Why is breast milk ice-cream repulsive?

If the Baby Gaga dessert from the Icecreamists has sexual undertones or just feels wrong, how about milk from cow boobs?

Source: The Guardian
Author: Sarah Ditum

Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream has proved popular at the Icecreamists cafe in London.

Eww! Ice-cream made out of breast milk! Gross! There’s a good chance that was your first reaction to reading about the Baby Gaga ice-cream being served by the magnificently trend-baiting Icecreamists parlour in Covent Garden, and to be perfectly honest, even after thinking it through for long enough to write this piece, it’s still my reaction.

I struggle sometimes just thinking about my food having a face. The idea of my dessert coming from a milker with a name, the ability to speak and a business plan for her lactational products is simply too much. (The milk comes from the breast of Victoria Hilley, apparently, who receives £15 for every 10oz she supplies. Which makes me feel slightly sick in a different way, as I suddenly imagine every sodden breast pad I lobbed in the bin during my own nursing phase as a tenner in the landfill.)……  continue reading

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St Andrew’s Day

Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland and today St. Andrew’s Day will be celebrated by Scots all around the world. The Scottish flag is the Cross of St. Andrew.

St. Andrew is believed to have been a fisherman in Galilee along with his elder brother Simon Peter (Saint Peter).  Both became apostles of Jesus Christ.   St. Andrew is said to have been responsible for spreading the belief of the Christian religion though Asia Minor and Greece.   Tradition suggests that the Romans in Patras, Southern Greece put St. Andrew to death by crucifixion.  The diagonal shape of this cross is said to be the basis for the Cross of St. Andrew, which appears on the Scottish Flag.

In the town of  St Andrews there is a week long festival of arts and activities and since November 30th 1996, when the Stone of Destiny was returned to Scotland and housed in Edinburgh Castle it has been decreed that the Castle shall be open with free entry on every St Andrew’s Day to allow the people of Scotland to view the fabled Stone.

Flag of Scotland on baby clothing

For a baby born on St Andrew’s day what could be more appropriate than a cute sleepsuit or bodysuit depicting a baby holding the flag of Scotland.

Britain Under Siege

The former industrial townscape of Crompton fr...

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Slowly and under the guise of improving the quality of life for the British people mass-produced foreign imports have infiltrated Britain but at what cost?  As imports out way exports the trade deficit continues to grow and this trend shows no sign of letting up.

Years ago Britain had a wealth of cotton mills; the success of cotton mills gave birth to Mill towns, such as in Lancashire, these cotton mills contributed to the huge and rapid economic expansion for many parts of Britain.  There were 140 cotton mills in Burnley during the cotton heyday.

Stoke-on-Trent was once considered to be the home of the pottery industry in England and is still known today as ‘The Potteries’.  The production of pottery dates back to at least the 17th century and was founded on the area’s abundant supplies of clay; salt, the lead used for glazing; and of coal, used to fire the kilns.  Experts calculate that in the heyday there were up to 4,000 bottle kilns with as many as 2,000 still standing in the 1950’s. The Clean Air Act sounded the death-knell for the smoky, coal-fired ovens . There are 46 still standing today, although most of these are listed buildings.

The virtual annihilation of the steel, pottery industry and cotton mills was just the tip of the iceberg. Britain’s craftsmanship was dealt an ill-fated blow from which it may never recover.

As we look back on the loss of Britain’s various industries, it must be noted that the various skills utilised in these industries are inevitably also lost.

We now live in a throw away society where it is no longer economically viable to repair electrical appliances, clothing etc due to cheap foreign imports. A throw away society is unsustainable and the catastrophic effects on both society and the environment are undeniable.

Whether people are becoming disillusioned with the lack of the quality often found in cheap foreign imports or whether it is the desire to own a unique handcrafted product we may never know.  The fact remains that the influx of cheap imports was the cause of death for numerous well-known British companies.

Hand crafted merchandise is slowly becoming more popular and it is largely thanks to the various entrepreneurs who are using their new found skills to produce unique products and offering them for sale via the internet.  The recent rise in websites offering handcrafted products is mostly due to people choosing handmade products over conventional ones.  In fact, the handcrafted industry continues to grow in spite of the economical crisis we currently find ourselves in.  A quick search via Google for the term “Handcrafted” reaped 9,460,000 results.

Britain may once again enjoy the affluence of skills it once boasted, but only if as consumers we make the conscious decision to not only buy British but to also buy handcrafted products.  Thereby supporting the small businesses on which we may depend to aid Britain’s recovery and long term future economy.

Sulphur Dioxide – A Healthy Dose!

This morning whilst shopping in Asda I spotted a pack of Mini Chilli Beef Rolls in the bakery section, I thought they sound yummy.

Asda's Chilli Beef Rolls

Upon arriving home I put away my shopping and took a couple of the chilli beef rolls out of the packet and started munching.  They did indeed taste yummy, although there was a little bit too much pastry for my taste.  As I sat munching away I picked up the packaging and started to read the ingredients:

  • 18% BeefSulphur dioxide in food
  • Natural Colour
  • Gluten
  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Egg
  • Soya
  • Sulphur Dioxide

Eh! Sulphur Dioxide, that doesn’t sound so yummy or healthy what on earth is i and why is it in my chilli rolls?

I immediately went and Googled “Sulphur Dioxide in food” and the results were somewhat shocking as according to the Food Standard Agency.

Different types of additive

 

Sulphites

Sulphur dioxide (E220) and other sulphites (E221, E222, E223, E224, E226, E227 and E228) are used as preservatives in a wide range of foods, in particular soft drinks, sausages, burgers, and dried fruit and vegetables.

Sulphur dioxide is produced naturally when wine and beer are made and it is often added to wine to stop it from continuing to ferment in the bottle. Usually, most of the ‘head space’ in a bottle of wine (the part of the bottle not filled with wine) is sulphur dioxide.

Anyone who has asthma may react to inhaling sulphur dioxide. A very few people with asthma have had an attack after drinking acidic drinks containing sulphites, but this is not thought to be very common.

Food labelling rules require pre-packed food sold in the UK, and the rest of the European Union, to show clearly on the label if it contains sulphur dioxide or sulphites at levels above 10mg per kg or per litre (or if one of its ingredients contains it). Bear in mind that there could still be foods on the shelves that were produced before this law was introduced (November 2005).

After reading all of the above my chilli beef rolls don’t sound so yummy or even healthy, if the sulphur dioxide was included as a preservative why does it state on the packaging “Eat on day of purchase”.

Way to go Asda you have completely ruined what was meant to be my yummy Sunday moment.

 

Pinch punch first day of the month white rabbits no return

This morning I was awoken with a pinch and punch from my husband. He actually grinned as he said “Pinch, punch first day of the month”.  A somewhat harsh reminder that today was indeed the first of the month, however as he forgot to say “White rabbits no return” I quickly pinched, punched him back saying “Pinch punch first day of the month white rabbits no return”

white rabbit

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Traditionally if a person gives a pinch and a punch but fails to accurately complete the saying, then the recipient can come back with a pinch and a punch and as long as that person says “first day of the month white rabbits no return” then the silliness can end there.

 

The magic word here is “white rabbits” which means ‘no return.

 

As for the exact origin of this superstition I have been unable to find a definitive answer, although the saying does appeared in print at least as early as 1922.

 

“Why,” the man in the brown hat laughed at him, ‘I thought everybody knew ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.’ If you say ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit’–three times, just like that–first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you’ll get a present before the end of the month.’

 

In parts of Lancashire it is considered unlucky to shoot a black rabbit. This is because the black rabbit was believed to be ancestral spirits returning. In Somerset, white rabbits are said to be witches.

 

The custom of saying “rabbits or white rabbits” is said to bring good luck, many such customs / superstitions have been handed down by word of mouth and although much of the original meaning has been lost the custom is still going strong in the UK.

 

Mum, Mom or Mama

My son calls me mum, my eldest daughter calls me mom or mommy dearest and my youngest daughter calls me mum or mother goose.  Whilst reading a text from my youngest daughter I began to ponder the origins of the words mum, mom and mother goose, so did a little digging and below are my findings.

More than a thousand years ago in the southern part of what today is known, as England the spoken language was Anglo Saxon.  Anglo Saxon later also became known as Old English and is the mother tongue from which Modern English is descended.

Old English “modor”, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch “moeder” and German “mutter” from an indo European root shared by Latin “mater” and Greek “meter”.

The Modern English word “mother” comes from the Latin “mater” which means mother

“Mammy” appears to be a variant of “mama” used in several English dialects, including Hiberno English or Irish English, as it is commonly known.

I personally believe that “mum” and “mom” are regional variations, what do you think?

The term “Mother Goose” is another can of worms as ownership of the term is claimed by numerous sources.  I did however discover written reference in a magazine by the French critic Jean Loret in his 1650 “La Muse Historique” which contains the line, “Comme un conte de la Mere Oye” which translates into “Like a Mother Goose story”.

The Contes de ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Tales) was edited in 1697 by Charles Perrault, and is made of eight tales:

La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood)

Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood)

Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard)

Le Chat botté (The Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots)

Les Fées (The Fairies)

Cendrillon (Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper)

Riquet à la houppe (Ricky of the Tuft)

Le Petit Poucet (Little Thumb)

My Garden Chillax Room

In case you are wondering chillax is the highest form of relaxation. The word chillax is the combination of the words chill and relax.

My brother John is a builder / joiner (Build It of Andover in Hampshire )and when I asked him if he could build me a garden chillax room he said, “no probs sis, just let me have a picture and the measurements of where it will be situated.”

I took a photo of part of the side garden and then asked my husband to measure the area, hey he’s an engineer after all, besides if there are any mistakes which is highly unlikely I can blame hubby *lol.

picture of the side garden where the chillax room will be situated

I emailed the photo and the drawing showing the measurements to my brother John, several weeks later John emailed me with some pictures showing the chillax room in progress.

Centre piece of the roof

The Boss (centre piece of the roof)

Side panels of the chillax room

Herringbone side panels

Garden Chillax Room

The chillax room is almost finished, there is just a little more wood to be stained and the door to be added and once that’s been done work can start on the rest of the side garden.

When I am not making premature baby clothes, I will be designing the remainder of the side garden and once complete I will have a unique side garden in which to chill out with a glass of wine and soak up the atmosphere.

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