Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekend Cooking

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February 2015 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

As I mentioned last week I am seriously fascinated for food markets of all kinds. On our mekong river cruise we visited many.

Click here for our day out in Phnom Penh. These are more photos of the food sold at the night market. This market sells absolutely everything. 

The Night Market (phsar ri-trey in Khmer) is located between Streets 108 and 106, although it’s easiest to enter by the gate at the north end of riverside to avoid scrambling between lines of parked scooters. 

We didn't eat here as we had already had our dinner. It would have been fun!!

Towards the back is the open-air food court. No trip to the Night Market would be complete without eating something on a stick. 

When you have your food and either a fruit shake, beer or sugarcane juice  add your shoes to the pile at the edge of the expanse of floor mats. The trick is to find an empty spot to sit, negotiating the family groups and friends already chowing down. Each mat comes with communal tissues, chilli sauce and pepper and lime mix.

Sugar cane

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April 2015 - Fort Worth TX

While we were in Fort Worth we paid a visit to the Civil War Museum.

There was a collection of Judy Richey gowns on display. This private collection is an expansive look at original women's and children's clothing from the Victorian Era.  With over 300 Victorian dresses and hundreds of accessories, the museum exhibits rotate to include 1860 - 1900 attire.

Getting photos of the clothes within their glass displays was a challenge.

A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman's dress, occurring predominantly in the mid-to-late 19th century. Bustles were worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep the skirt from dragging. Heavy fabric tended to pull the back of a skirt down and flatten it. Thus, a woman's petticoated or crinolined skirt would lose its shape during everyday wear (from merely sitting down or moving about). 

Certainly glad we don't have to wear these contraptions!

I was very excited to see this hat from Gone With The Wind.

Women’s hats were decorated with wings, breasts and whole birds. According to Harper’s Bazaar, in 1875 the merle, or blackbird, was a favorite, and especially the merle bronzĂ©, a Brazilian blackbird, which was not black, but had blue and bronze shades on its wings and back.

The entire bird was used, and was mounted on wires and springs that permitted the head and wings to be moved about in a bird-like manner. The homely gray swallow was also stuffed and used for ornament; in addition heads of spotted pigeons with their staring eyes; and long mounted pieces from the breasts of pigeons, pheasants, and peacocks were found atop a lady’s hat. One would also see cocks’ plumes of the deepest green shades mounted in thick ruches, long clustered plumes, and in bandeaux that passed around the crown and hung on each side behind. Arrangements of ostrich feathers projected outward from the hat and upward on the crown; left to curl without being tacked in the middle.
Not a fan of wearing dead birds on my head!

Loved this!

Ditto on wearing a corset!! I always remember the scene from Gone With The Wind when Scarlett is getting dressed and the maid tightening the corset.

My Recipe Box - Bolognaise Sauce

I was searching for my spaghetti sauce recipe which I had assumed I had already posted on my blog. 
I panicked when i couldn't find it, pulled out my old external hard drive and found the scanned copy there.

I've had this recipe since 1999!


1 Onion
1 lb Very finely ground provimi veal
1 sm Can Tomato paste
Dried Oregano
1 ts Tomato sauce; homemade if possible
5 s Fresh basil leaves (to 10)
Good-quality olive oil; to coat bottom of pan
Salt and pepper
2 s Whole Garlic cloves; (to 5)
2 s Bay Leaves


Warm olive oil in a heavy pan
Add chopped onion and cook slowly until it is translucent and becoming golden in colour
Add whole cloves of garlic -- do not chop as flavour may be overpowering for some tastes
Cook for a few moments on a low temperature
Add ground veal, stirring and breaking it up as it browns
Stir in the tomato paste to bind the meat and saute well
Add tomato sauce all at once
If unsalted, add a pinch of salt
Season -- add freshly ground pepper to taste
Add a generous pinch of dried oregano -- which has a more intense flavour and aroma than fresh
Add fresh or dried bay leaves
Add fresh basil leaves -- never chop the basil because it will bruise and discolour -- tear the leaves instead
Simmer the sauce on low heat for a minimum of 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally
Serve with cooked pasta such as rigatoni
Buon appetito! Serves 8
Recipe Source: Home & Garden TV -- Savoir Faire with special guest, Anna Condotta

Day 19 - Inching Closer LA to Toronto

April 2015 - Lexington KY

Leaving Nashville after breakfast.

Horse country!

On an impulse we decide to visit Lincoln's birthplace and log cabin.

Hodgenville - we are headed to the museum but stop in town to check out the sculpture of Lincoln. In the middle of a roundabout is Lincoln at a later age, and also a statue of Lincoln as a boy.

Gettysburg Address

This statue was created by noted New York sculptor Adolph A. Weinman (1870 – 1952) and placed on the square in 1909 to honor the Centennial of Lincoln’s Birth. 
 He created a six foot tall bronze statue of President Lincoln sitting in an Empire style chair. 

Across the square from the Weinman Lincoln statue is a statue of younger Lincoln. The boy Lincoln sculpture was created by the Daub-Firmin-Hendrickson Sculpture Group in 2008.

It portrays Abraham Lincoln shortly before his eighth birthday, leaning against an old tree trunk on his family farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He is reading a copy of Webster’s Elementary Spelling-book, and has a linen satchel filled with ears of corn, a fishing pole and his dog “Honey” sitting attentively close by. The sculpture is positioned on the Hodgenville Town Square so young Lincoln’s gaze is into the face of himself

 When we turned around we realized we were parked right outside the Lincoln Museum.

It is located in Hodgenville, KY three miles from Abraham Lincoln's birthplace on Sinking Spring Farm at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

Some other sights around the square.

We weren't going to check out his birthplace but the curator at the museum said it was worth the three mile trip!
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park preserves two separate farm sites in LaRue County, Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln was born and lived until the age of seven. He was born at the Sinking Spring site south of Hodgenville and remained there until the family moved to the Knob Creek Farm northeast of Hodgenville when he was two years old, living there until he was seven years old. The Sinking Spring site is the location of the park visitors center.

Sinking Spring Farm at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

It was quite the surprise to see a miniature version of the Lincoln Memorial in DC.

A Beaux-Arts neo-classical Memorial Building was designed by John Russell Pope for the birthplace site. In 1909 the cornerstone was laid by President Theodore Roosevelt and the building was dedicated in 1911 by President William Howard Taft Almost a hundred years after Thomas Lincoln moved from Sinking Spring Farm, a similar log cabin was placed inside the Memorial Building. The Memorial Building features 16 windows, 16 rosettes on the ceiling, and 16 fence poles, representing Lincoln's being the 16th president. The 56 steps leading up to the building entrance represent his age at his death.

I expected to see a statue of Lincoln inside!

Imagine our surprise to find a log cabin inside!

The original log cabin that Lincoln was reputed to have been born in was dismantled sometime before 1865. Local tradition held that some of the logs from the cabin were used in construction of a nearby house. New York businessman A.W. Dennett purchased the Lincoln farm in 1894 and used the logs from this house to construct a cabin similar in appearance to the original cabin where Lincoln was born. Soon the cabin was dismantled and re-erected for exhibition in many cities. Eventually the logs for this cabin, along with logs incorrectly reputed to have belonged to Jefferson Davis' birthplace and possibly a third cabin, were purchased by the Lincoln Farm Association (LFA), which believed they had acquired only Lincoln logs. When workers tried to reconstruct the cabin, they discovered the problem. The LFA bought a one-room cabin similar to the one reconstructed by Dennett. When the last rebuilt cabin was placed in the Memorial Building, its size made visitor circulation difficult. The LFA reduced the cabin's size from 16-by-18 feet to 12-by-17 feet.

Today, historians recognize that the former claim that these logs were from Lincoln's birth cabin was essentially inaccurate. In his book It All Started With Columbus, satirical writer Richard Armour stated that Lincoln had been born in three states and also "in two cabins - the original, and the reconstructed."

We made another impulsive stop, along the Bourbon Trail at Maker's Mark. This took us off the interstate and through lovely countryside.

We were too late for the last tour at 3:30 (darn losing that hour from Central to Eastern time zone) but the shop was still open

John suits up to dip his bottle of bourbon in the wax.

We were in a really nice Hilton in downtown Lexington and it soon started to rain a little. 
Great view from our room.

For dinner we went to Saul Good (love that name) around the corner on this square.