Thursday, September 01, 2011

Good Food, Great Wine - Snap on TV

Here’s my meal…
The flowers: are from Gerry - the “older” brother I never had. Oh, I have two younger ones and an older sister...but I never had the much desired ‘first born’ brother aka the heir apparent.
If you know anything about me it’s that technically, by default, I’m the ‘son-that-should-have-been’ - if you are new here stop dawdling and read THIS to get caught up and feel like you’re part of the popular crowd.
I mean really...if you’re not in...well, do the math, then you are...say it with me...OUT! 
The corn: I husked it myself, nuked it for four minutes, skewered it with my little corn forks, rolled it in real butter, salted it and then…drum roll please...ate it! 
Well, that was the plan so if you were hoping for something weird and kinky...yah, well, this is a PG 26 site (with kids staying at home longer we here at Pearson Report [hey Al it’s Brackets-Within-A-Bracket-Time: I have a staff of two, first there’s ME and then 'MYSELF and I' often pitch in when the going gets tough] feel the need to seriously monitor the nudity, course language and violent content of this site - it’s here, you just can’t see it.) 
Trust me, I’m ranting, raving and fist waving all while sitting here in my still well-fitting birthday suit - pays to never put it in the dryer!

The wine: As you can see it’s red. It’s an unoaked Shiraz (I may or may not do a post on unoaked wines, but not now, so stop asking, “Jenny, what does ‘unoaked’ mean?” - you can always google it you know)
Where was I before I was interrupted...yes, red, unoaked, Shiraz...okay, back on track; this wine hails from Niagara Falls, Ontario. (like there isn’t enough good wines in BC!)
I like it; I drink it chilled (sue me) and I like that it’s unoaked! (typed with a wee snicker)
The english muffins: I double toasted them to make them extra crispy (anything less then extra crispy is wimpy), then I smeared a liberal helping of Hellmann’s Mayo on them (anything other than Hellmann’s is Sissymann’s), next I added the stuff on top.

The stuff on top: My neighbour, who was having a BBQ (I’m always invited, but never know I’m shy!!!) gave me the stuff on top.
Anyway, she (my neighbour) brought this over along with a plate of ribs, chicken skewers, chicken wings, BBQ’d salmon (which her husband caught) - basically enough food to feed a small army. Hmmm...I wonder if she knows what’s going on over here…
Anyway, the stuff on top was chopped avocado and tomatoes and something know the mystery ingredient that makes it taste fantastic but you never really know what it is and you dare not ask because knowing could kill you. 
I always say keep me in the dark, the less I know the better for everyone! you see here I am alive and well and typing my memoirs so the mystery stuff must have been all right.
Before I can even start though I need to thank darev2005 for lending me the word “Snap”.
If you’re clever, which I know you are because you loyally follow and read my every word with bated breath, you will know what foul, seriously profane, over the top, out of this PG 26 world kinda word I’m talking about...oh, alright...I think (cause I don’t really know myself) it means Crap!  There, look what you made me do...break my own PG rating.
We interrupt the currently scheduled rantings here at the over-staffed (could also be over-stuffed) Pearson Report to bring you the following plug…
darev2005 runs a blog called Attitude and Pepper Spray
Rev has the most interesting job and writes like a pro. He spins his work world into a fantastic yarn. A virtual page turner! I’m hooked and you will be too once you check him out.

Yes, you can go there now...I know you’ll be back because the smart ones know how to click and open a new Tab for dareve2005, thereby not needing breadcrumbs to find their way back here! 
Back to the scheduled program…
Snap on TV 
While enjoying my little feast I decided to tune into the telly. 
And what do you think I, not Kim and her daft (Al, note the difference in spelling) husband, that didn’t know she was married once before, make even bigger fools of themselves then they already are.
No...what I watched was a documentary on the Passionate Eye called “Too fast to be a woman” about Caster Semenya, from South Africa, who was banned from international running competitions because she was too fast to be a woman, so her gender was questioned. 
Seriously...I could not believe what I was watching. 
If a man runs faster than other men he’s a freak of nature and we applaud the anomaly. 
If a woman runs faster than other women she’s a fraud and we scorn her very existence and question her gender.
If you are so inclined, click the link above and take a peek. Watch the trailer (the second video on the site) or if you are interested in watching the actual program (the first video link) you will be utterly disgusted by the rules that govern gender testing in international sports.
Suffice it to say, if some male dominated governing body ever imposed such utterly ridiculous and preposterous restrictions on my daughter I would unlock and unload a round of bitch attitude into their thick, stupid hides. And you gotta wouldn’t be last “man” standing, would it! 
To you men out there that have daughters - I hope you would never allow something like this to prevent your daughter from being the best possible “human” she could be...all gender aside!
Well...that’s it in a nutshell.
I’m working on a huge THANK-YOU post for some awesome awards I recently received, you will not want to miss it, but it will take a minute or two - so until then…
What pushes your buttons when gender is called into question?

Thank you for following, for commenting, for being out there and in here.



  1. Your dinner looks amazing :)

  2. YUM! That looks scrumptious!

  3. Pretty sure "unoaked" means it avoids the oak barrels but is delightful anyway.
    Love corn on the cob.

    Now your question. I remember being outraged at the questions and testing of that young woman. I also get really cross when they focus on the fact that our Prime Minister is a woman (her hair, clothes) instead of the fact that she is working hard in a very difficult role.

    I know that men and women are physically different and that is something that will never change, but there are roles that gender just shouldnt matter.

  4. Naked grape sounds dirty.

    Sounds like fun!

  5. In a "nut"shell? Freudian slip, perhaps?
    "Mr. Freud? You're slip is showing."
    "Mein gott. Mein secret is out. Can I interest you in a cigar?"
    My gender is called into question when I can't golf, barbecue, shoot pool, fix cars, write my name in the snow when I pee, bowl, watch NASCAR, hunt, or mow the lawn with my shirt off.
    But I leave the lid up on the toilet.
    So, I'm good to go.
    "Daft?" Sounds like the proper spelling/usage to me. Unless you were talking about "Dafty" Duck.

  6. Yes, I know that it should have been "your" instead of "you're."
    I can be such a dope sometimes.

  7. Wow. Welcome back and thanks for the great plug!

    Of course you know you lost me at the whole "birthday suit" remark. I'm sorry. I can't help it. (happy smile) Mmmmm.....

  8. Great post Moo! I was laughing so hard I almost fell right off my chair!

    Then I got to the part about the woman who was "too fast to be a woman." OMG and let's through a WTF in there too... Seriously!? That has to be THE MOST ridiculous thing I have ever read.

    What if this was the way of it, every time a woman was better at something than a man!? GENDER TESTING!! Is this what the world has come to? Wow.

    This is disgusting. :(

  9. Claudia
    Thanks! It tasted amazing too!

    Linda G
    YUM is right...and YUMMY it was.

    Thanks for going the distance on this piece and commenting on the last part - maybe I should have posted it separately as it really was tragic to watch what Caster went through just to be able to run.

    We have the same issues re politicians that are women - their hair and clothing are more of a news item then what they stand for. Such a load of Snap!

    Yah, I like the naughty sound too!

    Al in a nutshell - I’m wearing my Freudian Slip to hide my gender - wouldn’t want to be judge solely on being just another pretty face. I want to be known for my deft writing skills not my daft sense of humour. You know...a freak of nature, not a fraud!

    Oh...and you’re so sweet for correcting your grammatical error...good man for giving a “Snap” - I mess these two up all the time, damn the English language for being so complicated.

    You’re welcome! I am having fun “snapping” all over the place! It works beautifully when life calls for a little verbal restraint. (a difficult task for me)

    Ah...the birthday suit, you know it’s wrinkle free and doesn’t need ironing...yet - see starch is good for something!
    Happy smiles are always appreciated! So I’m sending some back to you too!

    You got the bit referencing back to the movie “The Help” you clever thing! Thanks for having a laugh with me about it too! (just thinking about it makes me crack up again)

    I appreciate you making it to the part about Caster - really something, isn’t it! It’s scary thinking this sort of stuff still goes on in this day and age.


    Cheers, Jenny

  10. You have a neighbor who brings you chicken, ribs, and salmon? I'm definitely living in the wrong neighborhood.

    If you really want to get your blood pressure up over gender issues, watch the documentary Sex in a Cold Climate. It's about the imprisonment of catholic girls in Ireland --some because they were raped and deemed promiscuous, and other because they were pretty and deemed promiscuous, and therefore a threat to society. There's also a movie about it called The Magdalene Sisters. Sad stuff.

  11. that Gerry is such a nice fella!
    Mayo ... mmmm ....mmm ...sorry did you say anything else in the post? :PP

  12. PS I've also watched THE MAGDAELENE SISTERS, which my darling L.G, mentions above me, and it is a really disturbing film :(

  13. L.G.Smith - Well...I should have probably mentioned my neighbours actually loath me, and I had just seen the movie "The Help" which caused me to seriously question the delicious "secret" ingredient of the "stuff on top" - but I figured I'd eat it anyway...I'm like that - throw caution into the wind...right after throwing the baby out with the bath water. Take a chance I always say!

    Thanks for commenting on the gender issues and adding The Magdelene Sisters to the mix - tragic what women go through - and quite often at the hands of other women - as you said...sad stuff indeed.

    DEZZ - double the fun - two cute little avatars in my comments.
    Thanks for dropping by and stopping to take in the Mayo!

    You didn't miss much else...well maybe the "stuff on top" which I'm still questioning because it was just too good.

    Re the movie L.G. mentions above...hard to comprehend what women go through purely because they are women.

    Thanks to both of you for coming by and leaving a comment, or two!

    Cheers, Jenny

  14. That meal looks divine.

    I hear you on Castor. The way the media dealt with the situation was sickening.

  15. Talli - it was a simple meal but yet divine indeed!
    Thanks for dropping by and taking a read; sickening is right regarding Caster's story, and yet her plight and many like it continue.

    I hope you are enjoying Paris with your friend!

    Cheers, Jenny


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