Mum’s Chocolate Cake

30 Mum's Chocolate Cake

I have always been a bit of an eater, especially when it was something that appealed to my sweet tooth! I am not saying that I would eat everything that was put before me, as I have said in the past I was a bit of a picky eater. I was fine as long as it was meat and potatoes, perhaps even fish and chips, and just about anything that had a high proportion of sugar in it. It is also true that I was very active and therefore needed an above average calorie intake.

I remember several 40 mile (64 Km) walks. I had ex-military munition packs strapped to either hip, stuffed with Mars bars. In spite of having a time limit, and the aforementioned goodies, I recall stopping at ice-cream parlours and similar along the way for a top-me-up. I also remember that whilst at secondary school a group of eight of us walked the Pennine Way, some 270 miles (550 Km). We ended up breaking the school record, as we were promised a cheesecake feast if we could do it in 10 days!

A vew of part of the Pennine Way

In my late teens I recall several local restaurants offered “eat as much as you want” buffets. I of course took it to mean “eat as much as you can”……..

 

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2019 Lincoln W. Betteridge

Peach (Vineuse ou Sanguine) Jam

19 Peach (Vineuse ou Sanguine) Jam

I have been fortunate to work in many environments and with people and groups from around the world. One of the most interesting periods in my working life was when I toured Europe helping companies improve their businesses. On one occasion I was working in a bank in the Swiss city of Berne.

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Berne Switzerland

I was working in a great team with a most interesting client. I had heard much of Swiss banks, and their fabled gold and treasures, their veritable dragon hoards sat in the deep, dark places of the world! Although I can’t attest to having seen an ounce of gold or a carat of a diamond, I can say that the bank lifts were interesting…….

 

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Papas Aliñás

16 Papas Aliñás

Over the summer we visited the town of Cádiz in Andalusia. Given that we had to cross most of Spain, we stopped in Toledo, the old Spanish capital, on the way there. We enjoyed both places enormously, and the food. This is just one of the recipes I have planned for you from our trip……..

For those of you who don’t know, Cádiz is one of the oldest cities in western Europe and was founded by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago. The city is almost an island, with a narrow strip of land or the new, spectacular suspension bridge, being the only ways in.

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Cádiz was the centre of many momentous events. Christopher Columbus sailed from the city on a couple of his outings to the New World and, as the home port for the Spanish treasure fleet, the city was beheld with envious eyes! As a consequence it saw numerous raids during the 16th century by the Barbary Corsairs and the old town was largely raised to the ground in 1569. Even Francis Drake had a go, attacking in 1587, capturing six ships and destroying thirty-one others. More importantly for the British perhaps, it delayed the sailing of the Spanish Armada for a year.

 

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Ensalada Aragonesa (Aragones Salad)

I have lived in Aragón for years and yet had never made the local Salad!

This shameful oversight came to light just recently when local friends invited us round for a meal. The first course was the local salad. As you will see from the recipe below, the main difference between this salad, and a more conventional Spanish one, is the inclusion of potatoes. In general these salads are not big on lettuce either! Any protein comes from a little tuna and / or hard-boiled eggs.

Much is said of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which like this salad is heavy on vegetables and olive oil, yet light on meat. Spaniards also eat a lot of fruit. I read recently that Spain is now considered one of the healthiest places to live. It certainly can be, but with the kiddies now spending their easy-come pocket money on plastic-packed industrial cakes and snacks, the future looks increasingly bleak. For many the balanced Spanish diet seems to be a thing of the past!

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Magallón Pear and Ginger Jam

18 Magallón Pear and Ginger Jam

Disney is making new versions of some of their most famous films. There have been 3 this year already, and a further 10 are in production including such classics as Pinocchio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lady and the Tramp or Peter Pan. I find it hard to imagine how the originals can be improved upon, perhaps Disney are making them because they are running out of new ideas?

In terms of new films, I am amazed how today’s directors are able to achieve their unique blend of technicoloured extravagance and weak storyline. Cardboard characters and computer aided graphics, the writers story-telling art being sidelined in favour of the artist’s digital palette.

In an attempt to separate the few good films from the many bad ones, I tend to go off film critics reviews on one of the most common on-line film databases. The last film I watched was called “Her” and had a critics’ score of 89 out of 100!

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The film was set in the near future and explored the interaction between humans and digital assistants. These assistants could do much more than send an email to one’s spouse or telephone a friend, they were sentient artificial intelligences (AI’s). The film I am sorry to say was pretty boring, but their depiction of this future society was extremely interesting, thought-provoking and possibly prophetic.

 

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No-Churn Chocolate Oreo Ice-Cream

16 No-Churn Chocolate Oreo Ice-Cream

So here we are, fifty years on from man’s first tentative steps on the moon, and with relatively little to show for it. My dreams of ever going into space have vanished quicker than NASA’s budget!! Of course Armstrong’s first famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” didn’t bode well for the future of space travel, given that it actually makes no sense. His omission of the word “a”, before the word “man”, must have haunted him for years…..

Of course the use of “a man” would also be inappropriate fifty years on. Perhaps we should now correct it to “a person”?

As I mentioned in a previous article, the biggest problem in exploring the solar system has been a question of cost and shortsighted politicians who can’t think past their own plans for reelection. They might think about some longer term issues at the start of their time in office, but that soon changes into populistic short-term actions to ensure they have happy voters come next election day.

99 NASA budget as percentage of federal budget

NASA budget as percentage of federal budget

Private companies have got in on the act promising the Moon……. and Mars.

 

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Apricot and Ginger Cream Cheese Scones

A couple of weeks back I didn’t publish my normal weekly article because I was on holiday. This last weekend also saw me miss the publication of an article, this time because my editor was on holiday. It is the holiday season after all!

Whilst in full-time employment I had considered creating a blog. The time was not right however, or should I say the lack of it. Working hard and often travelling, plus numerous hobbies in my free time, gave me no bandwidth for any additional activities!

The idea of creating a blog came about for a couple of reasons. The main one I guess was talking to a colleague who started a new personal growth activity every year. Every New Year’s he would decide on what new creative avenue he would pursue. He might decide to write a book, learn a programming language or make a film. Perhaps , I thought, I could do something similar and create a blog? Secondly I love cooking and sharing recipes, so I thought therefore that it might be a good idea to create a cookery blog. 

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