Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sea Fresh Mouth

So I did a crappy job of keeping up with my food posts this month. I guess I just tend to blog what I think of, when I think of it.

Anyway, it is time to talk about our pearly whites!

 As you all are aware, I have horrible allergies. One reoccurring problem is my the corners of my mouth. I get minor cuts and peeling skin around my mouth. After doing some research I found it was most likely due to the sodium lauryl sulfate. This is one of the foaming agents used in toothpaste, shampoos and soaps. It's also used in dishwasher soap. It's very harsh and bad for your skin!

Jason's has SLS free toothpastes that use Blue Green Algae to kill bacteria. If you're unconvinced they do work well and foam beautifully. My breath is fresh and yummy and I have no sensitivity. The mouth rash has also cleared up! I hear this toothpaste is also very good for bleeding gums due to the algae.

Sea Fresh Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Biologically Active Blue-Green Algae, Sea Salts and Minerals help heal detoxify and strengthen gums and teeth. Perilla Seed Extracts neutralize bacteria and sugar acids. DeepSea Spearmint blasts away bad breath! Contains no fluoride. The mouthwash is alcohol free!


Sea Fresh Plus CoQ10 Gel Toothpaste

Contains CoQ10 for gum support and periodontal protection. Biologically Active Blue-Green Algae, Sea Salts and Minerals help strengthen gums and teeth while DeepSea Spearmint blasts away bad breath! Does contain fluoride.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mermaid Tail

Want a mermaid tail of your own? Go here for info about making/purchasing one.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ben Stiller, Merman



Did you ever see the movie Zoolander? Ben Stiller plays a really really dumb male model. He gets out of the business and goes home to his coal mining family who just don't understand him. After watching an Aveda commercial that stars him in a fishtail, his father announces, "You're dead to me, boy. I'm just glad your mother didn't live to see her son as a mermaid." He hilariously corrects his father, "Merman!"

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on Jem and the Holograms

 Jem and the Holograms was an awesome show about a female rock/pop band in the 80s. For a little girl is was great. The fashion was extreme, there were about 3 catchy songs per episode and it was totally outrageous. A few years ago when the dvds came out I had to get them. While watching them recently I noticed one of the music videos had Jem and the girls as mermaids. How could I forget that!? So here it is for you to enjoy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Finding a Clownfish

"Look it's Nemo!" That is what all this kids at the aquarium say when they get to the clownfish exhibit.

Ironically, Finding Nemo, a movie about the anguish of a captured clownfish, caused home-aquarium demand for them to triple.
A problem is that people who buy them don’t know how to manage a marine aquarium and just set one up like they would a goldfish bowl. This often leads to death of the fish as the owners don’t know how to care for them or a saltwater tank.

Overharvesting and invasive collection methods, such as the use of cyanide to stun and capture fish, are destroying reefs and their inhabitants. In the Philippines and Indonesia clownfish have been severely depleted. Loss of clownfish leaves anemones exposed and vulnerable to predators. When reefs are on their way to destruction, one of the first things to disappear is anemones and their clownfish. Bioligists are not the only ones who see a decline in the wild populations. Divers also reports how much rarer it has become to see clownfish.

 In a study done by Dr Billy Sinclair we see that shoals that once numbered dozens of clownfish now only contain a few specimens. This makes it harder for the species to breed. In some area they are probably gone completely. Hopefully populations can recover if the people stop collecting them from the reefs for people's pets.

Some interesting clownfish facts:

Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fishes that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. This is believd to be due to the mucus on the fish. Either the anemone doesn't see them as food from the sugars in the mucus or the fish develop an immunity to the anemone by rubbing them.

Of the thousands of species of anemones, only ten host clownfish. Clownfish spend their entire lives with their host anemone, rarely straying more than a few yards from it. Once an egg hatches if the young fish doesn't find an anemone within a day or two it will die.
Clownfish live in small groups inhabiting a single anemone. All Clownfish are born male. One fish in the group will become female and is the dominant fish in the group. The largest male will be the dominant male and these fish will be the only breeders in the group. In order to assure this, the couple will chase and nip at the other male fish causing stress and reduced energy for food foraging. When the female dies, the dominant male changes sex and becomes the female and the next largest male becomes the dominant male.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Andersen Dowa Ningyo Hime

I had this anime as child. It was the movie I watched over and over and over. This version follows the story much better than the Disney version. The animation is beautiful and the music is really nice too. My favorite scene is when she goes to the witch. As a child she was really scary but very interesting to look at. I appreciated that they didn't dumb her actions down. The witch cuts out the mermaids tongue, and warns her that every step she takes will feel as painful as walking on knives. The mermaid is willing to live with the constant pain for her love. It's so beautiful. What's really tragic is how the prince acts over a girl just because she happened to be around when he washed up on the shore. In the end he of course chooses the other girl. The mermaids' sisters give her a chance to return to the sea, if she is willing to kill her beloved. She can't. She really loves him and therefor would die for him to be happy. In the end the mermaid ascends to heaven and Fritz her friend the dolphin, cries out for her over the sea.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mermaid Sighting 1250

The King’s Mirror is a medieval text, written sometime around 1250 in Old Norse by an anonymous author. It is written as a conversation between a son and his father.  The author tells us that through this conversation he will tell us about the four areas of work in the world.  Those he says he will discuss include being a merchant, the royal court, clergy and lastly the life of peasants.  Only the first two have survived. It is in this first section (chapter 16 The Marvels of the Waters about Greenland: Monsters, Seals, and Walruses, to be precise,) that we are treated to the marvels of the 'known world' including two mermaid/merman sightings in Greenland.

"This monster is tall and of great size and rises straight out of the water. It appears to have shoulders, neck and head, eyes and mouth, and nose and chin like those of a human being; but above the eyes and the eyebrows it looks more like a man with a peaked helmet on his head. It has shoulders like a man's but no hands. Its body apparently grows narrower from the shoulders down, so that the lower down it has been observed, the more slender it has seemed to be. But no one has ever seen how the lower end is shaped, whether it terminates in a fin like a fish or is pointed like a pole. The form of this prodigy has, therefore, looked much like an icicle. No one has ever observed it closely enough to determine whether its body has scales like a fish or skin like a man. Whenever the monster has shown itself, men have always been sure that a storm would follow. They have also noted how it has turned when about to plunge into the waves and in what direction it has fallen; if it has turned toward the ship and has plunged in that direction, the sailors have felt sure that lives would be lost on that ship; but whenever it has turned away from the vessel and has plunged in that direction, they have felt confident that their lives would be spared, even though they should encounter rough waters and severe storms. "

"Another prodigy called mermaid has also been seen there. This appears to have the form of a woman from the waist upward, for it has large nipples on its breast like a woman, long hands and heavy hair, and its neck and head are formed in every respect like those of a human being. The monster is said to have large hands and its fingers are not parted but bound together by a web like that which joins the toes of water fowls. Below the waist line it has the shape of a fish with scales and tail and fins. It is said to have this in common with the one mentioned before, that it rarely appears except before violent storms. Its behavior is often somewhat like this: it will plunge into the waves and will always reappear with fish in its hands; if it then turns toward the ship, playing with the fishes or throwing them at the ship, the men have fears that they will suffer great loss of life. The monster is described as having a large and terrifying face, a sloping forehead and wide brows, a large mouth and wrinkled cheeks. But if it eats the fishes or throws them into the sea away from the ship, the crews have good hopes that their lives will be spared, even though they should meet severe storms."
 
The text goes on to describe "sea hedges," the "kraken," walrus and whales. Rather than beautiful the mermaid sounds frightening! "a sloping forehead and wide brows," isn't that how all those criminals are portrayed in cartoons?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Wettest Stories Ever Told


17-18

A truly fishy episode. Plus, who doesn't want to eat at the sea captains?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weeki Wachi Roll-Ups

I wish I was a Weeki Wachee Mermaid! Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida has been home to the Weeki Wachee mermaids since 1947. The mermaids put on shows underwater in the springs every day. If that doesn't float your boat you can take a river boat cruise and canoe or kayak on the Weeki Wachee River. You can also visit Buccaneer Bay, a water park that utilizes the spring water and has lovely white sandy beaches.

Weeki Wachee Roll-Ups - found in Barbara Beerys mermaid cookbook

Ingredient List
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 4 ten inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sprouts
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or grated mozzarella (use the feta for a stonger flavor)
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and chives. Using a small spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over each tortilla within about 1 inch of the edge. Spread a think layer of hummus over the cream cheese. Layer carrots, sprouts, tomatoes, and lettuce and then sprinkle with cheese. Carefully roll up each tortilla. Wrap each tortilla roll tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least half an hour or until ready to serve. To serve slice each roll into three pieces.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Seaweed for your face

These days everyone seems to using more organic and healthy products. Knowing how good it is, more and more companies are making beauty products that have seaweed in them. Some companies just have sea minerals but that's almost as good. Seawater is full of zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium, plus zillions of other trace minerals. And seaweed, which is fed by water itself (unlike plants with roots) exponentially concentrates all the goodness!

The Body Shop has a seaweed line that includes a cleanser, toner, day cream, and night treatment. They use Community Trade bladderwrack seaweed which balances skin tone and clarifies the complexion and moisturizes without clogging pores. I haven't tried this one yet because I'm not sure how my skin will react to the fragrance, but for only $12-20 it's worth trying.

Mario Badescu has a seaweed line as well. You probably know the MB name from using the little bottle with the pink stuff for pimples. I've used that stuff when I had particularly bad spots but woe be to you if you get it in your eyes. Back to the seaweed, I've tried all of their seaweed products and recommend the night lotion and the toner (which is my favorite) but want to warn you to stay away from their cleanser. It seems nice at first it looks creamy, has bits of bladderwrack in it but it is actually very drying and abrasive. Instead use a different wash and then try the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. It cleans your face with witch hazel and keeps it moisturized and non-inflamed with seaweed. I love this stuff and use it every day. If I were trapped on a desert island and could have only one thing for my skin, this would be it!

La Mer is a fantastically expensive cream used by celebrities like Heather Locklear. The cream has sea minerals infused in it and was supposedly created by a man who once worked for NASA. I've read that this cream is the best thing you can do for your face, but for $130 per ounce I have yet to try it. As soon as I hear back from their online consultation department about the fragrances used I might break down and try it.

Shu Umera has a line of Deep Water facial sprays. These sprays contains over 60 minerals to help enhance skin's moisture balance. Taken from the depths of the ocean, beyond the reach of sunlight, these lightly scented mists rejuvenate the skin, hair, and body. Fortunately for me you can also get unscented. I personally love face sprays and use just evian plain water if I have to. I feel that it helps my face retain moisture and suggest anybody with dry skin give it a try.

Lush  has several different items that use seaweed and sea salt. Aqua Marina is a cleanser that is for sensitive problem skin. It contains calamine and other calming ingredients and comes wrapped in seaweed like sushi. I really wanted this one to work but the fragrance they used (despite being non-synthetic) was too much and caused my face to itch and puff. Ocean Salt is another cleanser but it's for exfoliation. It has vodka, avocado and sea salt in it and despite being harsher was ok for me to use occasionally. They also have a face mask, called B B Seaweed, that can only be bought at the LUSH store due its need to be refrigerated. It has aloe vera, mineral-rich seaweed, honey and rose.

H20 has a whole range of products from shampoo to body wash. This includes facial cleansers but, after having trouble with the scent in their lotions and other body washes, I steer clear of putting this stuff on my face.

While searching for different seaweed products for your face I found Mermaid Beauty Skin Care. Haven't tried it yet but as soon as I know about what fragrances they use I'll give it a whirl.

There's more seaweed beauty product coming up, next time stuff for your whole body!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Mermaid of Gollerus

This is an Irish tale. Just in time for St. Patricks day!

On the shore of Smerwick harbour, one fine summer’s morning, just at daybreak, stood Dick Fitzgerald "shoghing the duedeen", which may be translated, smoking his pipe. The sun was gradually rising behind the lofty Brandon, the dark sea was getting green in the light, and the mists clearing away out of the valleys went rolling and curling like the smoke from the corner of Dick’s mouth.

"'Tis just the pattern of a pretty morning," said Dick, taking the pipe from between his lips, and looking towards the distant ocean, which lay as still and tranquil as a tomb of polished marble. "Well, to be sure," continued he, after a pause, "'tis mighty lonesome to be talking to one’s self by way of company, and not to have another soul to answer one -nothing but the chill of one’s voice, the echo! I know this, that if I had the luck, or may be the misfortune," said Dick, with a melancholy smile, "to have the woman it would not be this way with me! And what in the wide world is a man without a wife?
He’s no more surely than a bottle without a drop of drink in it, or dancing without music, or the left leg of a scissors, or a fishing-line without a hook, or any other matter that is no ways complete. Is it not so?" said Dick Fitzgerald, casting his eyes towards a rock upon the strand, which, though it could not speak, stood up as firm and looked as a bold as ever Kerry witness did.
But what was his astonishment at beholding, just at the foot of that rock, a beautiful young creature combing her hair, which was of a sea-green colour; and now the salt water shining on it appeared, in the morning light, like the melted butter upon cabbage.
Dick guessed at once that she was a Merrow, although he had never seen one before, for he spied the cohuleen driuth, or little enchanted cap, which the sea people use for diving down into the ocean, lying upon the strand near her; and he had heard that, if once he could possess himself of the cap she would lose the power of going away into the water. So he seized it with all speed, and she, hearing the noise, turned her head about as natural as any Christian.
When the Merrow saw that her little diving-cap was gone, the salt tears -double salt, no doubt from her- came trickling down her cheeks, and she began a low mournful cry with just the tender voice of a new-born infant. Dick, although he knew well enough what she was crying for, determined to keep the cohuleen driuth, let her cry never so much, to see what luck would come out of it.
Yet he could not help pitying her; and when the dumb thing looked up in his face, with her cheeks all moist with fear, "'twas enough to make anyone feel, let alone Dick, who had ever and always, like most of his countrymen, a mighty tender heart of his own.
"Don’t cry my darling," said Dick Fitzgerald; but the Merrow, like any bold child, only cried the more for that.
Dick sat himself down by her side, and took hold of her hand by way of comforting her. 'Twas in no particular an ugly hand only there was a small web between the fingers, as there is in a duck’s foot; but 'twas as thin and as white as the skin between egg and shell.
"What’s your name, my darling? Says Dick, thinking to make her conversant with him; but he got no answer; and he was certain sure now, either that she could not speak, or did not understand him: he had of talking to her. It’s the universal language; and where's not a woman in the world, be she fish or lady, that does not understand it.
The merrow did not seem much displeased at this mode of conversation; and making an end of her whining all at once, "Man," says she, looking up in Dick Fitzgerald's face; "man, will you eat me?"
"By all the red petticoats and check aprons between Dingle and Tralee," cried Dick, jumping up in amazement, "I'd as soon eat myself, my jewel! Is it I eat you, my pet? Now, 'twas some ugly ill-looking thief of a fish put that notion into tour own pretty head, with the nice green hair down upon it, that is so cleanly combed out this morning!"
"Man," said the Merrow, "what will you do with me if you won’t eat me?"
Dick’s thoughts were running on a wife: he saw, at the first glimpse, that she was handsome; but since she spoke, and spoke too like any real woman, he was fairly in love with her. 'Twas the neat way she called him man that settled the matter entirely.
"Fish," says he, "here’s my word, fresh and fasting, for you this blessed morning, that I'll make you Mistress Fitzgerald before all the world, and that’s what I'll do."
"Never say the world twice," says she; "I’m ready and willing to be yours, Mister Fitzgerald; but stop, if you please, till I twist up my hair."
It was some time before she had settled it entirely to her liking; for she guessed, I suppose, that she was going among strangers, where she would be looked at. When that was done, the merrow put the comb in her pocket, and then bent down her head and whispered some words to the water that was close to the foot of the rock.
Dick saw the murmur of the words upon the top of the sea, going out towards the wide ocean, just like a breath of wind rippling along, and, says he in the greatest wonder, "Is it speaking you are, my darling, to the salt water?"
"It’s nothing else," says she, quite carelessly; "I’m just sending word home to my father not to be waiting breakfast for me; just to keep him from being uneasy in his mind."
"And who’s your father, my duck?" said Dick.
"What!" said the Merrow. "Did you never hear of my father? He’s the king of the waves to be sure!"
"And yourself, then, is a real king daughter? Said Dick opening his two eyes to take a true and full survey of his wife that was to be. "Oh, I’m nothing else but a made man with you and a king your father; to be sure he has all the money that’s down at the bottom of the sea!"
"Money," repeated the merrow, "What’s money?"
"'Tis no bad thing to have when one wants it," replied Dick "and may be now the fishes have the understanding to bring up whatever you bid them?"
"Oh yes," said the merrow "they bring me what I want."
"To speak the truth then." Said Dick, "'tis a straw bed I have at home before you, and that, I’m thinking, is no way fitting for a king` daughter; so if 'twould not be displeasing you, just to mention a nice feather bed, with a pair of new blankets -but what am I talking about? May be you have not such things as beds down under the water?"
"By all means," said she, "Mr. Fitzgerald -plenty of beds at your service. I’ve fourteen oyster-beds of my own, not to mention one just planting for the rearing of young ones."
"You have?" says Dick, scratching his head and looking a little puzzled. "'Tis a feather bed I was speaking of; but, clearly yours is the very cut of a decent plan to have bed and supper so handy to each other, that a person when they’d have the one need never ask for the other."
However, bed or no bed, money or no money, Dick Fitzgerald determined to marry the merrow, and the merrow had given her consent. Away they went therefore, across the strand, from Gollerus to Ballinrunning, where father Fitzgibbon happened to be that morning.
"There are two words to this bargain, Dick Fitzgerald," said his Reverence, looking mighty gloom. "And is it a fishy woman you’d marry? The Lord preserve us! Send the scaly creature home to her own people; that’s my advice to you, wherever she came from."
Dick had the cohuleen driuth in his hand, and was about to give it back to the merrow, who looked covetously at it, but he thought for a moment, and then says he,
"Please your Reverence, she’s a King daughter."
"If she was the daughter of fifty kings," said father Fitzgibbon, "I'll tell you, you can’t marry her, she being a fish."
"Please your Reverence," said Dick again, in an undertone, "she is as mild and as beautiful as the moon."
"If she was as mild and beautiful as the sun, moon and stars, all put together, I'll tell you Dick Fitzgerald," said the Priest, stamping his right foot, "you can’t marry her, she being a fish."
"But she has all the gold that’s down in the sea only for the asking, and I’m a made man if I marry her: and," said Dick, looking up slyly, "I can make it worth any one’s while to do the job."
"Oh! That alters the case entirely, "replied the Priest: "why there’s some reason now in what you say: why didn’t you tell me this before? Marry her by all means, if she was ten time a fish. Money you know, is not to be refused in these bad times, and I may as well have the handle of it as another, that may be would not take half the pains in counseling you that I have done."
So father Fitzgibbon married Dick Fitzgerald to the merrow, and like any loving couple they returned to Gollerus well pleased with each other. Everything prospered with Dick -he was at the sunny side of the world: the merrow made the best of wives, and they lived together in the greatest contentment.
It was wonderful to see, considering where she had been brought up, how she would busy herself about the house, and how well she nursed the children; for, at the end of three years there were as many young Fitzgerald -two boys and a girl.
In short, Dick was a happy man, and so he might have been to the end of his days if he only had the sense of take care of what he had got; many another man, however, beside Dick has not had wit enough to do that.
One day when Dick was obliged to go to Tralee, he left the wife minding the children at home after him, and thinking she had plenty to do without disturbing his fishing tackle.
Dick was no sooner gone than Mrs. Fitzgerald sat about cleaning up the house, and chancing to pull down a fishing-net, what should she find behind it in a hole in the wall but her own cohuleen driuth. She took it out and looked at it, and then she thought of her father the king, and her mother the queen and her brothers and sisters, and she felt a longing to go back to them.
She sat down on a little stool and thought over the happy days she had spent under the sea; then she looked at her children, and thought on the love and affection of poor Dick, and how it would break his heart to lose her. "But," says she, "he won’t lose me entirely, for I’ll come back to him again, and who can blame me for going to see my father and my mother after being so long away from them?"
She got up and went towards the door, but came back again to look once more at the child that was sleeping in the cradle. She kissed it gently, and as she kissed it a tear trembled for an instant in her eye and then fell on its rosy cheek. She wiped away the tear, and turning to the eldest little girl, told her to take care of her brothers, and to be a good child herself until she came back.
The Merrow then went down the strand. The sea was lying calm and smooth, just heaving and glittering in the sun, and she thought she hears a faint sweet singing, inviting her to come down. All her old ideas and feelings came flooding over her mind. Dick and her children were at the instant forgotten, and placing the cohuleen driuth on her head she plunged in.
Dick came home in the evening, and missing his wife he asked Kathleen, his little girl, what had become of her mother, but she could not tell him. He then inquired of the neighbours, and he learned that she was seen going towards the strand with a strange-looking thing like a cocked hat in her head. He returned to his cabin to search for the cohuleen driuth. It was gone, and the truth now flashed upon him.
Year after year did Dick Fitzgerald wait expecting the return of his wife, but he never saw her more. Dick never married again, always thinking that the Merrow would sooner or later return to him, and nothing could ever persuade him that her father the king kept her below by main force; "for," said Dick "she surely would not of herself give up her husband and her children."
While she was with him she was so good a wife in every respect that to this day she is spoken of in the tradition of the country as the pattern of one, under the name of THE LADY OF GOLLERUS.



(Yeats W.B. Fairy and Folk tales of Ireland, Galahad Books, New York 1996 (1973) pp.328-332.)

In case you were wondering, this tale is practically the same as many Selkie tales just exchange the hat for the sealskin.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mermaid sighting in the Sunday funnies

Hagar the Horrible has long had mermaids in it. For a while Lucky Eddie dated one!



Monday, March 15, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on the Princess and the Frog

When you pick up your copy of The Princess and the Frog tomorrow keep a sharp eye out for the usual easter eggs.


The usual Disney stuff:
At the beginning in Charlotte's room you can see a tea set that is meant to be Mrs. Potts and her children. You can also see Cinderella's coach.

The leaf boat used in the bayou is the same leaf boat used by Bernard and Bianca in The Rescuers.

You can see an Ariel like mermaid at the party.

The star Evangeline looks like the star from Pinocchio.

Early in the movie a woman is shaking the rug from Aladdin out on a rooftop.

Doctor Facilier's home is under the exit to club 33 (an exclusive club at Disney.)

Genie's lamp shows up during the "Dig a Little Deeper" song.

Ron Clements and John Musker are tossing beads from a float in the Mardi Gras scene. 

You can also see a King Triton float! 

Other than the easter eggs (and supposedly there are more) there are lots of people in mermaid/fish costumes!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The best of the sea, put on your plate for a reasonable price

According to Progressive Grocer magazine
Top 10 most popular seafood items

1. Shrimp

2. Canned tuna

3. Salmon

4. Pollack (imitation crab, or surimi)

5. Catfish

6. Cod

7.Crab

8. Clams

9. Tilapia (Nile perch)

10. Flatfish



Fun fact: Shrimp are not considered to be kosher, which means that people of the Jewish faith cannot eat them.


Do you like shrimp? Me too! We Americans eat over 850 million pounds of shrimp a year. That's 400 dump trucks full of 2 tons of shrimp. Wow! Why is it so popular? For starters fresh shrimp freezes perfectly, better than most other types of seafood. Shrimp are also relatively inexpensive, but the real reason why shrimp is great is because of it's diversity. You can make a shrimp dish spicy, sweet, sour or plain. Anything you can come up with, you can do to shrimp. I prefer my shrimp on a skewer, grilled to perfection. One bite of any shrimp, and your world is flipped up-side down.

So, whether you like boiled shrimp, shrimp stew, shrimp sandwiches, shrimp salads, etc; shrimp is a fun food that can be eaten anyway you like. Bon Appetite!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

EAT SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

Global fisheries are on the verge of collapse. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), three quarters of the world’s fisheries are now overexploited, fully exploited, significantly depleted or recovering from overexploitation. What does that mean? It means soon most varieties of the fish we like to eat will become endangered or plain out extinct! Eating sustainable seafood means you are eating fish populations that can recover. Fish types that are overpopulated or spawn quickly. 
............Sustainable Seafood Guide............
Better Choices Alaska King Crab
Anchovies
Arctic Char
Bluefish
Catfish (farmed)
Clams
Crab: Blue, Dungeness, King
Crawfish
Dogfish

Hake
Halibut (Pacific)

Herring (Atlantic)
Mackerel: Atlantic, Spanish
Mussels (Black, Green-lipped)
Octopus (Pacific)
Oysters (farmed)
Pacific Black Cod (sablefish)
Pacific Cod (pot or jig caught)
Pollack (Alaska)
Prawns (trap-caught, Pacific)
Rock Lobster (Australian)
Salmon (Wild Alaskan)
Sardines (Pacific)
Scallops (Bay - farmed)
Shrimp (US farmed)
Squid (Pacific)
Striped Bass (hybrid)
Sturgeon (farmed)
Tilapia (farmed)
Tuna: Pacific Albacore
Uni (sea urchin)
Moderate Risk Flounder: "Summer Flounder" Fluke
Lingcod

Lobster (Atlantic)
Mahi Mahi or Dorado
Octopus (Atlantic)
Prawns (US farmed or wild)
Rainbow Trout (farmed)

Salmon (wild from WA, OR, BC Canada)
Scallops (Sea, Bay wild)
Shrimp (domestic, trawl-caught)
Snow Crab
Sole (Pacific)
Squid (Atlantic)
Swordfish (Pacific)
Tuna: Yellowfin or skipjack
Best to Avoid

Atlantic Cod
Caviar (wild sturgeon)
Grouper
Haddock (Atlantic)
Halibut (Atlantic)

Hoki (Atlantic, New Zealand)

King Crab (Russia)
Monkfish
Orange Roughy
Pacific Rockfish (Rock Cod)
Pollack (Atlantic)
Prawns (imported, tiger)

Red Snapper
Salmon (farmed worldwide)
Scrod
Seabass: Chilean
Shark: all species
Skate
Sturgeon (wild)
Swordfish (Atlantic)
Tuna: Bluefin
Turbot
Yellowtail Flounder




Go here to print you out some pocket guides in order to shop correctly!


Interesting fact:
900,000 - Metric tons of wasted fish - 28% of the annual catch - that gets tossed overboard because they are not the desired species.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Big Blue Bath Bomb

For a perfect mermaid bath use a Big Blue bath bomb from LUSH!  

According to LUSH Packed with detoxifying sea salt, vitamin-rich seaweed and relaxing lavender and lemon, Big Blue brings the splendor of the sea to your home. This jewel lives up to its name as it bursts open with the bold blue of rippling waves and scents the tub with gentle sea breezes. Sail from the comfort of your tub to pristine, sandy beaches and azure waters with Big Blue. Be ye merfolk or landlubber ye need this floating treasure.

This stuff makes your bath all blue and soothes your aches and pains. It's amazing and smells so fine! The bits you see are seaweed and it's fun to splash in the bath with the bits swirling around you! The video below shows you what your bath would be like with the extra big Big Blue, the effect is just slightly bluer and foamier than with a regular Big Blue.




To make your bath even more interesting add the Sunny Side Bubble Bar. It makes the bath more green with lots of lovely gold bits! 
According to LUSH Sunny Side bubble baths are for days that are dark and gloomy when you really could do with a stroll in the sunshine. We can't actually part the clouds, but we can bring you a sparkling, golden sunshiny bar with the uplifting scents of sweet orange and tangerine. Have plenty in stock to brighten up your darker days.

The best mermaid book you'll ever read

The best compilation of mermaid tales is Ruth Manning-Sanders' Book of Mermaids from 1968. The book contains sixteen tales retold by Manning-Sanders. She and Robin Jacques did twenty-five of these type of books together from 1962 to 1984.

In the foreword, she writes: "It may surprise you to learn that though many mermaids have tails and no legs, some have legs and no tail, and some have both legs and tails. ... However, there do seem to be more mermaids with tails than without them, and there are plenty of tailed mermaids (and mermen) swimming about in these stories, which, as we should expect, come mostly from countries with a long seaboard.And what are they like, these mermen and mermaids, not in looks but in character? On the whole, they are unchancy creatures, particularly the mermaids. You can't trust a mermaid even as far as you can see her.

The stories included are Sven and Lilli, The Four Abdallahs, The Lake Maiden, Merman Rosmer, The Geese and the Golden Chain, The Groach of the Isle of Lok, The Untidy Mermaid, The Magic Lake, The Comb, the Flute and the Spinning Wheel, The Magical Tune, The Lost Prince, The Three Mermaids, Rake Up!, The Kingdom of Ocean, Margrette, and Long John and the Mermaid. These stories are from all over the world, the Four Abdallahs being from the Arabian Nights,  and Long John and the Mermaid being an American tale. All of these tales have been included in other books separately, like the Lilac Fairy Book, but to get them collected is a real treat.

This book is incredibly hard to find these days as it has been out of print for years. If you get the opportunity to pick it up, get it!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Do lobsters feel pain?

Lobster is delicious! Unfortunately there is a very good chance that they are killed inhumanely. I don't like to eat cow and chicken (and other mammals) because of the ways they are killed. I enjoy fish, crustaceans, and shellfish and do my best not to think that they feel pain. Unfortunately I'm wrong.

It is cruel to cook shellfish and crustaceans alive, because although they have less extensive nervous systems than humans do, they still feel pain. Anybody who has ever cooked lobster can see them move in the pot in obvious distress they also emit a wail of pain/distress.

According to a website :
You can reduce the suffering of shellfish during cooking by freezing them first for approximately 15 minutes, and remember to cook shellfish in a tray above the water, not submerged in it. If you want to cook crustaceans humanely, start by freezing them for around 15 minutes. This will not kill them, but it will numb their nervous systems, much like shocking cows before slaughter is supposed to do. Next, place the crustacean back down on a cutting board. Because it is frozen, it will move sluggishly, making the next part of this operation safer and more accurate. Keep one hand on the tail, and use the other to position a heavy chef's knife slightly above the middle of the lobster's torso, with the blade facing towards the head. Use a single sharp movement to chop the lobster in half from mid-torso to head, killing it instantly, and then throw it into a pot of salt water for cooking.

Is it really humane? Does freezing them really make it better? I honestly don't know. I do know that I will probably give up lobster, but I'm not sure I can cut out the fish, shrimp, mussels and crabs. Maybe I'm guilty of just not wanting to eat anything cute, since I think lobsters are cute. That said, they're still delicious and I still want to eat them, I just won't.

If you are less anxious than I, which you have every right to be, there are several good reasons to eat lobster. Lobsters are a low-fat source of high quality protein. They're low calorie and their high mineral content is good for bones and teeth as well as for the immune system, for reproductive health (zinc), and for metabolism (magnesium). They're an excellent source of vitamin B12, contain folates, and besides the zinc and magnesium, contain potassium and calcium.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on the Muppets

Who doesn't love the Muppet show? I don't know anyone who doesn't at least have a favorite segment (personally I love Pigs in Space and all the musical performances.) I think Miss Piggy is s great character, her pushiness, her over the top love of Kermit and the spotlight, it's hysterical.



Backstage after the song

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Speaking of Fishsticks ...

If you eat them you might just be a Gay Fish!


Jimmy: Do you like fishsticks?
Cartman: Yeah.
Jimmy: Do you like putting fishsticks in your mouth?
Cartman: Yeah.
Jimmy: What are you, a gay fish?



It's true, I'm all about lowbrow!
People really do have fish fetishes. Last year a man was arrested for stealing a nurse shark from an aquarium for deviant purposes. Gross! Fictional character Troy McClure from the Simpsons had a fish fetish as well! See the episode A Fish Called Selma.

Fishsticks

What are fish sticks (in Europe fish fingers?) You've probably ate them when you were a kid. They are breaded, fried sticks of fish, usually cod or whitefish. They were first introduced in Great Britain after being test marketed for a few years. Oddly enough the Cod fish sticks weren't what the company wanted to make. The Cod was being tested against Herring fish sticks, which the company wanted to market as an alternative to their pickled Herring. The people of GB preferred the Cod and fish sticks were born! The first American company to introduce fish sticks was Gorton's.

Today, Cod is considered an endangered species, so other forms of fish are often used in fish sticks, including whiting and haddock.

So, all that said, do you like fishsticks? How about the Little Mermaid? Did you like that movie? How about her buddy Flounder? Did you like him? Well now, do you want to eat him? Yum Yum!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mermaid Barbie

As a kid I always wanted a mermaid Barbie even though they didn't have any on the market. I believe the first mermaid barbie came out in 1992, but by then most girls my age were getting out of dolls and I did the same in an effort to fit in. Off an on over the years since then Mattel has released various versions of mermaid barbie, some selling better than others.

In 2006 they went all in with Barbie Mermaidia and even had a movie and a game. Now this March they are releasing Barbie™ In A Mermaid Tale. The press release states "The story follows Merliah™, a surfing champion from Malibu who one day discovers a surprising secret – she's a mermaid! With her new dolphin friend Zuma, Merliah™ sets off on an undersea adventure to rescue her mother, the queen of Oceana.
As with previous Barbie™ releases, “Barbie™ In A Mermaid Tale” is an enchanting mix of music, comedy, superb animation and inspiring messages about friendship, independence and teamwork. The DVD comes packed with bonus material. There's some hilarious outtakes from the film, and the music video for the song "Queen Of The Waves", plus featurette called "I Could Be A Surfer", focusing on Stephanie Gilmore, the world's No.1 female surfer."

And of course Mattel is filling the market with cute mermaid barbie dolls and pretty mermaid accessories for little girls. I saw the most adorable little mermaid skirt and hair extensions at our local Wal-mart. I'm honestly tempted to buy one of those cute mermaids dolls. I better not though. I have too many toys (collectibles) as it is.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Are There Really 'Continents' of Floating Garbage?

Continents of floating garbage? "Apparently, the rumors are true, and these unsightly patches are reportedly killing marine life and releasing poisons that enter the human food chain, as well.

The journal Science last year predicted seafood stocks would collapse by 2048 if overfishing and pollution continued. If the seafood stocks collapse, a lot of humans will follow.


Greenpeace says embracing the three Rs - reduce, re-use and recycle - would help tackle the problem."

Cockles and Mussels alive, alive oh!

A cockle is a type of edible saltwater clam. There are more than 200 living species of cockles and can be found all over the world. They are collected by raking them from the sands at low tide. As a word of caution consumption of raw cockles has been linked to hepatitis however, you definitely want to buy any shellfish alive! The reason for this is that dead shellfish tends to spoil very rapidly, and if you do not know how long it has been dead, it is hard to know whether or not it is safe to eat.

And so you can try them in a recipe (from here):

Ingredients:
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 medium onion, minced
3-4 small dried cayenne peppers
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
1 1/2 pounds (750 grams) linguine
2 pounds (1 kilo) cockles (soaked in salted ice cold water for a minimum of 1 hour)
1/4 cup butter, in pieces
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
*optional, but recommended* 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/3 cup water
freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
Preparation:
Get your water going for the pasta…you’ll want to salt it fairly heavily and bring to a rolling boil.
Meanwhile, begin your sauce.
Heat olive oil in a wide, medium depth soup pot.
Saute garlic first, just until beginning to turn golden, then add onions and saute until translucent and tender.
Add cayenne, wine and water and cook about 3-5 minutes over moderate heat.
By now, your pasta water might be ready, so pop the noodles in there and prepare according to package directions.
When the pasta is done, drain well and return to the pot.
Season the sauce with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, then add the cockles and cover.
Cook over moderate heat for about 5 minutes or so, until cockles have opened (discard any that haven’t opened, they’re not fit to eat).
Remove from heat, add butter and parsley and stir.
Add cornstarch slurry if using and stir some more, then reserve.
Is your pasta back in the pot? Time to pour the cockles and sauce over your pasta and stir well to combine.
Discard any empty shells you find.
Sprinkle with parmesan to taste and enjoy!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Njord and Aegir, Norse gods of the sea

Njord was a good and fruitful god, who was very stately in appearance. In Asgard (the Norse home of the gods) he had a sparkling hall with a shipyard by the shore of the celestial sea. As god of the sea he created gentle winds to fill the sails of the ships and he would blow out wild fires. Those that prayed to him would have good luck in their fishing and seafaring.
He was married to the goddess Skade who was a skier. She loved the mountains and he the shore. After the first few weeks of their marriage they agreed that they were better of living separately. Despite this they remained very friendly and went to all the the godly gatherings together. He had two children Frey and Freya with an unnamed sister.

Njord is not to be confused with Aegir the Lord of the seas. Aegir is the personification of the power of the ocean. He was usually depicted with a crown made out of seaweed, and always had a throng of mermaids or nixies in his wake. He lives in a beautiful hall decorated with the treasure of sunken ships, at the bottom of the sea. Aegir is the husband of Ran, the widow-maker and has nine daughters with her. Aegir is a happy god and it is his wife and daughters that cause most oceanic disasters. Each of his daughters is a giant wave and when their mother commands them they dance causing ships to wreck and sailors to drown. After they have drown the daughters escort the sailors to their fathers hall where they feast on seafood and ale.
Aegir is sometimes call the Ale-brewer, because the white froth of the sea resembles the froth on beer.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The benefits of seaweed

For hundreds of years our food came with minerals from the soil. Erosion has lowered the soil's mineral content, yet stress and exposure to environmental pollution have raised the value for trace minerals. Now we turn to the sea.

Seaweed and other sea greens are amazingly good for you whether you eat it or just use it on your skin/hair. Most seaweeds contain A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, niacin, beta-carotene,  potassium, calcium, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese and many other minerals and seaweed is a major source of B12.

When eaten or used externally your body can absorb all of seaweeds goodness. Seaweed is used for a variety of things, it can help reduce acne, it can moisturize your skin, it can help rejuvinate skin's elasticity, it helps detoxify the body,  and one of the main reasons I love seaweed: Great for Sensitive Skin Types, and People with Eczema or Rosacea!

Seaweed is know for it’s anti-inflammatory actions as well as it’s therapeutic properties in treatment of sensitive and allergy prone skin. Seaweed is high in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 which is useful in protecting the skins surface and reduction of inflammation. It is a used as active ingredient for many in modern skin care products. because of it’s natural tendency to reduce excessive irritation and redness. 

There are tons of products that use seaweed and sea minerals to promote a healthier you, you just have to look for them.

Of course seaweed does have things that you might not want to over use, and that in really high doses can be very bad for you. There's also the alarming news of people getting mercury poisoning from too much fish and I don't know if that applies to seaweed, but you do need to be careful with anything you're putting into your body. It's always good to consult with your doctor before you start taking supplements and definitely if you start to feel weird.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Small Fry

Oh me, oh my, small fry! This is a Max Fleischer short from 1939.





The song Small Fry was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser in 1938. It was sung by Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, and Donald O'Connor in the movie, "Sing You Sinners."

The 'prequel', Educated Fish, from 1937.

Ondine Trailer

This actually looks pretty good! I'm really looking forward to seeing it!  
Release Date. June 04, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Classic Coastal Cuisine



If you like seafood, or just like beach style food you should check this place out. Blue Crab Bay has been offering an extensive line of specialty foods and gifts since 1985. We order from here every now and then. One of my favorites is the BARNACLES® snack mix. It's like a spicy Chex mix.


A spicy, mouthwatering snack mix made with our Crab House Nuts®, oat bran sticks, pumpkin seeds, cheddar whales, tomato pasta spirals, and other goodies, all seasoned with our Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. 

We've also tried their dips and appetizer kits. They are very easy to make (I'm not a whiz in the kitchen) and great coastal flavors. They also have dishware and lots of other coastal food stuff!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,

New to DVD tomorrow is Ponyo. It's an animated movie written, directed, and animated by Hayao Miyazaki. The plot centers on a girl/fish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke, and wants to become a human girl. It's quite obviously based on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid.

Despite very little by way of advertising it's gotten good reviews all around. I think the animation is beautiful. For the first half hour we are treated to beautiful undersea shots practically uninterrupted by any real story. Don't expect the rest of the movie to be insanely deep like Howl's Moving Castle, or Spirited Away, but it does have meaning. One of the most important things you take from the movie is water is magical! Another feeling you'll take away from the movie is the importance of love. You love something not because of the way it looks but what it really is. Sosuke loves Ponyo, not as a girl or as a fish but as herself.



Happy MaRch

Jonathan Swift is quoted as having said, "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster."

Folklore says that oysters should be eaten only in months with "r" in them (September, October, etc.) This is, of course not true, oysters can be eaten 12 months a year. The myth that oysters should not be eaten in "r"-less months (May, June, July and August, warm months) may have started in the days when oysters where shipped without adequate refrigeration and could spoil. Today all that has changed and we can enjoy oysters twelve months a year. Not that I would. I find them slimy when raw!

Of course RAW is the most popular way to enjoy oysters. Wild oysters are excellent sources of several minerals, including iron, B12, zinc and selenium, which are often low in the modern diet. Eaten raw they are even healthier but are very low in food energy. Oysters are popular because like wines, raw oysters have complex flavors that vary among the different varieties and regions. They can be sweet, salty, earthy, or even melon.

This month we'll try to talk more about seafood! Yum!
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