Italian Style Pasta

Okay, so I recently saw a video on YouTube on how to make Italian only using $10. I thought it looked actually pretty decent so I gave it a go! ( I have linked the video at the bottom of the blog post).

Now what was included in the video, it can be adjusted depending on where you live. For example, I don’t live in America I live in Britain so the names of the products or the brand changed. But here is the recipe, just adjust it for yourself!

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Ingredients:

  • 500g fusilli
  • 480g jar of Lasagna creamy, white sauce
  • 480g jar of Tomato pasta sauce
  • 400-500g of Turkey mince
  • 226g of shredded mozzarella.
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper

Method:

Start by boiling your pasta in a big pan. Then in a frying pan, start cooking your mince, sprinkle your seasoning.

Once your pasta has been fully cooked, empty into a big mixing bowl. Add the fully cooked mince and the two jars of sauce and mix it all together.

Using a spoon, spoon it all into a big glass dish and sprinkle the mozzarella on top. Whack it into the oven at 170C or 350F for 15-20 mins.

Dish up and enjoy with salad and some garlic bread!!

Original video:

Food Challenge! Italian Style

Full credit the lady on YouTube! As you can see, my instructions are slightly different but the outcome is still the same, This recipe is delicious 😋. Let me know if you enjoy it yourself!

Finished product!
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Blackpool Zoo

In July, I surprised my family and friends by a visit to the 32 acre Blackpool Zoo in the UK!

This zoo has been open since July 6th 1972. According to the official zoo history website, “Mr. Johnny Morris opens the zoo riding on an elephant accompanied by the Mayor who rides in a Rolls Royce.”

Fast forward to our day, Blackpool Zoo now houses over 1350 animals for you to see, and it was fun to wander to each of the enclosures. If you get to visit, I highly recommend it!

You do have to book in advance, but bear in mind that because of Coronavirus, “Lemur Wood and Rainbow Landings remained closed for the time being and daily animal talks and displays are still suspended but we have created a series of podcasts for visitors to listen to as they make their way around the zoo.” (COVID19 information for visitors)

To get tickets, book here. I will add, if you have a blue peter badge you can get in for free. Just book a ‘prepaid booking’ ticket.




Tatton Park and Foodie Festival

In July, we went to Tatton Park to a festival that was taking place on the grounds. It was the 2021 Foodie Festival for Cheshire!

Taken from their website, they said: “Join us at Tatton Park Foodies Festival 2021 for our biggest celebration yet of top chefs, tasty food, delicious drinks and live music with chart topping headliners Sophie Ellis-Bextor.”

The festival here ran from the 9th, 10th and 11th of July, and featured people like GBBO winner from 2016 Candice Brown and MasterChef Champion 2021 Tom Rhodes.

There were many interesting stalls there, not just food but also local businesses!

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A Few Scoops

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We also visited The Gardeners Cottage and it was beautiful. I had my Nan with me at the time and it was just before 5pm so there was the golden sunlight shining through the trees as we sat in the grounds drinking, a hot coffee for my nan and a cold beer for me. It was truly very calming and the staff were really friendly too.

If you would like to watch our trip, click this link: Tatton Park & Foodies Festival

I would greatly appreciate your support over on my YouTube channel where I upload little edits about my trips to different places. It adds a different perspective if you actually get to see the areas in a video!

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I hope you enjoyed! Did you get to go here? Have you ever been to Tatton Park before?

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Nature and Us: Thank you!

Thank you for your support during my project. I have enjoyed doing all the research hand sharing what I have found. I hope you enjoyed it!

I have learnt so many things during this project. I learnt about Forest bathing and the benefits about being surrounded by all that green…

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(Nature and Us: Forests )

…Jathilda shared he experience and joy with nature as a child. Then…

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(Nature and Us: Jathilda)

…we discovered how important bugs and beetles are to the eco system! Also, how cute they are!

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(Nature and US: Bugs and Beetles)

Twitter user Goldfinch shared there love for Nature too by sending a submission in!

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(Nature and Us: Goldfinch)

The wildlife that depend on the ice caps that exist in Greenland. More importantly, how the icecaps influence the rest of the earth and how they keep a balance. And lastly…

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(Nature and Us: Frozen )

…the distressing industry of the Shark finning world.

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(Nature and Us: Shark Fin Soup)

I have really enjoyed this project. I will be honest, I did struggle a little haha but I feel better after learning more about our Earth and ways I can personally help in this.

Is there any project you would be interested in seeing in the future? I would be really interested in hearing your opinion.

Thank you for your reading and subscribing as always, have a great day!!!


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Nature and Us: Shark Fin Soup

Shark Fin Soup is a traditional soup that is part of Chinese cuisine. The shark fins provide texture and then the taste comes from the other soup ingredients. It is most commonly served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets, or as a luxury item.

The cartilage in the fins are usually shredded and used to thicken the soup. It embodies good luck, or good fortune. But why are warnings given about eating this dish? And what impact does this have on the population of sharks?

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Mercury.

According to ScienceDirect, there is Mercury and arsenic in processed fins from nine of the most traded shark species in the Hong Kong and China dried seafood markets. A team discovered that the food being consumed by the people contains high levels of mercury that is actually legally considered unsafe for humans.

According to a 2018 report by Marine Policy, more than 1 million tons of shark product are caught each year. This translates to about 100 million sharks that are killed per year

Shark Soup

Affect on the shark

After their fins have been cut off, sharks are able to survive a little while, however because they cannot move to filter oxygen through their gills, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die in excruciating pain either due to lack of oxygen or hunger, often both.

It is sickening to think that millions of sharks are subjected to this each year. How can this amount of pain be a sign of good luck for a human, regardless of traditions?

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Affect on the environment

Shark populations have significantly decreased over the previous years, and no doubt! The amount of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete the populations faster than they can reproduce.

Up to 99% of the shark is wasted.

What is being done to stop the cruelty?

Some steps have been taken to stop the pain. Bans have been made but in order for these bans to work, they need to be enforced. Here are just 2 of the bans that have been made in the US:

(Source.) Bear in mind the shark above is likely alive, in pain and is drowning.

What can you do?

Aside from the obvious, (Not eating the soup), one way is to sign this petition: Sign the No Shark Pledge.

Humane Society International have a form to sign that means you can show your support for those who are against this form of cruelty.

There is also a campaign being held by the Shark trust where you can either donate or fundraise!


To read more about why I have decided to talk about this, head on over to my Nature and Us page. Also subscribe to my site below.

Nature and Us: Frozen

No sorry. I am not talking about The Disney film Frozen. If you were looking for that you’re going to be disappointed. But don’t leave yet! I want to chat about Ice caps.

What is an Ice cap? According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, it is a dome-like sheet of ice that covers the lands features and it can spread for kilometers in all directions.

Almost 10% of the worlds land mass is covered in frozen water in Glacier’s and ice caps. Why are they so important though, are they useful to the environment? and what is the effect climate change is having on them?

First of all, lets delve into why they are beneficial.

Useful or useless?

There is a paper written by Pal Prestrud for the International Climate and Environmental Research Centre in Oslo, Norway.

They spoke about the importance of snow and ice. Here is a quote from their paper:

The global significance of ice and snow is profound. Less ice, snow and permafrost may amplify global warming in various ways. Melting glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will raise the mean sea level. The retreating sea ice, in combination with increased supply of fresh water from melting glaciers and warmer ocean temperatures, could affect the strength of major ocean currents.

Pal Prestrud

This could spell disaster for many countries who depend on the slow melt from the glaciers, carried by rivers to support their agriculture and domestic water supplies. If their water source just disappears, the people who need this water will suffer greatly.

Animals in Greeenland

Polar bears, Humpback wales, Musk Oxen, Walruses, Reindeer and White,tailed eagles. They all live either on the land, sea or in the air surrounding Greenland.

A White-Tailed Eagle and A Musk Oxen.

I was amazed to find that Greenland has the worlds largest national park, and that actually, the animals have a larger domain than the islanders who live there. Because the park is so big, it means that the animals can roam undisturbed by unwanted human visitors. But despite the paradisiac wilderness, a significant part of the Greenland ice sheet is on the brink of a tipping point. What does this mean?

Melting its ice sheet completely would eventually raise global sea level by 7 metres. In the event this happens, the Netherlands would be completely wiped out. Denmark would become much smaller, the Polynesian islands would be submerged. Miami & Tokyo would be rendered uninhabitable.

As a rule of thumb, for every centimetre rise in global sea level, another 6 million people are exposed to coastal flooding around the planet. On current trends, Greenland ice melting will cause 100 million people to be flooded each year by the end of the century, so 400 million in total due to sea level rise.

Andrew Shepherd. NASA, scientist from university of Leeds. (Source)

So we have covered what they are, why they’re useful and what the affect climate change is having on the glaciers and icecaps. Now, we are going to discuss what can we do to help?

Do your part.

  • Speak up. You can take a stand in protecting the planet by writing to government officials to stop endangering our eco system. You can take action here: Actions | NRDC
  • Reduce water waste. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap if your’e not using it. (The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were fitted with water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved—avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.)
  • Eat the food you buy…eat less meat. Since livestock products are among the most resource-intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too. The amount of in-date food that goes into landfills in America each year could actually feed whole villages in 3rd world countries like India.
  • Walk or bike. Do not drive if you don’t have to. If your destination is 5 mins away in the car, use the opportunity to get the exercise and walk or cycle, if you are able to. You could even make use of public transport!

If you are interested in learning more, head on over to the NRDC website and have a look at the different articles available.

Thank you for listening.


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Nature and Us: Gold Finch

I put a tweet out on Twitter and the individual who uses the username @G0ldf1nch replied with their experience with nature. They said:


Although I no longer live by the sea, I grew up by it. It means so much to me.

When I’ve been away from it for a long time, I plunge my hands in the waves first chance I get.

Breaks my heart that we don’t care for it enough.

Originally tweeted by Gold Finch (@g0ldf1nch) on June 27, 2021.

Here is their Twitter: Gold Finch

Thank you for your submission!


To learn how you can join in, head on over to my Nature and Us page or email me at talithatullochsstravels@gmail.com.

Nature and Us: Bugs and Beetles

Apiphobia, mottephobia, spheksophobia. What do these three have in common? They are the names of the three main insect fears, fear of bees, moths and wasps. Why are so many people scared of insects, how important are insects to the eco system and how can we help them?

Why are people afraid of them?

Now it may be as simple as, they have had a bad experience with them. I think everyone has had a bug jump out at them when they least expect it, and yet not everyone will scream when they see another one at a different time. Maybe it’s learnt behaviour. Who knows?

Well according to The Cut, “Psychologists studying disgust, talk about something called the “rejection response” — the overwhelming feeling that you need to get this thing away from you, like, right now. The rejection response, like fear, is a mechanism designed to keep us safe. The presence of insects often indicates that something isn’t safe to consume or touch” and so overtime we have “come to associate the messenger with the threat itself .”

It is a very interesting article and if you’re not too weirded out, I would recommend giving it a good read! Here it is: Insects Are Scary Because Your Brain Confuses Disgust With Fear.

Important to the ecosystem?

The National Geographic has an interesting article and it lists ways they impact and play a part in the environment – They are providers, decomposers, pest controllers and pollinators.

  • Without them, “species that are higher up the food chain suffer population losses.”
  • We know that insects break down waste products, unlocking certain nutrients for other insects, so without them and those unlocked nutrients: “Waste and carrion would persist in ecosystems, impeding the flow of nutrients.”
  • “By feeding on crop-threatening pests, predatory insects perform the role of pesticides without chemicals”. Without them, “Pests proliferate, damaging crops and forests, spurring increased pesticide use.”
  • Did you know that “one out of every three bites of food humans eat relies on animal pollination in the production process.” Without bees and other pollinating insects, “humans and animals lose key food sources.”.

From the article: 5 Vital Roles Insects Play In Our Ecosystem

So how can we help them??

Fun ways for all the family or even just yourself to help can be found listed below. One massive one is STOP using chemicals that kill them!!! No matter how “careful” you may be, they will kill a wide range of insects, not including your intended target.

  • Dig a pond.
  • Plant Native Plants.
  • Make a nectar bar!
  • Compost your waste

Making a nectar bar means including plants in your garden that are rich in nectar. For example Buddleia is well known for attracting nectar feeding insects such as butterflies and hoverflies throughout the summer.

I would love to hear how you are helping our insects. Do you have a bug house in your garden? Do you have flowers? Let me know in the comments and do not be afraid to get involved. To learn how, head to the page : Nature and Us.