Tuesday, March 11, 2008

ABC Wednesday Letter “H”

Last week I had the misfortune of getting the FLU and was unable to see the entire “G” pictures you all submitted, I am so sorry. NOW I feel much better and hope to take it all in this week. HASP ~~ here on our property
~~ A metal fastener with a hinged slotted part that fits over a staple and is secured by a pin, bolt, or padlock. ~~ The word hasp, with roots in Old English and Old High German, was used as early as the 11th century to denote both a fastening clasp for doors and a skein of yarn. It isn't known whether the two uses were related. Today, a hasp is a handy piece of hardware used for locking a gate, door, window or trunk. It's built similar to a metal hinge, but has one long, slotted leaf and one leaf that is screwed to the door or surface. The slot passes over a heavy staple that can be padlocked. ~~~ [Middle English, from Old English hæsp, hæpse.] On our Chicken Coop ~~ Picture with more HISTORY OF LOCKS The name of Chubb is famous in the lock world for the invention of the detector lock and for the production of high quality lever locks of outstanding security during a period of 140 years. The detector lock, which is described elsewhere in this work, was patented in 1818 by Jeremiah Chubb of Portsmouth, England, who gained the reward offered by the Government for a lock which could not be opened by any but its own key. It is recorded that, after the appearance of this detector lock, a convict on board one of the prison ships at Portsmouth Dockyard, who was by profession a lockmaker, ad had been employed in London in making and repairing locks, asserted that he had picked with ease some of the best locks, and that he could pick Chubb's lock with equal facility. One of these was given to the convict together with all the tools which he stated to be necessary, as well as blank keys fitted to the drill pin of the lock and a lock made on exactly the same principle, so that he might make himself master of the construction. Promises of a reward of £100 from Mr Chubb, and a free pardon by the Government were made to him in the event of his success. After trying for two or three months to pick the lock, during which time he repeated overlifted the detector, which was as often undetected or readjusted for his subsequent attempts, he gave up, saying that Chubb's were the most secure locks he had ever met with, and that it was impossible for any man to pick or to open them with false instruments. Improvements in the lock were subsequently made under various patents by Jeremiah Chubb and his brother Charles.
Time Line of Events Chubb & Son’s Lock & Safe Co Ltd For a change lets go to Ernest Hemmingway and Aaahhh ~~ Mojitos!


Here, at the reputed ''birthplace of the daiquiri,'' it's all about Hemingway, with a bronze bust of the author, framed photos on the wall, and a Hemingway-style fish fillet (with steamed vegetables and dressed in a seafood salsa) for $18.
Hemingway is associated with any number of cocktails, but perhaps none more so than the Mojito. The drink was invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, where Hemingway drank them.The Mojito was born in Havana, and quickly became Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink (although some say he favored the Daiquiri).


While I did not Make A Mojito instead I made Mojito Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Almonds Recipe at the end of the Post


Mojito History You probably haven't had many history lessons that started with pillaging the Caribbean and ended with a delicious cocktail. But that's one of the things that makes the mojito so unique. The mojito may have a trendy reputation outside of Cuba; however, its origins are anything but chic. Amidst the stories floating about, we have unveiled the facts, discarded blatant lies, sifted through half-truths, and concluded that the drink now known as the mojito probably originated in Havana sometime in the late 19th century and gained popularity beginning in the 1930s.
I shall end the “H” Quest with the BEST “H” in my world My best Friend, my HUBBY!
Mojito Chicken and Roasted Asparagus with Almonds Copyright, 2006, Robin Miller, All rights reserved Olive oil cooking spray
2 bunches asparagus (2 pounds)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pound cut-up skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup rum
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 cup couscous, cooked according to package directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange asparagus on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Roast 10 minutes.
Top the asparagus with almonds and roast 5 more minutes, until fork-tender and almonds are golden brown.
Remove from the oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic and sugar and cook 3 minutes, until soft stirring with wooden spoon.
Add chicken and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown on all sides.
Add lime juice and carefully, off the heat, add the rum.
Return to the heat and add lime zest, salt, pepper and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 3 minutes, until chicken is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve chicken, garnished with mint, over couscous with the almond topped asparagus on the side. Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy Prep
Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings Episode#: RM0412Copyright © 2006 Television Food Network, G.P., All Rights Reserved


ellen b. said...

Oh I'll take a mojito with that dish! You have a marvelous H post and a recipe too. I enjoyed all the info...

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I learned Hasp... what a terrific learning experience!!
And hubby.. that's a terrific H!!

Lilli & Nevada said...

This is fantastic and i love the poem at the end,So glad that your feeling better..

Autumn said...

Very informative post. Thanks!
I am coping the recipe down for another day, it looks yummy

Lynette said...

You've got a great, all-around bunch of Hs in your post.

Lana G! said...

I received a higher education in hasp! Fabulous

leslie said...

These are great! Hasp & Hemingway...he's one of my favourite authors. Love the recipe and the lesson on hasps. And hoarfrost! Very informative post!

Deslilas said...

I brought a wooden "hasp" from Tunisia some years ago it was used to close the houses called "ghorfa".

Your post is one of the best if it's not the only one.
It's a huge compliment.

Anne-Berit said...

Interesting post,and a great H:o)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you covered H pretty well.

Old Wom Tigley said...

You excelled yourself today 'D' I really enjoyed the history of locks.. and Hasp is a great word for ABC day. To end it on 'Hubby' is Special. When you mention your 'Sweety' your love for him always comes through in your words and your post.
Tell him I said hello. :O)

Peter M said...

Locks like this is another great post

Daryl E said...

Hope you are feeling better..

those are a handful of Hs!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Just great photos and a nice H.
Have a nice day:)

Andrea said...

What an interesting "H" post.

hpy said...

I have had mojitos in Havana, but probably not as many as Hemingway ;). And it was not in THE Bodega.

Nevertheless, I think that you can say HASP in Swedish too.

Dirty Knees said...

Hemingway, hasps, hubby...thanks!

Petunia said...

Very informative:D A very great H post.
I'm glad you are feeling better:D

RuneE said...

A long and interesting post. I have learned a lot about locks!

Miss_Yves said...

Thank you for your visit and your kindcomment.
Wonderful photos with things as plain as...hasps
I'll come back to read the posts about Hemingway which seem very interesting
Miss Yves

Dragonstar said...

Excellent "H" post. I love the information on Hasps and locks, and the Hoar-frost photo is beautiful.

Mari said...

I love the last picture!

Anonymous said...

Great H's :)

Kerri said...

WOW DeeMom...I had never heard of HASP before! Love the shot of your hubby too! Great Post!

Liz said...

A very informative post too.

Gunilla said...

I just Love that hoarfrost-photo! Glad your back and well from the flu.

imac said...

wow, what a H post.good photos and best was the info on all the H's.

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

happyone said...

We are getting lots of lessons today. Thanks for the very informative post.
Glad you're feeling better.

Neva said...

You certainly get an A+ for effort and content on this one! I love learning in blogland!

kml said...

Hasp - learned a new word. Your frost is most beautiful!

photowannabe said...

Wow, what an interesting combination of H posts. Lots of good information.

Janet said...

Wow! Now I'm hungry! Excellent choices for H. One of my favorite books is by Hemingway.

nonizamboni said...

What a fun read! And a recipe too. Such interesting facts and fancy.
Thank for sharing!

Gordon said...

An informative post. We learn so much on these Wednesdays.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Wow, you have lots of H's this week. I guess for making up for last week's G's. :P Well, I didn't know that thingamajig was called a hasp.

Anonymous said...

WoW..some very beautifully captured shots & a lovely informative post!

Katney said...

You have certainly come up with quite a collection of H and a recipe at that!

Paulie said...

Great post for H! I loved learning about everything. Of course you also made me HUNGRY!

Also read your Einstein post below. . . my favorite quote from him is "Imagnation is more important than knowledge."

kRiZ cPEc said...

a long long and informative post-thanks for sharing.

mrsnesbitt said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! H for hubby, how sweet! LOL!

david mcmahon said...

Love the hoarfrost photo. Thank you for your generous comment on my Hi is for Holbrook submarine post!

``Hasp'' is a word from my own childhood, too.

abbagirl74 said...

thanks for the recipe!

BumbleVee said...

Great post.... wow...those Chubb guys have been around awhile...

I have a Mojito recipe for something somewhere....think it is pork... I am copying yours for a try. I love to cook.

ArneA said...

hemmingway and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS,is one of my favorite books