Monday, March 16, 2015

Pav Bhaji


We are blessed to have some lovely Indian friends here they really enjoy introducing us to North Indian street food. One of these dishes was Pav Bhaji its a simple Vegetable curry that is eaten with a warm buttered bread roll. Its great to make a big pot of this and have as a fun alternative to sandwiches for lunch.

This dish also reminds me of my sweet sister in law as its a favorite of hers love the power food has to connect us all. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Old German Baptist Brethren Church


I love driving along country roads and exploring and I stumbled on this old church on a Clemmons back road, I knew it was old so I jotted down the address and googled it. It has recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. 

The church was built in 1860 a small brethren church that has been in use until 1999, when the last two families left. The church, originally known as Fraternity Church of the Brethren, was established in 1775. 

You can imagine the simple lifestyle these German immigrants had, likely farmers.  There is an old abandoned house at the end of this road I wonder if it was built around the same time.

 There is history and stories to learn all around. Sometimes its fun to take a moment and discover your area. 

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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