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Post by Stardust on 24th October 2016, 10:46

I love robins... just bought a pretty M&S tin of petticoat tails with a robin on the lid. I'll keep it to put mints in.

Miserable foggy and rainy morning today, everything is blurry to look at outside though thankfully it's not too cold. Hopefully it will lift and cheer up by tonight.

Cost of Marmite has gone up for the second time since Brexit, though I don't see why since it's not in application yet. I'm wondering what will happen once it is. Bought several pots on Saturday because in one of the M&S shops they'd sold out (everyone is stocking up, I guess) and, also, if there have already been 2 price rises it's likely not going to stop there.

I also go to M&S because they have a good selection of cheeses suitable for vegetarians (i.e. which don't contain rennet made from an enzyme taken from the stomachs of un-weaned calves). Well done M&S for that.
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Post by Kitkat on 24th October 2016, 13:52

Stardust wrote:I also go to M&S because they have a good selection of cheeses suitable for vegetarians (i.e. which don't contain rennet made from an enzyme taken from the stomachs of un-weaned calves). Well done M&S for that.

I always assumed all cheese to be suitable for veggies! Could never understand why some suggested 'Suitable for vegetarians'. Now I know!
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Post by Stardust on 25th October 2016, 08:41

Another foggy day...

Good morning all. happyheart 

Kitkat, I suppose most non-vegetarians don't know about vegetarian cheeses and what makes them so. More details here for anyone who's interested: https://www.vegsoc.org/cheese

It's a pity all cheese makers don't use rennet from fungi since this is available as an option to animal rennet.

There's a problem eating out too, since restaurants tend to put a veggie logo next to items containing cheese, but when asked whether it contains animal rennet they don't know.
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Thank goodness for Indian restaurants where there are lots of good and tasty vegetarian dishes. 
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Post by Kitkat on 26th October 2016, 20:10

Stardust wrote:It's a pity all cheese makers don't use rennet from fungi since this is available as an option to animal rennet.

For my own part, I'd be a bit wary about the "rennet from fungi" situation, as I am severely allergic to Penicillin (a source of fungi), the tiniest touch of mould on bread or cheese, for instance, can set off a horrible reaction.  That's why I know not to touch any of the blue cheeses - and I do mean 'touch' - even without ingesting it can set me off.  I remember once when my cat, Pepsi, was ill, and I was having to crush up tablets from the vet to put in his food, 2 or 3 times a day, with friends round for dinner one evening I suddenly became really ill, shaking and feverish, with searing/blinding headache.  I could not eat, couldn't even speak (tongue swelled up), not being able to bear the slightest noise, etc, and had to go and lie down away from everyone.  I had been in the middle of crushing Pepsi's tablets when this happened, so my friend took over from where I had left off.  It was then that she read the warning on the tablet bottle - that anyone who is allergic to Penicillin should NOT touch the tablets and should wear gloves if they need to - and be careful not to touch their mouth while doing so ...

Here's a couple of interesting reads about fungi and cheese, respectively:

The use of fungi in manufacturing of food

Is it safe to eat mouldy bread or cheese?
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Post by Stardust on 26th October 2016, 20:36

That was a really bad reaction you had, Kitkat, lucky you didn't go into severe anaphylactic shock.

I'm allergic to penicillin medication too, but it seems this doesn't necessarily mean a person will also be allergic to the Penicillium mold used in blue cheeses.

I haven't checked M&S blue cheeses to see if they're marked as suitable for vegetarians, since I've never bought any, it's a good point to check. Of course it could be rennet from a bacterial source rather than fungal, but that's never indicated on the package, though given the number of allergic people I suppose it should be. In case of doubt best avoided then. I've never had any problem with the harder cheeses from M&S (cheddar, leicester, etc...) but maybe you would.



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Post by Feather on 27th October 2016, 13:31

Hi there. I am also allergic to penicillin. You remember all the migraines I have been having lately? Well, it just happens that I had been eating cheddar cheese with bannocks every night for my supper for a couple of weeks. It's always been my contention that bright light was the culprit there but, when I stopped the cheese, the migraines stopped too. It's more complicated than first appears though as I have been given a double dose of BP tablets recently as well with the purpose of easing the migraines. I tend to think that they are working the magic, not the lack of cheese and I am still sure that light/stress causes my migraines. I have eaten cheese freely all my life with no ill effects.In my case, the cheese/migraine thingy was a coincidence.



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Post by Kitkat on 27th October 2016, 19:30

Mmm, I have no problem with Cheddar, love it. Equally love Camembert and Brie too, but it was when I lived in France that I found out that they don't like me. Didn't know what it was for a while that was giving me rashes and other effects, breaking out in hives etc, but eventually narrowed it down to those two. They are both made with the Penicillium camemberti fungus, so seems likely in my case to be the cause, although lots of people who have Penicillin allergy can quite happily eat the white mould cheeses.
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Post by Stardust on 28th October 2016, 10:31

This has turned into a really cheesy topic. giggle



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Post by Feather on 28th October 2016, 10:57

We're all smiling and saying"CHEESE!".



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Post by Stardust on 28th October 2016, 11:25

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A few facts about cheese. Did you know:
 
To make 1 kilo of hard cheese takes about 10 litres of milk.
 
Some cheeses are stored for more than a year before being ready to eat.
 
In Britain over 700 differently names cheeses are produced.
 
Above facts taken from the British Cheese Board website where you can find lots more about cheese: http://www.britishcheese.com/facts
 
A giant wheel of Cheddar cheese weighing over 1000 pounds was given to Queen Victoria as a wedding gift (a normal Cheddar wheel weights 60-75 pounds).

In 1620, Mayflower pilgrims took Cheddar cheese to the New World.

Cheese is good to build bones. It contains calcium, protein, minerals such as phosphorus, and is a great energy booster.



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Post by Stardust on 28th October 2016, 22:16

Just read this quote (author unknown):

"Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things."

So true.

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Post by lar-lar on 2nd November 2016, 12:03

I love many cheeses. I'm also experimenting with crackers at the moment, I particularly like some of those 'thins' at the moment (Jacobs?).

Anyway folks, I'm away for a few days (right up North then right down South) so I'll see you soon.  
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Post by Stardust on 2nd November 2016, 17:10

A change is as good as a rest, it's said.  If it's a holiday, enjoy it, lar-lar, and if you're off to see your Dad again I bet that will cheer him up.
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Post by Stardust on 3rd November 2016, 17:15

Spent hours in the office on a previous computer that can't evolve because it hasn't got Intel inside, emptying out the old files.

It's incredible the amount of documents and files that are in there. I had to trawl through everything before deciding what to bin and erase. Now a colleague will check with me next time to see if he needs to copy anything on a USB key or if I can throw out what's left before the computer goes for recycling.

I liked that computer a lot and it still works perfectly except that it can't be updated, it's so silly.

We have a perfectly good printer in the office too that can no longer be used, even though I've never had any trouble with it over the years, because spare parts are no longer available.

Wasteful and not ecological at all. thumbdown  What about saving the Planet?

In both cases we've had no option but to buy new ones. Makes me so mad. toetap angry



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Post by Feather on 3rd November 2016, 17:26

That's the way of the modern world, unfortunately."Waste not, want not" doesn't apply any more. It's all about selling more, making more profit. The new products may not always suit us better either. You just have to think about mobile phones. As soon as you buy a new one, there's an even newer one invented.



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Post by Stardust on 4th November 2016, 08:03

Feather wrote:That's the way of the modern world, unfortunately."Waste not, want not" doesn't apply any more. It's all about selling more, making more profit. The new products may not always suit us better either. You just have to think about mobile phones. As soon as you buy a new one, there's an even newer one invented.
Plus the price of mobile phones has gone through the roof. It's ridiculous. But as long as folk are still buying at these exorbitant prices, they'll continue to increase.
Not to mention that mobile phones are toxic in so many ways.



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Post by Stardust on 5th November 2016, 21:12

Is it quiet here because everybody is out watching firework displays, I wonder.
I love them too, all the spectacular bursts of coloured light in the sky, the whizzing and popping.
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Post by Stardust on 7th November 2016, 13:34

Couldn't believe my eyes this morning, it was snowing!

After a while it was coming down heavily and some of the snowflakes were huge!

Lovely while it lasted, but alas now it's gone.

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Post by Stardust on 11th November 2016, 09:02

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Post by Stardust on 14th November 2016, 17:55

Watching for the Super Moon, but too much cloud cover.
That Super Moon is up there but we can't see it from here. crybaby



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Post by Feather on 14th November 2016, 21:49

Never mind, Stardust.You'll see it in 2030.  xxx.



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Post by Stardust on 15th November 2016, 08:17

That's a long, long, long time to wait, Feather, assuming that I'll still be around then and also assuming that it won't be a cloudy night next time too.

I did have a couple of brief glimpses of the moon last night around 10.30 PM but it looked just like any full moon. I love full moons so I enjoyed it anyway. The newspapers and internet will be full of spectacular photos from other parts of the world today, so at least we'll be able to see those.

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Post by Kitkat on 15th November 2016, 12:43

Yes, the Supermoon yesterday was a bit of a damp squid in the end, because all around here anyway was just covered in cloud. We were lucky though, that we did get to see a really spectacular view on the night before (13th - where the moon was still huge and very clear) - and coming back from Wembley in the car it seemed as though it was on the road right in front of us and felt like we were driving right into it!
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Post by lar-lar on 16th November 2016, 10:05

The moon looked gorgeous! 

Nice enough weather here for the time of year, a bit chilly but has that nice fresh air feeling.

...didn't visit my dad again, was a pleasant few days away..if ya know what I mean  sidestep
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Post by Stardust on 18th November 2016, 21:30

Kitkat wrote:... we did get to see a really spectacular view on the night before (13th - where the moon was still huge and very clear) - and coming back from Wembley in the car it seemed as though it was on the road right in front of us and felt like we were driving right into it!
I am definitely jealous, Kitkat, and lar-lar saw it too.   annoyed

But I love your description, it's a consolation to picture it in our mind's eye, for those of us who missed it because of cloud cover.
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Post by Stardust on 29th November 2016, 20:14

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