Archive for October, 2010

YOGHURT

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Hello everybody and how are you? As I mentioned in  my last blog, I stated that I was going away for the weekend to rest my weary head and I did just that, though I missed you all!

We spent time with friends that we had not seen for sometime and it was very convivial with other friends joining us for the evening. All we did was talk, and talk and talk until my jaws were aching! Having said that it was fun and am not complaining.

As I mentioned before I left, I stated that on  my return home safely, I will be showing you a simple breakfast recipe which I am sure you all will enjoy. As you all know, those of you who are still working, just haven ‘t got enough time to sit and have any kind of meaningful food to sustain us in the morning before we leave home for work. So, I have devised this recipe, which I personally find very healthy and nutritious and easy to make.

First of all, prepare your liquidised fruits into smoothie. You’ll need this drink to settle your stomach first thing in the mornin g (this can be done the night before going to bed to save time and left in the fridge) then you need 1 or 2 eggs per person, 2tbsp per person of probiotic or live plain yoghurt, ½tsp vinegar, pinch of salt, and paprika pepper. Poach eggs in the usual way by adding the vinegar in the boiling water for no more than 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain carefully so that the yoke is in tact and place on warmed plates, top with the yoghurt, sprinkle with the paprika pepper and serve with warm bread or toast. This quick breakfast should sustain you for the best part of the morning before you need your lunch. Nothing  could be easier. One of the mistakes that we make is to leave home on  an  empty stomach for work. This is very detrimental to ones health. So, I implore all my friends out there to line their stomach before leaving home for work!

Another word of wisdom that my mother instilled in  me when I was growing up was not to leave home without a clean underwear. The reason being that in  case of an accident, you are clean underneath. So be warned!

Anyway dear friends, I must leave you now to enjoy the rest of your day, as am heading for bed!

Take care of yourselves and be safe!

Best wishes to you all

Nina G

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A QUICKIE!!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

My deare friends

I am not going to bore you too much, as I am going away first thing in morning to rest my weary head!

So, I would like you all to join me in raising a glass to the brave and courageous miners of Chile. My prayers have been answered because I prayed for safe deliverance to their respective families. I shall be back on Monday night and a very interesting blog awaits you all on Tuesday sometime.

Finally, if your heart aches when you go to bed, Smile, and when  you wake up in  the morning, the whole world will smile with you.

Goodbye everybody, see you all next week – Adios, Ciao, Salute, Goodbye, Au revoir, and on and on and on…………..

Nina G

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MISCELLANEOUS – MY DAY

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Hello, hello, hello – here we go again! Another blah, blah, blah, talk,  talk, talk, tittle tattle, chin-wagging, name it whatever, I’ve had it all this last week – just never ending really. I bet you’re wondering what the hell is she talking about? Well I’ll tell you – it’s all to do about my cookery book. Got the draft back in its entirety from the publishers with their amemdments for me to agree. After deliberations,  I did agree their amendments, as I have complete faith in my publishers. Me being a novice in this department, it was a joy to have some professional being a sincere critique!

Please forgive me if you feel bored with my tale of woe – I just had to get it out of my system and tell you my friends so that I’ll get some sympathetic voices back through my blog.

The interesting thing about writing is, you often wonder how it will be perceived by the general public. Will they take kindly to it or slay  it like a lamb to pieces – who knows! Another interesting fact to bear in mind is that it is difficult to please everybody.So my trust is you my friends out there.

In general, I think in this difficult economic climate, I have geared the ingredients in my book for people with lean purses, i.e. people with less money who may have to cook for themselves without having to resort to “takeaways”.  I also hope when my book does come out, it will help the young mum or father (who loves being in the kitchen) to appreciate a dainty and yet quickly prepared meal. There is no technique in cooking, just a little bit of imagination.  Good cooks, I think, have a carefree mind in that they can conjure up any kind of meal with little ingredients and the end product looks like something from a different planet. Besides, there is so much pleasure in doing something that inspires,  well. So I hope my book will be an inspiration to you all and above all,  it’ll revive jaded palates.

Before I leave you, please don’t moan when you’re cooking and don ‘t say, ” it is hard work”!

I shall depart now and please be safe in your daily travels and goodbye!

Nina G

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Marrows!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

My beautiful friends all over the world where are you? I’m back with vengeance. Been putting my brain  into gear thinking what shall I make to interest my friends out there to titillate their palate. And here is the answer – boring marrow. Please don’t laugh as I can see you all sniggering. It might be a boring vegetable, but I am going make it very interesting and when I say interesting, I mean just that. Did you know that marrows are the big Mamas of courgettes – to you and me Zuchinni if you are Italian.  Marrows can be hard to cook as they are so watery, whereas with courgettes  you get all the flavours without all the water. But for now I am putting marrow on everyone’s menu. I thought I’ll grate it, rest it to draw out extra moisture and make fritters but I decided not. Instead I came up with Marrow stuffed with Jamaican ackee and tuna:

Marrow stuffed with ackee fruit

Marrow stuffed with ackee fruit

1 small marrow, peeled and cut in 2cm rounds, scoop out the seeds;  100g ackee, 100 tuna in brine,(save the brine); 2 bacon rashers, 1 small onion chopped, 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped; ½tsp chilli flakes, 2 small mushrooms, chopped;  ½tsp tomato puree, 1 small sweet yellow or red pepper, deseeded and chopped; 2tsp vegetable or sunflower oil, ½tsp dried thyme or coriander;  50gr Parmesan or Cheddar cheese. Heat oil and fry all the ingredients(except the ackee and tuna) on low heat stirring intermittently for about 5 minutes to allow everything to cook. Now add the tuna and ackee and stir for a couple of minutes. Brush some oil on  the prepared marrow and then top with the prepared ingredients. Finish off with the cheese. Arrange on an oiled  baking dish and cook in the oven for 20mins. Oven 180c/350F and Gas 4. Serve as a starter with green salad or serve as a light supper.

I can hear you all say this is brilliant and I’ll try it! And please if you do try it, would you let me know, as am always anxious to hear your views – good or bad. Even if you think it is “yuk” , please be brave to let me know. If on the other hand you think it is brilliant, I will regard myself as a “genius”. I am being big headed now.

Anyway my wonderful friends, I must say “happy cooking and happy eating.”

As it has passed my bedtime, I shall now leave you to enjoy your meal, have a good day at work and stay safe.

So long!

Nina G

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5/10/2010

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Jambo jambo jambo to all my friends all over the world. I hope my message reaches each and everyone of you well!  Do you know what, I am so proud of you all, you’ve made me so happy in that my blog comments have reached a total of 300 just within 8 weeks of setting up my website.  I just wish I could hug you all, but as you know it’s not possible.  So please keep looking in.

About my book – just received a draft copy from publishers with their comments as to how they feel it should look.  Me being a novice in this culinary scene, am going by what they say. I’m so excited about what has happened so far and hoping that it’ll make the Xmas cookery sales.  So am inviting you all to be on standby to buy my book as there are plenty recipes in there to suit every palate!

Before I go, can I tell you something from my own observations – this is to do with wearing tight fitting or loose fitting pyjamas or boxer shorts or jockey pants and for ladies tight fitting panties, which for me is a No, No. I had a friend who complained that her son goes to bed wearing his jockey pants and she is concerned that in time he might become infertile. I agreed with her anxiety and tried to reassure her.  As a general rule, jockey pants are worn only during waking hours.  As there are long hours of sleep, we should wear loose pyjamas or nighties for the ladies, and no underwear.  I hope you’ll all take this piece of advice on board as  it is scientifically proven i.e. that too much tight-fitted outfit is no good for “down there”, especially when  you’re asleep.

Am off for now!  God bless and stay safe!

Goodbye

Nina G

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