Journey Forth

16 November, 2008

Christmas is coming……..

Filed under: Children,Christmas,Family,Humour,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts — by Karen @ 10:29 am

father-christmas

Did you know that there are 39 days to go until Christmas?

Check out this great site…….   Santa’s Postbag

Loads of great ideas for making christmas decorations, cards and gifts.

You can even contact Santa!

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1 November, 2008

Sorrel

Filed under: Children,Family,Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts,Vegetables — by Karen @ 6:38 am

Sorrel is part of lettuce family and looks like a pale green version of baby spinach. The pointed leaves have a tangy, lemony gooseberry flavour. The bite comes from the high content of oxalic acid, which means it should only be eaten in moderation. Sorrel appears soon after winter. It has one of the largest roots of all vegetables and lives a long time. The leaves can be used raw in salads. Bigger leaves can be puréed into soups, sauces and risotto. Khaki-coloured sorrel purée is a good acidic accompaniment to oily fish, chicken or veal, or poached eggs on toast. It can be stirred into crème fraîche to give quick sauce. The lemony taste means sorrel can also be added carefully to fruit salads, jellies, custard and fruit drinks, as lemon balm or verbena.

My favourite sorrel recipe: Sorrel Pesto. A great accompaniment for pasta, or simply served with grilled or roasted fish or chicken.

Ingredients

50g Sorrel
10g flat-leaf parsley
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon pine nuts
6 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
25g grated Parmesan

Method

1. Blanch the sorrel and flat leaf parsley for 20 seconds in rapidly boiling water. Refresh in cold water, drain and squeeze out any excess.
2. Place in a blender with the garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Blend until you have a smooth puree.
3. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the parmesan. Taste and add a little more salt if required.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves 4

Recipe by John Burton Race.

29 October, 2008

Halloween Pumpkin

Filed under: Children,Family,Halloween,Humour,Life,Pumpkin,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts — by Karen @ 10:10 pm

This is soooooooo funny!!!!

Reminds you to take care tooooooo.

Another great video from Gagfilms.Com.

19 October, 2008

Monster Pumpkin

Another great video from Elephant Larry.

Cats Capers……….Revisited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s so funny!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money, money, money. Always funny in a rich cat’s world……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

When is this film going to start?

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

Chick chick chicken

I’m the boss around here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                        

 Chick Chick Chicken.                                        Let me out!

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

12 October, 2008

Dancing Squirrels

Wish I could dance as well as these squirrels!

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

21 September, 2008

Gus – The Theatre Cat

Filed under: Cats,Children,Family,Funny Cats,Humour,Life,Poetry,Random,Thoughts — by Karen @ 4:58 pm

Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door.
His name, as I ought to have told you before,
Is really Asparagus. That’s such a fuss
To pronounce, that we usually call him just Gus.
His coat’s very shabby, he’s thin as a rake,
And he suffers from palsy that makes his paw shake.
Yet he was, in his youth, quite the smartest of Cats–
But no longer a terror to mice and to rats.
For he isn’t the Cat that he was in his prime;
Though his name was quite famous, he says, in its time.
And whenever he joins his friends at their club
(Which takes place at the back of the neighbouring pub)
He loves to regale them, if someone else pays,
With anecdotes drawn from his palmiest days.
For he once was a Star of the highest degree–
He has acted with Irving, he’s acted with Tree.
And he likes to relate his success on the Halls,
Where the Gallery once gave him seven cat-calls.
But his grandest creation, as he loves to tell,
Was Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell.

“I have played,” so he says, “every possible part,
And I used to know seventy speeches by heart.
I’d extemporize back-chat, I knew how to gag,
And I knew how to let the cat out of the bag.
I knew how to act with my back and my tail;
With an hour of rehearsal, I never could fail.
I’d a voice that would soften the hardest of hearts,
Whether I took the lead, or in character parts.
I have sat by the bedside of poor Little Nell;
When the Curfew was rung, then I swung on the bell.
In the Pantomime season I never fell flat,
And I once understudied Dick Whittington’s Cat.
But my grandest creation, as history will tell,
Was Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell.”

Then, if someone will give him a toothful of gin,
He will tell how he once played a part in East Lynne.
At a Shakespeare performance he once walked on pat,
When some actor suggested the need for a cat.
He once played a Tiger–could do it again–
Which an Indian Colonel purused down a drain.
And he thinks that he still can, much better than most,
Produce blood-curdling noises to bring on the Ghost.
And he once crossed the stage on a telegraph wire,
To rescue a child when a house was on fire.
And he says: “Now then kittens, they do not get trained
As we did in the days when Victoria reigned.
They never get drilled in a regular troupe,
And they think they are smart, just to jump through a hoop.”
And he’ll say, as he scratches himself with his claws,
“Well, the Theatre’s certainly not what it was.
These modern productions are all very well,
But there’s nothing to equal, from what I hear tell,
That moment of mystery
When I made history
As Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell.”

Another great favourite by TS Eliot

Cats Capers Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s beeen sleeping in my bed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m getting abit hot under the collar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve got that sinking feeling!

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

20 September, 2008

Samphire

There are two types of samphire – rock and marsh. Marsh samphire is more commonly available. It grows in the tidal zone, on muddy, sandy flats, often around estuaries and tidal creeks. It has vibrant green stalks, looking like a cactus without the spikes. Pick it yourself or purcahase it from your fishmonger. It has a distinctinctive crisp and salty flavour. It has a high Vitamin C content, aids digestion and relieves flatulence. It can be eaten raw in salads or lightly boiled. It is frequently served with fish.

My favourite method of preparing: Samphire

Check your samphire, removing all the root and any tough stems. Wash and rinse it thoroughly, to remove of any grit and sand, and break up larger, multi-branched pieces into their smaller pieces. Bring to the boil a large pan of fresh, salted water, drop in the samphire and cook for three to four minutes. Drain, season with pepper, toss with the butter and a little olive oil, and serve at once.

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