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  • Normand Bissonnette 7:04 pm on October 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Thanks Giving Turkey, Charred style 

    Thanks Giving in Canada is held in October, not in November like the US Thanksgiving.  This year Thanks Giving was on Monday October the 13th.  To celebrate this years Thanks Giving I finally decided to deep fry a turkey.  I learned a lot this the first time I attempted this culinary delight.  The first thing I learned was to get a fresh turkey or at least a completely thawed out turkey.  I used a frozen one, mistake number one.  I placed the frozen turkey in a pot and added water, coarse salt and brown sugar.  I let the turkey thaw while it was soaking up the brine.  My second mistake was to let the turkey in the brine in a pot instead of a plastic cooler.  I did not add enough water to the brine.

    The next day when it was time to fry the turkey I followed the recipe and heated the oil to 250 degrees and lowered the turkey in the hot oil and waited for the oil to heat up to 350 degrees.  The oil was very close to the top and I was worried, no scarred shit less, that the oil would overflow and I would have a fire on my hands, I drank a few beers to calm my nerves.  I did not crank the heat up so it took about 35 minutes for the oil to get to 350 degrees.  I let the bird cook for about 45 minutes before taking it out of the oil.  My brother pulled it out of the pot, when I saw the turkey I said “Fuck, fuck, we’ll eat at the restaurant.”

    The turkey was black as night, black like a sheet of carbon paper, black like charcoal,  you get the picture it was BLACK.  We brought it in the house and I peeled a bit of the charred skin and the meat was white.  I tasted it and it was a bit salty but eatable.  It was very good I must say.  We must not judge a book by its cover.  This Christmas I will attempt to deep fry a turkey again, this time I will not make the same mistake.

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  • Normand Bissonnette 8:58 pm on October 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    The Thin Yellow Line 

    On October 9th my mother had an appointment with her oncologist.  It is a three hour drive from my mothers to the doctors office.  My sister in law and I went with her.  Her appointment was for 1:30, the ladies wanted to do some shopping in the city so we planned to leave at 7:00.  I had two cups of coffee and we left at 7:20 (not bad).  After about one hour of driving we stopped at Tim Horton’s.  Tim Horton’s is a Canadian shrine where most Canadians stop to give money whenever they drive near one and in exchange we get a cup of coffee.

    An hour later I had to pee.  In the maritime provinces in Canada there are no rest area on the highways.  Everything reminded me that I had to go to the washroom.  The yellow median line, yellow turn signals on vehicles, yellow school buses.  I stopped at a Tim Horton’s the use the facilities.  It felt good.  I did not get another cup of coffee, I still had a 45 minute drive to get to the city.

    Everything went well at my mothers appointment.  We bought my mothers birthday present, she bought mine.  We had Chinese for dinner.  I bought a few books.  Before the trek back I got a coffee at Starbucks, I only had ten dollars on me see we shared it!  The drive home was uneventful.

     
    • andrew 9:22 pm on November 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you really like tim hortons eh?

  • Normand Bissonnette 2:42 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    $700 Billion Dollars Boondoggle 

    With this weeks 700 billion dollars allocation to “save” the American, no the world’s financial system, I have seen that the American government is only there to protect the interest of big business.  It used to be that if an American couple/individual cannot make their mortgage payment, the bank would foreclose and the couple lose the house.  The bank would sell the house.  Now with this new bill if a lot of couples/individuals don’t make their mortgage payments and the bank forecloses; the bank cannot sell the houses, because of the recession (yes there is a recession), and if the bank can’t pay off their dept, then the government saves the bank by buying the houses from the bank, thus the bank can continue to make bad loans but the couples/individuals are shit out of luck.

    This law will protect the billion dollar company but not the poor people that lose everything.  A lot of the loans made by the American institutions should not have been made.  The couples/individuals that have all their credit cards maxed out and are only making the minimum payments should not have received a loan, they will pay by losing everything they have.  The bank official that made the decision for this loan will still have a job.  The government are rewarding the people that made the bad decisions.

    We must understand that if the government had not passed this law, stock brokers would have panicked and we would have had the biggest stock market crash ever.  It is a damn if you do, damn if you don’t decision.  Maybe the government should rent the houses to the couples/individuals that lost them in the first place, this would only be fair and everybody would win except the tax payers (in other words every Americans).

     
    • Pat Jack 2:22 am on October 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Didn’t Boone Pickens say 700 Billion in mid-July of this year when he launched his http://www.pickensplan.com website?

      I was there when he said it and the media organs of the banking failure and banking bailouts are co-opting Boone’s phrase.

      700 Billion for banker’s welfare and then 700 Billion to pay for foreign oil imports.

      Knowing who said what when is important especially when it concerns the cycle of war and terror that the dependence on foreign oil breeds.

      Boone has a plan, the banks have a scam.

      Boone has a plan.

      Pat Jack
      Pickens Plan Ambassador

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