Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tai chi

Doing exercise in your 60's can be challenging especially if you didn't have a good night's sleep.  Recovering from a broken shoulder and arm, I decided that Tai Chi could be good for improving balance and getting a little fitter.

I went for my first lesson and really enjoyed it.  I wore my double air Nike trainers, whereas plimsolls would probably be more suitable for the foot swivels, so as not to damage knees.  I normally feel exhausted after an exercise class but I left feeling relaxed, calm and invigorated.  The arm movements are particularly good to gently get the shoulder moving further.

You are supposed to do it daily, so I will need to supplement the class with some You Tube videos.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

They say strangers don't speak to each other in London!

Yesterday, I went to an exercise class in Kensington and spoke to a few people in the class. As the journey home clashed with schools out, I decided not to get my usual bus from Notting Hill Station as I'd be lucky to get a seat, so walked to Holland Park to get a quieter bus.  After 10 minutes the other person at the bus stop gave up waiting.  A policeman passed me and then 5 minutes later came back to the bus stop, noting I was reading the times of the buses and looking at my watch.  He  told me the bus would be here any second as he'd checked with the latest technology.  Then I got chatting to a lady on the bus who admired my mini tote bag from Kensington Palace and we had a chat till her bus stop. Walking home from my bus stop I stopped to let a lady teaching her son how to use his camera to photograph his nana.  If I carried on walking, I would have ruined his photo and they stopped me to thank me.  Who needs the new badge the tube are handing out saying "Tube chat?"

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Real sponges

Which do you prefer?  Real or artificial?

For the last so many years I have been using the artificial but on a recent holiday in Rhodes I saw this and couldn't resist.  The thought of little fishes slipping through the holes, before I got to wash with it.  I haven't tried it yet though.  Is it a little creepy?

Sunday, 2 October 2016



Cooked baby potatoes in their skin....chopped into cubes
One tomato, chopped into cubes
A handful of flat leaf parsley, washed and chopped
2 beaten eggs per person
Salt and black pepper
Curry powder to your taste
Olive oil or butter to fry


In a frying pan, put the olive oil or butter (or both).  Add the potatoes, tomatoes and parsley with the salt, pepper and curry powder.  Give them a stir and then add the beaten eggs and cook until scrambled.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Chicken Casserole with Red Peppers and Mushrooms


6 boneless chicken thighs
2 skinless chicken breasts cut into 4
One large cooking onion peeled, cut in half and sliced
Four large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped or crushed
Fresh mushrooms cleaned and sliced
1 red pepper cut into small chunks
1 large tomato cut into small chunks (tinned is fine, if you don't have fresh)
Splash of Lee and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
A heaped teaspoon of paprika 
A heaped teaspoon of dried oregano 
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil and butter to cook
Splash of good quality red wine
Chicken stock to cover


In a large deep frying pan, add the butter and olive oil and warm.  Add the onions and garlic.  Add the chicken and fry until sealed. Then add the mushrooms. 
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on a low heat for about 40 minutes.  I set the timer.


Courgettes on the griddle pan

Cut the courgettes as in the photograph.  I sprinkled them with salt to release some of their water.  Then heat a griddle pan and pop them on with black pepper until charred.

Potatoes with zatar and sesame seeds

Boil some baby potatoes.  Wash and drain them.  Cut in halves.  Put some butter and olive oil in a frying pan and warm them through again, adding a teaspoon or two of zatar and some sesame seeds.  I had fresh rosemary and parsley to hand so cut some over the potatoes as well.