Saturday, 30 April 2016

Confit of candied lentil dessert

Confit of candied lentil dessert
Wow one to try worth hitting the translate button :)
Thanks Assiettes Gourmandes great post.

Originally shared by Assiettes Gourmandes

May Day, Beltane, and the menace of May Eve

May Day, Beltane, and the menace of May Eve
Fiery sacrifices, outdoor sex and morris dancing at dawn – Professor Nick Groom guides us through the cultural history of May Eve and May Day…

The first of May is Beltane, the pagan festival celebrating summer, so named for the ‘lucky fire’. Beltane fires were traditionally lit in the Central Scottish Highlands on 1 May in rituals that carried threats of human sacrifice.

In one parish, it was recorded in the eighteenth century, a fire was lit and a cake baked and divided into pieces, one of which was daubed with charcoal. The villagers were blindfolded and each picked a piece:

Whoever draws the black bit is the devoted person who is to be sacrificed to Baal, whose favour they mean to implore, in rendering the year productive of the sustenance of man and beast.
Read on below ;) #Beltain

Friday, 29 April 2016

PATAX Jazz, flamenco and world music

PATAX Jazz, flamenco and world music
Is today the most promising fusion band of Spain
With more than 42,000 followers on Facebook and 20 million views on Youtube, this group is an unstoppable trajectory.

This ambitious project, led by Jorge Perez , is based on a unique and very personal proposal based on Jazz, and also drinks Flamenco , Latin music , black music and contemporary pop .
Patax took off in March 2016 its third album , entitled A Night To Remember ( Youkalimusic records ), recorded in live .
#Jazz Fresh and New

Monday, 25 April 2016

1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Next to a Fastback.

1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Next to a Fastback.
Pony car class
As a result, the basic two-door, four passenger Pony Car characteristics were set:
Stylish and sporty long hood, short deck, and "open mouth" styling
Affordable base price (under $2,500 — in 1965 dollar value)
"Off-the-shelf" mass production components
Wide range of often lucrative options to individualize each car
Youth-oriented marketing and advertising

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sunday Lunch afters Sweet/pudding ?

Sunday Lunch afters Sweet/pudding ?

Sunday lunch Interlude next the Sweet/Pudding

Sunday lunch Interlude  next the Sweet/Pudding

Get a head on from da The Warheads ;)

Get a head on from da The Warheads ;)

The Bird is a roasting with Plums and Apricots on a Sunday for Ruby and Co for #DigitalFood on the road.

The Bird is a roasting with Plums and Apricots on a Sunday for Ruby and Co for #DigitalFood on the road.

Up close :) to a ......

Up close :) to a ......
Veyron 16.4
The classic two-tone design creates the characteristic side view with the signature Bugatti line.
The centre line and horseshoe-shaped radiator grille also bridge the gap between the early Bugatti models and the present day.
The broad rear section features an imposing retractable spoiler and prominent wings, while the horizontal headlamps and radiator define a striking front.

The Veyron 16.4 is completely sold out. Oh dear !

Friday, 22 April 2016


So does the UK’s tardy ranking at 38th come as any surprise, then?

So does the UK’s tardy ranking at 38th come as any surprise, then?
"Take the perpetual argument that BBC News is biased.
Politicians, academics and campaigners have long debated that the organisation is either sympathetic to the left or to the right, presenting surveys, research and countless anecdotal diatribes to support their claims."

"This is all nonsense, in my view. The BBC has one bias and that is in protecting its public funding, regardless of what government is in charge at the time of its Royal Charter renewal"

Similar Goat vein Patrick Ryall ;)
Hat tip Uche Eke

Originally shared by Xenophrenia

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Alienware 15 R2 New work station ( Honest ;)

Alienware 15 R2 New work station ( Honest ;)
What a beauty to behold and play work i mean.
Next few days going to be fun configuring etc.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

A great Smorgasbord of #DigitalFood

A great Smorgasbord of #DigitalFood

"For a clever man, nothing is easier than to find arguments that will convince him that he is doing right when he is doing what he wants to do." - aldous huxley
"For a truly clever man, nothing is easier than to find arguments that will convince him that he is doing what he wants to do, when he is doing right" Jeff Bond

Please go to Patrick Ryall original post to comment( Some super ones to read too !)

Originally shared by Pádraig Ó Raghaill

In pursuit of terra firma 

Technology propels our world, it has provided the ability to source information where once it would have taken weeks, and many trips to a variety of libraries. It has provided a means for information to be spread to all corners of the globe, instantly. Despite all the undeniable benefits it has also disconnected us. Not just from each other but also from our environment. 

The ability to form connections with people through only a screen, a tribe or community could be seen as a positive. Scott Caplan Ph.D. in his 2003 thesis said that people develop a predisposition to forming relationships online and further creates a social anxiety, in the real world. 

Individuals who suffer from psychosocial distress, such as loneliness and depression, hold negative perceptions of their own social competence. 

Existing research on psychosocial health and interpersonal communication competence offers robust support for his claim. First, with regard to loneliness, considerable empirical evidence indicates a significant negative relationship between loneliness and both self- and observer ratings of one’s social skill 

(Jones, 1982; Jones, Hobbs, & Hockenbury, 1982; Prisbell, 1988; Riggio, Throckmorton, & DePaola, 1990; Segrin, 1993, 1996, 2000; Segrin & Flora, 2000; Spitzberg & Canary, 1985; Spitzberg & Hurt, 1987). 

In short, people who prefer to connect online over time experience increased loneliness, a greater feeling of isolation forms and socialisation skills in the real world, further erode. 

As briefly outlined in a post I wrote about children and being parked in front of screens, this can have reaching impacts on a child's mental state and capacity for early learning. Another brief post outlines how inmates in prison gain more time outside in recreation than the average child.

For all technology has brought us one could also say it is having severe impacts on the wellbeing of adults and children alike. 

Disconnection from people and environment creates a myriad of physical and mental health issues. Sedentary behaviour impacts the cardiovascular system, impeding the vascular endothelial growth factor, and Type 2 diabetes and obesity are heightened. Prolonged exposure to screens can cause myopia, a condition affecting long and medium vision. 

For adults, an awareness can be all that is needed to adjust lifestyle habits. Although to coin a common sarcastic phrase, 'won't somebody think of the children'. 

Now we have a new technology emerging, in a time when children need more 'reality, we are seeing the emergence of virtual reality. If screen time is bad for kids, just imagine the impact this new technology could have. Exacerbating already poor socialisation skills; while having even more impact on eyesight development.

I want to reiterate, I am in no way anti-technology, in this new series and soon to be published articles it is about awareness and positive reinforcement. In adults and children, we are seeing an increase in physical and psychological disorders. The more we are aware of the downside, the more we are educated, the easier it is to create change.

#EarlyLearning #VirtualReality #ADHD #Sociology

Alex Cortiz tracks added has produced 12 albums of deep vibin’ grooves with elements of nu jazz, cinematic dub,...

Alex Cortiz tracks added has produced 12 albums of deep vibin’ grooves with elements of nu jazz, cinematic dub, soulful blaxploitation, lush bossa nova and chilled deep house. 
He became one of the leading producers in nu relax and funky chill out. Often he has been linked to Kruder & Dorfmeister, Air, Nor Elle, Audio Lotion, Dj Cam and Afterlife.
On u #SoundCloud

Sunday Break the Fast Avocado Market.

Sunday Break the Fast Avocado Market.
Western European markets mostly prefer ready-to-eat Hass avocados, while Eastern European, Greek and Italian customers still often go for green skin avocados, such as the Fuerte and Pinkerton.

The popularity of Hass avocados is expected to grow. The biggest challenge in the coming years will lie in the sourcing.
Three years ago, not a single avocado was imported by China and now the country receives thirty containers per week. Importers are preparing for a worldwide shortage of avocados in the coming years.

The Chilean season came to an end in February with good volumes.
Afterwards, in March and April, there is always a gap in the market, which is normally filled by Spain and Israel with high price; however, productions in these countries have been limited due to the heat wave recorded in May last year.

Last month marked the arrival of the first South African avocados. South African avocados were hit by hail and the supply would have been been 25% lower, but new plantings have made up the deficit to bring estimates to around the same as last year.
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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Blackened King Prawns in a DooDong Delta style with Cava and a dash of decadent Raspberry & Kirsch jelly :-)

Blackened King Prawns in a DooDong Delta style with Cava and a dash of decadent Raspberry & Kirsch jelly :-)
Plus Netflix yaba yaba.

Getting the Creative Juices Flowing Going in the kitchen ! Berlin Dub style

Getting the Creative Juices Flowing Going in the kitchen ! Berlin Dub style
From Rekall_ ( Jacques Your Body )
Montreal, Canada
Space music, dub techno, electro, IDM, funk, soul, jazz, krautrock, ambient, downtempo, dub. DJ Tributes, for the memory of a lifetime, recall!

Influences : Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Biosphere, Can, Vangelis, Global communication, Orbital, Autechre, FSOL, Aphex Twin, John Peel, Simon Reynolds, Laurent Garnier, Plastikman, Underworld, Speedy J, Jeff Mills, Autechre, DJ Shadow, Monolake, Claude Young, UR, Basic Channel.

On u #SoundCloud

Two Birds(Chicken) with One Stone

Two Birds(Chicken) with One Stone
My second dilemma concerns a second set of two chickens, however these chickens are alive and even more troublesome. These two chickens, apparently vagabonds of some kind, wandered onto the grounds of the monastery earlier today.

They were drunk and rowdy, and disturbed many of the other monks during post-breakfast meditation.

I asked them kindly to leave us in peace and find refuge elsewhere, but they refused and became belligerent.
They both swung their wings at me as if to punch me, but fortunately they were quite drunk and immediately fell, unconscious, to the ground.

As they were comatose, I quickly grabbed them by their talons, placed them outside the monastery walls, and locked the gate.

However, they both regained consciousness mere minutes later, and since then, have been trying in vain to fly over the gate.

To make matters worse, they seem even more belligerent, and their drunken vulgarity continues to disturb our meditations.

“So I ask you, wise Master, what is the correct path of action?”

To which Lao Tzen Tzang replied:

“By killing two birds with one stone, you shall kill two birds with one stone.”

“And how shall I do that?” asked the pupil.

You must find the biggest stone in the garden. Also a twelve foot ladder.
Take these to the front gate, and carry the stone to the top of the ladder.
When the chickens are not looking, drop the stone on top of them.

Then cook them for supper.

“But, Master, what if the stone is too heavy to carry up the ladder?”

“Then you must find a slightly smaller stone that is not as heavy.”

“But, master, what if none of the stones are big enough to kill both chickens in one fell swoop?”

“Then find a stone you can fit in your hand.
Aim for one chicken and throw the stone in a sidearm motion, as you might throw a curveball.
The stone should ricochet off of the first chicken and hit the second chicken as well.”

The pupil followed his master’s advice but, alas, once again proved himself grossly incompetent.

He carried a large stone to the top of a ladder placed next to the front gate, but just as he was about to drop it, one of the chickens flew up and pecked him in the eye.

The young monk lost his balance and fell, dropping the rock on his own face.

Though as dumb luck would have it, the chickens saw this and laughed until they choked to death on their own vomit.

The young monk may have lost several teeth, but that didn’t prevent him from cooking and eating a delectable sesame chicken supper.

And for the first and second times in history, two birds were killed with one stone. Also a ladder.


Originally shared by Shen Yun Official Account

Idiom: Shooting Two Hawks with One Arrow 一 箭双雕
In the West, we say "to kill two birds with one stone," but in ancient China, archery was the way to go.
Meet Zhang Sunsheng: a well-trusted strategist and a talented archer from China’s Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589 C.E). Zhang was charged with escorting a princess to the northwest, where she would be married off to the neighboring Turkish clan. While in the Turkish kingdom, the king became so impressed by Zhang’s archery skills that he invited Zhang stay as a special guest of honor. Thus, Zhang spent the next year on holiday, and often accompanied the Turkish king on his hunting expeditions.
One day, the pair spotted two hawks flying overhead, squabbling over a piece of meat. The king handed Zhang two arrows and asked him to take down the intimidating raptors, one after the other. Zhang carefully strung his bow, aimed closely at his first target, and let go. But much to even his surprise, he struck both birds in one stroke, accomplishing his task with only half the effort.
Now that’s what we call efficiency!

Friday, 15 April 2016

“Military-industrial happiness.”

“Military-industrial happiness.”
"After JFK, the CIA got more interested in coming out to Hollywood.
"There is a book about their involvement here by James DiEugenio. It’s called Reclaiming Parkland, a wonderful book.
There’s a section about how, after the movie came out, the CIA opened an office here.
And the military did, too.
They really influenced the television and film business.
Homeland and 24?
Those are CIA propaganda shows where they do such a great job to stop terrorism.
And the military got very involved in promoting its services, providing aircraft carriers and this and that.
They wanted to do that with Platoon, but I said no, because they wanted to change the script.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Break the Fast Hollandaise sauce,poached eggs on spinach with smoked dry cured bacon.

Break the Fast Hollandaise sauce,poached eggs on spinach with smoked dry cured bacon.

Hollandaise is one of the five sauces in the French haute cuisine mother sauce repertoire.
It is so named because it was believed to have mimicked a Dutch sauce for the King of the Netherlands' state visit to France.

Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk and liquid butter, usually seasoned with lemon juice, salt, and a little pepper or cayenne pepper.

In appearance, it is light yellow and opaque, smooth and creamy.
Its flavor is rich and buttery, with a mild tang added by an acidic component such as lemon juice, yet not so strong as to overpower mildly flavored foods.

Hollandaise requires some skill and practice to prepare and hold.
Properly made, it will be smooth and creamy with no hint of separation.

The flavor will be rich and buttery, with a mild tang from the flavourings (e.g. lemon juice).

It is best prepared and served warm, but not hot.

There are several methods for preparing a hollandaise sauce.
All preparation methods require near-constant agitation, usually with a wire whisk.
One family of methods involves acidifying the egg yolks to aid in the formation of an emulsion, either with lemon juice or vinegar.

Escoffier uses a reduction of vinegar and water.
Others use lemon juice or sherry.
The acidified yolks are whisked gently over simmering water until they thicken and lighten in color (144 °F/62 °C).

Then, as with a mayonnaise,the emulsion is formed by slowly whisking melted butter.

Being a mother sauce, hollandaise sauce is the foundation for many derivatives created by adding or changing ingredients.

The following is a non-exhaustive listing of such minor sauces.

The most common derivative is
Sauce Béarnaise. It can be produced by replacing the acidifying agent (vinegar reduction or lemon juice) in a preparation with a strained reduction of vinegar, shallots, fresh chervil, fresh tarragon and crushed peppercorns.

Sauce Choron is a variation of béarnaise without tarragon or chervil, plus added tomato purée.

Sauce Foyot is béarnaise with meat glaze (Glace de Viande) added.

Sauce Colbert is Sauce Foyot with the addition of reduced white wine.

Café de Paris sauce is béarnaise with curry powder added.

Sauce Paloise is a version of béarnaise with mint substituted for tarragon.

Sauce au Vin Blanc (for fish) is produced by adding a reduction of white wine and fish stock to hollandaise.

Sauce Bavaroise is hollandaise with added cream, horseradish, and thyme.

Sauce Crème Fleurette is hollandaise with crème fraîche added.

Sauce Dijon also known as Sauce Moutarde or Sauce Girondine, is hollandaise with Dijon mustard.

Sauce Maltaise is hollandaise to which blanched orange zest and the juice of blood orange is added.

Sauce Mousseline also known as Sauce Chantilly, is produced by folding whipped cream into hollandaise.
If reduced sherry is first folded into the whipped cream, the result is
Sauce Divine
Madame Benoît's recipe for Mousseline uses whipped egg whites instead of whipped cream.

Sauce Noisette is a hollandaise variation made with browned butter (beurre noisette).

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Cat amongst pigeons "but give me deconstructed post-postmodernist ocelot's anus bolognaise with larks vomit and...

Cat amongst pigeons "but give me deconstructed post-postmodernist ocelot's anus bolognaise with larks vomit and rosemary infused ale in an antique onyx jam jar any day of the week over a lardy old carcinogenic Rowie and a warm tinny o' McEwans export."
by Dave Harrison on me other net Thanks Dave

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Good Huswifes Jewell 1585 by Thomas Dawson

The Good Huswifes Jewell 1585 by Thomas Dawson
To make a Haggas pudding
Take a peece of a Calves Chaldron and parboile it,
shred it so small as you can,
then take as much Beefe Sewet as your meat,
ten shred likewise, and a good deale more of grated bread,
put this together, and to then seven or eight yolkes of egs and two or three whites,
a little creame,
three or four spoonfuls of rosewater,
a little Pepper, Mace and nutmegs,
and a good deale of sugar,
fill them and let them be sodden with a very soft fire, and shred also with a little Winter savoury, parsely and Time, and a little Pennyroyal with your meat.

The Elizabethan age represented the period of transition from Medieval to modern.
Cookery was changing as trade brought new ingredients, and fashion favoured new styles of cooking,
with for example locally-grown herbs as well as imported spices.

Cooking came to be seen as a subject in its own right, rather than being part of medicine or books of "secrets"

Such books were becoming available to a wider audience than the aristocratic households of the Middle Ages, hence the "huswife" of Dawson's title.

Dawson's recipes included medicines, some of which involved sympathetic magic

The Good Huswife's Jewell described "a tart to provoke courage in either man or woman", calling for the brains of male sparrows.

Torn sinews are healed by taking "worms while they be nice", crushing them and laying them on to the sore "and it will knit the sinew that be broken in two".