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A journey from Naples to Cochin!!

Those of you who know me know how much I love cooking…Presentation and I mean real spot on ..beautiful presentation I have always wanted to master. This post shows you step by step and it looks amazing….Enjoy!



Just as in art, music, dance, and literature, trends in cooking go in and out of vogue. The latest movement to sweep the world’s kitchens is molecular gastronomy, essentially the application of the scientific method to food preparation and presentation.

It is imperative to not only create a mouth-watering dish, but to produce one that looks good too. The visual presentation of your plates should stimulate the appetite; in this post I will show you food presentation with a few simple tips and tricks. Once you learn the basics you enjoy it more than cooking.

So, what is plate presentation? How do you design a plate? What are the do’s and don’ts? These are things which we will discuss here. The first step is to try to visualize the plate in your mind. What do you want it to look like? Is there a design idea you want to deliver…

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Medicine Woman’s Larder – Salmon – A plate of Omega 3

A lovely easy to read and understand article on one of my favorite foods and do I not always give you a recipe when I can?..my favorite Salmon dish served with great advice from Sally🙂 https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/i-cook-with-wine-sometimes-i-even-add-it-to-the-food-w-c-fields/

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Medicine Womans larder

Much of the salmon available today comes from fisheries and conditions and feed of these farmed fish have improved through regulation in recent years. However, I am not convinced by the publicity and prefer to eat fish that has been caught in the ocean and to me there is definitely a difference in the taste of this salmon. You can buy ocean caught fish frozen or fresh, but be prepared as Salmon prices have been higher in the last couple of years due to longer winters and shorter fishing seasons in the north.

There is always some concern about the levels of mercury in fish and studies indicate that ocean caught salmon from the northern seas and rivers have levels that are considered to be low and safe for more regular consumption.

Salmon has been on my ‘must eat’ list for a long time and in this day and age…

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Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. Mark Twain.

Wow…..Now how true is that??????

I am coming up to my next ” Born Day

Maybe that’s why I  have ‘deliberated, cogitated and digested’ which was Loyd Grossman’s catchphrase and for reasons unknown  to me just keep popping into my head.

I never have or will buy ready -made sauces……Come on..me?

Anyway….. My plan is going ok https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/i-have-a-plan/     ..It’s nice to have a bit of focus…I can now also be found on https://niume.com/pages/profile/?userID=42183  which I love ….it has a leaderboard and I know( at my age) I like to be top…

Oh Yes!   I have also been busy  on mytrendingstories.com/profile/carol-taylor/ which has not been and still isn’t easy……talk about well if I didn’t already have grey hairs….I would now! It is the most frustrating website ever…..Yes ever.!…but the stubborn streak in me just keeps going back and when I think  yehhhhhh it’s sorted….It’s not!

But it would help build my profile if you lovely peeps would pop over..have a look..maybe subscribe to me?????…

So sort of my point is …Am I ….A travel writer?


A food writer?

Batu and veggies

Just a rambling this is my life writer? Who am I?

This is definitely some sort  of who am I crisis……. Is it an age thing?

In my head I am still 30 something…..as my “Born Day” approaches I am definitely NOT!

10638008_10152294106710848_1574414217_n  I now know polystyrene cool boxes are not for plonking your butt on….. The reverse ice challenge!

By now I hope you haven’t lost the will to live….. I hope you forgive my rambles….it’s that bl…….dy catchphrases fault….I was not even a fan and my all time teeth grinding ..turn it off song…..Perfect Day!

Is there such a thing????????




26 Week Letter Challenge “W”

Well it was just by the seat of my pants…phew….. Now we have “W” and it’s getting so near the end of this one …. See Lori’s Here  https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/26-weeks-letter-challenge-w/  She has some great photos.

I am sure I can’t match these…I just point and click and it’s all about luck… certainly not judgement with  moi….

Well….Water which we have lots of it here…Floods, sea, lakes and Songkram..Thai new year when there are lots of water pistols and some are sure big boys.


Whats next ?   Water Buffalo who sure look a tad grumpy at being watched…

Wat’s ( Temples) to us …All beautiful..some grand and imposing , some remote and hard to find and they are the gems the little known ones..so beautiful.


And No!  I haven’t done the obvious….Not a hint of wine…although I could have…ha ha and those who know me would have expected that….but….Not on this occasion  I often do the unexpected!




It is my pleasure to reblog this…I wish you so much luck in your travels Nick and that mode transport is awesome…

Nick Verron

Hello strangers!

I know I haven’t been on here for a while. But once I’ve explained why, maybe you’ll forgive me.

It’s been quite liberating, brutally selling all my possessions through car boot sales and eBay. I hope to soon have nothing but dreams and freedom to pursue them.

I’d been forward in stating my intention to go travelling. But let me show you why; I was shown the most profound 5:30 video I have ever seen. Here it is:

It spurred the thought process where I asked myself, “Have I really worked hard to make the most of this miracle I have been blessed with, to sit here and stare at these four walls?” This got me thinking, about how I was surrounded by nice materialistic things. All the things that I have been led to believe that their attainment would lead to certain happiness. But I have them and…

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26 Week Letter Challenge ” V”

Whoops! Skin of teeth time!

Nearly got me Lori and we  are so close to the end..see Lori’s here https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/

Now ” V” before ” W” comes pinging up in my reader…Yikes!

V now what have I got…nought springs to mind….Oh  xxxxxxxxx!

Oh of course how could I forget?????? ” Vine

Yep my not so little Luffa Vine… WHICH is now nearly to the top of one of my trees and I keep expecting a giant to appear..Crikey my brain does go off on a tangent at times… we all know Jack and the bean stalk is a fairy  tale ???? Right????

Vegetables…..wonderfully fresh, just picked …Don’t they look amazing?????


And last but not least….Vino!!!    Could not leave this one out….Cheers!



Well that’s it! Nearly at the end…I hope you are enjoying this challenge as much as me?


Laters xxxx

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Mushroom Coconut Biryani

Oh wow! This got me salivating…I love mushrooms just like the author of this definitely one to make…

Divine Spice Box

Any Mushroom lovers here ?? Well if you like mushrooms, this biryani is going to a fantastic addition to your mushroom dishes. Made with minimal ingredients, this biryani comes together fairly quickly and is a complete meal in itself. Today i am making a little tweak to the original recipe and adding some coconut flavour to this biryani which i am sure you are going to fall in love with ! So, lets make this Mushroom Coconut Biryani

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