Friday, November 29, 2013

Sakha Cuisine

Bolot Bochkarev
I have followed Bolot on twitter now for a few years , I enjoy learning about life in Yakutia Siberia. The pretty countryside, the cold climate, the smiles of the kids in the city, and the day to day life. Bolot is a journalist and loves sharing the stories of his people. I have asked him a few times for a food post and here it is. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Slow Down...

Slow down...

Slow down embrace the warmth of a sunrise as it beckons in a new day of possibilities 

Slow down to really listen to what your darling child is telling you as you can't afford to miss something great 

Slow down to savor the meal in front of you and the gift of nourishment for your body

Slow down and make time to catch up with a friend there may be hearts to mend 

Slow down to really read social media updates listen to when someone is unwell or not feeling swell

Slow down to see the glory of the seasons and natures radiance 

Slow down don't get trapped by being "busy" even the bees know when to rest 

Slow down enjoy the colors and magic of the sunset pause and be thankful knowing that God will always take the time to listen and just be
taken the other evening by the Yadkin river I took the kids to watch the sunset 

Slow down breath listen to the birds, smell the fall leaves, spring flowers, fresh tomatoes 
Slow down .... 

by Rebecca 

Have a lovely weekend all and hope you get chance to slow down 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Raspberry and Chocolate Dutch Pancakes

These dutch pancakes, also called pop overs or to this Brit sweet Yorkshire pudding make a wonderful brunch. Great for sharing and eagerly digging into as it comes out of the oven with a cup of coffee.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Spicy Sauteed Butternut Squash

This is a fun way to prepare butternut squash or any pumpkin with an Indian twist. You simply roast it first dice and saute. I have been having fun creating new recipes with them I recently added to cous cous  I have also made a barley salad with it and stay tuned for a spicy pumpkin soup. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bonfire Toffee

One of the things I miss most about the UK is Bonfire night on November the 5th it celebrates the foiled plot of Gawy Folkes and colleagues and their attempt to destroy the houses of parliment with gun powder. Towns and cities will host bonfires, where a big fire is lit in a field or park and dummies of Gawy falkes thrown on it. After there will be a big firework display. This toffee is one of the traditional treats that folks eat on bonfire night, its made with black treacle or molasses. 


I only made a little mostly for the nostalgia and to share with the kids 
  • 100 g sugar 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup (can be found in some grocery stores in the baking section)
  • one tablespoon butter

  1. melt the butter
  2. add the syrups and the sugar 
  3. allow it to boil for about 10 minutes, test how done it is by dropping a little into cold water it should be hard

  1. add to a cookie sheet lined with baking paper
  2. allow to cool
  3. now the fun part, when cool break with a hammer, see the clip below ;-) 

of course we had to play with the sparklers -

Hope you enjoyed a little bit of British food culture, have you ever attended a bonfire night?

The following pictures are from Phillip of @LoveBattersea1 a fun twitter account from a cool neighbourhood in London, this was a bonfire and firework display there ;-) this Saturday.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mushroom and Bok Choy Soup

I simply adore this time of year as the leaves change I have been taking pictures like crazy :-) and even our daughter asked to have her picture taken under a pretty fall tree. The vibrant colors bring a smile to our faces in fact over the last few years I have been making a conscious effort to focus on natures beauty, embrace it and savor each magical moment. The sunrises, sunsets, blossoms, vegetables growing in the garden, flowers and change of seasons. This practice really brings happiness and marvel at the world. 

The little things are what life is all about, sipping tea on a cool day, cherishing the laughter of our kids, family and friends and being thankful. 

As the seasons cool in this part of the world, soups and stews are wonderful here's a quick and healthy soup I made recently. The bok choy was sitting in the fridge and I thought why not add for flavor and of course extra nutrition. 


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