Jul 12

Cooking with Charcoal

In the summertime outdoor cooking can almost be imperative, because cooking inside the house becomes unbearably hot. Use of charcoal for cooking outdoors is one way to avoid heating up the house. Additionally, cooking with charcoal in winter months can help to add a little variety to the daily menu at home. Some basics; For …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/cooking-with-charcoal/

Jul 11

North Carolina Style Pig Roast

At the annual Green family picnic this year, Rich and Kim decided to try a different method for roasting the pig. This is different from the manner in which they cook pig for their restaurant. This method is called the North Carolina style. It involved splitting the hog in half down the spine and slow …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/north-carolina-style-pig-roast/

Jul 10

Peas in a Pod…or not?

Fresh peas – follow this link to learn more. Two varieties I like to grow (and eat) are the sugar snap and snow peas. Both are edible pod varieties. There are, of course, other varieties which the shells are simply too tough to be eaten. For me the edible pod variety is best, because of their …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/peas-pod-not/

Jul 01

Thinking of America

As the Independence Day Holiday approaches, I reflect on the land in which I was born and raised. Robert Frost, one of America’s greatest poets, wrote a short but interesting verse about our nation. It is titled, The Gift Outright – In the sixteen lines of this poem, Frost tells the American story from colonialism, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/thinking-of-america/

Jun 22

The Wind in the Willows

In 1908 Kenneth Grahame penned the children’s story titled, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Grahame, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde, grew up along the banks of the River Thames. At that time the area surrounding the Thames was pastoral, though London town was quite crowded and dirty due to the common use of coal as …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/the-wind-in-the-willows/

Jun 19

Ah….Summer!

While I generally don’t enjoy hot weather, summer is a great time of year to do needed repairs to home and garden. Summer is the time of year when all of the work I put into my vegetable garden repays me with a bounty of fresh foods for the table or into the freezer for …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/ah-summer/

Jun 12

June 2017 – 5 years of blogging

The month of June has arrived marking the fifth anniversary of blogging. I have enjoyed sharing all of the many articles, pictures and links to more in-depth reading about so many subjects. Readers have followed me on my travels from home here, in PA and the New York Metro area to Amsterdam, London, the Philippines, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/june-2017-5-years-blogging/

Jun 02

Developing a Mindset for Success

Success is something that can be defined in many ways. Social constructs are one set of criteria by which success is determined . Based on their paradigm our parents may also have a set of parameters that they believe exemplify success, i.e., a good paying job, married with children, a nice house, etc. Your peers …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/developing-mindset-success/

Jun 01

Early June Garden Report 2017

As the summer months come upon us I take stock of what’s in the garden. The last couple weeks in May were quite rainy, but temperatures have been mild. Here is the list; Asparagus – is doing well in its fifth year and continues to fill out the plot. I’ve had several servings of fresh …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/early-june-garden-report-2017/

May 11

Hong Kong

There is one flight daily from Jinan to >>> Hong Kong and it only takes a couple of hours. However, we had delays for some odd reasons and arrived an hour later than scheduled. It seemed as if we had spent the entire day to take a 2 hour flight. From the airport in HK, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/hong-kong/

Older posts «