Sunday, November 15, 2015

Soup Humor

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It is always good to make those with dementia and other long term care residents laugh. With that I bring you

Soup Humor

• He's the only man I ever knew who had rubber pockets so he could steal soup. (Wilson Mizner)
• You ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup? (John Mendoza)
• He found a great way to eat his wife's soup. He pretends it's mud. (Milton Berle)
• I once cut my mouth on my wife's soup. (Milton Berle)
• She loves to make soup--especially cream of yesterday. (Milton Berle)
• I cast my bread upon the waters tonight. Of course my wife claimed it was soup.
• Everything she cooks turns out tough. Can anyone lend me a soup knife?
• A physicist, a chemist, and an economist are stranded on an island with nothing to eat. A can of soup washes ashore. The physicist says, "Let's smash the can open with a rock." The chemist says, "Let's build a fire and heat the can first." The economist says, "Let's assume that we have a can-opener."
• I put instant soup in a microwave and almost went back in time."
• "I make soup so thick that when I stir it, the room goes round."
• "We were eating in this open-air café when it started raining. It took us an hour and a half to finish our soup."
• "She's such a noisy eater that when she started on the soup, six people got up and started doing the polka."
• guy goes into a restaurant and orders soup from a waitress. The waitress goes into the kitchen and the man passes his time waiting by looking out the window. When the waitress returns, he says, "Looks like rain." The waitress says, "Yeah, but it's soup!!" (Thanks to Doug Bonner of Fuzhou, China, for the cite.)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Types of Soup

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Types of Soup

Definition of Soup Classifications
"Traditionally, soups are classified into two broad groups: clear soups and thick soups." "The established French classifications of clear soups are bouillon and consommé." "Thick soups are classified depending upon the type of thickening agent used: purées are vegetable soups thickened with starch; bisques are made from puréed shellfish thickened with cream; cream soups are thickened with béchamel sauce; and veloutés are thickened with eggs, butter and cream." "Other ingredients commonly used to thicken soups and broths include rice, flour, and grain."

Did you know? "The word soup originates from "sop", a dish originally consisting of a soup or thick stew which was soaked up with pieces of bread."

Dessert soups

* Ginataan, Filipino soup made from coconut milk, milk, fruits and tapioca pearls, served hot or cold.

* Oshiruko, a Japanese azuki bean soup

* Tong sui, a collective term for Chinese sweet soups.

* Etrog, a fruit soup made up from the citron used in Jewish Ritual at the feast of Succoth, is eaten by Ashkenazi.

* Naengmyeon - (Korean) buckwheat noodles in a tangy iced beef broth, raw julienned vegetables, a slice of a Korean pear, and often a boiled egg and/or cold beef.

* Fruktsuppe, Norwegian fruit soup, on dried fruit such as raisins and prunes.

* Fruit soups (see below)


Fruit soups
"Fruit soups are served warm or cold depending on the recipe." "Many recipes are for cold soups served when fruit is in season during hot weather. Some like Norwegian fruktsuppe may be served warm and rely on dried fruit such as raisins and prunes and so could be made in any season. Fruit soups may include milk or cream, sweet or savoury dumplings, spices, or alcoholic beverages such as brandy or champagne. Cherry soup is made with table wine and/or port."

"Cold and warm fruit soups are common in Scandinavian, Baltic and Eastern European cuisines while hot fruit soups with meat appear in Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Chinese cuisines." "Cold fruit soups include krentjebrij."

"Fruit soups are uncommon or absent in the cuisines of the Americas, Africa and Western Europe." "They are also not seen in Japan, Southeast Asia or Oceania." "The exception is cold fruit soups that are savory rather than (or in addition to) sweet."

* Winter melon soup: is a Chinese soup, usually with a chicken stock base. It is a savory soup, often including other vegetables and mushrooms. Technically, the winter melon is a fruit, since it is a seed bearing body, but in practical use, it is a vegetable. Winter melon soup is often presented as a whole winter melon, filled with stock, vegetables and meat, that has been steamed for hours. The skin is decoratively cut, so that what is presented is a decorative centerpiece, smaller than a medicine ball, larger than a soccer ball, filled with soup. The flesh of the melon is scooped out with the soup.

* Gazpacho (from Spain and Portugal) is a savory soup based on tomato, a New World fruit.


Cold soups
"Cold soups are a particular variation on the traditional soup, wherein the temperature when served is kept at or below room temperature." "They may be sweet or savory." "In summer, sweet cold soups can form part of a dessert tray." "Some soups are served only cold, and other soups can optionally be served cold."

* Cold borscht: There are two borscht, hot and cold. Both are based on beets, but are otherwise prepared and served differently.

* Cucumber soup: is a soup based on cucumbers, known in various cuisines.

* Gazpacho: (Spanish) pureed tomato and vegetable soup.

* Tarator: A Bulgarian cold soup made from yogurt and cucumbers.

* Vichyssoise: (French-American) creamy potato and leek soup, served with chives.

* Dashi soup: (Japanese) fish stock soup, with seasonal vegetables.

* Sour cherry soup: A cream-based Hungarian soup.


Fish soups

* Bouillabaisse - (French) fish soup

* Cioppino - (Italian-American) fish stew with tomatoes and a variety of fish and shellfish

* Cullen Skink - A fish soup made with Smoked Haddock, potatoes, onions and cream from Scotland

* Fanesca - A traditional cod soup from Ecuador

* Fisherman's Soup - (Hungarian Halászlé, hot and spicy river fish soup with a lot of hot paprika

* Lan Sikik - A Thai soup made with noodle, dried fish and tomato extract.

* Psarosoupa (ψαρόσουπα) - Greek fish soup, uses a traditional oil-and-lemon sauce, vegetables, rice and sea fish

* Sliced fish soup, a dish from Singapore with fish, prawns and vegetables

* Sour soup (fish soup) - A Vietnamese dish made with rice, fish, various vegetables, and in some cases pineapple.

* Ukha or уха - Russian fish soup, made of cod or salmon, vegetables, lime, dill, parsley and black pepper

* Waterzooi - A Belgian fish soup


Noodle soups

* Bird's nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.

* Chicken Noodle Soup

* Fuhn, Chinese rice noodles in broth, usually beef, chicken or custom broth

* Egg drop soup¨, a savory Chinese soup made from cracking eggs into boiling water or broth.

* Log-log, Filipino egg noodle soup (regional variants include Kinalas, Batchoy)

* Mian, Chinese egg noodles in broth, usually beef, chicken or custom broth

* Pho, Vietnamese staple noodle soup

* Ramen, Japanese fresh or dried noodles in broth

* Pasta Fagioli - (Italian)

* Saimin, Hawaiian fresh, soft, undried egg noodles in bonito fish or shrimp broth with Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Korean and Portuguese influences


Heavy cream soups, with shellfish or puree of vegetables, fruits, or fish.

* Lobster bisque

* Crab bisque

* Tomato bisque

* Chestnut bisque

* Squash bisque

* Cream of Crab Soup

* Lobster Stew - cream-based soup with chunks of lobster


Thick soups usually containing seafood and potatoes, milk and cream

* Clam chowder

* Corn chowder

* Chupe

* Callaloo - A thick, creamy soup made with okra and, often, crab meat from Trinidad and Tobago

* New England Clam Chowder made with potatoes and cream

* Manhattan Clam Chowder, made with a tomato base.

* Maryland Crab Soup - A soup made of vegetables, blue crab, and Old Bay Seasoning in a tomato base. From Maryland, USA

* She-crab soup - from Charleston, South Carolina, a creamy soup made with blue crab meat and crab roe.


Other broths

* Avgolemono - Greek soup made of lemon juice, rice, and egg yolk

* Bourou-Bourou - A vegetable and pasta soup from the island of Corfu, Greece

* Chicken noodle soup - Broth with pieces of chicken and noodles

* French onion soup: Broth made with onions and beef. Often topped with croutons and cheese.

* Scotch Broth - mutton, barley and various vegetables

* Tinola: Broth popular in the Philippines made with pieces of chicken, sliced green papayas.

Clear or Stocks: Brown Veal, White Beef, Fumet, Chicken, White Veal, Fish

* Broths: A flavored liquid usually derived from simmering a food or vegetable for a period of time in a stock.

* Consommés: A crystal clear broth or stock that is full of flavor, aroma, and body.


"Thickened with a white sauce." "Although they can be consumed on their own, they often come in condensed form and can be used to create a variety of meat and pasta dishes."
Cream of tomato soup, Cream of mushroom soup, Cream of broccoli soup
Cream of celery soup, Cream of chicken soup, Cream of potato soup

Beverage soups

* Beer soup - (European) medieval breakfast soup poured over bread)

* Wine soup. Hungarian soup with wine

Monday, November 9, 2015

Tea Sayings

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Quote Garden

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.  ~Henry Fielding, "Love in Several Masques"

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.  ~T'ien Yiheng

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.  ~Author Unknown

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.  ~Catherine Douzel

I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.  ~Sydney Smith

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.  ~Chinese Proverb

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.  ~Bernard-Paul Heroux

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.  ~Author Unknown

If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.  ~Gladstone, 1865

We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.
~Rudyard Kipling

Is there no Latin word for Tea?  Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.  ~Hilaire Belloc

Tea is a cup of life.  ~Author Unknown

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.  ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.  ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

Tea should be taken in solitude.  ~C.S. Lewis

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.  ~Japanese Proverb

Tea is liquid wisdom.  ~Anonymous

Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you.  Now tell me about hundreds of things.  ~Saki

Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.  ~Alice Walker

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.  ~Honoré de Balzac

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.  ~Thich Nat Hahn

Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.  ~Samuel Johnson

O' peppermint tea -
two delights per sip
as steamy hot as passion
cool as a wintry lake dip
~Astrid Alauda

Iced tea may not have as much wisdom as hot tea, but in the summer better a cool and refreshed dullard than a steamy sweat-drenched sage - leave sagacity to the autumn!  ~Linda Solegato

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Songs About Tea

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Tea in the title

1. Tea Leaf Prophecy Joni Mitchell
2. Tea For Two Thelonious Monk
3. Tea With the Dead Julia Macklin
4. Tea On The Rail The Hope Fiends
5. Tea In The Sahara The Police
6. Tea For The Tillerman Cat Stevens
7. Tea And Cake - (Stereolab mix) The Sea and Cake
8. Tea House From Emperor Roscoe Dice The Boss
9. Tea Party, The - (With Lorna Stucki) Big Audio Dynamite
10. Time For Tea Madness
11. Cold Tea The Korgis
12. Green Tea The Green Pajamas
13. Iced Tea The Carpenters
14. Fish Tea Winston Grennan
15. Apricot Tea The Robot Ate Me
16. Mystic Tea Andrew Kennedy
17. Camomile Tea UK-Deluded
18. Sweet Tea The Woggles
19. Cup Of Tea The Verve Pipe
20. Cold Tea Blues Cowboy Junkies
21. Have A Cuppa Tea The Kinks
22. A Mad Tea Party One Ring Zero
23. Toast And Tea Jeffrey Gaines
24. Nice Cup Of Tea The Damned
25. When I Take My Sugar To Tea Nat King Cole
26. Why Not Stop And Have Some Tea The Flower Machine
27. Another Pot of Tea Ann Murray
28. Tea Sam Brown

A nice song mentioning tea

Getting To Know You
Submitted by Amy
Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you,
Putting it my way but nicely.
You are precisely,
My cup of tea.

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy.
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say.
Haven't you noticed,
Suddenly I 'm bright and breezy,
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day.

The Book of a Thousand Poems

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Celebrate Hot Tea Month

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I know I am a little early but hot tea month will be here before you know it. Learn about the different types of tea here courtesy of....


All tea is produced from a plant called Camellia sinensis. The thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world only vary by the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the processing method.

Premium teas come from all over the world and many of our Chinese and Japanese teas fit into one of these main categories of tea: white, green, oolong, and black tea. We also carry herbal infusions or tisanes, sometimes called herbal tea, which do not actually contain the Camellia sinensis plant.

Each type of tea has its own characteristics including a different taste, differing health benefits, and even different levels of caffeine.

You can also learn about different tea types by reading the following tea descriptions or about the health benefits of tea and browsing our full selection of loose leaf teas.

White Teas

White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. This loose leaf tea has very little caffeine and brews a light color and flavor. White teas also contain the highest antioxidant properties (helps to detoxify and fight cancer), help lower your cholesterol level, and are the best for skin and complexion.

Green Teas

Green tea is the most popular type of tea, mainly because it is the beverage of choice in Asia. Often our loose green tea is scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavored teas. This tea has only 5-10% the caffeine in coffee per cup. Some health benefits of green tea are the high level of cancer-fighting antioxidants, helps lower blood pressure, fights gingivitis and cavities, and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Oolong Teas

Oolong tea, also known as wu long tea, is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma. It is semi-fermented, which gives it approximately 15% of the caffeine in one cup of coffee. Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the Chinese tea served in Chinese restaurants. Oolong teas make great weight loss teas by boosting your metabolism rate and aiding in digestion by breaking down oils and fats. .

Black Teas

Black tea is the tea most people know since you likely grew up dipping tea bags of black tea in your cup (or enjoyed this tea from an iced tea pitcher in the South). Black tea is fully fermented, so it has approximately 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee. Black tea health benefits include helping prevent the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream, which reduces the risk of heart disease. It is also good for preventing gingivitis, tooth decay, and it helps regulate blood sugar level and blood pressure.
Herbal Teas

Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbal teas can be broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas, and herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. The health benefits of herbal tea varies from tea to tea, but they are all caffeine-free and typically rich in vitamin C. Herbal teas are delicious hot or iced.
Rooibos Teas

Rooibos tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush. This premium tea is rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein and has higher antioxidants than green tea. Naturally caffeine free, Rooibos teas are excellent in aiding with digestion, helping to relieve allergies, and promote healthy skin, teeth and bones. Rooibos teas are delicious hot or iced.

Mate Teas

Mate tea is considered the coffee lover's favorite tea. Made from the leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant, mate teas give the same energy as coffee without the jitters. They also curb the appetite and contain 21 vitamins and minerals. Our MateVana is a particular favorite of coffee drinkers because it tastes like coffee.

Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually 'bloom' as they steep. They are hand tied by tea artists and often include some type of flavor or scent along with the beautiful design. These romantic teas make a great gift for your significant other!.

Tea Blends

Tea blends often have the best of both worlds since they combine more than one type of premium tea. Mixing teas in a blend is one of the best ways to get great flavor along with great health benefits. For example,Detox Tea Blend contains our Silver Needle White Tea, Gyokuro Green Tea, Monkey Picked Oolong along with Peppermint Herbal tea for a super body cleansing tea.
Types of tea s

* White Tea
* Green Tea
* Oolong Tea
* Black Tea
* Herbal Tea
* Rooibos Tea
* Mate Tea
* Health Benefits of Tea

* Body + Mind White Tea Body + Mind White Tea$15.00
* Youthberry White Tea Youthberry White Tea$12.00
* Silver Yin Zhen Pearls White Tea Silver Yin Zhen Pearls White Tea$22.00
* Snow Peak Downy Tips White Tea Snow Peak Downy Tips White Tea$12.00

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Chinese Horoscope for President Obama

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President Obama and I are both ox people

We are the supremely self-assured, and as a result are noted for inspiring confidence in others. Generally patient and thoughtful, we measure our words, and speak clearly and concisely often when it matters most.Born to lead, Ox people like us can be quite stubborn — but also stubbornly loyal to those we love. However, when opposed, our fierce tempers are legendary. So always follow this very wise advice : never cross an Ox! For more information on how to celebrate Chinese New Year,
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