Thursday, 2 October 2014

Need Some Inspiration? Try Fish & Seafood!

Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts
Food on Friday: Fish & Seafood was a true delight for lovers of fruits from the sea.  Over 100 dishes were linked in.  To see them at a glance I suggest you head over to this Pinboard.

The pic at the top is of Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts by Belle of the Kitchen



Italian Tuna Pasta Salad by Cozy Country Living






Panko Breaded Cod Fillet by Behind the Bites












Wednesday, 1 October 2014

What a book title!

Books You Loved: October edition



As always Books You loved: September had lots of interesting books.  Some reviews that caught my eye were:

Alex Baugh from Randomly Reading brought us Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Alex said: "When I finished reading Brown Girl Dreaming, I thought about it for a few minutes, turned to the front of the book and began reading it again.  The images that each of the poems conjure up are at times beautiful, sad, funny, poignant and at time difficult and honest, but all are beautifully rendered. "

Another unusual book was reviewed by Rhiannon Johnson of  Ivory Owl ReviewsAn Unnecessary Woman by Rahih Alameddine.  She said "This book is a wonderful microcosm of daily life and Aaliya is a lovingly relatable character."

Tracey from Carpe Librum brought us The Farm by Tom Rob Smith.  I got this one out of library on the strength of her review.  She said "The Farm is a mystery and psychological thriller, which is surprising given the content is not driven by action so much as learning the truth about what took place.  The plot is tight and the tension is palpable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. " 

Lastly a non-fiction book about journeying to the North Pole – In The Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides.  Doing Dewey's review said " My favorite narrative nonfiction this year! Well-researched and packed with details that bring this more fantastic than fiction adventure story to life."

To see other books that were linked in, you can hop on over to this Pinboard.

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.

Happy reading!


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

this is punny


Designing Your Own Dishes in Different Cuisines by Using Spices




If you would like to make up your own dishes in the style of a different country, one easy way is to use the spices which are commonly used in that country. 

As a guide, Spicery sets out the spices for a number of cuisines in order from the ones used in the largest quantity down.

Indian
Moroccan
African
Middle Eastern
Indonesian
Coriander seed
Coriander seed
Coriander seed
Paprika
Coriander seed
Turmeric
Turmeric
Cumin
Pepper
Cumin
Cinnamon
Paprika
Allspice
Cumin
Fennel seed
Cumin
Cumin
Ginger
Coriander seed
Cassia
Fenugreek
Cinnamon
Pepper
Sumac
Turmeric
Ginger
Ginger
Fenugreek
Thyme
Lemongrass
Pepper
Cloves
Cassia
Galangal
Chilli
Pepper
Cloves
Ginger
Cloves
Chilli
Cardamom
Pepper
Tamarind
Cloves
Cardamom
Chilli
Saffron


Malaysian
Thai
Chinese
Japanese
Mexican
Coriander seed
Coriander leaf (cilantro)
Star anise
Sichuan pepper leaves
Paprika
Cumin
Kaffir lime leaf
Fennel seed
Black sesame
Cumin
Fennel seed
Lemongrass
Cassia
Mustard seed
Oregano
Cinnamon
Green chilli
Sichuan pepper
Salt
Chilli
Turmeric
Garlic
Cloves
Wasabi
Coriander leaf (cilantro)
Pepper
Galangal
Ginger
Dried seaweed
Chilli
Ginger
Ginger
Galangal

After looking at these spices, I decided that I need to up my use of coriander seed!  And I was surprised just how few of these cuisines used lots of garlic! 

Thanks to Auckland Libraries for Spicery by Ian & Elizabeth Hemphill