Spicy red curry squid.


spicy squid

This lovely spicy squid curry is not for the faint-hearted even I found it a tad hot.

But if you like a bit of heat, then this is just the curry for you.

This recipe is for two people but it is quite easy to double up the ingredients, it is also very quick to cook so prepare all your ingredients first and then in as much time as it takes to cook your rice you will have a beautiful curry.


200 gm squid cleaned and cut into rectangles I normally score mine with a sharp knife( it just makes them look prettier).

1 shallot sliced

2 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped

1 tbsp Thai red curry paste

1 tomato cut into 8

A handful of pea eggplants( optional)

Sm piece of fresh ginger finely cut into slivers or cubes

Black pepper

Half tbsp of coconut oil

200 ml coconut milk

1/2 to 1 tbsp fish sauce.

Sm bunch of Thai basil

Ok…Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil in a wok until it is very hot and add garlic, shallots and curry paste, stir fry for 30 seconds.

Add tomatoes, ginger and pea eggplants if used and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Add squid and pepper and stir-fry for a further 1 minute.

Add coconut milk and fish sauce stir well and cook on low heat for 2 minutes, stir in Thai basil.

Serve with steamed rice and……. Enjoy!

If you love squid then I have a recipe for salt and pepper squid  https://niume.com/post/325935   and squid salad   https://niume.com/post/78755    over on my Niume page.

Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot.



A crab sandwich!

She has that look and she has baguettes and I have heard her say….It’s the letter “C”  THIS WEEK.

I thought she was sticking to chillies?????

Surely she is not putting me between that baguette and with a Chilli!



She so is….


6 individual sized baguettes or wholemeal bread or your own choice of bread/roll.

300gm of fresh picked white crab meat…..yikes that’s me!

I red chilli finely chopped, you can remove seeds….she so is and in bed with a chilli!  I can’t even scuttle away she has taped my claws together.

5tbsp mayo.

1 tsp fresh lime juice.

2 tbsp flat leaf parsley finely chopped.

50gm rocket

Butter to spread on rolls.


Lets’s Cook!

Butter your rolls or bread of choice…..I sometimes use cream cheese.

Mix the chilli and lime juice into the mayo.

Gently fold in the parsley and the white crab meat.

Taste and season with a little salt..the salt brings out the flavour of the crab.

Put the crab mixture on the baguette and top with rocket.


Gnocchi, on Heaven’s Door

What a wonderful post I could smell and taste this beautiful dish although I will add I have NEVER eaten or made Gnocchi..Why? I know not! But I will as I have seen so many wonderful sounding recipes and not ventured into the world of Gnocchi making…I have also seen the failures on the plethora of cooking shows I watch and heard the horror stories…. BUT I will and it will be fully documented…Promise…

Hungry Breton

DSC00095 Gnocchi with saffron and red peppers sauce

Yesterday was a strange kind of day. This time of year is Dawn Chorus month and for the last five or six years, my two compadre from “Birdwatch Ireland Meath” and myself lead a group of very brave people, on a nocturnal procession in various locations of our county to listen to a new Dominical Dawn, bird waking up, welcoming daylight by the banks of the Boyne river. This good natured affair is also an early one, as we start the walk at 4 am, meaning I have to be up at 2:30 am, and in my car by 3:15 am latest. I normally return to bed between 6 and 7 am, waking up again later, never feeling fully restored and having that uneasy feeling that I have already had a full Sunday… As you can see, I don’t do too well on sleep…

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe – The Skeleton -The progresson of Osteoporosis over 50.

A very timely repeat of a continuing problem …well worth a read 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Smorgasbord Health 2017

As we get into our middle years and with a reduction in protective hormones a lifetime of inadequate nutrition and weight bearing exercise can lead to a weakened skeleton.  As our bones become less dense we are at risk of fractures and loss of joint flexibility.

This post was part of Women’s Health in 2016…but I hope the message is worth repeating..

Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women than men but affects both.  Last time I covered some of the nutrients needed to ensure dense bones and a strong skeletal structure throughout our lifetime. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/the-incredible-structure-that-keeps-us-upright/  I am repeating the nutritional information at the bottom of this post.

Statistics for Osteoporosis

Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds.

Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of…

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May 2017 Share and Inspire Others! – “D”

Wow, have we got a treat for all you cooks out there I have already found my favourites …Can you guess which ones I will be trying first? Have you got some recipes to share next month and want to join this challenge? It would lovely to see you here 🙂 Enjoy browsing through these recipes and see if you can find which ones I will be making first..Bet you can’t..lol

The Recipe Hunter

TRH May Share and Inspire
Can you believe it, this will be our 6th Share and Inspire Others! Monthly Recipe Exchange Event.  Wow, I am suitably impressed and its hard to believe that we have come this far with this fantastic recipe exchange and I would like to take this opportunity to thank one and all for your participation, support and wonderful recipes, as without that this will not be possible.thank-you

I present you with the awesome submissions received for the
May 2017 Share and Inspire Others! – “D”

All participants, have time from now up untill midnight May 20th, to Promote and do a Press this/ share a link / or reblog on your own blog, by creating a link back to this post with a pingback.  “Sharing is Caring”  Thank you! 

Posted in order of emails received:

Dates and Nuts Desserts courtesy of koolkosherkitchen
Duality inspired by two beautiful people, or, to be more precise, two…

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Amazing foods of Thailand.




Thai food is known and eaten all over the world and for good reason who doesn’t love Thailands unique cuisine with its sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty tastes which combined make a Thai meal so memorable.

Here are a few of my favourite Thai foods and ones which if you do come to Thailand and try that you will love as much as I do.

Some are almost iconic Thai dishes and well known around the world.

I have also added the links to some of them with recipes so if you want to try them at home …I hope I have made it easy for you.



Source: Amazing foods of Thailand.

Cook From Scratch – Yeast Free Irish Soda Bread

A wonderful recipe for yeast free Irish soda bread from Sally.. Enjoy!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I have made a few pies and cakes in my time but for some reason not much bread.  When we went to live in Spain and before discovering some of their artisan wholegrain breads, I did have a go with some Irish soda bread but it was a total disaster.  We could have built a garden wall with the bricks that came out of the oven.  The results ended up being given to the ducks.. but the small pieces were so heavy they sank to the bottom of the lake which provided exercise for the ducks and entertainment for us.

Rescue was at hand when my husband’s brother came out for a visit armed with his secret recipe.  I am proud to announce that following some modifications, I can now produce some variations including bread made with some oats and another with fruit and nuts. Thank you Frank.

Here is…

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