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Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur and other VIPs..

Once again a brilliant lineup from Sally and Debby’s post is definitely worth a read and who can resist Ollie he is so cute and thank you to everyone who liked and shared mine and Sally’s collaboration and who liked my top two on my bucket list and if you haven’t read it then why not??? Me..I most certainly wouldn’t kick Sir Tom out of the other side…Would you???

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Welcome to this week’s round up and a week of two halves. One half had failing internet, which like a dodgy hair piece, was all over the place for four days. On for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes and variations along that theme. Thankfully I had scheduled posts so that I could take a writing break, but it was frustrating to say the least.  The good half of the week is that I got on with Tales from an Irish Garden and made good progress.. A way to go yet, but it will get there in its own good time.

Apart from that I was lucky to have great guests and their contributions to entertain you, and I am very grateful for their time and effort.

William Price King provided us an insight into the career and music of Sir Tom Jones in the mid 1960’s for…

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) – A modern miracle.

A fascinating read and I truly didn’t realise that it was still a problem or even how long the incubation period could after 20 yrs how do you know the source but it seems that it could be eradicated 🙂 A fascinating read 🙂

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Smorgasbord Health 2017LEPROSY (Hansen’s Disease)

The mere mention of the word leprosy strikes fear into most people – probably because of the images we have seen over the years of sufferers, stigmatised and restricted to colonies where many of them died before treatments became available.

There have been some recent cases in the UK and Ireland but all have been treated successfully and were diagnosed in patients who had lived abroad from several years in countries where the disease still exists. There were three cases reported in 2015 in Florida and two were linked to the nine-banded Armadillo, a native of South USA, that is suspected of carrying the bacteria.


Leprosy is a chronically infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, which was identified in 1873 by Leprosy also known as Hansen’s disease, after Armauer Hansen, the Norwegian physician who first identified the micro-organism. He was the first scientist…

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Carol’s Mango Chicken

Love mangoes and chicken this is a match made in heaven…Mangoes are plentiful here and I am always looking for ways to use them apart from smoothies and nice strips of crispy chicken go really well with the sauce and it has chilli…Enjoy!

The Recipe Hunter

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I also throw in other vegetables like courgettes sometimes, but that’s me and I use chili.

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Post from your Archives – How are you spending your most valuable time on #Social Media by D.G. Kaye

An old archived post from D.G.Kaye with info on Social Media which is still relevant if you are trying to grow your readers base 🙂

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Delighted that Debby Gies, author D.G. Kaye has sent me some links to share over the next four weeks (or more) from her archives.

We all have posts that we wrote a year or so ago, or even longer, that are not read as much these days, as new posts take up your readers time.

However, why not share them over here to my readers?

Not only is this a chance to showcase your posts, but also your blog and books. Start off by sending me four links to the posts you would like to see given another boost and if you like the experience you can always send me more –

In this post Debby Gies clearly lays out the social media platforms that can help you establish a presence online… that big break into the bestselling market or even a film deal… You will be searched…

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Mushrooms.

This weeks post from Carol ( Moi) and Sally is Mushrooms…Sally tells you all about the many benefits of eating mushrooms and why you shouldn’t….I supply the recipes and typos…On re-reading for the hundredth time I have spotted a few.more..Drat!..It just shows I am human…I am…lol

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Welcome to the next article in our series Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor. At first we were a little concerned about the length of the posts as they including both the health benefits and some delicious recipes from Carol.. but apparently it is not a problem.

We do suggest however, that you bookmark and then read when you can put your feet up and read with a cup of tea, or even better a glass of wine.  Our aim is to elevate everyday food to not just culinary delights but also to share why that food is so healthy for us to eat in our regular diet.

First.. why are mushroom so good for us?

According to the ancient Egyptians, over 4,000 years ago, eating mushrooms granted you immortality. The pharaohs even went as far as to ban commoners from eating these delicious fungi but it…

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Apple, Honey, Almond and Rosemary Muffins

These sound very nice and love the addition of rosemary

Tasty Eats

The Jewish New Year is celebrated on Wednesday, and this brings back memories of traditional foods even to an agnostic such as myself. One of these culinary traditions is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year.  Plenty other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year.

The muffins I have created here were inspired by this tradition. On top of the traditional  apples/honey combination, I’ve decided to add almonds and rosemary to the muffins. The muffins turned out moist and tasty, with an added wonderful fragrance from the rosemary, and a nice crunchy topping from the slivered almonds.
These quick and easy to make muffins, are perfect as a light dessert after a heavy meal, especially when served with the honey-rosemary syrup. Obviously, they can also be…

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Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List with Carol Taylor

I am so honoured to be kicking off Sally’s wonderful new series and I am looking forward to seeing what is YOUR top two.

Thank you, Sally, for making me look so wonderful you are a star and if it wasn’t for that wonderful group of Phuket Writers I truly would not be writing today and would never have become friends with the lovely Anne O’Connor who is my friend and mentor…Love you, Annie… I am going to stop now as this is sounding like one of those longgggg Oscar’s speeches….Lolz…Kill me now!!!!

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Welcome to the new Sunday Interview and the theme is The Ultimate Bucket List.

In this interview series I would love to know what your top TWO items are on your bucket list and if you have not written one yet, then perhaps it is time to get your thinking caps on.

The readers will want to be convinced that these activities are worthy of putting on the ultimate bucket list, so please give full details of what it is, where if applicable and definitely the why and how.  As you can see not all wishes are physical and do not worry if you feel that your chosen item is everyday for others. This is your wish list and you can put anything you like in it.

Also it is taken for granted that you as an individual would do all you can to help others achieve their dreams…

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