Saturday Snippets…20th February 2020…


Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything…I am heartened by the inoculation programmes going on around the world and disheartened by the misinformation being touted around…I do feel that particularly on social media etc that only official notices should be allowed and anyone posting something which is not should be warned and have their posts removed…What are your thoughts?

My exercising has come to a halt as I damaged my heel something flipped up and landed inside my flip flop as I trod down…ouch…it is much better now so walking will commence on Monday…

So what has appeared on my radar this week?

In February 1965 the Beatles recorded “That Means  A Lot” they were unhappy with the song so it was given to P.J Proby to record…The Beatles version was not released until 30 years later in 1996 on Anthology 2…

I have always been a fan of P.J Proby..not a great copy it is from the 60’s archives…but so different from the Beatles later version…

The Beatles Version…a bit boy bandy which they were for me…

This coming Thursday is National Toast Day…Toast is not something I eat a lot of but I do love toast…especially French Toast…although cheese on toast with tomatoes I love, Marmite on toast, poached egg on toast, scrambled egg on toast, beans on toast(a Brit) tradition, garlic mushrooms and brie on toast or even just hot buttered toast done on a toasting fork over an open fire which is how we made our toast as children…

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 slices soft white bread, crusts cut off
  • 3 tbsp butter, for saute pan
  • maple syrup, for serving

Let’s Cook!

In a small saucepan, melt 3 tbsp butter until just melted. stir in the granulated sugar and brown sugar plus the cinnamon until a smooth spreadable mixture forms. Set aside.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.

In another small bowl, stir together the other 2 tbsp granulated sugar and the cinnamon. Set aside.

After trimming the crusts from each slice of bread, roll one slice out to about 1/8-inch thickness with a rolling pin. Spread each slice with a thin layer of the butter mixture and roll up tightly. Repeat with remaining bread slices and butter mixture.

Place 3 tbsp butter in a large non-stick saute pan and let melt over medium heat. (If using a small saute pan, use just 2 tbsp butter and saute the roll-ups in two batches) Dip one roll at a time in the egg mixture and place in the saute pan. Allow roll-ups to saute for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside. Remove to a work surface and sprinkle each roll-up generously with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Serve immediately with maple syrup for me or chocolate which is what the grandkids like…

I was lucky today when I was shopping I spied some apricots not fresh but frozen but I love apricots and the furry skin so I am looking forward to making something next week with Apricots not what yet but am a happy bunny…also Easter is next on the agenda so I had better dig out my hot cross bun recipes...

I just wish I could get easter eggs here although if I can find some moulds I could make one for Lily she has not had an Easter Egg…Let’s rephrase that I have found some moulds on Shoppee so as long as I get them b4 Easter I can surprise Lils with an Easter Egg and I may even make myself one…

The last time I made chocolate figures was when my eldest daughter was probably about Lily’s age she is now 49 so a few years ago …I have been cooking for a long, long time…

The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery.

The Easter bunny arrived even earlier… according to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its coloured eggs.

Wish me luck…I do hope my moulds arrive on time…

Climate Change…The last year has seen many changes due to Covid-19 wildlife has been returning to many places around the world as commercialism has dropped off…

In November 2021, world leaders will be gathering in Glasgow for the successor to the landmark Paris meeting of 2015.

Paris was important because it was the first time virtually all the nations of the world came together to agree they all needed to help tackle the issue.

The problem was the commitments countries made to cutting carbon emissions back then fell way short of the targets set by the conference.

In Paris, the world agreed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by trying to limit global temperature increases to 2C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. The aim was to keep the rise to 1.5C if at all possible.

There has already been progress…The most important announcement on climate change last year came completely out of the blue.

circular recycling the world and a green leaf

At the UN General Assembly in September, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, announced that China aimed to go carbon neutral by 2060.

Environmentalists were stunned. Cutting carbon has always been seen as an expensive chore yet here was the most polluting nation on earth – responsible for some 28% of world emissions – making an unconditional commitment to do just that regardless of whether other countries followed its lead…

However, also due to a change in Presidency the US has done an about-turn and rejoined the Paris agreement… Which means going forward the signs are promising for our children’s futures…

That’s all for today…

Thank you for popping in today I hope you have enjoyed Saturday Snippets …as always I look forward to your comments as you all know I love to chat…Thanx Carol xx


36 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…20th February 2020…

  1. Jennie

    The chocolate Easter bunny! I didn’t know its origin was from Germany. Spring can’t be too far behind. Loved the Beatles song and different versions.

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  3. Norah

    I’m not aware of that song by either P.J. Proby or the Beatles. And I can’t believe you’re talking Easter already!!! 🙂


  4. petespringerauthor

    French toast is always a solid move. When we don’t feel like cooking dinner, sometimes we opt for breakfast. That often includes French toast.

    Nice to see countries and leaders acting like adults again. Extreme weather seems to be the norm every year now.

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  5. Jacquie Biggar

    I always remember the giant Easter bunny my brother and I received as children. He ate his right away, but I was so enthralled with mine, I placed it in my bedroom window so I could look at it whenever I wanted- except… it melted! I was heartbroken, lol
    Hope your heel feels better soon {{hugs}}

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  6. Tabula Rasa

    Did you know the Easter bunny predates Christianity. We call Easter what it is from the word Eoestra who was a german fertility goddess who’s festival was about the same time. She was represented by eggs and hares. I’m a church goer but it does make me chuckle how much we appropriated other religions celebrations.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I didn’t, Lucy… Thank you yes I see what you mean… I used to love Easter I miss Easter more than Christmas although it had changed much from when I was a child.. x

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  7. Darlene

    Here in Spain, we eat tostadas, a baguette sliced the long way, toasted, drizzled with olive oil and spread with grated tomatoes and a slight sprinkle of salt. It is so good and we often have it for breakfast. When I don’t feel well and can’t eat anything, I often have cinnamon toast.

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  8. beetleypete

    The shops are full of Easter eggs and general Easter stuff, and have been since they took down the Valentine’s Day gifts on the 15th.
    I love toast, but only thick slices that I cut myself. I never buy ready-sliced bread.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I really dislike sliced bread its even worse here than what I remember from th UK they use lots of sugar its so sweet.. Which is why I bake my own… No Easter eggs here but hoping my moulds come so I can surprise Lily… x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I love Apricots like you Marian.. What a lovely memory I haven’t seen lovely fresh ones here… Thais tend to pick them under ripe and salt them.. But the frozen ones look lovely and golden… looking forward to using them… Have a lovely Sunday x


  9. johnrieber

    Great stuff as always Carol, love the Beatles cover version plus their own….and a day for toast…I don’t like dry food and toast is something that has been dried on purpose no less! Still, maybe a slice because why not celebrate?

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  10. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I’m a big fan of toast. Just spread with vegan butter, or with some kind of topping such as peanut butter, jam or marmalade, tomatoes, Marmite, beans, or whatever. Yesterday I had some topped with tomatoes, mushrooms, a bit of vegan cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh dill.

    I do hope the moulds arrive in time for you to make Lily an Easter treat.

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