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Yes! Natural ‘soap’ from the Yucca plant

Wow! I absolutely loved this video when I came across it and at the time had no idea of the connection to Meeks book Vokhtah…You must check out those books I am reading the Miira series and finding it an excellent read and am on the second one which is equally a fascinating read…

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Huge thanks to Carol from Carol Cooks 2 for her wonderful post on all things ‘soap’. One of the fascinating titbits in her post was this video about soap in the desert:

Why am I so chuffed to discover the Yucca root soap?

Because in Vokhtah [book 2], I mention something called ‘soapweed’. It’s a root that’s used for washing when water and sand are not enough. Discovering that there really is such a root is fantastic. -dance-

And as an added extra, the yucca grows in a dry, arid environment, which is almost exactly like Vokhtah. Simply could not get better. 🙂

cheers,
Meeks

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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 17th-23rd October 2021…My Culinary A-Z, The Winners of the Earthshot Prize, Duqqa, Black Bean Burger, Music and S.O.A.P…

My Environmental A-Z, Music …it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month in the US…The winners of the Earthshot prize, Peanut Brownie Cookies, Duqqa, Black Bean Buns, S.O.A.P and Music by Coldplay.

Time is marching on and I am hearing little murmurings about Christmas…sigh…we are now nearing the end of October and Halloween will soon be here… Santa says it’s 62 sleeps…It is nearly time to start making those cakes and puddings if they are to be matured, marzipanned and iced by Christmas…

Does anyone remember the Tunis Cake ? a Madeira cake with chocolate icing and marzipan fruits? I’m thinking of having a go at replicating that this year…

Did you know that in October…? 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you should have or should be planting those Spring Bulbs…I absolutely adore seeing the spring flowers… the first snowdrops, the beautiful narcissi and my favourites bluebells which come to bloom a tad later than the daffodils…but first, we have to enjoy the beautiful colour changes of the fall in the Northern Hemisphere…Those colours are glorious…the beautiful Marigold which is one of Octobers flowers complement the autumn colours…However, if you live in Southern climes then the beautiful Cosmos flower will be in bloom… such a pretty plant with beautiful pink flowers…

The name Cosmos comes from the Greek kosmos, meaning order, harmony, or the world…we could certainly do with some of that in the world…

October music...Coldplay has released “Music of the Spheres”…Coldplay’s next tour will partly be powered by a dancefloor that generates electricity when fans jump up and down, and pedal power at the venues. It’s part of a 12-point plan to cut their carbon footprint.

Two years after the band pledged not to tour until they could do so in a more sustainable way Coldplay are about 50%  of the way to achieving this… Coldplay will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Chris Martin said “We’re trying our best, and we haven’t got it perfect…For me they are trying to be the change…

I admire the band for taking a stand…for trying their best…I admire the honesty…the fact they are trying… I loved the fact that at the prizegiving ceremony for the Earthsot prizes In keeping with the goal of the awards ceremony, which is designed to incentivise change to repair the planet over the next ten years, 60 cyclists pedalling on bikes provided the power for the music performances…How awesome is that?

Monday’s Post covered the Winners of Prince Williams Earthshot Prize...what a wonderful affair it was the Prince and Princess looks amazing in their recycled clothes as did the guests, instead of a red carpet it was a “green carpet”…everything that could be done to make the venue and the ceremony environmentally friendly was done… which shows it can be done…I have every hope that Prince William will with the help of Sir David Attenborough be the change the world needs to survive this environmental crisis…

The Winners of Prince Williams Earthshot Prize Announced…

Halloween...a black bean burger and bun…I have tried both and honestly black bean burgers are tasty the buns are ok..to me more of Halloween Gimic but it adds to the atmosphere of Halloween…

My preference is a lovely bowl of soup…

Halloween Recipes….Will you dare to try a black bean burger and black bun??

Q was a poser and one where I couldn’t come up with much for the letter Q although I invite anyone to join with Pete who came up with marraQuetta or the alternate spelling marraQuetas and added one more culinary item where the middle letter is Q…Thank you, Pete x

I need to enquire though Pete did you mean “the drink” or “marraquetas bolivianas” which are Chilean French Bread Rolls?

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter Q…Duqqa…

When there is a chill in the air or just because a hotpot hits the spot…As I have a food blog it makes me delighted when someone tries one of my recipes and gives me feedback…John did just that and much more he wrote a wonderful blog post…Thank you, John it was much appreciated and I am very happy to share your feedback x

Making A Lancashire Hotpot! Here’s The Recipe For this Traditional English Meal! By John Rieber…

We all know that we need to look after our health and apart from exercise what we eat plays a big part in that…Please head over to Smorgasbord Magazine and read how you can look after your Heart and Stress plus read about the foods and nutrients you require to do this…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health – The Heart and Stress – Foods and nutrients needed to support you – by Sally Cronin

I love blogging… I also love the interaction with other bloggers and readers of my posts…I love it, even more, when we share recipes and tips…this recipe is one of Ally’s mum’s recipes so a much cooked and loved recipe…Today I was the sous chef and Lily was the baker of these cookies/biscuits…I roasted the peanuts and Lils did the rest there was lots of flour and cocoa about as she was rather enthusiastic with her mixing…we both ended up with a cocoa shower…lol…

The biscuits were beautiful …Thank you Ally for sharing your mum’s recipe x…Ally also makes wonderful Pizzas so please head over and check them out…They look and sound delicious.

It’s Cookie Time!… Today we are baking Peanut Brownie Cookies…

There are times in our lives when we need to up our nutrient intake but sometimes we are at a loss of what is best to eat for the maximum benefit…Sally has this covered…This week it’s Part 3 of Weekly Shopping by nutrient and Sally is covering Calcium to Manganese. Don’t forget that as an extra at the end of this series Sally will be providing a printable shopping list for you to make it even easier…#recommended read.

Smorgasbord Health Column Rewind – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by #Nutrient – Part Three – #Calcium to #Manganese by Sally Cronin

Saturday Snippets is where I can indulge my whimsy and have fun finding connections to one word prompts…Sometimes that word just jumps out at me and others come from friends who kindly send me a word…Please keep them coming I love a challenge…x

Soap was quite a challenge as with words like that which are a product often don’t come up with so much but just the same ole same ole…lol and others like chocolate came up with so much more…but it makes it all the more exciting for me …it certainly gives the brain a workout…x

I think the soap Yucca was the most rewarding for me and I learnt a lot from that video which was very interesting…A useful and fascinating plant…

Saturday Snippets 23rd October 2021…Soap or S.O.A.P…

If you are still with me until the end of this post…then I thank you for your continued support and contributions to the comments… you know who you are… you make blogging so much more rewarding for me…Thank you…

I hope to see you next week with my normal mixture of recipes and environmental news… Enjoy your Sunday xxx

 

 

Saturday Snippets 23rd October 2021…Soap or S.O.A.P…

 

Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and this week my word is…Soap

Soap is something we all use, something we buy off the supermarket shelves ready-made, some make their own it comes in many guises from carbolic to very fragrant…my favourite at the moment is Papaya soap…Made from natural ingredients, Papaya soap is a natural, gentle soap that’s safe to use on different parts of the body, including the face.

A normal bar of soap cleans and removes dirt. But it may be too harsh for the skin, stripping it of natural oils…

But what can I find with a connection to the word “soap” apart from using it to wash your hands?

Gamers out there may be familiar with Johnny “Soap” McTavish…

Johnny MacTavish, also known as Soap, is a character and SAS operator of the Coalition faction featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. First mentioned at the end of the Modern Warfare campaign and heard within a Warzone cutscene, Soap was released as a playable operator on August 3rd, 2021 as part of the “Soap Operator Bundle”.

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..Fancy making your own soap. You will need a soap Kettle…

The early soap kettles would have been heated over an open fire…

The word “Sapo” first appears in a book written in Latin titled “Natural History” by Pliny the Elder an academic from Pompeii. It was like an early set of encyclopedias of the ancient world, written around 77 AD. In book 28, chapter 51, Pliny writes: There is also soap (Sapo), an invention of the Gauls for making their hair shiny. It is made from tallow and ashes, the best from beechwood ash and goat fat, and exists in two forms, solid and liquid; among the Germans, both are used more by men than by women.

Making soap now can be almost an art form and some soaps look good enough to eat…

No Soap Radio…TV Series…

No Soap, Radio is an American sitcom and sketch comedy that aired on ABC on Thursdays from April 15 until May 13, 1982. Five episodes were broadcast. The five episodes also appeared on the BBC, where the deletion of commercial breaks gave the show an even more rapid-fire look.

The title is taken from a 1950s prank where “no soap radio” is given as a non-sequitur punchline to a joke.

Soap Nuts…Is not someone who is addicted to the TV SOAPS…like Devious Maids, Lifetime’s soapy series about four ambitious Latina housekeepers in Beverly Hills.

They are something that you do your washing with…over the last few years they have become very popular…Soap nuts, or Indian soapberries, have become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. They are an amazing natural detergent due to a natural cleaning essence that is contained in their shell.

Although their popularity has soared soapnuts have been known and used for centuries: these soap berries have historically always been an integral element of Indian customs and used widely by many Indian households. They are the fruits of a small tree called Sapindus Mukorossi tree, native of the Himalayas and the mountainous region between India and Nepal. Also called soapberry nut husks, they are indeed the husk (shell) from soapberry nuts. Once picked and left to dry in the sun, these amazing shells contain a natural cleaning agent called saponin that produces an effect comparable to soap.

Soap Lake…Washington…

A story about Soap Lake Conservancy…A mineral Lake…

Soap Lake is a meromictic soda lake in the town of Soap Lake, Washington formed by the Missoula Floods at the foot of the Grand Coulee. The lake gets its name from the naturally occurring foam that gives its water a soapy appearance, and because the lake’s mineral-rich waters have a slick, soapy feel.

Soap Lake’s mineral-rich waters have long been thought to have medicinal value. In fact, it is said that rival Indian tribes would call a truce when they came to Soap Lake to relax and heal themselves and their animals. This is verified by recorded history and the number of Indian artefacts found in the area over the years. Washington State tourist guides in the 1920s referred to Soap Lake as the “world’s greatest mineral sea” and people afflicted with Buerger’s disease said that bathing in the lake cured their illness. The city of Soap Lake bills itself as “Washington’s Health Resort“.

S.O.A.P…Parody of television soap operas–the show’s humour relies on exaggerating soap operas’ characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters.

Soap is an American sitcom television series that originally ran on ABC from September 13, 1977, until April 20, 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. Similar to a soap opera, the show’s story was presented in a serial format and featured melodramatic plotlines including alien abduction, demonic possession, extramarital affairs, murder, kidnapping, unknown diseases, amnesia, cults, organized crime warfare, a communist revolution and teacher-student relationships. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME“, and in 2010, the Tates and the Campbells ranked at number 17 in TV Guides list of “TV’s Top Families”.

Soap trees…grow in the Eucalypt forests of the Northern Territory and Queensland…recognisable by the leaves, which are glossy dark green above and silver/white underneath the flowers are tiny and cream in colour which produce a spherical black berry when ripe. Other common names are Red Ash or Leatherjacket.

In summer the fruits attract the birds…Leaves, bark, roots are used medicinally by aboriginals, berries to catch fish. Bush soap is made by crushing the leaves.

Soap Yucca…This is no ordinary Yucca plant…

I love this video with lots of tips and how you can make soap plus the creosote plant.

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S.O.A.P. were a Danish pop music duo made up of the two sisters Heidi “Suriya” Sørensen (born October 18, 1979) and Saseline “Line” Sørensen (born July 26, 1982). Their music was primarily written by Remee and produced by Holger Lagerfeldt for Sony Music Entertainment Denmark. They released two albums before they disbanded in 2002. They are best known for their single “This Is How We Party”, and sold almost 2 million albums worldwide.

I hope you have enjoyed discovering that soap is not always what it seems…Enjoy your weekend  xxx