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Sundry Sunday

 

It’s time for another Sundry Sunday, which really means I have writer’s block and so I just share a hodge podge, or miscellaneous set of unrelated items I think you might be interested in.

First an update on Ted Williams, the homeless man with golden voice who was a media hit last week. I finally found out what job offer he actually accepted. He has accepted the job with the Cleveland Cavaliers to do voice overs.

This next story simply rocks my world. It comes from one of my favorite sources, Gimundo, an on-line newspaper publishing only good news only.

“Homeless Donate Money to Red Cross to Help Haiti”, blared the headline.

It was not the largest donation the Red Cross received for Haiti victims. It was only $14.64. It was who the donation was from.  The money was donated by a group of homeless people from a shelter in Baltimore, Maryland.

The shelter residents had been inspired to give during a church service at the shelter, where the pastor had discussed the recent quake in Haiti. Although they had very little to their own names, they realized that the survivors of the earthquake had even less, and were moved to action. The pastor had never imagined that they would donate the little money that they had, but that’s what they insisted on doing.

“Just the thought of those people huddled together in a shelter and seeing a need beyond themselves is enough to give anybody chills,” the Red Cross’ public relations director, Linnae Anderson, told the Baltimore Sun “What a remarkable example of the human spirit.”

You can read the entire story of the homeless people’s donation by clicking the link in this sentence or link above.

As one reader here at MTTD said in the comments section of the Ted Williams story, human kindness is alive and well, it just doesn’t always get media attention.

Very true. All through out America and the world millions of people show kindness to family members, to friends and neighbors, even strangers every single day.

With all of the negative noise out there we must never forget that. We must not let the noise of the mainstream media drown out the millions of acts of kindness that occur every single day.

As Max Ehrmann wrote in the poem Desiderata:

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world,” and I would add is  filled with helpful, caring people.

Geography Facts

Interesting  facts. You never know when you might need these factoids to win a game of Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy!!!  And just think how intelligent you will seem when you drop one of these at a party or family get-together. You will thank me some day. Trust me.

In recent news, the earth’s magnetic pole has shifted, and the shift has messed up a runway at Florida airport. Hard to believe, I know. But true, nevertheless.

From Yahoo News:

An airport in Tampa, Florida, has had to temporarily close its runways to keep up with Earth’s magnetic north pole, which is drifting toward Russia at a rate of 40 miles per year.

[Snip……………..]

“The Earth’s poles are changing constantly, and when they change more than three degrees, that can affect runway numbering,” FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen told Fox News. It’s unclear whether any other airports will have to adjust their runways.

You can read the full article by clicking the Yahoo News link. Interesting stuff.

Did you know that the earth’s poles are constantly changing? I did not know specifically. But it did not particularly surprise me either.

That’s because I remembered reading that the 2004 Indonesian tsunami was so big and so strong it actually knocked the earth off its axis for a second or so. It also caused a land slip, or, in other words, it changed the map of the earth as several islands  moved westward. If interested in knowing more you can click the following link from The Age.

I was not surprised either because I knew that Niagara Falls is slowly moving toward Ohio. Not as fast as the north pole is moving towrd Russia. 

I won’t be alive when it gets here. Just my luck!!!  But it is slowly moving west.

From Niagara Falls Tourist Guide – Niagara Falls Facts:

Did you know about the fact that Niagara Falls has retreated 11 km toward Lake Erie, in the past 2,500 years? It may be the fastest moving waterfalls in the world.

And there you have it. Another Sundry Sunday. Where else could you read about homelessness and get geography facts at the same time? You never, ever  know what you will read about here at More Thyme Than Dough.

But you do know I will always share a good recipe with you. So onward………………

Featured Recipe    Simple Romaine Salad

It occurred to me recently that I have not shared a salad or a vegetable recipe in quite some time. So today I try to rectify that over sight.

The idea for this recipe came from a recipe magazine. Unfortunately I don’t remember which one. I remember it was one of those recipes that had the type of ingredients that I would not be able to find at the corner grocery store, if you know what I mean.

Long ago I decided if I had to go to more than three stores to find an ingredient, or if I could not pronounce an ingredient in a recipe I was probably NOT going to make it.

But it was not the recipe or the ingredients that I liked about this salad. It was how the lettuce was cut. It was the presentation of the lettuce.

It was new and different and really way too cool. The lettuce was simply cut into narrow strips. I could do that, I thought.

And then instead of using ingredients like consorzio flavored olive oil, or suca nuts (organic, but of course) or chestnut jam I could just use things like tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.

This is the result.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people:

1 medium head Romaine lettuce

*Or Leaf, Bibb,  Escarole, iceburg, or whatever kind of lettuce you want.

Cherry tomatoes

*Or you can use other veggies that are lurking about your fridge too.

About 3 tablespoons olive oil

About 1 tablespoon lemon juice

*Or red, white, sherry, balsamic, or any vinegar you like

Salt and pepper to taste

This is what you do:

Clean the lettuce and tomatoes.

Dry very well either by patting it dry with a paper towel or draining on a tea towel until dry, or a combination of the two methods.

Stack 2 or 3 leaves of the lettuce up.

Then fold in half ………………………..

…………………and then slice the lettuce into very, very, very, VERY thin strips.

Toss into a serving bowl.

Continue folding and slicing the lettuce leaves untill all are sliced.

Then cut the tomatoes in half and add them (and anything else you like or want) to the lettuce. Some shaved or grated cheese would be nice. I just used the tomatoes.

Place the olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar in a bowl, add the salt and pepper………………..

 ………………..and whisk until emulsified. That just means till it is creamy, thick, and smooth.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.

Doesn’t that look pretty and festive? I almost used this recipe for Christmas because of the red and green.

What do you think? Do you like your lettuce greens cut up like this? Let me know what you think.

Bon Appetit!!

Cost

Romaine lettuce                             $2.01

About 10 cherry tomatoes               $0.70

About 3 tablespoons olive oil           $0.41  

About 1 tablespoon lemon juice       $0.15

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $3.27
Cost per person for 3 = $1.09

Compare the cost of this salad with the cost of any fast food or regular restaurant salad. It is always cheaper to make a salad at home with store bought ingredients. And much fresher too!

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Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.

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