Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova




I wasn't sure I would enjoy Every Note Played.  And after the first 10 or so pages I almost gave up – not sure why.

But I am so glad that I didn't.  The book quickly drew me in after that and certainly made me think.  I have to confess to being a sniffling sad sack at the end – but only right at the end.

So, I won't be spoiling this for you if I tell you that one of the main characters has ALS – that's the horrible disease that gradually paralyses you – there is no cure.

But this writer didn't make it all sentimental and gooey.  Both main characters were flawed and quite easy at times to dislike.  I like the realism because bad things don't just happen to perfect people!

The author is a neuroscientist and knows a lot about this disease – I so admire her for not letting it get at all technical.

Be careful what mood you are in when you tackle this book.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

To all my blog sisters... you rock!


A Symphony in Red & Green – simple but effective


Carole's Chatter: A Symphony in Red & Green – simple but effective


Please forgive the pretentious name – Symphony in Red & Green!  But I was rather pleased by how this simple composed salad turned out.  I am a firm believer that food that is pretty tastes better.

So this was so simple there really isn't a recipe – just red and green salad vegetables laid out on a plate with salt and pepper and a drizzle of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

As you can tell from the photo, there were cucumber slices round the outside and inside the plate, then a row of cherry tomatoes, then red bell pepper (capsicum) and finally a whole avocado roughly scooped into the middle with red chilli slices on top.