Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate Macdonald

This delightful little book made me so happy.  Every turn of a page revealed another delight.  There are so many reasons to love this:

·         The author is a granddaughter of LM Montgomery
·         She is also an expert on food and nutrition – so the recipes look really good
·         But the best bits are the graphics – absolutely delightful drawings of flowers etc – and great photos of the food.
·         Some of the recipes also have whimsical names like – Gilbert's Hurry Up Dinner, Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches and Cowcumber Boats

Gilbert's Hurry Up Dinner

The book is theoretically targeted at children who are beginning to be interested in cooking – but don't let that put you off.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

I've been meaning to do a whole lot of things...

Jazzy Potatoes – A Tuesday Reheat

Carole's Chatter: Potatoes Jazzed Up with Bacon and Brie

I based this dish I've called Jazzy Potatoes on a James Martin dish – but, of course, I changed it up quite a bit.


3 large potatoes
Garlic infused oil
3 bacon rashers cut into strips
1 round French brie/camembert or similar cheese
Salt, pepper, knobs of butter

First lightly cook your potatoes and then slice them reasonably thinly and evenly.

Heat your oven to hot while the potatoes are cooking.

Brush a pie dish with garlic oil.  Put layers of sliced potatoes into the dish, finishing each layer with salt and pepper

Decorate the top of the potatoes with the bacon strips.

Slice the rind off the bottom of the cheese and then plop it with the cut side down into the middle of the dish.

Cook in the oven until the cheese has melted over the potatoes and the bacon has cooked.

Yummy and satisfying.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Well I have lots of potential then!

King of the Road by Roger Miller – a real earworm of a song

Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents.
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain't got no cigarettes
Ah, but, two hours of pushin' broom
Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
I'm a man of means by no means, king of the road.

Before Roger Miller hit the big time, he was known to say that 'one day I'm gonna write a song so big they'll play it at ball games'.  And this song was it.

Head on over to this YouTube clip – but be warned this tune will stick.

Roger Miller was born in Texas and was raised in Oklahoma.  He was a generous man and other song writers used to follow him about to pick up lines for songs. He married 3 times and had 9 children – some might think that he was a glutton for punishment.  Sadly we lost Roger to cancer in 1992.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Oh so very true....

Mango & Goat's Cheese Delight

Carole's Chatter: Mango & Goat's Cheese Delight

Another summer salad.  If it's not summer where you are I hope this will help you look forward to your summer.


Fresh mango
Goat's Cheese – Chevre
Parsley (for colour)
Fish sauce – just a touch
Black pepper
Lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil


Slice your mango and cut the skin and pip out – all while trying not to stain a white shirt.

Put it in a shallow bowl and crumble the cheese on top.

Grind lots of black pepper onto it.

Sprinkle your roughtly chopped parsley.

Make a little dressing with the lemon juice, fish sauce and olive oil.  Drizzle it over the top (A confession I just separately drizzled each element rather than combining them first and it worked out just fine).

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Who can.... I hate that little whine...

It's Just a Figure of Speech!

Last Month we did Synecdoche, Irony and Anthropomorphism

This and the last Month – Anaphora, Apostrophe and Chiasmus

Anaphora – this one was new to me.  But when I found the examples I realised that it a major device used by orators.  The emphasis comes from the repetition of a word or phrase.

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.

Apostrophe – not the punctuation mark!  Who knew it is also a figure of speech – not me that's for sure.  As you can see from the examples it is where you are addressing an inanimate object or idea as a person.


Chiasmus – this also involves some repetition but in the reverse order.