Archive sections: ‘Plants’

The other day I was given a jar of Peanut Butter … (Arekivcovoye Maslo). “I know it’s not your loobeemiy Marmite,” (your favourite Marmite), I was told, “but I thought you might like it all the same.” Apparently, for many people Peanut Butter seems to be a bit like Marmite … in that “either you love […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 06:00 Comments Off on Peanut Butter

Achuu Piyaz, (Chesnok in Russian, Allium sativum in Latin and Garlic in English),  has been a highly prized crop for it medicinal and nutritional qualities since ancient times – it is thought that it has been cultivated for something like seven thousand years according to some sources – but just four thousand according to others. It’s […]

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Chesnok – Achuu Piyaz – Garlic

It used to be said that Bishkek was the “Greenest city on Earth” with its parks, tree lined boulevards, open spaces between the apartment blocks … and even in the garden at our hotel in Bishkek, the Silk Road Lodge, we have over 50 trees of different types, sizes and age. This was largely due to […]

Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 06:00 1 comments. »

A sure sign that Spring has finally arrived, the first bulbs have started to appear in the garden at our hotel – bright yellow and purple Crocuses, (or should that be Croci?). The Crocus is one of the first flowers of Spring to bloom. As well as being pretty, these harbingers of Spring raise our […]

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Crocus

In the United States, today is Arbor Day – a day when individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.  (It’s actually a ‘moveable feast’ in that it takes place annually on the last Friday in April) Although Mankind has long had a special affinity with trees, the Celts, for example, held […]

Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on Arbor Day

Yesterday, I saw a post on a trivia site that sent me checking the system date on my computer … I felt sure it had to be an April Fool’s joke. I had already fallen foul of one such premature prank on youtube over the weekend … and Maxim had already tried to pull one […]

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on Red Pistachio Nuts? … No, it’s not an April Fool’s Joke

There is a story that when he became President of the United States, George Bush, (that is the older – George H. Bush – not his son, George W. Bush), he issued an instruction to the White House staff that Broccoli should never be served: “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on Spinach … Toot Toot!

Although it sometimes doesn’t feel like it, (especially this year when Winter has held on doggedly … refusing to be banished and repeatedly revisiting us with cold spells), Spring is in the Air. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season … and also to the 5 Rs :  Rebirth, Rejuvenation, Renewal, Resurrection and Regrowth.  Apart from the lengthening days and the, (usually), […]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on Hanami – Cherry Blossom time …

The other day I came across an article on the BBC website about Onionomics: the importance of the Onion to Indian cuisine … well, not just cuisine but to society as a whole – and not just the farmers responsible for growing the 16 million tonnes of the crop each year … as the author of […]

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 07:00 Comments Off on The Beautiful Onion

The news that Colorado had legalized the sale of cannabis as from the 1st January this year came as a bit of a surprise … although the states residents had voted in a referendum approving the measure as long ago as back in November 2012. Colorado was already one of the nineteen US states that […]

Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 07:00 1 comments. »