Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tayview 28th December North Fife

Tayview 28th December, a stormy winter sky above white horses on The River Tay.

Polythene sheeting blowing in the wind caught on wire fencing, what can't be seen is the flapping noise. Apart from flying debris noise is the most disturbing aspect of high wind speeds.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice North Fife

The winter solstice, marked and heralded for thousands of years by many cultures, a turning point, a pivotal moment.
The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. Depending on the Gregorian calendar, the December solstice occurs annually on a day between December 20 and December 23. On this date, all places above a latitude of 66.5 degrees north (Arctic Polar Circle) are now in darkness, while locations below a latitude of 66.5 degrees south (Antarctic Polar Circle) receive 24 hours of daylight. I'm so glad the tide has turned as it were, from now for 6 months the light increases.

Many prophecies about the end of the world surround this date because it corresponds to the last day of the Mayan calendar. The 2012 December solstice will be on December 21, 2012, which gives us all just one more year if the Mayans are right, time will tell and it's Christmas too so rejoice, eat, drink and be happy for tomorrow.........who knows.
The Mayans had a view described in the book below.

Mayan End Age 12-21-2012

Mayan calender
Mayan Calender "An Apocalypse (Greek: “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, ie. the veil to be lifted." — Wikipedia

"Both the Hopis and Mayans recognize that we are approaching the end of a World Age... In both cases, however, the Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear."
— Joseph Robert Jochman
The mysterious Serpent Mound in the Ohio Valley is a masterpiece of prehistoric architecture. Its enormous size alone inspires awe and reverence. Even deeper meanings may be hidden in the dimensions and lost functions of this ancient religious structure. Researcher Ross Hamilton has uncovered multiple layers of secrets hidden within the earthworks of the Serpent Mound, and his discoveries contribute to a new understanding of prehistoric spiritual science and engineering.

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15th December North Fife Frost

Frost 15th December, yes it was that cold, such a varied month, unfortunately I'm in the midst of installing a new stove and radiators and when it's cold we all really know about it.

amazing patterns on the windows.


By the 21st December some warmth had returned giving misty conditions here at Pittachope farm viewing Graigsimmie and below a pheasant takes a casual stroll.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tayview 6th dec amidst the storm a ray of light descends on Errol across the Tay and some storm it was, our greenhouse is no longer, many objects have vaulted fences and one just has to shrug one's shoulders, tis only the wind.

Much quieter now on the 10th with wonderful high streaky clouds,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Deep Fried Butter Balls, The Fiddlers Elbow

I was checking the BBC website today and came across this, well what can one say, heart attack in a bowl or wow, fantastic, each to our own. I'm sure though The Fiddler's Elbow is worth a visit for a good time out.

Deep fried butter balls. Just the butter without the Irn Bru batter.

An Edinburgh bar has put a calorific treat to rival the deep fried Mars Bar on its menu - deep fried butter balls.
The snack, already popular in the US, has been given a Scottish twist as it is cooked in Irn Bru batter.
The Fiddler's Elbow, in Picardy Place, is serving the pudding for what is thought to be the first time in Scotland.
The sticky dessert, called Braveheart Butter Bombs, is served with an Irn Bru ice cream and coulis.
A variation featuring deep fried whisky instead of Irn Bru will also be offered.
While critics have dubbed deep-fried butter a "coronary on a plate", the chefs said it should be all right in moderation.
Freezing balls
The dishes have been devised by Simon Robertson, The Fiddler's Elbow head chef, with the help of Paul Fitchie, a former chef with Harvey Nichols.
Mr Robertson said: "We thought we would add a bit of fun to our menu of Scottish dishes and it's really got people talking.
"Some folk are saying it's a heart attack on a plate and, okay, it's not exactly health food but as long as you're not having it every day it shouldn't be any problem."
The dessert is made by freezing balls of butter before dipping them in batter soaked with Irn Bru.
They are then submerged in hot oil until browned.
Oliver Scott, who runs The Fiddler's Elbow, said: "It might not be too nutritious but it's definitely delicious.
"We've been trying it out on volunteers who are loving it. It actually tastes lighter than you'd expect, it's a bit like eating a banana fritter but nicer and obviously a bit naughtier.
"We hope it will help cheer people up in a time of gloom.
"We know that when things are tough economically people like to treat themselves to a little comfort food and this is the ultimate indulgence - so long as people don't overdo it."

Fiddlers Elbow is a 'shabby chic' hotel located in the heart of Edinburgh.
The rooms are designed with warmth and comfort in mind. Fiddlers Elbow has 4 double en-suite rooms all equipped with towels, toiletries, a TV and a fridge.
All rooms are quiet, comfortable and modern with an emphasis on calmness and relaxation. Special care has been taken to design each room with style and practicality in mind, to ensure your stay is pleasant and memorable.
We are less than 3 minutes walk from Princes Street, which is the perfect place to base your adventure of Edinburgh. Airport and transport links are also moments away.
The hotel boasts its very own pub, which hosts regular live folk music for those looking to enjoy themselves. And for those looking to relax can enjoy our home cinema downstairs, which is free for guests to use anytime.
Wa Wa Basement, a Chinese restaurant, is also available to guests looking to have a quick meal before getting out to explore what Edinburgh has to offer. We have also have a function room for those traveling on business or in groups. The restaurant and pub area, can seat up to 40 people.
There are several restaurants, a theatre, art galleries and shops in the local area, including on Raeburn Place, the Stockbridge area’s main commercial thoroughfare.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Clay Cure Natural Healing from the Earth

By Ran Knishinsky

I have taken Bentonite myself on and off for many years and have encouraged others to ingest it too. The health benefits are quite extraordinary, it really works.

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An exceptional source of minerals, clay has been ingested as a nutritional supplement and detoxifier throughout the world for thousands of years. The Clay Cure reveals the benefits of trusting that ancient wisdom and using clay powders, capsules, or liquid gels.

Naturally absorbent and extremely gentle on the system, clay can treat ailments affecting digestion, circulation, menstruation, and the liver, skin, and prostate. Clay also remedies symptoms of arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, gum diseases, and migraines. The Clay Cure contains complete and up-to-date information on choosing the appropriate type and form of clay, how and when to take it for your specific complaint, the science and history of clay eating, and the value of minerals contained in the many varieties of clay.

RAN KNISHINSKY has been eating clay for more than seven years. He is a writer and the owner of Health Wise, a homeopathic dispensary and health food store in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Clay Cure is the most scientific and up to date book, as the back cover says. Articles that have been reviewed for inclusion in the book are American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Canadian Journal of Microbiology, National Geographic Research, and more.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Book of Jewish Food

It's coming up to Solstice / festive season, whatever your persuasion it's always good to taste and enjoy foods of different cultures.

Claudia Roden, author of The Book of Jewish Food, has done more than simply compile a cookbook of Jewish recipes--she has produced a history of the Diaspora, told through its cuisine. The book's 800 recipes reflect many cultures and regions of the world, from the Jewish quarter of Cairo where Roden spent her childhood to the kitchens of Europe, Asia and the Americas. Both Ashkenazi and Sepharidic cooking are well represented here: hallah bread, bagels, blintzes and kugels give way to tabbouleh, falafel and succulent lamb with prunes, which are, in turn, succeeded by such fare as Ftut (Yemeni wedding soup) and Kahk (savoury bracelets).

Interwoven throughout the text are Roden's charming asides--the history of certain foods, definitions (Kaimak, for instance, is the cream that rises to the top when buffalo milk is simmered) and ways of preparing everything from an eggplant to a quince. In addition, Roden tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about Jewish dietary laws, what the ancient Hebrews ate and the various holidays and festivals on the Jewish calendar. Detailed sections on Jewish history are beautifully illustrated with archival photographs of families, towns and, of course, food. The Book of Jewish Food is one that any serious cook--Jewish and non-Jewish alike--would gladly have (and use often) in the kitchen. --Kyle Dean
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In this enchanting book, Claudia Roden returns to the countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco in search of new and old recipes and to find out how cooking has evolved since she first introduced us to these cuisines in the 1960s. The result is a tribute to the different culinary histories and contemporary food of these fascinating countries, from the mezze dishes of Turkey and the sweet pastries of Lebanon to the unmistakable flavours and spices of Morocco. In her inimitable style, Claudia Roden has created a passionate, evocative book full of stories, memories and delicious food.
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