Journey Forth

20 July, 2008

Cows

Neil’s Original Thought of the Day

 

My daughter has just learned how to milk a cow – unfortunately she milks from the back of the cow – she thinks she’s really good because she gets a pat on the head!!

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Okra

Filed under: Family,Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts,Vegetable — by Karen @ 5:01 am

Okra is also known as Ladies Finger’s. it is member of the Mallow family, relaed to cotton, hibiscus and hollyhocks.The plant can be six foot tall, bit it is the green seed pod that is edible. These tender, unripe seed pods are used as a vegetable, and have a unique texture and sweet flavor. The pods, when cut, exude a mucilaginous juice that is used to thicken stews (gumbo), and have a flavor somewhat like a cross between asparagus and eggplant. It is best grown in warmer climates and is available all year round.

A great way to use okra: Okra tempura with sweet chilli dip

Ingredients


For the chilli dip
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 lime, juice only
½ tablespoon dried chilli flakes

For the tempura
vegetable oil, for deep-frying
100g self-raising flour
1 free-range egg yolk
150ml sparkling mineral water
75g okra
salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Method

1. To make the chilli dip, place the honey, soy sauce, lime juice and chilli flakes in a small saucepan over a medium heat. When the mixture thickens pour into a small bowl to cool.
2. To make the tempura, heat a deep saucepan one-third full of oil until a breadcrumb sizzles in it. (CAUTION: Hot oil can be very dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
3. Place the flour, egg yolk and sparkling water in a bowl and whisk well to form a batter.
4. Dip the okra into the batter mixture to coat and immediately place carefully into the hot oil. Cook in batches for one minute, or until puffed up and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towels.
5. Sprinkle lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
6. To serve, place the tempura in a bowl with the dipping sauce alongside.

Preparation time less than 30 mins

Cooking time 10 to 30 mins

Recipe by Nick Nairn

18 July, 2008

Monkey Business – Part Two

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 Well………….. they said bring a packed lunch!!!

 

  I love her, even though she’s a Ginger!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bet you we are all “smell no evil”!!!

If you like this post, see also:

*****BRAND NEW*****   Cats Again – Part Three

Dogs:-        It’s a Dogs Life?, Dogs – Canine Capers!, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Two, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Three 

Cats:-         Cats Capers!,  Cats Cuties! , Cats Capers – New Edition!! , Cats Cuties Part Two, Cats Capers Again, Cats Capers……..Revisited,  Cats at Large, Cats Again – Part One, Cats Again – Part Two, Cats Again – Part Three

Monkeys:-  Monkey Business – Part One, Monkey Business – Part Two, Monkey Business – Part Three

Hamsters:- You are the weakest link – Goodbye,

Cows:-       I like the way you mooooo-ve!

Pigs:-        Pigs Delight Part One

Chickens:- Chick chick chicken

Squirrels:- Dancing Squirrels

16 July, 2008

Gardening

Neil’s Original Thought of the Day

 

It’s well known that sprinkling urine around the perimeter of your garden will deter cats.

I advise putting it in a squeezy bottle first – I didn’t and spent five hours in custody!!

Come back tomorrow for another thought from Neil.

15 July, 2008

Salad

Neil’s Original Thought of the Day 

How to stop slugs eating your lettuce and tomatoes

– Keep the fridge door closed!!

14 July, 2008

Recycling

Neil’s Original Thought of the Day

 

Why do people who like to”recycle” complain about “excess packaging” and “junk mail”?

– Without them they’d have little to recycle!!

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12 July, 2008

Kitchen

Neil’s Original Thought of the Day

I read somewhere that more germs are found on a kitchen chopping board than on a toilet seat – none of my dinner guests have mentioned all the knife marks on the loo yet!!

Come back for more thoughts!!

Monkey Business – Part One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who closed the patio doors?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t think I’ll try botox again!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very good, keep flossing and I’ll see you again in six months.

If you like this post, see also:

*****BRAND NEW*****   Cats Again – Part Three

Dogs:-        It’s a Dogs Life?, Dogs – Canine Capers!, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Two, It’s a Dogs Life? Part Three 

Cats:-         Cats Capers!,  Cats Cuties! , Cats Capers – New Edition!! , Cats Cuties Part Two, Cats Capers Again, Cats Capers……..Revisited,  Cats at Large, Cats Again – Part One, Cats Again – Part Two, Cats Again – Part Three

Monkeys:-  Monkey Business – Part One, Monkey Business – Part Two, Monkey Business – Part Three

Hamsters:- You are the weakest link – Goodbye,

Cows:-       I like the way you mooooo-ve!

Pigs:-        Pigs Delight Part One

Chickens:- Chick chick chicken

Squirrels:- Dancing Squirrels

Butternut Squash

Filed under: Family,Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts,Vegetable — by Karen @ 3:18 pm

Butternut squash is an autumn vegetable and has a sweet nutty taste, similar to pumpkin or sweet potato. It has yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. It is a very good source of vitamins A and C and a good source of beta-carotene, magnesium, manganese, calcium and potassium.

A great way of serving butternut squash is: Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients
½ butternut squash
½ onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoon olive oil
290ml/10fl oz water, boiling
1 chicken stock cube
1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt

Method
1. Peel the butternut squash and remove the seeds.
2. Dice the squash and sauté in the oil with the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add the water and stock cube and simmer for 10-12 minutes until the squash is tender.
4. Blend the soup in a food blender.
5. Season if needed and serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt. 

Preparation time less than 30 mins

Cooking time 10 to 30 mins

Recipe by Nick Nairn

11 July, 2008

Sun Bathing

Neil’s Original Thought of the Day

 

When you’re on holiday this Summer, and you’re lying on the beach, baking in the hot sun, remember – toenails don’t get a suntan. You’ve probably got a fungal infection!

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