Friday, September 21, 2012
And a lovely one it was.
I must say, I am not sad to see this summer over. The heat was on this year and my running suffered for it. But the last couple of weeks the weather has been splendid. I got a late start today, but I was finally able to get out for a long slow run. I ran the entire 13 miles I had planned and I did it at a pretty steady pace. I was quite pleased.
After I got in and showered, I had to head out to work off some of my list. But what a terrific day to have to work outside.
When She(WMBO) got home, I already had supper on the frill and we ate outside on the patio. Salmon for her and catfish for me. Grilled pepper, grilled eggplant, and a little leftover chilled couscous.
I am so looking forward to this fall.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Various things I have been reading lately just sort of came together for me and made me want to put this post together. Some of it may seem heretical, but don't take it personally.
Fallacy: Now and then when we cook with alcohol, we don't have to worry about children or alcoholics because the alcohol cooks off.
Fact: It is difficult to remove alcohol from food by cooking. Setting the alcohol in the pan on fire, as in flambé only burns off 25%. To reduce the alcohol in a dish to 0%, you would need to cook it for two and a half hours!
Fallacy: Grilling food will kill you. When rats were fed large doses of grilled meat, they had a statistically higher chance of getting cancer. The US National Toxicology Program says that these chemicals are "reasonably anticipated" to be carcinogens in humans.
Fact: Studies on humans do not get the same results. Why not? No one is really certain why, but consider. Humans evolved eating meat cooked over a wood fire. Rats? They pretty much didn't. Ok, they absolutely didn't. It's another case of what's bad for rats is not necessarily bad for humans.
Note: Potato chips, breakfast cereals, crusty bread, etc. are all crunchy because of the same chemicals as those that produce the nice browned effect on grilled meat. Furthermore, these chemicals are known to be antioxidants that suppress the bacteria that causes peptic ulcers.
Fallacy: Pork needs to be cooked to a high temperature to make it safe to eat. In my home, we didn't have any pork in it for the first three years we were married. She(WMBO) had been told over and over by her mother that pork caused worms. And that went for ham too. My mother often served pork, but it was always cooked until it was dry and kind of chewy. We all wanted to make certain that the trichinella spirals worms were killed.
Fact: In all the pork eaten in the US in the last 20years, of 350 billion pounds of pork consumed, there have been forty cases of trichinosis. And they were all from game. The manufacture of pork is so thoroughly inspected and regulated by the USDA that there is virtually no chance of the roundworm responsible to get into the system. Years ago, I began eating pork just a little pink. Medium. I discovered that it s juicy, flavorful, and safe. Pork can actually be eaten cooked at a temperature as low as 135º. Much like beef.
Fallacy: Man is a vegetarian. Look at our closest relatives, we are told by vegetarians. The chimpanzee is a vegetarian. And early man thrived on a diet of nuts and berries and roots.
Fact: Anthropologists regularly find evidence of meat consumption by early humans and hominids as early as 2.5 million years ago. In reality, at least two million years ago our ancestors were eating cooked foods, and a Berkeley anthropologist specializing in diet has gone so far as to say that we would not have evolved into humans were it not for meat in our diet. According to taht “evolutionary dietician” Katharine Milton, “it’s unlikely that proto humans could have secured enough energy and nutrition from the plants available in their African environment at that time to evolve into the active, sociable, intelligent creatures they became. Receding forests would have deprived them of the more nutritious leaves and fruits that forest-dwelling primates survive on.”
Note: That said, modern man eats way more meat than our ancestors did. Our need to eat a glut of food may be a left over from a time when meat was an occasional, maybe even a rare treat, but certainly not on the level we consume today. And we now have such a widely varied source of high protein foods other than meat that eating a vegetarian diet likely does no harm and will indeed give enough energy to sustain an active social lifestyle. And considering the hormones and chemicals they feed to our meat, it may be a good idea.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little gray hair he had left.
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-94, pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120.
Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this," and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch, and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."
The old gentleman paused. Then he said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a State trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."
"Have a good day, sir," replied the trooper.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Who is badder?
Pirates would run down your ship with their superior sailing skills then steal your cargo, take as many sailors as they could and sometimes, just for good measure take your ship. Stealing, Killing, breaking oaths, all in a days work for pirates.
Vikings were also sailors, but while they would ply the open seas, it was just to get from one coastline to the next. They were more like Marines. They would do all their actual pillaging while doing battle on land. And lots of times, they would leave people behind to leave their "genetic superiority" behind, if you know what I mean ... often through acts of rape but often enough by settling in to a new life. Stealing wasn't really stealing if the loot was won in battle, where of course killing was a natural part of things. But straight out stealing or killing or oath breaking was a cause for a miserable afterlife.
My opinion? Pirates were badder than Vikings and would probably beat them every time.
And in Ireland there were plenty of both.
Monday, September 17, 2012
I git home yesterday and I was so hungry. I felt it developing on my drive back from Philadelphia for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. The first time I felt a little hungry when I had to stop at the Delaware Welcome Center. My hammies were cramping and I really needed to stretch them ... that and go hit the Men's room. But there was a Cinnabon in there. Oh that smell! I tried to go and run as quickly as possible, but another member of the 50 States Half Marathon Club was there and he wanted to talk.
It was agony. Ok, agony is a pretty strong word. But I wanted to get out of there
Half hour later my legs were screaming again. That's what I get for not taking an ice bath (I never take ice baths. Maybe I should start.) This time it was at the MD 24 exit and there was a Burger King. Now I was almost in there. Stretched and headed for home.
But when I got home, all I wanted to do was eat. I did. And a half hour later I was hungry again. All I wanted to do was eat.
If ever there was a day when I needed to have a tracker, that was the day.
Yes I did remain with in my calorie and points budget ... on balance.
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