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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Of Fish and Fungus

Don't tell my wife.

At least 3 years ago (I think it was longer) I caught these 3 trout.  I vacuum sealed them in FoodSaver bags, and threw them in the freezer.

I was recently digging deep in the freezer and I found them.  Hmmm.  Would they still be good?

I thawed them out, threw them on the pan, gave them a light coating of olive oil, sprinkled them inside and out with lemon pepper and baked them in the oven.

They were absolutely fantastic.

My wife is not a big "fresh fish" fan - she doesn't like anything that is not store wrapped.  Somehow, a product that has been handled by who knows how many people is safer and better than fresh-caught food.  Go figure.

So I cooked this up, cut off the head, tail and fins, popped out the bones, and plated it up.  She got home from a meeting and wolfed a piece down.  She even commented about how great it tasted and there not being any fish smell.

Let's keep this just between us, OK?

Yesterday morning, my wife fairly bounced into my office and proceeded to stick a foot in my face.

She has had an ongoing problem with toe nail fungus for years.  Her big toes, especially.  She has seen a raft of doctors.  Anti-fungal creams, prescriptions, nail removal - you name it.  Nothing worked.

The foot that was in my face had a perfect set of nails.  No gnarliness to be seen!

How did she fix it?  Vicks Vapo-rub!

She got on the Internet and found an article, and decided to give it a try.  She figured it couldn't hurt to try.  Who knew?

Need to add some Vick's to the home medical kit...

Since we're discussing fungus, let's bring San Francisco into the mix.

The Socialist-Haven-By-The-Bay is crumbling as we speak.  They almost advertise to the region's homeless, "Come On Down!"

In good times, they were able to service all of these people.  In bad times, not so much.  So they need new ways to raise money.

These folks are true professionals in finding creative ways to steal your money.  Their latest scam is to place yet another tax on alcohol.  The pretense is that the money will be used to pay for the city's drug and alcohol programs.

We all know it will be dumped into the general fund, never to be seen again.

To see the true colors of this communist enclave, here's what the city's controller reported -
In addition to the supervisors, public-health officials and many community groups support the fee. They point to the city controller's reports, which conclude that the measure would have a negligible impact on San Francisco's economy since private-sector job losses would be offset by municipal revenue gains.
Translation:  Sorry, sport, we're kickin' your job under the bus because the tax increase will make us more money than you will.

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suek said...

3 years, eh. Very impressive!

Chief Instructor said...

I'm telling you, the FoodSavers are absolutely amazing. Once the fish were thawed, the flesh still had a nice springy feel to it, the eyes were quite clear. Honestly, they looked better that most whole fish you'll find at the mega-marts.

They were cleaned and vacuum sealed about 3 hours after they were caught.

Anonymous said...

Funny your mention of Vicks. I was thinking the other day about adding it to our supply list as pasting the bottoms of your feet and applying white socks does wonders for chest congestion and the night hacking that comes along with a cold. But with raising a special needs child, we've lately been trying to get away from all the "junk" they put in commercially prepared items. Found this homemade recipe (on the net) for a Vicks sub which incidentally is made up of items I already have in my medicinal supply: 10 drops peppermint oil, 5 drops eucalyptus oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 t almond oil. Apply using a cotton swab. I would imagine that the tea tree oil would give this the same anti-fungal properties as the commercially prepared rub.

Chief Instructor said...

Anon, very interesting. I saw on one of the internet sites that Comphor Oil was one of the ingredients for Vicks. Apparently, that's the Tea Tree and eucalyptus oil.

I whipped out my "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" and looked up Tea Tree.

Amazing stuff. Anti-fungal, anti-yeast - all kinds of stuff. Great on wounds.