Archive for April 13th, 2009

About Orange Roughy from Wikipedia:   Clownfish left:10494

The flesh is firm with a mild flavour.

In recent years, the consumption of orange roughy has risen drastically due to increased supply through previously impossible deep-sea trawling techniques. Its recovery rate from fishing is slow because of its life cycle and sporadic reproduction making the fish prone to overfishing. It is the first commercially sought fish to be added to Australia’s list of endangered species because of overfishing. [3] According to sustainable seafood guides, such as Seafood Watch (USA), the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand [4], the Marine Conservation Society (UK), [5], the orange roughy is currently on the list of fish that consumers should avoid the most.

About Shiitake Mushrooms:


“…..has a flower-like cracking pattern on the mushroom’s upper surface…. Other names by which the mushroom is known in English include Chinese black mushroom and black forest mushroom.”….”Fresh and dried shiitake have many uses in the cuisines of East Asia. In Chinese cuisine, they are often sauteed in vegetarian dishes such as Buddha’s delight. In Japan, they are served in miso soup, used as the basis for a kind of vegetarian dashi.”…..”Shiitake mushrooms have been researched for their medicinal benefits, most notably their anti-tumor properties in” research…. “Chemicals naturally present in shiitake have demonstrated anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties in laboratory research.”

Baked Orange Roughy with Shiitake Mushrooms.  This is a wonderful recipe. The flavors are all so evident but ever so subtle. Nothing overtakes the taste of the fish or any of the other flavors.  A recipe that must be tried by any fish connoisseur.


  • 1 lb Orange Roughy Fillets
  • 1 cup sliced Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomotoes
  • 2 TBS Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Orange Zest
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 TBS parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Mix the lemon juice with the pepper and salt and sprinkle of fish.   Prepare a baking dish with non stick spray, and place the fish in the dish.  Mix together the mushrooms, green pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and orange zest and put on top of the fillets.

Cover and bake about 20 – 25 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan to serve, optional.



We had green beans on the side.


*Did you know that the “Canadian Cooking Rule” for Fish is 450 F, 10 minutes per inch of fish? That includes toppings.  If your fish is 3/4 inch thick and the topping is 1/4 inch, you use a total of 1 inch.  I’ve always used the rule, but with the oven set at 425F and it seems to work every time.

Post Meridiem Workout:

As mentioned this morning, it was tough getting out of bed. I decided if there was an ounce of energy in me when I got home from work, I would do my Ante Meridiem (AM… just having some fun 🙂 ) workout.  Here’s what happened.

  • Changed into workout clothes after everyone left work.  This was to get me in the mood.  Whoops! Forgot sneakers. Well…don’t let anyone see you in high heels and shorts.
  • Got home, dropped bags, went downstairs before any distraction caught my eye. 
  • Did a 25 minute run.
  • Did a 25 minute upper body workout: Chest, Back, Arms, Shoulders, and Abs.  3 Reps x 10 each. 2 exercises per body part.  It was a quick, non-stop workout.

Ted was doing some work outside so no problem having dinner a little later.  Now it’s time to clean up and hope that “House” isn’t a repeat.  Take care and good night.


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A Homecoming

Teddy returns home.

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The alarm rang at 3:55 am. A tired arm extended from under the warm sheets and turned it off. Fifteen minutes later, a leg dangled from the bed and slowly extended it’s foot to the floor. The other leg followed as did a torso, slowly forming an arc as the head was the last to obtain a vertical position. This tired body made it’s way to the bathroom then decided the cold floor was just too much and made its way back through the dark bedroom and under the warm covers. 

In and out of a light sleep for an hour longer, I decided to get up and go for a run with another tired bag of bones, that one covered with soft fur.  Shane, laying there in his crate, on his back, four feet in the air resting on the side of the crate, looked at me in this upside down position.  He wasn’t in an energetic frame of mind either. 

Shane and I managed a 3.65 mile jog.  I promised myself tomorrow I would LEAP from the bed, run down the stairs and engage in a vigorous workout of running, weights and more running.  😉 … all good intentions, right?


A wonderful orange protein shake:  1 scoop of VPX, 1 scoop of L-Glutamine, 1 tsp orange zest, 1 slice of orange.   The taste was subtle but essence of orange was refreshing in this base of dscn06292rich vanilla.

The hot cereal was Cream of Rye this morning.

  • 1 TBS dried blueberries
  • 1/3 cup dry, Cream of Rye
  • 1 TBS homemade Peanut butter* see below.
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dscn0631The fruit: 1/2 of an orange.

Homemade Peanut Butter

The other day, Nancy sent me a magazine after seeing the post on Gadgets.

There was a great find: A peanut butter maker


I didn’t have to add extra oil, nor sugar, no preservatives. It’s great! Just dry roasted peanuts.

The texture is smooth, although not as smooth as the mass produced brands. There is a “crunchy” setting if you prefer your PB with crunch.


When the machine was grinding the nuts (this was made on Friday), I simply added a little cinnamon. Next time, more spice should be added because it is not detectable.


Today is a busy day at work so better get with it.  Sue and Sam are on vacation in S.C. with my parents (that’s why young Sammy D stayed with us this past weekend).  I’m on my own. 

Have a great day!


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