Thursday, 8 October 2015

Good advice (ironic!) for everyone - especially men!

Need Some Inspiration? Try Essentially Raw Treats!

Chocolate Chip Filled Raspberries

Food on Friday:  Essentially Raw Treats was a bit of a revelation.  I have chosen a few treats to inspire you today.  If you would like to check all of the treats out at a glance,  just head on over to this Pinboard

I Sing in the Kitchen brought over these superb Chocolate Chip Filled Raspberries

And how about these Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups by More Stomach!

Fresh Cucumber Salad by Sid's Sea Palm Cooking

Love Heart Melon Bouquet  by Gormandize – fabulous!

Pea, Mint & Chilli Dip by Jenny Eatwell's Rhubarb & Ginger

Iced Cream Cheese by Favourite Old English Recipes From Your Childhood

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Books You Loved: October Edition

It's the first Wednesday in the month again.  So, it's Books You Loved time.

Books You Loved: September was another great collection.  Some reviews that caught my eye were:

Tracey of Carpe Librum linked in The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory.  She said 'The Taming of the Queen is expertly written and easily one of my favourite books of the year.' I agree – a fabulously interesting book about the marriage of Katherine Parr and Henry VIII.

Bermuda Onion's Weblog brought over Kitchens of the Great Midwest. This is a novel.  She said 'tells the story of Eva Thorvald, a young woman who overcomes a tragic childhood to become a creative, inventive, and well-known chef. .. I adored this book – it’s sure to make my list of favorites for the year.'

Guiltless Reading reviewed Baker's Blues by Judith Ryan Hendricks.  She said 'Alternately depressing and inspiring, and interspersed with plenty descriptions of the power of food to heal, I'd recommend this novel to foodie fiction lovers, women's fiction readers, and those who want a better understanding of the dynamics of depression.'

And now for something different!  Everyday Fashions of the Thirties reviewed by Marci of Stone Cottage Adventures.  This is a wonderful picture book, as Marci says, showing clothing through the pages of Sears' catalogues.

Now for the October collection.  Remember the post doesn't have to be a recent one and the book doesn't have to have been recently published or read.  The only requirement is that it is about a book that you loved.

To add to the list just pop the name of the book (and your name/blog name if you like) into the first Mr Linky box and then copy and paste the url of your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning your links to this Pinboard to make it easier for you to check them out at a glance.

I hope you discover some great books to read – I always do!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

It's always time for avocado!

Pork and Sage

Carole's Chatter: Pork and Sage

My better half brought home some nice pork chops and I was pondering how to cook them when I remembered that I recently discovered that we have sage in the garden.  No, I'm not losing my mind, I think, but since our move I keep noticing new things.

So anyway I decided to do a pork and sage recipe.


Pork chops
A fistful of sage leaves
Olive oil
Lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons – also from my garden)

First you put your pork into a ceramic or glass dish (not metal).  Make a marinade using 1/3 of your sage finely chopped, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Whisk it together and pour it over your pork and leave to marinade for at least an hour.

Carole's Chatter: Pork and Sage

When your hour or so is up, take the pork out of the marinade – but don't throw the marinade out – you'll need it later.

Fry the pork till tender.  Put the pork onto a plate and cover it with foil.  Then in the pan you were using (without cleaning it at all) put the marinade and the sage leaves and fry until the sage is crisp.  I added a bit of butter while it was frying.  The sage started to crinkle a bit but I wasn't brave enough to let it burn, so it wasn't really crisp.

The sage went well with the pork.  A delicate combo rather than a punch in the face.