Thursday, 21 June 2018

This elephant has messages for us all today

Need Some Inspiration? Try Snacks & Treats and Spicy Food!

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Apricot Sauce

Food on Friday: June had some delicious treats and spicy food.  Here are some dishes which I'd like to share with you today. 

The pic at the top was contributed by Jessica of Sweet Love & Ginger – Grilled Chicken with Spicy Apricot Sauce

MJ – you've done it again!  Look at this lovely Aji Panca Chile Paste

Cheesy Kale, Tomato & Chile Focaccia by Karen's Kitchen Stories

Spicy Chinese Chicken Salad by Jo and Sue  - love the colour and texture of that plate too!

And for a great snack here are Tina's Ham & Cheese Pinwheels – way to go Squirrel Head Manor

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.