Friday, December 31, 2010


Margaret from South Africa tks for signing my guest book.  Here is all I have on Crighton from my Ramsay line. Bennet Rodger's sister Janet married into the Ramsay line.

The Ramsay’s and connected families of Saline, Fife, Fossoway & Tulliebole, Clackmannan, Perthshire, Stirling and other areas of Scotland


Descendants of Bennet Rodger

Generation No. 1

        1.  Bennet4 Rodger  (Bennet3, Edward2, Bennet1) was born c 1817, and died in Unknown.  He married Christian Drysdale 7 November 1846 in Alloa, Clack., Scot, daughter of John Drysdale and Maran Sharp.  She was born 25 November 1810 in Saline, Fife, Scot, and died in Unknown.
Children of Bennet Rodger and Christian Drysdale are:
        2                 i.    Maria5 Rodger, born c 1854 in Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland; died in Unknown.
        3                ii.    Christina Rodger, born c 1848 in Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland; died in Unknown.
+      4               iii.    Unknown Rodger, died in Unknown.

Generation No. 2

        4.  Unknown5 Rodger (Bennet4, Bennet3, Edward2, Bennet1) died in Unknown.  She married Mr Chriton. 
Children of Unknown Rodger and Mr Chriton are:
        5                 i.    James6 Chriton, born c 1858 in Auchterderran, Perthshire, Scotland.
        6                ii.    David Chriton, born c 1860 in Auchterderran, Perthshire, Scotland.

The source for the above information was the 1871 census – the image I am yet to locate

Queensland Floods

The floods in Queensland are now peaking over 4000 people have been evacuated some towns empty and the rivers continue to rise. Condamine on the Darling Downs has become a ghost town. The Bruce Highway and airways into Rockhampton is expected to be cut this afternoon so no trucks, fuel, food will be getting through.  Fuel is limited and is currently being saved for the emergency helicopters. 

The situation is now at almost it's worst and it will be a long time before the people will be able to return to their homes and start repairing or rebuilding.  I hope the government has strategic plans in place to help because this is not going to go away overnight for a lot of people. Also Coal mining has been suspended as the mines are full of water.  So many businesses, farmers have been hit hard and fruit and vegetables are now expected to rise possible by 50% due to low supply of many items.

We can only hope that there will be no more cyclones for sometime as further rain would be disastrous.


It is written that people born in the Chinese year of the rabbit are articulated, ambitious and talented.  Rabbit years are fourth in the cycle following Tiger. It is expected to be a placid year after the ferocious year of the Tiger. In such a year it is expected that good taste and refinement will shine and people will use  persuasion instead of force.
In many places, foods shaped like coins are thought to bring prosperity in the new year.
I have been reading about lucky food a new one on me. For eg.
In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year's Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can't break the noodle before it is all in your mouth.

Oatmeal – but plain variety no sugar added
Nuts – Any kind  -walnuts are good
Spinach and greens – trying eating a small salad before a meal helps to kill the hunger pains
Cannellini Beans – helps to burn fat
Iced tea – green tea is good but any tea brewed at home not purchased as is full of sugar
Dairy low fat
Peanut Butter prevents belly bloat only 2 tbspns a day
Wholegrains - wholegrain bread or labelled whole wheat
Lean Meats and fish- turkey or tuna and salmon are good choices
Beans and Legumes
Eggs but not too many if cholesterol is a problem
Olive Oil
Protein Powder but not to be used in high fat milkshakes like chocolate
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
This low-cal, calcium-rich treat activates the body's fat-burning hormones, say University of Wisconsin researchers. "Plus, because of its high protein content — it contains more than any other dairy product — you'll stay full longer," notes Dr. La Puma. "Grate one ounce on soups or salads daily.

Now to see if they work.  I am not sure about the Peanut butter but I guess all things in moderation. But I do like the idea of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Wishing everyone a healthy New Year and lots of laughter.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lucky Food

2011 is the Chinese year of the rabbit and I have been reading about lucky food a new one on me. For eg.
In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year's Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can't break the noodle before it is all in your mouth.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vegetarian Fritata's

Todays recipe is really simple I know but have taste tested and is yummy.  Great for left overs and could be for a nice Sunday breakfast or an easy lunch. So many options with this one. So hear goes.

Vegetarian Frittata's

  • 1 tbspn Olive or Canola Oil
  • 1 Sml Onion Sliced
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 cup Mashed Potato
  • 1 cup Mashed Sweet Potato
  • 6 Small Mushrooms Sliced
  • 3 Eggs whisked


Add Oil to a nonstick frying pan
Cook garlic and onion until soft
Cook mushrooms until slightly brownd
Add Potatoe's and mix all ingredients slightly
Add the whisked eggs and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes until eggs set.  Take care not to
burn the bottom of the frittata at this stage.

Serving suggestions
Serve on crusty rye bread toast, topped with a dollop of plain yoghurt and sweet chilli sauce
Serve on top of lettuce leaves and top with small tomatoes finely sliced and sprinkled with parmesan
Add mixture to small ramikins and top with grated cheese and cook under a grill until the cheese has melted and is slightly browned.

This meal is not too fat and is rather nutritious.
Potatoes - vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, iron, low in sodium

Sweet Potatoes - Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Copper, Vitamin E, Iron, Manganese

Onion and Garlic -"According to the National Cancer Institute, garlic contains healthy substances like sulfur, selenium, arginine, flavanoids and oligosaccharides. Onions contain valuable vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, zinc, potassium, protein, folic acid, fiber, calcium, selenium and vitamin C. Onions also contain high levels of a powerful flavanoid known as quercetin."

Mushrooms - includes a lot of minerals and vitamins including Potassium, Phosporous, a small amout of iron, zinc, vitamin D, B1, B2 just to name a few.

And the eggs which are high in protein and although high in cholestrol is deemed from what I read not too bad as it is high fat foods to beware of which effects the blood cholestral.

Of course, the fresher the better.  Last year we grew our own potatoe's and they were like crisp apples when we dug them up.  I am always on the look out for the new season varieties in the shops now.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Todays Vegetarian find.
 I cooked up a similar dish last week but I like the cauliflower in this one.  I use Keens curry.

VEGETABLE CURRY what could be simpler enjoy with rice or a side salad
TIP: Basmati rice is low in GI and is very nice and easy to cook just bring the water to the boil and cook according to the directions on the packet, stiring occasionally. 
  • 1 tbs sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tbs mild curry paste
  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes (we used canned cherry tomatoes)
  • 600g cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 150g baby spinach
  • 1 tbs chopped coriander, plus extra leaves to serve
  • Low-fat yoghurt, to serve

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add onion and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, for a further 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, cauliflower and 200ml water, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Add spinach and chopped coriander, then stir through until spinach is just wilted. Serve topped with coriander leaves and yoghurt.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vegetarian to be or not to be!!

I have recently found myself wanting to eat more and more vegetarian meals.  Maybe my body is telling me something or I am just sick of paying the high prices for meat products which have such a short shelf life.
So I am after years of enjoying steaks and chops I am looking for suitable vegetarian recipes to ensure I receive sufficent protein and iron in my diet.

I have been reading that as we get older with risk of high cholestrol, high blood pressure and diabetes a nutrional diet is essential.  My aim is to eat 10 serves of fruit and vegetables a day as this is what I have been reading is good for reducing high blood pressure.  I must admit I do love my vegies - fruit is another matter it depends what is in season but  I do need to push myself to eat more.

This is the first of my posts on this subject.  Tomorrow some recipes and later the all important taste test.

More Free Scottish Records

Below are extracts from OPR’s purchased mostly from LDS who were additional entries on pages I ordered. Free to search and cop...