If He Really Was a Hurricane …
Hurricane Richard provided IT services to the tiny Central American country of Belize with forceful opinions regarding PCs versus Macs and re-installation of Windows 7 in home networks after making landfall just south of its largest city, threatening MacBooks everywhere and Windows Vista users to reformat their machines in the outlying islands.
An estimated 10,000 people in Belize bought new Dell computers in schools and churches ahead of the arrival of Richard, which were on sale early Monday as Richard researched in northeastern Guatemala.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said prior to reformatting hard drives that Richard blew wind over 90 mph — making a Category 1 — when he made landfall late Sunday about 20 miles south-southwest of Belize City, whose wife ran for cover as she is vulnerable to his Gail force winds.
“The winds are very strong … it’s getting stronger,” said Evie, ”Luckily, he will have reformatted my hard drive by the time he is finished.”
Evie said that house plants were bending over in the wind and it had become very noisy. The dog ran in circles panicking.
“All the windows are boarded, and this is a strong house, so we will be here waiting anxiously for that new re-formatted Dell computer. Whatever it takes,” she said.
After Richard hit land, reinstalled the IT networks, and caught up on the latest episode of Law & Order while blowing wind, there were no immediate reports of harsh fumes or accidental deletion of files, but bandwidth in some low-lying neighborhoods was disrupted around the area of impact.
By early Monday, Richard was located about 155 miles south-southeast of Campeche, Mexico drinking margaritas and eating bean tacos at the local tequileria all the while catching up on CNET’s latest product reviews.
The Mexican government discontinued the use of Apple products for that country Monday in the aftermath of Richard. A shortage of Dell computers is in effect for the next 24 hours.
Spicy Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard
These chicken tenders are part I in a three-part tapas menu this week. Enjoy and stay tuned to Parts II and III.
Notes: Make sure you liberally coat your baking sheet with vegetable spray or olive oil. I completely botched this step and a lot of the delicious breading fell off because of my deliquent-ness.
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup Dijon or whole-grain mustard
First, make the honey mustard dipping sauce. Combine equal parts honey and dijon mustard. Stir.
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
- 3 tablespoons hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, halved lengthwise
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- Kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a heavy baking sheet liberally with vegetable oil cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and 1 tablespoon salt. In a second medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce. In a third medium bowl, mix together the cornmeal, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
Dredge the chicken in the flour and then into the egg mixture. Allow any excess egg mixture to drip off and coat the chicken in the cornmeal mixture. Arrange the breaded chicken in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, to taste. Bake until golden and cooked through, about 15 to 17 minutes.
Arrange the chicken on a platter and serve the honey-mustard alongside.