdeen, which wsea foamoke up to find itself covered in sea foam. The pictures are quite incredible. The excessive foam was the result of a freak storm. The link connects to an ABC blog about the incident. It seems there were lots of jokes about bubble baths, car washes, etc. The foam covered the whole area burying cars and everything. Quite incredible, often seen foam at sea, but never this much, do check out the pictures, they are quite something.

We buy pork tenderloins at Costco, they are excellent and we are always on the lookout for recipes. This looks like one we would very much enjoy.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Raisin-Ginger Pan Sauce

Contributed by Pam Anderson
Good News Pam Anderson likes to serve sliced tenderloin—a very lean cut of pork—with a tangy raisin-and-ginger-flavored sauce that tastes much more pork-tenderloindecadent than it actually is, thanks to a secret ingredient: cornstarch, which gives the sauce body while avoiding added fat.  
  1. One 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloin
  2. 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 1/2 cup naturally sweetened apple juice
  5. 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  6. 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  7. 3 tablespoons golden raisins
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 teaspoon of water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat the pork with the oil; season with salt and pepper. In a large, nonstick ovenproof skillet, cook the pork over moderately high heat until browned all over, 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for about 18 minutes, turning twice, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 140°.
  2. Transfer the pork to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes. Add the apple juice, broth, soy sauce, raisins and ginger to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Cook until the liquid has reduced by half, 4 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat a spoon, about 30 seconds; remove from the heat.
  3. Carve the pork and arrange on plates. Stir any carving juices into the pan sauce. Spoon the sauce over the pork and serve.
Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo .. you've had lots going on - Happy Birthday, Happy 40th Anniversary - congratulations all round and then a great holiday .. sounds like it.

    I really like the idea of the fig, and goats cheese stuffed muffins ..

    The foam is amazing isn't it ... I wrote a post 3 1/2 years ago on the Cappuccino Coast ... titled Foam Baskers ..

    Amazing phenomenon ...

    We are having terrible weather - it's just tipped it down here - yet again ..

    Enjoy all your dinners etc and glad the flat is getting sorted out .. cheers Hilary

  2. Thanks Hilary. We were going to use one of our gift vouchers today, but too late and the place was full. Not a good day Friday.

    I will check out your blog on the Cappuccino Coast (don't even know where that is) later.

    Sorry to hear about the amount of rain in the UK. We still aren't getting a lot, but more than most of the summer anyway. We met lots of deluges on our travels in the US mind you.