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Pea Green Cafe & Supper Solutions Specials, and a warning about blackberries.

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What a lovely sunny October we’re having. The mild weather seems to have delayed the typical colour changes we see at this time of year, the leaves are dropping from the trees but not in the usual rich autumn colours I think. It’s still mild enough to sit outside and enjoy some refreshments by the river, and if we see a change in the coming days we have our inside areas to accommodate you. Individually distinctive yet instantly familiar specials on offer today, see below for menu.

I hope you’ve all picked your blackberries for this year. Folklore in the British Isles suggests that Michaelmas day is the last day that blackberries can be picked. It is said that when St Michael expelled Lucifer, the devil, from heaven, he fell from the skies and landed in a prickly blackberry bush. Satan cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, stamped, spat and urinated on them, so that they would be unfit for eating. As it is considered ill-advised to eat them after 11 October (Old Michaelmas Day according to the Julian Calendar), a Michaelmas pie is made from the last of the season.

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Specials from Pea Green Cafe and Supper Solutions.

Hello,
Specials this week on the menu below. Some tantalizingly tasty and delicious meals for you this week. Available to eat in the cafe for lunch or as a home delivery for supper. If you wish to come to the cafe we have The Red Room available for reservations phone 07983 941 856 to secure your space. We can assure you of a warm welcome, even in the colder weather!

In 1936 on this day 5th October: The Jarrow March, also known as the Jarrow Crusade,was an organised protest against the unemployment and poverty suffered in the English town of Jarrow during the 1930s. Around 200 men (or “Crusaders” as they preferred to be referred to) marched from Jarrow to London, carrying a petition to the British government requesting the re-establishment of industry in the town following the closure in 1934 of its main employer, Palmer’s shipyard. The petition was received by the House of Commons but not debated, and the march produced few immediate results. The Jarrovians went home believing that they had failed.
Despite the initial sense of failure among the marchers, in subsequent years, the Jarrow March became recognised by historians as a defining event of the 1930s. It helped to foster the change in attitudes which prepared the way to social reform measures after the Second World War, which their proponents thought would improve working conditions. The town holds numerous memorials to the march. Re-enactments celebrated the 50th and 75th anniversaries, in both cases invoking the “spirit of Jarrow” in their campaigns against unemployment.

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Pea Green Café &
Supper Solutions Specials

Main course £7.50 + Pudding £9.95

Prepared and cooked on site using fresh food.  Vegetarian options always available.

Soup of the day

Wholesome, fresh and delicious smooth vegan soup. Served with a slice of local baker’s bread & butter (or olive spread).

Rabbit Fricassee

Local rabbit cooked in a delicious creamy sauce served with mashed potatoes.

Mushroom Stroganoff

Fresh mushrooms cooked in a tasty tangy creamy sauce, served with rice. VEGAN (contains nuts)

Bread pudding Classic midlands recipe with dark sugar, spices, served warm with custard.

Chocolate Fudge Cake With whipped cream or with ice cream + £1.50

Treacle Tart served with vanilla custard. Or with ice cream +£1.50

Ice Cream 2 Scoops of delicious dairy ice cream. (vanilla, strawberry, salted caramel, white chocolate & raspberry)  
Waffle
Warm waffle with maple syrup and a scoop of dairy ice cream

Specials: Pea Green Cafe & Supper Solutions

Something of a change in the weather for the coming week, our Indian summer seems to be over and replaced with a wet spell. If you’re planning to come to the riverside cafe do remember we have tables inside as well. Booking recommended (phone: 07983 941 856). A couple of delectable specials to excite your taste buds today. See menu below for details. A delicious new recipe for the vegetable lasagne means apart from the cheese it is a vegan dish. Soup is butternut squash & white bean, a smooth soup that IS totally vegan. Available for lunch in the cafe or for home delivery as an evening meal.

On this day in 199 years ago the translation of the Rosetta stone was first announced, and so the first translation of hieroglyphs in the modern world.  The Egyptian stone stele is famous for being inscribed with three versions of a decree in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. This allowed Egyptian hieroglyphics to be deciphered for the first time, by Jean-François Champollion in 1803. Originally inscribed in 196 BC to mark the establishment of a divine cult for the Hellenistic ruler Ptolemy V. Rediscovered in 1799 near the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in Egypt, it was the first bilingual hieroglyphic text to be discovered. It now resides in the British Museum in London. Champollion identified the phonetic characters k l e o p a t r a. On the basis of this and the foreign names on the Rosetta Stone, he quickly constructed an alphabet of phonetic hieroglyphic characters, completing his work on 14 September and announcing it publicly on 27 September 1822 in a lecture.

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Supper Solutions and Pea Green Cafe Specials

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Some favourite classics from our repertoire on the special  menu this week. Instantly familiar and individually distinctive dishes on the menu below. These are available for lunch in the cafe or take away. OR for home delivery in the evening.

Today 21st september marks the 84th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein. Apparently he came across a blank sheet of paper in a pile of exams he was marking. Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, and would mark School Certificate exams in the summers to add to his salary. In a letter to WH Auden, he wrote: “All I remember about the start of The Hobbit is sitting correcting School Certificate papers in the everlasting weariness of that annual task forced on impecunious academics with children. On the blank leaf I scrawled: ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’ I did not and do not know why.”

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Pea Green Cafe & Supper Solutions specials. And a riot about hats.

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To tantalise and excite your taste buds, and to sate your appetites this week we bring you two delicious hand made meals. See below for details. We are serving these in the cafe for lunch from 12 to 2 PM, or to deliver to you at home for an evening meal.  We open the cafe Tuesday to Saturday and serve breakfasts until 11.30AM, delicious hot & cold drinks, fresh pastries and cakes are available throughout the day.

While looking at past events on this day through history the following item about hats 99 years ago caught my eye as being… Well, odd!

The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 was a riot that occurred in New York City. Originating as a series of minor riots, it spread due to men wearing straw hats past the unofficial date that was deemed socially acceptable, September 15. It lasted eight days, leading to many arrests and some injuries.

Straw hats had appeared in the 19th century as summertime wear. Initially it was not considered good form for men to wear these in big cities. By the early 20th century, straw boaters were considered acceptable day attire in North American cities at the height of summer even for businessmen, but there was an unwritten rule that one was not supposed to wear a straw hat past September 15 (which was known as “Felt Hat Day”
It was socially acceptable for stockbrokers to destroy each other’s hats, due to the fact that they were “companions”, but it was not acceptable for total strangers. If any man was seen wearing a straw hat, he was, at minimum, subjecting himself to ridicule, and it was a tradition for youths to knock straw hats off of wearers’ heads and stomp on them. This tradition became well established, and newspapers of the day would often warn people of the impending approach of the fifteenth, when men would have to switch to felt or silk hats. Hat bashing was only socially acceptable after September 15, but there were multiple occasions leading up to this date where the police had to intervene and stop teenagers. 
The riot itself began on September 13, 1922, two days before the supposed unspoken date, when a group of youths decided to get an early jump on the tradition. The more innocuous stomping turned into a brawl when the youths tried to stomp a group of dock workers’ hats, and the dock workers fought back. The brawl soon stopped traffic on the Manhattan Bridge and was eventually broken up by police, leading to some arrests.
Although the initial brawl was broken up by police, the fights continued to escalate the next evening. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted. Several men were hospitalized from the beatings they received after resisting having their hats taken, and many arrests were made. Police were slow to respond to the riots, although several off-duty police officers found themselves caught up in the brawl when rioters attempted to snatch their hats”

Wikipedia

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Pea Green Cafe, Supper Solutions Specials

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Please see below for details of our mouth watering specials for today. We can serve these to you at home for lunch or supper, alternatively in the cafe or the riverside terrace for lunch. We open Tuesday through to Saturday and serve breakfasts until 11.30 AM. Lunch is available from mid day, and we recommend you contact us first to book a table. With a very busy Ludlow weekend coming up for the food festival remember the peace and tranquility of our riverside location offers a chance to get away from the hurly burly of the town centre.

It seems like we’re in for a bit of an Indian Summer, the next couple of days at least. I was wondering how it was described in other cultures/languages. A quick wikipedia search showed me these variations:

“Similar weather conditions, with local variations also exist. A warm period in autumn is called “Altweibersommer” (“old women’s summer”) in Germany, and in a number of Slavic-language countries. In Bulgaria and Serbia, it is known as “gypsy summer” or “poor man’s summer”. In Sweden, there’s “Brittsommar” (out of “Birgitta” and “Britta”, having their name days around the time, October 7). In Finland, the period is today called “intiaanikesä”, a direct translation, but historically a warm period in autumn was named after Bartholomew, his saint day being in late August. In Gaelic Ireland, the phenomenon is called “fómhar beag na ngéanna” (little autumn of the geese).In temperate parts of South America the phenomenon is known as “Veranico”, “Veranito” or “Veranillo” (literally, “little summer”), and usually occurs in early autumn between late April and mid-May, when it is known as “Veranico de Maio” (“May’s little summer”) or as “Veranito de San Juan” (“Saint John’s little summer”)

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Pea Green Cafe and Supper Solutions Specials

Super tasty specials from our kitchen this week see below for details. We’re open each morning (Tuesday to Saturday) and serve a range of breakfasts until 11.30. Lunch is from 12noon to 2PM in the cafe, and delivery for lunch or supper each day too. In between times we serve a great range of hot and cold drinks, fresh baked pastries and delicious cakes. We serve our guests in our riverside garden and terrace that provide a wonderful and tranquil setting to relax in, with a unique perspective on the river Teme. If the weather takes a turn for the worse we have indoor tables in both the cafe or The Red Room, booking is advisable.

New arrival this week. I’ve just served some coffee outside on the riverside garden and the customers reported seeing a baby heron. It’s been a few years since I’ve spotted one of those here. We used to have a regular local heron about 10 years ago, it would be nice to have one regularly visiting again. The customer’s told me they also caught sight of the kingfisher 3 times. The diversity of wildlife that can be seen here is wonderful, it was about this time last year that we had regular visits from a female otter and her cubs. With autumn coming on and the trees already beginning to turn, the ever changing backdrop is well worth a visit to view.

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Supper Solutions Specials from Pea Green Cafe, and the coldest sunniest place on earth.

Oodles of noodles for today’s specials, see below for details. We’re open each morning (Tuesday to Saturday) and serve a range of breakfasts until 11.30. Lunch is from 12noon to 2PM in the cafe, and delivery for lunch or supper each day too. In between times we serve a great range of hot and cold drinks, fresh baked pastries and delicious cakes. We serve our guests in our riverside garden and terrace that provide a wonderful and tranquil setting to relax in, with a unique perspective on the river Teme. If the weather takes a turn for the worse we have indoor tables in both the cafe or The Red Room, booking is advisable.

Here’s something to think about if you’re finding the August heat oppressive. August 24th is the 51st anniversary of the lowest reliably recorded temperature on earth. The Russian weather station Vostock in Antarctica recorded -88.3 degrees C in 1960. Lower temperatures occurred higher up towards the summit of the ice sheet as temperature decreases with height along the surface. Interestingly it is also one of the sunniest places on Earth, despite having no sunshine at all between May and August; there are more hours of sunshine per year than even the sunniest places in South Africa, Australia and the Arabian Peninsula. Vostok has the highest sunshine total for any calendar month on Earth, at an average of 708.8 hours of sunshine in December, or 22.9 hours daily. It also has the lowest sunshine for any calendar month, with an absolute maximum of 0 hours of sunshine per month during polar night.

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Pea Green Cafe Supper Solutions Specials, and a message across the atlantic

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As we move into the second half of August we present for you a selection of superb dishes by way of our special menu, see below for details. Available either for home delivery lunch or supper. Or to eat in the cafe or on our riverside terrace for lunch, a very special tranquil setting away from the hurly burly and crowds of the town centre

So looking back through history I found that 16th August is the 163rd anniversary of the first transatlantic telegraph message. The second message was from Queen Victoria to the President of America. The queen’s message was 98 words and apparently took 16 hours to send! The cable was beset with problems and only functioned for 3 weeks, a replacement was laid in1865.

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Supper Solutions Specials from Pea Green Cafe

Delicious delightful delectable offerings for this weeks Pea Green Cafe and Supper solutions delivery specials. See menu below. Available to eat in the cafe for lunch. Or at your home delivered for lunch or supper. We open Tuesday to Saturday and serve breakfast until 11.30 AM. Lunch is servde from 12noon to 2pm.

Looking through historical events on this day, I found that on the 9th August 1173 the foundations of the leaning tower of Pisa were laid. The construction began to sink as the 3rd floor was built, due to the 3 metre foundations being laid in weak unstable subsoil. Construction was subsequently halted for almost a century, as the Republic of Pisa was almost continually engaged in battles with Genoa, Lucca, and Florence. This allowed time for the underlying soil to settle. Otherwise, the tower would almost certainly have toppled . Construction restarted in 1264. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, the engineers built upper floors with one side taller than the other. Because of this, the tower is curved. The seventh floor was completed in 1319. The bell-chamber was finally added in 1372, one hundred and ninety nine years after the foundations

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