Sunday, 30 October 2016

Bara Brith The cake recipe in need right now Thanks Hazel B

Bara Brith The cake recipe in need right now Thanks Hazel B

Originally shared by Hazel B

Welsh Bara Brith / Tea Bread Recipe
Bara Brith is also known Tea Bread, Yorkshire Tea Bread or Irish Tea Bread. It's a lovely tea time snack. Cook time: c.1hr Bara Brith  Bara Brith / Tea Bread Ingredients: One mug of brown sugar Two mugs of dried fruit (mixed or whatever you prefer) One mug ...

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Nth Degree Burger from Azlin Bloor ??? maybe

Nth Degree Burger from Azlin Bloor ??? maybe
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

What is hyssop?

Hyssop is a common herb which grew in Bible times and still grows extensively today in many varieties all over the world.
It's possible you have seen it in a garden near you.
Common varieties grow to about two feet tall and spread about a foot.

It has beautiful purple blue flowers and a strong mint smell. If you have ever seen or grown catmint, hyssop looks somewhat similar.

In "the old days" - before grocery store shelves were lined with cleaning products for every conceivable need, people used nature's products.

Hyssop was readily available, especially in the Middle East. Because it had detergent properties, it was widely used to clean sacred places such as temples.

Here are some times it was used in the Bible:

A bunch of hyssop was used to dip in the basin of blood of the Passover lamb to apply to the lintel and doorpost before the Israelites left Egypt. (Exodus 12:22) Since hyssop has strong woody stalks it could stand up to being shaken.

Cleansing ceremony for a leper in Leviticus 14:1-8. Again, hyssop was the dipping agent into blood of a bird and used to sprinkle over the unclean person.

In John 19:29, it was used at the crucifixion. "Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth."

Going to test run for Off the Hoof @

Originally shared by Azlin Bloor

The Ultimate Burger, with a Middle Eastern Flavour

What is your idea of the ultimate burger? Should the swagger be in the burger patty or do you think it’s the extras that should do the talking?

Me? I’m definitely in the second camp! Now don’t get me wrong, I would still like some flavour in the meat as a starting point, but that’s all it would be, a starting point, the groundwork, so to speak. Then, we build on this foundation with multiple layers of aroma, taste and texture. Just take a look at the image above and you’ll see what I’m talking about. What goes on and around the meat is what turns the plain old burger into The Ultimate Burger!

My secret ingredient here, well, ingredients in the plural, are those green and white sauces you see in the picture, 2 staples in our home: Zhoug, the Yemeni Green Chilli Sauce and Za’atar Yoghurt. Both recipe links are given on the blog, but for now, let's get cooking!


Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Serving Size: 4


500g/just over 1 lb minced beef (20% fat)
1 medium onion
1 small handful flat leaf parsley (curly is fine too)
1 large clove garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
half tsp sumac (or a 1 tsp lemon juice)
half tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper

Everything else
4 burger buns of your choice
enough lettuce leaves for 4 buns
2 medium tomatoes
1 medium red onion
2-4 tbsp Zhug, to taste (it's hot!)
4 tbsp za'atar yoghurt
4 cheese slices, Cheddar is great
enough olive oil to cook


1. Quarter the onion and place it in a chopper.

2. Add the garlic and parsley and chop it to a fine blend, with no water added.

3. Now place all the burger ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.

4. Form into 4 burger patties and place in the fridge while you get the vegetables ready.

5. Slice the tomatoes into rounds.

6. Slice the onions into rings.

7. Cook the burgers the way you want to, on the barbecue, under the grill (broiler) or on the stove top.

On the barbecue or under the grill

Lightly oil the top and bottom of the burger and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side for medium, 3-4 for well done.

On the stove top

1. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat.

2. Cook the burgers for about 2-3 minutes on each side for medium, 3-4 for well done.


The burger can be packed in any order you like.
My way: lettuce, onion rings, tomatoes, burger, zhug, za'atar yoghurt, cheese.

More hints and tips:


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Champagne with foaming whirls as white as Cleopatra's melted pearls ~Lord Byron

Champagne with foaming whirls as white as Cleopatra's melted pearls ~Lord Byron
#Champagne #Oysters

Originally shared by Jon “the chef” Hole

Coffee time fcuk the coffee
Champagne and Oysters break the fast time.
Champagne with foaming whirls as white as Cleopatra's melted pearls
Lord Byron

Oyster Eating
"Australopithecus, one of our ancient pre-human ancestors, ate oysters.
A shoreline diet of nutrient-rich oysters and other shellfish was one of the most significant opportunities in history that allowed our cranially challenged ancestors to grow big, juicy brains.

It wasn’t man who ate the first oyster; it was oysters that caused Australopithecus to become man.
As we climbed the evolutionary ladder, we brought the oyster along with us.
All over the planet, archaeologists have discovered man-made middens, massive garbage dumps heaped with thousands of oyster shells, which have been well-preserved thanks to the alkaline properties of oysters.
Careful excavation offers clues to the past in food scraps, human waste and other nifty tidbits.
More importantly, it shows we came up as social, nomadic creatures who liked to eat lots of oysters at big get-togethers.

As our nomadic social ancestors settled into a civilized society, they built up walls and we became enclosed like oysters.

The trouble with landlocking ourselves too far inland is that we cut out iodine-rich shellfish.
This caused iodine deficiency, resulting in fatigue and preventable mental retardation.
Today, many countries are legally obligated to add iodine to table salt to avoid the serious consequences of iodine deficiency.

It took some serious adapting to make civilizations work.
The clever inland civilizations made thoughtful efforts to acquire shellfish.
The Romans farmed oysters in the Mediterranean.
But they really made the grade when hydraulic engineer Sergius Orata figured out how to transport live oysters from the abundant coasts of Britain and France."
Credit  Pierre Lamielle

Swallow or Chew ? 
The myth is that true connoisseurs don't chew oysters – they tip them straight down their throats.
I suspect this one was made up to help oyster virgins get the whole experience over with as quickly as possible because, as well as breaking food down, chewing helps us to appreciate its flavour more fully.
Swallowing oysters whole, therefore, is surely akin to dousing them in Tabasco – it means you don't have to taste them.

The swallow-only camp, however, argues that oysters are a sensual experience that's more about the 'mouthfeel' than flavour

Swallow or chew ? 

Madame de Pompadour once said, Champagne is the only drink that leaves a woman still beautiful after drinking it

#Oysters   #Champagne

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices:

Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices:
Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin.
But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz - a true rhapsody in blue - are hunted to the edge of silence. ; Credit Jay Griffiths
#Jazz #Dance #Music on u #SoundCloud

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Proper Job Sunday guest of the The Old Barn

Proper Job Sunday guest of the The Old Barn
with the making of Sweet Chestnut,Apple and Bacon Stuffing.
A proper India Pale Ale
Natural Cornish spring water
Maris Otter pale Barley malt
Willamette, Chinook and Cascade Hops
Going down like a dream ;)
#Sunday #Lunch #Tresithick #Cornwall

Friday, 14 October 2016

Apple Glut x50=Cider making :))))

Apple Glut x50=Cider making :))))
Here's to thee, old apple tree,
That blooms well, bears well.
Hats full, caps full,
Three bushel bags full,
An' all under one tree.
Hurrah! Hurrah !
#Apple #Cider

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Superb The Warheads Mighty all the way on u #SoundCloud

Superb The Warheads Mighty all the way on u #SoundCloud

London this Friday

London this Friday
Thai food "
ain't about simplicity
It's about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish.
Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath

Simplicity isn't the dictum here, at all.
Some westerners think it's a jumble of flavors, but to a Thai that's important, it's the complexity they delight in Credit David

Shame i am the other end of the country.
Have a great one Sam with the #ChangBeer on the #ChangSensoryTrails

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

My Queen of the Pome Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was known to consider apples sacred.

My Queen of the Pome Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was known to consider apples sacred.
Historians believe the apple favored by Aphdrodite were really quince.

The legendary golden apple of Hesperides that Paris gave to Aphrodite was really a quince.

In Medieval times, Europeans thought quinces aided the digestion and prepared them frequently along with meats.
The English called the combination chardeqynce meaning flesh of quince.

Originally shared by Jon “the chef” Hole

Now in Season My Queen of the Pome (after the Latin word for fruit: pōmum) is a type of fruit produced by flowering plants in the family of Rosaceae. (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits)

Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossoms and other ornamental qualities.

The fruit was known to the Akkadians, who called it supurgillu;The modern name originated in the 14th century as a plural of quoyn, via Old French cooin from Latin cotoneum malum / cydonium malum, ultimately from Greek κυδώνιον μῆλον, kydonion melon "Kydonian apple".

I am sure all you Foodies know what it is ;)

On the side a glass of :
Honey & Daughters Midford Cider, Somerset
#Apple varieties used as follows
Brown Snout
Stembridge Cluster
Slack m' girdle
Ten Commandments
Crimson King
Harry Masters Jersey
Dunkerton Late Sweet
Yarlington Mill
Not your Average Cider makers !

Sliding down the neck well ;) Guess that is the #Apples covered.
(Keeps the doctor Away :)
Now to cook the fruit.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Cornish Riviera landed .

Cornish Riviera landed .
Not all treasure is silver and gold

The existence of the sea means the existence of pirates
– Malayan Proverb

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust ??? "The distinction between our physical selves and mental states is a philosophical construction, but it signifies a line in the sand between those who believe our bodies make us human and those who define humanity by our thoughts and social lives."

Originally shared by Jon “the chef” Hole

At the Digital Death Day
Aleks Krotoski  meets with Vered Shavit from Israel who having dealt with her late brother's digital legacy set up a website called Digital Dust to help others going through the same experience.

Hearing Vered's story Alek's asks how are we using the web to adapt the rituals that we have used for centuries to help us transition between the living and the dead?

Aleks discovers that since Vered's brother's death people continue to communicate with him through his Facebook profile. Dr Elaine Kasket a Counselling Psychologist who practices psychotherapy with the bereaved likens Facebook to a modern day medium. She also explains how Facebook is enabling people to continue bonds with the deceased.

The distinction between our physical selves and mental states is a philosophical construction, but it signifies a line in the sand between those who believe our bodies make us human and those who define humanity by our thoughts and social lives. But after our death can our persisting digital selves continue our presence for those left behind?

Ping Eli Fennell  got me thinking a bit more of more of ETER9 
a good interesting radio/podcast show.

Team Brunt Piracy at #TorbayMotorClub autocross.

Team Brunt Piracy at #TorbayMotorClub autocross.
Ottery St Mary, Devon

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Man from U.N.K.L.E. (Pádraig Ó Raghaill) on point.

The Man from U.N.K.L.E. (Pádraig Ó Raghaill) on point.
Napoleon Solo: [calling on the intercom] Illya, we have a situation here that needs your special talents. Are you free?
Illya Kuryakin: [from intercom] No man is free who works for a living.
But, I'm available.

Syndicated by T.H.R.U.S.H. #TheManFromUNKLE

Originally shared by Pádraig Ó Raghaill

Evil Bear? Maybe it should be Evil Hegemony Unkle Sam

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As the Roman Empire grew, it started having issues with servicing the Empire. A fractured economy, local trade suffered, and they constantly needed to expand in search of more resources thus as they grew so did their need for yet more resources. Another issue they had was securing enough silver to make their coins. Over time, the percentage of silver used decreased. In reality, their value declined, the losers were often the poor, a transference of wealth to the ‘elite.’ Running out of resources they inflicted even harsher taxation, they tried new trade agreements. However, their currency was basically, worthless and this dissolved much of their trade. Eventually, the Empire split into separate states and thus the Barbarians came, they saw, they plundered.

Sound familiar to today?

Now, of course, we also know that the European economy has also gone to shit in a handbag. The GFC, that wonderful credit bubble of bank-busting, economy debilitating, crap stain, that continued to leave skid marks, that could only ‘fixed’ with ‘austerity politics.’ The same austerity measures and ‘bailouts,’ that have continued to bankrupt countries. Instead of letting the banks go bust and with them some of the same bond holders, that caused the fuckery in the first place. String pullers thought stuff that, let the people pay for our mistakes. Now we have a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, dictators that just ‘had to go, “we came, we saw’ he died (laughing),” reduced to words of “skittles.”

So here we are in 2016 with a whole new level of financial fuckery on the horizon. America is living in one big bubble, while bleeding their economy dry, with never ending hegemony pursuits.
American Hypocrisy
Delivering democracy to your shore

Before we look at Russia in the continued outdated lens of the Evil Bear, we first should draw a contextual box around America. While America can have an Oligarchy and a twisted version of Nationalistic Fascism, for its political foundations. Russia must be viewed as the ‘Evil Bear.’ Even though America has more children in poverty than any other developed nation and even though, it has more people in gaol than any other country; it is somehow the world standard of a progressive country. Despite the fact, it has bombed 21 countries and the last decade has managed to destabilise much of the world.

Compiled from the book “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II”

Iran (1953)
Thailand (1957)
Laos (1958-60)
the Congo (1960)
Turkey (1960, 1971 & 1980)
Ecuador (1961 & 1963)
South Vietnam (1963
Brazil (1964)
the Dominican Republic (1963)
Argentina (1963)
Honduras (1963 & 2009)
Iraq (1963 & 2003)
Bolivia (1964, 1971 & 1980)
Indonesia (1965)
Ghana (1966)
Greece (1967)
Panama (1968 & 1989)
Cambodia (1970)
Chile (1973)
Bangladesh (1975)
Pakistan (1977)
Grenada (1983)
Mauritania (1984)
Guinea (1984)
Burkina Faso (1987)
Paraguay (1989)
Haiti (1991 & 2004)
Russia (1993)
Uganda (1996)
Libya (2011)

The way America speaks about Russia, you would think that is a list of countries they bombed or destabilised, toppling leaders and bringing their version of democracy to their shores. It is not even an inclusive list; it is only the list that can be proven. Over 4 million civilians dead so far in the Middle East by the wars of America – Supporting war against ethnic minorities in the Ukraine – Now aiding the bombing of Yemen along with the UK – Trying to bully China 6000 miles away from their land with Obamas ‘Pivot to Asia.’ Continues to finance and arm Islamic extremist groups in Syria, which in turn, are terrorising our countries.

I have peppered this article with a great number of pieces specific to Syria. There is not a voice here and there that are saying mainstream media are painting an incorrect and biased image of the war; it is a growing army of voices. These views include doctors, journalists, everyday Syrian people, analysts, people that have been to Syria just to understand the conflict better even the UN-backed, World Peace Council. With America trying to escalate the tensions with Russia for fighting terrorism in Syria, the only invited country in the conflict. America and allies are yet again, attacking a sovereign state, in breach of International law. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and now Syria, how many more countries need to be destroyed for no more than arms sales, gas, oil, and pipelines

Since the War on Terror began we can roughly say over 2 million civilians have died. If we venture back to the first conflicts in the 90’s that blows out to over 4 million people. That is the conservative figure, 6-8 million is likely closer to the truth, however, too difficult to prove. While I have met a good number of American people that share my despise for the American war machine, I have encountered too many that do not. What is even more depressing is the ownership of egotism. A wholehearted belief in the ‘American Way.’ Would you not think that, at this stage, some ownership would be progressive, in relation to, the understanding that the American Foreign Policy, is morally bankrupt.

There are over 1400 U.S bases around the world; it is the key factor in how the U.S Empire, gains more territory. Apart from bases, there are also the Embassies, unlike the everyday embassy these are also leverage points, a virtual sales office for economic globalisation. TTIP, TPP, and the backdoor to same the CETA trade agreements not only circumvent local policy, bankrupt local business, they also help fracture entire local economies.

The war in Syria has stretched for five long years, and who knows, if the U.S and Allies had not continually refreshed Jihadists, sorry, ‘Moderate Rebels,’ it would possibly have been over many moons ago. The hypocrisy of the US war machine knows no bounds. While Yemen is bombed into the ground, by US and UK hardware. Russia is branded the worst kind of terror, with trying to bring an end to terrorism in Syria by Jihadists, sorry, ‘Moderate Rebels.’

Of course, we know Russia has a MIMIC (Military Industrial Media- Academic Complex) “Propaganda Machin,” but so too, America. We could also say it stretches to all mainstream media outlets, worldwide. Not only that, but it is also pushing the boundaries of Russia’s patience with excessive Sabre rattling. While I do not want to rehash the Crimean fiasco, it was instigated by America giving Russia no choice after playing politics in the Ukraine. > Read more >>>

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Super Weird Substance The Super Weird Sunset in the morning set the tone perfectly with well-being and good vibes...

Super Weird Substance The Super Weird Sunset in the morning set the tone perfectly with well-being and good vibes music as the artists also set up for the day.
Playwright Daisy Eris Campbell ('Cosmic Trigger')and author John Higgs Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense Of The Twentieth Century
The KLF: Chaos, Magic And The Band Who Burned A Million Pounds fascinated us during the talks, before Stella Grundy powerfully performed a section of her one-woman production 'The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Star', whilst poet JB Barrington well and truly put a smile on our faces with his Salford wit and acute observation.

Then it was Howard Marks.
The warmth towards him was something else, the area packed to capacity with queueing around the corner the entrance to the Estuary Stage.
A true countercultural icon of our times - the respect was tangible.

A potent line-up of DJ's followed

Blind Arcade and the Super Weird Society hit the ball out of the court big style - a phenomenal first appearance complete with live musicians.
Huge thanks to Black Grape's backing band, who Kermit had hijacked for the event.

Then I was on for the finale, and what a climax it turned out to be.
The stage was invaded at the end and when I looked to my side, appearing next to me, in a puff of smoke it seemed, was Back To Basics main man and UK club legend Dave Beer, who turned to me,
amidst the wonderful chaos of the moment and exclaimed '
this is seminal

Here's the footage - it really happened:


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CakeGate Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told restaurants that they must cut portion sizes of puddings or face...

CakeGate Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told restaurants that they must cut portion sizes of puddings or face being named and shamed.

What could possibly go wrong?

I do look forward to them labelling restaurants with the largest puddings...
were are they ??

In a private meeting, Hunt told 100 food companies that "doing nothing was not an option."