George Rucker's Superb and Stunning Newsletter for September 26, 2017

Another spectacular newsletter by the master newsletter writer, George Rucker.

Well met my internet friends,                                                     26 Sept 17

Welcome to the Fall season of the year.

Picture this.  I mentioned to my wife in the morning that I was going shopping during the day and if she wanted anything for supper to let me know.  Easy Peasy.

Well it is about 1 o’clock and nothing so I mentioned I was heading out and did she pick out anything for supper.  Her answer was that I could just pick anything I wanted.  For me this is egg shell time.  Should I make something she likes or should I just stumble blindly into the night.  Using my sense for adventure, I stumbled blindly into the night.  I have not made anything with shrimp in a while so off come the gloves.  I knew what ever I made she was not going to be happy.

I have not had any Asian cuisine in a while and with nine years living in and eating Asian prepared food I decided our dinner would be some sort of Asian/shrimp meal.  It is usually lower in calories and more fun to eat than most types of food.  This is true especially when using chop sticks.  I tend to keep my chopsticks in with my excess pens and pencils.  I hate it when somebody opens the silverware drawer and asks why I have them mixed in the drawer.  Since I am the only one who uses them I keep only one pair in with my pencils.

This recipe is from www.grandmotherskitchen.com  I do not think the site is registered, or even exists anymore but I will give them the credit as a while back I printed their entire cookbook.  This is not something my own grandmother would make but many maids or house-girls might have made while living in the Phillippines, Taiwan, Viet Nam etc.

Cashew Nut Prawn Noodle Salad. . .

I guess we need to find the difference between Prawns and Shrimp.  One is prawns have three claws on their little legs while shrimp have only two.  Prawns are also larger than shrimp.  When pealed you would never know the difference.

They can be found in salt water and fresh water all over the world, typically swimming in search of food. Both shrimp and prawns tend to stay near the ocean floor. They also have similar flavors, and come in a wide range of sizes from minuscule to quite large.

In commercial farming and fisheries, the terms shrimp and prawn are often used interchangeably. But of late, the term "prawn" only signifies freshwater forms of palaemonids and "shrimp" for the marine penaeids.

In the United Kingdom, the word “prawn” is more common on menus than “shrimp”; while it’s the opposite in North America. The term “prawn” is also loosely used to describe any large shrimp, especially those that come 15 (or fewer) to the pound (such as “king prawns”, yet sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp”).

Australia and some other Commonwealth nations follow this British usage to an even greater extent, using the word “prawn” almost exclusively. When Australian comedian Paul Hogan used the phrase, “I'll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you” in an American television advertisement, it was intended to make what he was saying easier for his American audience to understand, and was thus a deliberate distortion of what an Australian would typically say.

That was fun for me to look up as I always thought they were one and the same, but both are delicious.

Step one.  We begin by mixing a ginger peanut dressing.  Note: serving size is for 2-3 people.  It is meant to be blended together with a hand held blender or a food processor.  I used a small whisk that has a handle that spins the small whisk at the bottom using a pumping action.  In a pinch, however, just chop all your ingredients very small and mix vigorously by hand.

Ginger Peanut Dressing

        3 inch ginger, diced ( I used about 2 inch and purchased only what I needed as I find that it doesn’t keep well in the fridge or perhaps I do not use it up quick enough.)
½ garlic clove minced
4-5 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1.5 tablespoon of peanut butter
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a past letter I studied olive oil and it’s cooking and salad dressing abilities.  Here are my primary thoughts on the subject.  Buy only when in dark colored glass bottles, for dressings use extra virgin & cold pressed olive oil, do not use it for cooking.  I prefer cooking with coconut or butter.

Ingredients:

16-20 prawns
a bunch of cilantro
½ cup cashews
10 cherry tomatoes
1 ½ cups Asian noodles
Handful of spinach
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter

Instructions:

Step two.  Defrost (if frozen) and peel off the shells and tails of the prawns.  By now you know I have shrimp.

Step three.  Put on a medium pot of water to boil and toss in your noodles to cook for 3-5 minutes.  Then turn off heat and take pot off the burner.

Step four.  Slice your garlic and cilantro finely.

Step five.  Slice cherry tomatoes in half.  (I like them so I used extra)

Step six.  In a frying pan, saute your garlic and cashews in the butter.

Step seven.  When your garlic is brown, throw in your prawns and cover with a lid.

Step eight.  Let cook for 3-4 minutes until the first side is pink.

Step nine.  Now flip your prawns, cover with lid again and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Step ten.  Drain the noodles of water and add a bit of salt and pepper.

Step eleven.  Arrange your plate with spinach, and then top with noodles, prawns, cashews, tomatoes, cilantro and your dressing.  (I did not add the dressing but put it on after the salad was on my plate.)

Note: The dressing is great.  I would put it on fruit or pretty much anything you wanted to have a peanut taste, perhaps a fruit salad.

Patty says that if shrimp is not wanted that sliced, grilled chicken would make a good substitute.

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From the Korea daily (September 21, 2017)

Korean-American Professor Couple Identify Major Cause of Autism

A Korean couple who are both working as professors at prestigious U.S. universities proved the main cause of autism.

The couple found that certain bacteria in the mother’s digestive tract can lead to having an autistic child. Furthermore, they found the exact brain location linked to autistic behaviors, which can be used to find a cure for autism.

Science journal ‘Nature’ published the couple’s two research studies on the 14th. The couple are Harvard Medical School’s professor Huh Jun-ryeol, and MIT’s professor Gloria Choi.

The studies vividly explain the detailed process of a pregnant mouse, which is infected by a virus, having offspring that shows autistic behaviors.

The researchers found out that certain bacteria in the mother’s digestive tract can develop immune cells that directly influence the baby’s brain cells development. When the researchers removed the bacteria with antibiotics, the mouse had a normal baby mouse.

Professor Huh and Choi said that there is a synergy effect when a scientist couple work together on a research.

Professor Huh said, “when we were doing the research together in two different labs, we sent support for each other instead of measuring whose work is better. It was very helpful for our research success.”

He continued, “our major fields of study are different as they are each Immunology and Neurobiology, and it actually helps us researching on Neuroimmunology.”

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 An elderly husband and wife noticed that they were beginning to forget many little things around the house. They were afraid that this could be dangerous, as one of them may accidentally forget to turn off the stove and thus cause a fire.

So, they decided to go see their doctor to get some help. Their physician told them that many people their age find it useful to write themselves little notes as reminders. The elderly couple thought this sounded wonderful, and left the doctor's office very pleased with the advice.

When they got home, the wife said, "Honey, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And why don't you write that down so you won't forget?"

"Nonsense," said the husband, "I can remember a dish of ice cream!"

"Well," said the wife, "I'd also like some strawberries on it. You better write that down, because I know you'll forget."

"Don't be silly," replied the husband. "A dish of ice cream and some strawberries. I can remember that!"

"OK, dear, but I'd like you to put some whipped cream on top. Now you'd really better write it down now. You'll forget," said the wife.

"Come now, my memory's not all that bad," said the husband. "No problem, a dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream."

With that, the husband shut the kitchen door behind him. The wife could hear him getting out pots and pans, and making some noise inconsistent with his preparing a dish of ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream. He emerged from the kitchen about 15 minutes later.

Walking over to his wife, he presented her with a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife took one look at the plate, glanced up at her husband and said, "Hey, where's the toast?"

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I only have two inventions that change mankind left in this book I have been using.  “100 Inventions That Changed the World,” produced by Popular Science.  It is also one of my favorite reading materials while young.  This book has been in my letter for a little over two years now and ready to be retired.

Paper.

Paper is more than just a writing surface, and it would be hard to imagine life without it.

While the process of papermaking has remained essentially the same over hundreds of years, early paper makers from China and Europe would have difficulty recognizing the equipment in modern paper factories.  In today’s paper mills, timber is soaked in water and the bark is removed a chipper cuts the pieces to a small size, and the chips are carried to the digester, where the wood fibers are separated further.  The next step is to bleach the pulp and rinse it with water.  As the pulp travels down the “wire,” a moving belt of wire or mesh, the water drains away and the fibers stick to each other, forming a paper web.  After the paper is dried and coated with different pigments and glossing substances, it is cut to appropriate sizes and packaged to be sent away for many uses.

Paper making was invented in China sometime before 105 BC when Emperor TS’ai Lun recorded its existence.  Early Chinese paper was made from hemp waste that was washed, soaked and beaten to a pulp using a wooden mallet.  In Japan and Korea, paper spread along with Buddhism, and the invention traveled to the Middle East and Europe on the Silk Road.  In Europe, the development of the printing press made paper the vehicle for the written word, bring Martin Luther’s Bible to the masses and spreading ideas about science, technology and history.  In his book “The Paper Trail; An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention, Alexander Monro declares, “History’s most galvanizing ideas have hitched a lift on its surface.”

Today, more than 400 million tons of paper and cardboard are manufactured and each American consumes 675 pound of paper every year.  We read magazines, books and newspapers, all printed on paper.  Cardboard, a form of heavy-duty paper, is used to ship 95 percent of all manufactured goods, since it is much lighter than traditional wooden crates.  Official documents like birth certificates and marriage licenses take shape on paper.  Cereal boxes and eff cartons package our groceries.  Paper is also used during construction as insulation, wallpaper and shingles, and in masking tape and sandpaper.

From toilet paper to currency, paper will undoubtedly be in demand far into the future.

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I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year, not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body. Men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.

Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.

I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been googgling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

Money talks. But all mine ever says is good-bye.

You're not fat, you're just...Easier to see. (I like this one)

If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.

I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?”

I can’t understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named, “ Sag Harbor.”

My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.

My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.

Denny’s has a slogan, “If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us.” If you’re in Denny’s and it’s your birthday, your life sucks!

The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.

The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.

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When I was young, probably in the fourth grade, life was much different.  People rarely went out to eat and the markets pretty much just had the basics.  The food you could buy was what was in season only, cured meats and meats that could come in by train..  Things I remember were there was no pet food.  Dogs only got table scraps and if the meal was totally eaten by the people of the house the dog would eat something like bread, milk, and any plate scrapings.

The making of things like applesauce were made on the stove.  Patty and  I have made applesauce myself in the past.  It truly is easy, 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.  We were going to cook pork chops last weekend and Patty said she want me to buy apple sauce with no preservatives.  I decided since apples are in season I would just make my own.  Here is the recipe:

Applesauce . . .

Ingredients:

4 apples - pealed, cored and chopped (I used McIntosh)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar (depending on the apple you might want to reduce)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

In a saucepan, combing apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon.  Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft.  Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Since that was so easy and my favorite pizza happens to be roasted peppers and bacon, a pizza that is usually hard to come by, I decided to roast my own peppers.  Most places will put peppers on the pizza but they are just raw and not roasted.  It is truly a big difference.  The only place in Bourne with roasted peppers happens to be “Pizza of Even.”

Market basket sells pizza dough for $1.29.  I had the bacon and then some as I shop in BJ’s and they sell it in the three pack.  I had some pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese all I would need is roasted pepper.  I usually just go and buy one for the Pats game but not this time.  I will roast some pepper, so when I bought the apples above I bought three peppers, red, green, and yellow.

Mind you I this is something I have never made myself.  If I had know how simple it was I would never had bought them from the store.

Easy Roasted Peppers (a basic way to roast peppers for any recipe)

Ingredients:

3 bell peppers (note use bell and not all will keep their firmness.)

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

2.  Cut the peppers into quarters.  Remove the seeds and membranes.  Roast the peppers until the skin blisters and turns black. (Took me 15 minutes in my oven) Remove from the oven and cover with plastic, or like me just put all into a brown paper bag until cool.  The skins should peel away from the peppers easily when cooled, (at least mine did.)

Note: Mine are cut in about 1 inch squares and will be great on any sandwich.  The pizza was pretty much just as good as the maker above.

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 What is the difference between pimento and roasted red pepper? Can they be used interchangeably in a recipe?

The pimento is the one that is dried and ground into paprika. I think in most cases, one could be used for the other.

Pimento, or cherry pepper is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chili pepper.   The flesh of the pimiento is sweet, succulent, and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper.

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“Mom, can I have an animal cracker?” asked 3 year old Bob.

“Sure Bob,” said his mom. “Open up the box, and take a few.”

Forty five minutes later Bob’s mother walked into the kitchen. “Bob, why’d you spill out all of the animal crackers, and what are you looking for?”

“It said on the box not to eat it if the seal is broken.” Bob replied “I spilled out the whole box, I looked through all of the animals but I can’t find any seals!”

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That is all for this week, see some of you later in the morning.

George

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