Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A light lunch for those hazy, lazy, summer days


This is is a light lunch for lighter days.

A bunch of mixed salad leaves
King prawns
Mooli, peeled and sliced into rings
Two tomatoes chopped
Some cucumber, peeled and cubed
A little shredded carrot
Salt and pepper
Sesame seeds
Olive oil and lemon juice for dressing
Mixed olives
Mix all the ingredients in a salad bowl, stir with your hands or salad servers

This should keep you going for a while, after some light exercise.  If it is a Sunday, maybe prosecco would be in order!!!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Negroni, the cocktail of the moment

The cocktail of the moment in London seems to be the Negroni so I have started to have just the one before Sunday lunch which is sometimes a typical roast but more often a takeaway.  They are rather strong, so I prefer just the one.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any orange peel, so haven't included a photo today.  Hopefully, I will add one soon.  The bitter taste certainly gives me an appetite and today we are having Iranian takeaway of Chello Kebab Koubideh which is two skewers of minced baby lamb served with grilled tomato and saffron rice.  My significant other has made a side dish at home of fresh okra topped and tailed in tomato sauce, yummy to pour
over the kebab and rice with a vegetable towards our ten a day.  I doubt we will make 10 today but we almost got there yesterday with onions, cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumber, cabbage, carrots etc.
Looking forward to reading what others have for Sunday lunch.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Lamb, Courgette and Aubergine Casserole


Completed casserole

1 large white onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
4 courgettes (zucchini), cut in different shapes
1 large aubergine, sliced in rings
1/2 a kilo of lamb cut into chunks
4 fresh tomatoes cut in quarters
tomato puree
salt and pepper
500 mls chicken stock
A small glass of wine
Olive oil to cook
A little butter

Fry the onions and garlic in olive oil.  Then a tablespoon of tomato purée.  Add the chicken stock and glass of wine.  Leave to simmer whilst you prepare the meat.  In a frying pan, seal the meat in olive oil and butter.  When brown on the outside, add to the other pan and turn the heat to medium for half an hour.  Then add the courgettes, tomatoes and aubergines.  Continue cooking for 20 minutes or so.  I sometimes add oregano or sesame seeds.  Nice served with plain white rice and a mixed salad.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A-Z of Cats - The Russian Blue

A to Z of Cat Breeds
Russian Blue

The Russian Blue are a sweet tempered, elegant cat.  They are intelligent and suitable for most cat lovers, being very sociable animals.  There are quite a few breeders in the UK, so finding a kitten should be fairly easy.  Expect to pay around £400 to £500.

A new kitten might be a little timid when first introduced to you and your home.  It's best to provide food and water, plus a litter tray of course and eventually they will seek you out for a cuddle and affection.  They do become very attached to their owners.  They normally get on well with other cats and dogs.  Breeders say it's rare for them to scratch or bite.

As the name suggests, Russian Blues have beautiful silvery-blue fur which is velvety and easy to groom. It's short, thick but fine with a dense undercoat. An occasional brush with a soft brush would be a good idea.  They have vivid almond-shaped green eyes.  The wedge-shaped head is topped with large, pointed ears. The body is long and graceful with long legs, a long, tapering tail.  They have small oval paws.  Their lifespan is about 15 years, although it wouldn't be unusual to reach the late teens.  They are not prone to illness and don't have many health issues.  They can appear to be staring into space or like they had one vodka too many.

It is thought that the Russian Blue was first shipped to the UK back in 1860 by British sailors returning from the Russian port of Archangel, so they were known as Archangel cats. The cats boarded the ships with the sailors and went all over Europe.

Russian Blacks and Russian Whites have been cropping up in litters for years and were first officially bred in the UK in the early 1960s. The GCCF has given preliminary recognition to these cats, which are identical, except for their colour, to Russian Blues.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff 

1 onion peeled, cut in half and sliced
A knob of butter and tablespoon of oil to fry
1 fillet steak per person cut into thin strips
A few sliced baby mushrooms
A pinch of dried herbs to your taste...I used herbes provencal
Fresh flat leaf parsley to garnish
Double cream or low fat creme fraiche for weight watchers
A splash of brandy
Salt and black pepper to taste


Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan
Gently sweat down the onions
Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, followed by the steak for a further 5 minutes
Meanwhile add the dried herbs if using, brandy and finally the cream

Serve with white Uncle Ben's rice or any long grain rice
Garnish with freshly chopped parsley

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Is Tai Chi for you?

In order to help get more movement in my recovering broken shoulder and arm, I had my first Tai
Chi lesson a week ago.

I got lost and turned up 5 minutes late. I saw a teacher facing people standing perfectly still and listening to him. This went on for another 5 minutes and the teacher called me as he could see me through the glass door. He asked if I would like to join them and I briefly explained about my shoulder and jumped right in after taking off my coat. There was just one movement I couldn't manage which involved hanging the right arm out at shoulder level with the wrist facing down. He said if I imagine doing it with my eyes closed, eventually the body will follow. Hey ho.

I wore my double air Nike trainers, whereas plimsolls would probably be more suitable for the foot swivels, so as not to damage knees.

Been there, got the

I don't feel I can do my physio today as my poor arm has been through a lot the last couple of days. I definitely hope to go to more Tai Chi. My knee hurt a little, but hopefully, it will strengthen the muscles around the knee.  Normally after exercise I feel exhausted, but I caught sight of my eyes in the toilet mirror and they were all sparkly. I felt invigorated.

Yesterday, I returned for my second lesson.  It involved the same moves plus breathing techniques but best of all balancing on one leg and walking properly to make falls less likely.  I feel it's helping to make my shoulder more flexible.  Some people felt incredibly hot after the session and I must say it's incredibly relaxing.  I don't suppose it is for everybody as it is somewhat slow, but in my opinion a good way to get fit after an illness or accident.

Autumn leaves in Central London

Just thought I'd share our solitary autumn tree!!