Friday, December 21, 2012

World’s End, Tie Flask,

End of WorldWell, we first heard it definitely from a New Zealander, and at least a couple of Australians, the world didn’t end. I guess if you are reading this post, it didn’t end where you are either. Phew!!! Its funny, but there has been a lot more talk about this prediction than any other that I remember. I have a feeling a lot of people secretly worried it could be true. Somebody mentioned 11:11 a.m. that would presumably be in Mexico, so we are not out of the woods yet.

I’ve come across some odd things in my time, but… A tie into which you can pour Boozy tiebooze and have a nip now and again when you want to. I can see people wearing these to work so they can drink and nobody knows. If you want to see more about them, this site has several pictures and a link to the retailer. The tie holds 6 ounces of liquor apparently which is enough to get pretty juiced on and not to know whether you are coming or going I would surmise. I think employers are going to have to watch out for this. Cops too are going to have to check drivers’ ties as well.

South DownsWednesday night we watched a programme on TV Ontario called The Great British Countryside, The South Downs. I learned some fascinating things I never knew about the country where I was born. Apparently there is oil under the Downs and they are being very careful not to ruin the beautiful countryside whilst they are retrieving it, also a  huge gypsum mine which is vast and deep underneath like a country itself, and because of the chalk, there is an experienced vintner growing champagne type grapes and making an excellent sparkling wine. That’s just the part we saw. I would love to see it again, but checking out TVO I can’t find that it is airing again. Last night we watched the one about the Highlands of Scotland Which was another fascinating programme. I learnt a lot about the The Highlandsgeography and history of the Highlands. Apparently the mountains of Scotland are some of the oldest rocks in the world, We were shown a piece of gneiss which was 3 billion years old, an inconceivable number. The programme explained how the landscape was formed. It also covered the making of Laphroaig which is a very expensive single malt whisky. Well expensive here anyway. It is made in the Isle of Skye. Also, the great volumes of water power available in Scotland us used for hydro electricity and enables the manufacture and processing of aluminum (aluminium in the UK) which was used for aircraft parts for Spitfires and helped us win the Battle of Britain during World War II. 

scallop rawI have always loved scallops. I used to buy bay scallops by the gallon when we lived in North Carolina. I would then freeze them in portion sizes. They worked very well. For some reason in North America the roe is always removed. It is actually delicious to eat and we never removed it in the UK.

Scallop Piccata on Angel Hair Pasta

WebMD Recipe from
Superfine angel hair and delicate scallops are coated with a light lemon, white scallop_piccata_on_angel_hairwine and caper sauce.
  • 1 pound dry sea scallops, tough muscle removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Sprinkle scallops on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the scallops; cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Cook pasta in the boiling water until not quite tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  4. Whisk wine, clam juice and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth.
  5. Cook garlic in the pan over medium-high heat, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine mixture; bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, capers and butter; cook until the butter melts, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Return the scallops to the pan, add the pasta and cook, stirring gently, until heated through and coated with the sauce, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley and serve immediately
Have a great day


  1. Just checked the BBC website and the South Downs episode was last shown here in July 2012 so its not available to view online - unless you buy their DVD of course!

    Hmmmm ... not sure about those ties - would leave an embarrassing wet patch if it sprung a leak!

    1. Yes I checked and the DVD is £12 for one of the episodes which translates to around $24 to me. Not sure its worth that. Really enjoyed the programmes and hope maybe they will re-air them here.

      If they leaked, the liquor would evaporate quickly.

  2. It's funny how people grabbed hold of this theory. Ironically, the Mayan calendar was interpreted wrong, but no one caught that news flash.

    1. I did actually, but didn't take a lot of notice of it either. At my age, I don't worry that much about it anyway LOL

  3. Hi Jo .. we're still here ... and that's my neck of the woods too - the South Downs ... those Highland programmes were extremely interesting - it's funny how much the world has changed, while interesting to see how and why.

    Love scallops too - they've taken to removing the coral here as well - can't think why as it is delicious ...

    Have a very happy Christmas and New Year ..

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Matt and I lived in Kent most of our lives although I did live in Manchester area until I was 8. I also lived a year or two in Sussex. Still Downs area. I was absolutely fascinated by the programme - or what I saw. Oil in the south??? They are re-playing all 4 programmes on NY Day so I will make sure to see them.

      What a shame they are removing the coral, wonder what they do with it.

      A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you too Hilary.