Welcome back 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 out of the ordinary or extraordinary…
We are back with covid restrictions as cases have taken a hike upwards…travel between provinces is discouraged unless absolutely necessary and the wearing of masks is now mandatory although most people do wear them here…Locally we are waiting to hear what else will be put in place as there have been cases here and very close to us…which means we will not be going out unless absolutely necessary…
April’s full moon rises on the night of Monday, April 26. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this full Moon will also be a spectacular supermoon!
Is it really pink? Of course not…this “Super Pink Moon” won’t actually look “super pink”—or any hue of pink, really. The Moon will be its usual golden colour.
There is nothing magical as to how the pink moon got its name …it was named after a seasonal connection to the beautiful early springtime blooms of a wildflower called creeping phlox or moss phlox and also called moss pink…
As a child, I remember the lovely flowers of the Phlox they are so very pretty but didn’t know of the connection until recently to the “Pink Moon”
British Beef Week: 23/4/2021-30/4/2021…
There is nothing like some good British Beef and I appreciate it much more now although faced with a lump of steak I can’t eat but a nice Beef and Brocolli stir fry now that goes down a treat…
Beef and Brocolli…is on the menu next week…
Today we celebrate ...National pigs in blankets day...they are a global tasty treat and come in many names and many forms…
In the US, pigs in blankets refer to hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in a biscuit or croissant dough. They are also called “franks in a blanket” or “franks in blanks.”
The first time the name appeared in the US was in 1957 in Betty Crocker’s “Cooking For Kids” recipe book.
It is unknown exactly who invented pigs in blankets as variations have existed for hundreds of years across the globe.
In the UK, pigs in blankets are small cocktail sausages or chipolatas wrapped in bacon, of course, they do that is the only way to eat a pig in a blanket…However, in the UK, National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day is on December 12, and it isn’t a registered national day.
This is because in the UK, pigs in blankets are often eaten alongside a roast turkey, and in particular, they are served as part of a Christmas dinner. However, as they are delicious, I will forgive anyone who wants to eat them any time.
Pigs in Blankets:
8 thin slices of smoked bacon
• 16 chipolata sausages
• I tsp Worcestershire Sauce
• 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
• 2 tbsp clear honey.
Mix honey, thyme and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl, add sausages and make sure they are coated in the mix. Cut bacon down the middle longways. Wrap bacon around sausages.
Put sausages on a baking sheet well spaced apart.
Cook on 180 for about 30 minutes until nicely browned and bacon is crispy.
In Mexico, pigs in blankets are called “Salchitaco’s.”
In Germany, they are called “Würstchen im Schlafrock,” which means sausage in a dressing gown.
China has its own variation called Lop Cheong Bao.
Conservation organisations purchase a 950 sq km biodiversity hotspot, helping to secure a vital wildlife corridor.
Trees will no longer be cut down in this 950 sq km (236,000-acre) area after the land was bought by a coalition of conservation organisations to save one of the world’s last pristine rainforests from deforestation. “The forest will now be protected in perpetuity,” says Kay.
The news is timed to coincide with Earth Day, the annual event established in 1970 to mobilise action on environmental issues.
The newly named Belize Maya Forest is part of 150,000 sq km (38m acres) of tropical forest across Mexico, Belize and Guatemala known as the Selva Maya, a biodiversity hotspot and home to five species of wild cat (jaguars, margay, ocelot, jaguarundi and puma), spider monkeys, howler monkeys and hundreds of bird species.
Protecting large areas of pristine rainforests will help mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis.
Let’s have a tune:
24 April 1959…Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death.
A great loss to the music industry but what a legacy he left…
Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers. April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go….In the northern hemisphere April is a most confusing month; rainy and wet one day, the next full of a warm promise of green growth to come. Besides the weather, the month is full of surprises and contradictions…
The smaller animals that hibernate for the winter in the Northern Hemisphere usually start coming out of their burrows in April.
April is also the month that the birds migrate north and settle down for the summer to mate.
Did you Know?
The famous language expert Noah Webster was a bit of an April fool: one of his dearest wishes was to reform English spelling for Americans, to make it simpler and more obvious. While millions of school children could go for that; Webster’s proposals included removing all double vowels. Bread would be spelt bred; friend would become frend; tuf for tuf, laf for laugh, kee for key, and speek for speak. He also wanted us to spell machine masheen, and pique peek.
His successes included changing plough for plow and draught for draft; but if you’re a poor speller, you might just peek your frends and attribute that to your fondness for April’s Noah Webster.
Noah Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), Greek, Hebrew and Latin.
Noah Webster was a Christian and famously said “Education is useless without the Bible.” His dictionary contains seventy thousand words and over six thousand Bible references and remains one of the only mainstream dictionaries to use Bible references to demonstrate the meaning of words. His dictionary is an essential tool for anyone studying the Bible.
He sounds like a fascinating man and scholar and I would invite him to my dinner table…
Quote of the week:
“We were young, we were foolish, we were arrogant, but we were right.” –Daniel Ellsberg.
That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… I would love to hear from you in comments as you know how I love to chat…Love Carol xx