Saturday Snippets…19th March 2022…A friend is what the heart needs all the time. – Henry Van Dyke…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets one-word prompt today is “Heart”

Where did the word “Heart” come from? It is like every one-word prompt my muse just drops it in my lap…then the fun begins…lol…we all have a  heart…some wear it on their sleeves others keep theirs hidden…

Come with me and see what else I connected to “Heart”

Italy is a country where love is celebrated in beautiful displays of passion but also through simple, romantic gestures. These delicate heart-shaped pieces of often coloured pasta, are known as Cuoricini (‘little hearts’)…

Hearts of Palm…

Heart of palm has flourished for thousands of years in Central and South America, where indigenous people ate it as a staple food before introducing it to European colonists. Today, Brazil and Costa Rica are among the top commercial growers and exporters of this vegetable.

This lovely vegetable which I love… is crisp and tender all at once, this white vegetable goes by many names: “swamp cabbage,” the “lobster of vegetables” and, strangely, “burglars’ thigh” (the source of that name remains unknown), among others. Whatever you choose to call it, the heart of the palm is a versatile vegetable…correctly prepared it is also made into lasagne sheets or spaghetti neither of which I am familiar with I only know the fresh palm heart… it looks very similar to bamboo so I have to get my DIL to ask which one although bamboo to me is slightly more yellow in colour…but I am still unsure so ask…although I do like both.

But is it ethical…? Hearts of palm are culled from a handful of palm tree species, including the coconut, açaí and sabal palms. … Palm trees with only a single stem die once they’re cut and the heart is removed, whereas multi-stemmed palms regenerate every two to three years, making them a more environmentally-friendly, sustainable option.

For my first tune on Saturday Snippets is this song…sung by one of my favourite female singers…

Heart Urchins or Sea Potatoes as they are also known as…

Heart urchins (also called spatangoid urchins or sea potatoes) get their name from their heart-shaped test or skeleton…relatively small they are only a few inches in diameter…

Like other urchins, heart urchins have spines covering their tests. These spines may be a variety of colours, including brown, yellowish-brown, green, and red. The spines are used for movement, including helping the urchin burrow into the sand…so beware if you are barefooted on the sand as they love shallow pools of water…

Yes, I could have played…Heart of Gold, Total Eclipse of the heart, Heart of Glass …

Contrary to popular belief, heart-shaped cheeses are not a recent invention for the Valentine’s Day bandwagon but originated over 500 years ago.

Normandy, France has always been famous for its soft sumptuous cheeses …During the Hundred Years’ War (1337 – 1453), the French dairymaids of Neufchatel naturally fell for the charms of the English occupiers…love blossomed and some of the love-struck dairymaids started to mould the cheese into a heart shape to give to the object of their affection as gifts. Ever since then the cheese of Neufchatel has become known for its characteristic heart shape, its bloomy white rind, and its velvety creamy interior, although it can still be found in other shapes …not all the dairymaids fell for the charms of the British and carried on making the regular shapes…

Bullock’s Heart or Ramphal Fruit…

The Bullock’s Heart is roughly 8-16 cm long and can be symmetrically heart-shaped or more rounded and lopsided with a deep or shallow depression at the base. The thin skin has a velvety appearance and is covered with scaly depressions. When fully ripe it develops a brownish colour with a pink or reddish blush. There is a thick, cream-white layer of custard-like flesh beneath the skin surrounding the fruit’s juicy segments. In each segment, there is a single hard black seed that is toxic and should not be consumed. The ripe fruit’s flavour is sweet, succulent, and musky, without the distinct floral character of its cousins the cherimoya(custard Apple)…

The Bullock’s Heart tree is believed to be native to the West Indies, though it has long been cultivated in Central America and much of South America. It was brought to Africa in the early 1600s and was later brought to India, Guam, and many other tropical areas throughout the world.

I could also have played…Un-Break my Heart, Foolish Heart, The Shape of my Heart…My Heart Will Go On…so many songs of the heart some of which I really like…Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Band…But I’m having a Roxette Moment!

The bleeding heart flower is a unique plant with heart-shaped flowers hanging from a long stem… very pretty in pink…

Bleeding Heart grows well in zones two through nine. They require partial shade, well-drained, damp, but rich soil. The plants will grow two to four feet tall and will spread one to two feet. They are non-aggressive, although some will self-seed in very moist areas.

PiTuGro waterfall …Umpang, Thailand…

In the middle of the bushy evergreen forest of Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tak Province, two creeks are flowing down from Doi Ma Muang Sam Muean Peak is Thailand’s biggest waterfall it’s also quite a hike… you will need strong boots and stamina as it’s very remote…which is why you definitely need a guide…

I would go as it is located in Northern Thailand and I would love to be able to see the Karen peoples an indigenous tribe…but I don’t think I would nimble enough to take the waterfall trek…

I love many of the advances in science and at Harvard University scientists have engineered an artificial fish whose flapping tail is powered by cells from a human heart…in collaboration with colleagues from Emory University, they have developed the first fully autonomous biohybrid fish from human stem-cell-derived cardiac muscle cells. The artificial fish swims by recreating the muscle contractions of a pumping heart, bringing researchers one step closer to developing a more complex artificial muscular pump and providing a platform to study heart disease like arrhythmia…

How awesome is that?…

Thank you for joining me today for Saturday Snippets…I look forward to your comments as always …I hope you all have a fabulous weekend xx

53 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…19th March 2022…A friend is what the heart needs all the time. – Henry Van Dyke…

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  2. Jennie

    The Henry Van Dyke quote bowled. me over. Wow! I love the story of the dairy maids shaping their cheeses into heart shapes and giving them to the fellas they fancied. I have a bleeding heart plant, which is lovely. Super post, Carol!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree Jennie its a great quote and yes the things women do to show their love….Lucky you have a bleeding heart I love that plant but don’t have one here too warm methinks …Happy to hear you enjoyed the post, Jennie its my favourite post to write of the week 🙂 x

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  4. petespringerauthor

    As soon as I saw the theme, I looked for some Heart music, and you did not disappoint. That clip is one of my favorite Heart moments as I shed a tear every time I see the members of Led Zepplin and how much they enjoy the performance of their hit.

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      1. petespringerauthor

        So many fabulous songs to choose a favorite, but their rendition of Mistral Wind in concert is one of my favorites.

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  5. Darlene

    I could watch that Heart video over and over and never tire of it. It is so amazing and to see the looks on the faces of the remaining members of led Zeplin makes my heart burst. The drummer is the son of John Bonham which makes it even more special. Herat is such a great theme in so many ways. xo

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  6. Clive

    Another informative and fun post, Carol. I’m not a big Roxette fan, but that Led Zeppelin cover is one of the most fantastic pieces of music ever performed, which is why I’ve played it several times on my blog too 😊 x

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    1. Jim Borden

      Glad to know it wasn’t just me who found that performance so amazing. I had never seen it before, and I already know that watching that will be the highlight of my weekend, and it’s only Saturday morning! When I saw the song titled Playing with the Queen of Hearts, I was thinking of another song, but this was great. I had never heard of Marie Fredriksson, but wow – what a voice. And I never realized how many great songs have the word heart in them. Must have been tough to choose…

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      1. Clive

        It won’t be just yet, Carol, but I’ve stored it away. And now you’ve set me the challenge of trying to prove you wrong. There won’t be any Roxette, though 😊 x

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      2. Clive

        It’s an incredible performance, isn’t it, and so very emotional for the three remaining band members. They apparently invited John Bonham’s son Jason to be with them for the event but he told them he had a prior commitment – this!

        It’ll be a while yet for the theme, as the next couple of Tuesdays are already spoken for…

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  8. beetleypete

    I am going to add Artichoke Hearts. I had some fresh ones on Wednesday, and they were delicious. I also like the ones preserved in jars, which I add to a pizza whenever I eat one.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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