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Winning at Whisking.

W  is for Whist.

As a child, one of the first games I remember playing was Go Fish or Old Maid. It was a fun way to learn how to count and make patterns. Later on, games became fun in a more competitive way. My friends and I would try to prove our intelligence using strategy. In high – school we often spent our lunch hour playing cards. Sometimes it was crazy eights countdown, sometimes president,but the favourite seemed to be hearts, a game similar to Euchre, but that I could never quite understand. At holiday dinners, my cousins tried teaching me how to use bidding in games. Never good at math, I’d become easily confused trying to keep track of suits and tricks and plan my moves. Despite this, I still played and am considered a good sport. Perhaps Whist is the card game I can learn to enjoy.

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Sweet Scottish Steps.

S  is for Strathspey.

In my younger years, I delighted in playing dress up in my leotard and tutu and going to ballet class to twirl about. Unfortunately, I was also a stubborn child and felt conflicted between my Saturday morning cartoons and putting on a performance at dance recital. Cartoons won out. Later, in high – school gym class, they tried teaching us line dancing and ballroom. Some of them were quite complex, and I usually ended up tripping over my own feet. I enjoyed some good laughs, but sadly I can’t say that I remember any of the steps now. In my twenties, it was going clubbing with friends to dance until dawn and begging the D.J. to play our favourite song. I’ve always enjoyed dancing, though I wouldn’t say that I’m any good at it. Perhaps that’s because I’ve grown body conscious over the years and shyness has made me awkward. Now, dancing is something that I do on my own for the feeling of freedom that it brings me.  If I were to learn to dance again, perhaps the Strathspey is one I would consider. Though it looks somewhat complicated with many steps, I like the feeling of traveling to the past to a more courtly and romantic time that the gentler, slower steps suggest.

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Really, That Rare?

R  is for Rarebit.

Here is my attempt at a Welsh Rabbit. Though it looks a little funny, it was delish! ;P

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I remember as a child sitting in front of the television watching Sesame Street after school and nibbling on my favourite snack, grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in ketchup. Our black lab, Trixie, often helped me finish them by licking the crumbs off the plate. Sometimes, she would eat the whole thing in a gulp before I could get to it. I would be left with only a puddle of drool on the plate, distracted as I was by the images and songs on the screen. Dog scolded and another plate later, I would eat the second before she could get at it, faster and often resulting in a stomach ache.  Neither of us could help it. The combination of bread, butter and melted cheddar oozing together with a slight crunch was just that good!

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Queries on Quality Querns.

Q  is for Quern.

One of the things I do in my efforts to eat healthier is to avoid processed and refined grains, such as corn and wheat. In my search to replace these, I have found many interesting variations created from nuts, seeds and gluten free grains. Have you ever heard of coconut flour? Or Teff? Finding grains and products that have not been modified, are sprouted and use the whole grain is important. This is because of the way the other versions break down into sugar and gluten causing illness, irritation, inflammation and difficulty losing weight.  Now, when I think about how our ancestors used to make flour, and how it was probably of a more natural variety, I see why the quern is so valuable.

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