Archive for April 26th, 2009

Herbs and Splash

April 26, 2009

You Are Basil

You are a mild mannered person. People feel naturally calm around you.You are warm hearted and loving. You have a close knit circle of friends and family.You have the courage to be who you are in life, even if others disagree. You’re proud of your uniqueness.

You are good at caring for and healing others. You are naturally soothing.


What Herb Are You?
This is from Little Old Me’s blog. She often posts little snippets like this which I think are fun to do.
And this leads me to the Splash Award for alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs, which Guyana Gyal has kindly offered:
[mermaid_award_3.png] because I’d like to award it first  to Little Old Me for her blog which contains all of the above.
Next to Susie Vereker whose blog reflects her wide interests and a passion for reading and writing. Her next novel is due out in June. I can’t wait!
Then there’s Z from Norfolk who manages to write about her hectic life in a most compelling style.
Canisfamiliaris contains interesting and amusing anecdotes about life with a lively Bedlington terrier.
And last but by no means least comes Keith whose blog  often makes a point about what’s wrong with the world but also has more homely moments such as his latest post with a recipe for Turkey and Lovage pie.
When you receive this award, you get to:
1. Put the logo on your blog/post. (If I’ve done it wrongly you could get from Guyana Gyal.)
2. Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash award.

Left with a bitter taste

April 26, 2009

Last Wednesday we celebrated CC’s birthday and Jay did the cooking with just a bit of help from me.

The menu included a Jamie Oliver recipe for tuna balls in tomato sauce. Jay bought a lovely piece of fresh tuna  which was cooked with cinnamon, parsley, lemon  and pine nuts before being mixed with breadcrumbs and shaped into balls.

We all enjoyed this tasty treat and had the left overs the next day.

On Thursday evenng Bear opened a packet of biscuits while we were watching TV and I thought they tasted very bitter. He thought they were fine.

By Friday the bitter taste was noticeable all the time and made worse by eating or drinking anything. Adding honey or anything sweet made it even worse. I began to worry.

So I looked up ‘bitter taste in the mouth’ on the internet and to my surprise up popped a Sainsbury’s forum where lots of other people were suffering exactly the same symptoms after eating pinenuts – especially pinenuts from China.

I looked at the remaining packet in the cupboard and, sure enough, they did come from China.

The bitter taste is diminishing but hasn’t disappeared completely yet.

Fortunately, the rest of the family weren’t affected but I think we’ll all be a bit suspicious of ‘pignons’ in future.

Have any of you experienced this problem?