Sunday, June 25, 2017

Baked Teriyaki Chicken

A spicy, homemade teriyaki of soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger and garlic enlivens your choice of chicken cuts. Doubles easily to satisfy the hoards.

Recipe from Marian Collins


1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
 1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 chicken breast

1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cornstarch, cold water, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and ground black pepper. Let simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles. 

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 

3. Place chicken breast in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Brush chicken with the sauce. Turn pieces over, and brush again. 

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn breast over, and bake for another 30 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear. Brush with sauce every 10 minutes during cooking. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Orcanised Crime....

Amazing Stuff. Kind of backs up why they are referred to as "the wolves of the sea". Just like wolves they are intelligent enough to know that they have more to gain by working with humans rather than trying to eat us.

They're the biggest of the oceanic dolphins, and each pod is a little community.

I just learned from the article that their language is so advanced that they have regional dialects. Accents, slightly varied vocalizations based on location, just like us! Most animals just make the sound they make, but not these amazing mammals. They (and other large marine mammals) are far more intelligent than most people give them credit for.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Black Bean Burgers

Gabe has been craving pasta. I made Baked Ziti which is one of his favorites. While he enjoyed many nights of leftovers I made these.


1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce 

1/2 cup bread crumbs


 1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.

2.  Mash black beans in a medium bowl with a fork until thick and pasty.

 3. Finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans. In a small bowl that was set aside, stir egg,chili powder, cumin and chili sauce together.

4. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.

5. Bake about 10 minutes on each side.

slightly adapted from Allrecipes

Friday, June 16, 2017

Octopus camouflage

The Octopus eye can see a really wide angle, which probably helps with matching the background. The skin is kind of like an LCD screen, it has these colored pores that can expand and contract so if it wants to look blue in one spot, it contracts the red and green pores and opens the blue pores, and it all works together to make the overall camouflage. I went diving in Bonaire and saw a octopus on the coral reef, the color change was amazing and  see was the texture changes to match the reef.