Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rolletes for Dinner?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the food giants and what they have done to the food we eat.  In a totally unrelated book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, I found another story in that same vein...

In an article appearing in Time magazine in 1959, it was said that Charles Mortimer, then chairman of General Foods, became frustrated by the same old, same old vegetables and put his best scientists to work to create some new ones. (No one can say he didn't have lofty ambitions!)

These kitchen wizards came up with "Rolletes," a product in which they pureed multiple vegetables-peas, carrots, and lima beans, for example-then formed the mush into frozen sticks.  Mom could then simply place them on a baking tray and warm them up in the oven.

The article didn't say whether or not the Rolletes would turn back into mush when heated.

Does anyone remember such a product?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

God Took Her Eye Off the Ball

Be careful what you wish for, the old adage goes. An Arizona family that was fed up with government control in the U.S., decided to sail away and "see where God led us." God allowed a series of storms to damage their boat and leave them adrift. But then God provided a Venezuelan fishing boat to rescue them. Perhaps God was dropping a hint that she wanted them to go to Venezuela, but they didn't think much of that idea, apparently.

 They were transferred to a Japanese cargo ship where they spent three weeks before being taken to Chile. Good thing God speaks Japanese, huh? The family was on a flight back to Arizona arranged by the bad old US Embassy. Mom said they will go back to Arizona and come up with a new plan." I guess the plan is to give God another chance since the first one didn't work out too well.