Monthly Archive: October 2020

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All Hallows Eve. Reasons to Throw a Halloween Bash!

Release the Ghosts! The Americans alone spend $9 billion on Halloween. It puts famine into perspective! Those familiar with my posts would understand why my face “fell off” when I read this fact in a news article. My otherwise fierce courage deserted me in my hour of need: I dared not look for a global statistic. I care about my face! 😄 Well, I understand societal consumerism and the urge to party for whatever reason. I get it even more in the fateful (first) year of the pandemic. I accept both reasons even when they apply to nations that had...

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A Walk in Time. Born in October

Ice Age Old We all love an autumn walk and dragging our feet through the rustling carpet of colourful leaves bedding a forest path in fall. Ochre, crimson, copper or brown, depending on what stage of decomposing they were when they fell from the trees, the dead leaves work their magic on us.  We greedily take in the soothing feeling selflessly provided by nature, the bit of sanity so much needed and the escape provided by a few hours hike to recharge our batteries. We selfishly don’t give anything back, though. We walk, drag our feet, pick a chlorophyll deprived...

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Cannelloni With Spinach and Ricotta: An Easy Dinner Idea

Cannelloni With Spinach and Ricotta – The Best Italian Sunday Meal Cannelloni are, in essence, pasta tubes filled with ricotta and spinach or cooked mince meats. Although Italy’s history of pasta goes back to the 4th century BC, cannelloni seems to be a bit younger. Their origin traced around the 8th century CE, in the Etruscan times. There are mentions of this dish in Toscana and Campania around the same time, even if there is some distance between the two regions. Today, all supermarkets sell packs of dry tubes, and this saves time in cooking cannelloni. Nevertheless, the Italians praise...

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Upside-Down Apple Cake With Whipped Cream – Mom’s Astonishing “Welcome Home” Delight

A Symphony of Scents and Flavours Disclaimer: This recipe contains allergens! Please use suitable substitutes if you have a nut allergy! The “welcome home” favourite in mom’s recipe book was always an impressive upside-down apple cake with whipped cream. I can’t call it pie or tart because it is not. It is a soft sponge over whole apples filled with nuts and spices (we don’t have any food allergies). My cruising job contracts were normally six months long. That meant a lot of exploring the ports of call or floating at sea in between destinations.  The job involved some office...

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About Time Travel: Meet Me on a Starship!

What Do We Know? “Meet me on a starship! This is what my friend told me four years ago when he decided to die. He said he’d had enough; eighty-six was plenty of time spent in this world and needed some rest from it. A week later, he was gone, just like that. It was not the first time I saw someone setting their mind on departing and succeeding. I had seen it before in old age. All seems good, and suddenly people decide enough is enough. In a few days, their bodies shut down quietly, and they pass peacefully....

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