Occasionally, I run across little tidbits on the internet that I deem worth sharing.
These are usually things that tickle my, often snarky, sense of humor.
Or confirm a feeling of superior self-righteousness.
These are usually things that neither mon mari or the dogs find the least bit humorous.
The following are my favorites from the "Top 10 Internet Rules and Laws" as appeared in the UK Telegraph (on-line) today:
Expressed as "any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself" or "the likelihood of an error in a post is directly proportional to the embarrassment it will cause the poster.
(This is particularly true when writing a post about writing or grammar or spelling… – my input)
And don't I know the truth in that!
Proposed by Rob Pommer on rationalwiki.com in 2007, this states: “A person's mind can be changed by reading information on the internet. The nature of this change will be from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.”
And we may all know the truth in that!
The Law of Exclamation
First recorded in an article by Lori Robertson at FactCheck.org in 2008, this states: "The more exclamation points used in an email (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. This is also true for excessive capital letters."
It is reminiscent of the claim in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels that the more exclamation marks someone uses in writing, the more likely they are to be mentally unbalanced.
According to Pratchett, five exclamation marks is an indicator of "someone who wears their underwear on the outside".
I love Pratchett….
I also love poached eggs.
One of my all time favorite egg dishes and all time favorite first course is Poached Eggs in Red Wine.
(I just looked at my blog to post a link and discovered I have never posted this recipe!!!!! Really!!!!!! Okay, enough, I'll do it next week.)
It is, IMHO, the consummate DO.
When I was in the US, the DS asked me to fix it for dinner one night. His SO then came forward and said she really wasn't particularly fond of foods cooked in red wine; she found the deep purple color to be off-putting. Fortunately for household harmony, the eggs retain their pristine white color, it's only the sauce that is deep red.
Still, it started me thinking…. Why not Poached Eggs in White Wine?
And, as long as it's mushroom season…. Why not mushrooms in the white wine?
In the opinion of both moi and mon mari: It was good, very very good, but not nearly the same bliss-inducing experience as the Red Wine version.
Poached Eggs in White Wine Mushroom Sauce
1 1/2 cups white wine
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
4oz (125gr) mushrooms, I used wild cepes
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
The Mushrooms: Clean, trim and thickly slice mushrooms. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet, add mushrooms and sauté until well browned.
The Sauce: Put white wine into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil over medium-high heat, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Wine will reduce slightly. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to wine, stirring until thick and clear. Remove from heat, stir in yogurt, mushrooms, cover and keep warm.
The Eggs: Fill a large skillet with water. The water should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep, 2 inches (5 cm) would be better. Heat water over medium-high heat. Add vinegar. When water is softly boiling poach eggs: one at a time break egg into a small saucer. Swirl a spoon in the water where you will put the egg – off to one side. When water is swirling drop egg into center. With slotted spoon try to keep the white together. Do next egg. With regular spoon scoop some hot water over tops of eggs. Poach for 2 – 4 minutes or until white is set but yolk is still very soft. (Or hard, as you like…)
The Finish: Remove eggs with a slotted spoon, drain and put into a soup plate or flattish bowl. Spoon sauce around the eggs and serve, salt & pepper on the side.
As to the weekly menu for October 23 we have Hunter's Eggs, Salmon with Lemon Mayonnaise, Pork Loin with Apples and Onions, Sausage and Fennel Risotto, Chicken with Sherried Mushrooms…
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And aren't all those acronym's annoying? ;-))