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Saturday Snippets…26th March 2021…

 

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…

Conservation Corner:

Conservation is high on my agenda…I often wish governments and big NO huge conglomerates would really take a stand and make an enormous difference… one we could all see…but methinks that is in cloud cuckoo land…

I will ask one thing of you before I tell you about a small, quiet conservation success story…

I watched a docu/film on Netflix it was also available for download on UTorrent…called “Seaspiracy“…

I will also tell you I prefer fish to meat…I will also tell you I am not under any circumstances unless we fish for it ourselves buy fish fresh or tinned fish AGAIN…

I will also tell you I am not donating to any wildlife or climate change organisations unless I have checked and checked again and again as to who they are in bed with…

 

My son has always thought I am a little zealous in some areas BUT I persuaded him to watch this docu/film…he was as shocked as I was…Please, please watch it to the end if you can…

Then tell me what you think the solution is…

I will be writing about this in the next week or two…it will not be pretty… my gloves are off…

Now for the Good News…

Often overlooked, small-scale conservation projects are having a big impact on wildlife and communities – even in conflict zones

A simple philosophy “honey means money and to get honey you need forests”

Did you know?

 

 

#1 March is the equivalent of September in the Southern Hemisphere.

#2 Every Year, March and June finish on the same day of the week.

#3 March is the time of the year when animals start waking up from hibernation.

Let’s Have a Tune:

It was today back in 1964 that “Funny Girl” opened at The Winter Garden Theatre NYC…one of the first films I was allowed to go and watch with my friends and when I fell in love with Omar Sharif and the music of Barbara Streisand…

Today would have been my fathers birthday...he would have been 93 yrs old…I miss my dad and miss him more as the years go by…I don’t know if it is my age or if it is now I realise the absolute finality of it…

What he would think of today’s goings-on I can only imagine… I miss our conversations as like me he had firm thoughts on many things and wasn’t afraid to air his views…lol…we did have some lively conversations as we sometimes had opposing views…Miss, you so much daddy xxx

Coffee…not something I drink often I am a green tea girl…however…I love candyfloss…or cotton candy as it is also known and would you believe it was invented by a dentist…

Why?

Because it contained less sugar than a Candy Apple…Promoted as “fairy floss” it was introduced to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904…it was an instant success and sold 68,655 boxes at 25¢ (equivalent to $7.11 in 2019) per box.

I have always loved candy floss since I was a small child and when my kids were children I bought a candy floss machine so I could make it at home…well it started off with my kids and then all the kids in the neighbourhood appeared at my door…Fun Times!

I saw this the other day and although I rarely drink coffee I would have this one just for the candy floss and the wow factor…I am still a kid at heart…x

How cool is that? I love it!

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

 

 

Saturday Snippets…20th March 2021…

 

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…my Thai Long Pepper seems to like its new home… the little fruits are ripening well…I can’t wait to see it grow and produce more peppers and then I can try them…exciting…

I have discovered some more rare fruits a Purple Melon which isn’t a melon but belongs to the nightshade family… I am awaiting a delivery from the garden centre…I have on order a beautiful purple mango so pretty and some awesome looking Rainbow Treasure Chillies…see pictured below…

In my world this week … Aston’s new bike has already had some changes made to it boys will be boys…sigh…it is now sitting in the drive as he has been quite sick this week with a very nasty throat infection… I have never in all his years seen him laid up like this…

In my kitchen I have been busy roasting pumpkin for puree… it is our pumpkin season and they are big boys…One pureed and one still to use…My neighbours gifted us with some beautiful fresh baby sweet potatoes plus a lovely orange cake which was yummy…

My kitchen disaster this week…a classic…I forgot to add the yeast to the mix and only realised when I had done 2 ten minute proves and nought happened and the light bulb went on…

There was me determined not to waste the flour, fat, milk etc kneading the rapid yeast into the dough it was a good arm workout…Did it work…not my best loaf of bread but great for toast…sigh

It is really very warm now we are noting the heat has turned up a few notches the showers are no longer freezing but coming out warm no need for heaters here the sun heats the pipes…

This is crazy but…a Waverunner…I could do with that now as it’s topping 43 degrees and tipped to be hotter next month…

Did you know?

#1…More than 1/5 of all the calories consumed by humans worldwide is provided by rice alone.

#2…A duel between three people is actually called a truel.

#3…Bullfrogs do not sleep…The bullfrog was chosen as an animal that doesn’t sleep because when tested for responsiveness by being shocked, it had the same reaction whether awake or resting…dolphins are also an animal which doesn’t sleep…

Animals that don’t need rebound sleep after using up all their energy (bees)

Animals that show harmful side effects of sleep deprivation (humans)…

Conservation Corner:

Important to me and I try hard to do my bit as I truly want a safer, healthier world for my grandchildren to bring their children into…I don’t want them to be living in a world where respiratory illnesses are a common everyday occurrence or they are forced to spend most of their lives indoors as the open air is not safe…maybe this sounds extreme and I do hope it doesn’t happen but…in some places the air is toxic and waste is slowly taking over…

Thursday was Global Recycling Day...created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.

We need to think about what we are throwing away…here Thais are great at recycling goods and clothes but when they really don’t want it…they fly-tip and I know that goes on worldwide… when I lived in the UK it was a problem…there is a minority who don’t give a toss…

Now yesterday and this a minor incident…I was next in line to pay for my goods…the guy in front of me put his goods on the belt…paid and left his trolley there…the trolley park was literally 2 steps away but no he blocked my path to the till and I am assuming he hoped I would move it and put it back for him…I wonder if that is his attitude what he does with his rubbish???

Silly rant I know but it just shows a lack of care…I also believe that for every one of us who is responsible there is a friend or neighbour who isn’t…

Let’s lighten the mood and have a tune…

March has been a good month for music over the decades…March 1985: “We Are The World” is heard on the radio for the first time…if you lived through the 80’s you will no doubt remember that a dream team of pop stars recorded the song to highlight famine in Africa…

Written by Lionel Ritchie and the late Michael Jackson the charity single dominated the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 successive weeks after its release and an All-Star group of Artists for Haiti remade the single in 2010 which was also a hit.

There have been so many remakes but this is one of my favourites…my question is though has much changed since 1985?

I think we all know the answer to that…

I am not an ardent royalist but I do think we have a wonderful Queen…this video shows her through the years where she has never put a foot wrong always smiling and gracious…

 

My purple Melon plant turned up while I was at the hair salon having my 1st proper haircut for at least a year…so I am soaking its roots before I plant it in its new home and also I want to do it later when the sun has gone down some as it is afternoon and steaming hot…Phew…

Let’s end with some good news it seems that as humans have been confined to home it has given the wildlife chance to flourish…

More and more green spaces (both private and public) are becoming overgrown with wildflowers, giving bees their very own playground to pollinate in. Plantlife, a wild plant conservation charity, has said: “There’s hope that reduced cutting frequencies might be a silver lining for verge wildflowers, giving once-familiar flowers, such as white campion, betony, greater knapweed and harebell, the chance to grow, flower and set seed.”

The cutting of verges less and later will save plants, money and reduce emissions. We need to rewild ourselves and accept nature’s wonderful ‘messiness’.

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – March 7th -13th 2021 – Free promotion, Petula Clark, Pigeons, Poetry, Anti-Aging, Frozen Shoulders and humour — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord. Before I get into the news and posts from the week.. I would like to just to share the link again to Debby Gies post this week in case you missed it. Her husband is in hospital […]

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – March 7th -13th 2021 – Free promotion, Petula Clark, Pigeons, Poetry, Anti-Aging, Frozen Shoulders and humour — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Saturday Snippets…13th March 2021…

 

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…One of my rare plants arrived 2 days ago a Thai Long Pepper which has some fruits on it and it looks like more are peeking out at the world…I can’t wait to see it grow and produce more peppers and then I can try them…exciting…

In my world this week ..a daughter had her 50th Birthday …Aston’s new bike was delivered all bright and shiny and now the worry begins that he will drive carefully, use his mirrors and wear his crash helmet at all times…we received another crop of goodies from the farm…some lovely big pumpkins, watermelons, bananas, morning glory, herbs, cucumbers, chillies galore, eggplants and mangoes…which meant roasted pumpkin was on the menu for starters …my jackfruit is looking good lots of tiny ones a bumper crop methinks…

 

I am guessing that the tree will be laden with Jackfruits this year so it will be Jackfruit all round…

Today is also National Chicken Noodle Soup Day…

Noodle-soup-Thai-chicken

Chicken Noodle Soup is sold and made everywhere here…a very popular Asian dish…Chicken noodle always comes close to the top when a list of top 10 or 20 soups worldwide is derived it also varies my mother made it from a chicken carcass and added vegetables/noodles and I guess if I asked all of my readers they would vary slightly…What is your favourite soup?

Climate Change Corner:

Tiny Urban Forests are springing up on Brownfield sites across the world and in inner cities…

Did you know?

More people speak Mandarin than any other language…

With around 950 million native speakers and an additional 200 million people speaking Mandarin Chinese as a second language, it’s the most popular language in the world.

Let’s have a tune…

Over the years March has been a great month for music…On March 13th 1933, the songwriter Mike Stoller was born in Long Island, New York his resume of great songs written with his buddy Jerry Leiber include Jailhouse Rock, Yakkety Yak, Stand By Me, Houndog and Pearls a Singer far too many to mention but all great songs.

March 1961  we had Ricky Nelson with Travelin Man which charted @ #2 in the UK and #1 in the US… In 1965 The Beatles land their seventh #1 hit in America with “Eight Days A Week.”…1976 #1 Billboard Album: Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)…at this point I was playing Eagles tracks non-stop…

Fast forward to 2004 and a change of pace…one of my favourite tenors…Luciano Pavarotti makes his 379th and last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation…

One of my favourites is Nessum Dorma…

So effortless…wonderful…

The Toddy Fruit

Was a discovery when we dropped in at a fairly local market on our way home from the farm…I spied this fruit a new one for me, had a look and walked past thinking other stalls may have them when I realised only one stall had very few and they were going like hotcakes…literally.

toddy-palm-fruit

Luckily as you can see I managed to grab some wondering how I was going to get into them as they have every hard shell…and at the time I hadn’t clue what I had just brought.

Toddy Palm or as it is also known Palmyra palm, Doub palm, Tala palm or wine palm.

The fruit or palm sugar is also used to make a variety of sweet desserts.

Thati Manjula has a sweet taste and gelatin texture which is ideal for a number of sweet dishes such as milkshake by blending with nut milk and adding vanilla and other flavours like cinnamon, cardamom or rose-water and can also be enjoyed chilled.

Make payasam by heating nut milk, coconut milk and palm sugar. Add coconut powder and almond flour to thicken the mixture. Finally,  pour into a mould here a folded banana leaf would be used and allow it to cool. Add chopped tropical fruits like pineapple or mango, shredded coconut and or nuts it is now ready to eat.

More interesting facts about the Toddy Palm.

It is a huge palm that can reach 30 metres in height and is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

The fruit which grows in clusters is hard-shelled and needs to be opened by someone who has a sharp machete. This lady looks very adept with her knife unlike me who is quite liable to lose a few fingers.

Traditionally the sap is collected by tapping the top shoots and hanging and collecting the dripping sap in earthenware pots. The juice which is collected in the mornings is refreshing and light with a sweet sugary taste.

This fruit ferments very quickly and juice collected in the evening after fermentation is a  sour fermented beverage.

Toddy sap fermented is called arrack or when concentrated to a crude sugar called Jaggery.

What is Jaggery?

Jaggery is sometimes called non-centrifugal sugar because it is not spun during processing thus removing the nutritious molasses. Jaggery is found all over Asia but called by different names.

Namtam tanode here in Thailand, Gur in India, Panela in Columbia, Gula Melaka in Malaysia.

Is it more nutritious than sugar?

Jaggery contains more nutrients than refined sugar due to its molasses content.

Medical benefits.  

The tree sap is also a laxative and believed to have medicinal properties.

It is purely organic and a natural coolant for the body. It is known to contain Vitamins A, B-complex and C. It is also known to contain essential minerals like zinc, potassium, iron and calcium. It is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

It can be used to treat nausea and vomiting and also worm infestation.

The sap is used as a tonic, laxative, for treating ulcers and liver problems. The pulp of the fruit is known to cure a number of inflammatory conditions of the skin.

Did you know?

Why is the letter w in English called double-u? Should it not be called double v?

The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims”.

Not something which happens here in Thailand but March 14 (tomorrow) is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2:00 A.M. that day. If your area observes it, don’t forget to “spring forward” and set the clocks one hour ahead, or you may find yourself an hour late to everything!

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

 

 

 

Saturday Snippets…6th March 2021…

 

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…During the lockdown I have been following Mark Weins on UTube he eats at various restaurants around Asia and many in Thailand which means for me  I can make my wish list for when lockdowns finish and travel is easier…

This video shows the market and food where I live... Tessaban a market where I regularly shop …It also shows some food that I hadn’t tried or heard of and last week I found some of the food…stuffed frog shown in the video and it is lovely…enjoy the video…

I love Thai food and eat much of what is shown but not all…I have also found some eating places whose menu I will be sampling.

Stuffed  Frog:

Originating from the Northern provinces of Thailand frog dishes are a staple of Northern Thai cuisine. Prepared in a variety of ways from curries, grilled, stuffed to deep-fried frogs legs, each dish is as appetizing as the next. In fact, you would not even know it was a frog until you are told the meat is a good source of protein, low in fat … Ranging from spicy to non-spicy dishes, the frog meat dish can be found either in a typical Thai restaurant, a food court that sells a variety of home-cooked economy rice dishes or from a street food stall.

These stuffed frogs are cleaned and stuffed with a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, chillies, minced liver/frog meat or pork, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice it was very spicy but delicious to me it looks a little like haggis…

Some 70 plus years ago, One of the best dance routines ever was filmed…Unrehearsed it took one take only…The performance was from the 1943 film Stormy Weather and is guaranteed to get your toes tapping its a fabulous routine.

Let’s have some music and a boogie…

Did you know?

Boeing uses potatoes to test their in-flight Wi-Fi, as they reflect and absorb the signals similarly to people. The project is called Synthetic Personnel Using Dialectic Substitution- or SPUDS.

Why is Ambergris so valuable and what is it?

Ambergris also called amber grease, or grey amber is whale vomit which is a solid, waxy and flammable substance and is dull grey or blackish in colour. However, it is believed to be passed either as spew or faeces.

It is a very costly wax that is produced as a secretion in the intestines (digestive system) of the sperm whale. The whale produces it to protect its gut from very sharp beaks of squid it prays on in the ocean. The substance acquires a sweet, earthy scent as it ages.

Described as floating gold it is illegal to kill the sperm whale to obtain Ambergris as the whale is categorised as vulnerable to find this Ambergris washed up on the beach is a find indeed…

To think that something which sounds so disgusting us ladies put behind our ears.

Did you know?

I have long been a fan of David Bowie and his music...he was a legendary songwriter and an iconic performer… in the late 1990s, he was also an internet provider. He launched BowieNet in 1998 and the service remained available until the early 2000s. For $19.95 a month, users would receive an email address (yourname@davidbowie.com), 5MB of online storage meant for a personal web page, exclusive audio and video of Bowie, access to chat rooms where Bowie would pop up on occasion), and even multiplayer games.

Rare fruit: This week I came across a fruit which resembles a catkin…The Long Pepper…

 

It comes from a flowering vine from the family Piperaceae…usually sold dried and used as a spice and seasoning the flavour closely resembles regular black pepper it has a hotter taste with sweet and somewhat earthy, gingery undertones. Native to India it is also found here in Thailand…I have found the dried version and am on the hunt for fresh ones…

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 21st – 27th February 2021 – 1960s Pop Music, Short Stories, Poetry, Blog Stars, Books, Reviews and Funnies — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up with posts that you might have missed during the week. I don’t have a great deal to report this week which in many respects is a good thing. We are waiting to hear the government decision regarding lock down today or tomorrow but it looks like it has been […]

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 21st – 27th February 2021 – 1960s Pop Music, Short Stories, Poetry, Blog Stars, Books, Reviews and Funnies — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine