Thursday, 29 September 2016

What trees could tell us if they could talk...

Need Some Inspiration? Try Mexican Food!

New Mexico RedChile Enchiladas

Food on Friday: Mexican Food  resulted in a nice and spicy collection!  To see all the dishes at a glance I suggest you head over to this Pinboard. I have selected a few to inspire you today.

The pic at the top is from MJs Kitchen New Mexico RedChile Enchiladas

And how about these Healthy Veggie Tacos by Health Nut Hayley

I'm going to try this  Mexican 7 Layer Dip by The Midnight Baker

Chile Poblano with Pumpkin Mole by Cooking on the Ranch

Authentic Mexican Rice by Big Rigs n' Li'l Cookies

And finishing on a sweet note, here are Fried Ice Cream Bars by Cooking with Carlee

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson

There is one thing about Chateau of Secrets that would normally put me right off reading it – it moves between 2 time periods.  But I am glad that Barbara from Stray Thoughts linked her review of it in to Books You Loved.

What I liked:

·         The setting for most of the book is in Normandy near St-Lo – a lovely part of the world
·         Both story lines were interesting and sufficieintly interrelated
·         The impact of the German occupation on France is dealt with well.
·         The book is very readable – clear simple prose, not heavily laden with description

Overall, the book was very convincing – the only slightly jarring detail was when one of the contemporary people went to eat at a small local bistro and were brought San Pellegrino water!  Italian water in France, Sacré Bleu!