Category Archives: Food

Lockdown Again

back in solitary confinement again

My part of England is back on strict lockdown again.

It’s very depressing, exhausting, and difficult to get fresh food.  I don’t even want to chat with friends, anyhow I’ve been drinking.

I truly hope this is over soon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

it feels like being in jail

not that I’ve ever been in jail

Busy Doing Nothing

sometimes I sit and think deep thoughts, and sometimes I just sit in the sun

day trips on one of these weird boats are fun

There are endless vacation activities here.  Boat trips with swimming out at the islands, boat trips to the mud pools or butterfly valley.  Parasailing and parascending behind a speedboat, if you’re brave.  Horse riding, jeep safaris, quad biking, scuba diving……

Personally, on this vacation I’m doing none of those things.  Fun acrivities are so much more fun if you have a close friend to share them with.

So today, it’s pool time for me.

There’s still the fabulous food.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Who dares gets a brilliant ride

Vacation Thoughts ~ Nightlife

at night this place really comes alive

The nightlife here in Oludeniz is crazy.  Live music, laser light shows, karaoke bars, dance bars, cocktail bars, beach bars, sports bars, restaurants of every ilk, tattoo places….

Parties on Pirate Ships, beach parties…

The food is fabulous, the shopping is fantastic, and the people are fun.

Some women were having fun wearing very daring outfits.  The weather is very warm and the booze is very cheap.

Kinda wish you were here with me

Just bring a summer dress, and a bikini, it’s all you’ll need.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

At midnight, in one or two of the bars here, she’d be quite overdressed.

Songs on Sunday ~ Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren

they wouldn’t be bangers if mash wasn’t involved

Sunday ~ and as I’m going to Turkey tomorrow, today I want some Proper British Fare for lunch.  And what could be more British than bangers and mash served with red onion gravy?

Perhaps the most unlikely vocal duo ever.

Please listen without getting hungry.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sausage, potato, and green beans in foil

less British than bangers and mash

but more to American tastes

Food on Friday ~ Corn

sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn ~ Garrison Keillor

Corn is a quintessentially American staple.  Just like the potato and the tomato, corn or maize, was brought back to Europe from Central America by the Conquistadores.  In actuality corn is a Mexican grain, and can be found in many indigenous recipes. While here in England we really only roast, grill, or barbeque the whole cob and serve it with butter.  Canned corn is a second choice to canned peas for us.

Maize / Corn is the most grown cereal grain in the world, and the most sprayed with glyphosate, so always buy organic corn if it’s available.  Most corn isn’t eaten by humans anyway ~ it’s fed to animals, makes bio-diesel, and that wonderful stuff high-fructose corn syrup.

If you’re growing your own corn, plant it in a block not in rows, and grow it alongside kale, peas, or beans.

Our first corn recipe this week is from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower.  Her Small Batch Shrimp Boil is tossed with half-cobs and served in a buttery garlic sauce.

Small Batch Shrimp Boil

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these great looking Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, looks tasty.

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Cookie + kate bring us these Sweet Corn Salad Wraps; simple, healthy, vegetarian, and tasty.  What a great lunch on a warm summer day.

Sweet Corn Salad Wraps

I was looking for a Mexican street recipe and I found Mexican Street Corn Bowls at Damn Delicious.  Chungah is good at street food.

Mexican Street Corn Bowls

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats can always be relied upon to produce something interestingly pretty.  This Coffee Crusted Strip Steak with Herbed Corn Salasa ticks all the boxes.

Coffee Crusted Strip Steak with Herbed Corn Salsa

Our collection this week is from epicurious; 79 Corn Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long.  Featured is this utterly simple, no fuss, always welcome, Grilled Corn on the Cob with Salt-and-Pepper Butter.  Nothing easier or better.  Who says they can’t cook?  Anyone can make this.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Salt-and-Pepper Butter

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

growing corn is highly mechanised

including scary crop-dusters

 

Avoiding Dementia

first it takes your mind, then it takes your life

there are strong links between boozing and dementia

Dementia actually kills four times as many people as all the deaths attributed to COVID-19, even at the height of the supposed pandemic.  And, dementia kills people in a particularly horrible and distressing way.  I am not and have never been worried about the coronavirus, but becoming a shadow of myself through the hell of dementia frightens me, if I ever let myself think about it.

However, dementia is not inevitable, it’s not all down to random chance, it’s not all down to genetics, and it’s not a pestilence inflicted by a malicious God.  Your mind does not have to be blown to dust ~ there are things we can do right now to help ourselves avoid the unimaginable suffering of being locked inside a mind afflicted by Alzheimer’s, or a softening of the brain, or whatever else causes this insanity.

Dementia is not primarily a mental illness, it is physical degradation of the brain.

A hell of a lot of dementia is caused by the lifestyle choices we make.  To reduce your chances of becoming a shell of who you used to be then;

  • get plenty of sunshine, fresh air, and exercise
  • keep mentally and socially active, do not sit in front of the TV or computer screen for hours at a time
  • keep regular hours and get enough good sleep ~ 6 to 8 hours a night
  • do not smoke ~ and if you do give it up, forever
  • do not drink to excess ~ avoid binge drinking
  • do not take drugs, and I mean strong medication as well as street drugs
  • have a good healthy diet; avoiding fat, sugar, wheat and other grains, dairy products, junk food and takeout, and especially high fructose corn syrup
  • do not get avoidable diabetes
  • do not get obese, regularly check your Body Mass Index
  • control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • avoid hearing loss
  • focus on your general health and well-being; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ~ especially do all you can to avoid suffering from prolonged clinical depression
  • do not to get sick from social diseases, so avoid; casual sex, using dirty needles, socialising with the dregs of society, drinking in sleazy bars, and taking vacations in disease riddled hell-holes like India
  • do not get a head injury, so wear a helmet when cycling and avoid contact sports such as boxing.  Do not get into bar fights.
  • stay very clean; wash, shower, get in the tub, wear gloves for dirty jobs, wear clean clothes every day, change your bed-linen weekly
  • do not get sent to jail

As it goes, all of the above are things that right-minded, self-disciplined, ethical and sensible people will do as a matter of course.  There are two other things that will help you not to get dementia; be male and die young.

Some say that COVID-19 is the new plague sent by a vengeful deity.  And that dementia only affects the very old.  All I know is that all disease and infirmity is mostly preventable.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

probably heading for dementia

 

Food on Friday ~ Quick and Easy

my friend cooks with wine, sometimes she even adds it to the food

In an ideal world each of us would have a gorgeous kitchen, a larder full of exactly the right ingredients, and lots of time to create wonderfully, brilliant, healthy and tasty dishes.  Mostly the world isn’t like that, and for many of us there are so many other things we need and want to do rather than stand over a hot stove.  Particularly when the weather is wonderful ~ or we have to go to work.  Or have a long, hot, soak in the tub.

This week we’re concentrating on quicker and easier wonderful, brilliant, healthy, and tasty recipes.

First up this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; 15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles.  Simple, easy, fast, and looking delicious.

15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles

Another noodles dish, this time from Chungah at Damn Delicious; Quick Chicken Ramen Noodle Stir Fry.  I like stir fry dishes, my perfect one pan meal every time.  This one should be ready in 30 minutes.

Quick Chicken Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

Something I must try, from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb is a Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet.  This is a one pan dish you should be ale to prepare and cook in just 30 minutes, less if your seasoning is ready mixed.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet

At this time of year some of you may have peppers growing in your yard.  From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have these Grilled Marinated Peppers with Burrata and Breadcrumbs.  This dish may take a little longer than the others we’re looking at this week, but it’s a very relaxing kind of longer.

Grilled Marinated Peppers with Burrata and Breadcrumbs

Our first collection this week is from Diane, The Minimalist Baker 26 Quick & Easy Recipes, all of which should be ready in 30 minutes or less.  As the weather is not only mostly sunny, it’s also probably hot where you are, I’ve chosen to feature this Greek Goddess Bowl ~ something an Aphrodite would enjoy.

Greek Goddess Bowl

Another collection, this time from Country Living; 77 Best Quick, Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Make In 30 Minutes or Less.  I’ve chosen to feature this dish of Grilled Pesto Chicken with Summer Squash ~ and talking of things you may have in your vegetable patch, how brilliant if you have squash growing in your yard.

Grilled Pesto Chicken with Summer Squash

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

we each have our own idea of an Aphrodite

Songs on Saturday ~ Annie Lennox

walking through rainstorms to be with the one you love

Summer in England 2020; doom, gloom, and rain.  Would I walk five-thousand-miles through pouring rain and high winds to be on a lonely island with the one I love?  Hell Yes!  The one you love should be your precious angel and worth everything ~ else it isn’t really love at all.

Back in the day I learned a harsh lesson ~ you can’t beat City Hall.   Right now there are some things I can’t do, and some things The Man is making me do that I’d rather not.

Some say we should always be the best person we can possibly be.  And that the one you care for deserves the best of you, no matter what.

All I know is that I’ll make the best of things, and right now that means staying fit, strong, and healthy.  In a few days I’m heading away from cold and rain to warmer and sunnier climes.  Walking, swimming, yoga, Aegean sunshine, fresh mountain air, healthy food…..  For a while I’ll be spending time working on becoming a physically better man.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

beachcombing at dawn

how to learn who you really are

Food on Friday ~ Summer Salads

create healthy habits, not restrictions and rules

It’s hot, it’s sunny, it’s time for a cool drink and a fabulous salad.   After all this self-isolation, comfort eating, and processed food it’s time to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  And we all know that salads are brilliant at this time of year.  Preferably eaten in the sunshine and fresh air.

This quick, healthy arugula salad with lemon balsamic dressing is from Erin Clarke, at Well Plated by Erin.  It’s listed as a side dish, but I think many of us would be happy to have this for an al-fresco lunch, maybe with some salmon or chicken added.

Arugula Salad

This is fabulous from The Bojon Gourmet; vegan caprese salad with peaches and arugula.  Here a vegan mozzarella is used, but if you don’t want to be so strict you could choose an alternative.  BTW, I love heirloom tomatoes.

Vegan Caprese Salad with Peaches & Arugula

And now for something completely different from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; panzanella with marinated chickpeas and chimchurri.  Bread in a salad, now that is different!

Panzanella with Marinated Chickpeas and Chimchurri

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a recipe for heirloom tomato soba noodle salad, and as I already said I like heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomato Soba Noodle Salad

Trust Amanda at Chez le Reve Francais to come up with something decadent; an asparagus, broccoli, and endamame salad.  Looks deliciously different.

Asparagus Broccoli and Endamame Salad

Finally this week is from Chunghah at Damn Delicious, how about this grilled Greek chicken salad, served with tzatziki dressing?

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a Mediterranean Salad

from Heather Christo

Looking Better after Lockdown

it could have been worse, the liquor stores might have been closed

Now that I’m regularly out and about again after a period of government imposed solitary confinement at home, I’ve noticed just how manky some people are looking.  It’s not their fault, being subject to lockdown and being made to work from home does bad things to your health, your looks, and your well-being.  It’s a lack of sunshine, fresh air, exercise ~ and too much junk food, processed food, comfort eating, too much booze, too many cigarettes, and for some too much reliance on drugs.  Add to that the lack of proper sleep, irregular hours, lazing around most of the day in sweats or night-attire, not being able to get to a hairdresser…..

Face it after a period of lockdown, and while we are working at home, it’s possible that we don’t feel or look at our very best.  I know I didn’t, and I know just how much weight I put on.

It’s pretty simple to get back to looking and feeling great;

  • Get out in the sunshine and fresh air as much as you can.
  • Get some exercise.  Walk the 10,000 steps a day.  Learn some yoga.  Use free exercises such as squats, push ups.  Look here’s a link to a 20 minute home workout video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKfNUOWuZV8
  • Stop drinking so much every day and every night.  Have two or three totally booze-free days every week.
  • Stop smoking all together, forever.  Smoking makes you look old, you stink, it ruins your health.  Smoking will kill you.
  • Stop comfort eating.  Don’t eat just because you’re bored, stressed, lonely, or sad.
  • Stop eating processed food, or eat much less processed food if you can’t get to a good store as often as you’d like.
  • Stop shoveling your food in with both hands, eat mindfully and slowly, chew your food properly.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  Salads are brilliant at this time of year.
  • Drink more cool, clear, cleansing water.  (Fruit juice counts too.)

I am back on a health and fitness programme again, after letting myself go during lockdown.  It’s so depressing being in solitary confinement that I found it hard to keep up good habits.  But you know what?  It doesn’t take more than a week or so to turn things around to a better life.

Some say that just one bottle of wine won’t hurt.  And, that potato chips go so well with wine.  All I know is that the dictum of a healthy mind in a healthy body is the real truth.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

yoga is bloody good for you

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