Thursday, 10 February 2011

Food, glorious food...

This post is dedicated to all chefs, cooks - aspiring or otherwise, moms and dads who cook for us kids daily, ancestors who have passed on recipes, and most of all, the one who finds a recipe and dares to try it, having never cooked before!

No food tastes better than food you think wouldn't work, simply because you were too daunted to make it, is a family recipe and how you remember it tasting, couldn't possibly be replicated by your own hands?! I really believe that memory and senses play more of a roll in cookery than the recipe. Of course, skill and common sense lend a major helping hand, but if you can remember how it looked on your plate, and recall the airoma lingering in the air and if you had an important part in the making...say, the stirring in of an ingredient, you are more likely to be aware and remember how things worked, looked and tasted.

We seem to be losing these skills in modern society. Is it the break up of families - people not spending this kind of quality time with their kids or are we just not cooking any more - opting instead for convenience foods and take-away.

Over the next few posts, I'm going to find some of traditional, organic and wholesome food sites, recipes and blogs which I think represent what we have lost in modern society.

Here's one to start:

She's good!!

Seeya back here soon,

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Different strokes for different folks!

I've just been sent an email with this amazing video, it's not a Youtube video, so I can't link you via them...just spare the bloke 5's a lifetime of practice!

Friday, 4 February 2011

~*Friday Favourites*~

We all heart fridays, yes? no? YES! So, while this blogspace is still in it's youth, I want to start a tradition...FRIDAY FAVOURITES. I thought about it yesterday, but it didn't roll off the tongue quite as silkily...Thursday faves, things, throwabouts...nah...Friday Favourites it is!
I didn't think too hard about it yesterday, just the name really, and that I wanted to add it to the parameters have really been set out. We can do that as we go along. Hows about,Friday is the first Friday favourite, fitting indeed :) Thanks, Friday February fourth.
One of the best things about Fridays, in my opinion, is the comforting knowledge in the back of my mind that I don't have to wake to the annoying persistance of my cellphone alarm. Sometimes I think that thing is shortening my life. Friday's too are the evenings of some of the best/worst tv...depending on personal taste...on this point I reserve judgement :)

Some famous Fridays:
Black Friday - Black Friday is the day after the American Thanksgiving, and it is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. The tradition of Black Friday has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season as early as the 19th century, when stores often sponsored Thanksgiving Day parades. When the parade was over, Santa would show up, and the holiday shopping season would officially begin.
The 1930s marked the era when shoppers first received a longer Christmas shopping season. That is when president Roosevelt actually moved Thanksgiving up a week during the Great Depression so that retailers would get more revenue.

How Black Friday Got Its Name

Black Friday owes its name to the fact that retailers typically begin to start making a profit for the year on the day after Thanksgiving. You see, traditionally red ink has been used to write sales in store ledgers before a profit for the year is realized, and then black ink is used for the rest of the year to record sales that are actually profits. Hence a store that is 'in the red' has not yet made a profit for the year, and one that is 'in the black' has indeed made a profit.

Good Friday -  also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.
 Based on Christian scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday. (ref )

Back to Childhood days, I loved this nursery rhyme, features a Friday!
Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Friday in our house...normal day really. We get up and go to out respective duties. Dad to work, Mom too, Lynn too...Me...reluctantly ooze out of my cocoon, to the loo, snuggle back in and get to work for the day with my headphones!!
Later on in the day, Mom and Gran go shopping, off to Sainsbury's for the next three hours or so, Lynnie helps unpack the spoils. Petar time, dinner then bed, then...Saturday!
Any fun, freaky, frivoulous or fruity Friday fables? comment below and let me know!

Looking forward to a Sterling Saturday :)


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Dog Days...

...Are over!

long two days...promise more intrepid tales in the wee hours...

watch out for bedbugs :)