I Try a Boston Cooler

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Image from atlasobscura.com

Once again, in my attempt to try the unusual I came across a “recipe” for this drink on one of my favorite sites, atlasobscura.com In a section called gastro obscura people write in on local favorites of their homes. A Northeastern treat of the US is a soda shake that is made from ginger ale and vanilla ice cream. Sometimes blended, often times just a float. It is a spicy and foamy treat that is perfect on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Normally this treat is made with Vernor’s Ginger Ale, but I couldn’t find any after visiting three grocery stores so I settled for a locally made spicy ale that was made with real sugar instead of corn syrup. Pretty good stuff. It is delicious, and I think I prefer it to the famous root beer float that is so popular in the United States. Root beer lends itself to tasting rather medicine like, while good ginger ale is spicy and creamy. Definitely try it if you can find a good ginger ale, or make your own. (Which is another adventure entirely)

 

The recipe is taken from https://www.geniuskitchen.com/

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ginger ale (Vernors is the best)
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Directions

  1. Pour ginger ale in very large glass.
  2. Add 1 large scoop of ice cream.
  3. It will foam quite a bit. You may add more ginger ale or ice cream, to suit your taste.
  4. Enjoy!

I did it! I listened to Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Ever

In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine came out with a 500 greatest list. Over the years I have tried to listen to a few songs here and there from the list to broaden my own horizons. It has been an experience. Some of the songs were life-affirming, others not so much. That is the thing with art or music. It makes you feel something, good or bad. I certainly got the feels from many of these songs. It was a great experience.

Favorites? Pretty much anything by Sam Cooke or The Kinks and I now can say without any shred of doubt in my mind that I despise Neil Young’s music. No offense Neil, but you sing like you have marbles in your mouth.

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  1. Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
  2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine by John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say by Ray Charles
  11. My Generation by The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday by The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling by The Clash
  16. I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  18. Maybellene by Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be by The Beatles
  21. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby by The Ronettes
  23. In My Life by The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready by The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  26. A Day In The Life by The Beatles
  27. Layla by Derek And The Dominos
  28. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
  29. Help! by The Beatles
  30. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire by The Doors
  36. One by U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly
  40. Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas
  41. The Weight by The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
  43. Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
  44. Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes by David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon And Garfunkel
  48. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California by Eagles
  50. The Tracks Of My Tears by The Miracles
  51. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry by Prince
  53. Anarchy In The U.K. by Sex Pistols
  54. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
  57. A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You by The Beatles
  65. Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
  66. Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
  69. Crying by Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By by Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls by The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train by Elvis Presley
  78. I Feel Good by James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me by The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  85. Crazy by Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl by The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
  90. In The Still Of The Nite by The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly by Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry
  98. Love And Happiness by Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
  101. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix
  102. Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent
  103. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
  104. Living For The City by Stevie Wonder
  105. The Boxer by Simon And Garfunkel
  106. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan
  107. Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly
  108. Little Red Corvette by Prince
  109. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  110. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) by Otis Redding
  111. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
  112. That’s All Right by Elvis Presley
  113. Up On The Roof by The Drifters
  114. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) by The Crystals
  115. You Send Me by Sam Cooke
  116. Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  117. Take Me To The River by Al Green
  118. Shout (Parts 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  119. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
  120. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
  121. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  122. House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals
  123. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown
  124. Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
  125. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
  126. Shake, Rattle & Roll by Big Joe Turner
  127. Changes by David Bowie
  128. Rock & Roll Music by Chuck Berry
  129. Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  130. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
  131. With Or Without You by U2
  132. Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley
  133. Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
  134. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
  135. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
  136. Your Song by Elton John
  137. Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  138. Family Affair by Sly & The Family Stone
  139. I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
  140. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  141. All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers
  142. Please by Please
  143. Purple Rain by Prince
  144. I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones
  145. Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
  146. Rock Lobster by The B-52’s
  147. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
  148. Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  149. Cathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers
  150. Eight Miles High by The Byrds
  151. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) by The Penguins
  152. Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
  153. A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
  154. Rave On by Buddy Holly
  155. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  156. The Sound Of Silence by Simon And Garfunkel
  157. I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos
  158. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
  159. I’m Waiting For The Man by The Velvet Underground
  160. Bring The Noise by Public Enemy
  161. I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
  162. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor
  163. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  164. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  165. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
  166. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  167. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  168. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations
  169. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
  170. Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell
  171. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  172. Dream On by Aerosmith
  173. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols
  174. Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
  175. I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four
  176. Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
  177. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  178. September Gurls by Big Star
  179. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
  180. Hey Ya! by OutKast
  181. Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s
  182. Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters
  183. The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King
  184. Please Please Me by The Beatles
  185. Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
  186. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) by Aretha Franklin
  187. Back In Black by AC/DC
  188. Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  189. Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
  190. Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
  191. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  192. Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
  193. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters
  194. Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
  195. Maybe by The Chantels
  196. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
  197. Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley
  198. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
  199. Flash Light by Parliament
  200. Loser by Beck
  201. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
  202. Come Together by The Beatles
  203. Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan
  204. Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding
  205. Lean On Me by Bill Withers
  206. Reach Out I’ll Be There by Four Tops
  207. Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers
  208. Gloria by Them
  209. In My Room by The Beach Boys
  210. 96 Tears by Question Mark And The Mysterians
  211. Caroline, No by The Beach Boys
  212. 1999 by Prince
  213. Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams
  214. Rockin’ In The Free World by Neil Young
  215. Sh-Boom by The Chords
  216. Do You Believe In Magic? by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  217. Jolene by Dolly Parton
  218. Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker
  219. Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf
  220. Walk Away Renée by The Left Banke
  221. Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed
  222. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  223. Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
  224. Good Times by Chic
  225. Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
  226. Moondance by Van Morrison
  227. Fire And Rain by James Taylor
  228. Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash
  229. Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters
  230. Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan
  231. Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
  232. Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) by Roy Orbison
  233. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
  234. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
  235. I Got A Woman by Ray Charles
  236. Everyday by Buddy Holly
  237. Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa
  238. I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
  239. The Wanderer by Dion
  240. Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
  241. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
  242. Rocket Man by Elton John
  243. Love Shack by The B-52’s
  244. Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group
  245. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band
  246. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher by Jackie Wilson
  247. Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone
  248. Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
  249. Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin
  250. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  251. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  252. Money Honey by The Drifters
  253. All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
  254. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
  255. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
  256. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
  257. Wild Thing by The Troggs
  258. I Can See For Miles by The Who
  259. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
  260. Oh, What A Night by The Dells
  261. Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
  262. Ooo Baby Baby by The Miracles
  263. He’s A Rebel by The Crystals
  264. Sail Away by Randy Newman
  265. Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
  266. Walking In The Rain by The Ronettes
  267. Personality Crisis by New York Dolls
  268. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
  269. Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers
  270. He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
  271. Sloop John B by The Beach Boys
  272. Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry
  273. Something by The Beatles
  274. Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
  275. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
  276. I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers
  277. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  278. Pictures Of You by The Cure
  279. Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups
  280. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
  281. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder
  282. Help Me by Joni Mitchell
  283. Call Me by Blondie
  284. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding? by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  285. Smokestack Lightning by Howlin’ Wolf
  286. Summer Babe by Pavement
  287. Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C.
  288. Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong
  289. Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles
  290. Stan by Eminem feat. Dido
  291. She’s Not There by The Zombies
  292. Train In Vain by The Clash
  293. Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green
  294. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  295. Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
  296. Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  297. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young
  298. One Way Or Another by Blondie
  299. Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince
  300. Like A Prayer by Madonna
  301. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
  302. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
  303. Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones
  304. With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
  305. Say It Loud — I’m Black And I’m Proud by James Brown
  306. That’s Entertainment by The Jam
  307. Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  308. Lonely Teardrops by Jackie Wilson
  309. What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
  310. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  311. Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers
  312. In Dreams by Roy Orbison
  313. I Put A Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  314. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
  315. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals
  316. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  317. Many Rivers To Cross by Jimmy Cliff
  318. Alison by Elvis Costello
  319. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  320. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
  321. Cortez The Killer by Neil Young
  322. Fight The Power by Public Enemy
  323. Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith
  324. Baby Love by The Supremes
  325. Good Lovin’ by The Rascals
  326. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine by James Brown
  327. For Your Precious Love by Jerry Butler
  328. The End by The Doors
  329. That’s The Way Of The World by Earth, Wind & Fire
  330. We Will Rock You by Queen
  331. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
  332. Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
  333. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
  334. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
  335. Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground
  336. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
  337. Beat It by Michael Jackson
  338. Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
  339. You Keep Me Hangin’ On by The Supremes
  340. Baba O’Riley by The Who
  341. The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff
  342. Runaround Sue by Dion
  343. Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker
  344. Piece Of My Heart by Big Brother And The Holding Company
  345. La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
  346. California Love by 2Pac
  347. Candle In The Wind by Elton John
  348. That Lady (Part 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  349. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
  350. The Locomotion by Little Eva
  351. The Great Pretender by The Platters
  352. All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
  353. Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  354. Watching The Detectives by Elvis Costello
  355. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  356. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics
  357. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
  358. Nowhere To Run by Martha And The Vandellas
  359. Got My Mojo Working by Muddy Waters
  360. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
  361. Complete Control by The Clash
  362. All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
  363. The Letter by The Box Tops
  364. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
  365. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  366. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
  367. White Room by Cream
  368. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
  369. I’m A Man by Bo Diddley
  370. The Wind Cries Mary by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  371. I Can’t Explain by The Who
  372. Marquee Moon by Television
  373. Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
  374. Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Chuck Berry
  375. Another Brick In The Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd
  376. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  377. Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
  378. Pride (In The Name Of Love) by U2
  379. Radio Free Europe by R.E.M.
  380. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
  381. Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville
  382. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
  383. Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers Band
  384. Ticket To Ride by The Beatles
  385. Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  386. I Know You Got Soul by Eric B. & Rakim
  387. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  388. Roxanne by The Police
  389. Just My Imagination by The Temptations
  390. Baby I Need Your Loving by Four Tops
  391. Band Of Gold by Freda Payne
  392. O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps
  393. Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  394. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
  395. Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) by The Shangri-Las
  396. Thirteen by Big Star
  397. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult
  398. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  399. Enter Sandman by Metallica
  400. Kicks by Paul Revere And The Raiders
  401. Tonight’s The Night by The Shirelles
  402. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly & The Family Stone
  403. C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran
  404. Visions Of Johanna by Bob Dylan
  405. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters
  406. I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
  407. In Bloom by Nirvana
  408. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  409. Crossroads by Cream
  410. Monkey Gone To Heaven by Pixies
  411. I Feel Love by Donna Summer
  412. Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
  413. The Girl Can’t Help It by Little Richard
  414. Young Blood by The Coasters
  415. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by Four Tops
  416. The Boys Of Summer by Don Henley
  417. Fuck Tha Police by N.W.A
  418. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  419. Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang by Dr. Dre
  420. It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
  421. Piano Man by Billy Joel
  422. Lola by The Kinks
  423. Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
  424. Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones
  425. William, It Was Really Nothing by The Smiths
  426. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
  427. New Year’s Day by U2
  428. Mitch Ryder:Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly by Mitch Ryder
  429. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by Solomon Burke
  430. White Man In Hammersmith Palais by The Clash
  431. Ain’t It A Shame by Fats Domino
  432. Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  433. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  434. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
  435. Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
  436. Alone Again Or by Love
  437. Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley
  438. I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges
  439. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
  440. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
  441. Come Go With Me by The Del-Vikings
  442. Keep A Knockin’ by Little Richard
  443. I Shot The Sheriff by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  444. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
  445. Come As You Are by Nirvana
  446. Pressure Drop by Toots & The Maytals
  447. Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las
  448. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
  449. Penny Lane by The Beatles
  450. By The Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell
  451. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  452. Cupid by Sam Cooke
  453. Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses
  454. My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
  455. All Apologies by Nirvana
  456. Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
  457. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by Ramones
  458. Soul Man by Sam & Dave
  459. Rollin’ Stone by Muddy Waters
  460. One Fine Day by The Chiffons
  461. Kiss by Prince
  462. Respect Yourself by The Staple Singers
  463. Rain by The Beatles
  464. Standing In The Shadows Of Love by Four Tops
  465. Surrender by Cheap Trick
  466. Runaway by Del Shannon
  467. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
  468. Search And Destroy by The Stooges
  469. It’s Too Late by Carole King
  470. Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell
  471. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
  472. Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
  473. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin
  474. One Nation Under A Groove by Funkadelic
  475. Sabotage by Beastie Boys
  476. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  477. Super Freak by Rick James
  478. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  479. Lady Marmalade by Labelle
  480. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
  481. Young Americans by David Bowie
  482. I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper
  483. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  484. I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  485. Graceland by Paul Simon
  486. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
  487. Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters
  488. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  489. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  490. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
  491. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
  492. Running On Empty by Jackson Browne
  493. Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals
  494. Desperado by Eagles
  495. Shop Around by The Miracles
  496. Miss You by The Rolling Stones
  497. Buddy Holly by Weezer
  498. Rainy Night In Georgia by Brook Benton
  499. The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy
  500. More Than A Feeling by Boston

 

 

What am I cooking? Steamed Jaggery and Coconut Milk Pudding/Watalappan

#993 of 1001 Foods to Eat Before You Die

What Is It?

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http://www.indiamart.com

From Wikipedia, “Jaggery is a traditional non-centrifugal cane sugar consumed in Asia, Africa and some countries in the Americas. It is a concentrated product of cane juice and often date or palm sap without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color.  It contains up to 50% sucrose, up to 20% invert sugars, and up to 20% moisture, with the remainder, made up of other insoluble matter, such as wood ash, proteins, and bagasse fibers. Ancient scriptures on Ayurveda mention various medicinal uses based on the method of preparation and age.”

How It Tastes.

Jaggery tastes like Molasses and brown sugar had a lovely baby.

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White sugar is yucky.

It tastes like a ginger snap cookie that is light on ginger, but heavy on molasses.

Basically, it is delicious tasting, but you really have to like a darker sugar. Which I do. The only thing I put white sugar on is cereal, and even then it is suspect. When it comes to tea and pretty much anything else, brown sugar is my go-to. I think brown sugar has a greater depth of flavor and Jaggery is no exception. It is the ultimate brown sugar.

A word to the wise, jaggery is crunchy, so either a mortar and pestle or a little water to melt it are in order.

The pudding is melt in your mouth excellent. Rich in flavors and anything in my opinion with cardamon is a winner. The raisins add a specific subtle flavor too. Do it, make it, try it. It is worth the effort it takes to make.

Recipe Used.

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Image courtesy of http://www.loveandotherspices.com

Steamed Jaggery and Coconut Milk Pudding

Recipe Taken from loveandotherspices.com

Ingredients:
250 g Jaggery
1 cup thick Coconut milk
4 eggs
5 to 6 Cardomoms crushed
Pinch of salt
Cashews roasted and sliced
Raisins to garnish

Method:

Crush the jaggery (I used a Mortar for this), add about 2 tbsp of water and melt it in low flame. Once melted take it from the fire, keep whisking till it cools down a bit.
Add the coconut milk to the mixture and whisk.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with crushed cardamoms and a pinch of salt.
Combine the two mixtures and beat.
Strain the mixture, pour it into a bowl and steam for about 25 minutes.
Garnish it with cashews and raisins.
Notes:
* You can use a caramel syrup to increase the sweetness. Make it by caramelizing 3 tbsp of sugar and adding 3 to 4 tbsp of water, stirring continuously to get the right consistency. Pour it over the cooled pudding.
* This is best served chilled.

 

But First, Fifty Teas.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S Lewis

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Every year I set out to learn something new. I’ll be damned if I don’t have some personal growth every year of some sort. Besides, life is short or long depending on how you look at it; I am going to try to eeek out every experience I can before I die.

This process is really a hit or miss process.

One year I set out to learn everything I could about whiskey. I still don’t know my ass from my elbow when it comes to most whiskeys. However, I did learn quite a bit and sampled 27 different varieties till my impending motherhood put the kibosh on drinking. I would consider the whiskey drinking a bit of a miss only because of the kid but I did discover that I am indeed a 76-year-old British man deep down inside complete with tweed hat. You may call me Edmund Nigel Rickwillow III.

This is all a roundabout way to talk about my Tea challenge of 2013. Fifty teas in 365 days. No duplicates. Holy shit! How am I going to do that? With great joy and furious vigor that’s how. Annoying amounts of vigor

Typical household conversation while on the quest:

Hey, honey I heard there is a tea shop that mixes their own teas a short fifty-mile drive from here.”

“It will be fun!”

“Yes, it will. Don’t 

make that face.”

“Sweetie, please don’t hide in the bathroom. C’mon we are going on an adventure!”

71KVRzZ8OFL._SL1500_Annoying amounts of vim and vigor! Hell, even I annoyed myself. But, I love to talk exhaustively about my current mission/goal that totally isn’t obsessive. Yes, it is still cool. Please be my friend. ahem.

Here is what I discovered. I think in the same way wine is very much up to the user’s palette so too is tea. Yes, there are flavors out there; blends, mixes, regional variations that impart greater richness to the flavor profile. Again much like wine. However, if you are someone who can not tell whether the tea was picked in rainy season or sunny, that the person who picked it wore gloves and there was dew present on the tea. Who gives a shit! The most wonderful part of tea I think, I only speak for me, is that it is a hug from the inside out. It feels good in your hands, it feels good in your mouth, it relaxes the soul and gives you a hug. That is what it is all about and frankly, I think we all need more hugs. Internal and externally. I’ve attached my exhaustive list of tea I tried below. Some were very good, some tasted like satan’s asshole.

Teavana English Breakfast served cold. Only had it hot. Yummmy
Peach Tea by Stash. Serious yum. Mixed it with regular
I had a delicious English bmr-tea-1reakfast at cafe brief across from the library. Researching the brand
sweetheart valentines day tea by Bigelow. Bleh. Cannot stand red-hot candies and this is reminiscent of them complete with red food coloring…
Teavana Lime tea
white chocolate tea from Bigelow. Kills my sweet tooth craving for chocolate. But it is not really sweet.
St. Dafour organic black cherry tea
adagio peach oolong
bengal spice celestial seasons tea is delicious. I adore cinnamon tea and this is perfect non-bitter tea
Teavana – Kona Pineapple pop. YUMMY!
Teavana – wild orange blossom. Way to bitter for my tastes
Teavana – Blueberry bliss
Teavana – Citrus Lavender sage
Teavana – Opus rouge
Teavana – Strawberry rose champagne
Teavana – Maharaja Chai Oolong
stash – decaf chocolate hazelnut
Red Leaf Tea Company – Maple matcha
Peach Apricot – The Tao of Tea at the Portland Chinese Garden
Mint lime Mojito – Zhena’s Gypsy Teas. I own this tea but never had it hot. Total meh
Lemon Zinger by celestial seasons. Yummy lemon. Going to try iced.
Teavana Wonderberry chocolate truffle. This I liked a lot. But mark deemed it from Satan’s Asshole.
Tao of Tea Vanilla almond
Teavana – salt caramel tea
Teavana – Banana foster
Teavana – Peach tea
Strawberry Cream Tea Teavana – Too much hibiscus
Spiced vanilla chai blend – teachaiate
Vanilla tea from Camilla tea
Cinnamon tea from Camilla tea
lychee tea from Camilla tea
berry tea from Camilla tea
berry almond amaretto from Teavana
pineapple tea from Teavana
lime cola tea from Zoomdweebies.com
samurai chai mate from Teavana
maharaja chai mate from Teavana
dragonfruit devotion from Teavana- Yum from April
berry kiwi colada from Teavana
Peach Tea from Teavana
constant comment
house tea from Dragon tree
apricot creme from Thea.
Scottish breakfast tea
Twinnings Irish Breakfast
Tazo cinnamon spice tea
Tazo Organic Iced Green Tea
Teavana – Strawberry Sangria
Teavana – Fruit Bomba

 

My god. It has been a year.

I enjoy this. I enjoy writing. How did I get out of the habit of writing, of attempting to connect with people? Your answer is as good as mine. I want to say. “Life.” But god that sounds so trite. The fact of the matter is that I got out of the habit of doing just about anything in 2017. Anything but being a mom drone. That also sounds trite.

Normally at the start of the year, I look back on the previous year with a mixture of happiness, and hopefulness. I set out large lofty goals for myself, rarely meet them completely and learn a bunch in the process. It wasn’t that way this last year. I entered 2018 not actually able to remember if I had done anything of note the entire year. That is not to say that I hadn’t built anything, learned anything, or read anything. It just seemed all so inconsequential. It took my husband sitting down with me and recounting some of my adventures for me to recall anything, and my reaction of, “so.” For me to figure out that maybe something is wrong in the mental or happiness department.

First and foremost this year we bought a house. That is fucking huge. I am trying to curb my cursing a bit, but I can think of no other word that describes the immensity of purchasing a house. It is very very large undertaking. First paperwork. All the paper that has every been printed out since the Guttenberg Bible needs to be signed, notarized, viewed, corrected, then re-signed. Then then the moving in process, which I jokingly said that I was done and was going to set everything on fire. I didn’t, obviously. But I learned a lesson that I have way to much crap. More on that later. Our house is an odd shape. It is a great house, but very long. Kinda like a giant hallway with bedrooms attached. Trying to figure out how to decorate and move our family in has been a challenge. Plus, I am a designer. I hate saying that. It makes me feel all uncomfortable inside and awkward. But, I am a trained in architecture and worked in the field for ten years. If something is off design wise it makes me physically uncomfortable. So couple that with new house and I have set myself off to have about 8k pins on Pinterest of things I want to do.

I have overwhelmed the crap out of myself.

I also have a three-year old. Which means I cannot get anything completed ever.

Couple my inability to get anything done, my wish for all the pretty things, and my penchant for anxiety and depression.. well you get the idea. I have pretty much fried my brain.

So here I am a year later, older and maybe a touch wiser. I have started a soul clean out of sorts. I am not connecting this to the new year or anything else. There needs to be a change and no calendar is going to tell me that it is too late or early to get it done. I think that simplification is in order. I have started purging and reevaluation of things that actually don’t hold value to me. Do I want to look at it, touch it. If the house was on fire, would I grab it? This has nothing to do with pets or family. Just the tactile belongings one surrounds themselves with. Is it beautiful? Is it useful? Does it add value to my life? Not much does when you boil things down to the bare minimum of things. So far I have concluded a few things. I don’t want to buy clothing that doesn’t want to make me spin around in a mirror. I have too much clothing to start with, and I end up wearing nothing but yoga pants and t-shirts. Neither of which make me feel great. But that is another adventure for another day. I have too much hair care, and facial products. Our bathroom is small and has very little storage. Time to pare down.

I need to figure out what real things and pursuits mean the most to me, and go after them. I think I have spun my wheels to long. Here is what I have so far:

  1. Things that I love:
    1. My antique kimono
    2. My necklace from my sister April.
    3. My books (maybe not all. But certainly my Dr. Seuss and pop up book collection)
  2. Things that bring me immense joy
    1. Gardening
    2. Art (both doing and looking at)
    3. Reading books

I’m going to start from there. See where I go. I already deleted about 8k pins in one fail swoop of cathartic soul cleaning.

“More hot pies! More hot pies! – Part 1”

Is that a pie fit for a king? Such wondrous Sweet and most particular thing?

Sweeney Todd – God that’s Good

 

A few years ago I set a goal for myself that I was going to learn to cook pies.. ahem bake pies. You see my problem here. I set a goal of 50 pie recipes for myself to bake that year and set to work. I was a frigging fool.

“Making pie is hard ,” she whines.

Seriously, I am physically incapable of doing anything small, makes me ill. Must go big or GTFO. So fifty. le sigh. I made 25 that year. I learned a lot, and can make killer apple/almond pie and a coconut pie that would make you want to “slap yo mama.” All courtesy of this fabulous cookbook Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life

However, there is something I have always been a little fascinated with. The weird pie. Well the weird food anything… Taking something that one would not associate with yummy pie deliciousness, and turning it into something delectable. So in my quest for the weird pie, I have made a pie out of vinegar, one out of avocados, and one out of buttermilk. Now it is time to experiment with meat. I am going to make a classic mincemeat pie. As in a dessert pie with meat and I am going to force-feed it to my family and friends. I am feeling so medieval at the moment.

“[Toby]
Well, ladies and gentlemen
that aroma enriching the breeze,
is like something compared to its succulent source
as the gourmets among you will tell you, of course.
Ladies and gentlemen you can’t imagine the rapture in store,
just inside of this door!
There, you’ll sample Mrs.Lovett’s meat pies.savory and sweet pies,as you’ll see.
You who eat pies Mrs. Lovetts meat pies conjure up the treat pies used to be!
[Customers]”

Sweeney Todd – God that’s Good

The recipe I found (after much digging) is one from the 1861 volume Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management and was a feature in Saveur magazine. The article can be found Here.

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Gratuitous picture of Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd. He was frigging brilliant.
MAKES ONE PIE

For the Filling

2 cups finely chopped beef suet
34 cup currants
34 cup finely chopped rump steak (about 3 oz.)
12 cup raisins
12 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. brandy
1 12 tsp. chopped candied citron peel
1 12 tsp. chopped candied lemon peel
1 12 tsp. chopped candied orange peel
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
14 tsp. grated nutmeg
1 12 granny smith apples, cored and finely chopped
Grated zest of 1⁄2 lemon

For the Crust

Instructions

In a bowl, combine beef suet, currants, rump steak, raisins, brown sugar, brandy, citron peel, lemon peel, orange peel, lemon juice, nutmeg, apples, and lemon zest. Mix well.
Transfer mixture to a 1-qt. jar. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days to 2 weeks.
Make dough, prepare pie crust, and add filling. Heat oven to 350º. Bake until golden, about 1 hour.
I am of the impatient disposition, so the (incubation? infiltration? saturation?) period on this pie’s filling will probably be 3 days instead of the 2 weeks. yeesh. I will post lovely, artsy, and  beautifully photographed pictures of my pie-wreck when finished. I feel there will be much schadenfreude from my friends and family after this little experiment.