It went like this for two week, until I had no choice but face reality, I was going to go hungry the whole day with unironed shirts if I don't fix the tweaking door today!
Frankly speaking I did not mind, after all I can always get a cheap Fallafel around the corner as for the shirts mmm who.... . But it was much deeper than this, I had to get to the "hinges" of the problem, and so I found myself looking for WD-40 at the middle of the night just so that I can have something other than a Fallafel for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It than occurred to me that for the sake of peace at home I could use some precious extra virgin olive oil.
Years later, and after a lot of mess the door is still not squeaking and I am still "hero of the house".
Now, why am I telling this story? Because I realized the other day that olive oil has many surprising benefits one of which is taking care of your cat. Just as human can benefit from good healthy olive oil, so too can dogs best friends.
According to an insider source simply add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food to help prevent hairballs, as well as promote a shiny, healthy coat. After all olive oil is likely to be more gentle on a cat's system than petroleum-based anti-hairball lubricants. Off to get some Fallafel balls.
|Cat hair ball collection.I think I just lost my appetite for Falafel balls. Cornflakes anyone?|
|Authentic Poll Dancer.|
Crushing olives with a stone roller. The stone was rolled back and forth between people until the olives were crushed.
|"I think this machine needs some oiling"|
|Recommended usage: Rub well every 3 months with silver cleaning cloth|
A beautiful true story.
Using my personal connections with Dr. I. Jones (search team leader) and silversmith artist Miriam (from Kibbutz Nechalim, Israel) we were able to replicate how a "well-to-do" Genie "house" looked during the Second Temple era.
|Grape motif - one of the seven species which the Land of Israel was blessed with.|
|Pomegranate Oil Lamp|
|These are acctually her Special Events - Royal Pants|
A mystery bidder paid £9,735 for the large silk bloomers at an auction in Edinburgh.
The underpants were on sale with other Royal belongings, including a pair of the Queen's silk stockings, which sold for more than £5,000.
This is not the first time perverts buy used underpants!
However important this item might be for its historical and cultural benefits, it pales in comparison to the real Victoria's Secret.
That secret every house-wive will kill for - What to serve on the perfect Tea Party.
The following article is a reprint of 'Tea with the Queen: A Victorian Menu,' featured on Eras of Elegance.
Eras of Elegance is highly recommended place to get all the other things you will need in-order to get into the right Victorian mode.
Tea with Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
|Bloomers or Bed Sheets - You decide!|
Tea sandwiches are traditionally light, delicate sandwiches sliced small enough to be picked up with the fingers or a pair of sandwich tongs. Teas sandwiches can be cut into triangles or, using cookie cutters, shapes for special occasions. White or wheat bread, with the crusts cut off, can be used for these sandwiches. The following recipes are modern interpretations of Victorian tea fare.
- After cutting off the crusts of the bread and cutting the bread into triangles or shapes, butter both sides of the bread.
- Cut seedless cucumber (sold in gourmet supermarkets, always wrapped in cellophane) into very thin slices, and place between bread slices.
- Garnish if desired.
- Mix one can of tuna (drained) with tuna seasoning and enough mayonaise to make a thick spread.
- Spread on prepared slices of bread. You may add thin slices of cucumber if desired along with garnish.
- Spread cream cheese on prepared slices of bread.
- Place thin slices of smoked salmon (Nova is particularly good) between slices of bread.
- Mix sectioned boiled egg and mayonnaise (or use store bought egg salad) and season as desired.
- Spread on slices of prepared bread.
- Add thin slices of cucumber if desired, along with garnish.
- Spread cream cheese on prepared slices of bread.
- Rinse and dry watercress and lay between slices of bread.
- Garnish if desired.
SCONES WITH LEMON CURD AND CLOTTED CREAMScones are traditionally served with afternoon tea and accompanied by lemon curd and clotted cream. You can add a variety of treats into the batter, such as raisins, fresh apple bits, orange peel, cranberries, and chocolate chips. Lemon Curd is a traditional spread for scones, and is usually served with Devonshire (or clotted) cream. The lemon curd is rich and smooth, and can be kept refrigerated for up to two weeks. You can buy "English Double Devon-cream" at any fine grocery store or use the simple recipe (below) for clotted cream, which is perfect for spreading on scones.
English Cream Scones (Yield: 12 scones)
- 2 cups Five Roses All-purpose flour (double-sifted)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 5 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs beaten lightly
- 1/4 cup of half-and-half
- 1/2 cup of chopped mixed nuts and 1/4 cup of raisins
- In a bowl, sift the flour, baking poweder, and sugar. Add butter and blend until mixture resembles coarse meal. In another bowl, beat together the half-and-half and eggs. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Add the nuts and raisins and stir until dough is formed.
- On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a round 1/3 inch tinkc, then, with a 2 1/2 inch cutter, stamp out rounds. (Optional) Brush scones with egg-whites and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
- Transfer rounds to a buttered baking sheet, arranging them 2 inches apart, and let stand for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Bake the scones for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup butter
- Wisk 1 cup sugar and 2 large eggs in a bowl until blended.
- Sift in 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice.
- Pour into a saucepan and cook over low-medium heat stirring constantly for 20 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a boil (lest it curdle or burn), but allow it to gradually thicken.
- When the mixture thickly coats the back of a metal spoon, remove pan from heat and stire in 1/4 cup butter until melted.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours. The lemon curd will thicken as it cools.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Mix 1 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons Confectioner's sugar using an electric mixer. Whip until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in sour cream and mix until thick.
- Place in refrigerator and chill until time to serve. If made ahead of time, it will keep in the refrigerator up to 4 hours.
- 5 eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons cherry jelly
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 quart pitted black cherries
- 1/2 cup claret 1 cup or less sugar (to taste)
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Beat the egg whites until they stand up in soft peaks.
- Beat in the 1/4 cup of sugar a tablespoon at a time.
- Without washing the beater, beat the egg yolks with the lemon juice until thick and lemon-colored.
- Gradually beat in the 3/4 cup of sugar.
- Pour the yolk mixture over beaten egg whites and fold together gently with a spoon or spatula until well blended.
- Sift the flour and salt together and fold into the egg mixture.
- Spoon the batter into two unbuttered 9-inch layer pans.
- Cut through the batter gently several times to break any large air bubbles.
- Bake about 30 minutes. Test by pressing lightly with a finger. If the cake springs back, it is done.
- Invert on a wire rack and cool.
- Cream the sugar and cream cheese together.
- Add remaining ingredients and beat until thick.
- Dissolve the sugar in the claret and pour over the cherries. Let stand for several hours.
- In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of the cherry juice.
- Heat the cherries in a sauce pan to the boiling point.
- Lower heat and stir in cornstarch mixture. Simmer, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Remove from heat, add spices and lemon juice and allow to cool.
- Place one layer of sponge cake on a cake platter and spread a layer of cream filling about 3 inches wide around the perimeter of the top of the cake.
- Cut out the center (in a heart shape if you are using heart-shaped pans) of the other layer, leaving a 3-inch border.
- Put aside the center piece you cut out. Place the layer with the cut-out center on top of the other and press down to make the layers stick together.
- Decorate by placing a paper doily on top of the cake and sifting confectioners' sugar over the doily.
- Carefully remove the doily and fill the center of the cake with the cherry filling.
- 9 eggs
- White sugar
- Beat the whites of nine fresh eggs to a stiff froth.
- Mix egg white mixture with fifteen spoonfuls of fine white sugar and five or six drops of essence of lemon.
- Drop mixture on paper with a teaspoon, sift sugar over them, and bake them in a slow oven.
|If J-Lo wants tea, you stir it counter-clockwise only - OK?|
|Obama:"Just not Tea!" (Source: Haaretz)|
Its early morning - after party - election time. It seems more than half the United States population voted for Tea.
I ask what is wrong with Coffee?
Three Excellent Reasons for a Coffee Party
|"You can replace your chess knight with me"|
|"Do they have a wrist watch edition?"|
|"Mmmm ...Miso Soup"|
This reminds me... . Not so long ago I was talking to a lady who had her lips done. From what I understand they took some tissues from near her cheek butt. If my understanding is correct, than she was literally speaking out of her ass.
"3500 Calories per Marshmallow"
Natural Hands Peeling
The credit crunch is forcing us to entertain ourselves …. at home.
I would also like to add that we are regular readers of your blog. The other night my husband had an epiphany: “Hey Suzie, I just had an epiphany, lets ask Divine Tastes what they recommend for our home entertainment?”
My question to you is: What do you recommend?
Susie & John Blob - British couple from - Britain.
Dear Susie & John
Applause for “Britain”.
To Him: I assume by home entertainment you meant 70 inch flat TV, full HD Dolby Surround system, xbox 360… beer with the friends.
However, she probably hoped you meant for something a little bit more romantic – with her. Now, though a tea tasting evening with your wife (on a frequent basis) might be exciting …. if you live in Alaska, drinking tea before your “entertainment” might help boost your game play.
Examples of arousing herbs are ginseng, roseroot, cinnamon, cayenne, cardamom, ginger, damiana, horny goat weed, catuaba, maca, muira pauma and cuscuta.
The herbs can arouse you both by their taste, their scent and by a physiological stimulation on the nerves and blood circulation.
It is equally important to remember the Four Fingers rule…Eat, Exercise, Relax, and Sleep for a better sex life.
Better sex doesn't just involve technique. Keeping a fit mind and body can increase your enjoyment of bedroom antics. A cup of tea can help with both body and mind!
Don't forget to use some tea light candles for a more romantic atmosphere….
The recipe for the world famous Arousal Tea*:
Use unsalted, raw peanuts which still have their skins. Look for stringy, old, but not dried root ginger rather than plump, young, juicy ginger.
20 raw peanuts
5-6 slices of root ginger
Tea of your choice
850ml (1.5 pints) of water
Wash the ginger and cut five or six slices across the root, each about 3mm (1/8 in) thick. Roughly chop these slices. Take 20 raw peanuts with their skins and use a pestle and mortar or food processor to grind them. Alternatively, you can chop them up roughly with a knife.
Put the ground nuts and chopped ginger into a teapot and add tea leaves to taste. Bring the water to a fast boil and pour into the pot. Leave to stand for 2-3 minutes before drinking.
Caution: Individual results may vary.
To Her: Call me… ;-)
*Adopted from the book “The way of tea” by Lam Kam Cheuen – pp 123 “Peanut and ginger tea”
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