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Sundry Sunday

 

It has been a while since I had a Sundry Sunday. A few odds and ends and this and that pieces of information have piled up. So it is time to clear off my desk.

For those of you new to MTTD, Sundry Sunday is just the day I take bits and pieces of interesting information that has no over riding theme but is just a hodge-podge of unrelated news items and some kitchen tips that do not merit a full blog post but that you might, nevertheless, find interesting and useful.

So let’s get started…………..

Number one, hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause may be good for your heart a recent study concludes.

Dr. Emily Szmuilowicz of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago looked at medical information from 60,000 women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, and tracked them for 10 years. The study found that those who had hot flashes and night sweats early in menopause had a 17% lower risk of stroke, 11% lower likelihood of cardiovascular disease and 8% lower risk of death than women who did not have hot flashes or began having them later in menopause.

One theory is that women who experience flushing during menopause could have blood vessels that respond correctly to the change in hormone levels. This can help them to ward off the hardening of the arteries and plaque-building associated with heart disease.

You can read the full article by clicking this link: Hot Flashes.

Number two today is a reminder to be careful of ready-to-go pre-cut, pre-packaged vegetables and fruits. I have mentioned this before but from a cost stand point. They are often four and five times more expensive. But today I am reporting on safety concerns.

According to Heli Perrett, author of  The Safe Food Handbook, “Proportionally more outbreaks of produce-linked illness come from fresh-cut produce than from produce left whole.” Slicing can multiply the risk of illness by six or more.

Number 3: Use the less expensive dry vermouth in a recipe that calls for white wine. It is a good quality, keeps well, less acidic, and is far less expensive substitute.

Number 4: Neanderthal man had a sweet tooth and enjoyed cereals and other carbs, suggests a new study that analyzed food remains that were stuck on and between their teeth. You can read the complete Discovery News article by clicking the following link: Sweet tooth.

Number 5 is an easy way to clean up a garage floor or driveway. Simply sprinkle kitty liter over the spill or spot and let sit over night. Overnight the litter will absorb most of the grease and all you have to do is sweep it away.

Number 6: Save money at the grocery store. Don’t buy expensive microwave popcorn. You can pop your own in a brown paper bag for far, far less money. Get directions by clicking this link: Popcorn.

Number 7; to cheaply disinfect kitchen counters and sinks simply fill a spray bottle with 3% peroxide, spray and wipe up with a cloth.

Number 8: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water. But don’t dry cup.  Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and  watch how easily it comes right out.

Number 9: Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fogs, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Number 10: Save money. Double duty. Ladies use your hair conditioner to shave your legs too. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth.

Number 11: Ants in the kitchen? Don’t want to use poison? Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it to their nest. Since they can’t digest it, it kills them. 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

You heard it here first. And maybe this will be the only place you hear it. That would be sad if the only place you read this or hear about it is on a cooking blog!!!!!!!

Where is the media frenzy from a year ago?

And I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for any apologies either.

Have you heard this news on TV or radio? I haven’t. I found it in a small 2×5 inch box buried deep inside the newspaper.

“We enlisted the best and the brightest engineers to study Toyota’s electronic systems, and the verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyota’s.”

Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, after a federal investigation.

That’s it for this edition of Sundry Sunday. Hope you found something useful or at least interesting. 

Featured Recipe    Egg and Tomato Hero

This is a great and easy sandwich to make. I am not positive where I got this recipe. It is in my first cook book of recipe clippings. But it is hand written and not cut out of a magazine. That usually means I got the recipe from family, friend, or work colleague. 

But yet I have this strong memory that it came from some magazine featuring recipes by British chef, Nigel Slater. In fact, I think it was this recipe that caused me to go out and purchase his cookbook, Real Fast Food. But I checked that cookbook this morning and did not see it listed in the Index.

Nevertheless, I think this is a Nigel Slater recipe.

Some people may be put off of this sandwich simply because it uses anchovies. I love anchovies. One of my favorite lunches is just butter on crusty bread topped with a few anchovies and a bowl of chicken broth with noodles or rice.

Like other small fish such as sardines, anchovies are high in heart friendly polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Anchovies are also rich in protein, a good source of vitamins E and D and calcium and selenium.

But if you don’t like them; you don’t like them. I understand. Maybe you could substitute some drained and dried tuna fish.

This is what you will need for 1 sandwich:

1 hero, hoagie, or sub sandwich bun

1-2 small tomatoes*

2 hard cooked eggs

3-6 flat anchovy fillets

Slivers of red onion*

Wine vinegar*

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

*NOTES: Normally I use plum tomatoes in this sandwich. They are the perfect size for the hero-sized roll. But today they just looked horrendous. They were largely green. So I found these small Campari tomatoes and since they were a small size I thought they would work just as well.

I don’t believe the recipe called for any particular type of onion. As I copied the recipe I did not specify. I usually use red onions. Same for the wine vinegar; I don’t think any particular type was specified. I use red, but you could use any kind you want.

Here is what you do:

Hard boil your eggs and cool completely.

When cool slice the eggs.

When ready to assemble the sandwich cut one slice from the onion and cut that slice into halves and then into small slivers.  I removed the yellow center part of the onion before cutting the outer rings into slivers.

Slice the bread down one side leaving a hinge on the other side.

Place the anchovies you will use on a paper towel in order to absorb some of the excess oil.

Slice the tomatoes…………………..

……………………..and arrange them on the bread. Add salt and pepper.

Place the sliced eggs on top of the tomatoes.

Cover with anchovies and the onion slices.

Sprinkle lightly with the vinegar and generously with the olive oil.

Serve with some potato chips or fresh vegetables like carrots, celery and radishes.

Take a bite and enjoy………… I cannot describe the exquisite tastes of this sandwich.  I.   am.   in.   heaven.

 

Bon Appetit!!!

Cost

1 hero, hoagie, or sub sandwich bun               $0.45

1-2 small tomatoes*                                      $1.00

2 hard cooked eggs                                       $0.50

3-6 flat anchovy fillets                                    $0.40

Slivers of red onion*                                     $0.09

Wine vinegar*                                              $0.15

Olive oil                                                        $0.48

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost per sandwich = $3.07
Tell me again how much you pay for a sub sandwich at the deli.

Quote of the Day

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

Chinese Proverb

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