Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jamaican Steamed Fish

On one of our last days in Jamaica we ate at a small beach restaurant and I ate a dish they called steamed fish, it was delicious I promptly went over to the cook and asked how she cooked it. Its a simple recipe, I used fish seasoning from Jamaica but I am tempted to make my own as it was over salty to me. So lets taste the Caribbean :-) 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Horne Creek Farm, Pinnacle NC

We visited this delightful historic farm last weekend, it's in Pinnacle North Carolina very close to Pilot Mountain and makes a great day trip from the Triad. The house was built in the late 1800's and it is now a museum show casing life on a farm in the 1900's this is a true gem of a place. 
It's surrounded by rolling hills and the house is beautifully kept up with volunteers dressed in period clothes. They also have a visitor center and special days in the fall corn shucking and apple picking is popular. They have a horticulture expert on staff who manages a heritage apple orchard. 
The kids got to help make apple pies and shuck corn, there were also period games in the yard and a few farm animals. 

The old well and herbs drying 

a barn the farm would have grown and dried a lot of tobacco which still remains a big crop in North Carolina (I personally hope it changes ha)

lovely lady frying apple pies, sadly due to health and safety we weren't allow to sample them 

one of the bedrooms 

the kids loved shucking the corn and the wee man apparently wants a corn shucker as a toy ha 

cute donkey 

pilot mountain

I highly recommend a trip to visit Horne Creek and you can also see pilot mountain, a wonderful mountain with great hiking.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

I have published this before, but couldn't resist making and sharing it again as its a wonderful seasonal recipe. I Love cooking Rhubarb down with strawberries and a little sugar making a crumble or using the compote on oatmeal or with yogurt for breakfast or a snack. Rhubarb is popular in the UK and my Dad has a plant in Scotland we used to snack on it from the garden as kids dipped in sugar remember not to eat the leaves as they are poisonous. It grows in the northern states of America and its often called pie fruit as its popular in pies ;-) I have also come across recipes for a ketchup which looks fab the tartness would work so well. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Badung Food Market, Bali

I simply adore food markets and its one of the joys of travel as a foodie, I will often look them up before going somewhere and ask locals the day they have them to try and visit one. Its a great insight into local cuisine and the day to day heartbeat of a city. I have been tweeting with Helen now for a few years she's a fellow Brit and a dietitian living in Bali always fun to chat with and supportive of other's she blogs at Food and Nonsense . I asked her to take us with her to a local market in Bali so lets go - 

Hi I’m Helen, I'm a UK Dietitian currently enjoying a career break with my husband in Bali.  Like most dietitians, I LOVE food, so when Rebecca asked me to share a photo journal of a food market over here, I jumped at the chance to share a little bit of Balinese culture (and eat a lot of food, obviously).

  Armed with my best Indonesian buddy, a camera and a few handy phrases (bisa saya photo?!) I went in search of food and photos - I hope you enjoy! :)

Balinese Food Markets - A Photo Journal

Despite light speed development over the past 10 years, many of the Balinese choose to shun the shiny new supermarkets that are popping up, in favour of a more traditional way of food shopping - the food market. 

It’s easy to miss this staple of Bali life as markets come to life before dawn, overflowing with fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and flowers for ceremonial offerings, and are mostly over before 10am

Nestled amongst new hotels and developments they are a shining example of one of the traditional ways of Bali life you can still find sitting just below Bali’s new western world veneer.

Here’s a peak inside the Badung market, Bali’s biggest and oldest food market in Bali’s capital, Denpassar.

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If you would like to give us a tour of your favorite food market simply drop me a line ;-) 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

John Blue House

On our way down to the coast this weekend, we made a quick stop in Laurinburg North Carolina in Scotland county. It was here we spotted a sign for The John Blue House  a historic home built in 1891. It's a beautiful old home, with lovely grounds set in a pecan grove. It is open year round and makes a delightful spot for a picnic and stop off highway 74. The house was built as a family home after the civil war. The owner John Blue was a cotton farmer and blacksmith who invented useful tools for the cotton industry. You can see an old cotton press and other items on the land also some old cabins dating back to 1820. We stopped in the evening when the museum was closed but would love to return. Here are a few pictures to enjoy and if your ever driving this way be sure to take a look, and have a few moments swinging on the porch :-) 

one of the many doors with stained glass

enjoying one of the rocking chairs 

one the the pecan trees, America's native nut

in the back you can see the cotton press 

every home needs a veggie garden :-) 

an old grape vine 

across the street was an old train and rail tracks. I would assume to distribute the cotton

If you see a sign for a historic property do you take a detour to check it out? I will certainly be doing this more ;-) 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Beetroot Pesto with Gnocchi

I had some beetroot that needed using and trying hard to minimize food waste :-) I love roasted vegetables so figured why not roast some beetroot and make a pesto with it. I often have a package of gnocchi on hand for a speedy meal so this was really easy to put together. I loved the color and spring like flavor of this. Beetroots are an excellent source of folate and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. Don't forget to use the greens high in calcium, iron and vitamin C they can be cooked and enjoyed in the same way as spinach.


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