Saturday, 7 March 2020

Sometimes hard to find

Spotted and purchased at Detwilers Farm Market today

Savoy Cabbage

It's been edged off most supermarket shelves.

Perhaps I'll roast some to eat with chicken, or maybe I'll make some "Healing Cabbage Soup".


Buying Savoy cabbage caused me to remember an English delicacy  called Saveloy.

It's a mostly regionally made and eaten sausage. I do not believe that our mother ever bought saveloy, and I know that I have never eaten it.

 Originally, it was made with pork brains, but nowadays it is prepared with a combination of
 beef, pork, spices, and rusk

People often compare its flavor with red pudding or frankfurters. Saveloy must be cooked 
before serving, and it is usually boiled, grilled, or fried in batter. For the best experience, 
it is recommended to serve it with chips on the side. 

However, in the North East of England, saveloy is commonly consumed in a sandwich with
 eaten with pease pudding.

This tasty sausage is also popular in New Zealand in Australia, where it’s colloquially known as sav.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Feeling Smug


Feb 10th 2020       Collated records and mailed them to tax preparer

Feb 17 2020           'Phone consultation with tax preparer

Feb 24th 2020        Filed tax return electronically

March 5th 2020      Overpaid taxes refunded by IRS

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Hard Times (Come Again No More)

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears
Oh Hard times come again no more

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary
Hard times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door
Oh hard times come again no more

While we seek mirth and beauty and music bright and gay
There are frail forms fainting at the door
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh hard times come again no more

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary
Hard times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door
Oh hard times come again no more

Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave
Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh hard times come again no more

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Eat "Healthy" They Say

All well and good, but where do you buy it?

I've been to Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Origins, Trader Joe's and Publix, but there's not been a sighting  of "Healthy" in any aisle: not in produce, meat, fish, deli, dairy, soups, pasta,  nor in canned vegetables and meats.

I've had some odd looks when I've asked staff members: "Do you stock Healthy?", or "Is Healthy animal, vegetable or mineral?"

So I have given up.  Since I cannot find the food named Healthy I have chosen to eat foods which my Bariatric Doctor believes lead to a healthy and  well balanced diet.  I am trying to eat healthily 

Hence my lunch today:  6oz lean pork loin; brocolli, white asparagus, and half a baked Acorn Squash , this latter out of view so that I could include a bit of dog in the photo'.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Has America Come To This? they ask..........

Has America Come To This?    A question which is oft times raised about the current Administration's policies and practices with regard to:

 Mexican, Honduran, El Salvadorian, Guatemalan etc  children, women and men who are resident in the U.S.A., or who wish to be granted asylum under international law; 

and about such persons who are in detention camps;

and about the thousands of women, children and men who have been deported by President Trump and his predecessor, President Obama.

Has America Come To This?    NO  we have always been like this

 Please see the article below this picture.


Olvera Street is a Los Angeles icon—a thriving Mexican market filled with colorful souvenirs, restaurants and remnants of the oldest buildings in Los Angeles. But though the bright tourist destination teems with visitors, few realize it was once the site of a terrifying raid.
In 1931, police officers grabbed Mexican-Americans in the area, many of them U.S. citizens, and shoved them into waiting vans. Immigration agents blocked exits and arrested around 400 people, who were then deported to Mexico, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.
The raid was just one incident in a long history of discrimination against Latino people in the United States. Since the 1840s, anti-Latino prejudice has led to illegal deportations, school segregation and even lynching—often-forgotten events that echo the civil-rights violations of African-Americans in the Jim Crow-era South.
The story of Latino-American discrimination largely begins in 1848, when the United States won the Mexican-American War. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which marked the war’s end, granted 55 percent of Mexican territory to the United States. With that land came new citizens. The Mexicans who decided to stay in what was now U.S. territory were granted citizenship and the country gained a considerable Mexican-American population.
As the 19th century wore on, political events in Mexico made emigration to the United States popular. This was welcome news to American employers like the Southern Pacific Railroad, which desperately needed cheap labor to help build new tracks. The railroad and other companies flouted existing immigration laws that banned importing contracted labor and sent recruiters into Mexico to convince Mexicans to emigrate.
Anti-Latino sentiment grew along with immigration. Latinos were barred entry into Anglo establishments and segregated into urban barrios in poor areas. Though Latinos were critical to the U.S. economy and often were American citizens, everything from their language to the color of their skin to their countries of origin could be used as a pretext for discrimination. Anglo-Americans treated them as a foreign underclass and perpetuated stereotypes that those who spoke Spanish were lazy, stupid and undeserving. In some cases, that prejudice turned fatal.
According to historians William D. Carrigan and Clive Webb, mob violence against Spanish-speaking people was common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They estimate that the number of Latinos killed by mobs reach well into the thousands, though definitive documentation only exists for 547 cases.
The violence began during California’s Gold Rush just after California became part of the United States. At the time, white miners begrudged former Mexicans a share of the wealth yielded by Californian mines—and sometimes enacted vigilante justice. In 1851, for example, a mob of vigilantes accused Josefa Segovia of murdering a white man. After a fake trial, they marched her through the streets and lynched her. Over 2,000 men gathered to watch, shouting racial slurs. Others were attacked on suspicion of fraternizing with white women or insulting white people.
Even children became the victims of this violence. In 1911, a mob of over 100 people hanged a 14-year-old boy, Antonio Gómez, after he was arrested for murder. Rather than let him serve time in jail, townspeople lynched him and dragged his body through the streets of Thorndale, Texas.
These and other horrific acts of cruelty lasted until the 1920s, when the Mexican government began pressuring the United States to stop the violence. But though mob brutality eventually quelled, hatred of Spanish-speaking Americans did not.
In the late 1920s, anti-Mexican sentiment spiked as the Great Depression began. As the stock market tanked and unemployment grew, Anglo-Americans accused Mexicans and other foreigners of stealing American jobs. Mexican-Americans were discouraged and even forbidden from accepting charitable aid.
As fears about jobs and the economy spread, the United States forcibly removed up to 2 million people of Mexican descent from the country—up to 60 percent of whom were American citizens.
Euphemistically referred to as “repatriations,” the removals were anything but voluntary. Sometimes, private employers drove their employees to the border and kicked them out. In other cases, local governments cut off relief, raided gathering places or offered free train fare to Mexico. Colorado even ordered all of its “Mexicans”—in reality, anyone who spoke Spanish or seemed to be of Latin descent—to leave the state in 1936 and blockaded its southern border to keep people from leaving. Though no formal decree was ever issued by immigration authorities, INS officials deported about 82,000 people during the period.
The impact on Spanish-speaking communities was devastating. Some light-skinned Mexican-Americans attempted to pass themselves off as Spanish, not Mexican, in an attempt to evade enforcement. People with disabilities and active illnesses were removed from hospitals and dumped at the border. As one victim of “repatriation” told Raymond Rodriguez, who wrote a history of the period, Decade of Betrayal, “They might as well have sent us to Mars.”
Others, like Rodriguez’s father, did not wait for raids or enforcement and returned to Mexico independently to escape discrimination and the fear of removal. His wife refused to accompany him and the family never saw him again.
When deportations finally ended around 1936, up to 2 million Mexican-Americans had been “repatriated.” (Because many of the repatriation attempts were informal or conducted by private companies, it is nearly impossible to quantify the exact number of people who were deported.) Around one third of Los Angeles’ Mexican population left the country, as did a third of Texas’ Mexican-born population. Though both the state of California and the city of Los Angeles apologized for repatriation in the early 2000s, the deportations have largely faded from public memory.