Showing posts from May, 2016

U stands for UTENSILS

I have always been an enthusiastic cook and one of the most USEFUL and often USED UTENSIL in my kitchen is my pressure cooker. If I was given the option of having either a microwave or a pressure cooker , the pressure cooker wins, hands down.

USING a pressure cooker cuts the cooking time considerably, from start to finish, these two wholesome and hearty soups can be from cooker to table within twenty minutes.
Honey Glazed Ham.The honey glazed ham took 35 mins in the pressure cooker, then a further 30 mins, roasted with a honey and clove glaze, in the oven. USING the Pressure Cooker cut the cooking time almost by half.  This method keeps the gammon tender and succulent. Cumberland sauce goes well with it.

Honey Glazed Ham.

Cumberland sauce.
So here it is .... all this lovely food cooked in my favourite kitchen UTENSIL, THE UBIQUITOUS Pressure cooker. 
My sincere thanks to  Denise, who has UNDENIABLY brought a lot of pleasure to so many of us, by devising abcw and  UNITING people from all o…

S stands for Shakespeare.

I won't write any more about this play as I have featured it before so, as I'm rather fond of logical quotations I thought I'd share a few of


'SOME are born great,
SOME achieve  greatness
 and SOME
have greatness
 thrust upon them'.
 (Twelfth Night).

To thine own SELF be true,
And it must follow as,
the night,
the day,
thou can'st be true.

Sonnet 18.SHALL I compare thee to a summer's day?  Thou art more lovely and more temperate, Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May And summer's lease hath all to short a date.

And so  as I complete my finish SLANT on the letter 'S' I have to confess I am STRUGGLING to write at present, SO much to cope with and feeling SO SHATTERED all the time. I hope you all can bear with me until I get my  Mojo back.. Thanks to the SUPERDOOPER Denise Nesbitt for devising  ABCW and the SAGACIOUS Roger for doing what he does too! Also our thanks go out to the SPONTANEOUS team  of helpers who assist Roger wit…

R is for Random

Darling daughter Ingrid.RELIEF!

My profound apologies to my fellow Abcw chums for being so late in posting and carrying out my visits.......
You see,our darling daughter Ingrid was RUSHEDinto hospital with severe chest pains, she had all the symptoms of a heart attack, much to our shock horror!
However, I am pleased to REPORT that after several tests over several days she was diagnosed with Pleurisy  and a Hiatus hernia... this is bad enough in itself but not a life threatening disorder.
 She REMAINED in hospital for six days and is now at home on a course of drugs and REST AND RECUPERATION
 Today, much to our RELIEF she is almost pain free and looking forward to meeting her children from school and getting back to normal.

Random pictures of my home town Liverpool Which sits on the famous River Mersey.

Q stands for Queens

'The Queen of Hearts' was a poem  based on the characters found on playing cards, originally, thought to be by an anonymous author. 

 The Queen of Hearts,    She made some tarts, All on a summer's day;    The  Knave of Hearts He stole those tarts, And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts Called for the tarts, And beat the Knave full sore;        The Knave of Hearts Brought back the tarts And vowed he'd steal no more.

Several Poets have laid claim that they have written this amusing little poem including Charles Lamb, but I feel this has Lewis Carroll written all over it!  In Alice's adventures in Wonderland  'The Queen of Hearts' was depicted as a foul tempered, tyrant, ruler of Wonderland . Her solution to every problem is to order a beheading  before the day is out, she would often be seen and heard shrieking all over Wonderland....'Off with their head' ! Fortunately for many The Griffin explains, that her orders never seem to be carried out, as th…