Saturday, September 22, 2007

Always wanted one of these....

Ok, admit it, doesn't this look like great fun? Even the goat does not seem too displeased.
Found this on a collection of old NC photos

Sunday, September 9, 2007

the real deal in Oatmeal

this morning I took the time (about 40 min at least) to cook some real oatmeal, that is
McCann's Irish Oatmeal steel cut oats. I thought this kind of minimally processed oatmeal would be better, but not so much better that is worth the time and effort. I must say that it is totally worth the time and effort. The texture and taste cannot really be compared to the rolled oats that I have been buying. John even said " I could eat these". John has been eating the rolled oats, quick cook variety for about 6 months now, but he eats them like bad tasting medicine that has been an ordeal, not pleasurable at all. So for him to say anything positive is high praise.
He has been eating oatmeal for the fiber, I finally convinced him that he needed more fiber and he has felt better. But at his regular medical checkup, his triglycerides had dropped so much that we discussed that there was perhaps some error in the lab report, but the drop in his triglyceride level has coincided with the oatmeal consumption.

Other methods I may try:
cook them in a crockpot overnight. I got the idea and recipe from Alton Brown on his Food Network show, "Good Eats." One cup of steel-cut oats is combined with a cup each of dried cranberries and dried figs, 4 cups of water and 1/2 cup of half-and- half in a crockpot to cook overnight.
the McCanns website also says:

Quick Soak Method
One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare McCann's Steel Cut Oats is to soak the oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil four cups of water in a pot, add one cup of oatmeal. Stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave overnight. The next morning, bring oats to a brisk boil and cook until they are just tender and serve.

camp scenes

back from Oregon Inlet, not a great trip in terms of catching lots of fish, we were there from Tuesday to today and caught a total of 7 sheepshead, that is fishing hard for about 6 hours each day,
but nice to be out there anyway....

Monday, September 3, 2007

gone fishing

forecast looks good, so we are taking off tomorrow morning for Oregon Inlet fishing for sheepshead under the bridge. Plan to stay at least until Thursday. the picture is what it looks like coming into the fishing camp in the marsh in front of Bodie Island light and a sunset picture, of course.

it's all good (so far)

no current local pictures, so here is one of my favorites from my last trip to Mexico..this is the street that I walked through every day I was in Guanajuato.
I keep waiting for the loud thunk of finding some dire or even minor bad consquence of drinking coffee, but it seems the more research the more good news.
I read this today (as I am drinking my morning cup of Tanzania peaberry from Dark Holllow roasters)

Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day helped protect older women against some age-related memory decline, French researchers said on Monday, giving women more reason to love the world's most popular stimulant. Men did not enjoy the same benefit, they said. "The more coffee one drank, the better the effects seemed to be on (women's) memory functioning in particular," read complete report here

And this study that concludes caffeine and exercise may help ward off skin cancer.
read report here

Sunday, September 2, 2007


(the dark grapes in the picture are muscadines,another local grape

Eating scuppernong grapes) is one more way to eat local; the farmer’s markets have had them for about two weeks now. This week’s scuppernongs are the sweetest yet. Sitting in my hammock on the back deck eating grapes, straining the seeds out and eating the occasional peel.(mmm... Fiber! And the peels are supposed to have lots of the stuff that makes grapes so good for you)

Another thing to be thankful for.

According to the online encyc. “Its name comes from its original place of production, Scuppernong, North Carolina, where it was first grown during the 17th century, a name itself tracing back to the Algonquian word ascopo for the sweet bay tree.”