Little bits of this….

and little bits of that!

A little bit of frivolity this morning….let’s call it Midwinter Madness

These potato slices, dipped in batter then deep fried are called Potato Cakes in Victoria. What are they called where you live?

Courtesy of those afternoon quiz shows The Golfer likes to watch, my answers to some questions proved once again my general knowledge is lacking in some quarters. I kept him company one wet afternoon and discovered:-

  • Gargoyles are not the same as Grotesque/s….one is functional (keeps the rain away) – the other is decorative (also keeps evil spirits away)

  • The lanes and back alleys in York are called ’snickelways’.

  • Play-Doh was originally marketed as a wallpaper cleaner

  • The are 24 countries whose english names have 5 letters. Benin and Gabon were two I’d never heard of😯

Benin, a French-speaking West African nation, is a birthplace of the vodun (or “voodoo”) religion and home to the former Dahomey Kingdom from circa 1600–1900. In Abomey, Dahomey’s former capital, the Historical Museum occupies two royal palaces with bas-reliefs recounting the kingdom’s past and a throne mounted on human skulls. To the north, Pendjari National Park offers safaris with elephants, hippos and lions. ― Google

This is one I really should have known

  • In the British forces a fried egg sandwich is called an ‘Egg Banjo’

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Source – Twitter

If you’re stuck in a traffic jam like these people recently make sure there’s an ice cream van close by –

(I’m curious to know if Mr Whippy cruises the motorways on ’the off chance’ because I found articles about several similar happenings over the years)

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And for the big finish have a giggle – or a groan – at these ’Dad’s jokes’

Q. How do you make holy water?

You boil the hell out of it.

Q. What do you call a pig with laryngitis?


Q. What do you say to the person who stole your place in the queue?

I’m after you now 

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Breakfast this cool morning (yes its still winter here) will be porridge with brown sugar and sultanas….my Scottish ancestors would be having a fit – salt for them was the way to go! Not my cup of tea at all😊
What’s your winter brekky like – same as usual or do you vary?

(And a little postscript here about something I rarely comment on in public – particularly if it happens in another country to mine.
I feel very saddened and fearful for all women in the USA….no matter what they believe in)

Pop over to Corinne blog – she’s hosting Monday Musings.


25 thoughts on “Little bits of this….

    1. It amuses me that they have different names in different places….the chip shop in Bowen had something called Potato Scallops which we thought was something else….not plain old Potato Cakes


    1. I’m shaking my head as well – we’ve ‘been told’ it could never happen here but state laws will have to be tightened. Each state has various ‘regulations’ mostly similar (apart from WA where the person needs six (6) drs approval!)

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  1. Good one. I had to laugh at the ice cream story and motorists deserting their cars in the ’23 degree sweltering heat’.

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    1. Yes that’s just wind the window down temperature – although being stuck on a freeway in hot sun wouldn’t be my idea of fun. Mr Whippy where are you!!


    1. I really hope you (and all female Americans) do Joanne. Back street butchers are going to be cropping up on every corner


  2. Mmmmm. Potato cakes. It took me a while to like them. They have to be cooked just right or they become an oily gluggy mess. But cooked right? Perfection in every bite. I also love an egg banjo even though I had no idea what it was.

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    1. I agree they have to be in a light well cooked batter – beer batter is great, ‘cept chip shops don’t go down that road.


  3. yes, we have those same potato cakes

    as for Mr Whippy, I think he might live in my ‘hood as often he’s roaming around here with Greensleeves blaring out…

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    1. I had a friend who did the unthinkable and used to tell her children that if there was music being played by the van it was to let people he had run out of ice cream. Wasn’t that a sad thing to do


  4. I’m a Victorian potato cakes all day every day
    Mr whippy never has come to our place. It was rather sad for my kids.
    So I always made sure we had ice cream at home
    Don’t even get me started on what’s happening in the USA
    The handmaids tail comes to mind

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    1. Oh as you say, it’s sad for youngsters who live in ‘the outskirts of town or the bush’ not to hear the strains of Greensleeves floating out across the suburbs. But see my comment below about what a friend told her children – now that was sad


  5. I’ve never eaten potato slices that have been dipped in batter and fried. Only peeled, sliced and fried (or baked). With salt added after they’ve drained off as much oil as possible.

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    1. Oh such a delicacy 😊 Carol..always bought from the chip shop, spuds cut in circles not chunky juliettes (chips/French fries) – makes life much easier for mums when it’s fish & chip night. Easier to put one on a youngster’s plate than trying to divvy up a bag of hot chips (he’s got more than me!!)
      Like lots of dishes they go by different names in different states.


    1. Hello Charlotte if you want something really different try banana in batter as a dessert, sometimes served with ice cream.
      I’m finding those quiz shows are fun..not fun discovering things I don’t know though


  6. I have never had potatoes battered and fried, and scallop potatoes in the south of usa are baked, not fried, whiich is sliced potatoes with flour and milk sauce poured over and baked. potato cakes here are mashed potatoes with a little flour to thicken and browned in a frying pan. all the same food different ways like yours. my favorite is disgruntled, which fits the way I am feeling these days. i knew none of the things you found


  7. Thanks for the thoughts; the smart women here are scared due to so many aspects that the ruling can affect: IVF may be stopped due to the clinics having to discard some embryos; ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages not medically treated is horrid, and it’s starting to happen.
    I’ve never had sliced potatoes battered then fried. We grate them and make hash browns; my mom added cheese in a baking dish and called them scalloped potatoes; (how does adding cheese make it sound like a little round seafood?) Your’s do sound good. I’ve had fried egg sandwiches; the banjo name I don’t understand. Brekky sounds like a cute name for breakfast. Thanks for sharing the differences. Linda in Kansas


  8. Although I am acutely aware of social and political issues, I do not usually write about them beyond what I can do personally to improve the human condition. When a door closes, as is often said, I look for open windows. There is little to be gained by endlessly analyzing the closed door, one pass over the information suffices for informed decisions.
    Everywhere in the world social systems are decreasing in efficacy for their populations, some slowly, some catastrophically.
    So many people write about the local politics and politicians as the root of these woes, but the global nature of the issue is beyond local politics. I regard local politics as the window dressing on the processes humans on earth are now experiencing. All we can do is “do what you can, when you can.”
    There were no legal abortions when I was growing up, there was no health care at all. Our parents and grandparents treated all illnesses at home, with very rare exceptions (e.g. Scarlet Fever public health quarantine). Our illegitimate family members were kept at home, sometimes hidden from public records. My genealogy research has allowed me to find them, and record and honour their existence as family members.


  9. In Marathi we call them batata bhaji in Hindi they are aloo pakora. Best had with chai in the monsoons! Thanks for the trivia. It made my Sunday morning.


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