Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ancient Shark, Bowling,

Incredible scientific news - they have discovered an ancient cretaceous period shark (80 million years old) swimming off the coast of Portugal. The shark has 300 teeth and is named the Chlamydoselachus anguineus and seems to be called the frilled shark. Reading the article it seems one was found off the cost of Japan at some point in time. The link is to a fairly short article and is interesting. They say it is a very simple creature and unevolved and lives on food such as octopus and squid. 

Bowling was fairly good today, my first game was lousy but the other two games were good with a 200 at the last. Not sure if we took 4 or 5 points but best we have done in a while. 

This recipe comes from Campbell Soups. Seems like it would be a good one. Especially as the pho is already made for you.

Pho Ga (Chicken Pho) with Crispy Shallots

This simple Vietnamese soup is comfort food at its best. The hot and cool flavours are all in perfect harmony.

1 Tbs (15 mL) vegetable oil
3 shallots, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces and smashed
1 piece ginger
1 tsp (5 mL) sugar
1 Tbs (15 mL) fish sauce
1 carton CAMPBELL’S® Ready To Use Pho Broth
1 lb (454 g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
8 oz (226 g) dried rice noodles
1 carrot, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup (60 mL) each, fresh mint leaves and cilantro sprigs
1 small red chili pepper, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges

1. In small non-stick skillet heat oil on medium heat; cook shallots and garlic until caramelized and golden brown, about 8 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine lemongrass, ginger, sugar, fish sauce and Pho broth. Cover with a lid and bring to a very gentle simmer. Add chicken and continue to simmer very gently for about 15 minutes

3. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Rinse well under cold water to prevent sticking and divide between 4 bowls.

4. Remove the cooked chicken from the soup and slice. Arrange over noodles with cooked shallots and carrots.

5. Strain soup through sieve into a large measuring cup. Pour over noodles in bowls. Top each with mint, cilantro and chilies. Serve with lime wedges.

Servings: 4


Substitute the peas for shelled edamame or frozen broccoli

Have a great day


  1. Fascinating shark ... interesting to read about - glad the bowling was good - cheers Hilary

    1. I do agree Hilary, fascinating. I wonder how many of them are around. I remember when they first found the coelacanth in similar waters.

  2. I saw an article on FB about that shark. It's really prehistoric looking. Amazing the creatures that keep being found on this planet. And that is why I believe in Sasquatch!

    1. It is amazing JoJo. I'm not sure about the Sasquatch but I do believe in the Yeti (Himalayas).

  3. Freaky looking shark. Who knows what else is still out there.

    1. As you say Alex, who knows. Amazing how these things suddenly crop up.

  4. Is it a new breed of frill shark? They've been seen elsewhere just not often.

    1. I don't think so Diane. When I first read the article I thought it was a totally new discovery but it wasn't.

  5. What a creepy shark. It can stay in Portugal.

    I've never heard of Pho broth, but that probably doesn't surprise you.

    1. Is rather creepy isn't he Liz.

      Don't you have an Vietnamese restaurants in your area?

  6. One day the balcony issue will be in the past. Now as for that shark....I would never step foot in the water if that thing is in there

    1. You are right Birgit, trouble is the past is taking a long time to arrive. That's the trouble Birgit you don't know where things like that are.