YouTube TV

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I finally decided on a replacement for Frontier Cable TV. I’ve been using YouTube TV for about 2 1/2 months. It’s pretty responsive compared to Hulu TV. It’s fairly flexible in recording content. It supports multiple profiles with separate recording of programs. It’s still slow compared to cable TV in starting up, changing channels, or starting a recorded program.

You lose all the cable boxes in favor of an Apple TV, Android TV, Roku or Samsung Smart TV. I already had a 4th generation Apple TV, a Roku Tv and a Sony Bravia Android TV. I needed no new devices.

It lack access to Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications programming like HGTV, Travel Channel, Discovery, TLC and Food Network. Hopefully this can be corrected by YouTube coming to and agreement with the content owners. Right now it leaves something of a hole in their programming. We work around it by using the HGTV and Food Network apps to catch at least some of their shows.

Sports and News offerings are more rounded than the lifestyle offerings. Plenty of ESPN and cable news networks are available.

All in all it wasn’t as clean of a transition as I wanted, but we do get most of what we want and have saved money compared to the the TV service from Frontier or Comcast. We do still use Frontier FIOS to support it.

Let’s hope the FCC’s recent decision to gut network neutrality rules doesn’t mean my internet carrier will slow my YouTube TV service just because they can’t extort additional payments from consumers to make up for their horrible business model collapsing under its own weight. It does mean they can and the question becomes when will they?

Grilled Tuna Salad

A bed of arugula, garden fresh peppers and tomatoes. The tuna was about a 6 once portion and an inch thick. It’s seasoned with a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, grated ginger, garlic powder and onion powder. I cooked in a hot non-stick pan for just 2-3 minutes per side. I use a little balsamic glaze to dress it. From “what can I have for lunch” to completion only took about 10 minutes. Simple, fresh, delicious…

Pinakbet

This is great, I’ve had twice this week. The calabasa is rather like a small green pumpkin and resembles an acorn squash, but with somewhat softer flesh that cooks more quickly. Magic Sarap is a flavor enhancer that contains MSG, feel free to omit is you’re sensitive to it. Long beans resemble 18″ long green beans. We sometimes substitute regular green beans, if they can’t be found at our usual exotic grocery, MD Oriental in Tampa.

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cup cubed calabasa (Asian squash)
  • 6 – 8 long beans cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1 teaspoon or less of sugar, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Magic Sarap seasoning
  • Shrimp paste (bagoong)
  • Chicharrones
  1. Sauté the onion and garlic for 4 or 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beans, tomato and 1/2 cup of water to help them steam. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add the calabasa and Magic Sarap. Simmer until the calabasa is tender. It cooks faster than pumpkin or acorn squash, give it 10-15 minutes.
  4. Top with some crushed chicharron pieces and serve.

Served with smoked bangus and rice

Today’s Lunch: Ensalada Ng Talong (Eggplant Salad)

We did this Filipino style vegetable dish. It’s simple, low calorie and tasty! I ate it before I thought of taking a picture. Maybe next time. I swear I know how to cook other things, I’m just on this Filipino kick lately. It’s under appreciated.

Serves 2

  • 2 Chinese eggplants
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • Onion, 1/4 cup chopped
  • 1 tablespoon or to taste of Filipino shrimp paste (bagoong), I use spicy from Barrio Fiesta. That’s the best we can find near by.
  1. Pierce the eggplants a few times on each side with a fork and grill or cook under a broiler until the skin just begins to split, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. While that’s cooking seed and chop the tomato and onion and mix with the bagoong. Salt to taste if needed, the bagoong is pretty salty by itself.
  3. Slice the eggplant lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape the meat from the skin. Chop it up and top with the tomato mixture.

The Expanse is back on Syfy Channel!

This is the best science fiction show on TV right now. I just saw it popped back up on my DVR. It’s got great production values, political intrigue and a multilayered story line. I’m catching up with the first two episodes right now. It’s available on their on demand service thru your cable provider, the Syfy app on iOS, TVOS, Roku and AndroidTV.

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This is unfathomable

The Waffle House shooter was known to be mentally ill and had his guns confiscated by police. His dad gave them back to him. Seriously WFT???

Sheriff Robert Huston in Tazewell County, Illinois, said deputies allowed Reinking’s father to take possession of the guns on the promise that he would “keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis.” Huston added that, based on past deputies’ encounters with Reinking, “there’s certainly evidence that there’s some sort of mental health issues involved.”

While Huston said it was unclear how Reinking reclaimed the guns, Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said that his father “has now acknowledged giving them back.”

4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

Pakswi – Spicy Filipino Poached Fish

This is a favorite of mine. My lovely wife makes this for me now that we’ve found a key ingredient: Siling Labuyo or Filipino long peppers. I had to order seeds on Amazon and grow them in our garden. But you can substitute Cubanelle peppers. Perhaps you can find the correct peppers and the suka (vinegar) in a Asian grocery. We use Datu-Puti brand. The west coast has a larger Filipino population and are probably better stocked than the meager pickings found in Florida.

It’s very light with only 2 Weight Watcher points per serving. We serve with rice, as is the custom in the Philippine. And perhaps some Pinakbet (Filipino vegetable sauté). But that’s a recipient for another post.

Pakswi

Serves 4

  • 3 Swahi Filets or other mild white fish, each cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup suka (Filipino Cane Vinegar) or white vinegar
  • 1/2 Medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed with a knife blade
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 or 4 Siling Labuyo or small Cubanelle peppers, leave whole
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Add all ingredients except the fish into a large sauté pan and bring to a boil. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the pieces of fish, and let poach until just done. It’s best not to overcook the fish.