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A Texas man is suing McDonald's claiming too much black pepper on a breakfast burrito caused him two months of daily nosebleeds.


Marcus Long also says the burrito he ate on November 18 caused an infection in his mouth and possible damage to his vocal chords


http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_740238.html?menu=news.quirkies

  This Is "HOT" Sauce

I don't know how hot these sauces are, but they shure sound hot!


http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=6400

  AM African Solstice

Celebrated Solstice tonight. Enjoyed some neat African food at AM Africa, the local non-Chinese, non-Korean, non-Vietnamese restaurant in Kitchener. Great place, great food, but weird service. The waitress asks the two of us to sit at a two-person table, but the place is completely empty. It remains empty until we leave, 90 minutes later. We tell her that we're waiting for two others, so it's OK to sit at a 4-person table.

We order a vegetarian platter for 4. It's a mix of all the different vegetarian dishes they have. But the waitress comes back and says they're short one of the dishes, so they can't do the platter. We ask that maybe she just fills a platter with the other dishes, but she can't do this. Why? So we end up ordering 4 separate vegetarian dishes ... on the same platter. We order spiced tea, then later find out there is no spiced tea, just a Kenyan Chai, and some other spicy African tea (so we're a little confused, since these are both "spiced teas"). Normally it's a great place, and the food was really good. The only thing missing was Shiro, my favourite dish. Apparently it takes 3 days to make, according to some recipes.

Sniper suspect and vegetarian John Lee Malvo says he is getting sick from eating the jail's meatless loaf, which is usually served to inmates for disciplinary reasons.


For the past two weeks, the Fairfax County jail has been serving the 17-year-old Malvo "the loaf," a hodgepodge of flour, raisins, carrots, potatoes and other ingredients baked into brown cakes.


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/printedition/bal-te.
sniper19dec19,0,1446657.story?coll=bal%2Dpe%2Dasection


Robert Ward, 32, suffered a broken hip in the crash and could not get out of the car. He was found Sunday by his friend Terry Likens, captain of the fire department where Ward is a volunteer emergency medical technician.


http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-freeze10.html

This page is an attempt to list the hottest sauces in the world. To give you an idea of their heat - Tabasco sauce is rated at 2,140 scoville units while 'Caldera' is over 10,000,000! If you like dancing chile peppers and crappy 1996-style websites, then this site is for you!


http://www.smegghead.com/Hot%20Sauce/hothome.htm

Tonya Hot Sauce features an unflattering caricature of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding outside a dumpy trailer, cigarette in mouth, ice skates in one hand and a hubcap in the other.


http://www.canada.com/news/story.asp?id={6682E0F1-F219-4099-8A83-578C88E4FA3D}

Matthias Meinharter, who invented and plays the leek violin, said: "When I was young I was told not to play with my food. Now we're playing with food, but we still eat it afterwards."


http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_661750.html

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  Noodles

I used to think that people who doctored up KD were goofy, but this is interesting. I bought some crazy hot noodles tonight and what do I see, ramen recipes!

Enjoy - they are really interesting...

http://mattfischer.com/ramen/

[okonomiyaki]

Okonomiyaki is a mixture between pancake and pizza. "Okonomi" means "as you like". This refers to the ingredients. Depending on the region of Japan, okonomiyaki is prepared in various different styles. In Hiroshima, which is especially well known for its Okonomiyaki, it is served with or on top of Yakisoba (fried noodles).


[Zuckervati] Picked up a bag of Okonomiyaki-flavoured chips at the Asian groccery store down the street. They were good, but all the time, I was wondering what I was eating....


http://www.japan-guide.com/r/e100.html

  Beer Shots

Welcome to the Molecular Expressions BeerShots Website featuring photomicrographs (photographs taken through an optical microscope) of the World's most famous beers. We have arranged the beer images by country.


http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/beershots/

  Hot barbecue bike

Made some pretty tasty hot barbecue sauce tonight. I had some leftover habaneros from the last batch of hot sauce, and they didn't look like they were going to last much longer. I also had these large bottles, perfect for a thick sauce, so I put together this new recipe. Hopefully everyone else will like it.

Just chilling right now, with the kittens, almost over this cold. All I need right now is some sleep. I can't wait to get out there and do some cycling. Stupid allergies/cold/asthma, keeping me from the open road!

  Hot Habs

Made a new batch of hot sauce tonight. Got some orders in, and ran out of stock, so it was time to get my ass in gear and get out the Vita-Mix. I was having a really big problem finding habaneros in the local stores. I'm thinking there's been a bit of a dry season this summer. I was about ready to give up, when I finally tracked down a whole basket of ripe red habs at the local Sobeys. The one unfortunate consequence is that the sauce is hotter than usual. Mind you, some folks will be pleased as punch about that.

I still have some peppers left, so my next plan is to make a big batch of BBQ sauce. It's barbecuing season, you know.

  Beer = Strong Bones

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sh/health/stories/health-154462920020704-160751.html/

If beer is what makes the bones strong, it explains all of the huge Germans at Oktoberfest! Also explaining our ability to polka, beer = strong bones, exercise = strong bones. Well yah, really it's the beer that makes you think you can polka. Huzzah and raise a glass to that!

  Meat Junkie

  Hot-Doggin'

The missing question being, "Can you name the body parts found in weiners?"

Go ahead, try it, see if you're a smarty pants after all.

http://www.hot-dog.org/quiz_1.htm

  KW Restaurants

Neat link here. Now you can checkout all the swank restaurants in the KW area. HUZZAH! You can even review your favourite restaurants online. Now's yer chance to root for your fave.

http://www.kwrestaurants.com/

Drove to London to visit my parents today, and the weather was excellent for a road trip -- that is if you like sun and snow at the same time. It was surprisingly cold for such a sunny day, but luckily, the snow didn't last very long, and when I got home it was all melted away. Now it just needs to get warmer.

Went to Under the Volcano for dinner too. It's definitely my favourite Mexican restaurant, not like there are very many of them around here. I spent much of the evening trying to explain the differences between the chimichanga, the enchilada, and the flautas to my parents. My dad finally liked the idea of the chimichanga, and my mom decided on the enchilada. When they arrived, mom took the chimichanga for herself. Then she only ate half of it and made my dad take it back. Hehe. They're so cute sometimes....

Under the Volcano makes some of the best salsa though. They blacken the vegetables first, and add a good amount of cilantro and celery seed and pepper. Very nice recipe. If you eat meat, the cayenne beef chonitas are the best (but they are quite hot -- eat a whole one, and the servers come by and congratulate you). For vegetarians, they make every dish without meat. Even the caesar salad is made without anchovy paste.

So what are these things? Confused by Mexican (or pseudo-Mexican) cooking? Here's what it says in the Under the Volcano menu:


  • Chimichanga - Tortilla wrapped around meat and cheese, then deep-fried.
  • Enchilada - Rolled, filled tortilla covered in chili sauce and baked.
  • Flautas - "Flute-like" tortillas wrapped around meat, and covered in melted cheese.
  • Chonitas - Like a Mexican "panzerotti" - meat, cheese and vegetables encased in a deep-fried crust

So are these the correct definitions? Beats me. I'm thinking, you wrap anything in a tortilla, you've got some king of Mexican food.

  PETA Recipes

Geez, almost forgot to give out this great link --specially if my recipe turns out like crap. Then at least you can get some better ideas:

http://www.meatstinks.com/lrecip.html

Finally got my passport application in, now I just have to wait for it to get processed. I wanted to go on vacation, but I haven't had a passport since I was 17. It's not bad enough that getting a passport is so complicated, but there's a public service workers' strike right now, making it difficult to get any kind of personal records done. So what to I do? I try to get both my Canadian passport and a British passport.

Actually, it wasn't as bad as I expected from a government office. The hallway was decorated in a dark, soothing pastel pattern, with Art Deco light fixtures. The inside of the office was warm with pleasant background music, and wood highlights about the room. You had to take a number from an automated machine, but I got number 3, and the number 2 guy left the office unexpectedly, giving me immediate access to the kiosk. The woman was youthful and pleasant, and had no problem processing my application. Strange, no? Watch -- my passport will never show up.

Dug this great recipe from the PETA website, and had to tailor it to what I had in the kitchen. I think it'll taste great, but I'm not sure -- maybe a bit too sweet. I kind of wanted to make something a little bit healthy, but sweet, like a dessert.

Ingredients:


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Vector cereal

Preparation:
Lightly oil an 8 x 10-inch cake pan, and place the cereal in the pan. Mix the water and sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a light boil. Remove from the heat, add the peanut butter and Nutella, and mix until smooth. Place in the refrigerator overnight and let harden. The next day, cut and serve.

  More on Canned Macaroni

Thinking more about canned macaroni last night. In Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, main character Ray Smith talks about his trip to a desolate beach in Santa Barbara, where he camps out under the stars and eats hot dogs, canned beans and macaroni and cheese, all cooked in a campfire on the sand. I'd never had canned macaroni and cheese, but Kerouac makes it seem like some culinary marvel. Maybe I need to go camping and experience it the way he did -- alone on a warm beach, under the stars, with a bottle of wine and some cans of food cooked over an open campfire. It sounds like it would make any food taste wonderful.

  5 games of squash

Played 5 games of squash tonight, then went out and got stuffed on vegetarian Chinese food. It was great, but I'm really not going to do that again. We ate at the now famous "Vegetarian Seafood Restaurant", and the fake seafood is unnerving. We ordered the Hot Pot/Fondue, which is essentially a pot of boiling,spicy broth in which you cook your own food and noodles. It was really tasty, but it just kept coming.

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Sitting in front of the laptop tonight, just got the webcam working again -- now all I need is a little more light in here. The TV's glow isn't good enough for an adequate picture.

  Bake sale tomorrow!

Bake sale tomorrow at werk. this is one of those rare occasions where I go all out and try to make something nice for charity. So what am I making? Not your little sugar-coated cookie treats, no. For me it's authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (you know, the kind with two layers of crust and cheese). This will also be a good chance to sell some hot sauce as well. I've made a new West-Indies style steak sauce, which is more akin to chutney than anything else.

  Vita-Mix is in!

HUZZAH! The Vita-Mix is in!!! Tonight I made some seriously good hummus (although my friend was right, and the machine is so powerful, it almost cooked the chick peas). Unlike old recipes, this one was completely smooth. My old food processor, which sounded like a table-saw, never quite got it smooth.

Hot sauce is also ready now too. It's more mild than I usually make, but I couldn't find any orange or red habaneros. The Sobeys only had green ones, so the heat level is way down. Sure enough though, the sauce is really smooth, and pours nicely.

  Puree the World

Can't wait for my Vita-Mix to get in. Yup, I finally ordered one. My thinking was this: Since I make and sell my hot sauce, and the price of ingredients is minimal, the sauce will help pay for the Vita-Mix. That and I get to puree raw carrots if I want, and I can make the best hummus in the world! Nyah hah hah hah!

  New Kraft Dinner recipe

New Kraft Dinner recipe tonight. As usual, if you've got a sodium problem, it's probably not for you, but it's pretty tasty. It was suggested by a friend at work, and makes use of a can of condensed soup. Our special guest tonight was "No Name" brand Macaroni and Cheese ($0.33 CDN). Try this Cream of Mushroom Kraft Dinner:


  • 1 TBS margarine
  • 1 Pkg. Kraft Dinner or reasonable facsimile
  • 1 can Campbell's condensed Cream of Mushroom soup

Prepare the macaroni and cheese as per instructions (which is simply, boil noodles in salted water for 7-12 min. or until soft). Drain. Add the tablespoon of margarine to the pot and let melt. Mix noodles back in, and add the can of condensed soup. Also add the cheese pack and make sure everything is well-mixed -- no big lumps of soup or cheese. And you're pretty much done. This recipe works especially well with some hot sauce such as Frank's or Tabasco jalapeno sauce.

Man is that ever salty...

Yup. Dinner for under two bucks. I suppose you could do this with any other flavour of Campbell's condensed soups, especially the Tomato or Cheddar Cheese soups, but I reserve the right to use them in future recipes. Heh. You know, for a minute there, I couldn't spell Campbell's properly. I was spelling it "Cambells" or something. Here's the funny part: Of course it's "Campbell's", but check out their website at "www.cambells.com". I wonder if they know how to spell their name.


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