I've had terrible problems connecting t the Internet and my phone has gone haywire too....I think I'll be phoning BT this afternoon. Thank goodness this post was in draft or my O post would have been 0 (zero).
O IS FOR ONION
The common garden onion or Allium Cepa is, like garlic (another member of the Allium family), thought to lower high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. Of course peeling onions can make you cry. As onions are sliced, cells are broken, allowing the realease of sulphenic acids; these decompose into a gas which diffuses through the air and eventually reaches the eye, where it reacts with the water to form a diluted solution of sulfuric acid. This acid irritates the nerve endings in the eye, making them sting. Then the tear glands produce tears to dilute and flush it out.
I love pickled onions and usually make my own. There are many recipes and everyone has their favourites but this one seems to work for me.......
4lb Pickling onions (or shallots if you prefer them)
2 pints Pickling Malt Vinegar
Peel the onions and place in a large bowl (to make peeling easier soak them in warm water to soften the skin). Dissolve the salt in about 4 pints water and pour over the onions to completely cover them (a plate over the op helps to keep the onions under the surface) and leave for 24 hours. Drain and rinse under cold water and then pat dry. Pack into sterilised jars and cover with cold vinegar. Seal, label and store for 2-3 months (if you can wait that long!)
You can tailor the recipe by adding mustard seeds, black pepper corns or a couple of chillis. A clove of garlic or herbs like rosemary, bay and thyme will all give their unique flavour.
And of course if you remembered to collect the seed heads of your decorative garden Alliums
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JUST ONE MORE THING
Whether you agree with it or not there could well be a knock on your door from trick-or-treaters. If you do have children or grandchildren who are going treat-or-treating please follow these guidelines.
Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips
Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips
Make sure young children are accompanied by some responsible teenagers or adults when they go trick-or-treating from door to door.
Ask your kids to go trick-or-treating in known neighbourhoods.
Tell them to use pavements, cross only at the corners and strictly instruct them never to run between parked cars.
They should not go inside anyone’s home unless it’s someone known.
If they go out in the dark, give them a flashlight and ask them to stick to well-lit streets.
Moi - Not by a long shot has successfully defended her thesis and next month will be graduating. Well Done Moi!!!!!