Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Changes in gait indicate changes in brain

Footprints to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait - NYTimes
Five studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month provide striking evidence that when a person’s walk gets slower or becomes more variable or less controlled, his cognitive function is also suffering.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Coconut Curry Chicken -- definitely a keeper

I cooked the rest of the chicken tonight, using the mustard, curry, ginger, garlic mixture that had been sitting in the refrigerator for 2-days. One other change to the recipe -- instead of using sherry when I put the chicken into the oven, I used coconut milk. The chicken turned-out terrific! It was tender and tasty... I could not have asked for a better outcome. Of course it helped that I started-out with 'air-chilled' chicken, which is much more tender and tasty than conventional chicken. What's 'air-chilled' chicken you ask? It's a process where the bird is sprayed with disinfectant and then chilled, instead of being dunked in chlorinated water. It is more effective at disinfecting the chicken, and widely used in Europe and Asia. And it also leads to better tasting chicken and crispier skin when it is cooked.

Monday, July 16, 2012 "Where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world." If you are interested in tracking your observations, this looks like a great site to use. I have not explored its other features. My first entry was the Grossbeak I observed last week.
(Not my picture, but that's what it looked like.)
The one I saw was hopping around on a trumpet vine, pecking at the flowers.

Coconut Chicken Epilogue

I did try the Coconut Chicken recipe. However, I followed it only loosely. I did not use egg and flower, I just used the ginger, garlic, mustard and coconut. It was tasty, but a bit bland. I purposely did a small batch and held-out 3/4 of the chicken for the next try. At Thing2's suggestion, I decided to try it the second time with two modifications. 1) Add curry to the mixture 2) Let the mixture sit the the refrigerator over night so the spices have a chance to ripen. This evening I'll try it again with the modified process and see how it is. This is similar to what it looked like.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Need to try some new recipes

I am looking at recipes on epicurious this morning. Thing2 is losing weight, and needs to have some easy grab-and-go meals prepared. She's bored with everything we've been cooking, to the point where it is not appetizing any more. Coconut is something that we are trying to incorporate into her diet because it is easy to digest. I'm considering trying this Coconut Chicken recipe: Crisp Coconut Chicken with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce