Monday, August 18, 2014

Market Brunch



On a recent trip to the North Carolina mountains we ate at The Fork and Spoon a fab restaurant in Spruce pine. I ate the first evening with my friends and the second day I took hubby and the kids there for brunch, hubby still mentions how good the food was. I had an open sandwich with pulled pork seasonal vegetables and an egg. Fun modern Southern this was a brunch I made inspired by that. I used lovely bacon from the farmers market but it would be just as good without it.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lemon Rice




I made this lovely rice dish recently its popular in South India and my hubby loves it, such a fun way to add some pizazz to rice. Its great eaten with dal, spicy fried potatoes and yogurt.

Diggs Latham School Garden




Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • dash of sesame oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 -4 tablespoon of cashew nuts 
  • pinch of aestofida
  • 1/4 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 green chilies 


Method: 


  1. cook the rice and keep to one side 
  2. squeeze and get the juice of one lemon
  3. heat oil and pop mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, turmeric and aestofida and cashew nuts
  4. add the rice and mix in the lemon juice and salt to taste 




I have started to volunteer in gardens over the last couple of weeks after becoming a master gardener so much fun but also hard work, but helping in the community is so rewarding also took the kids with me, they enjoyed picking purple hull peas at a Diggs Latham school garden. The lady who runs the garden also a master gardener and community garden mentor Irma Jackson is an inspiration.



We are going to see family in the UK next week I can't wait its been over a year the longest time I haven't seen my family. Will share pictures on the facebook page and twitter and also vine some videos if your curious about the sights, sounds and food of England and Scotland.


Much love ....

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cape Cod Photo Series


We recently returned from a trip to Cape Cod, its a lovely part of America rich in history and a great summer destination. It almost feels like you are stepping back in time, you will find pretty towns to stroll around with art galleries and good seafood, lovely gardens and beaches. We stayed in Brewster in the Middle of the Cape and drove to Wellfleet a delightful little town, then returned via Eastham and saw the National seashore the beaches in this National park are stunning they go on for miles and wilder than the other side of the cape. There have been a few sightings of great white sharks recently. The weather is great this time of year like a perfect English summers day. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tips for Growing Tomatoes






I thought I would share a few gardening tip blog posts, I am a newly certified master gardener and a very newbie gardener. I am about to embark on a fun learning and volunteer journey in local gardens.   I really want to help in school and community gardens as I adore the link between health and vegetable gardening and inspiring kids to know how food is grown and to experience the joy of tasting food they have grown. My gardening journey was inspired by my wonderful Granddad my hero one of the best people I have ever meet. He passed away last year and I miss him dearly but this keeps his memory alive and shares him with the kids :-)


I have learnt a few tips for tomatoes from trial and error and am still learning here are some pointers:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coffee Milk


When I was in Boston my friend Jennifer who I meet on vine :-) mentioned a drink they have there called coffee milk. Its a syrup they add to milk and drink it like chocolate milk. In fact did you know that this is Rhode Island's state drink it goes back to the 1930's and it can be found ready made in grocery stores next to milk. I asked around on my last day in Boston and no one had heard of it. I then added on the blogs facebook page and had a lovely discussion with folks, Amy shared a recipe. So I figured rather than buy it why not make a little to try. I actually boiled the sugar and milk a little too long so got a coffee toffee :-) I used a little as garnish. It's a fun drink and reminds me of camp coffee a British coffee syrup. This is similar in taste but has chicory in it. My Grandma would add to cakes and icing. 


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brewed coffee
  • one cup of sugar 
  • one cup of milk 
Method

  1. brew the coffee 
  2. then add to a pan with the sugar and let it reduce down about 20 min, be careful not to boil too long like I did as it turns into toffee 
  3. add a little about a teaspoon to milk and stir, the rest can be kept in the fridge for a few days




My hubby thinks I am crazy walking around Boston asking for this then returning home to make it but thats the magic of food blogging to me, finding regional foods and learning food history and culture and sharing it :-)


In other news I passed my gardening exam and am now a Master Gardener super excited to start volunteering in community gardens. My kids love our wee garden and I hope at times to take the kids with me when I volunteer great life lessons.



Have you ever had coffee milk?



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