Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Carrot, Coriander & Falafel Fritters with Cucumber Salad & Poached Eggs


  • For the falafel fritters
  • 1 pack of Cauldron Moroccan Spiced Falafel Bites
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 10g fresh coriander, de-stalked and chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 4 tbsp gram flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful of fresh baby spinach

  • For the cucumber salad
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • For the poached eggs
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2-3 medium eggs, cracked into ramekins
  • Pinch of red chilli flakes
  • Method

    Crumble the falafels in a bowl. Add the carrot, coriander, spring onions, garlic and flour and stir until combined. Season to taste and mould the mixture into 8 round patties, approximately 1½ cm thick. Dust each patty with extra flour before frying.
    To prepare the cucumber salad, assemble all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover until needed.
    Pour the olive oil in to a frying pan and place on a medium heat. Add the patties to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    Meanwhile, for the poached eggs, bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the white wine vinegar and salt. Once boiling, stir the water with a spoon to create a small whirlpool. Drop the eggs into the centre of the whirlpool one by one. Reduce to a low-medium heat and cook the eggs for 3 minutes. Remove from the pan.
    To serve, place the fritters on a bed of baby spinach and cucumber salad and top with poached eggs and a pinch of chilli flakes.

A Celtic Handfasting promise...

"When I look up ,there will you be, 
when you look up, there shall I always be.

Monday, 15 January 2018

~ Peace Lives In The Forest~

Sometimes, when life suffocates me
And I can't see the wood for the trees
My head and my heart swell with sadness
And I long for the land of the free
When everything stands on my shoulders
And leaves me with such little hope
I look to the trees for condolence
And the stillness they offer my soul
I walk through the realm of the forest
A mystical, magical place
I study its perfect existence
Whilst feeling immersed in its grace
I breathe in the essence of living
A carpet of life on the ground
I overhear birds singing love songs
And witness the beauty of sound
I ponder my woeful existence
Where greed overlooks charity
I look to the trees for direction
They offer my mind clarity
I am but a soul in life's ocean
Where man sleeps beneath the rough tides
Not noticing beauty surrounds him
Declining to open his eyes
Swim up to the top and inhale life
Endeavour to open your eyes
Life doesn't have to be savage
If we all pull together and try
Harmony lives in the forest
Peace trickles down from a stream
Love is the hand that heals nature
And freedom is oh, but a dream
~ © Amelia Dashwood.

Saturday, 13 January 2018



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Sweet and savory pan-seared salmon topped with sautéed shrimp in cajun butter sauce. Salmon New Orleans is an unforgettable 30 minute meal your family will crave!

  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey
cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • heaping ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  1. In a small bowl stir together all cajun seasoning ingredients and set aside.
  2. Season salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add honey and whisk to combine (mixture should be bubbly). Add salmon fillets to pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, then flip and cook another 7-8 minutes until salmon is cooked through, flaky, and browned. Transfer salmon to a platter and cover to keep warm.
  3. Add remaining butter to the pan over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, stir in cajun seasoning. Add shrimp to pan and saute until opaque, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Serve salmon topped with shrimp. Drizzle any extra pan sauce over the top and garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Fox

Little black buttons in the snow,
I see them over there,
But as i look ever closer,
I see that there is hair.
I continue to watch this creature,
And then i see this pink,
It leaves me with a question,
i dont know what to think.
I cant help but to keep looking,
The question in my mind,
What is this I'm watching,
I've never seen his kind.
To me this is amazing,
Black buttons in the snow,
The hair the pink i question,
This creature i must know
He stands and gives a shake,
A smile comes to my face,
To show that i respect him,
I give this fox his space.
by Joan K Fleming
Art Snowwolf

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Call It Nostalgia

Space Hoppers, Power Cuts, Texan Bars & Playschool,
Record Players, Tiny Tears, Ford Capri’s (I thought were cool),
Bag Puss, Mrs Thatch, Wonder Woman, Rainbow,
George, Zippy, Rod & Jane, Bungle - have I got them all?
Dial A Disc & Rotary phones, Vinyl Records, Space Dust,
John Travolta, Happy Days, Dolly Parton’s HUGE bust
Tape Recorders, TDK’s, Top 40 taped on Sundays
(Chatting ‘bout what’s Number 1, when back at school on Monday)
Baby Cham, & Chopper bikes, lava lamps and Spangles,
Fondue Sets, & Mateus Wine – (you tried your best to wangle)
Nitty Nora (the bug explorer), Izal toilet tissue -
(was unforgiving on your bum, and gave you ‘other’ issues)
J.R., Dallas, Dynasty, shoulder pads & bitching,
AIDS, the brand new STD, much more than just an itching
Grange Hill, Zammo, Heroin, ‘Just Say No’ they sang
Jools and Paula on The Tube, with up and coming bands
Rubik Cubes, & great big hair, Roller Boots & Pac Man,
New Romantics everywhere – Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran
Frankie Says, & Ra Ra Skirts, odd Fluorescent socks
Red Hot Chillis, posing nude, (‘cept socks upon their c**ks)
MADchester & Afflecks Palace, Bez in Happy Mondays,
Shaking his maracas - (looks like every day’s a fun day)
Acid House, illegal raves, yellow smiley faces
The strangest craze in 89? – Grolsch tops on Brosette’s laces
So many happy memories, you took for granted then,
A shame you can’t go back in time, and live it all again,
Will our kids look back in time with fondness like we do?
It seems that culture lost its way some time in '92...
Claire Bowl © 2014
Art Peter Davidson

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Swords flash with a mystical brilliance
For enemies, it only means demise
Bright blue eyes that look into the distance
Deep as the sea and bluer than the skies
Skin, like ivory, paler than the moon
Hair, that is almost like woven sunbeams
From light rose colored lips come Elven tunes
Perfect armor over his shoulders gleams
His aim is never off--he hits his mark
Whether it be enemies or my heart
There is no one sweeter--it flees--the dark
If ever we should meet, we would not part
This is Legolas, of the woodland realm
When I see him, my heart, he overwhelms.

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