“It’s not easy being green.”
Green characters do not have it easy, you are either pure evil (Godzilla, Grinch, Poison Ivy, Wicked Witch) or a hero (Green Hornet, Ninja Turtle, Shrek, Yoda). It’s as if there is something about green blood that makes creatures a little bit crazy.
The most well rounded green character of all, is Kermit the Frog. He tries to be the best he can be, but managing a bunch of insane muppets is never easy and he occasionally loses his cool. On top of this, he has a complicated relationship with a diva and man-eater – Miss Piggy. Growing up I always loved Kermit’s ability to display a range of emotions on his little felty green face.
The Muppets and Sesame Street filled my head with bonkers songs. Telephone Rock, Chickens in the Tree, Rubber Duckie, the Chicken’s version of Forget You, and the one and only, the classic, Manah Manah. One Saturday afternoon, my other half and I had an argument about the exact words to the Manah Manah song. I was convinced that the words were ‘Phenomenon…do do do do do.’
After a bit of research I discovered that the original was not in fact composed by the Muppets, but actually by an Italian, Piero Umiliani. His original lyrics were – Ma Nah, Ma Nah and featured as the soundtrack to some rather dodgy Swedish movies.
For those who don’t know this famous song, these are the lyrics:
Do doo be-do-do
Do do-do do
Do doo be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do-doodle do do do-doo do!
But, while the words may have originally been Mahnah Mahnah, in a sketch with Kermit and Sandra Bullock, Kermit apparently tells the doctor of this affliction he has whenever he says the word “PHENOMENON”. I think after watching this clip – you’ll agree that this version is far superior!
So – other half – I think we can safely say that we were both right.
To read the full history of the Mahna Mahna song visit wikipedia here.
This week’s recipe needed to be healthy and GREEN.
Kermit Lime Pies
(Makes two 12cm mini pies)
I first had key lime pie, in the Florida Keys in a little shack on the side of the road, just round the corner from Ernest Hemmingway’s house. Its so tart and delicious, but very very decadent. So here’s a healthier version made with avocados.
For the nutty crust
50g roasted hazelnuts
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2tbsp melted coconut oil
pinch of salt
1. Blend all the ingredients together.
2. Press the mixture into pastry cases and leave to chill in the fridge for an hour.
juice and zest of 1/2 limes
1/2 lemon juice
2 tbsps melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp xylitol
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
2. Blend till smooth
3. Taste to see if it meets the required tartness or sweetness.
Bright pink snowth jelly beans
100ml double cream whipped with 3 strawberries
And try it with raspberries too!