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Food on Friday ~ Mother’s Day

All that I am I owe to my mother…….

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA, so I guess today’s recipes have a slightly ‘Mothering Sunday feel’ about them ~ maybe.

Mother’s Day in America goes back to the 19th Century, and it’s always had a  commercial angle to it ~ the early Mother’s Days n the USA were backed by Wannemaker’s Retail stores.  And here I thought Mother’s Day was the invention of Hallmark.

Bur remember, these recipes and recipe collections aren’t just for Mother’s Day, they’re great for any day of the year.

I can cook, but for some reason I can’t bake, (I blame my single-guy oven).  But it might be nice to bake a cake for Mother’s Day, and Averie Sunshine has this recipe for the best pineapple upside down cake.  OK, it may take you an hour and a half to make, but doesn’t it look worth it!

The Best Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Most mothers like to use up leftovers, so here’s a Korean based recipe from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower to use up leftover rice; mushroom kimchi fried rice.  This great dish should take you only about 30 minutes to make.

Mushroom Kimchi Fried Rice

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has a very special, very easy, and mess free recipe for parchment baked lemon salmon and potatoes with dill yogurt, that would be great for a busy mother, or a busy anyone if it comes right down to it.  This great looking dish will be ready in just 30 minutes.

Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt

From Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have 10 best recipes for Mother’s Day brunch.  From this collection I especially like the look of this smoked salmon potato leek torta.  Fabulous!

Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Torta

Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has 10 quick and easy baked chicken recipes for us ~ whatever you’re doing this Mother’s Day, you don’t want to be spending all of it in the kitchen.  From this collection I particularly like the look of this oven fried chicken with honey mustard glaze.

Oven Fried Chicken with Honey Mustard Glaze

And now, celebrating whole foods, Cookie + kate have a bumper collection of 25 cheerful Mother’s Day recipes (plus last minute gifts), Nifty!  There are so many fabulous dishes in this collection, but I especially like the spinach pasta with roasted broccoli & bell pepper.  This is vegetarian, and very easily vegan and gluten free.  Cool!

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Bell Pepper

And finally for this week’s food on Friday, and with Mother’s Day coming up, let’s look at this collection of cocktails made from ‘Mother’s Ruin’ ~ gin.  (If you don’t call gin mother’s ruin in your country ~ well maybe it’s a very English expression).  So from Olive Magazine we have the best gin cocktail recipes.  I have a friend who doesn’t necessarily like gin, but she may like this very pretty gentian white lady cocktail ~ the pansies look so cool.

Gentian White Lady Cocktail

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

this picture is specially chosen by my teddy bear, Marmaduke, for his mommy this Mother’s Day

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email:   jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

just a solitary traveller, meditating

Vacation Time

It’s very nice to be able to afford to go travelling.

I’m just about ready and prepared for my next long vacation, which starts on this coming Thursday.

Today I booked a car to collect me at the garret, for 06:00 on Thursday March 15th, as my flight leaves from Newcastle upon Tyne airport at 09:30.  I then have layovers in London Heathrow, and San Jose International in Santa Clara County, before I eventually arrive at John Wayne airport in Orange County California at 20.32.

I’m renting a Toyota Rav4 at John Wayne, and then I have a shortish drive, so I expect to get to get to my accommodation sometime around 22:00.

If you add in the 8 hour time difference between England and California, that makes the journey exactly 24 hours.  Why does air travel always take so long?  Even if everything goes to plan?

Poor Marmaduke isn’t coming along on this trip ~ because when I looked at the layovers I decided I’d just take one carry-on bag.

Poor Marmaduke has been in tears since he found out.

I expect to be back in the garret on Wednesday April 18th ~ after another 24 hours of travelling.

I will be in touch while I’m away.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Hole in the Ground

Don’t dig there, dig it elsewhere.

Life is fairly tedious here in the garret today.   I still have a head cold and nasty cough, so I’m feeling pretty miserable.

The weather is miserable too.  Things are supposed to be brightening up, but it’s snowing again, so I don’t much feel like taking a walk today.  Anyway, getting in and of the building means negotiating an obstacle course.  Talk about urban survival skills.

There are a bunch of blokes digging up the footpath right outside my ‘personal’ door.  And, they don’t just make a lot of noise and mess, they dig through telephone cables, broadband cables, water mains, sewage pipes….  eewwww.

Anyhow, I can’t go anywhere because I have no idea where my wallet has got too since I bought a friend a couple of pairs of spectacles on Monday.  No money and no cards.  I need to sort that out today.

On the bright front, I have water again.  Living without water doesn’t just mean no tea, it also means no laundry, and no bathroom.  eewwww again.

And I have phone and internet, so life isn’t all bad.

And Marmaduke gives me a hug at night.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Cars in California

The car you drive says a lot about you.

I like cars, but then I like all things engineering and mechanical, up to and including the RMS Queen Mary.

California seems to have a Love / Hate relationship with the internal combustion engine, but there are some great cars out there.

A cool guy should drive a cool car, (if you have to ask; ‘which is a cool car?’ then you aren’t a particularly cool guy).  Any cool woman can drive any car she likes and it will always be very cool.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I think Marmaduke likes a Bentley

Positive Imagination

Universal and Personal

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Advanced DIY

Really successful engineering is all about understanding how something will break or fail.

For some strange reason I am blessed with the ability to fix almost anything, install almost anything, make almost anything, and build almost anything.

I built myself a Caterham / Lotus 7 sports-racing car, which I then drove all over Europe on long road trips.  The trip I enjoyed most in this little car was driving down the entire Loire Valley in France.  (Or maybe it was the Stelvio Pass.)

Minor pieces of carpentry are child’s play for me ~ which is why I could rip out the old kitchen in my garret and replace it with something that I liked and suited my needs.

(With help from my friend Marmaduke of course.)

I’ve also erected log cabins and built vacation homes from plywood.  (This is a stock picture, not one of mine)

Sometimes, half way through a project, I’ve wondered why I started, and if the thing would ever be finished.  The picture above shows this kind of ‘why am I doing this’ project. Although, this wreck of an Austin-Healey Sprite turned into a really beautiful little car, finished in British Racing Green as a frog-eye.  (the almost completed little car, I like that I did the white stripes)

For my next project I’m thinking about finding an old school bus, rebuilding it as an RV, (Recreational Vehicle), and then spending an entire year in the thing, touring as much of the USA as I can, on the longest road trip ever.

Something you need, if you want to tackle advanced DIY projects, is a really, really comprehensive tool kit.  And, take my advice, always buy the very best tools you can afford.  (You may need a hard hat.)

This post is sponsored by:  http://www.amazon.com/shops/salinevalleyenterprises

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some power tools are a must have

click on the power tools picture

Happy Marmaduke

Discretion is the better part of valour.

I wanted to write some very destructive

things today, but posting pictures of Marmy is a better idea.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Weird Wyoming

Wyoming; like no place on Earth.

For this well-travelled Englishman, Southern Wyoming has the weirdest landscape I have ever seen.  Not only that, one can drive for a hundred miles in total isolation, and everything looks the same for every single mile.  I love California, I liked Utah, I’m not yet certain about Wyoming.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures taken with a Lumix,

by the girl riding shotgun

Pacific Surf

The Pacific Ocean is nothing like the cold North Sea.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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