Thursday, April 19, 2018

Victorian Home, Climate and Weather, Salmonella

I guess I didn't check properly, and it appears that what I was watching on Tuesday evening was Part 2 of Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home. Which I am adding here.

With the result that what I was talking about in my blog yesterday was detailed in this segment today showing the adulteration of food and the deaths of children through Bovine TB in milk.

So then on Wednesday night we watched Nova which was all about climate change and how it affects our weather and the research scientists having been doing on the problems. There is absolutely no doubt our burning of fossil fuels has fueled (pun not intended) the problems the earth is facing and they explained it really well. Not something I will try and do, but they explained how the melting ice has already increased sea levels and showed coastal towns in the US which are subject to regular flooding and showed the Maldive Islands which are losing land rapidly and being regularly flooded too - islands which are likely to disappear before too long. They have proved that the earth changes regularly over the centuries, but that the current heating up period has been badly exacerbated by us. The Polar ice caps are disappearing rapidly and the oceans are warming up. The implication was that it isn't too late to reverse the trend but something has to be done now. My one consolation about how we are ruining our home is that I won't be here long enough to see the total devastation we are bringing down on ourselves.

In light of the recent recall of millions of eggs, I came across this article from Extra Crispy which answers the question "what is Salmonellay anyway?" I have not heard of a similar recall in Canada so I hope our eggs are OK.

Although these are vegetarian, I thought they looked quite delicious. I hope you do too.

Cheesy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Black Beans and Avocado

We all love a classic twice-baked potato. Why not put a more nutritious spin on the side dish by swapping in sweet potatoes and adding protein-packed black beans? When topped with creamy avocado and crunchy toasted pepitas, each of these potatoes can stand alone as a main—that both the kids and adults will devour. We opted for Pepper Jack cheese to add some heat, but anyone not a fan
of spicy can swap in Monterey Jack or Cheddar. Broiling the potato skins before filling them with the sweet potato mixture crisps them up so they can serve as a sturdy base.

¼ cup raw pepitas
3 Tbs plus 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 ¼ tsp kosher salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
4 medium-size sweet potatoes (about 2 ¾ lb.), halved lengthwise
1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
6 oz Pepper Jack cheese, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
1 ripe avocado, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss pepitas with 1 teaspoon of the oil, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and several grinds pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Rub potatoes with remaining 3 tablespoons oil and place cut side down on a second rimmed baking sheet. Add a few grinds of pepper. Transfer both baking sheets to oven.

2. Bake pepitas until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven. Continue baking potatoes until very tender, 22 to 28 minutes more. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes, then scoop potato flesh into a large bowl. Return potato skins to baking sheet.

3. Increase oven temperature to broil and position top rack 6 inches from heat. Broil potato skins until crispy, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add black beans, a few grinds pepper, 1 cup of the cheese, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt to sweet potato flesh and stir to combine. Divide mixture among skins and top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Return to oven and broil until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Top with avocado and pepitas.

Servings: 4

Source: Real Simple

Have a great day


  1. Well, it's a wonder any Victorians survived. Can't wait to see the Edwardian chapter.

    1. You are right Denise, I thought the same thing myself what with adulterating bread which was a staple, and milk which young kids drank. You don't hear of anything wrong in the palace so maybe they didn't do such things although a lot of Victoria's kids died.

  2. I know I should like sweet potatoes cause they are so good for you but I don't. I've always heard you can get sick from eating batter cause of the eggs but I never did.

    1. Matt doesn't like them either JoJo. I do but never eat them 'cos I don't want to cook them for one.

      Batter? Eggs are in a lot of things,

  3. I watched part one and will watch part 2 when I have more power in my IPad. It’s a wonder anyone survived. Corsets never looked comfortable but jees! Funny that the Kardashias’s are wearing corsets and find it great. I don’t know how much this is taking on but I’m seeing more corsets being sold in stores...stupid really.

    1. We used to wear girdles when I was a young woman Birgit. I wouldn't give you a cent for them today. Corsets were even worse.

  4. Hi Jo - I think those twice baked sweet potatoes sound rather good - but living a century + a bit a go ... no thank you! Cheers Hilary

    1. Terrible time to have been alive Hilary. Part 2 is even more scary.

  5. Thankfully, eggs are one thing I don't buy.