Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick's Day - Everyone is Irish

Irish Recipes To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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    Authentic Corned Beef and Cabbage

  • Corned beef brisket, about 4 lbs.
  • 1 juice orange
  • 18-20 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. whole coriander

Put corned beef brisket into large pot for cooking. Take cloves and insert them, then sprinkle remaining spices on. Cover brisket with water, bring to boil, then simmer for 3 hours or until tender.

  • 3 lbs. small potatoes, peeled
  • 2 1/2 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 medium head cabbage

About 40 minutes before beef is finished, boil a large pot of water and cook potatoes and carrots. Add cabbage about 10 minutes before you’re ready to serve as it doesn’t need to cook long. Drain vegetables. Arrange meat and vegetables on a platter and serve with your favorite mustards.

    Irish Scones

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Note: You can add raisins, dates or other dried fruits, if desired.
Makes about 18 scones. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine butter and flour until crumbly. Add baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk. Mix into dry ingredients to make a dough. Turn onto floured surface and roll to one-inch thickness. With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2-inch rounds. Place on greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.

Kung Fu Demo

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This is a great clip from above of some Kung Fu Style as seen in a Shopping Mall Entrance in Hong Kong.

Eat Your Peas!!

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Peas are a great source of vitimans as a matter of fact they are loaded with A, B-1, B-6, C and K. And when it comes to protein peanut butter doesn’t have anything up on peas…100 calories of peas which is about a 3/4 cup serving has more protein then a tablespoon of peanut butter! Vegetable protein that is…just what your body in training needs! I know who likes peas!?! Well here is a recipe for some not what your mother served peas that even the biggest skeptic will love. They taste great and the presentation will impress the ladies! Are you guys listening?

    Minted Peas in Lettuce Cups

  • 2 cups fresh peas or 10 oz frozen peas
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves, washed

    Directions

  • If you are using fresh peas blanch them in boiling water for 5 minutes then plunge them into cold water to stop the cooking process. If using frozen peas, defrost them.
  • Saute onion in butter until caramelized, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add peas, mint, sugar, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until hot.
  • Spoon peas into lettuce cups and serve warm.

Mmmmmmmmm Good!

Ninja Mania!

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Ninja Mania continues to sweep the Nation and World…
This latest sighting is at the University of Utah where last week a Ninja has invaded the Associated Student primary elections. The Ninja claimed the most write-in votes, 34! In a rare interview the claimed that he would never reveal his identity, Ninja has not given his name or allowed himself to be photographed. Even if elected, Ninja said, he would never reveal his true identity. Ninja said he is running in the student government elections as a protest against the system. “I decided to run in the ASUU elections because I wanted to pad my résumé and get chicks,” Ninja said. “If elected, I will give preferential treatment to those who supported me. I will also fulfill some of my campaign promises, if I feel like it…maybe”. While remaining anonymous the Ninja does maintain a party Web site, www.ninjak.org, where the Ninja promises to give students free cupcakes every day, start an ASUU lottery and have a monorail system replace the campus shuttle system. He expresses opposition toward things such as poodles, women’s outerwear that looks like underwear and car mufflers that sound like kazoos. The Ninja Karaoke Opposition Party has not filed with the elections registrar in the traditional manner and is running as a write-in candidate. “ASUU has collected $2,660 in filing fees from candidates this year. We prefer to retain our funds to purchase katana blades and Doritos,” Ninja said. Ninja is not alone in his party — he said he has the backing of many students and a “vast secret ninja army.” On Ninja’s Web site, he warns, “Please give Ninja your full support so his vast secret army does not have to hunt you down in the night.” Ninja said he is known for his karaoke skills because students value candidates with the capacity to entertain. Although Ninja is a U student studying in an undisclosed college and living in an undisclosed location, he claims he hails from a mountain village in central Honshu, a Japanese island.
We wish this Anonymous candidate well in future ASUU elections but until then remember that somewhere lurking about campus, posting fliers, writing in sidewalk chalk, and taking names all in the dark of the night. He is only identified as Ninja, is he friend or foe? We leave that to you to decide…

First Martial Arts Class?!?

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How’d you like this to be your first Martial Arts class?!

A Fighter’s Challenge

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Lately I have been playing a lot of Chess and it has gotten me to thinking. Actually to analyzing other aspects of my life. My Martial Arts skills in particular. For those of you who do not play Chess it is a game that has strict rules, is very unforgiving, requires you to maintain complete awareness and calculate the impact of your ever move. Sounds like sparring to me! In many ways I am finding that my Chess games are improving my Martial Arts skills specifically sparring skills. The biggest pitfall most Chess players fall for is lacking perspective. They envision a perfect move but forget the other player may not act according to their “plan”. The result is usually disastrous and the game ends in defeat.
We can turn this to our advantage if we learn from our mistakes. The same is true when we spar. The first rule is to never under estimate your opponent or to over estimate your ability. More often then not I have won a match simply by letting my opponent think they had the upper hand. Like Chess sparring requires us to plan our moves without signaling, observe and adapt to our opponents actions and above all protect our assets!! There is no magic potion to make you a great Chess player or fighter, it takes practice and training. Unlike Chess, sparring requires physical stamina so start there. The better shape you are in the faster your fighting skills will improve. If you can’t physically last in the sparring ring then there is no sense in working on your sparring skills! So for now train hard and harden your body. And in the mean time play some Chess, you might be surprised how much it improves your skills. After all it takes more the brawn to win a fight.

Meditation Point #76

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Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.
H. Mumford Jones
US critic & educator (1892 – 1980)
No real thoughts on this one it just struck me as intuitive.

Meditation Point #75

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A vigorous five-mile walk will do more for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult then all the medicine and psychology in the world.
— Paul Dudley White, M.D.
Think about it…while you are walking of course!

Some People Never Listen…

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Unfit

Why is it that some people just never listen? Especially to people they already know? Many people will believe the first stranger they meet and hold to what they say like it is the Gospel! I wonder if they have such a low opinion of themselves that they think no one who they know can possibly know anything…or do they just think you are an idiot?! Regardless you should identify these people and just keep quiet when they ask your opinion, after all they are going to disregard whatever you say so save your breath. 🙂