Would it be crass to say that I am the Queen of Pikelets?
Well, I’ve said it, so if I am crass, it is because these Pikelets have won awards for many years at the Royal National Show. Seriously! If the reactions of others are anything to go by, they really are impressive, well, as much as a pikelet can be, I suppose. I have always kept my recipe a closely guarded secret, but today being April 25, Anzac Day; a significant, almost sacred national day for Australians and New Zealanders, (that you can read more about here), I’ve decided to spread the love that only an Aussie pikelet can do, and share this recipe with you!!
Pikelets are very definitely entrenched as a home bake favourite in the vernacular Australian and New Zealand cuisine and are much better than the much touted Anzac biscuits, [find that recipe here] -an oh so popular wartime ‘cookie’ that entered Australian and New Zealand folklore as one of our few traditions that are uniquely our own, but today – today it is all about Pikelets!
Meanwhile, some of you are probably thinking: ” Just, what ARE Pikelets?” Right? Continue reading “Picky about Pikelets – Anzac Day Traditions”
Today we call ourselves developed, as if we have nothing left to learn. But in a hundred years, when people look back at our generation, will they too ask themselves: how did anyone accept that world?
When we look at other life, we say our technology makes us more advanced. Yet all we seem to advance is the destruction of the world surrounding us. You look around and there’s little life to be seen. Most animals we know, we’ve only witnessed on screens.
I do like to look at life as an adventure and every day, one filled with new possibilities. We only inhabit this world for a short time, and during that time, society tries to shape us with conformity, first at school and then university or the workplace; I feel this endless drive to make profits, to progress, to move forward, but just where are we moving forward to?
Is power what really drives our society and our species? Or is the elusive quest for happiness that we all seek?
I could have an existential crisis watching this video, from Spenser Cathcart, but it is powerful stuff that makes one stop and think about mastering the art of living! It poses many provocative questions and issues. Including:
- We are destroying the very environment on which we need to survive.
- Money is a tool used to control us.
Questioning the real motives of progress in a world where resources are finite.
- The real purpose of conformity and rules.
- The indulgence of feeding 70% of the world’s grain crops to animals that we eat.
- The hypocrisy of acceptance of killing of pigs, cows, chickens as food, whilst the thought of killing or eating dogs or cats barbaric.
- We all want happiness and strive to get a larger house, car, TV, phone, in order to achieve it. Profit and making money is the inventive to progress. But we become disconnected from the real world once we have it.
- Idolizing celebrity and people we have never met, yet ignoring or dismissing our neighbours.
- Time is slipping through our fingers, but what have we done with it?
We all want happiness, so take the positives from this video:
- The planet will be here whether we, as a species are here or not!
- Value the importance of working together.
- Master the art of living.
- Use the internet to bring us together not to separate us from one another.
- Look at life as a new adventure with a unfettered realm of possibilities.
- Stop and smell the roses, and observe.
- Imagine what can be done, not what can’t.
Have you mastered the art of living? Have you developed a purpose? Are you truly happy?
Something to Ponder About
How Three Survivors of Suicide Spent Their Last Days On Earth – http://wp.me/p6xgta-oS
Incredibly powerful stories, revealing in the way the writers take the reader into their heads and reveal their thinking.
As a young person, I worked as a Nurse and never understood my patients as much as I did after reading this post. Many people are not able to empathize with the sufferer but these words do help to relate the hopelessness and understand the thought patterns that lead to the most tragic act.
I think we can better understand the nature of suicide from survivors like this.
It is so important for us all to check in with others about how they are doing. A txt or phone call could mean everything.
This post constitutes Day 18 and Day 22 of Five Minutes of Summer –
Five minutes of Free Writing every day for October
Something serious to ponder about
Why buy it? When it is better and cheaper to make your own.
No Harsh chemicals, and a lovely fragrance from essential oils, easily purchased in bulk.
15 drops bergamot essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol ( Isocol is fine)
4 oz. distilled water
1 tsp. vegetable based glycerine
1. Fill a small spray bottle with water and rubbing alcohol.
2. Add essential oils and glycerine then replace top and swirl gently to combine.
To use: Before you go, give the bottle a shake then spritz the water 3 or 4 times. That’s it!
[Source and photo credit: http://www.freebiefindingmom.com/10-homemade-recipes-for-beauty-products-diy-poo-pourri-toilet-spray/]
Something we don’t often ponder about