Archive for November, 2022

St. Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew was a fisherman who, along with his brother Peter, became disciples of Jesus Christ.  Andrew was crucified by the Romans on a X-shaped cross in Greece, and the Saltire is known as St. Andrew’s cross.

While probably most recognizable as the patron saint of Scotland, he is also the patron saint of Greece, Barbados, Russia, and Romania, a surprise to me.

If you’re a fishmonger, singer, spinster, maiden, old maid, or a woman wishing to become a mother, St. Andrew is your man.  He’s also handy with gout and sore throats, though I haven’t unearthed why…

Enjoy St. Andrew’s Day with this Scottish Shortbread recipe from my cookbook, Our World At Your Table. Guess they’re making these in Barbados today, too.  They’re simply good and an all-time favorite.

6 oz plain flour
2 oz caster sugar
1 oz icing sugar
2 oz rice flour
5 oz butter
pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 140°C (280°F or Gas mark 2).
In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugars and the butter.
Sift in the flours and salt: work by hand to a stiff dough.
Roll out the dough to ½ inch thickness.
Shape into a round or into ‘fingers’ and prick with a fork.
Bake in the oven until light golden brown, around 30 – 40 minutes.

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Giving Thanks for Good Harvests

While it is Thanksgiving Day today in the United States,  Canada and other countries around our planet also give thanks for the bounty of a full harvest.  I am very thankful for the people in my life, past, present and future, and for the relative ease in which I can access food, water, and shelter for daily sustenance.  It is easy to take for granted our natural resources, so I would like to propose reflection on just how generous Mother Nature is to us, and to give thanks for all we have been provided with.   As Nature provides for us, we have a duty of care to protect and love her.  Providence.

I wouldn’t be a cookbook author if I didn’t share another great cookbook that I love and feel is completely appropriate for the spirit of giving thanks, written by a woman in the Mennonite community: More With Less by Doris Janzen Longacre.

This book was printed on chlorine-free paper and its production saved the equivalents of roughly 5 tons of trees, 1 swimming pool’s worth of water, 1 garbage truck’s capacity of waste, and the greenhouse gas emissions of one car for an entire year’s usage.  While it seems today many many people have turned away from faith because of human foibles and scandals (which I completely understand) let us remember what faith is in its purest form: a love and respect for those things seen and unseen that manifest in and guide our existence.

It is my sincere wish that people respect one another’s ideologies irrespective of one’s faith, sex, identity, race, or class; each one brings something beautiful to the tapestry we call Life; let us be thankful for the cornucopia of spiritual paths to help us along the way to enlightenment and, ultimately, peace.  Giving thanks for all roads open to us, peace to you and yours.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Fly Me to the Moon

Coping with sunless, cold, and dreary days…

Good for cooking, too!

via Julie London – Fly me to the moon – YouTube.

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“Celebrating” World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day, so named because the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting, was born on this day. Apparently, several cities around Planet Earth are marking this day including my original hometown and my adopted hometown by lighting monuments in blue.

“Celebrating” is hardly a word I would use to describe dealing with Diabetes.

While Type 1 Diabetes is an unfortunate genetic condition from birth, Type 2 which is far more prevalent and a modern-day health crisis is preventable. PREVENTABLE.

Would you rather manage type 2 diabetes, or would you choose to prevent it in the first place?

If you already have Type 2 diabetes, would you invest the time and willpower to reverse it through making changes to your diet and habits?

I’ve been told the US website prominently features managing Type 2 through drugs provided by 12 drug manufacturing sponsors listed on the US website.

I give credit for the fact that the UK website mentions alternative treatments:

To your health.

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Apicius: De Re Coquinaria

A free e-book of one of the oldest recorded cookbooks.  From Imperial Rome.  

REALLY OLD – Patience required.  

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Book III, The Gardener, is my favorite.

The Project Gutenberg eBook of Apicius: Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome, by Joseph Dommers Vehling.

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100 Wartime Recipes « The 1940’s Experiment

Hi Everyone,

I’m in England at the moment cooking some recipes from Our World At Your Table.

The British certainly know a thing or two about making do and mending, as Make Do and Mend was a popular wartime mantra that encapsulated the deprivations of 1940s England.  Which brings me to this collection of recipes to share with you today.  Ta.

100 Wartime Recipes « The 1940’s Experiment.

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I Juana Mama!

Disclaimer: Make this potion for entertainment purposes only  🙂

Things you’ll need:

Mama Juana spice mix (order online)

A Fifth of Rum

A bottle of Red Wine

Some Honey

An Empty Half-Gallon Bottle

Lots of luck!

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