Friday, January 20, 2017

Language, Bowling,

Funny I just heard a guy on the radio singing something about "you'd best go back to where you came" I don't think he even used "from" and it occurred to me that lyricists should return to the use of 'whence'.  For example - go back from whence you came. Old fashioned word to most people these days and probably never been used on this side of the pond at all. It is a fact that language has deteriorated considerably in my lifetime and these days the use of cell phones and abbreviations has made the language deteriorate even further. I think if I were to return in 50 years or so, I wouldn't be able to understand what people were talking about at all. Maybe I should have chosen a picture of Roget's Thesaurus instead?

Because I am expecting to have surgery later on, I thought I would do some bowl-aheads for when and if I couldn't play. I don't remember the recovery period. So, much to my surprise, I bowled better today than I have for a long time. In fact it would be good for my team if I stayed away and those games were used LOL.

Sri Lankan sounds a bit different so I thought this would be something to try.

Sri Lankan vegetable curry with brown rice

Warm cinnamon, root ginger and smoked paprika go together wonderfully in this tasty Sri Lankan vegetable curry. If you want to add a bit of fish, try cod or sea bass fillets. Fearne's inspiration for this charming dish came from a holiday: "Many moons ago, before Rex and Honey came along, Jesse and I went on a far-flung adventure to Sri Lanka. It is such a vibrant country where the people smile from
the heart and the food is made with love. On the entire trip, there wasn’t a dish I didn’t love. This curry is inspired by the flavours we encountered and the warmth their food provides. I love adding fish to this curry as it adds an extra boost of protein and makes it even more hearty."

1 ½ Tbs coconut or sunflower oil
10 fresh curry leaves (optional)
1 onion, finely chopped
5 cm piece of root ginger, peeled and finely grated
5 cloves garlic, crushed ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ Tbs mild curry powder
½ tsp chilli powder (optional)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 400 ml cans full-fat coconut milk
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-sized chunks
200 g skinless and boneless cod or sea bass fillets, cut into bitesized pieces (optional)
Sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 spring onion, finely sliced, to serve
Cooked brown rice, to serve

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the curry leaves (if using) and fry for 2–3 minutes until the leaves begin to crisp up and brown.

2. Add the onion and ginger and sauté gently for 5 minutes, until the onion has softened, then add the garlic and fry for a further minute until aromatic.

3. Add the spices, tomatoes, half a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Fry for a further 2 minutes until aromatic, then add the coconut milk, carrots and green pepper.

4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 20–25 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through and the sauce has reduced down a little.

5. If you are using fish, add it to the curry for the last 5 minutes of cooking time, until just cooked through.

6. Serve with the spring onion scattered over the top and rice alongside.

Servings: 6

Author Notes
You could use chicken instead of fish in this lovely curry if you prefer, simply brown off in a pan before you start making the curry and simmer in the sauce until cooked through

Source: Fearne Cotton

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - glad the bowling went well while you wait for surgery. That Sri Lankan vegetable curry looks delicious .. cheers and good luck - Hilary

  2. Hi Jo, that curry looks lovely - not too hot - might give it a try.
    Bad use of language really winds me up - there's one of our local politicians who constantly misuses done and did - it's a very Belfast thing sadly - but it's so annoying - "why don't they speak proper England like us does", as they'd say in Yorkshire :) that always made me smile ...

    1. Me too Fil. One of the worst is the could of, should of brigade. Like the Yorkshire saying. Not the same, but "there's nowt so queer as folk" is a favourite.

  3. Speaking and writing proper English have gone the way of the dodo bird. Now the dodo humans have taken over.

  4. They say go 200 years in either direction and you won't understand the language, but I don't think you'll have to go that far in the future from where we are now.

    1. Didn't know that Diane. But I agree, we sure won't have to go far into the future.

  5. I always believe that the English language will remain...and then I hear someone speak and I hang my head low. I never think of myself as knowing the grammar well but I pray I am better than the average kid i hear. Glad you did well with bowling and enjoyed yourself. Do you know when your surgery is?? This recipe sound excellent and i am thinking to add shrimp and scallops

    1. I am sure you do speak it better than the average kid Birgit. It really has gone downhill in recent years.

      No, no date for my surgery yet. Like the idea of shrimp and scallops.

  6. I completely agree that the English language is deteriorating. The thing I find most annoying is when people fail to add the "ly" on adverbs. For example, 'He ran quick'.

    1. Yup, that is one to get bugged about Pinky.

  7. I sometimes think I'm too much of a stickler about English usage but then I hear 'could of' or someone says something is 'dribble' instead of 'drivel' and I realise maybe I'm not.
    Nice the bowling went well. Hanging around waiting for surgery you need distraction.

    1. The could of should of brigade drive me nuts Helen. Don't think I have heard anyone use dribble for drivel.

      You're right, one does.

  8. I was watching a TV show last night and one of the actors said he would 'axe his brother about it' instead of 'ask.' Thought it was bad enough when I hear it in person, but now on a TV show set in Hawaii?

    1. I know Denise, it's happening all over these days. Books too where it should be possible to correct it before printing.