Saturday, April 6, 2013

Marie Krarup---you must be very 'popular' in Denmark, amongst other right wing racists!

I hope no New Zealander would ever travel overseas, then receive a special welcome, only to then denigrate the hosts and insult a people. I suppose it is possible because no 'nation' is exempt from having bigoted and insensitive people. The gracious hosts of the Powhiri that endured the remarks made by this Danish politician of a fringe party on the right took her insulting remarks in their stride saying that 'perhaps the process of the welcome (Powhiri)  should have been explained better.'
This ignorant women shot off her mouth with what can only be described as an uninformed diatribe against a ceremony that has its roots many centuries ago. Most New Zealanders are now familiar with it and accept the moving and very emotional 'welcome' as part of everyday life.
Unfortunately we too have our share of bigots in our wonderful; country but that does not reflect on us as a people, nor should the utterances of Ms Krarup  be used to think less of Denmark, a nation not too dissimilar to New Zealand. No doubt her words will be assigned to where they most fittingly belong---the rubbish bin!

Post-operation food---I shall make the best of it!

Hey, just because I ain't the man I used to be, stomach wise, I still love my food, albeit it in a much safer manner. I had a good nights sleep and woke up feeling ready to continue my new life. I had made quite a bit of preparation re  my 'new food intake' before the operation.
Firstly I had simmered a few chicken carcasses with some vegetables with couple of bay leaves and a teaspoon of ginger and garlic. I strained the mixture through a sieve and then continued the simmering to concentrate the flavour. After it had cooled I put it in the fridge overnight and then lifted off the fat. What was left was a thick jelly-like substance, bursting with flavour. I then froze serving size (very small of course) portions, ready for my return home. These have been wonderful as a basis for wonderful chicken broth, so unlike the hospital stuff.
I also got  friends and family to pick up some feijoas form the garden (these are a South American fruit that grows so well in New Zealand) and stewed them with some apples. That too went into the fridge and freezer, so there's my breakfasts when mixed with unsweetened yogurts. I mixed a tiny portion of wheetbix with that this morning and managed really well. Yes, I am still only eating about an eggcup full for my meals. Once the dietician gives me the go ahead for an egg, I shall be more than happy.
Today, my tummy is sore and it looks a bit bruised where the 5 holes were made for the keyhole surgery. That is normal and not worrying me too much. I shall go out for a gentle walk later with my sister and Rio. Of course Perdy's coming, but on a long leash, cause stuffed if I could catch her at the moment. I can tell she knows something is different about me, because she keeps looking at me and sits right by me. Isn't that sweet!