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Age and glasses of wine should never be counted!

It’s been a busy week this week we have been Baking Pies and Apple Crumble. We being me and my little helpers. One egg washed the top of the pies while the little  one made biscuits for daddy. She…little Lily always loves the left over pastry and it keeps her amused for a while. Cutting and rolling, cutting and rolling.

Aston does more grown up jobs like egg washing the pies and blitzing the crumble topping in the food processor.

Lilyaston11698512_10207250580479774_2245769583564409988_nNow it’s Nan’s turn to cook.

Lemon Chicken.


4 Chicken Breasts( skinless)

2/3 cloves garlic.

1 tbsp capers ( rinsed)

2 tbsp chopped parsley.

Half lemon sliced.

1/4 cup lemon juice.

1/2 pint chicken stock.

5 tbsp Olive Oil.

2 tbsp Butter.

Parley for garnish.


Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

In a large skillet over medium high heat,  with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When  start to sizzle, add  2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil starts to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock, capers and garlic. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning and add lemon slices and parsley. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5/10 minutes depending on size of breasts. Remove chicken to platter. Add 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.

Lemon ChickenServe with Boiled Rice or Potatoes and Vegetables.

Enjoy! If you like Lemon and Capers then this dish is for you .

Have  a lovely weekend everyone until next time love you all x

If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy

The theme of my blogging this week has been happiness and I am sure that we all define happiness in so many different ways.

Children get wet when it rains, they don’t just walk in the rain, they run, jump, find the biggest puddles and have fun and are happy…the cost ? nought, nil, zero.

Maybe if we are not happy as adults we should find a puddle and jump. Splash in it and be happy. Who will do that? Can the puddle be likened to an opportunity? I think it can. What about you?

Does money bring happiness? Well stops the worry about bills etc but if I had lots of money and no family or friends would I be happy…..NO.

The upshot of all this is we make our own happiness whether it’s through writing ,cooking, walking, running, reading, playing games, making things with wood or wool, praying to god.  The list is endless but the rewards can be enormous in the respect of our satisfaction which in turn brings happiness.

What makes you happy?

Me… I’m a simple soul..I love my family, cooking, writing, reading, soon it will be Aqua Zumba because I really need to exercise and I don’t like jumping about like a maniac and getting all sweaty it’s hot enough here already so this Aqua Zumba sounds just the thing for me.Will I be posting pics..mmmm I think not!

But I suppose what I am trying to say to all of you who think, I have no friends or I am in a new place , just moved here…I won’t tell you it happens overnight like magic, I won’t tell you that you don’t have to do anything…but think and do what you like to do and the friends will follow and they will.

I have made many here which means lots of lovely recipes from around the world and authentic..yehhhh so I am a happy bunny!

Today it’s ” Suure Mocke” courtesy of my Swiss friend Marianne. It was her fathers favorite dish which her mother used to cook for him on a Sunday.

So here it is it’s in two parts so today I have marinated the meat and on Tuesday I will cook it.

Tip: 1dl equals 100ml.

Sauerbraten ( Suure Moche) is popular in many regions of Switzerland, but the taste is always unique because it is marinated in the local wine. Those that do not have their own wine add vinegar to the marinade and bind the sauce with sour cream.
1kg (2,2 lbs) beef chuck, eg. shoulder, 1/2 celery root,1 leek, 2 carrots, 1 garlic clove, 1 clove, 6 juniper berries, 4 cardamom seeds, 4 coriander seeds, 12 pepper corns, thyme 1, Liter (1 gt) wine, 2dl (3/4 C) liquid instant gravy, 3 Tbs butter, 1 Tbs flour, salt, pepper, 2 Tbs sour cream, 1 piece dark bread (end piece)
Dice half of the vegetables and cut half of the herbs into fine strips. Bring to boil in 7 dl (2 3/4 C)wine. Place the meat in a deep bowl and pour over the hot marinade. Let stand in a cool place for 5 days. Be sure that the meat is always completely covered with wine.SAM_6938
After the 5 days have passed, remove the meat and pour out the marinade. Dab the meat dry with paper towelling. Sauté on all sides in 2 Tbs butter. Add the remaining chopped vegetables, herbs and bread. Let steam briefly, then pour in 3 dl (1 1/4 C) wine and simmer slowly for 2 hours. Add the dissolved instant gravy and reduce slightly. Knead the flour with the rest of the butter and stir into the sauce.
Season with salt and pepper and enhance with sour cream. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
Serve with mashed potatoes.
Wow looks like more rain is a coming so best get the washing in.
Enjoy the rest of your day and until my next blog stay safe, be happy xxxxx

If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.

Low Season is definitely here and we have ” Rain ” in copious amounts and the temperature is down to 25 degrees still not cold just cooler and according to the shipping forecast this bout is going to last until Monday. Upside is the well is now full again, the Klong (Stream) is also full. Once again all is well on the happiness front.

My little Curry Tree Seedlings also seem to be thriving , SAM_6931hopefully they will be well established when the sun starts to blaze down once again.

My first batch of Hummus using my home-made Tahini is now done and in the fridge.I really can’t think why I have never attempted to make some before as it is soooo quick “n” easy.

Combine 3tbsp Tahini Paste with 2tbsp fresh Lemon Juice and blitz in food processor.

Add 2tbsp Olive Oil,1 clove Garlic, half tsp ground Cumin and half to one tsp salt and blitz.

Add half of drained, rinsed can of chick peas and again blitz 1-2 mins. Add other half of Chick Peas and blitz again 1-2 mins.SAM_6932

Put in suitable container or serving bowl  drizzle with tbsp Olive Oil and sprinkle with  Paprika.

Voila it’s now ready to eat with Sliced pitta bread or cut up vegetables of your choice.

This will keep up to 1 week in the fridge.

Enjoy and if you get the dance in the rain it is an exhilarating feeling.

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open .

Now isn’t that just the truth you can just be sitting, watching the world go by and something, anything no matter how small unfolds in front you and you give an involuntarily smile, it makes you happy and we can all find those little moments on a daily basis and put them all together and looking back we have had a pretty happy day. Made out of nothing, just a brief moment in time that made you happy, a childs smile or when they put their little hand in yours , baby birds newly hatched oh the wonders of nature, a lovely view or a pretty flower, when your cake rises and your dumplings are fluffy….me..i’m still working on that one!

So many moments in our day too numerous to mention but nevertheless make for a happy day. Sometimes it all gets caught up with our day-to-day what we think is mundane, boring , same ole, same ole. Savour those precious moments that catch you unawares and be happy.

Happiness for me on Sunday was searching for Tahini Paste and only getting blank looks, shaking of heads from the  staff in the shop. I find a seriously big pot which was a tad pricey, remembering this would be the first time I have made humus. Am I really admitting to that?  Hell yes! Do I really want a huge pot? No!

Another hurdle was ” do you have a smaller pot? ” mmmm smiles and shaking of heads and that  look, the one that portrays puzzlement at our request. But plus side was happy smiles when customer managed to find what she wanted.

Grandson (10) to the rescue.  “Nannie are these what you are looking for? ”

Sesame Seeds at 22 Thai baht was a seriously better bargain than this pot of ready-made Tahini including the nasties @ 279B.

Into the kitchen a quick toasting of the Sesame Seeds, into the mini blender, 3 tbsp Olive oil and a quick whizz , scrape down the sides another tbsp Olive oil another scrape bit more oil and a quick whizz and voila my first attempt at Tahini Paste made,SAM_6922 I will say I was pretty chuffed, Happy!

The moral of this story is that happiness can be found in many guises, lots of small bursts of that happy feeling throughout your day however brief, are a bonus.

Happiness means something different to us all doesn’t it? What gives you that warm , happy feeling Leave a comment and share yours .