Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Poem about Food

A HANDFUL of cherries
She gave me in passing,
The wizened old woman,
And wished me good luck--
And again I was dreaming,
A boy in the sunshine,
And life but an orchard
Of cherries to pluck.

Wilfred Gibson

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

And all things nice!

Spice of the Month - Turmeric

Turmeric is a favourite spice of mine.  I go through it quickly.  I add it to many dishes such as meat casseroles, mashed potatoes and soups.  It adds a beautiful yellow colour while not being a very strong flavour.

If you are lucky enough to get some fresh turmeric, be sure to wear gloves when handling it unless you want bright yellow fingers for hours, if not days.  And be careful you don't splash your clothes with turmeric either.  If you try to wash it off with soap, the yellow stain will turn pink.

In ancient times Hindu brides were painted with dye made from turmeric.

Turmeric is supposed to be good for you too!  There are trials looking into whether it is helpful with arthritis, dermatitis, IBS and even cancers.

Turmeric is part of most Indian style curry powders.  Indians use turmeric to marinate fish. 

To get great colour on curried or devilled eggs, just add some turmeric.

You can also add it to salad dressings.

Try rubbing fish with turmeric, salt and lemon juice just before cooking.

Hot English mustard powder gets it strong yellow flavour from the addition of turmeric.

BIBLIOGRAPHY - with thanks to Auckland Libraries

Cook's Encyclopaedia of Spices by Sallie Morris & Lesley Mackley
Discovering Vegetables, Herbs & Spices by Susanna Lyle
Julie Biuso at Home
Spice Market by Jane Lawson
Spicery by Ian & Elizabeth Hemphill
Spices & Natural Flavourings by Jennifer Mulherin
Spices by Sophie Grigson
Spices Condiments and Seasonings by Kenneth T Farrell
Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by Elizabeth David
The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander

Monday, 23 November 2015

Food for thought!

Flag preference survey

Instead of the normal monthly quiz, I'm going to ask you to rank these flags in order of preference.

New Zealand is now voting between these alternative flag designs.  The winner will then be voted on as between it and the current flag early next year.





I don't have the technology nous to have a survey tool for this so please just put the Letters down in a comment in your preferred order – the best first.

I haven't yet decided on my order of preference although I am fairly close to knowing which is my first preference.

For those of you that were wondering.  The flag below is our current flag – it is quite similar to the Australian flag, isn't it?  And part of it is the Union Jack which is the English flag - and New Zealand, although still part of the Commonwealth, has not been a colony or Dominion of the UK since about 1940.