Sunday, 26 February 2017

Wise advice from a wise woman


Prawn & Spinach Noodles

Carole's Chatter: Prawn & Spinach Noodles


This simple dish – Prawn & Spinach Noodles – doesn't require any specialised technique.  You do need to be guided by your taste but other than that it is a doddle.

Ingredients:

Noodles – I used thick cut ones
Prawns – defrosted
1 block of frozen spinach
Parsley
Cayenne pepper
Fish sauce (or salt)
Chicken stock cube
Red chilli
Spring onion (scallion)
Pepper
½ a capful of Chinese black vinegar (balsamic would be fine)

Method:

Bring your water and stock cube to the boil.  Add your noodles and cook until they are tender.  Then add everything else.  Taste and season to your liking – whether that means more fish sauce or even maybe a touch of sugar.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

A wise African saying


The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins



I CAUGHT this morning morning’s minion, king-
  dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
  Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
  As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
  Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of; the mastery of the thing!


Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
  Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!


  No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
  Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.


I thought I'd share this poem with you today.  It's a bit difficult to understand  but if you say it aloud the words flow and finish on that loveliest of words – vermillion (although I would normally spell in with only one L).