Friday, March 6, 2015

A Landscape Photo Series



I always enjoy #frifotos each week on twitter this week's theme is landscapes so I thought I would share a few. I adore being outdoors and exploring new area's landscapes, coastlines, orchards, farms and nature. Nature and its wonder is truly one of lives gifts. 

The above picture is Iceland. I Have fond memories of this Island its rich geography and friendly people. Every country has unique landscapes and regions to explore with local people and their stories to tell. Special weather and plants, cuisine and things we can learn. 

There is beauty everywhere when we look for it even in the roads surrounding the area where you live, neighboring counties places to be discovered. 


 La Jolla Southern California 

 A farm in Northern Jamaica 

 Lomond hill Fife, Scotland 

 An apple orchard, Pinnacle North Carolina 



The beautiful coastline of Turks and Caicos 

 An orange grove Redlands, California 


 The beautiful Iron bridge Shropshire England 


 Looking out to Holy Isle from the Isle of Arran Scotland 




Linville falls, The blue ridge mountains in North Carolina 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Grapefruit Cake



We love simple cakes that are light and not overly sweet. Citrus always works well in cake, its refreshing and always on hand at our house. There are also so many lovely varieties this time of year you could really get creative, try Meyer lemon, cara cara oranges, honeybell's and even satsuma. 

 Grapefruit works so well in this cake its easy to make and is a lovely treat with an afternoon cup of tea. 




Ingredients:


  • 4oz sugar
  • 4oz butter 
  • 6oz self raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • grated rind of 1 red grapefruit 
  • a little powdered sugar to finish 
  • 2 small eggs 


Method:


  1. cream the sugar and butter until fluffy then slowly add the eggs and flour
  2. add the grapefruit rind and the milk
  3. bake at 350 for 20-30 until golden in a medium loaf pan
  4. sprinkle with powdered sugar 
  5. enjoy with a cuppa 


Hope your having a good start to the week, our daughter was sick over the weekend better now so happy.  School re opened after being closed last week due to snow and ice and I see little daffodils coming up and buds on the trees. I just adore seasons and the joy each one brings, spring is on the way.

the promise of spring 



lenten rose 


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Doro Wot (Ethiopian Chicken Stew)


One of our favorite things to do is try new foods and expose the kids to new food cultures and flavors. We recently ate at an Ethiopian restaurant in Greensboro NC and really enjoyed it the kids particularly liked the chicken stew. So I re created it and have made it a few times since.


Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of  butter 
1 tbsp. minced  fresh ginger
1/2 red onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced 
3 tbsp. Berbere an Ethiopian spice blend I found some at whole foods 
1 can of diced tomatoes 
8 chicken drumsticks
salt and freshly ground black pepper  to taste
5 hard-boiled eggs

Method:

  1. heat the butter with the ginger, garlic and onions until soft for about 15 minutes
  2. then add the can of tomatoes and blend to get a nice sauce 
  3. add the berbere and simmer for a few minutes 
  4. then add the chicken and cover, simmer for 20-30 minutes until cooked
  5. meanwhile boil the eggs and peel them
  6. add the eggs to the stew season with salt and pepper 
  7. and serve with rice  


Stew's are wonderful in the winter and make great leftovers we just returned from a weekend trip to Washington DC to visit family. It was so cold but we still enjoyed the National Museum of Natural Science and seeing a frozen potomac and monuments. If its cold in your neck of the woods stay warm and know that spring will come :-) 





If your in Greensboro be sure to check out Taste of Ethiopia 


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Chocolate Cherry Mice



























One of my sweet facebook friends Kathy posted a picture of these cute little mice, that she made with her Grandchildren. I asked her how she made them knowing that my two darlings would really enjoy making them. Kathy is one of the lovely people I have met through the blogs facebook page she's an inspiring upbeat and hard working lady, who lives on a farm in Kentucky. She did a guest post for Chow and Chatter once about it, its fun at times to do this and share non bloggers stories.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rice and Peas in Coconut milk




On our recent trip to Turks and Caicos I was keen to pick up a local recipe. We found most of the food in the restaurants geared towards tourists and very American in style and had to really ask around for local food. But if you really look all countries have local food cultures and dishes locals are proud of. One of these is rice and peas, you will find this recipe throughout the Caribbean I have made the Puerto Rican version Arroz con granules

The peas aren't really peas as we know them but pigeon peas or toor dal to Indian's in Indian cuisine these are dried and commonly used to make dal. 

In the Caribbean you typically find them in cans and they often even have a recipe on the back. 

This version is cooked in coconut milk and has a lovely rich tropical flavor to it. I got the recipe from a cashier in a small local grocery store. Seafood is abundant on the island so fresh fish would often be eaten with rice and peas.

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