Friday, January 17, 2014

Yes We’ve Got No Bananas, Cleaners, Pipe Bombs, Radicals.

MonkeysAccording to a news story, Paignton Zoo in Devon, England, has stopped feeding bananas to its monkeys as they have discovered that it causes tooth decay and diabetes just as it does in humans as well as obesity and heart problems. The monkeys are now much healthier on a diet which is contains more green vegetables. Also the lack of so much sugar is making them less inclined to fight. Most of us believe that in the wild monkeys eat bananas, apparently this is not so.

Although we mostly get up around 7 a.m., we don’t always “Mrs. Mopclean up” that quickly. Particularly me, I get on the computer and forget what time it is. However, Thursday morning we showered and breakfasted early because the cleaners were coming. Eventually at 9:05 I double checked my calendar, duuuh, it’s Friday they are coming, not Thursday. No idea why I thought it was Thursday. So anyway, it’s all to do again.

Read an article today about a young man (Skylar skylar-murphyMurphy) boarding a plane in Edmonton with his family who was discovered to be carrying a pipe bomb in his camera case. The officials believed his story that he and a friend were planning to blow up a shed and he was going to photograph it then forgot he had the pipe bomb in his camera case when he packed to travel. I kind of believe it too, I know my first husband used to blow things up as a kid – he became a physicist. It seems they do that kind of thing. However, he was arrested when he came back from vacation.

Unbelievable, in the last week or so, two Canadians, who had converted to Islam and then been “radicalized” have lost their lives in fighting in Syria. What on earth makes young Canadians, born and bred get involved with such things. It doesn’t appear their families were Muslims.

Bowling went well yesterday. First game lousy second two very good. However, for Matt it was great first game, lousy second and third. It’s a very odd sport.

This recipe is from Eating Well’s Clean Recipes. Sounds good. Been getting a lot of shrimp recipes lately, all worth saving as far as I am concerned.

Grilled Shrimp with Melon and Pineapple Salsa

From EatingWell:  July/August 2009
Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery pineapple-melon salsa. The flavors are bright and fresh, just right for a hot day. Use just one melon or any combination of melons—including watermelon—for the versatile salsa. For best flavor marinate shrimp overnight.

4 servings
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño, divided
  • 2 cups finely diced firm ripe melon
  • 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large lettuce leaves, such as Boston, romaine or iceberg
  • 4 lime wedges
  1. Combine shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Combine melon, pineapple, red and green bell pepper, onion, vinegar, chopped mint and salt in a large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill to high.
  4. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing each twice, once through the tail end and once near the head end. Grill the shrimp until pink and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, slide the shrimp off the skewers.
  5. To serve, arrange one large lettuce leaf on each dinner plate. Spoon salsa onto the lettuce and top with shrimp. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge and a mint sprig, if using.
Per serving : 211 Calories; 8 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 5 g Mono; 168 mg Cholesterol; 16 g Carbohydrates; 19 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 352 mg Sodium; 501 mg Potassium
1 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat
Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the shrimp (Step 1) for up to 24 hours. Cover and refrigerate the salsa (Step 2) for up to 4 hours. 
  • Note: To devein shrimp, use a paring knife to make a slit along the length of the shrimp. Under running water, remove the tract with the knife tip.
Have a great day


  1. Sorry for the kid that took his pipe bomb on the plane, but as bad as I feel for him, it was pretty dumb thing to do. Still, I have teenagers, dumb is pretty much all they know.

    But when I was young, I blew up pretty much anything I could strap to an explosive. It started with firecrackers in hot wheels cars, and moved on to m-80's in mason jars (FYI - glass will go a VERY long ways). BUT - I never took that stuff on a plane. Even then, I wouldn't have just forgotten about where I'd put that stuff. It really is careless.

    The shrimp looks good.

    1. It is dumb and maybe he did forget, but I cannot imagine he would want to blow up the plane with his family on board.

      I think my first hubby was the same I remember him talking about blowing up bridges in the park or trying to.

  2. Interesting about bananas, I don't allow them in the house anymore. Not since the spider report. Hubby laughs at me because I take a very long route around them in the grocery store too! A pipe bomb in a camera case - pretty stupid!

    1. Oh I still eat bananas. Not sure what spider report, but I am guessing it was a tarantula.

      It was stupid.

  3. In this day and age, you just can't forget that you have a pipe bomb on you when boarding a plane.

    1. Dunno, as Rusty says, kids can be pretty dumb.

  4. I just read that in a different article about the bananas being bad for monkeys...I would have never guessed it but it does make sense now. I haven't been bowling since October, but with a birthday coming up, maybe it'll be just the excuse I need to take the kids out for a game.

  5. It surprised me, I thought that was their natural food in the wild. We live and learn.

    I assume bowling in France will be 10 pin which we enjoy when we go to the Carolinas but never play in Canada. Have fun if you do go bowling.