Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is a gem of a book.  It is a graphic story.  It deals with how the author, an introvert, feels about social interaction.  It is done with humor and by the end of the book she has become more accepting of herself instead of constantly beating herself up for not coping socially.

If you are an extrovert you should read this to understand other people who are not.  And if you are an introvert this book will be a godsend.

I used to be an extrovert but am gradually getting more introverted.  I wonder if this is common with aging?  As a late middle aged woman you don't get noticed anymore anyway.  I can't keep count of how many times young people just walk into me – I seem to be invisible to them.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

I'm trying to stop giving unwanted advice ... not easy after a lifetime of being a bossyboots!

Mushroom Soup – It's Almost Cool Enough for Soup!

Carole's Chatter: Mushroom Soup - It's almost cool enough for soup

I made a very simple mushroom soup – it was quick and easy – with the sole exception of the need to slice the mushrooms as finely as possible.


Chicken Stock (or any sort of good stock)
Pack of white button mushrooms
Porcini powder (optional but adds flavour)
Butter and oil
Salt and pepper
Thyme (I used dried but fresh would be nicer)
Cream (I used a small can of reduced cream)
Knob of finely minced ginger
Lemon juice


Heat your oil/butter mix till sizzling – while that is getting hot enough slice your mushrooms as finely as you can – so they'll cook quicker and colour well.

Sautee the mushrooms on a high heat until they have a bit of colour – then turn down the heat and add your stock and bring it to the boil.  Add a bit of salt, lashings of white pepper and your porcini powder and minced ginger.

When it is simmering, add the cream and bing up to being hot but not boiling.  Finish by adding a squeeze of lemon and serve – with a garnish – in this case some sliced chilli.

This soup is not low calorie but it is tasty.