Come on? Taste the dried fruits of Australia! Part 1.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THERE ARE MANY DRIED FRUITS GROWN THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA, AND THEIR VARIETY IS A MAIN ATTRACTION.

DRIED GRAPES ARE THE MOST DELECTABLE FRUIT YOU’LL FIND ON ANY MENU.

A PERSON WAS MUNCHING INTO A VITAMIN LADEN PEACH, AND I SAID “WHAT DO YOU THINK OF AUSTRALIAN DRIED FRUITS?” AND THE PERSON REPLIED, “I DON’T KNOW, I HAVEN’T TRIED ANY!”

SEEDED RAISIN

Raisins, together, with apricots, are probably the oldest dried fruits known to humankind and have been enjoyed since ancient times.

Acinatisius was a raisin wine esteemed by the Romans. This fruit was also used at their banquets. Raisin cakes are mentioned in the Old Testament.

Raisins being a dried grape of the large berried Waltham cross or Muscat Gordo Blanco varieties contain seeds. With the help of modern technology, the dried grape can be mechanically seeded; which is of great benefit to the modern cook.

Raisins are a valuable source of dietary fibre and potassium and contain small amounts of iron, calcium, carotene and B complex vitamins.

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GREAT KIWI FIRST …
ALLAN SUTHERLAND, NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO, WROTE: “FIRST EVENTS MAY BE REGARDED AS THE MILESTONE … OF ACHIEVEMENT AND PROGRESS OF A COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE. WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF CHANGE. NOTHING HAS CHANGED…”
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CURRANT

Currants were cultivated in Greece. From early times they were dried quickly in the sun due to their size. As this particular grape grew near Corinth, they were given the name ‘currants’.

One of the first accounts of fruit drying in Western Europe was given by the Greek poet Homer, during the period 900-800 BC.

Currants were not generally used in Europe until the Crusades, when they became popular as a valuable alternative to honey.

These tiny purple grapes are related to the sultana and the raisin, coming from the small seedless Zante currant, also known as Black Corinth and the Carina, the new product of Australian vine breeding.

Currants are an excellent source of dietary fibre, as are all dried fruits. They contribute valuable potassium, calcium, carotene, iron and B complex vitamins.

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GREAT KIWI FIRST …
OSCARS GALORE! IN 1993, JANE CAMPION’S THE PIANO WON FOUR OSCARS AND THE COVETED PALME D’OR AT CANNES. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN DIRECTOR TO DO SO. RUSSELL CROWE AND HIS FILM, GLADIATOR, SCOOPED THE OSCAR POOL IN 2001.
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SULTANA

Traditionally, the grape was cultivated in Europe and has been with us a long time.

Vines grew wild in the forests of Asia Minor and the Caucasus regions, and were cultivated in the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years.

In Europe fossils vines have been found, as well as seeds in Central Europe, that show the grape was used as food by early humankind.

Grape culture spread to the Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy and France; and from there to the rest of world.

Today, in Australia, the sultana grape is cultivated in rows of special trellises, awaiting picking and sun-drying on racks to become a plump, golden dried fruit.

Sultanas are an important source of dietary fibre and provide potassium, iron and small amounts of calcium, carotene and B complex vitamins.

SOURCE: Australian Studies Magazine.


LET’S LAUGH! …

 


SPACE RACE: It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 touched down on the moon!

FRANK MORRIS

MAN’S GREAT LEAP: NEIL ARMSTRONG’S GHOSTLY FIGURE EMERGED FROM THE SPACECRAFT, HIS LEFT FOOT HOVERED ABOVE THE MOON SURFACE AS HE SPOKE THE WORDS FROM A WORLD AFAR. PICTURE FROM NASA.

IT’S BEEN HALF A CENTURY SINCE BUZZ ALDRIN ADDRESSED THE WORLD FROM THE MOON, MARKING HUMANKIND’S GREATEST FEAT IN FLIGHT.

On July 21, 1969, at 12.56 pm, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to put his footprint on the moon.

That’s 50 years ago. Time waits for no man.

Watched by more than 600 million people around the world, Armstrong’s ghostly figure emerged from the spacecraft.

Armstrong’s first words as he gingerly slithered his feet across the moon’s surface were: “That’s one step for man but a giant leap for mankind.”

Twenty minutes later he was joined by his space companion Buzz Aldrin.

 


YOUR DOG: I’m a Leo see, and sometimes I feel I could reach the sky!

“SUE” AND FRANK MORRIS

ENOUGH OF TALKING ABOUT MYSELF. I’M GOING TO GET SOME SHUT-EYE.

Harvey the Leo! Harvey the Leo! I like it.

That’s what I’m called on the home-front! Ever since the boss lady discovered I was a Leo. I knew I was generous, energetic and assertive. They’re ok.

And proud. That’s ok too.

I remember when I young I got my boss lady into panic mode.

I was at the vet. I didn’t know why. The man and woman in their coats gazed at me with a sad look on their faces.

But, silly me, I kept up my jumping, my hiding, thumping my tail, and my usual run-a-muck antics. Then something bizarre -- quite strange, it was -- took place. I chased my tail around the room for hours!

It seemed like hours, until the boss lady picked me up. I was in her arms only a couple of minutes when she uttered the word … operation. The alarm bells started ringing; the word of dread. I nearly died. Me. Going under the knife …

My stimulation did something wrong to my tummy. Even now, I still do it – only it’s more exciting. But it safer. My personality features just lean back and laugh.
Ah well, I was only young then.

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GREAT KIWI FIRST …
IN 1919, EARNEST RUTHERFORD, BORN IN 1871, HAILED AS THE ‘FATHER OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS’ SPLITS ATOMIC NUCLEUS BY ALPHA-RAY BOMBARDMENT. “WHATEVER HE TOUCHED TURNED TO GOLD,” COMMENTED A FORMER COLLEAGUE. RUTHERFORD DIED IN 1937.
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Here comes the boss lady.

Harvey is a Leo at heart! says Sue.

The Leo personality is a natural born leader with a flair for the dramatic. Harvey never does anything by halves. He is ruled by the fiery sun, Leos can’t help but shine; and be larger than life.

And Harvey is a classic example!

He IS charismatic. He charms women and children alike every-time he sets foot outside the door. So much so the 30 minute walk can often take up over an hour. He stops and takes all the attention dished up to him.

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ON ITS WAY …
WALT DISNEY DOESN’T HAVE DEPRESSED MOODS, HE SAYS. THIS ENLIGHTENING YARN TELLS HOW IT IS: I’M GOING TO THE TOP! HIS FIRST SUCCESS WAS MICKEY MOUSE. WALT HAD TO TAKE THE MORTIMER OUT OF MICKEY -- SO WALT AND HIS WIFE LILLIAN PUT ON THEIR THINKING CAPS! SOON.
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He’s proud. You can tell. His tail points to the sky and gives something of a “Royal Wave” when he passes other dogs. He has absolutely no concept of his smallness compared to other dog species. Just as well they don’t eat him for breakfast!

He’s powerful. He know what he wants and how to get it! He also exerts his strength but in one direction only – the café. He loves a Puppa-chino!

He’s dramatic. Well, what can I say? All I can say is he takes after his owners. Just ask any of our friends – they adore him; everything about him. He get abundant love and gives it back tenfold.

Harvey: I agree with everything!


FILMBIZ: 60th Anniversary of the Gidget movie!

MRS MOVIES

SANDRA DEE PLAYED KATHY KOHNER, THE REAL-LIFE GIDGET.

YES, IT’S BEEN 60 YEARS SINCE GROMMET KATHY “GIDGET” KOHNER TOLD HER SCREENWRITER DAD ABOUT HER ADVENTURES ON THE BEACH AND THE WATER WITH A CREW DOWN FROM MALIBU. INADVENENTLY, SHE LAUNCHED HER SURFING TO THE MASSES WORLDWIDE.

Two movies were made of the original Gidget, the first being released in 1959. The calibre of actors selected for the part made this possible.

The Who? Who? includes James Darren, Sandra Dee, Cliff Roberton, Doug McClure, Arthur O’Connell and many others.

The reviewer at the time said a “fluffy teenage comedy-adventure” with Sandra Dee in the title role.

“She makes goo-goo eyes at a surfer, played by James Darren – but mum and dad are sceptical of the romance”.

All the actors are first class.

SOURCE: Adapted from PLD News Wire.

KATHY KOHNER WHO LAUNCHED HER SURFING TO A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE.

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YOUR HEALTH …
NATIONAL DIABETES WEEK, JULY 13 TO JULY 20. DISCUSSED FULLY IS LIVING WITH DIABETES 1 AND 2 AND THE FOOD THAT IS REQUIRED. CONTACT DIABETES ASSOCIATION IN YOUR STATE.
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Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 July 19

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