Month: February 2018

Instant Miso Soup

So a few weeks ago we picked this up while at the Market Basket store in South Attleboro, MA.


First off it’s really Japanese – manufactured in Tokyo of all places. So it’s gotta be good. Just dump the Miso packet in a bowl, followed by the packet with the tofu and greens. 2/3 cup of boiling water and you’ve got Miso Soup that is quite delightful.

A good take down of Confederate Monuments

So on youtube I saw this clip:

Now let me expound on this a bit. At the beginning of the video a gentleman says it’s about history. My answer to that is yes it is in fact about history, but we shouldn’t have monuments to the losing side. The south LOST the civil war – get the fuck over it already.

And the video also goes into the fact that the civil war was in fact about slavery  – states rights are just a code word for that.

I’ve been in the south, seen those monument and the first thing that comes to mind is seeing a skull and crossbones flag in South Carolina with the motto “The South Shall Rise Again” My immediate response then is the same I have now, and the North shall kick your ass back to the stone age again.

Because the south did in fact lose to the north. And to the victors go the spoils. Of course those spoils were a unified nation. I sometimes wonder if we paid too high a price on that one, not from the perspective of equality for all but from the perspective of a polluted political system as well as the alt-right and white supremacists. I find most of that latter to be some of the most loathsome people out there. In fact they are the very people I’d tell to get the fuck over it already.

Because whether you like it or not – we as white people are a declining group. That’s why they’re being so noisy right now – they see what I see. But I don’t care – if you can’t see what lay beyond genetic determination of skin color, you’re just a noisy bigot.


A Monday Breakfast

So early this morning I made this:



    • 4 slices bacon
    • 1 bunch curly kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn into large pieces
    • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • Kosher salt
    • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • Urfa pepper or other mild red pepper flakes and lime wedges (for serving.


        1. Place a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake bacon on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet until brown and crisp, 12–15 minutes. Tear into large pieces; reserve fat for another use.
        2. Meanwhile, spread out kale on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. oil. Massage leaves with oil and season with salt. Bake, tossing halfway through, until lightly browned around edges and crisp-tender, 5–7 minutes.
        3. Season yogurt with salt. Divide among plates and top with bacon and kale.
        4. Heat remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add eggs one at a time, shaking skillet between additions to keep them from sticking together. Cook, tilting skillet toward you and spooning oil over egg whites until whites are set, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, keeping skillet tilted, and add turmeric to oil. Baste egg whites with turmeric oil.
        5. Divide eggs among plates and drizzle turmeric oil over. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and squeeze limes over.

Skipped the red pepper flakes and used freshly ground black pepper. Anyhow I love the combination of yogurt, bacon, kale and egg. It was awesome. And one tip – Medium-High is too much heat – I’d prefer Med-low to be honest. I like my yolks a little runny.

Salsa: When in doubt make your own

All that is required for Salsa (English translation is Sauce) is tomato, onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, and if you want it to not oxidize a bit of lime juice.

Made a taco salad and realized we didn’t buy any Salsa. Oh nohs! But then I thought – hey – dump all that in a bowl and run the stick blender through it a bit and you’ve got salsa. Much better than the stuff you get in a jar.

And here’s a photo of it in the ziplock bag. I like it a little chunky. And I think next time I shall add a teensy bit of pectin to it to thicken it somewhat.


Movies: Black Panther

Saw Black Panther at the movie theater today.  Good movie but the premise is the king of Wakanda  that gets challenged by his cousin.

The title of course is that the God Bast endowed the kings with super panther powers.

Now this movie is of course a Marvel property.

And a few things I have to say:

Bast is the Nubian God of cats.  And Bast became Bastet in Egypt. Nubia was the origin for most of the things we find intersting about Egypt. They essentially copied the Nubians, even employed a number of them to build their pyramids.

So when both the king and his cousin are fighting I had the thought,  just open a family  size contained  of tuna fish if you want them to play nice.  Be sure to portion out some for each. For if there’s one thing I know cats of all stripes can’t resist it’s tuna fish.

And then I got a strong cat woman vibe too. And I do love the cats.

And in honor of all this I am wearing my red “I’m staying in tonight because my Cat Commands it.” Yeah, I love the felids.

Friday Morning Breakfast

Did omelets stuffed with sauteed mushroom, shallot, chopped garlic and jalapeno and Italian peppers and topped off with some shredded cheddar cheese.

Each was 3 eggs per omelet.

Even threw in some hot pepper flakes. Yeah I like it hot.

Just like smoke detector batteries, water filters should be changed quarterly too

Just for case in point, we’re known to have one of the better public water supplies in the country. But recently they’ve been sending out flyers about lead content in our water. So for some time now I’ve been filtering the kitchen tap because it takes out chlorine byproducts, lead, etc.

But just for case of illustration take a look here. The filter on the left is just two months old. The one on the right is a new one.


Note how gunky that filter on the left looks. So the filter is doing its job. Unlike the Pur water filter we had in the past – the cartridges aren’t encased. Fascinating isn’t it.

Castlevania – doing better

So I have said it before, I run JNES and I have several Nintendo ROM Paks that I’ve put on my PC.

I recall reading a blog where the guys mom was dead set against the Legend of Zelda, Castlevania etc. Well never ran into that when I had my NES console. And now that it’s on my PC so much more fun.

DuoLingo – my issues with some of it

Whoever is doing the Spanish  – her accent is DEFINITELY NOT CASTILIAN. And thus I have a really difficult time understanding it. I’m just going over some of the modules I’d completed strengthening but great non-existent deity – get a Native Castilian Spanish speaker please.

The Italian on the other hand – as I tell people Spanish is Latin inflected by Arabic. Italian hews more to pure Latin.