Month: April 2014

Chicken and stuffing recipe

I use the ozone cleaner to detoxify meat and vegetables, as previously mentioned in a blog.  Around Pulau Tikus I find Sam’s Groceria’s chicken – Sams is in Gurney Paragon Mall – gives off a lot fewer toxins than chickens bought elsewhere.
Once I have ozonated the chicken for half an hour, and patted it dry / or let it dry, then it is ready to marinate.
Here, then, is how I cook a chicken
ROAST CHICKEN
  • If the chicken is in the fridge take it out a few hours earlier if possible
  • Massage chicken with olive oil and pepper and salt, put in stuffing, and put into casserole dish
  • Empty oven except bottom tray – or middle if a bigger oven
  • Max heat (250)
  • Function – far right – top & bottom heaters
  • Set oven on timer – and when finished set once more – i.e. total two hours – for my simple table top oven

 

STUFFING

This recipe will make twice as much as you need to stuff a chicken. So you can freeze half for next time you want to stuff a chicken.

Ingredients:

* 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
* 1/8 cup cranberries
* 1/8 cup orange peel
* 1/3 cup butter
* 4 cups bread crumbs
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon oregano / thyme etc
* turkey or chicken broth
* some chopped nuts

Preparation:
Sauté onion in the butter until softened. Combine onion mixture with bread, pepper, eggs, salt, etc. in a large mixing bowl. Stir in broth until well moistened. Enough for an 8 to 10-pound turkey. Twice what you need for a chicken.

Or, bake in a greased covered shallow casserole at 170° C for about 35 to 45 minutes. Take the cover off the last 5 minutes to brown.

Gespräche mit J.C. auf Deutsch 53: 18. April

2012-12-31 14.52.51s

Jede Woche treffe ich mit meinem Freund JC, mit wem ich Deutsch lerne. Unser Zweck ist Deutsch zu üben und wir besprechen immer verschiedene Themen. Diese Blog handelt von unserer Gespräche. Bevor jedes Gespräch bereiten wir jetzt ein bisschen.  Wir gebrauchen ein Buch, dass kategorisiert Worten nach Thema, aber wenn wir ein Wort nicht kennen, benutzen wir auch ein Wörterbuch.

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Das heutige Thema ist gutes Benehmen.  Normalerweise achten die Malaysier gute Umgangsformen, außer wenn sie in ihren Autos fahren. Dann benehmen sie sich unhöflich und unverschämt, obwohl gewöhnlich sind sie liebenswürdig und bescheiden. Sie begrüßen sogar Fremden herzlich. Die Kinder sind auch angenehm und artig. Mit Rücksicht kann ich nicht nur sie loben. Sie drängen sich in Schlangen ein. Ansonsten sind  sie vernünftig.

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Neue Wörter für mich:

heutig = today’s
das Benehmen = behaviour
achten = to respect
achten auf = to pay attention to
sich benehmen = to behave
unhöflich = impolite
unverschämt = outrageos
gewöhnlich = usually
bescheiden = modest
herzlich = warmly
die Rücksicht = consideration
sich eindrängen = to push in
loben = to praise
vernünftig = reasonable, sensible

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Gespräche mit J.C. auf Deutsch 52: 11. April

2012-12-31 14.52.51s

Jede Woche treffe ich mit meinem Freund JC, mit wem ich Deutsch lerne. Unser Zweck ist Deutsch zu üben und wir besprechen immer verschiedene Themen. Diese Blog handelt von unserer Gespräche. Bevor jedes Gespräch bereiten wir jetzt ein bisschen.  Wir gebrauchen ein Buch, dass kategorisiert Worten nach Thema, aber wenn wir ein Wort nicht kennen, benutzen wir auch ein Wörterbuch.

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JC und ich sprachen heute uber über die Rente in verschiedenen Länder. Jedoch bin ich diese Woche sehr beschäftigt und habe keine Zeit mehr zu schreiben.

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Neue Wörter für mich:
 
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Songkran in Penang – Thai New Year

Happy New Year – if you are Thai.

Songkran is celebrated in the Burmese and Thai Temples in Burma Lane, Penang.  It’s on right now, so if you are in Penang you can go.  I generally go quite early – around 8.30 or 9AM, when it is only crowded – so it is still quite easy to get through people.  Later in the day it is so jammed you can hardly move.

Many people make it their mission to drench everyone in sight with water, so dress accordingly and have anything you don’t want wet in a plastic bag.  They are just having fun, and aren’t malicious, so if you ask them not to wet you they won’t, but you’ll get wet anyway.  People are happy and friendly.  I didn’t see any other caucasians this morning – I see them in the afternoons if I go again then. You can park in nearby streets, or the bus from George Town stops right at the front. on Kelawei Road.

There’s also free food and water, and you can buy beer and soft drinks.   And there are stage shows, music and dancing.  It’s a lot of fun.

Burma Lane

Burma Lane

first greeting - they spray water on you

first greeting – they spray water on you – backup water supplies on right

armed and dangerous - with water pistols

armed and dangerous – with water pistols

temple

temple and water pistols for sale

temple

temple

inside the Burmese Temple grounds

inside the Burmese Temple grounds

many people go around in groups with matching t-shirts

many people go around in groups with matching t-shirts

covered in cream

covered in cream

matching t-shirts

matching t-shirts

stage show

stage show

stage show

stage show

stage show

stage show

dancing

dancing

happy people

happy people

more matching t-shirts

more matching t-shirts

another stage show with water flying

another stage show with water flying

hundreds of people arriving on the bus

hundreds of people arriving on the bus

Paleo in Penang – losing weight without weeping

I’ve noticed that as you get older, and perhaps as you live in different environments, how you successfully lose weight – and other things – changes.  Up until  my late 30’s I could anything and I wouldn’t gain weight anyway.  Later, when I did, I could lose it simply by combining foods correctly. More recently a two-week water fast would knock off 6KG and 6cm from my waist.

I have always been overly keen on sugar, but I have discovered that eating fat doesn’t make you fat, but it virtually eliminates sugar cravings.  In about 5 months I have lost 5 KG by simply eating what might be called a traditional or Paleo diet.

I limit fruit to one piece a day (because it is still sugar), eat lots of vegetables, eggs, cream, butter and cheese, and meat, fish or chicken. And almost no carbohydrates.

And I eat a lot less than before.  A normal pattern is simply a freshly made vegetable juice sometime in the morning, some coffee at some stage, and dinner at 3PM or after.  If hungry, some cheese, butter and biscuits – but still, only three biscuits, which only slightly violates the no carb rule.  Being in the tropics plenty of water is also good.

This is not hard, and just gradually loses weight.  A violation or two in a week should simply be forgiven as there is no need to suffer, and you’ll still succeed if overall the plan is followed.

At least one Kilo is simply the extra weight of the water that your body retains because you are in the tropics.  Weighing myself at different times of day shows quite radical differences, depending on how much water I have drunk and what I have done – a climb up Penang Hill can lose 1.5 KG temporarily.

As grocery prices dramatically rise here our bill has stayed about the same as we eat less, and thus buy a lot less.  This is a bonus.

Awareness of the dangers of MSG appears to be increasing

These days I see more signs claiming no MSG.  In Tesco today I saw packets of biscuits with “No MSG” labelling. I didn’t buy them, just photgraphed them.

no MSG

no MSG

no MSG

no MSG

Generally I do not want to promote evil multinational companies profits.  But until recently, you could either buy crisps for RM2 – RM3 laced with MSG, or spend about RM12 for a brand from Scotland, or another from Australia that were MSG free.

But now I notice two flavours from Lays made in Pakistan, and the rest from the US.  The US packets cost a lot more (but are bigger), and have MSG, but the natural flavour from Pakistan is only RM3.90 and appears not to.

just this flavour appears to have no MSG

just this flavour appears to have no MSG

no suspicious ingredients, and made in Pakistan

no suspicious ingredients, and made in Pakistan

I know I shouldn’t eat crisps, but once a month or so is not so bad. And encouraging non-MSG production is a good thing.