Tuesday, 12 April 2016

PASTASCIUTTA ..........


Pastasciutta is the Italian word for the countless, delicious pasta and sauce dishes that Neapolitans love so much.....



..... and I absolutely love it too !!!!



I could eat it everyday but restrict it to once a week .



I'm afraid that I never make my own pasta but that's not laziness .... I actually prefer dried pasta to fresh but .....




but, if Natalio here would like to come round and persuade me otherwise and give me a few lessons ..... !!!!!!!!



I read somewhere that Italians only make pasta for special occasions but perhaps my Italian blogging friend Maria who comments here can tell us if that's true or not.




I really don't mind what sauce is on it ..... it can be a simple fresh tomato sauce, primavera, vongole, bolognaise, lemon artichoke, cheese, alfredo, puttanesca, carbonara ..... whatever it is, I'll eat it !!!! My trouble is, I always cook enough pasta to feed the entire street !! ...... and, it's usually quicker to make a pasta sauce than to order a take-away.





caramelised onion and roasted garlic .........



garlic butter with spinach and Parmesan .....



You can even have brussel sprouts on it !!!!!!





I also love fish but that's another story !!!!

What's your favourite pasta sauce or favourite food ?


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Jackie

Monday, 21 March 2016

REMEMBER .....

Remembering the 1950's !!!!


Click on the video { Harry Nilsson ...... I took him home once after a general anaesthetic and had to look after him in his Mayfair flat where Mama Cass Elliot and Keith Moon both died  !! } and  have a look at a few of my memories .....


My ' Jaco ' skates ..... my most treasured possession ..... I would go out in the morning, ' Jaco ' skates thrown over my shoulder, and return at teatime !! ..... and, on a Saturday, .....



my friend's and I would go to Alexandra Palace roller skating rink and skate all day.



School milk was part of school life. In Post War Britain, school milk, 1/3 of a pint per child, was introduced in schools to supplement the child's diet. Most children detested it but I loved it !! 
In the winter, it was common to see outside schools, crates of milk with their shiny bottle tops standing proud above the bottles on a column of frozen milk !!! The milk was then placed by the radiator to defrost, the result of which was a 1/3 pint of warm, watery milk !!



If I wasn't at Alexandra Palace roller skating rink on a Saturday, then I was at Saturday Morning Pictures. It was very popular and relatively cheap. Our local cinema was The Savoy which was part of the ABC group. We children were known as the ABC Minors. First we would join the enormous queue, then rush into the theatre which had red plush seats and impressive decorated facades ..... hundreds of excited, expectant schoolchildren, all waiting for the performance to begin which started with us singing .....




..... The ABC Minors Song !!!
The final line was shouted at full blast ..... especially the A-B-C !!



The Corona Man.
The Corona Lorry would come down the street once a week selling Corona fizzy drinks ...... Orangeade, Limeade, Raspberryade ..... every 'ade' you can think of and the famous Dandelion and Burdock ! You also got money back on the empty bottles ! It was quite a special treat to have fizzy pop in the fifties !! 



Another visitor to the street was the Knife grinder ..... I can remember my Dad giving him knives and tools to sharpen.



The Betterware Man used to knock now and again, trying to get my mum to buy something. I always wanted her to buy a large tin of wax polish as you got the tiny miniature tin of lavender polish free !! I loved those little tins.




Finally, do you remember Punch and Judy toothpaste ? We didn't have it very often as it was too expensive but, now and again, we would have a tube. I can still taste it now !!


Do you have any similar childhood memories ?











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Jackie

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

ADDICTED TO BLACK .....


I am obsessed with black to the point where it's unhealthy !!!!!















Me at the top of The Shard ..... in black !!!!









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Jackie

Saturday, 13 February 2016

❤ ❤ ❤ ♥ ♥ ♥ .......







Happy Valentines Day


   

via kero i am

Jackie

Monday, 1 February 2016

ANOTHER YEAR OLDER !!!!!!! ...........







Yet another year has flown by ...... it only seems like yesterday that I was posting my 64th birthday !!!! The older you get, the quicker the year goes by. 
Still, there's nothing we can do to stop them so I will continue to embrace my latter years .....
SO ..... it's all about ME today !! haha

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME !!!!!







Jackie

Saturday, 23 January 2016

JACK { IE } & JILL ..........


John Gray, over at Going Gently, said that, at the moment, Facebook is asking people to post old photographs 0f themselves and why doesn't Blogger do the same. He has posted an old photograph of himself and his sister so, I thought that I would join in and post one of me and my sister..... topless !!!



My sister Jill, and me, up against the coal shed .... {no rude jokes please} !!!!!  God only knows what we are wearing but I presume they are the knickers that were ' en vogue ' at the time ..... they are SO big for us both ..... I think that I'd have a job to fill them now .... as in my body .... I'm not incontinent .... yet !!!! I like to think that my lingerie collection has improved somewhat !! I'm on the left by the way. My feet and knees look filthy and we look as if we could do with fattening up a bit !! 

Happy, carefree days !!

Perhaps we could get bloggers of the world to all post their vintage equivalent of a selfie ?







photo: mine

Jackie

Thursday, 21 January 2016

ANOTHER END OF AN ERA ..........




It has been a sad time in the entertainment community over the last month.



Eagles founder, Glenn Frey is another who has left us but without a great deal said. He, along with Don Henley, made the pilgramage to Los Angeles, both with the same dream ..... to make their mark in the music industry ..... they certainly acheived that and made an impact on the lives of millions.

Like many other bands from my youth, The Eagles songs come laden with association ... emotional and personal.


We saw The Eagles twice at the old Wembly Stadium. As a teenager in the 60's, The Beatles music was the anthem of my youth but, in the 70's, it was also The Eagles.





The world will be just a little less rock and roll without him.








Collage images via guereato quadratin and howl and echoes, videos via youtube

Jackie