Friday, October 17, 2014

Bowling, Ebola, Gas Prices.

I was delighted how well I bowled again yesterday. I just wish Matt My Ballcould have bowled as well. He had some good frames but wasn’t able to turn them into really good scores. Last year I nearly got to an average of 160 and would really like to achieve that this winter.

ebola_virusIt appears that in the Texas hospital where the two nurses caught Ebola had given no training to anyone to deal with this and from pictures it turns out that the nurses necks were uncovered!! I hope hospitals will be given training ASAP because you just never know who is going to land on your doorstep.

Passing our regular gas bar on the way to bowling we saw the price gas pumpwas $1.12 per litre. That’s the lowest we’ve seen in a very long time. However, in the headlines they are saying falling gas prices are hurting Alberta. Much of their gas is sold to the States anyway, although I heard a report the other day that the States were now producing as much gas as the middle east. 

Having a Hallowe’en party? How about this for your table? By the way, I am going to be sharing this on my local radio station next Tuesday.

Black Widow Goat Cheese Log

Food and Wine - Contributed by Grace Parisi

  • SERVINGS: 12 servings

Sautéed shallots and feta cheese flavour this simple spread, which Spider Cheese Logis a delicious hors d'oeuvre at any time of year. Here, it's formed into a spooky spider.
  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 4 very large shallots, thinly sliced (2 cups)
  3. 10 ounces fresh goat cheese, softened
  4. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  5. 6 ounces Greek feta cheese, at room temperature
  6. Black sesame seeds, for garnish
  7. 1 piquillo pepper, for garnish
  8. 6-inch painted twigs, for spider legs
  9. Crackers, flat breads and bread sticks
  1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Scrape the shallots into a food processor and let cool. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese and feta and puree until smooth. Scrape the cheese into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  2. Shape one third of the cheese mixture into a ball and roll in black sesame seeds to coat; shape the remaining two-thirds into a larger ball and coat with black sesame seeds. On a serving board, press the balls together to form the head and body of a spider. Cut the piquillo pepper into 2 small triangles and place them on the body in an hourglass shape. Serve with crackers, flat breads or bread sticks.
Make Ahead The unformed cheese mixture can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Have a great day’'


  1. Hi Jo - glad the bowling went well .. that Black Widow cheese log - is brilliant .. love it .. as well as the fact it's made from delicious cheeses .. cheers Hilary

    1. I thought it was quite something when I came across it. Sharing it on the radio will be fun.

  2. The USA is producing it's own gas/oil? That's news to me. our prices fell but not far and they are going up again.

    1. JoJo, where have you been? Texas has always produced oil. Not sure where else though.

  3. That cheese log is awesome!
    Our prices have hit about three bucks a gallon - that's cheap. And BP gas is all American.

    1. Isn't it.

      Gas has always been cheaper in your neck of the woods. British Petroleum is all American???????

  4. That cheese log sounds yummy. I think I'll be trying it - but maybe not as a spider given some of the family don't share my live and let live attitude to them.

  5. Alex sent me over to see your spider and boy, is it frightastic. Love it. Wishing you an oogie boogie Halloween and congrats on your bowling.

    1. It's good isn't it? Thanks for the visit.

    2. Very cool. Alex sent me directly to this post because of that spider.

    3. I don't know if you have checked the radio link - top right - I talked about the spider there this week.