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Love a bit of Samba!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Specially when my daughter and son-in-law are playing.

This is a video of XingaSamba - the group Bry and Rob are in - performing at the Totnes lantern Procession yesterday.

Proud Mummy moment. :-)


Rob is the tall guy in the front row wearing the long sleeved red jumper, and Bry is the girl in the row behind. In fact, I think she's the only girl in the band! :-)

Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 10/6/2012 9:17PM

    That looked like fun :)

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BOVEY63 10/1/2012 12:00PM

    You have good reason to be proud. Great video!

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    Totally emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 10/1/2012 6:12AM

    Loving that samba - I lived in Devon for years and didn't know there was so much excitement to be had in Totnes!! Great sounds they were all making!

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2012 2:57AM

    emoticon music! Thanks for sharing Lex have a good week! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/30/2012 11:39PM

    LOVE percussion!! That was so awesome!!! Wow Rob sure is tall! No wonder he got the longest drum to bang away on!!
Thanks for the link!!
Linda xxx

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COCK-ROBIN 9/30/2012 6:44PM

    That is SO good! I love to work out to Samba and other dances like that!

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Purple Carrots

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I spotted purple carrots in Waitrose today, and just had to buy them to try out. We are so used to orange carrots, it is easy to forget that there are other varieties out there to play with.

In fact, there is a whole history of the carrot here, if you are interested:


So, not having tried the purple variety before, and with Tara looking most unwilling, even though carrot is about the only vegetable she will eat, I peeled and chopped a couple of them to plain boil as a taste test.

First point. They bleed! Like beetroot do. They stain your fingers. I guess, if you like carrot skin you can just scrub them and cook them with the skin on though, which will probably solve that, and my hands are back to their normal colour after a rinse. :-)

So, this is what they look like. Very pretty, I think...

After I had cooked them until tender, I drained the water, which had a distinctive blue tinge to it:

And this was what I was left with:

The taste is about the same as orange carrots, so no issues there. However, I was disappointed to see so much of the vibrant colour gone, but if you like carrot raw, this would look very pretty in a salad.

Tara was not impressed by the colour change at all (You should have seen her face! LOL), and she will not be persuaded to change to the purple carrot. As for me, the rest of them will go into the venison and pork sausage casserole I'm making tomorrow. I'll be honest, they are not doing it for me as a side veg, but I don't think I'll mind them in a casserole. :-)

Oh, I do love autumnal goodies and my slow cooker. They are a truly heavenly combination. :-) I made pork and chickpea casserole yesterday, and it is gorgeous!

Tonight we are headed to the grill, however, for a change of pace with some salmon and the last of the new potatoes. Yum!

Oh, and in other news - a table fit for a Druid Feast in the making. A giant 5000 year old oak has been unearthed in Norfolk, and they are making a table out of it:


Enjoy your day. Are you trying something new today?
Lex xxx
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Due to the frequency of human-bear encounters, the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and any persons that use the out of doors in a recreational or work-related function to take extra precautions while in the field.

We advise the outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advance warning to any bears that might be close by so you don't take them by surprise.

We also advise anyone using the out-of-doors to carry 'pepper spray' with him in case of an encounter with a bear.

Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh bear activity, and be able to tell the difference between black bear faeces and grizzly bear faeces. Black bear faeces is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear s*** has bells in it and smells like pepper.

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POLSKARENIA 9/30/2012 5:30PM

    What a shame I HATE carrots - they look so cool!

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SCREWIE 9/30/2012 3:08PM

    "Russell Crowe, root buyer at Sainsbury's said..."

Oooooooohhhhhhhhhh, Sainsbury's is now my favourite supermarket :)))

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SHARJOPAUL 9/29/2012 10:39AM

    I grew purple carrots one year. They are fun sliced up in salads.

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SENATOR9 9/28/2012 9:54AM

    purple carrots cool

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SHAWFAN 9/27/2012 10:52PM


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BOVEY63 9/27/2012 4:36PM

    Never heard of purple carrots before - interesting!

I wonder who would take the time to inspect bear faeces that closely - let alone smell it!

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0309COOKIE 9/27/2012 3:49PM

    I never heard of a purple carrot before. It is very pretty in its raw state but rather dull once cooked. Thanks for sharing this.

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-POOKIE- 9/27/2012 3:00PM

    I got them in Waitrose at the weekend, I roasted mine and ate some raw, nice!

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SCIFIREADER 9/27/2012 2:50PM

    I have never seen nor tried purple carrots, may have to look for them now. Great story on the bog oak, thank you for supplying the link. Being here in the U.S. I was unaware of the find.

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NEW-CAZ 9/27/2012 12:47PM

    I try one thing new a month Lex and one new recipe a month ( p*sses the ole man off he hates trying new stuff LOL), guess you've made my choice for me, I'll keep an eye out in Sainsbury's 2moro.

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CHICCHANTAL 9/27/2012 11:59AM

    I read somewhere (I think Sophie Grigson's veg cookbook) that the reason we eat orange carrots is that they were cultivated by the Dutch whose royal family was from Orange (as in William of Orange).

This may or may not be true but I do remember fondly the episode of The Vicar of Dibley in which Alice is telling Geraldine about her relationship with Hugo.

'Well we DO play hide the purple parsnip QUITE a LOT!'

So you see, Alice must shop at Waitrose and play hide and seek there with Hugo.

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Here Be Cloud Dragons!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On a day when you see this:

but if you turn 180 degrees you see this:

you know it is a day for seeing Cloud Dragons...

And why was I out in all this rain and storminess?

I was looking for kitchen containers. :-) Plastic and glass - various goodies for the storing of. :-) I managed to get a selection from The Range to test out, so the walk in the rain wasn't for nothing, and I then completely ignored the wafting smells from the big MacDonalds and did a Waitrose sweep for some essentials, plus the ingredients for a random pork and chickpea casserole, before dragging my spoils home while the heavens re-opened. There were some BIG puddles about to play with too! :-)

Had a lovely chat with one of the produce assistants in Waitrose before I left, about the difficulties getting certain fresh fruit and veg into the supermarkets because of the weather. It is truly amazing what goes on behind the scenes in order to get us good fresh produce all year round.

For example, they struggled a couple of months back to secure prepacked broccoli, and were experiencing a shortage of it loose as well. In the end they had to send someone to America to check the quality of their broccoli, and had to import it from there until UK/European supplies improved! I can't help feeling that we as the consumer should be willing to accept local alternatives when a product is temporarily unavailable. It seems crazy to me that a store has to go to such expense and drag a product from so far afield just because of customers whining about not being able to have their broccoli!

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Glad to hear the weather is supposed to pick up soon, and heaven knows how grateful I am not to have to be wading through a foot of water, or even sandfoam in my own home, like some poor souls, north of the border. How bizarre is that!


Enjoy your day!
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 9/27/2012 4:33PM

    We had dragon clouds a couple days last week, and one caught me off guard with strong winds and sprinkles. Luckily I had my rain poncho with me.
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SCIFIREADER 9/27/2012 2:59PM

    I will have to watch for cloud dragons now. Really great pictures Lexie. I had to check on your link about the foam. I have never seen anything like that, amazing. Linda is right, it looks like someone put too much detergent in the washing machine. The dog sure did seem to be having fun in it.

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SENATOR9 9/27/2012 10:11AM

    Those clouds do look scarry

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_LINDA 9/27/2012 1:40AM

    Wow! Awesome clouds!! Glad you had a productive trip out in the weather!
It is rather ludicrous to be wanting produce that has to come 1000's of miles away! This is why I so love summer and fall when I can get farmer's fresh produce right here! Nothing tastes as good as fresh!!!
Thanks for the link! Looked like someone put too much soap in the wash water!!! What an amazing site -the doggy sure looked like he was having fun though :)
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!

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SCREWIE 9/26/2012 7:26PM

    Weather is supposed to pick up? Yay, more cycling to work :)))

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SHAWFAN 9/26/2012 6:52PM

    Had cloud dragons here too. Nasty weather.

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CHICCHANTAL 9/26/2012 3:35PM

    At least they don't chase you not like the dragons I see on my walks.

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NEW-CAZ 9/26/2012 3:22PM

    Yep I been watching the sky today too, none too pleased with the weather.
It was sunny so we thought we'd get to the tip to offload all the paints etc from the shed.
As we were driving it started spitting, we ended up emptying the car in pouring rain and getting drenched to the skin. Drove home and by the time we put the key in the front door.........you guessed! GLORIOUS SUN. Was not a happy bunny.....but as you said, at least we're not flooded out!

count your blessings. Love the pics!
Have a snuggle by the fire evening Lex

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LATTELEE 9/26/2012 3:15PM


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Only ladies know this universal truth...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sports bra, comfort bra, or steel boobie cage, the relief at the end of the day is palpable! You know what I'm talking about, ladies! :-)

Had a nice autumnal day for the most part today. Blue sky, sunshine and pretty clouds. Walked into town, exchanged some library books, found myself a pair of slippers to slop around in this winter for a fiver, and treated us to some sweet goodies from the olde worlde sweete shoppe.

Then I bought a sausage roll from Greggs as a wee treat to munch on the way home. :-)

I know ... sausage rolls and sweets are hardly good healthy foodstuffs, but what is life without a little treat now and then. :-)

And talking of that, I have a question for my American friends...

How much does a classic Sloppy Joe cost in the USA, and do they include jalepino?

I only ask because I checked out the menu at our Colchester American Diner today, a diner called Sloppy Joe's, surprise, surprise. :-) A sloppy joe's cost 8.95, which to me sounds really expensive for what I hear is basically a soggy burger, or am I wrong? :-)

Tara went bowling for the first time today. As part of the course she is on at the Institute, they teach social skills, and so they took the class bowling this afternoon for some social interaction. From what she tells me, she came dead last, but had a lovely time anyway. Also, they had some interesting machines there, so she put a fair few pounds from her grant into them - guitar hero, some singing game, and something called pile-up! Stacking boxes to win prizes. At 50p a pop, and a minute of entertainment, if that, it is one seriously expensive game to play! She had about 8 goes at it! But it was such fun for her being out and about with her classmates, and hopefully next time one of them will pay! :-)

Enjoy your day!
Lex xxx
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SCIFIREADER 9/27/2012 3:03PM

    Let's hear it for letting the "girl's" have some freedom As soon as I come home I take off the bra and put on a baggy shirt so no one notices if I have to step outside.

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SENATOR9 9/26/2012 10:19AM

    Sloppy Joe is not my thing here in Canada.I never bought one.Good thing I lost a few pound
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BUBBLEJ1 9/26/2012 3:31AM

    Eh, it is about $15NZ; About what I would pay for a burger out. Does it come with fries, etc?

And, I'm fine with bras (I have sensitive nips, and I hate going braless unless I'm topless), but I LOVE coming home and putting on comfy pants.

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UNICORN212 9/25/2012 9:51PM

    Wow - way too much for Sloppy Joes! I don't think one would cost more than a burger - I can't recall seeing one on a restaurant menu here in the US.

As to the bra - when I am not car-pooling, mine is often off before I get home! Though the ones I have now are pretty comfortable!

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SHAWFAN 9/25/2012 9:34PM

    So glad your day, and Tara's day was good! Love the post!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/25/2012 7:29PM

    emoticon I totally agree about the bra!! FREEDOM!!

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No, sloppy joes are not that expensive, I have seen them for $2.00.

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BOVEY63 9/25/2012 5:07PM

    Sounds like a nice trip to town; and yes we do all deserve a treat every now and then.
Nice that Tara enjoyed her bowling experience.

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NEW-CAZ 9/25/2012 3:25PM

    Glad you enjoyed your stray from the straight and narrow Lex.
Tara had a whale of time too, brilliant.
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CARLA-216 9/25/2012 3:24PM

    I've never seen sloppy joes on a menu at any restaurant or diner. That price sounds like highway robbery; it had better come with 2 sides plus a drink for that. It would cost about half that to make a batch of it at home, and it would serve 8.

Yep, I love the feeling of freeing the boobies at the end of the day. Free at last! LOL

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GARDENQE2 9/25/2012 2:47PM

    That's an outrageous price for a sloppy joe! Like many restaurant dishes, it's probably full of hidden sugars and salt as well. Stick with the foods you can recognize on sight, and make the sloppy joe at home!

Now that I'm retired, I sometimes skip the bra entirely. AH FREEDOM!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/25/2012 2:42PM

    That's an expensive sloppy joe!! I mean, I like sloppy joes, but I wouldn't pay that much for one. You can make your own at home easily enough, it's just beef in a seasoned tomato sauce. I've never seen one that has jalapenos in it, but I guess there's no reason a sloppy joe couldn't have jalapeno.

LOL I'm intrigued by this American Diner. I wonder what other "American" foods they have. I'm always fascinated by what non-Americans think is "American" (and vice versa - what we Americans think are classic examples of other nations' culture/food) and how often it's not quite right. :)

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_LINDA 9/25/2012 2:37PM

    Oh so true, and I will take that one step further, fast on the heels of the old boob hanger coming off are all the fussy clothes and straight into the flannels :) There are blissful parts to being a bachelor, yes indeed.
Sounds like Tara had a rocking good time! That is wonderful! That sounds like a great program she is on!
We have sloppy joes in Canada too, and yes, that is an outlandish price to pay (you could buy a decent sized package of hamburger for that). All you do is fry up some hamburger, add tomato sauce, onions and spices and slop it over a bun, really cheap and quick to make on your own.
Hope you are feeling better,
Linda xxx

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CHICCHANTAL 9/25/2012 2:34PM

    You mean tossing and turning ISN'T exercise? Bummer. And yes, it's glorious to take off your bra, but I think a lot of guys already know it's wonderful when a girl takes off her bra. Or they think so.

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Cheese on toast with a salsa-style twist! Or Salsa-d Fish! Curious?

Monday, September 24, 2012

I think I have just invented a new recipe!

You see, one of the things I have to avoid with the diverticular disease is seeds.

So no more tinned tomatoes in my pasta sauces, and when I have cheese and tomato on toast I have to dig out all the seeds from each tomato slice before spreading them over my toast, slapping some slices of cheese on top and bubbling it to a golden colour under the grill.

Today I wanted to try and make my own salsa - in order to avoid seeds. The first attempt a few weeks back was somewhat problematic. I followed an Italian recipe and got tomato salad instead. Mental note: remember vinaigrette makes tomato SALAD, not tomato SALSA!

So I bought a beefsteak tomato, and when I got home I de-skinned it by cutting a cross in its base with a knife, putting it into a pint jug and pouring in boiling water, then waiting for a minute until the skin started to peel off.

Carefully, I poured the water down the sink without sending the tomato after it, tipped the tomato into a bowl, and pulled the skin off. Then I chopped the tomato into quarters and spent a pleasant couple of minutes separating it from its seeds using the knife and my fingers - some of them can be quite stubborn! :-) Ugh! Icky stickies! *shudder*

I then popped the flesh into my blender, along with about a dozen fresh basil leaves (I love the flavour, but you may use less), a tablespoon of olive oil, and a diddy bit of sea salt and ground black pepper. Then I whizzed it for one second at a time, testing the consistency after each whizz, until I was happy with the result.

I poured the salsa (can I call it salsa without chilli in it?) into a pot, and popped it into the fridge.

Then I had a thought...

Would the salsa be ok with cheese on toast?


Could be!

Out came the wholewheat bread slice and the Double Gloucester cheese. Out came the pot of salsa! I toasted the bread lightly, spread half the salsa over the slice, topped it with slices of cheese and grilled it until golden and bubbly.

I grabbed a knife and fork, slipped the slice onto a plate and tucked in. Wow! What a taste sensation! I doubt I'll ever eat a plain tomato with cheese on toast again!

For those who like to live dangerously, make it in your toaster. You lie the toaster on its side to grill the cheese. Just remember to have a catcher's mitt handy when it flies out at the end of the cooking time! emoticon

Oooh, and another thing I discovered that is nommy with salsa - grilled fish!

I use a white fish fillet such as coley or hake, but any firm fish would probably be fine. Make sure the fillet isn't more than about 1/2 inch thick because you want to make sure it cooks through without going dry.

Grill the fish on one side for about 5 minutes, until you can see it is properly cooked on that half, then turn it over and give it just about 2 mins on the second side. The spread a generous portion of salsa (with or without the chilli works beautifully for this recipe) over the top of the fish - I use about 2 tablespoons - and sprinkle a little grated cheese on top of the salsa. Grill for a few minutes until the salsa is hot, the cheese is bubbly and a knife inserted into the centre of the fish for a second is terrifically hot when pulled out. That's how I check the fish is cooked through. :-)

I love this with a couple of plain boiled new potatoes for soaking up the salsa sauce, and some green veggies of some kind.

Have a great day! Sorry all of you suffering in the UK like me - from rain, wind and grey skies. Not the best start to Autumn! Let's hope it picks up and gives us some beautiful crisp sunny autumn days really soon. Make up for the summer we largely missed. last year it didn't get really cold until well into November, so it could still happen. :-)

Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 9/26/2012 7:22PM

    Thank you for the yummy tips :)

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_LINDA 9/26/2012 12:25AM

    Fabulous ideas! Aren't you the clever girl finding a way to grill your cheese using a toaster!
I hope your weather clears up soon! bone dry here, but getting down to freezing at nights makes for some cold rides to exercise classes on the old scooter..
Enjoy your creations!!
Linda xxx

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POLSKARENIA 9/25/2012 1:05AM

    Super blog, nommy sounding recipe, even at 6am, which is when I'm rading your blog!

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EZRIN101 9/24/2012 8:44PM

    wow that Salsa sounds great!! will have to try when tomatoes are a bit cheaper (I'm in oz and they are horribly expensive at the moment)

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SHAWFAN 9/24/2012 6:24PM

    Sounds yummy! Hope you get some sunshine soon!

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CHICCHANTAL 9/24/2012 5:28PM

    OOOOOOh, CHEESE. I've more or less given it up at the moment. : (

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YOYONOMORE1 9/24/2012 3:19PM

    That food all sounded good to me. We got down in the 30's here in Michigan last night but not cold enough to frost, but I don't think it'll be long and we will get that hard killing frost. It's in the 50's today but sunny. Glad to see you on the threads or boards or whatever the heck they call them:)

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BOVEY63 9/24/2012 1:01PM

    it does sound nummy!

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NEW-CAZ 9/24/2012 11:16AM

    somw great idea Lex, glad you're finding some interesting foods that won't interfere with your medical probs.
I heard on the news we should expect the entire month's usual downpourings in the next couple of days. I can see flood victims and frazzled firemen and rescue workers everywhere.
I'm hoping for some crisp mornings and walking through leaves in the park and coming home to piping hot soup.

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SENATOR9 9/24/2012 11:13AM

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