Saturday Snippets 27th November 2021…Snow!

 

Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and for the next few weeks, I am going to try and use prompts that will incorporate a little festivity into the posts without using the word Christmas… this week after much deliberation my word is…Snow!

Although snow very rarely fell at Christmas where I lived in the Uk we  I always dreamed of a White Christmas and I always envied people who had a white Christmas…

I had to post this version as it was one my father always used to play…

Snow Crab…

Snow crab is named for its meat, which turns from red to snowy white when cooked and boasts a sweet, subtly briny flavour. … The leg meat is known for its rich, sweet flavour and delicately tender texture reminiscent of lobster meat…

Snowdrops…

Were usually one of the first of the bulbs that I looked forward to showing their little faces in the Spring…The white of the snowdrop symbolizes innocence and purity.

Because it is the first flower to bloom at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, it also symbolizes hope.

Just a word of warning…Snowdrops are themselves poisonous. This is due to poisonous alkaloid compounds, which are particularly concentrated in their bulbs. … Though not potent enough to kill, ingesting snowdrop or daffodil bulbs can lead to diarrhoea and vomiting…this mainly happens when the leaves and bulbs are mistaken for spring onions(green onions).

Snow Fungus…

Snow Fungus is an excellent mushroom for health maintenance and in its dried form is a popular ingredient in oriental cuisine, prized for its translucent appearance and crunchy texture.

Much like black fungus, it is fairly bland, however when rehydrated then stewed or boiled it has a crunchy, gelatinous texture that absorbs and holds onto liquids. Cooked by boiling, pan-frying, and sautéing. They are often used in salads and soups for an added, chewy texture and are also mixed with stir-fries at the end of cooking to keep them from falling apart. The gelatinous nature of the mushroom can also be used as a thickener in soups and sauces.

They can also be found dried and canned in speciality Asian stores…

Snow Geese…

Snow geese are strong fliers, capable of speeds of 50 miles per hour. During migration, they fly both by day and night. In fall, they often travel in large flocks with more than 1,000 members. Spring flocks vary in size from a few dozen to a few hundred…to see them migrating is such a spectacular sight…

 

Snow globe…

What kiddie doesn’t love a snow globe? even now I have to give one a shake as I walk by…they range from tiny little snow globes to diamond-encrusted ones which cost a few thousand dollars…

The oldest known description of a snow globe-like object comes from an 1880 U.S. Commissioners report on the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition, where a local glassware company showcased a group of “paperweights of hollow balls filled with water, containing a man with an umbrella.” The objects also contained a white powder that fell “in imitation of a snowstorm” when turned upside down. Such glass-domed paperweights were popular in the late 1800s, but this appears to be the first to include such a playful feature—and it seems to have been the world’s first snow globe.

The world’s largest snow globe made of Lego has been built in London, by the British designer Duncan Titmarsh. It took Titmarsh 120,000 bricks of Lego and 75 days of hard work to create the enchanting piece.

Snow Jelly Frog…

This pricey dessert is made from frogs’ fallopian tubes. That’s part of the thinking behind
hasma, a Chinese delicacy made from the oviducts of the snow frog, a rare species found in the
mountains of northern China. Consuming this gelatinous tissue, also called “snow jelly,” is said
to be good for the complexion…I think I will FORGO THE DESSERT and stick with soap and water
it’s done me well for the last  70  yrs.
Snow Patrol…Rock Band…

Snow Leopard…

A truly magnificent member of the cat family…it is also known as the “ounce”…

There are an estimated 4,080-6,590 snow leopards in the wild, but it is difficult for scientists to know for sure. No longer endangered…they are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

But its population in the wild is still at risk because of poaching and habitat loss,  conservationists have warned that the risks are not over for the snow leopards, whose distinctive appearances make them attractive to poachers…

Snow Skin Moon Cake…

Snow skin mooncakes use a cooked glutinous rice flour crust, resulting in a very soft mochi-like
texture …they are also very pretty and come in a variety of colours.
They come with a variety of fillings like a chocolate filling, mochi, ice cream, egg custard, and

fruit. However, some classic ones such as red bean paste and lotus seed paste are still used.

Snow Peas…

The snow pea is an edible-pod pea with flat pods and thin pod walls. It is eaten whole, with both the seeds and the pod, while still unripe…they are lovely just steamed or sauteed in a stir fry or a nice massaman curry a very versatile little vegetable…even raw in a salad…

In terms of their nutrient content, snow peas are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, and small levels of healthy fats. These pods are also very low in calories, with slightly over 1 calorie per pod.

The Snow Queen…

“The Snow Queen” is an original fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It was first published on 21 December 1844 …Since then there has been many adaptations, films, stage shows and musicals, operas and video games…all depicting good against evil…

Finishing with one of my favourites whatever the season…Rod Stewart.

I hope you have enjoyed the one-word Prompt “Snow”…it proved to be a little easier and hopefully provided a little Xmas cheer…

Thank you for joining me today I look forward to your comments…x

 

32 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets 27th November 2021…Snow!

  1. Jennie

    I loved this snow post. When I read the title, the first thing that popped into my head was the ‘snow’ song that Bing Crosby and Dany Kaye sang on the train in “White Christmas.” Of course the movie’s theme song was first on your list. We must think alike. 🙂 And the snow globe! We have been giving our children a snow globe on Christmas Eve since they were little. They’re now in their 40’s and still look forward to that snow globe every year.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      We must indeed, Jennie…Bing Crosby was my first thought and snow globes how lovely that you give your children one every year they obviously have a fine collection now…Fabulous! xx

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I was reading about geese the other day. Most people know that they fly in the shape of a V, but I did not realize that part of that is due to aerodynamics. They also switch positions because the lead position is more tiring.

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  4. Victoria Zigler

    I’m certainly dreaming of a white Christmas, and eager to join in the cry of, “Let it snow!” There’s been the odd white Christmas here in the UK, but it’s a lot rarer than I’d like. Snow on Christmas is one of the things I enjoyed about the Christmas I spent in Canada.

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      1. Victoria Zigler

        While that’s technically true, and it’s definitely been at least close to that long since there was a “proper” white Christmas, it applies to Christmas Day itself. I know of at least one time in my lifetime when there was a little snow on Christmas Eve that stuck around until Christmas Day here in Wales, and a few times when it’s snowed on Boxing Day. Never more than an inch or so, but it’s better than nothing. Mostly though our snow seems to come in the January to March time bracket – if it shows up at all.

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  5. Jim Borden

    wonderful post, Carol. The Bing version of Whie Christmas is a classic, but that Michael Buble and Kelly Rowland version was quite good. And you can’t go wrong with Rod!

    I am also a fan of snow globes – I’d love to see that Lego one…

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  6. Clive

    Your usual mix of fun information and tunes, Carol, though Snow Patrol are the runaway winner for me amongst these. The closest we ever got to a White Christmas was 1962. As I was helping Dad put out some rubbish on Christmas Day he looked up at the sky and said ‘looks like snow.’ It landed on Boxing Day and we didn’t see the ground again until March! And I never knew that eating flowers was bad for you!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Some flowers are, Clive they are not all edible…I remember the snows of 62 it lasted for a while and those drifts over the common where we lived we had so much fun…I agree about Snow Patrol although they come joint top with Rod who Is my all time favourite …XX

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      1. Clive

        I know some are, but they have all just been decorative for me. We had a lot of fun that winter too, we had some big hills near us and poor old Dad spent most of his weekends with his kids sledging! I much preferred Rod in his earlier days, and he never cut it for me as a crooner, sorry. I’ll be sharing my favourite version of that song during my Advent Calendar – I’d be surprised if you’ve heard of the artist 😊 xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree, Pete from memory that it is lovely when it is newly laid and fresh however when you have to drive in it or it thaws and freezes it is another story…Just from the nostalgic point of view, I would love a white Christmas through the window or maybe a walk after dinner to round it off xx

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