does anyone use rss anymore
does anyone use rss anymore
Så här såg Alice Babs ut år 1940 när hon var med i filmen "Swing it, magistern!". Foto: Wikimedia Commons.
Alice Babs var en svensk sångerska. Hon var en av de första i Sverige som sjöng swing. Swing är ett slags jazzmusik från USA. Bland annat sjöng Alice Babs sången "Swing it, magistern!" år 1940. Alice Babs dog idag, tisdag. Hon blev 90 år gammal.
And so he turned to a life of crime… [x]
Never forget when one of my animal crossing villagers called me a goddamn trash can
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I’ve really been craving greens lately, so the thought of a hearty kale salad had been itching at the back of my brain. I added some cheese tortellini to make the salad a little more meal-like, then topped it off with the contrasting flavors of salty feta, spicy red onion, and sweet dried cranberries. Ohboy, ohboy, ohboy it’s good!
The trick to making salads like this work on a budget is to not over do it with the “luxury” toppings. You only need a small sprinkle of feta, a few dried cranberries, and a few tortellini to balance out the hearty green kale. Each of those toppings has big flavor on its own, so a little goes a long way. It pays to measure, so that you don’t accidentally over do it.
I dressed my salad with my favorite dressing du jour, champagne vinaigrette. A balsamic vinaigrette or even a creamy caesar would also be great with this salad. I toyed with making my own champagne vinaigrette, but my only options for champagne vinegar at the store today were a bit pricy and made it not worth the effort. Weigh your options and pick your favorite dressing.
(This is only half of the salad in this large bow, BTW. The recipe makes a good bit of salad.)
The first thing to do is to pull the kale leaves off of the stiff, woody stems. This is a really easy job and it only takes two minutes. Just hold the kale leaf in one hand by the spine/stem and pull the leaves off with the other hand. Discard the stems. I only used half of a bunch of kale because kale seems to multiply in volume once you tear it into pieces. I swear this was a tiny bunch, but once I was done pulling the leaves off it was about 3x the size. Crazy.
I like to cut my kale into thin strips because it’s easier to eat. This can be tricky because kale is very fluffy. I grab a big handful of it in my left and and compress it into a ball, then carefully use the knife to slice thin strips off the end. So basically, all of that kale on the left side of the knife is usually balled up under my left hand and I’m slicing thin strips off the right side with the knife (can’t take a picture of it in action because it requires both hands!)
Make sure to give the kale a really good rinse, then let it drain really well. Sand (and critters) like to hide in those curly leaves.
While the kale is draining, cook the tortellini. I used half of this 19 oz. bag. The other half will make a quick weeknight dinner some other day. You can usually find tortellini in three places in the grocery store – the dry pasta aisle, near the cheese with other fresh pastas, and in the freezer aisle with ravioli and other pasta dishes. At my store, the frozen tortellini was the least expensive option. It also happens to cook very quickly – yay!
Boil the tortellini until it’s tender. Usually it floats when it’s done. You can also check the package instructions for an estimated cooking time. Drain the tortellini and let it cool for a few minutes.
While the tortellini is cooking, slice 1/4 of a red onion as thinly as possible, crumble 2 oz. of feta, and measure out 1/3 cup dried cranberries. I usually buy an 8 oz. block of feta, so measuring out 2 oz. is as easy as cutting the block into quarters. Red onions are expensive, so I plan to use up the remaining 3/4 of this one over the coming week (pizza topping!).
Pile the washed and drained kale into a bowl, add the drained and slightly cooled tortellini, then some feta, sliced onions, and cranberries. (This huge bowl is half of the salad… there was still more on my countertop!)
This is my favorite salad dressing right now. I think this salad needs something tangy, like a balsamic vinaigrette or even a caesar dressing to balance out the kale. Use about 2 tablespoons of dressing per salad. OR, pre-dress the kale leaves with the dressing to soften them up, then add the rest of the toppings.
It makes a great light meal or a hearty side to something simple like Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin. Ooohhh yeah.
In 1966 a Swedish encyclopedia publisher requested a photograph of Richard Feynman “beating a drum” to give “a human approach to a presentation of the difficult matter that theoretical physics represents.” Feynman responded:
The fact that I beat a drum has nothing to do with the fact that I do theoretical physics. Theoretical physics is a human endeavor, one of the higher developments of human beings, and the perpetual desire to prove that people who do it are human by showing that they do other things that a few other human beings do (like playing bongo drums) is insulting to me.
I am human enough to tell you to go to hell.
Swedish Nyan Cat [Original] (by Jenny Johannesson)
Some of you may know that I really love a good rant every once in awhile, so here’s one that’s relevant to travel. When you put yourself out there and tell your friends and family about your plan to live and work in a foreign country, the skeptics will begin to come out of the woodwork. It’s very annoying for several different reasons. But if you are an American, a citizen of a country where only 35% of the population has a valid passport, brace yourself, asinine questions are coming.
And no, I don’t mean reasonable questions that people ask out of general curiosity, such as “What currency do they use?”, “What types of dishes do they eat?”, or even “What countries are nearby?” I’m talking about questions salted with doubt and incredulity at the notion of ever setting foot out of this grand land of opportunity that ranks 37th in the world for healthcare, 49th for environmental performance, and 27th in general safety. Yes, I know I’m unpatriotic for simply pointing out actual flaws that actually exist within America.
There’s another annoying group of skeptics that will seem to question your decision to leave the status quo of graduate - find a job - find a wife - buy a house - die. They act like you haven’t done any research at all, and you suffer the stigma of the ‘naive, unsettled traveler.’ You’re more likely to get a pat on the back from these guys for landing a sales rep job than doing anything interesting in another country (that isn’t related to missionary work). Let’s look at these two groups a bit closer.
“Why are you going to China? That’s just too different for me.” Oh, so it’s supposed to be too different for me as well. And, anyway, I’m sure you’ve done your research to find out the differences and arrive at an informed opinion to stay in America. Or maybe it’s the fact that they’re just commies and that’s enough for you. I will grant these types some leeway, mainly because China does not have the greatest track record for human rights, environmental policy, and food and health regulations, in addition to manufacturing statistics that suit their communist agenda. China can be a scarier country to move to for a while.
But I experienced the same and similar conversations before I went toSweden and Iceland! Sweden and Iceland of all places! These two countries are, as is all of Northern Europe, doing markedly better than the United Statesin so many areas it’s not funny. Really, it isn’t, and the fact that we don’t care to admit it and try to emulate some of these things is really depressing. It’s pretty bad when people tell you they’re too scared to go to your country because they’re afraid they’re going to be shot up. I’m an American, not an Afghan, and I understand their fears.
You fear what you don’t understand, and most Americans have a poor understanding of the world around them. Why else was there a 1600% increase in violence towards not only muslims after 9/11, but Sikhs and Buddhists as well? They just don’t give a shit. You have brown skin and you’re not working on my lawn, so you must be gawddarn muslim and I’m scared of you. And while I’m at it, I’ll just throw up my shields against all foreigners. I realize this is not true of all Americans, but is an issue that can’t be ignored.
Almost everywhere else in the developed world it is quite common to take agap year to work or simply travel abroad. If you happen to be an American and want to do this, you’re perceived as not keeping in line. Come on man, stick to the plan! The American dream is at the end! Keep talking about the dream all you want, but in a country where 22% of all children belong to families living below the poverty line, I think I might consider other options. The dream is dead, and has been for awhile ever since Reagan basically instituted social Darwinism as a socio-economic policy.
These people will mask their true feelings on your decision to work abroad with genuine concern, but really they feel threatened that someone is abandoning ship. If you’re in a room doing the same thing per the same guidelines for years and years, and suddenly a few people stop, stand up, and walk out of the room, you begin to wonder if you’re doing the wrong thing by staying. Anyone who doubts your plan secretly wants to go with you because, yes, traveling can be quite glamorous. But they can’t go (really they could) and they would rather you stay because of that.
Some Real Gems
I’ve heard plenty of weird, critical, and simply ignorant questions over the years about the different countries I have visited so far, and I’ve already heard some pretty great ones about China. Here are a few that I won’t forget anytime soon.
‘Can you bring me back some of their chocolate and cheese? Are you going to go skiing?’
Um, I think you mean Switzerland. Same difference to some Americans.
‘You know they don’t go to church very much there.’
And…? Well, to be fair this person didn’t know that I consider that a GOOD thing.
‘You know they’re socialist, right?’
Yep. Should I be concerned?
‘Oh! I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland!’
No matter how many times I said ‘Iceland’ she wouldn’t let go of Ireland. The only logical conclusion was that she was not aware of Iceland’s existence.
‘I didn’t think there was anything in Iceland.’
That you know of you. Or maybe you meant Greenland.
‘Anthony Bourdain went there, he had a pretty bad time.’
When will people learn that experiencing a different country is completely subjective?
‘Kate Middleton, Kate Middleton, Royal Family, blah, blah, blah.’
I really don’t care about the royals, and there are so many other reasons to visit England.
‘Your girlfriend’s name is Kate? Just like Princess Kate!’
Very astute. You have no idea how many times I’ve heard this.
‘Are they different from us?’
I know the whole speaking English thing probably threw you off, but yes, they are different.
‘Are you going as a missionary?’
When I said no, she responded with ‘oh’ and complete disinterest in anything else I had to say.
‘Them Asian countries different from us.’
Very good, and they’re also different from each other. I’m just glad you suppressed your urge to say ‘Oriental.’
‘There’s something about hearing a white guy speaking Chinese that freaks me out.’
Okay… I guess you would shit yourself if you heard him speak Farsi or Arabic.
‘I hope you know what you’re doing. You’ve got a good job here.’
Just because it pays well doesn’t mean I like it, and just because I’m not settling for it like you doesn’t mean I’m doing something wrong.
‘You’re going to be next to North Korea? I don’t know man, I don’t know…’
Know what? That China is North Korea’s biggest ally and its chances of being attacked are slim to never?
‘Are they going to pay you?’
(In reference to my teaching English there) No, I’m voluntarily going there to be treated like shit.
Isn’t it Ironic
The ironic thing about the China situation is that some (I know not all) Americans are almost repulsed by hearing any tongue other than English, yet I’m not hearing any praise for going to teach the freedom language. Shouldn’t you be glad that I’m teaching the little Chinese kids your language so you don’t have to feel scared or threatened by Mandarin in the future?
The Big Deal
Why do I get so bent out of shape over this? On a personal level, it really undermines all of the research and the resultant leap of faith I’ve made to relocate somewhere and be vocal about it. Instead of encouragement I get concerned looks and second guesses. By now, it’s something I’ve learned to deal with. It will always happen, and most of these people are simply too ignorant to realize that their fears are baseless. However, these attitudes could be very damaging to anyone that is considering to take a risk and go abroad for the first time. The doubts could be just enough to make some people stay, and I really hate that.
These doubts are a good indicator of the willful ignorance of geography and world events (not to mention how those events actually affect America) that pervades this country. People ask you questions with wary looks, you answer them the best you can, but don’t kid yourself thinking they’re going to spend even a mere five minutes Googling that country when you get home. America is all they need, and in today’s rapidly globalizing world, they threaten any type of cultural awareness and mutual understanding that are keys to going forward peacefully.
Good thing we didn't get Fry a squeaky duck.
FUCK I CAN’T