Friday, August 23, 2019

Blue Whales, Red Lobster, Brown Parcel,

I'm on a wildlife kick this week. I just saw some information about the Blue Whale. I knew it was the larges mammal on earth but did you know The heart of a blue whale is as big as a small car; their tongues can weigh as much as an elephant and they are as long as 3 school buses. There are some whale pix here if you are interested. I didn't know they were the biggest mammal ever to have existed. I live and learn. Would be wonderful to see one, if only. Mind you I would love to see whales at sea whatever their breed.

Today we went with ladydog to the Red Lobster and, as usual, I pigged out on crab. Delicious. Matt wasn't too happy about how long I was taking, but I don't often get the opportunity. ladydog was very patient about the whole thing. Matt and I bought a couple of desserts home with us, yes, Chocolate Wave cake. We ate the delicious ice cream whilst there. ladydog wouldn't try any she didn't want to get addicted otherwise she would have to travel to Peterborough where it is made - what's her problem, I would have gone with her LOL. They only sell it to the public in cones during the summer months I understand.

I had a parcel to collect at the UPS store as I mentioned, ladydog kindly drove us there once I remembered whether we should have turned left or right. The parcel was large and fairly heavy so the girl at UPS carried it out for me and then ladydog saved my bacon by carrying it upstairs for me. I would have had to get the large shopping basket as of course I had a cane.

Later I started calling all the people who bowled last winter (I always help out doing this). Actually one or two not coming back, surprisingly. Later I was stuffed and Matt not particularly hungry so I did open smoked salmon sandwiches for supper. Tasty.

This sounds tasty too

Bacon and Tomato Potato Skins

6 large baking potatoes
2 tsp cooking oil
1 tsp chili powder
Several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
2/3 cup chopped Canadian-style bacon or chopped, cooked turkey bacon
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
2 Tbs finely chopped green onion
4 oz cheddar cheese or reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1/2 cup dairy sour cream (optional)

1. Scrub potatoes thoroughly and prick with a fork. Arrange on a microwave-safe plate. Micro-cook, uncovered, on 100% power (high) for 17 to 22 minutes or till almost tender, rearranging once. (Or, bake potatoes in a 425 degrees F. oven for 40 to 45 minutes or till tender.) Cool.

2. Halve each potato lengthwise. Scoop out the inside of each potato half, leaving about a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Cover and chill the leftover fluffy white part of potatoes for another use.

3. Combine the cooking oil, chili powder, and hot pepper sauce. With a pastry brush, brush the insides of the potato halves with the oil mixture. Cut the potato halves in half lengthwise. Return to the baking sheet. Sprinkle potato quarters with bacon, tomato, and green onion. Top with cheese. To make ahead, cover and chill for up to 24 hours.

4. Bake in 450 degrees F. oven for 10 to 12 minutes or till cheese is melted and potato quarters are heated through. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Servings: 6

Source: Culinary Cafe

Have a great day


  1. I'd do a road trip for dessert too!

    Those potatoes look delicious. I have made them with cheese and sour cream. I never thought to add bacon.

    1. Chocolate Wave is to die for Liz.

      They do look delicious don't they. Not exactly low cal though.

  2. Interesting show on PBS awhile back about the origin of whales. The be!ief is that they were originally land mammals that adapted to life in the sea over the millenia. It was called "When Whales Walked".

    1. Think I might have seen it Denise. Interesting that many animals began in the sea and whales probably began on land.

  3. I knew they were the biggest now, but didn't know biggest ever. Brontosaurus had nothing on the blue whale.
    I have seen humpbacks in the ocean.

    1. I'm jealous Alex, I would love to see whales in their natural habitat. I have, of course, seen Orcas, but in a captive environment. Bogue Sound always had lots of dolphins too, always exciting to see.