An American -Russian writer Vera Nazarian once quoted :
“Whenever you read a good book,
somewhere in the world
a door opens to allow more light”
Two other quotes which I liked:
What are you currently reading ?
( I am reading ” The little Coffee Shop of Kabul” by Deborah Rodriguez)
an interesting savoury cake
The origins of this cake seems to be found until the middle age as this cake was served in the Lombardia (Northern Italian region) around the 23rd of December as the last of a 7 course meals.
We suppose that at this time not many could afford expensive ingredients, but in the last time this cake became richer and richer including different kind of nuts, raisins, almonds or sweet ingredients as fruits-mustard.
I will present you a simple recipe based on the ingredients available at that time. I added the nutmeg as this ingredients may have been THE ingredient which gave the name to the dish.
Usually this is baked as a single cake, but I decided to make a variation and make 4 single portions.
- 1000-1200 g Pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 60 g breadcrumbs
- 60 g parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
- 1 egg
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Palmyra is the iconic palm in Jaffna – the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The beauty of the Borassus palm is that each part of the tree, from the root to the tip has an economic use.
The leaves of the palm is fan shaped and the mono-cot could grow up to 3 meters. A fermented drink toddy (kallu) is also made from the sap of the young floweret (inflorescence). The chosen photo would be the Cover art if I had to write a book about Jaffna oh my Jaffna!
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(I suppose we are closer to Friday than Monday!)
There were five houses of religion in a small town:
The Presbyterian Church,
The Baptist Church,
The Methodist Church,
The Catholic Church
and The Jewish Synagogue.
Each church and house of prayer was overrun with pesky squirrels.
The Presbyterians called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels.
After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.
In The BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery which is a tank for administering baptism by immersion.
The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it.
The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many the next week.
The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation.
So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town.
Three days later…, the squirrels were back.
The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution.
They baptised the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.
Now they only see them on their weddings, children’s baptism, Christmas and Easter.
The Jewish Synagogue reverted back to old tradition.
They caught one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and
…..they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.
(Arrived in my in- box. Spare a thought for the original story teller)