Baked vegetables and the Rejection of Crown Casino.

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It was a surprise for me to hear that one can bake vegetables. I have baked legs of lamb, chickens, stews and cakes but never contemplated doing that to vegetables. Of course, lately I eat most thing raw including vegetables. Some time ago I steamed vegetables to a semi raw stage and before that I boiled my vegies.

Doctors  often praise the Mediterranean diet which has raw vegetables and fish as main staples. I now am drawn to this diet as well, but since discovering baking vegetables I now am hooked. I add nice sesame or other nut extracted oils to give it taste. One can buy packets of ready to bake vegetables and for someone living by themselves it is a good solution. Buying each vegetable separately might work out cheaper but it also creates waste. Nothing worse than slicing a limp carrot or mushy zucchini!  I found the reason for a strange smell coming from my fridge when discovering a grey almost fossilized stalk of celery, a lonely end for it, for sure and not fair for the celery which I had bought in good faith and for eating!.

The next bit of excitement I want to share is the demise of a billion dollar gambling emporium planned in a prominent but ugly foreshore building at Barangaroo, Sydney, and euphemistically called,  ‘James’s Pecker’ . It does spring images of a penis when looked at this monstrosity from a certain angle and relates to one of the main owners, James Packer.

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A judgement, after a lengthy inquiry, found that the organization behind this enterprise was not fit to hold a gambling license. I am not sure that gambling licenses should exist at all. Is there anyone who can see any benefits to mankind in gambling? OK, the occasional lottery ticked or a chook raffle, but actual gambling? The word ‘gambling license’ seems not far removed from a robbing license or theft. Murder next?

Australia holds 20% of the world’s poker machines, the highest per capita! Over 20 billion gets gambled away each year, and experts equate Australia’s gambling fascination on the same level as guns in the US. It is estimated that 400 suicides occur annually in Australia as a direct result of gambling addictions. Some say that individual responsibility is what should prevail. But… it obviously doesn’t work. The above figures show that it is addictive for many and it becomes like a disease.

Well, we seem to treat Covid with great enthusiasm, keep thousands of people in quarantine even with just a single case of Covid, yet we treat gambling as if it is somehow part of a normal life and too bad if it kills. Is it just a consequence of a person’s own lack of responsibility?  Often it is not.

Let’s ban poker machine gambling.


27 Responses to “Baked vegetables and the Rejection of Crown Casino.”

  1. Americaoncoffee Says:

    Looks delicious!!


  2. catterel Says:

    What’s the difference between baked vegetables and roast vegetables? Your photo looks yummy! And so pleased for you that the gambling licence was refused.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I don’t think there is a difference, or if there is it might be that baking is when the dish gets heated all-round while roasting might be closer to heat from above or grilling. I am no chef though, just a home cook who likes raw or uncooked food.

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  3. leggypeggy Says:

    Such good news about Crown.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, and now they are looking at bringing the clubs and hotels under scrutiny too.
      I often thought that addicted pokie addicts be given a poker machine they can play with at home. The money stays in the family. A win win for everyone!

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  4. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    OOH! Your veggies look yummy! 🙂 I like my veggies baked/roasted!!! Or raw. My least fav way is when people boil them to mush. Ha! 😛
    YAY on your good news!!! I’m with you 100% on the gambling and casinos, etc. I’ve seen gambling ruin too many lives. 😦
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PATS and RUBS for Milo!!! 🙂
    PS…Does Milo like veggies?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I don’t see any communal benefits in gambling. I can tolerate raffles for breast cancer or lottery tickets but casinos like Las Vegas are a blight on society.
      People who have visited las Vegas tell me that on the perimeter of that gambling city people sleep rough on the street or in tents having lost everything. That is something I admire about China, where gambling is against he law.

      I love my baked vegies. I sprinkle it with nice oils and bake it at 200c for about 40 minutes or so. Perhaps addicted gamblers could be rehabilitated through baking delicious meals and perhaps taste the delights of raw herrings or sushi!

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        Perhaps they could! I think that would be wonderful! 😉
        We lived in a community where they built a casino. I can’t even count how many people I saw who had their lives ruined by their addiction to gambling. It was so sad. 😦

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    • auntyuta Says:

      Millie likes veggies. But Martin flavoures them with chicken stock or maybe even adds a few pieces of chicken.

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  5. Curt Mekemson Says:

    The celery story had me laughing, Gerard. Poor little lonely, forgotten fellow. I’ve been baking baby potatoes for a while with a little oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Delicious. –Curt

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  6. shoreacres Says:

    I recently learned that some veggies are more nutritious cooked than raw. Carrots and tomatoes come to mind. (Of course tomatoes are a fruit, but never mind that.) I always oven bake a nice roast with potatoes, carrots, and celery, and I really like baked squash and onions. A baked cauliflower is nice, too.

    In the U.S., to gamble or not is left to each state, and believe it not, it’s not legal in Texas. We have scratch-off tickets and a lottery, but I don’t know of any other form of gambling. Our neighboring state, Louisiana, does have casinos. Some are landbased, and some are on boats: over there, riverboat gamblers still exist. It’s not a long trip, and plenty of people cross the state line on the weekend to enjoy dinner and a show at one of the casinos, and then play a little Blackjack or whatever.

    There used to be a hotline for people with gambling problems, but I think they discontinued it after they kept getting calls from people whose biggest problem was that they never won at the craps table. LOL

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I wasn’t aware that some vegetables are more nutritious cooked than raw. I’ll try baked cauliflower next. In large supermarkets I was staggered by the ready made mixes of vegetables, either for raw consumption, such as lettuces, baby spinach and rocket or for baking and stewing, carrots, potatoes, turnups and beets.

      Glad to hear that in Texas gambling is not legal. I remember the scratches. My grandsons could hardly walk but they got wind of those scratch-off tickets. They would badger me into the newsagent to buy them. Next, they would all red faced, be furiously scratching to see how much they might have won. Children are not allowed to buy them even though they are free to buy lollies and soft drinks.

      The government is trying to set up some kind of scheme whereby people who are chronic gamblers can be forced to have a card which will limit their bets to single dollars. There is no appetite to try and paint gambling as a vice and discourage gambling though. A friend told me that the revenue from Gambling is more important than trying to stifle gambling.

      I feel one way to tackle is to return close to hundred percent of the money fed into poker machines and that chronic gamblers are given a poker machine with all the flashing lights, bells and whistles to take home and use for gambling to their utmost pleasure within their own home.


  7. freefall852 Says:

    Wait a minute!..wait a minute..I’m not interested in those “ancient grains” of the “Paleo diet” thingo…and those “heritage veggies” that have those weird colours and shapes..nah!, nah!..can’t come at those…I mean..: purple carrots??…black tomatoes??..and now I saw on the ABC’s ; Catalyst..purple sweet-corn!!…there oughta be a law…who wants to sit down at the table to be greeted with technicolour veggies?…what next..Insect stew!!??….chunder!..I’d rather die than be reduced to eating’s WHY we worked at improving agricultural produce..why we left the cave..y’know??

    THIS is how it should work..The other day we’re driving home in the old Bedford truck, myself and the good woman…and there’s the horses in the box on the’s been a long day and dusk is on the is time to be thinking about dinner..

    “What’s for dinner, my love?” I ask…she looks at me through the fog of Radio National’s PM.. and thinks for a moment..

    Now hang on..stop right there..I know what you’re thinking in this age of “bugger the male and his wanting the women to cook for them!!”…it’s HER preference….The lady loves cooking..she sees the preparation of food as an art form…and I agree with her…she cooks the exotic and the hearty…we sometimes use the old German vault wood-oven for a special treat…

    “Beef stew with dumplings in a Newcastle brown-ale.”…She answers..and she goes back to the iphone.

    Y’see?…THAT’S how a hearty dinner should be..that’s normal..: A long winter’s day, a long drive home, I muck the shit out of the stables, settle and feed the horses and un-pack the truck to be driven into the big shed and the lady gets our tea ready..and what’s for dinner?…: A hearty Beef stew w/ dumplings in a Newcastle brown-ale… doesn’t get any better than that!…and you can forget the exotic coloured veggies!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Well, I don’t unpack horses nor rake out stables. If I am with my lady I take her out to a nice eatery overlooking dales and rivers. Bendooley Estate is one of those. A very popular place with the finest of dining and with its own winery .
      Not only dining but is also has a very large collection of books, all stored in a huge barn like structure. Diners can eat and peruse books at the same time.
      And that is just the beginning. They also have, at some distance away, timber cabins with open fires of many different sizes for holiday rentals.
      It is on the cards that we will occupy one of those cabins in the near future. It would be a very nice week-end.


      • freefall852 Says:

        Oh..Oh…you suavo, you!…When I was courting my current ‘Legit’ ” (as the French say), I too would take her out to dinner..when I could afford the luxury..apart from that, I would “entertain from home” with a couple of reliable recipes up my sleeve so I too could play the role of a suave “Lothario”..


      • freefall852 Says:

        And here I’ll repeat that when we were courting, I would sometimes cook a meal for her…yes, yes..I had a couple of recipes up my sleeve to pull out when wanting to make an impression…and if I may suggest to other courting men out there..a good guide to follow is ; “The Complete Middle-East Cookbook” by Tess Mallos…Brilliant! gather the ingredients listed and follow the instructions TO THE can’t go wrong…The Batchelor’s pal I called it..and I had a couple on those recipes down pat…: “Spanakopita” (Spinach pie) and “Psari Savoro” (Fried fish with rosemary and vinegar) … it always pays to have a couple of standbys up your sleeve to casually drop out to impress the lady…:

        “Look” say casually “ why don’t you just drop around my place tonight for dinner…I’ll cook a nice “Psari Savoro” for you…”..and you can repeat these two dishes at decent intervals and she’ll be impressed..and there’s the extra bonus of speaking the Greek or whatever title of the dish…suavo!..and then you take her out to dinner in voila’!…”you’re in like Flynn!”


  8. rangewriter Says:

    James Pecker! I’m glad he got his due. Like a nice cold water bath.

    Your baked veggies look delish. I like baking them too. I sometimes overcook them though. That is not so pleasant. Then they turn to baked mush.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the gambling mogul got his dues. However, The government cynically isn’t too opposed to gambling as it brings in revenue.
      A sad state of affairs. The same with Returned Soldier clubs which have the largest numbers of poker machines.
      I overbaked my vegetables watching ‘Making a Murderer’ on Netflix. What a superb documentary!


      • rangewriter Says:

        Same here regarding gambling. Americans have a love/hate relationship with gambling. Seems like we have that attitude towards a lot of things.

        I’ll have to watch that documentary. I believe I’ve seen it in recommendations for me. But I’ll definitely set the oven timer if I’ve got veggies roasting.


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