Sunday, 22 May 2022

Bran Tub # 22 … Slosh, Bubble up, Toad in the Hole …

 

Slosh - Sloshing around … but I never thought I'd find these connections …


He amused me as a 'slosher' ... 

I usually scan the main page of Wiki - people, subjects, art or things of interest that might superficially educate me, connect to something I'd been thinking about or interested me knowledge-wise …



my life is like that the bubbling spring of eclecticism, I never quite know where I'm leading myself …




The first bullet point under Care of
Tables - Equipment: where it states
only Snooker, Billiards and Slosh
are allowed!



So yes – here's some more randomness … as I get on with other things here – before reverting to something approaching intelligent posting …





Slosh … popped up – oddly as a game (a cue sport) – but also known as Russian billiards, Indian pool and it beggars belief 'toad-in-the-hole' - a game lasting 30 minutes, or to a score of 100 points.



Russian definition 'slosh about' ...

Anything Russian I check in on – we're studying the Revolution from 100 years ago … I'm giving some talks on Russian Revolutionary Art from that period … so now into that mode too …




Not much, if anything is known about the origins of the game … except its obviously been adapted over the years … it seems to have been around since the early 1900s …




Tibetans playing carrom in Delhi

Carrom, a table top game - very popular in the Indian sub-continent, appears to be favourite link … I know nothing about these sorts of games – except know that I've seen them being played in market squares, or local cafés ...



There are other names too … but I'll leave you to look at those … with modified rules for each country or game …



But as I look I spot a link across to an English-Russian Dictionary … to find out what 'slosh' means when translated … as shown above ...



Toad in the hole ... 

Now Toad-in-the-Hole takes me back to childhood days … an easy, cheap and satisfying supper that we had at home … always good and tasty – sausages in a batter mix … what's not to like?!



Taking me back to the previous post of 'my' little Desert Rain Frog … here's the differences between a frog and a toad …



Interesting to note the differences

So forgive these wanderings – I'm never sure what's going to happen … but I'll be back to a degree of normality in the coming days …




Russian mustard and 
horseradish sauce

How you get a game played with a cue be called 'slosh' I'll never know … let alone a sausage supper dish named from an amphibian, with a dash of Russian ( In Russian, mustard is called “gorchitsafrom the verb “gorit'” meaning to burn) or in Indian ( The mustard plant is called rai or raya in India) added here for 'good measure' …



Frog hopping happily

We continue to learn … enjoy the week ahead …



Toad in defensive stance

 
and thanks for tolerating these snippets …



Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

19 comments:

H.R. Sinclair said...

Interesting. Great names for stuff though, but Slosh is particularly peculiar.

hels said...

oh.. I am in love! Malevich, Brodsky, Chagall, Kandinsky.. who else do we share?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Holly - yes ... fun stories - but Slosh really triggered my imagination ... good to see you ...

@ Hels - all of them ... my talks are all about the art in Russian Revolutionary times ... covering the main Movements ... Suprematism, Constructivism, Socialist Realism ... The talks are general - covering the artists, photographers, sculptors, ceramics, posters etc etc ... But they are very general and overviews ... I am learning! I will do some posts anon ...

Cheers to you both - and thanks for being here - Hilary

Elephant's Child said...

I don't tolerate your snippets. I revel in them and the myriad of rabbit holes they entice me down...
Thank you.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
A lighthearted and entertaining selection for a Sunday evening - can't go wrong with that! YAM xx

Botanist said...

Hmmm, I remember Toad-in-the-hole from childhood days. Only ever had it a few times back then, but we made it a few years back. Have to give it another go. The batter mix is essentially Yorkshire Pudding mix - yum - and I can just see a can of baked beans going nicely with it :)

Anabel Marsh said...

“Slosh” to me is a terrible dance popular at some weddings!

Liz A. said...

When I see slosh, I think of liquid slipping over the side of a bowl. Words are weird. I do like random knowledge about things, so random tidbits works just fine as a blog post.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ EC - thanks ... I'm glad you're happy to come along with me down various rabbit holes ... I enjoy company!

@ Yam - yes ... light-hearted is the order of the day at the moment, and just glad it entertained.

@ Ian - yes ... as you say it is a Yorkshire pudding batter - probably emanating from the time Lent was followed ... in that all cream, butter etc had to be used up ... so a batter became pancakes or Yorkshire puddings, or when things became easier - sausages could be added. I love Toad in the Hole, but rarely have it ... though used to make it quite often. Enjoy - perhaps a colder night's supper dish.

@ Anabel - The Slosh - now you've introduced another popular family activity to the mix - albeit I see a somewhat drunken one. Thanks for the introduction to Glasgow's addition to the post ... !!

@ Liz - yes I think about dropping something into the dishwashing bowl, or slipping in the bath ... Etymology is really fascinating - such a long history for many words. Glad you enjoyed the post.

Thanks to you all - I'm happy to see I 'amused' you ... cheers from a damp Eastbourne - Hilary

Annalisa Crawford said...

I too have always wondered about the naming of toad-in-the-hole. Mostly while eating and enjoying it. It was definitely one of the staples in our house!

Jacqui Murray said...

I played a lot of Carroms growing up. It was not too big a game board and challenging enough for us three kids.

Russian--love that culture despite that it's a bit dark for my taste. Their literary icons were deep thinkers!

Joanne said...

The word slosh always makes me think of someone who's drunk. "They are sloshed". And often when it comes to games, I think drunk guys made up the rules. And perhaps that's how sausages accidentally got dumped (sloshed) into the breakfast mix. I do love your word plays and connections. Don't get too intellectual on us later!

Keith's Ramblings said...

You managed to turn that funny little word into something interesting, and you've given me an idea for my meal tonight! Well done and thank you!

Damyanti Biswas said...

What a fun and interesting selection :)

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Hi Hilary:
Just a quick note. We have been on vacation for a couple of weeks birding on PEI and on Grand Manan Island, in NB. It takes two days to drive home and we are at mid point now. I will comment again when I have returned home and settled in again! David

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Annalisa - I've no idea why it's called tooad in the hole ... it might be that toads wait in their burrows for their prey - keeping a look out ... rather like the sausage above the batter. The recipe has been around since the 1700s ... yes a staple meal I'd call it that too ...

@ Jacqui - oh how interesting you played carrom - I don't think I'd come across it before and certainly not the game.

Re the Russian Revolutionary Art - it's teaching me a great deal ... I need to read more of their works and I have some here - to read at some stage ...

@ Joanne - yes slosh for sloshed drunk ... I'd forgotten that - I was more thinking about the tidal wave in the bath if someone missed their footing! Who knows - drunk or on some early drug - they had plenty of time to sit around devising them.

I guess your breakfast mention refers to batter and pancake style mix ... interesting how many associations there are - in various languages and cultures.

I'm sure I won't get too intellectual on you - it gets too much for me sometimes and I have to make life easy for myself ... and any readers ...

@ Keith - thank you ... it just stood up and said 'I need you to write about me' - so many interesting links over centuries and cultures ... Excellent - hope you enjoyed your toad in the hole.

@ Damyanti - certainly amusing us all - thank you ...

@ David - no worries - always good to see you. Oh excellent - we'll be having some delightful tales and beautiful views of so much - to be found on the islands and plenty of birds.

Cheers - and thanks to you all for being 'bemused' by slosh ... we are now sloshing around here, it is tipping it down - so much for sunny Eastbourne! Hilary

Sandra Cox said...

Athletic body for the description of a frog. Heh.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Slosh to me evokes images of children sloshing through pools of water, that irresistible magnet for a child. But slosh rhymes with nosh, doesn't it, and toad-in-the-hole seems about as appealing and comfortable as sloshing! The arteries might complain, but once in a while it can't be bad. A friend of mine, who enjoys a wee nip of single malt whiskey on as regular a basis as he can get it, had a wonderful line recently, when the news was commenting on the health disadvantage of drinking (even red wine is no longer recommended any more); he said, as he raised his glass, "So we die!" And so shall we all!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Sandra - yes ... athletic jumper, that's for sure - Mr Frog is!

@ David - thanks for coming back ... sloshing about in puddles ... as little Lily does - I note. Nosh with a supper dish of toad-in-the hole is good occasionally.

Your friend has the right attitude to life ... a little of what you like/fancy can't really do you any harm - as we all inch closer to our end date - whenever that might be.

For now I'm alive and enjoying our summer light and no doubt some warmer days shortly ...

Sounds like your birding trip is being fun - I'm looking forward to seeing more pics etc ...

Cheers to you both - Hilary