Thursday, May 16, 2013

Oldest Flowing Water, Summer Bowling.

Timmins WaterAn incredible story about the discovery of flowing water deep in a mine in Timmins, Northern Ontario, this water is between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 billion years old and they believe it is capable of sustaining microbial life forms. If this is so, they feel life could develop similarly underground on planets like Mars where no surface life appears to exist. (I hope I’ve got that right). They are busy testing the water at the moment. This water flow has been discovered as a joint effort between Canadian and British scientists. Older water, much older, billions of years, has been found trapped in rocks, but this was incapable of supporting any kind of life.

I had lots of fun bowling today, nothing to do with the scores I was Pinsracking up though, once again I bowled like a man with no arms. Arlee Bird of Tossing it Out has recently been posing questions about why people swear, it occurred to me today, bowling is a very good instance of why people do so. There is an old bowling joke about a Japanese going home and talking about the game and how much fun it is. When his friends inquired the name of the game he replied that he wasn’t too sure but thought it was called “Oh Sh*t”. It appears we have a few more people coming to join us which will be great. A couple played with us today and two more came to meet us. This will give us another team, or 16 of us in total which makes things much more evenly balanced.

I thought some of you might like a change from asparagus, so here is a Food and Wine version of Chicken Kiev.

Quick Chicken Kiev

Contributed byGrace Parisi

To make a classic chicken Kiev, Ukrainian cooks pound cutlets flat, roll them around a log of herb butter, then bread and fry them. Here, Grace Parisi simplifies the dish by cutting a pocket into the breast to hold the butter.
  1. 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each), Chicken Kievlightly pounded to an even thickness
  2. Salt
  3. Freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  5. 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  6. 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  7. All-purpose flour, for dusting
  8. 3 large eggs, beaten
  9. 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, crushed
  10. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  11. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  12. 1 large bunch of arugula, stemmed
  1. Carefully slice a pocket into the side of each chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, blend the butter with the dill and chives and season with salt and pepper. Spoon half of the herb butter into the pockets and pinch closed.
  2. Dredge the chicken in flour, tapping off the excess. Put the eggs and bread crumbs in 2 separate shallow bowls and season with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken in the eggs and then in the bread crumbs, sealing the pockets; dab any open spots with egg and sprinkle with bread crumbs to seal. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and freeze for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 inch of olive oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and fry over moderate heat, turning once or twice, until golden and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the arugula and toss. Transfer the chicken to plates and top with the remaining herb butter. Serve the arugula salad alongside.
Have a great day


  1. I'm intrigued. Where does the water flow from and to - how do they know its age? Especially as it is presumably changing all the time.

    1. Fascinating isn't it? Did you read the article by clicking on the link? Tells you as much as I know.

  2. The name for bowling made me chuckle.

    1. I loved the original cartoon, saw it many years ago.

  3. Bowling was definitely NOT my sport.

    1. I assume you have only ever come across 10-pin Denise. 5-pin is really very different. We play 10-pin when we come down to the States on vacation, the balls are too damned heavy for anything. I have to use an 8 lb which is really for kids. 5-pin was invented by a Canadian 100 years ago and was a very complicated game, it has been simplified a bit since then I'm pleased to say.

  4. Definitely. I tend to swear as much as you do when golfing. Its a British trait I guess.

  5. That is HYSTERICAL about the alternative name for bowling. I took bowling in college for my PE. Only class at the school where drinking was allowed ;-) I used to be a pretty good bowler until I had to have my wrist fused. Can't life much and it has a will of it's own.
    Chicken Kiev - yum!
    And thanks, yes, I did manage to find a clean wine glass. I did have to wash it though...
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. Didn't know bowling was considered good enough for PE. Drinking in school?? Pity about your wrist.

      Cheers Tina.

  6. I read about the water this morning. Fascinating! There is so much we don't know.

  7. I read about that water today. Didn't fully follow how they were able to date it, but I was reading in a hurry. Glad to hear that your bowling community is growing. And that chicken does sound tasty.

    1. I must say I didn't totally follow the dating either. But fascinating just the same.

      Yes, its a good thing to get more summer bowlers.