Monday, July 20, 2020

Tequila anyone? This Parry's Agave plant took sixteen years to bloom

The Berthoud Conservation Gardens has a special plant blooming this month, the Parry's Agave. 
Each flowering plant has a giant stalk up to 20 feet tall, with 20 to 30 side branches. Each side branch produces hundreds of flowers. 





The flowers are reddish in bud and bright yellow when open. 
                       

                                            
Beyond the obvious unique beauty, agaves grow in an interesting way. 

Often called century plants, agaves live many years before flowering, after which they die :( 

     This succulent (not really a cacti) has been a source of human food and beverage for at least 9,000 years. 
 When an agave’s central bud is removed, the cavity fills with fluid. This nutritious juice is called aguamiel (honey water). When aguamiel is allowed to ferment it becomes an alcoholic beverage called pulque and when pulque is distilled it becomes mescal. Tequila is a high quality mescal produced only from the blue agave plant and grown only in limited regions of Mexico.
                                    Great Design Plant: Parry's Agave
Agave Roasting Tutorial | Agave Heritage Festival
Sugars concentrate in the core of an agave just before flowering. If the leaves are trimmed away, the core can be baked or roasted. Native Americans of many Southwestern tribes pit-roasted agaves in an elaborate process that took three or four days of cooking!
              Mezcal Basics | Mezcales de Leyenda
    The sweet meat is said to have a flavor of sweet potato, molasses, and pineapple, but is quite fibrous. Chunks of roasted agave were chewed and the tough fibers discarded. Roasted agave could also be pounded into cakes and dried for later use.
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Agave leaves have strong fibers good for many uses. Sisal fiber derived from Agave sisalana is grown worldwide and used for inexpensive twine, rope, paper, fabric, filters, mattresses, and carpets.


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"Hey, Waiter. What's that worm doing in my drink? And please don't say the backstroke."
                  Mezcal con gusano
In the 1950's, when a mezcal maker discovered a moth larvae in a batch of his liquor, he decided the stowaway improved its taste. Since then, he started adding “worms” to all his bottles as a marketing strategy.
The larva is usually either a red worm or a maguey worm. The red worm is typically considered tastier.
                 
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Colorado 1888      
    Kicked out of England for offending the Royal Family, Britania Rule heads for Leadville, in the Colorado backcountry. Passing herself off as a highborn lady, she pursues her dream of opening a parlor of spiritual enlightenment. 
     Cody James, her guide, thinks he must be half-crazy to hire-out to a female. But his luck at the gaming tables has run dry, and she’s his meal-ticket out of town. Betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, and shot and left for dead by a man he once called friend, Cody declares himself a loner. 
   Traveling side by side, they deny their desire for one another, but the Tarot cards say otherwise—and their hot night of passion confirms the prediction. Will love be waiting at the end of the trail? Or could Cody’s past destroy their future? 
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Clover City, Colorado—1888
A mysterious letter and the drop-dead handsome town marshal, are the last things Mariah expects to find making rounds as a midwife. 

Mariah McAllister plans to be married before her next birthday. Too bad Marshal Virgil Kincaid barely knows she’s alive. Not one to give up easily, she’s determined to show him she has an abiding passion for more than her work.


Virgil Kincaid loved a woman once—after she broke his heart, he spent three years in prison. Women can’t be trusted, no matter how good they look. He’s sworn off relationships in favor of Saturday night poker games. Life is simple—the way he wants it…until a stranger turns up dead in the road. 


Forced to work side by side with Mariah, Virgil begins to wonder if she might be his second chance at love. As they trade kisses and oh so much more, he’s willing to take the gamble. But when a killer threatens their once peaceful town, all bets are off.  






Sunday, June 7, 2020

History of Worcestershire sauce

In your next western, could you write that your cowboy hero sat down to a steak dinner and requested Worcestershire sauce?  
       You sure could, if your story is set in 1839 or later. 
                          Wonderful 1890s Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce Bottle with Top ...
Originally invented and produced in Worcester, England in the early 1800's, John Duncan, a New York businessman imported the savory sauce in 1839. 
            
   And what about that paper wrapper? Shipped by boat, the covering helped protect the glass bottles during the voyage. 

         Created by accident, here are the ingredients: 
                     Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce The Original

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   Too bad my hero in Trapper's Moon couldn't take a bottle to the frontier during the fur trade era. Bet it would have been great on buffalo hump roast. 


 Still an award winning read, with or without sauce!


  As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. 
   When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe. 
   While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone.
    Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer's past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations. 
   But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man's life—or a woman's.












Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Portence 5 STARS from N.N. Light Book Heaven

  The plot of this epic had been building since Solace first laid eyes on a Rep-toad way back in the opening pages of Solace.  The loyal reader has come all the way along thru Solace and Tanner to Bliss and Nate to make it to this point.  Finally it was time for the sisters of Anu to unite to face the big bad we all knew was going to be exposed.
    Port is, by far, the most complex of all the sisters.  Her past weighs so heavily upon her, she doesn't have the trace of lightness of Solace or the great lightness of Bliss.  Port is all Fae but all weighed down.  That much of her angst might be because of Mother...issues doesn't make it any easier for her.  The author did a masterful job of having this partnership be more of a fatherly one then a lover, like her sisters.
   People who enjoy the titanic clashes in Lord of The Rings III or even Harry Potter 7 parts 1 and 2 will be totally caught up in this book.  The action keeps the reader guessing and the suspense is palpable.  
   This incredible three-book series is a must-own for nearly every action/sci-fi fan.  Portence will leave the reader with a smile on their face.  A brilliantly constructed and portrayed series that ticks every box. 

                          My Rating: 5 stars 


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    In the final battle to save the Earth, Fae Warrior, Portence Goodeve stands ready to serve Mother Nature. But as she fights for the future of the planet, she’s haunted by her past. One near-death experience and a betrayal that goes deep become weapons that could get her killed. 
   Malachi, a cross/breed, half-sorcerer and half-Fae, is back to help fight the Reptile invaders. Once upon a time, his sexy Fae-half stole Portence’s heart, breath, and good sense. Then he abandoned her--what if it happens again? 
    Should she surrender to desire, giving both Malachi and love another chance? Or seek retribution and be done with him forever? Portence and her sisters, as well as their Earth partners, are in a fight for their lives. When Malachi’s magic is stolen and his life is in danger, will she discover the path to her future is bound by both love and duty?


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Monday, May 4, 2020

Antique Estes Park Post Card

This tourist post card was sent from Estes Park, Colo to Longmont, Colo back when stamps were only 
2 cents! The recipient was Kenneth Clark.                 
    Made on some kind of extremely thin leather,
or product there of, it's not only a nice hello, but a Burro-meter 
This is surprisingly accurate!

Meanwhile, here's a recent image of Estes Park today. No burros, but LOTS of elk




Friday, April 24, 2020

Trapper's Moon 4 stars from Kam's Place


    As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe.

   While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer’s past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations.

   But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man’s life—or a woman’s. 

Full review from Kam's Place
  Throughout history, there’s been hate, violence, racism, and death. You can’t point your finger at any period in time and not find it. However, even in the darkest of times, there is light. No entire race, religion, culture is 100% evil. It’s not 100% good either. 
   Life is about balance. In Trapper’s Moon, Gini demonstrated how vile a human or group of humans could be. She also focused and reinforced the goodness in people. How different races can live in harmony. How love and compassion can and should triumph over hate and violence. 
   This message should be embraced and utilized in our everyday lives. 
   We can’t allow history to repeat itself. We all have the power to love, or at least tolerate one another. 
Trapper’s Moon was a historical story, but I genuinely believe its message pertains to the here and now.