Monthly Archives: August 2017

Closer to Home

Wow..This post reminds me of all the wonderful places to visit in the Uk There are some wonderful places to see whether you are a visitor or just exploring your homeland. I love how heritage is protected for future generations to see and this post illustrates that beautifully 🙂

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Because I live in England and generally travel abroad whenever I can, most of my travel writings are of places far from my home.

The places I consider close, such as Wales and Scotland, I rarely consider as a holiday or vacation, even though much of these countries are closer to my house than some parts of England.

This is not to say I do not ‘get out and about’ frequently. But what I have been remiss in doing is sharing some of the places I visit.

For me, many of these ‘near-places’ are simply a day out. But if you are visiting England, many would make wonderful destinations, so I shall include various locations in England which I would recommend on a personal level.

One last thing before I get under way…

Wild Geese is an independent blog for independent travellers. It is NOT associated with any travel, tour…

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol – Honey: Nectar of the Gods

This weeks collaboration with Sally from Smorgasbord Health 2017 is all about honey and its benefits with recipes. We do hope you are enjoying these posts and would love to hear your feed back….Enjoy!

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Welcome to this week’s post where Carol Taylor and I combine forces and share not just the health benefits of foods but some recipes to showcase them in all their glory. I appreciate that these posts are longer than the average but we hope that you feel that you are getting value for your time..

This week it is the turn of honey which has been providing sweetness to our diet for thousands of years. First a look at its many health benefits and then Carol is going to work her magic in the kitchen.

Many people are enjoying the benefits of plant based sweeteners such as Stevia which are very useful in cooking and as an alternative to table sugar.  I do use at times but I still use honey for its reputation for thousands of years as a healing food.

I doubt that there are many people today…

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Does Science Prove Alton Brown Right: Should You Stop Storing Tomatoes in the Fridge Forever?

I think this is a really interesting post about tomatoes and how to store them…It has also addressed the problem if you live in sunnier climes like Moi..which is great as you often get one-sided do and don’ts which most of the time doesn’t include climates like mine… A great post which I really like 🙂

24 Carrot Diet

Tomatoes are probably the most popular of all garden vegetables. Whether you pick up a flat of hybrid tomato plants at the local garden centre or shop online for heirloom tomato seeds in yellow, orange, green, purple, and red, you are probably growing at least one variety of tomato in your vegetable garden. And right about now, those tomatoes are ripening. Lots of tomatoes are ripening.

Do you find yourself scrambling to use them all up before they spoil? If you’re like most people, you’re up to your eyeballs in tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, and BLT sandwiches right now. And you probably still have more ripe or almost-ripe tomato fruit that you don’t know what to do with. I bet you’ve been told you should never put those tomatoes in the fridge. I bet you’re also really tempted to do it!

So here’s the question: is it ever OK to…

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Gluten free..Larb Moo ( Thai Pork Salad)

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Thai food is a great choice for glutenfree and dairy-free eaters because it is rice-based and uses a lot of coconut milk. … Traditional Thai soy sauce is glutenfree, but just be careful when eating out as restaurants may use wheat-based Chinese soy sauce.

Thai food is low on carbs,  includes lots of fresh vegetables and herbs and most dishes are cooked very quickly so everything retains its colour and flavour, in fact, preparation most times takes longer than the actual cooking.

This Larb recipe can be made using chicken or Pork. I have used Pork Mince for this.

Larb Moo.

Ingredients: Serves 1-2 people.

200 gm Pork or chicken mince.

3 shallots finely sliced.

2 spring onions finely sliced green tops as well.

A handful of fresh Mint, pick the leaves from stem and tear the leaves into large pieces( mine is a big handful)  I love mint.

A handful of fresh coriander chopped.

A few Thai Basil leaves for the decoration.

I Lime .  use half to a whole lime juice depending on personal taste.

Dried chillies..dry roasted in a pan and grind in pestle and mortar.

1 large tbsp toasted rice.( recipe below)

1-2tbsp Fish Sauce.

Small amount palm sugar….I use it sparingly.

Method:

Using a small saucepan dry cook the mince, I add a small amount of water to stop it from sticking.

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Stir until cooked, remove the pan from the heat.

Stir in toasted rice, sm amount palm sugar, chilli( as desired) start with 1 tsp and once all ingredients added ..taste and add more if required.

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Stir in the mint and coriander, shallots and spring onions, stir well but carefully.

Add fish sauce and half of the lime juice.

Taste! if required add more chilli, fish sauce and or lime juice and Taste again as lime and chilli. Put in a serving dish.

Garnish with Thai Basil leaves.

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Serve with steamed boiled rice /Thai sticky rice or if you don’t want to eat rice it is lovely served in lettuce cups.

As an accompaniment serve with sliced cucumber, sliced white cabbage, green beans and Thai basil leaves.

Thai’s eat a lot of raw vegetables with Larb which is why it’s a fairly healthy meal and if chicken is used it has even fewer calories.

It is an ideal dish if you are watching the calories as are many Thai dishes.

NB: To make dried rice mix, take a thick bottomed pan put it on a medium to low heat, cover bottom with uncooked sticky rice( if you don’t have) normal rice will do. Stir until rice turns a golden brown colour, tip into pestle and pound until powdery but slightly coarse.

N.B. Glutinous rice is glutenfree. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked. … It all comes down to starch content.

You can store the rice in a small container and it will keep for 6-8 weeks…

 

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do…I love this salad.

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine.

Don’t forget my next collaboration with Sally from Smorgasbord Health 2017 which is an amalgamation of Health written by Sally and recipes by me …Last weeks was the Carrot from Afganistan and this Wednesdays post is Honey …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The answer is no: glutinous rice is glutenfree. The misleading name simply comes from the fact that glutinous rice gets glue-like and sticky when cooked.

Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – One last fling with Fantastic Writers, Music and more FREE books from Susan Toy.

Wow… Sally certainly knows how to throw a party and so many awesome guests most of who encouraged me to drink more than my normal cup of char….Did we boogie on down I started off the night in a pair of gorgeous red shoes and ended up being barefoot and sharing a sofa with that naughty Colleen..she encouraged me..she did…lol….But so much fun..If you would like to see what an amazing time we had and what luscious food there was then carry on reading Sally great post of all the shenanigans ..

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

For some of you it is the last bank holiday of the summer and this is the last post in this three day festival. Yesterday my guests included D.G. Kaye, Tina Frisco, Janice Spina, Marjorie Mallon, Teagan Geneviene, The Story Reading Ape, Ali Isaac,Tess Karlinski and Brigid Gallagher.

Here is the link to the previous two days of posts

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-dancing-headliners-and-you-and-free-books/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-day-two-three-musketeers-the-a-team-and-free-book/

And I filmed the proceedings yesterday and lovely to see so many up there on the dance floor.. thanks Nerd Fest UK for their speedy editing services

To start off us today is a request from Judith Barrow for a track from The Travelling Wilbury’s from their official Youtube channel… Judith has been a wonderful friend and motivator for both my blog and books and as the organiser of the  Narbeth Book Festival she is taking that support to a new level. https://judithbarrowblog.com/category/narberth-book-fair-2017/

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Fire Cider | Horseradish, Chilli & Apple Cider Vinegar

I love this lady’s blogs..she doesn’t blog as often as I would like but when she does…..I still love the Chez Tonic…. This cold tincture sounds just the ticket…. Am I the only one NOT to have heard of Jade Eggs????? Mr Google here I come… A wonderful post…Well worth the read

 

Source: Fire Cider | Horseradish, Chilli & Apple Cider Vinegar

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – End of Summer Parties, Great guests and Music

Come on peeps it is not too late to join us we are still having a partyyyy…Have a look at Sally round up so far and there will be lots more to come….So come on…..You will get to know us really well us girls are sure letting our hair down…and you will get confirmation that I am truly a crazy English lady…but I can cook a wicked brekkie for the morning after you don’t want to miss that …Do you????

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Good morning from Ireland and you might wonder what the round up is doing here at just after midnight on a Monday morning. After the first two party days of the rave on the blog I thought it might be better sent out after the revellers had gone home. However, there appear to be some who are in not just a time zone of their own but a world of their own.

It has been an amazing weekend and wonderful to see so many bloggers from the last four years dropping in with their links and music requests. So many requests in fact that I will be scheduling a couple of music posts later in the week for the tracks that I could not feature over the three days. Including of course everyone’s links and books etc.. Still time for you to put yours into the final party post later…

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