CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…19th January 2023…Hot Air Balloons, Shepherds Pie, Origami and Popcorn…


Welcome to “Thursday Thoughts”…today is January 19th 2023…Did you know that on this day, January 19, 1940, The Three Stooges film “You Nazty Spy!” about the Nazis was released with the disclaimer “Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle.”

I have always been fascinated by origami and this man takes it to another level…

Did you know?

January 19, 1785, Richard Crosbie became the first Irish man to fly a hot air balloon in Ireland?… I have always been fascinated by hot air balloons…

Today is also “National Tin Can Day” and “National Popcorn Day”

National Tin Can Day is every January 19 and is a day dedicated to the humble tin can that preserves some of our favourite food items. Without tin cans, the process of storage and preservation would have been entirely different and less convenient. The best thing about canned food is that it is accessible to people from all walks of life. Over the years, various countries around the globe have made their contributions to the evolution of tin cans. The fact that this storage item has been used for over a century is proof of its worth.

First Tin Can.

British merchant Peter Durand receives the original patent for the idea of using tin cans to preserve food…and it’s difficult to open a tin without a can opener…

First Can Opener.

Ezra Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut, receives the patent for the first can opener.

Last Thursday I introduced some info on Lithium batteries…BUT

What comes after Lithium?

Most of us are aware that Lithium is mined and the problems both human and environmental that it causes so of course anything that is as good and doesn’t have a human or environmental cost is welcome…

Thursday…that’s today so what is special about Thursdays?

  1. Did you know that in Australia, most movie premiers are often held on a Thursday?
  2. Sometimes it’s easy to wonder if 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40; why can’t Thursday be the new Friday?
  3. Thursday is a day featured heavily in Christian lore, and it’s also the traditional day U.K. elections are held on.
  4. Thursday is sometimes referred to as “Friday’s Friday,” meaning it’s the herald of Friday and, therefore, the weekend.

When it’s nearing the end of a long week, the last thing you want to do is cook…

I certainly start thinking whats quick for dinner tonight it’s getting close to the weekend and it’s been a long week…Shepherds Pie always goes down a treat…its quick and easy and you can chuck in any bits and bobs of veggies, mushrooms anything goes…

I don’t even have a recipe I use minced pork or beef add chopped onions, chopped diced carrot, peas and or sweetcorn, tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic then, add some stock, Worchester sauce, salt and pepper I thicken it with cornflour slurry add some lovely mashed potato top with grated cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese has browned probably 20-25 mins as everything is hot when it goes in the oven and its a pretty forgiving dish anyways…

If you prefer you can use a  fish mixture and a white sauce and top it with potatoes…You can use white potatoes or sweet potatoes, mashed yams whatever you fancy its a quick meal that is hearty and warming…my mother always made one on  Monday with leftover lamb that she minced but as I rarely get lamb here I use minced beef or pork.

That’s all for today as always thank you for joining me and as always I appreciate your comments x

41 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts!…19th January 2023…Hot Air Balloons, Shepherds Pie, Origami and Popcorn…

  1. alexcraigie

    A bumper collection to fascinate me here! The origami is little short of miraculous and I’ve been to Amazon to have a look at his books there. Also enjoyed the piece on replacing lithium batteries, and then you end with that scrumptious shepherd’s pie. I’ve bought vegetarian mince substitute in the past and I think it’s time to stock up with some more – the cold weather’s already bginning to bite here. Many thanks, Carol. ♥♥


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, I love seeing hot air balloons and the Irish were the first…my shepherds pies are always different as you say they are great for using up leftovers etc .Happy Thursday Thoughts kept you entertained thank you for sharing it on FB, Sally Hugs xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Just chuck it in and make it different every time with what we have in our fridges and freezers is my mantra and yours I suspect, dear Dolly 🙂 x….and yes that oragami is amazing 🙂

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I was surprised to learn that The Three Stooges were involved in making a film called You Natzy Spy. I’ve never seen it, but I googled it. In true Stooges form, I learned it’s a comedy. I’m off to look at one of the clips from the movie now.

    I used to do origami with my students. Actually, some of them were better at it than me.

    Being a big meat and potatoes guy, I’m a big fan of Shepherd’s Pie.

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  5. beetleypete

    We like to use mint sauce in a Shepherd’s Pie, so call it ‘Minted Lamb Shepherd’s Pie’. The Origami is amazing. I can just about fold a paper plane that will fly for three feet! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  6. Darlene

    Hubby loves shepherd’s pie and it is nice and easy. It makes enough for two meals too. I have a friend who owns a lovely bistro and has a number of vegetarian options on the menu including “Shepherd’s pie Without the Shepherd.” It’s very good too. Happy Thursday!

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