Friday, February 20, 2009

The View

As I've been getting used to being a housewife the last 2 months, I've started to allow myself to watch the shows that are on for women during the day. One that I'm getting slowly hooked on is John and Kate plus 8 but I'm trying to resist. One that I thought I'd give a try is The View. I've never really known anyone to watch this show but i figured maybe it's changed because it has Whooppi on it. Well the more I watch it the more disgusted I am with what they say, and how they think they're brilliant because of it.

My first issue was when they talked about a PSA that talked about Sarah Palin and how she has a law in Alaska which allows people to kill wolves to protect the Carabu or some sort of animal like it. It was a lame debate about how cruel it was to kill wolves with guns and have them suffer until Whooppi finally spoke up and talked about how in the city you don't usually have any problems with animals coming near your home for lack of food, but in the country if animals like wolves were to run out of food then they would start going through the trash or even start attacking humans (like the lions in Africa). A lot of the city women didn't agree, but I thought good for you Whooppi.

The second issue was when Mike Phelps got caught with weed and one woman said that he shouldn't go to jail because he was such a great swimmer. Are you serious!? Luckily another woman shot her down, but the overall idea was that first time offenders should just get a slap on the wrist if they break the law. Isn't that what they already get? Esp. celebrities spending 8 hrs to a day in jail for things like drunk driving and having hard drugs. They're just so darn cute!

The issue that broke the deal for me was yesterday when they were talking first about some comic in the NY Times (I'm assuming it was the monkey one but I turned there mid conversation) and how people really need to watch what they say yadda yadda. I have to stop here to say I don't care what people publish in papers and think is funny and air on TV. Enough people have issued propaganda against the church and it hasn't halted the gospel so for me, if people think it's funny to compare Obama to a monkey, well I think it is to so rock on. Moving on though, they then started talking about racism (of course) and how they wish everyone could be colour blind and yadda yadda. Not that that's not a great idea but when you try to address a subject like racism and then say colour blind it's obvious you're not talking about races like Jews, Asians, and some Hispanics, because they all (with some exceptions) can look white. I just hate this whole race card. Blacks haven't been the only ones enslaved, blacks weren't the only ones who couldn't vote, and blacks haven't been the only one basically oppressed. Women, blacks, whites, hispanics all have the same rights now, at least in America (as long as they're legal) so what more do people need to wine about?

The freedom of America includes the freedom for businesses to succeed and fail, the freedom to be racist, the freedom to speak your mind, the freedom to basically do whatever you want. Of course there are consequences,but if a person chooses to do anything really there will be a consequence. Whether in this life or the next.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yum

I love finding new recipes to add to my collection and personal cook book and I just found a great one last night. It's a little on the spicy side and is fairly inexpensive if you already cook with some of these same ingredients. The serving size says 4 with the original recipe, but I made it for four last night (us and the miss.) and I had to improvise for the portions. Either way it's really great and you should try it!

Spicy Pineapple Noodles
4 oz. Whole wheat spaghetti
1 TB cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp canola oil
1 TB ginger
2 cloves garlic
1-2 small chile de arbol (or cayenne pepper.. use about 1-2 pinches if you can't take spice, add more as you please)
8 oz snap peas
1 6oz can pineapple juice
2 TB plus 2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 cups diced pinapple
2 tsp hot seaseme oil

Now the recipe calls for tofu, but I don't know anyone who seriously eats tofu, so i substituted chicken. So obviously you cook the pasta and chicken first :)

Heat 2 tsp canola oil. Add ginger, garlic and chiles and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 30 sec. Add snap peas and cook stirring until beginning to brown, about 2 min. Whisk the remaining 1 tsp cornstarch and soy sauce in a small bowl until smooth. Add to the pan and cook stirring until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, add pineapple, seaseme oil and noodles; toss to coat with the sauce and cook till heated through, about 1 minute.

The end! Easy and really wonderfully good. I just remembered that most of you have kids so maybe you couldn't spice it up really well, but at least it's and idea!