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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Very good documentary on cancer, and why chemotherapy is controversial

This is the first episode of many. A very interesting documentary on cancer and why chemotherapy can be dangerous. Unfortunately the big pharmaceutical companies are bed-partners with the health providers. This episode shows how natural methods are curing cancer with incredible success.

https://youtu.be/KqJAzQe7_0g

Friday, 12 May 2017

The beauty that is the bread machine!

The Our Father has the following - "Give us this day our daily bread..........." Clearly bread is one of the most important foods we eat.

Amidst all the ghastliness which is shattering the Catholic Church - which frankly depresses me to the pits of my stomach. And I am NOT going to write about that now - you will sigh with relief! To lift me out of this depression I have started making bread. It started with soda bread, which takes 40 minutes from start to finish. You can vary it by adding all manner of seeds, herbs, spices - apple puree - you name it - it is incredibly versatile and good for you. I buy organic flours etc, which are not that expensive.

One of the best items I have purchased recently was a Lakeland compact bread maker. It is very small and fits neatly on the worktop. It only makes a small loaf at a time, but as there are no additives, the bread doesn't keep unlike commercial bread, so a small loaf is just right if you make one every other day or so. My breadmaker can be set to come on in the early hours, so we have hot bread ready for breakfast. It is the best 60 pounds I have spent.

You can vary the recipes too - let your imagination run riot - never was bread so exciting!

You can make pizza dough and bread rolls - there is also a cake programme. There is a super fast programme - which I think is as good as the 3.5 hour one.

Here is a spelt loaf with caraway seeds - it was made on the super fast programme.

Oh dear - I can't resist the old cliche´ - the bread machine is the best thing since sliced bread! Sorry.


French loaf with poppy seeds - using french bread flour





Monday, 10 April 2017

Day of Recollection - centenary of Our Lady of Fatima - 17th May 2017

Mrs Pam Talbot is holding a day of recollection at her chapel - "Bethany" - on Wednesday 17th May at 11.30 til 3.30. It will commence with Holy Mass, followed by confessions, a talk, shared lunch, rosary and Benediction. In addition there will be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

The March recollection was very well attended - 25 people.

Fr Gerard Hutton from Eastbourne will be the priest.

The address is - Diamond farmhouse, Easons Green, East Sussex, TN22 4BA.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Meringues using non-refined sugars

Before I got married nearly 32 years ago - I trained as a cook at what is now Cornwall College, formerly St Austell College of FE. It was a classical Cordon Bleu training - which would nowadays be deemed rather dated and quaint. However, it was a superb course (especially in time-keeping and maths) and my favourite element was the Patisserie element, i.e - cakes, puddings and all things sweet! I learnt how to make meringues, which of course use copious amounts of fine refined caster sugar.

At the moment I am doing an advanced diploma in nutrition - and this has opened my eyes to all the 'new' foods around - trendy seeds, Quinoa (hubby hates it!), Chia seeds and the rest! It is quite a journey of experimental cooking! Some successes and disasters of course.

But as my passion is still all things sweet - I have been making traditonal puddings and cakes using alternative sugars and definitely not artificial sweeteners, which are potentially very dangerous in the long term - some studies are linking aspartame and saccharine to cancer. Refined sugar causes premature ageing as it attacks our collagen. No need to mention the other bad thing about sugar - it has fuelled the obesity epidemic - leading to Type-2 Diabetes. So I have put all my refined sugars in our "famine" cupboard - for any emergency type events. I am hoping to publish a recipe book which is just for puddings and cakes, using better alternatives to refined granulated/caster sugar. It is a work in progress.

I have tried 3 different meringues so far:

The first one was a success. I made apple snow and made the meringue topping using Xylitol instead of sugar. Xylitol is a natural product of the Finnish birch trees - it actually has the recommendation of dentists, as it fights tooth decay. Children in Nordic countries are given a xylitol mint after lunch to fight any decay.

This meringue topping was tasty and soft, but you can't make 'hard' meringue out of Xylitol.

The next meringue was disastrous. Luckily I only experiment on family members. This meringue was made with Erythritol. The meringues went nice and crisp and looked like normal meringues, but the taste was salty and sour-like. They were binned.

The next one was made with coconut sugar - which looks like brown sugar. While I was mixing in the sugar, it collapsed into a wet heap of syrup. I put it into a cake tin and baked it like a cake. It turned out like a biscuit so that is a no no. Again I had immediate family membersd here for a lunch gathering - to be guinea pigs.

I havent tried Stevia yet, but I think that has a rather sharp taste, so probably a no no.

The next one will be with unrefined demerara sugar, but I will use less of it than usual. Molasses is another possibility.

Here is the baptism cake I made for my niece Audrey. I used Xylitol and pure Maple syrup. It worked very well.






Sunday, 5 March 2017

Triduum at Groombridge SSPX chapel

I have been notified that the SSPX chapel at Groombridge will be hosting the Triduum this year.


The times are as follows"


Maundy Thursday - 13th April - 7.30pm

Good Friday - 2 pm - Way of the Cross, followed by the Good Friday liturgy at 3 pm.

Holy Saturday - 9.30 pm confessions, followed by the Easter Vigil at 10.30pm.



Monday, 27 February 2017

Father Michael Clifton RIP

It is with great sadness that on Thursday 23rd February - the former archivist to Southwark diocese - Fr Michael Clifton - died - peacefully at Holy Cross Priory, East Sussex.

A good friend of mine informed me that he was with 2 priests at the time.

He was 81.

I had the priviledge of providing an article for Catholic Life - when I interviewed Father - it was in the last ever issue of the publication. He told me a very interesting thing - he said if Pope Francis allows Holy Communion to people in 2nd unions without annulments, it would make the Pope a heretic!

He was a great fount of knowledge on many topics - including the priest hidey hole at Scotney Castle - Lamberhurst. He had a superb knowledge about trains and train lines. But he had a great love for the  Old Latin Mass - his sermons were doctrinally spot on - not too long or short - but sermons even my 10 year old "got".

May he Rest in Peace.

This photo was taken at Father's 80th birthday lunch.


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