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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.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Open Garden charity event - Saturday 10th June 2017 - Easons Green, Sussex.

Mrs Pamela Talbot is holding an open garden charity event, in aid of the Hospice in the Weald.

It is from 2 til 5pm - on Saturday 10th June.

The address is, Diamond farmhouse, Easons Green, East Sussex, TN22 5JH

It will have the usual English stalls - selling cakes, jams, vegetables, stationary and artwork. The garden itself is a wonderful habitat for all Pamela's animals - including swans, ducks, fish, hens, dogs - and many more. There is a WW2 bunker which is of great interest to small children. Hidden passages and other objects of interest fill this much loved and looked-after garden.

Day of Recollection - Easons Green, 29th March - 11.30am.

Mrs Pam Talbot is holding a day of recollection at her chapel - "Bethany" - on Wednesday 29th March at 11.30 til 3.30. It will commence with Holy Mass, followed by confessions, a talk, shared lunch, rosary and Benediction.

Fr Gerard Hutton from Eastbourne will be the priest.

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

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Romans in revolt against the Pope?

This poster has appeared all over Rome overnight.

Look at veteran Mark Lambert's blog.

We live in unprecedented times - never - to my knowledge at least, has anything like this happened in the history of the Catholic Church. I mean - the Borgia popes were a disgrace, but I don't believe they had to endure posters like this. It seems - that the Romans are in open revolt against this papacy.

Interesting times.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Latin Mass Society chairman - strong post on the emergency facing Catholics

This is a very good blogpost by Joseph Shaw - chairman of the UK Latin Mass Society.

It is extraordinary that we live in such perilous times.

Part 2 and 3 to come.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Interview of Louie Verricchio on the current nightmare in the Catholic Church

This is an excellent talk by Louie Verricchio on the current shambles in Holy Mother Church. I agree with everything he says.

God Help the World!

This is a statue of St Padre Pio - 
He knew the Catholic Church was infiltrated by masons in the 1950s onwards.

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