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Tonight I dream , Tomorrow I do !

Another archived post from 2015..Cured Pork Belly, Art and Spiders. I hope you enjoy my older posts as they give you the reader some insight into what makes me tick…

Retired? No one told me!

Well, I flipping hope so.

I have spent days trying to figure out this linking. Had some great advice thank you, you know who you are.

Thought I had cracked it. Wrong! Published it and nought but blanks this picture is soooooo me at the moment.

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Where’s the vino???????

Rant over.

I’ll start again.

Good Morning everyone what a lovely sunny day it is.

The bacon has been sizzlingSAM_6497 and sampled so as promised here you go folks.

The Recipe:

2 Kilo’s Pork Belly.

For every Kilo of Pork use:

2 parts rock salt to 1 part sugar.

4 cloves garlic.

2 bay leaves

A bunch of Lemon Thyme.

20/30 Mustard Seeds,

12 Pepper Corns,

Celery Juice.

Method:

Finely slice bay Leaves and lightly crush with other Spices in Pestle & Mortar.

Combine with Sugar and Salt and mix with Celery juice until damp.

Rub into Pork.SAM_6494

Place Pork in a sealed container…

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ARty Lisbon – A REvisit

This post is so beautiful and the artist awesome…I love it and it definitely on my bucket list…At this rate I need to live to be 200 to do everything 🙂

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Why go back to Lisbon for the 2nd time? As I mentioned in a previous post, we had the option between London and Lisbon.  We have visited London numerous times and Lisbon only once.  Both have multiple galleries, shops, cafes, museums worth visiting with just one city having warmer weather.  Lisbon won hands down.  One of the many reasons why I love Lisbon and generally Portugal as a whole is that it is immensely artistic.

Where can you find art in Lisbon?

From wandering the streets, we have seen fantastic street art to the detailed fine art of the azulejos in churches: and I believe that the Portuguese excel in creating handicrafts, with many being passed down from an old age tradition.  Designing and making things appear to be an innate trait of the Portuguese.  During our travels, we have come across many beautiful crafts that are locally-made.  Designs that combine…

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A-Z Challenge “D”(People Edition) 4th Post.

Oh dear…

I spent a good part of yesterday stalking blogs and lo and behold without trying today this lovely lady appeared https://divyadeepakrao.com/

This blog https://divyadeepakrao.com/ is a dream not only does it have delicious  recipes that are Indian spicy and amazing..it is ad FREE. It is a mixture of travel, food and some amazing art.

Divya is  an artist, teacher and  blogger who at one time had three separate blogs and has now merged them into one. Her photographs are amazing and complement this lovely blog.

Divya is an amateur baker and cake decorator . She experiments as well as  using treasured family recipes from the  South India of her childhood. Her recipes are all vegetarian and egg free unless Divya states in the recipe.

Her blog …A love story of New York… is beautifully written, you must visit this lovely blog to appreciate the work of Divya…..her artistry is also beautiful and I love her table. Lovingly hand painted…

Divya Isn’t it beautiful?

 

so pop along and explore https://divyadeepakrao.com/  you will not be disappointed 🙂

 

While I have been researching blogs my two biggest bugbears have been ads, comments(grrrr) and Gravatar…yes folks it’s that word again! Boy is this list growing… it could be a seperate blog soon….No!

And ” Just Saying” my baby Luffa is doing great…. still growing at an amazing pace 😉

Thank you Divya for agreeing to help me with my blog challenge…..I hope people enjoy your blog as much as I do 🙂

Oh and nearly forget to mention Gary who is the cause of my headaches…lol..but love the challenge   https://gapawa.com/2016/05/24/a-z-challenge-people-edition/

Phew this like doing an Oscar speech…   😉

 

 

Ban Chiang.

As we settle into our new home and explore our surroundings I will be blogging about places of interest to visit in and around Udon Thani, Thailand. I hope you enjoy our explorations and if you ever visit the area that you find this helpful when  you are yourselves looking for places to visit in the area.

5,000 years ago at Ban Chiang prehistoric people lived on a mound at the current location. They survived by hunting wild animals and working the land, farming and making pots, weaving. Then about 4,000 years ago they started doing bronze castings to make tools and jewelery.

This site is a World Heritage site now and has a Fine Arts departmentSAM_7771.JPG and also shows many examples of what pots , jewelery and weapons looked like during these times it is also houses an Archaeological Excavation Pit.

This led to the discovery of over 400 graves and led to a study in burial habits at that time. In that era people were buried with their utensils and there was found to be 3 distinct types of burial.

  • The long sprawl burial with pots arranged around the legs or head.
  • The bended knees burial which was least common.
  • The child burial of a child probably no older than 3 years and they were put in a large pot.

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This site is well worth a visit and you get the opportunity to purchase some lovely pottery and the prices are very good and not extortionate. The entrance fee to this is ( at this time) 150thb, children are free.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and have fun 🙂

26 Week Letter Challenge: “B”

Whew I am going to meet myself coming back shortly  says she laughing hysterically……Second letter in this challenge and boy is it! Catch up time….

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“B” here we come!

None other than “Beach ”

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My second one is easy peasy it’s ” The Blue House” my home.

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My next is my favorite Gents sign ever….

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Then it’s “Big Budha” which is a famous tourist attraction here in my home town.

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Last but not least as I could also carry on and bore you..ha ha..but I won’t as there is so much beginning with ” B” here …..this post could be just like unravelling a toilet roll……..

Is “Beetroot Chutney” a lovely relish that I make often.

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I bet you are looking  forward to my third letter which is…….” C ‘

 

 

How do I follow that?

It’s going to be hard…

Of all my blogs so far I think last weeks was my best…I got some wonderful comments and for that my friends… I thank you.

Was it that quote from the wonderful lady who was Eleanor Roosevelt? Or my scribblings..maybe a bit of both, she drew you in and I delivered.

Well, peeps, at last, I have copies of our book in my hands and I am winging one off to a very special lady in the UK…My Mum…..who I am sure will dine out for months with her friends from that wonderful group, that good old English tradition which is  “The Mothers Union” and I am happy to give her full bragging rights…haha.

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Phuket Writers group proudly holding a copy of our book ..Hot off the press.

Now I am back on track writing my novel which one of my short stories in the book is a prelude for. It’s exciting times for me.

Anyway enough of me, I am sure there are lots of my readers who are doing and achieving wonderful things and I wish you all good luck with your chosen projects.

 

Recipes well not really this week..I had a wonderful  Beef Rendang that my friend Manik made and I am going to get her to show me some more Indonesian dishes which I will share with you.

Ham, I am going to use a piece of Pork Loin this time…so will let you know how that turns out. It is smaller so the brining time is less.

Next week I will give you the recipe for a lovely healthy Thai Dish called  Miang Kham a lovely tasty Leaf wrapped dish.

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To eat you add a little of each of those finely chopped delicious morsels in the Betel leaf add some tamarind sauce and pop it in your mouth…A delicious snack… Miang Kham.

Wooh well, my sneezes are defo not like this…..

It was a high-pitched sneeze, a most delicate sternutation, the merest zephyr tangled in a pretty, powdered, finger-tip of a nose.
— Eric Linklater, Magnus Merriman, 1934

Mine is so forceful that it has been known for my teeth to fly across the  room……no sniggering…. with a nose like a ski jump, square on the end…..always wanted a little button nose………it’s never gonna be a dainty sneeze now is it?

Excited or what grand kiddies on the way…

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They have left Heathrow and winging their way here….2 weeks of bliss and fun I do hope they love Thailand as much as their Nannie……..who wouldn’t???? ooohhhhhh excited……so folks if you don’t get a blog then Y’all know why……..but never fear you will get pics, pics and more pics……excited doesn’t come close….but all you nans out there know how I feel don’t you??????

 

Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for all the lovely comments and likes I got for last weeks love you all xxx

 

 

 

 

Tonight I dream , Tomorrow I do !

Well, I flipping hope so.

I have spent days trying to figure out this linking. Had some great advice thank you, you know who you are.

Thought I had cracked it. Wrong! Published it and nought but blanks this picture is soooooo me at the moment.

questions-1922476_1920 (1)

Photo source:

Where’s the vino???????

Rant over.

I’ll start again.

Good Morning everyone what a lovely sunny day it is.

The bacon has been sizzlingSAM_6497 and sampled so as promised here you go folks.

The Recipe:

2 Kilo’s Pork Belly.

For every Kilo of Pork use:

2 parts rock salt to 1 part sugar.

4 cloves garlic.

2 bay leaves

A bunch of Lemon Thyme.

20/30 Mustard Seeds,

12 Pepper Corns,

Celery Juice.

Method:

Finely slice bay Leaves and lightly crush with other Spices in Pestle & Mortar.

Combine with Sugar and Salt and mix with Celery juice until damp.

Rub into Pork.SAM_6494

Place Pork in a sealed container or bag ( I used a brining bag).

Store in Fridge for 5 Days.

Remove and wash thoroughly.

Cook in oven @ 100c for 2 hours. Cool and slice.SAM_6495

This week I am going to use Pork Loin and am going to add some additional herbs some regular Thyme I think, will let you know but experiment with different cuts of meat and herbs Rosemary may be nice or a bunch of mixed herbs. Let me know it would be lovely to hear some thoughts.

 

While we are on the subject of cooking I gave you a recipe for Papaya salad a while ago, I had an interesting variation when we were down the beach and it was made with Green Bananas instead of Papaya. Blew my sox off or would have if I wore them, but interesting, quite nice  I prefer Papaya but again a substitute if you are unable to get Papaya.

Proud Nannie time…TaDa… recently my granddaughter had her 1st Art Expo. She is an amazing artist not that I am biased in any way. Ha Ha.Danni 2015Love the transformation from man to wolf very clever.

Danni Art expo Jan 2015 Wouldn’t want to meet her on my daily swim.Danni Art Expo Jan 16thWell, Done Danni, we are proud of you .xxx

Trumpet blowing over, we nan’s love to brag about our grandkids don’t we????.

SAM_6057Thank god for screens, although some of these not so little darlings manage to get in little buggers and some not so little buggers, it’s the centipedes I don’t like, still haven’t found one who can swim yet though, He He

Until next time stay safe, have fun and enjoy life.

 

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