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Archive for August, 2007

A peaceful death


last night our old, well loved family dog died peacefully during the night.

She was happy until the day before.

That is a good way for a dog to die.

I need some time to be sad.


More legumes



I was a bit fascinated by the fact that lupin flour (lupin or lupine being a legume) could cross react with people who have peanut allergy (peanut being another legume).

Here are some more legumes. I wonder how many of them cross react too.

Soya beans

I wonder if there are any more that we eat.

I wonder if an individual who has peanut allergy might react after handling lupins or sweet peas?

All the more reason to wash your hands after handling any kind of flower or plant, I suppose.

And to cover any cuts on the hands too.

Scotland’s other national drink



Irn Bru is the Scottish competitor to Coca Cola. It is made by A.G. Barr of Glasgow. Like Coca Cola the formula for this is also a trade secret. It is known only to two of Barr’s board members and a written copy is held in a Swiss bank-vault.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to create a recipe that was so popular that it had to be kept secret in a bank vault? Or is this all a bit of hype?

Irn Bru does have a unique taste and is quite different from Coca Cola. Rumour has it that barley and seaweed are included in the array of ingredients.

Wikipedia has lots of information.


Disappearing bees



Honey bees are vanishing across USA and no-one really knows the reason. The phenomenon is known COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER

Here is the mission statement of the website above which is dedicated to this condition.

“Across the United States and around the world, the honey bee populations are mysteriously vanishing. Honey bee colony losses are not uncommon, however, this sort of disappearence is unprecedented. This honey bee colony loss is due to uncharacteristic bee behavior: bees are failing to return to the hive.

Is it an unparalleled natural rythmic ebb in the honey bee population or a portentous prophetic warning of a failing ecosystem? Solving this mystery could have far-reaching effects.

Their decline should draw focus to the critical role the honey bee plays in our food chain and the impact their loss will have on our ecology and economy. As of now, there are several theories posed to explain what has been termed “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD).

This site’s aim is to keep up with the latest news findings on the rapid honey bee population decline; will provide a knowledge environment for honey bee basics, and will serve as an online community for beekeepers and hobbyists alike to network and hopefully increase the honey bee population through best beekeeping practices.

Heed the buzz! Beware the silence of the honey bee: HoneyBeeQuiet.”

The secret of the drink



The secret recipe for Coca Cola, code-named “Merchandise 7X” is kept under lock and key in a vault in the SunTrust Bank Building in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of Coke inventor Dr. John S. Pemberton and current world headquarters of Coca Cola International.

Avocado hair conditioner



Here’s another home made hair conditioning recipe I’m going to try.

1/2 of an avocado
1 small jar of real mayonnaise

Mash up the avocado and mix thoroughly with the mayonnaise. Put the mixture over hair and cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes or so. Rinse thoroughly.

I suppose the benfit comes from the protein in egg with the fat in avocado.

Not for egg allergic people or those allergic to avocado. Some people with latex allergy may be allergic to avocado but may be unaware of this.

This recipe has whet my appetite. I’ve found a nice ripe avocado in my fruit bowl. I think I’d rather eat it tonight and do the hair thing another time.

Fragrance free hair conditioner



I can remember eggs used to be used as a hair conditioner.

Here is a recipe for this that’s slightly more sophisticated that just breaking an egg over your head.

1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup lukewarm water
Beat up an egg yolk and very gradually beat in a half teaspoonful of olive oil a few drops at a time.
Gradually beat in the lukewarm water. After shampooing hair, pour all of this preparation on to the hair, massage in and leave for a few minutes before rinsing.

I suppose its OK as long as the eggs are salmonella free and you don’t have an egg or olive allergy!