Welcome to this weeks Saturday Snippets…in many ways, my favourite post of the week as I can indulge my whimsy…The healthy eating is..it is…starting slowly…the good news the Xmas cake is now eaten…the bad news is my neighbours gave us some lovely honey-roasted bananas yesterday..2 packs…xx
Did you know? While the world was sheltering last year and maybe people and children were beginning to think that nothing new and exciting happened…Well, it did… a new Monkey and the longest creature on earth was discovered last year…how cool is that?
The creature is more like a jellyfish than a worm and is actually a colonial organism made up of smaller, specialized polyps and medusoids, collectively known as zooids, which act like humans inside a submarine, each zooid managing a different physiological function such as propulsion or gastric function.
This week in my Kitchen…
The bread making is going well I am now tweaking the recipe by slowly increasing the amount of stone-ground whole wheat flour to my sandwich loaf ..so far so good I haven’t had to tweak the other ingredients yet although as I increase the ratio of whole wheat flour I will have to increase the liquid.
This is because the germ and bran that are present in whole wheat flour can absorb more liquid than the endosperm. … In general, the more whole wheat flour in the dough, the more water you will need to use.
Foccacia...was the new bread I made this week…for a first attempt it came out well the texture was good the size of my tin was not I should have used a bigger baking tin as the bread rose more than I anticipated…Recipe to follow next week…x
The one thing I do acknowledge though is cooking like many things is a learning curve especially with new recipes as ovens vary, humidity can affect baking so many varients which is why often when I try a new recipe I halve the ingredients and always follow the recipe exactly and if it comes out perfectly the first time that’s good… no tweaks required but often some tweaks are a given because of personal taste and that can be a big variable alongside other factors.
National Food Days…it’s spicy hot chilly day…
It had to happen and who’s a happy bunny then? Moi…Its the red-hot day of the year…
The world’s chilli heads, heat-seekers and extreme eaters can take their passion to extremes. International Hot and Spicy Foods Day …There are habanero-eating challenges to fancy-dress contests and cook-offs of popular spicy hot recipes.
This little dip is a recipe from Bali given to me by my grandson’s girlfriend, it is very easy to make but made more special by the addition of tamarind.
Called Rujak sauce it is lovely with mangoes.
- Take 200 gm of palm sugar shaved.
- 15 gm of tamarind flesh and 5 tbsp of water leave to infuse for 5 mins and then drain and keep the tamarind flavoured water.
- 6 or more Thai chillies.
- 1/4 tsp shrimp paste and 1/4tsp salt.
Blitz all these ingredients together and you have fiery little sauce.
There are so many different types, including Thai Birds Eye, Carolina Reapers, Ghost Peppers, Habanero, Red Cayenne Pepper, Serrano, Guajillo, Poblano, Peppadew, and much more. They all bring a different level of heat and a different type of flavour to dishes.
Among serious chilli lovers… it also re-kindles the great debate: which chilli pepper tops the official Scoville heat scale?
That crown goes to the…
#1: Carolina Reaper. 1,400,000 to 2,200,000 Scoville heat units.
The Washed Ashore Project:
A beautiful project or the artwork is… it also sends a message …This video only has one like and that is mine…please have look and if you like the art and the message please them a like.
Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action. Since 2010, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.
Only In Thailand…
Bloggers Corner…Smorgasbord Blogger Daily…
Although my Fish Pie is featured here I am also sharing the post with two other fabulous cooks…I know you all know me but if you are not familiar with Amy and Dorothy please check them out as they both post some wonderful recipes…
Amy showcased Kalua Pork Loco Moco, Spinach Salad with Pears and Walnuts and Dorothy showcased Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado and Melon all recipes which I am definitely going to try they sound delicious…So head over to Sally’s but after you have eaten or you will come away drooling and ravenous…xx
This week’s …Weird Fruit
Looking like something from outer space (and, in fact, it once made an appearance on Star Trek, Deep Space Nine as a Golana melon (episode name: “Time’s Orphan”).but the Kiwano melon is actually grown in Southern Africa, California and New Zealand. Nicknamed the “horned melon,” its yellow, stubby exterior encases a bright green, jelly-like fruit with edible seeds. The fruit has a citrusy flavour that some liken to a mix of cucumber, lime and banana.
Time for some Music…
January 1992-Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton unplugged session for MTV included a reworked acoustic version of Layla which earned the album 6 Grammy Awards including the award for Record of the Year.
Thank you for popping in today I hope you have enjoyed Saturday Snippets …as always I look forward to your comments as you all know I love to chat…Thanx Carol xx