Saturday Snippets…19th June 2021…Pearls…

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 out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

For the last two weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week thanx to Teagan and her wacky but fascinating series aboard The Delta Pearl...I have chosen as my prompt …Pearl

My favourite earings are pearl ones and I have a long string of creamy apricot coloured pearls which I adore…

But Pearls are not just confined to Teagan’s river boat or my jewelery  but to so much more…Let’s explore!

We used to keep cockatiels which are such beautiful birds and very intelligent as well…our girl was called Lucy and she loved nothing better than to come out of her cage and sit on your shoulder ..very inquisitive birds with beautiful markings.

Native to Australia…we were lucky to see quite few small flocks of them when we visited our daughter…

Pearl was also a singer yes that’s the name of the track…This song was co-written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller with Ralph Dino and John Sembello, who first recorded it as Dino & Sembello in 1974…when the opportunity arose for them to produce Elkie Brooks a British singer they revived the song for her making the lyrics more appropriate for a female singer…

The song is about a female nightclub singer, but not specifically Janis Joplin whom many people thought it was probably because her nickname was “Pearl.”

Who would think that such a gravelly voice would come out of that body?…Brilliant..

In the culinary world we have pearl barley, pearl couscous and pearl onions…my mother only used pearl barley in casseroles and stews whereas now it is used as a substitute for rice and other grains it has has something of a resurrence…is pearl barley healthier than rice…?

Brown rice also has over five times more folate and vitamin E. However, pearl barley has twice the calcium and the fibre and about 30 per cent fewer calories. The two are equivalent in protein and fat content. Ultimately, both grains are healthy choices and getting variety from both is best.

Margyricarpus Pinnatus or Pearl Plant is native to The Andes…it has unremarkable flowers with little scent… white fruit which has an insipid taste however the white of the fruits against the dark green spiky foliage make it an attractive rockery plant…

Pearlfish are slender, eel-shaped fish that often live inside various invertebrates including sea cucumbers. Because a sea cucumber breathes by taking in water …

From the pearlfish let’s explore the world of the Oyster where the best pearls come from…

Though classified as a gemstone, pearls are extremely unique, largely due to the fact that they are the only gem material formed and found within a living creature. Unlike diamonds, rubies, emeralds and more, pearls require no cutting or polishing before use and are simply stunning the way they naturally form.

South Sea pearls are considered the most valuable. They are also the largest pearl variety on the market.

You also get the cultured pearl…which requires human intervention and care. Today, most of the molluscs used in the culturing process are raised specifically for that purpose, although some wild molluscs are still collected and used.

Pearl—natural or cultured—is a US birthstone for June, together with alexandrite and moonstone.

Fancy a cuppa… we get Bubble Milk Tea here which is a drink with black tapioca pearls…

Milk Tea: A refreshing combination of brewed black tea, milk, and (optional) tapioca pearls.

Thai Tea: A strong black tea combined with sweetened condensed milk and studded with (optional) tapioca pearls.

Now for some Pearl Jam…no  you don’t spread it on your toast they are an American Rock Band…

That’s all for today…I hope you enjoyed this theme..Thank you Teagan for inspiring me x


30 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…19th June 2021…Pearls…

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    Pearl barley is also used to make a mushroom barley soup. Also there is an old European Jewish tradition that if a husband gives his wife a string of pearls and she makes sure to wear it every Shabbos, it ensures peace in the family. True or not, I do wear pearls gifted by my husband.

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        I think there is a more basic explanation: wearing pearls given by a husband reminds wife of his kindness and care, and seeing her wearing those pearls reminds husband that she appreciates him. Both feelings go a long way towards family harmony.

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I love your themed posts, Carol. Pearl is a great choice, and I liked all of the ways you found to weave it through your post. We never know what’s going to happen on the Delta Pearl. The video of the pearlfish was interesting. What a hiding spot! 😜 Pearl Jam is a solid band with lots of great music.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete its fun doing them it amazing how much you can discover from one word there was of course lots more like Pearl Harbour, The historic Pearl in San Antonio and the Pearl Andaman Cactus but too much for one post..Yes that pearl fish the video was a bit gross but interesting how species survive and prosper..I ‘m having fun doing it …Have a great weekend , Pete 🙂 x


  4. Jennie

    I didn’t know Janis Joplin’s nickname was Pearl. What a fun collection of Pearl snippets. I think I need some Pearl barley. Yum. Best to you, Carol!

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  5. Clive

    I saw Ellie Brooks when she was in the band Vinegar Joe, alongside Robert Palmer. She had amazing stage presence and that incredible voice. I also quite enjoyed Richard Digance’s not very serious adaptation of the song. His version was about a footballer: Earl’s A Winger 😉

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  6. beetleypete

    I remember Elkie Brooks singing with Vinegar Joe. That band included Robert Palmer and Keef Hartley too. I always thought the song was about Janis Joplin, so thanks for enlightening me. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x


  7. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Wow! I am intriguied. One is giving you a word, and you gush like a never-ending fountain. Lol Ever thought about working as a preacher, Carol? Lol Sorry, a little joke! You are wonderful with all your knowledge. Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend! xx Michael

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