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Food Memories

Posted on August 26th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
For most, certain foods make us think of childhood.  It could be the aroma of Mom’s apple pie, stew, soup, spaghetti sauce, eating ice cream or gummy bears.  It could even be just hearing or seeing the name of a dish or making a dish.
 
I thought of several food items when writing this post.  One is just the thought, look of the blue box and eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  We used to have it for dinner with ground beef added…cooked of course.  Also, my friend and I used to make it.  We also filled tortilla with canned corned beef and hash and melt cheese on a tortilla on a gas stove…yummy.  Anything that is non-traditional in a grilled or tortillas heated with a flame makes me happy.  I also used to roast marshmallows from a gas stove or the heat from our electric stove…pretty innovative for a young teenager.
 
Apple pie reminds me of childhood as my grandfather LOVED apple pie with vanilla ice cream…it had to be vanilla!!  The aroma of fried fish or sometimes the crinkling of newspaper reminds me of my Grandmother as she would cover the ENTIRE kitchen with newspaper to absorb any oil that would escape from the pan!!
My favorite food memory is when I made a lemon meringue pie as a young teenager.  Well, making the crust and lemon filling was easy with no difficulties. Then, it came for the meringue.  Well, I lost control of the mixer and meringue went flying everywhere even the ceiling.  I cleaned it up so as not to get into trouble and made another one and didn’t have any spectacular mishaps. For several months, I could see where I missed cleaning the meringue.
 
 
So what foods or memories remind you of childhood?  Also, share your stories of why they remind you of childhood.

GO! Spill the coffee, B.P

Posted on August 12th, 2010 by Jim

It’s no use crying over spilt milk, or coffee B.P, the damage is done:

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Spillage stories welcomed here and do we really believe that the spill has been contained or was it exaggerated from day one? Hmmmm I wonder….

National Zucchini Day?

Posted on August 5th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
zucchiniIn August, it seems that at work and other places are free zucchini’s everywhere.  Well, that is when they are at their best, but the usually grow more than what one person or one family can consume.  Therefore, this silly day was born in the United States where I live in sunny Southern California.
The following is from WellCat.com:

August 8th is National Zucchini Day or Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day.  This special day was formed due to overzealous planting of zucchini, citizens are asked to drop off baskets of the squash on neighbors’ doorsteps.

Top 20 List for successful sneaking of Zucchini or otherwise ridding yourself of unwanted surplus summer squash

1) Carefully place a dozen or more zucchini in a large, sturdy black plastic trash bag, then add a couple layers of unwanted clothing. Drive to nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army, hand over bag to nearest volunteer. Politely refuse any offered receipt. Leave quickly.

2) Look for out of the way places which have signs posted, “Clean Fill Wanted.”

3) Reserve 1/2 of the space in large, upright freezer, gather all available plastic containers & freezer bags. Drink a vat of your favorite caffinated beverage, in preparation for staying up round the clock to puree large quantities of zucchini. This can then be packaged neatly and artistically labeled: “For Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe.” These packages can be freely given, along with copies of recipe, to anyone on your Christmas list. [Ed. note: I solemnly promise that I will eventually post this recipe.]

4) Under light of full moon, either stark naked or wearing full army camouflage, carrying a machete or any garden implement, run amuck in your zucchini patch, cutting and slashing. Be sure to thank mother nature for her bounty before and after this cathartic experience.

5) Buy a large roll of freezer paper–the kind that sub shops use to, you know, wrap up their subs & other sandwiches. Then proceed to wrap each zucchini which has managed to grow to a foot or more in length. Next time your child has a fundraiser, send him or her out supplied with these phoney subs. Tell child to drop them off with neighbors or relatives and leave quickly. It’s advisable that a responsible adult hover nearby in a get-away car.

6) Gotta run! Time to order my seeds. Rest of top 20 list to follow soon! Send us some of your own ideas meanwhile! Info@wellcat.com.

SHARE SOME OF YOUR IDEAS OF COOKING WITH OR EATING ZUCCHINI OR WAYS TO GIVE THEM TO YOUR NEIGHBOR.

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GO! Steal the Coffee

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

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Caption:  “I know he stole my coffee…”

 

 How does caffeine effect you?

A coffee myth?

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Jim

It appears that coffee addicts are merely staving off the effects of caffeine withdrawal they’re no more alert than people who regularly do without The millions of people who depend on a shot of coffee to kickstart their day are no more alert than those who are not regular coffee drinkers, say researchers.

A cup of coffee, suggests a study, only counteracts the effects of caffeine withdrawal that has built up overnight.

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“Someone who consumes caffeine regularly when they’re at work but not at weekends runs the risk of feeling a bit rubbish by Sunday,” said Peter Rogers, who led the research at Bristol University. “It’s better to stick with it or keep off it altogether.”

Infrequent coffee drinkers who reach for an emergency hit fare no better, experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety – and withdrawal symptoms the next day.

How genetic differences may influence response was also examined. Blood samples were taken from 379 volunteers who were asked to avoid caffeine for 16 hours.

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GO! Eat the All American Apple Pie?

Posted on May 13th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
 hostess_fruit_piesCC here from Southern California enjoying my morning cup of coffee.  Tastes like Gruda blend from Peet’s Coffee and Tea. I am also finding out that it is National Apple Pie Day (May 13th).  Apple pie like some many “American” foods are not American at all with their origins being from another country. Unfortunately, National Apple Pie Day is not a day off from work, but a great excuse for eating apple pie.  I have great memories of my Grandpa eating apple pie where ever we went.  My best friend in High School used to eat pie for breakfast.  On got on her case about it, but stopped when she pointed out that the fruit filled “turn over’ type things which were meant for breakfast is just the same thing, but with less.  In researching this post, I found out that she was right, but for a different reason.  Apple pie like some many “American” foods are not American at all with their origins being from another country.

Mr. Breakfast The history of pies, in general, dates back to 2nd Century B.C.. Briefly stated, the Greeks invented it. The Romans invaded Greece and stole it. Jumping ahead to 15th Century A.D., pies had spread throughout Europe. The recipes had become very diverse.  (In 15th Century A.D.) Animated pies or pyes were the most popular banquet entertainment. The nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence… four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,” refers to such a pie. According to the rhyme, “When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing. Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the King?” In all likelihood, those birds not only sang, but flew briskly out at the assembled guests. Rabbits, frogs, turtles, other small animals, and even small people (dwarfs) were also set into pies, either alone or with birds, to be released when the crust was cut. The dwarf would emerge and walk down the length of the table, reciting poetry, sketching the guests, or doing tricks. (And, I thought it was just a children’s rhyme…now, it creeps me out more)

blackbirdsBy the 19th century, apple and other fruit pies were common at the breakfast table in rural homes throughout America. In our time, pie is no longer common for breakfast. Most of us have had left over pie from the previous night’s desert for breakfast. It’s a great treat, but hardly a morning staple. When we consider that the history of pies, in general, predates Christ, the history of breakfast as we know it — eggs and bacon and Cap’n Crunch et al — is a relatively new phenomenon. The practice of going to a restaurant for pancakes or an omelet in the morning is barely 100 years old. So in many ways, breakfast pie is the infant prodigy of piesOh, now this is why apple pie goes so well with COFFEE…I’ll take any excuse to have coffee.

According to www.thewordly.org, the first recorded, edible crust apple pie recipe was in 1361.The first apple seeds in American came from the Pilgrims in 1620. Mock Apple Pie made from soda crackers instead of apples, was popular during The Great Depression, because apples were hard to obtain.

Apple pie and COFFEE!!

Apple pie and COFFEE!!

While it is uncertain to why either of these dates became National Apple Pie Day, it is well known that apple pies are an important part of the American culture with sayings like “as American as apple pie”. From www.theoi.com, the meaning that apples are not originally from the United States, like many of its people, but they adapted into Americans. Apples have been around since ancient times and are even noted in Greek mythology when Ge gave Hera, bride of Zeus, a tree with golden apples.

Even though apple pie is commonly associated with being American, apple seeds were brought over by the Europeans, as no apple trees existed in the Untied States before the time of Columbus. However, apple pies soon began being a part of the culture and history as it is believed that the apple pie and recipe was brought over by the early English settlers. Henry Finck stated a claim that apple pie was an American Nation Dish in his book “Food and Flavor” written in 1913. Making the statement that “The apple pie is ours, as much as our flag”.

According to www.gwinnettmagazine.com Apples pies became highly associated with the US during World War II when the soldier were heading off to war. Soldiers would answer when ask why they were going to war… “for mom and apple pie”.  Apple pies have also been involved in a big patriotic ad by General Motors in the 1970s, stating the company was as an “American Tradition just like baseball, hot dogs and apple pie”.  Given all the roots, tradition and association to apple pie, it’s no wonder that America celebrates this holiday twice a year. While it there is not an international apple pie day, there are other international apple holidays celebrated.

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Apple pie is actually a European creation. The French have “tarte tatin,” the Austrians “apfelstrudel” and the British apple pie.

Apples found their way to the United States via the early British colonists who carried over apple seeds and apple tree seedlings. The apple is a tricky fruit to grow as the characteristics of the mother plant do not necessary carry over to the fruit grown from its seed.

Still, Americans were creating–and writing about–apple pie from the early 18th century onwards. The phrase “as American as apple pie” actually comes from the World War II era where servicemen and women were instructed to answer reporters that they were fighting for “mom and apple pie.”

My cousin makes the best homemade apple pie that I’ve ever had, so I asked him for the recipe.  Here was his response:

I don’t really use a recipe. It’s green apples (sliced thin)mixed with a little bit of flour, butter (couple tablespoons), cinamon, and sugar to taste. The apples should be lightly coated. Put it in a pie crust. I usually use the pre-made refrigerated crust or just the basic pie crust recipie. I sometimes put a crumb topping of cinamon, sugar, flour, brown sugar, and butter. Or I lay sliced pieces of crust over the top. I use my moms Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for cook times and the crust recipe.

So, can you think of a food item that is American in origin? What is your country’s “national food?”

Go! Without food?

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Prahlad Jani, an Indian yogi of 83 years of age, claims that he has not eaten for the previous 70 yePrahlad-Jani420-420x0ars!

Do you believe him?

Recently a group of  some 30 doctors observed him over a two-week period in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat.

“During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet”, they reported.

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“We still do not know how he survives,” exclaimed neurologist Sudhir Shah. “It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is.”

What is your opinion of fasting? A way to health…enlightenment…saving the world’s hungry…or madness?

How long could you go without food?

Irish Coffee: A new writer at GO! Smell the coffee

Posted on April 18th, 2010 by Jim

Welcome ‘Irish Coffee’  – our latest writer to get amongst it at GO! Smell the coffee so top o’ the mornin’ to all.

 I’m updating the old coffee badges in an attempt to make this place a worthy site to visit as part of your valuable time online.

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Irish Coffee is a 26 year old male from Ireland. Currently writing up four years of research in Systematic Theology, while considering launching a career in life coaching. When it comes to recreation,  he is also drawn to books, but this time to the sort of books that read him. When he’s had his fill of the books, he enjoys playing or watching soccer, running, meditating, and travelling. He relishes all sorts of challenges, physical and mental.  However, the greatest challenge he faces, the one which he just cannot seem to overcome, and yet the one which brings him the most joy – is the challenge of knowing himself!

Welcome to GO! Smell the coffee : Irish coffee! Discuss…..

Coffee anyone?

Posted on March 12th, 2010 by Jim

GO! Smell the coffee anyone?

Having taken time out today to read all CC’s hard work and post, plus Angela in Canada dropping back in and the one n only Elton John getting back amongst it I’ll be reconnecting with some of the old regulars via Facebook and see if we can crack on and brighten up people’s time online.

With far less time online (with the exception of my daily facebook status update) I’ve been a bit blind to GO! Smell the coffee carrying on after all the initial hard work and thank all for this involvement to date and in the future.

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Let’s see how we GO! Comments welcomed….tweets optional.

Caffeinated?

Posted on March 4th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

What an appropriate month for GO! Smell the Coffee!!  caffeine-awarness-monthToday is officially National Caffeine Awareness Month…or should I say anti-caffeine awareness month.  All of the articles that I’ve read seem to explain the reasons why you should quit…it is an addiction.  I call it one of world’s most socially acceptable drug.  Please keep in mind that I love coffee and am an avid coffee fan…or is it addict.  I can stop anytime…really. 

Most of the information links back to the Caffeine Awareness Association

 The following is their description from their site:

What is the Caffeine Awareness Association?

caffeine-main_fullThe Caffeine Awareness Association, a non-profit organization, is committed to the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of the public whose lives have been affected by their misuse of, or dependency on caffeine. Our mission is to provide objective, evidence-based information and advice to help reduce the health, social, and economic harm associated with caffeine abuse and addiction.

Did you know that an average size espresso drink has less caffeine than the average brewed coffee?  Or that coffee caffeine-awareness-monthcomes second only to petroleum as the world’s most widely traded commodity?  Caffeine can be found in coffee, decaf coffee, tea, decaf tea, medications, chocolate, sodas, and many other sources. For a child three caffeinated sodas is equivalent to an adult drinking three cups of coffee.  It takes about six hours to exit your system. 

There are many risks that have been found from intaking caffeine. Some are still in testing phases.  It affects the brain in similar ways of cocaine, heroine, methamphetamines as they all produce dopamine which stimulates the please area of the brain and increases adrenaline. 

spider-711569Caffeine increased cholesterol, is artery clogging, highly addictive, promotes heart disease, pancreas and bladder cancers, disturbs our central nervous system, increases risk for hypoglycemia, , increases risk for gallstones.  It affects the brains ability to take adenosine which causes sleepiness. It also creates headaches, dehydration, impairs absorption of iron and calcium, causes headaches, and impairs the body’s ability to absorb iron and calcium. Doctors recommend that pregnant women, heart disease patients and those at risk for osteoporosis should not drink coffee.

starbucks-ivSo, are decaffeinated items better?  Even decaffeinated items contain some caffeine. For coffee, some of the processes used to “decaffeinate” produce dangerous carcinogens.  However, those that use “naturally decaffeinated” or “swiss water processed” are safe.

 The UP side of caffeine research is showing that it does help prevent heart disease and asthma. It also increases the body to produce antioxidants. It increases memory, mixed with carbohydrates replenishes the body faster, decreases risks for colon cancer and cirrhosis of the liver, can stimulate hair growth in those that are balding, decreases post work out pain by 48%, wards off Alzheimer’s disease, eases depression, increases stamina, decreased risk for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and risk of cavities.

Research at times seems contradictory and are in the beginning stages, but there are some things that are consistent regarding the addictive effect.  So, it is up to you.

caffeine-curve-wpaIf you decide to stop drinking coffee or other caffeinated items be prepared as it is a drug with withdrawl side effects.  When caffeine intake is reduced, the body then becomes oversensitive to a chemical in the brain (adenosine) relevant to the sleep process, causing blood pressure to drop dramatically, producing an excess of blood in the head area (not necessarily on the brain), and leading to a headache often lasting several days. Other withdrawal symptoms reported are fatigue and muscle pain, irritability, inability to work, nervousness, restlessness, and feeling sleepy, and in extreme cases, nausea and vomiting. Gradual reduction of caffeine intake abates these symptoms.

By the way, I am enjoying my caffeinated coffee here in Southern California and you can’t take it away…it is mine…all mine!!!

 So, will you stop drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages?  All comments and questions welcomed.

FUN TIME!!!

To find out how many cup of numerous choices of caffeine that it would take to kill yourself go to this link:  http://www.energyfiend.com/death-by-caffeine.

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