That Other Megan Fox

In case you’ve missed it, a conservative Christian home-schooling mom (CCHSM) named Megan Fox visited a museum and audited it for bias. (Being somewhat culturally illiterate, I didn’t know there was another Megan Fox.) CCHSM Megan Fox posted a 30-minute video of herself going around the museum critiquing the signs and boards.

It is a very long 30 minutes and I watched the whole thing! (I feel I should get a medal or something. Maybe a paracetamol tablet would be better. Or two.)

The description of the video says it all if you don’t/can’t bear to watch the whole thing:

In this episode (“Field Museum”), Megan Fox toured the Chicago Field Museum’s “Evolving Earth” exhibit to audit it for bias. She found many examples of inconsistencies and the Field Museum’s insistence that people support opinion as fact without proof. The Field Museum pushes certain theories as if they are absolute proven law when that is not how the scientific method works. She found enough bias to show that the people who put this exhibit together at the Field Museum pushed an agenda with quasi-religious overtones: the cult of “science” where the “scientists” are more like high priests pushing a religion instead of using the correct scientific method. Aside from having time machines, there is no way these people can be this certain about things they speculate happened millions of years ago before recorded history.

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Sweet 16

Older daughter turned 16 today.

She is turning into a very fine young woman.

Birth story here.

 

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Her birthday coincided with the Open Day at our Little Athletics Club, an almost whole-day affair with events running from 10am to 4pm. With the rest of the family involved in one way or another, we were obligated to spend the day at the Club helping out in various capacities. Although she is no longer an athlete (by choice), she still came and helped sort out Results Sheets (a HUGE job!) It was a scorching hot day, 34C (93.2F) and I was glad to sit away from the heat entering results.

No party for the Miss. Not even a special dinner or cake.

A simple take-away of various rice and noodles.

A simple take-away of various rice and noodles.

Her choice? Malaysian take-away dinner. The best cuisine in the world. Yes, I raised her right and we’re biased. :)

State Election 2014

Today Victorians went to the polls. Voting is compulsory here and there is preferential voting. This means that voting is not merely a matter of putting an ‘X’ or checkmark next to one’s preferred candidate, but putting down numbers next to the candidates’ names in order of one’s preference.

As a full-fledged adult, Jeremy voted for the first time today. As an aside, he has yet to fulfill his 120 hours of driving practice as a learner driver. As of today, he has one hour to go. (As you can see, every sentence in this paragraph so far starts with the word ‘As’.) We were wondering which would come first: Voting or Getting his Probationary Licence. Looks like ‘Voting’ won.

Mark and Jeremy walked to the local primary school which was where the polling station was. Miss Eight wanted to see what it was all about so we followed along. (I am ‘only’ a PR and therefore not eligible to vote.) We got there at about 11am and saw lots of people and TV cameras.

At this point I should point out that the MP for our seat is the current opposition leader, Daniel Andrews. It was Mr Andrews who had turned up, with his wife, to vote. In my haste to leave the house, I left everything at home, and did not have anything on me with which to take some photos! Argh!

While we were there, Mr Andrews’ opponent, Mr Robert Davies, also turned up to vote.  Not for the first time, I said, “Should have brought my camera!”

Daniel Andrews at Albany Rise PS State Election 2014

Photo Daniel Andrews at Albany Rise PS State Election 2014

Photo taken from state political correspondent Richard Willingham’s article in The Age here.

The man in the light blue polo and the young man standing next to him are my husband and oldest son respectively. I am standing by the bush/tree on the left. My face is covered by someone’s cap.

It was a beautiful, warm day and there were lots of people at that time. Remember, voting is compulsory so everyone eligible to vote would have turned up at one point or another.

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UPDATE: We have a change in state government. Daniel Andrews is now our State Premier.

Paw Paw Coconut Cake

When I say Paw Paw, I’m talking about the fatter, yellow-flesh cousin of the thinner, red-flesh papaya.

The fruit on the left is commonly known as paw paw here in Australia (note the spelling difference), but as papaw in the US.  (Yet, the website where the picture is from calls it pawpaw in the title. Go figure!)

Funnily enough, there is a pawpaw in the US that is a different fruit altogether.

The recipe below is for papaya or papaw, NOT the US pawpaw.

Got my inspiration from the recipes posted here and here.

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Awards

Winner of the Encouragement Award at her dance school. The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total a the Annual Show and Presentation. For a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement.

Winner of the Encouragement Award at her dance school.

The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total at the Annual Show and Presentation. So, for a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement. This year, the school awarded two students Encouragement Awards, and Miss Eight is one of them. The trophy is hers to keep and she will have the perpetual shield for half a year.

This year, the Brigades had a joint Presentation Ceremony.

Girls' Brigade Most Consistent Cadet 2014

Girls’ Brigade Most Consistent Cadet 2014

This is her final year as a Cadet. Next year, she will be a Junior.

Girls' Brigade Most Consistent Pioneer 2014

Girls’ Brigade Most Consistent Pioneer 2014

Boys' Brigade Rookie of the Year 2014 Awarded to the best first-year Senior Section Boy The award is in memory of a boy who was killed after his first year at Boys' Brigade

Boys’ Brigade Rookie of the Year 2014
Awarded to the best first-year Senior Section Boy
The award is in memory of a boy who was killed after his first year at Boys’ Brigade.

Older son also won Rookie of the Year during his time. So both our sons’ names are on the shield.

Science and Christian Education

This looks like a good series of videos.

Crispy Szechuan-Style Eggplant and Tofu

Inspired by the recipe found here.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 long eggplant cut into 5-cm strips
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed dry between paper towels and cut into 5-cm strips
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil, plus more for frying
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 3 chillies, minced, or as desired
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves

Directions

In a shallow dish, combine 2/3 cup of the cornstarch, the salt and pepper. Toss the eggplant pieces in the cornstarch mixture to coat, shaking off the excess; set aside. Repeat the process with the tofu.

Heat 1/2 inch of the cooking oil in a large, deep, straight-sided skillet (I used a wok) over medium heat until it shimmers. Working in batches, cook the eggplant first, tossing gently until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining eggplant and the tofu.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar, lime juice and remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch.

Carefully drain the oil from the skillet, and wipe out any residue using paper towels held with tongs. Add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to the skillet and heat it over medium heat. Add the ginger, about 1 teaspoon of the minced chilies (or to taste) and the garlic. Cook, stirring, until just fragrant, about 30 seconds; pour in the chicken stock mixture and bring it to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the cooked eggplant and tofu to the pan/wok and toss gently to combine. Stir in the sesame oil and chopped coriander and remove from the heat.

Crispy Szechuan-Style Eggplant and Tofu (2)

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jeff-mauro/crispy-szechuan-style-eggplant-and-tofu.html?oc=linkback

Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes

Inspired by the recipe found here.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • hot chilli powder, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (or breasts, if you prefer)
  • 2-4 potoates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves

Directions

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan (I used a wok) over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onions in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic paste and continue cooking another 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir the tomatoes into the mixture and cook until the tomatoes are pulpy, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with the hot chilli powder, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, and cumin; cook and stir another 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and potatoes to the mixture in the skillet; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the coriander over the mixture and continue simmering another 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes (I doubled the recipe)

Bengali Chicken Curry with Potatoes
(I doubled the recipe)

Eight Years Old

The youngest member of the Yewnique household is now eight years old.

November 2014 006November 2014 022A VERY happy girl, indeed!

She finished the Treehouse books in one day.

Halloween 2014

I’ve been slack with this blog. Apologies to my followers – True Followers, not just Subscribers, ie about, oh, three of you, with a standard deviation of three.

So, what’s been happening in the Yewnique household lately?

Well, Halloween has been and gone. I blogged about our experience last year here. This year, again, Miss Seven did not want to go out, but was happy to help hand out candy. This year I bought a bag of Milky Way, because, it claims not to ruin the appetite, so I felt I could hand them out without a guilty conscience. The first group of Trick-or-Treaters rang the doorbell at around 7pm or so. The daylight hours are getting longer now, so it was still light and the weather was good, so I was expecting more than the dozen we had last year.

The older three had Youth Group (a concept which has its origins in secular, humanistic, and evolutionary – not to mention sinful – thinking, according to some), and I had to leave the action for a while. While driving, I noticed several groups of T-or-T’ers walking around and I worried that the Milky Way wouldn’t be enough.  So, after dropping them off, I popped into the supermarket and bought some more candy.

I needn’t have bothered.

We only got a total of NINE visitors this year. Three down from last year.

The costumes were a bit more varied this year. Still mostly witches and ghouls, but we had a bumblebee and while driving I saw a Spiderman. No Frozen characters. I think the idea that Halloween costumes don’t have to be ‘scary’ hasn’t quite made it here. All the stores that sell Halloween costumes feature ‘scary’ costumes. Even the Discount Store had Halloween-themed items in front, while the year-long stock of ‘normal’ dress-up costumes were in the back.

Hope you had a Happy Halloween wherever you are!

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