Category Archives: Food

Food on Friday ~ Aphrodite’s Herbalist

herbs demonstrate the earth’s nurturing love

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there is a love called the herbs

which knows seasons and extraction

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which chooses and uses through filtration

the pungent perfume of timed infusion

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aromatic alchemical warmed fluids

medicinal herbs mystical magical uses

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richly potent oils from maceration

concentrated to potions by decoction

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glistening alcoholic secret distillation

Aphrodisiac attention to her golden skin

sensual memories of myriad loves

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sage is a psychotropic aphrodisiac

sensual women should beware

its dreams of desire

Avoiding Insanity During Lockdown

here in England it’s day 353 of complete lockdown
some ways I’ve been able to stay fairly sane

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stay away from booze, especially hard liquor, alcohol never helps anything

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get plenty of rest during the day and 6 to 8 hours of good sleep every night

if you need to, try herbal sleep aids

otherwise avoid street drugs and powerful medication

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eat in a healthy and nutritious way

take high-quality and  appropriate food supplements

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stay active, go outside, fresh air and exercise are important

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anger and resentment against the unfairness is futile

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even if you can’t meet anyone for a conversation

stay connected by phone and the internet

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take enforced self-isolation one day at a time

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personally, I found that prayer helps

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

remember, there is nothing whatsoever you can do except obey the stupid lockdown laws, regulations, and guidelines

 

 

 

 

Food on Friday ~ Shrimp

you don’t need a silver fork to enjoy good food

Here in England we have been in lockdown for just about a year, and trust me there’s not much fun in that.  There is also a regrettable tendency to eat the wrong things at the wrong times; which isn’t healthy.  One of the few things we can enjoy is good, healthy food, hopefully some of these recipes will cheer us up.

First this week, from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest we have this Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Special.  Looks deliciously easy.

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Special

From Karina at Cafe Delites we have this wonderful Jambalaya; chicken, sausage, shrimp, rice in a Creole saute from New Orleans.  Fabulous.

Jambalaya

Jessica at How Sweet Eats says this dish; Lemon Butter Shrimp and Broccoli Skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner.  I aver that this would be a perfect, healthy meal at any time of the week.

Lemon Butter Shrimp and Broccoli Skillet

Holly at Spend with Pennies says this Shrimp Lo Mein can be ready in just 30 minutes.  I’d take a little longer, just to enjoy cooking this good-looking dish.

Shrimp Lo Mein

If you get weary of shrimp, yet want to stay with the theme, From Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a recipe for Garlic Butter Clams with White Wine Cream Sauce.  I’d want some crispy garlic bread to go along with this dish.

Garlic Butter Clams with White Wine Cream Sauce

Our big collection this week is from Delish Magazine; 82 Shrimp Recipes That’ll Make Meatless Mondays Your Favorite Day Of The Week.  From this list how about a Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Pasta?

Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Pasta

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

maybe Marmaduke is waiting for the shrimp-boats to come in

Addison’s Disease

I have decided to be happy and healthy

we don’t need to feel alone and lonely

For a while I have been ill, with a myriad of symptoms I couldn’t understand.  And, when I say ill, I mean that there have been times when I went to bed I wondered if I would wake up again.  There have been days when I wasn’t strong enough to take out the trash, and days when I wasn’t well enough to even take a bath.

My symptoms included;

  • extreme fatigue, lack of energy, weariness
  • weakness, aches and pains
  • depression, low mood, irritability, confusion
  • dizziness, unsteadiness, fluctuating blood pressure
  • being thirsty all the time, craving salt
  • Nausea to the point of throwing up

Honestly, I had no idea what was causing this, and of course my doctor is running various tests.  Privately I wondered if I had the coronavirus, or a parasite, or just the ‘flu ~ although the symptoms didn’t quite fit any of the possible causes.

However, a couple of things to do with the way my blood pressure was going up and down could be related to low adrenaline and low testosterone ~ and that’s something called Addison’s Disease.

The reason I have this problem is due to years of boozing too much, and years of mental, emotional, and spiritual stress ~ resulting in damage to my liver and my kidneys.

The treatment for Addison’s Disease is to take strong daily medication like hydrocortisone.  I’m not doing that.  Instead I am going to look after my body, mind, and spirit ~ especially being kind to my liver.

No alcohol whatsoever, less fat, no dairy at all, cut down on my intake of salt, refined sugar, caffeine, and potassium, (work that one out).  I’ll get a lot more fresh air and exercise, stick to a good Mediterranean diet, continue to take good dietary supplements ~ and Avoid Stress.

Just being pretty certain what’s actually been wrong with me, and having a solid plan to cure myself, means that I am already feeling a hell of a lot better.

Most of what ails us comes from within; what we do and don’t do, what we eat and drink, and how we feel.  I know I can change all of that for myself.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

eggs are not dairy

and potato is good for you

Dangerous Blood Pressure

I have nothing to offer but my blood

A little while ago my blood pressure was so high that the old red stuff was fizzing like champagne.  Now, my blood pressure is so low that the little red corpuscles are barely tramping around my cardio-vascular system.  Low blood pressure is called hypotension, and for the last few days I’ve been suffering from that.

The symptoms of  low blood pressure include;

  • Feeling dizzy and lightheaded
  • Feeling nauseous, vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Lethargy, lack of energy, weakness
  • Confusion, lack of concentration.
  • Fainting, loss of balance
  • Chest pain
  • Increased thirst

I have all of those in varying degrees of severity.

Obviously I need a doctor.  That isn’t going to happen today.

For now the only thing I know how to do is get more potassium into my body.

Good luck that I have bananas in the fruit bowl.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

high in potassium

Day 333

not everyone is insane but some are depressed

I’m not howling at the moon

I thought that I was going crazy.  I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning, to keep myself and the garret clean, to find any interest in anything at all.  I believed that being in solitary confinement for almost a year had given me a bad case of lockdown depression ~ the whole world is grey and meaningless kind of depression.  The absence of feelings that leads to substance abuse and self harm.

The doctors don’t think that’s the case.  It turns out that there is something physically wrong with me.  It seems that I am sick in body, but not in mind and spirit.  And, somehow that’s good.  A physical illness can be treated and cured more easily and more effectively than can a mental illness.

The snag is that thus far nobody has any idea what’s wrong with me.  Yesterday I had another physical and another lot of blood taken for testing.  Next Friday I’m going for an MRI scan.  The doctors will find out what I’m suffering from, and what kind of treatment is appropriate ~ it’s just that it’s taking a little while.  But at least I’m getting all the tests they think I need.

What I know so far is that I’m not suffering from anxiety and depression ~ which is good.  And, after yesterday I know that my blood pressure is fine, without medication.

So, for now, I will just get on with Life as best as I can.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I need to eat healthy stuff

like this

avocado pomegranate salad

Food on Friday ~ Soup

only the pure in heart can make a good soup

In many parts of England and the USA it’s cold, dark, and miserable.  At times like these I believe that we all need comfort food, and what better than a nourishing, warming, interesting soup?

And, if you are pure in heart, then you can make a decent soup over an open fire, if you have to.  Better still would be an unfashionable wood burning stove.  The people of Texas will tell you that relying on electricity is not always a good idea, nor mains gas either.  BTW, never, ever use petrol, (gasoline) to start a fire ~ not if you want to go on living.

First up this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.  You know what?  If you don’t have a slow cooker, then get one.  At this time of year it will be a brilliant investment.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a recipe for Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup.  Tuscany is one of my favourite places in the entire world.

Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Holly at Spend with Pennies has a wonderful looking recipe for Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon; how very American!  This really is a meal in a bowl.

Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

Dana the Minimalist Baker has a collection; Healthy Winter Recipes for Cold People, and from that I’ve chosen to feature her very easy, very healthy, gluten free, one pot, Curried Potato and Lentil Soup, (with kale).

Curried Potato and Lentil Soup

Meanwhile, Jessica at How Sweet Eats offers us 20 of Her Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter; from which I give you this Easy Lemon Chicken Soup.  OK it’s the second lemon chicken recipe this week but they are very different.

Easy Lemon Chicken Soup

Finally for this week Country Living has a collection of 55+ Extra Comforting Soups and Stews to Warm You Up on Chilly Winter Nights.  How about this Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup for something very different?

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

they even get snow in Arizona

I know, I was there

 

Moroccan Beef Tagine

first, use what you have to hand

On Friday, looking through my refrigerator and store cupboard I found an eclectic mixture of bits and pieces; steak, red onion, garlic, olives, and dried apricots.  All of that’s been there a little while, and it’s either use it or lose it into the trash.

I thought I could turn these into something like a Moroccan Beef Tagine for Saturday’s dinner.  I’ve no doubt I have enough in my spice rack to come up with vaguely the correct blend.  (I have some baby bell peppers too.)

Moroccan Beef Tagine

That wasn’t my picture because I hadn’t made it yet….

As it happened it turned out well, especially for a first attempt at the recipe.

 

Next time it will be better.

I’m not quite certain what tweaks I need to make, but hey, I cook for Marmy and me……  I need to practice my food photography too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

except I don’t think Marmaduke likes Moroccan food very much ~ he is an English bear

Food on Friday ~ Moroccan Beef Tagine

first, use what you have to hand

Looking through my refrigerator and store cupboard I found an eclectic mixtire of bits and pieces; steak, red onion, garlic, olives, and dried apricots.  All of that’s been there a little while, and it’s either use it or lose it into the trash.

I think I can turn these into something like a Moroccan Beef Tagine for Saturday’s dinner.  I’ve no doubt I have enough in my spice rack to come up with vaguely the correct blend.  (I have some baby bell peppers too.)

Moroccan Beef Tagine

That’s not my picture because I haven’t made it yet….

I will let you know how it works out.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I don’t think Marmaduke likes Moroccan food

Food on Friday ~ With Friends

one should not merely eat to live

Life should be fun, filled with enjoyment, good friends, good times, and great memories.  Too much of our mealtimes today are snatched, eaten on the run, filled with convenience food, fast food, and takeouts.  And, in all honesty, too many of my meals are from a can or the freezer, and eaten alone.  I guess that’s a lockdown thing.

Let’s see if we can change that lonely, bland, and unhealthy life for the better.  Let’s taste our food again.

Despite having spent quite a lot of time in Southern California I’ve never had anything like these Queso Fundido Taquitos ~ from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest.  Served with avocado lime crema.

Queso Fundido Taquitos

I’ve never had a Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla either.  This from Ali at Gimme Some Oven.  Easy, delicious, perfect to share with friends.

Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has this very nice-looking recipe for Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken.  It’s a 45 minute dish, but I think most people I know could spend a very relaxing hour making this yummy concoction.

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken

Joy the Baker says these Mediterranean Salmon Parcels are a weeknight dinner.  I think you could serve this recipe to your friends any time.  I really like cooking in foil.

Mediterranean Salmon Parcels

Another seafood dish, this time from Chungah at Damn Delicious; Brown Butter Scallops.  Quick, easy, and very healthy.  You could serve this with rice, salad, or just some crusty bread.

Brown Butter Scallops

It turns out that over in the USA it’s about to be Super Bowl Sunday.  Ergo our collection this week is from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; 21 Favourite Recipes for Superbowl Sunday.  From her collection I’ve chosen to feature a Caesar Salad with Pizza Croutons ~ very pretty.

Caesar Salad with Pizza Croutons

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Gear Patrol has a list of the 13 best brews for this Sunday watching Sports

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