Thursday, 28 January 2016

Recipe (for those who asked) and for those who didn't


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1lb ground pork
1lb ground beef
1/2 cup of diced onion or chopped up green or red peppers. (Recipe call for half a cup, I think that it needs more)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup salsa (I like it hot!)   or ketchup.
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper -  or to taste.
3 or 4 rashers of bacon, each cut up into 1" pieces.

Mix it up.    (use your hands!)  I

I don't cook mine in a loaf shaped pan, rather I mould it into shape in a  large baking dish  -  I like the eccentric shape of the finished product!

Option: glaze of  1/4 cup ketchup, mixed well with 1 tablespoon light brown sugar.

Bake for 1 - 11/4  hours, or until juices run clear.

Eat.  My suggestion, the recipe does not mention this.

 (also good cold the next day, in a sandwich)

(Adapted by jmp from an on-line Mr Food recipe).

NB  for cooks in the U.K.

One cup in an American recipe equals 9 fl oz in the U.K.  (or more or less a half U.K. pint).

U.S. teaspoons are bigger than U.K teaspoons, but U.S tablespoons are smaller than those in the U.K.

(Experienced cooks on both sides of the Atlantic will know how to use their own best judgement re seasonings etc).

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Meat Loafy Day

It rained heavily through the night of 26th/27th January 2016.

The rain let up a bit on the morning of Jan 27th giving Penne and me enough time for her first pee/poop walk of the day,

Then the rain returned, and it has been with us all day (and probably will be with us throughout tomorrow).

This is unusual for S.W. Florida in January.

I blame "El Nino".

Others blame President Obama!

Blame aside, I decided that it was a day for Meat Loaf.

I used the normal ingredients:  Ground Pork, Ground Beef, Eggs, Bread Crumbs, Salt and Pepper.

I did not have an onion to dice and add to the mix,  so I used some frozen and chopped up red, green and orange peppers instead,

I substituted Hot Salsa  for the more usual Tomato Ketchup.

The crowning glory was the addition of three rashers of good bacon,  cut up into 1" bits.

"Gosh Darn" it was good.

I ate it for lunch alongside sweet peas, and "oven roasted" Sweet Potato Fries.

'Twas an utterly delightful "comfort food" lunch  on a very rainy day.

Povey Meat Loaf

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Religious Headwear.....

.... and popular conceptions thereof


Amish Women   -  how cute

Amish man  -  nice hat, goes well with the beard

Orthodox Jewish man.  Some modern  Hasidic, and/or Lubavitch etc., etc. men wear clothing and hats which date to 19th Century Poland, Lithuania etc.  It's  so very smart!

Eastern Orthodox Christian Bishop.  Utterly exotic!

Ethiopian Christian Monks. If they were not wearing their pectoral crosses would we view them as"suspicious"?

Ethiopian Christian Bishop.  With his turban and beard -  would he be welcome in your neighbourhood? (or mine?)

Episcopal Bishop (in this case the Bishop of Cuba).   Male Anglican and Episcopal Bishops wear these pointy hats when they visit congregations to emphasize their importance.  Many of them are sweet and kind. Very few of them are extraordinarily wise.  Most of them are "bureaucrats par excellence" Too many of them "believe their own propaganda"!

Roman Catholic Nun in traditional dress,  She was to be feared, obeyed and respected,  In turn she was expected to be utterly submissive to her Mother Superior and to her male Bishop.

Modern Roman Catholic Nun.    She is utterly cool (even though her head dress is strikingly similar to a Hi-jab).


Middle Eastern Arabic and Muslim Woman.  We think that given her headgear and despite the flowers she is most certainly an incipient suicide bomber.

Middle Eastern and Arabic man.  We can tell that he is a terrorist by the way that he is dressed.

Excuse my cynical and tongue in cheek comment. 

This is a Sikh man in his traditional head dress.  It is possible  that he will be beaten up by some ignorant American, who believes him to be Muslim. This has happened in the U.S.A. (Not that Muslims should also be fair game for violence)

Please resist violence of  thought, word, action or deed  against any American citizen or immigrant on the basis of his/her head wear,  (or be stupid,  ill-informed, or Republican !),

Monday, 25 January 2016

Hoar frost in SRQ

Hoar Frost this  morning in Sarasota FL


(1)  hoarfrost 

 a deposit of needle like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing point.  (Free Dictionary)

(2)  Psalm 147:16 (KJV) He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.



Reflections across the Pond  (1)

Reflections across the Pond (2)

Steamy pond


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Our Mum

My first cousin Chris Finch posted this photo' on Facebook today.  It was taken in about 1983,


Chris, now a respectable adult with two children, Aaron (a young adult), and Grace (aged 12?)

Chris's Dad, Walter Charles (Wally) Finch  (now deceased).

Wally's older sister Evelyn, who happens to be my Mum.  (She passed from this life in 2002).


So Wally is my Uncle, and Evelyn is Chris's aunt,


Mum would have been 70 years of age when this photo' was taken.

She was such a pretty 70 year old.  She looks so youthful.

I hope to be as youthful looking when I am 70.  Whoops, I am already in my 72nd year!