Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – Butternut Squash and Porcini #risotto — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine (Reblog)

Welcome to the Italian Cookery column with Silvia Todesco, and this month another Italian classic dish that all the family will love Butternut Squash and Porcini Risotto In the eight years I’ve lived in eastern Iowa, I’ve never found dried porcini mushrooms anywhere. So, I hesitated to post this recipe, since it felt wrong to […]

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – Butternut Squash and Porcini #risotto — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

*Italian cookery is probably my favourite

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Releases #Reviews #Adventure Audrey Driscoll, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Mystery Sharon Marchisello — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine (Reblog)

Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates where I share new releases and recent reviews for authors on the shelves. If you are a new author and would like to be included in the cafe please check out the links in this post: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore FREE author promotion. The first author today […]

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Releases #Reviews #Adventure Audrey Driscoll, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Mystery Sharon Marchisello — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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Haiku: Second Wave

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A second wave comes
A flash flood of emotion
Pray our souls are safe

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*Let’s try to stay healthy and fit…

“How to Grow Your Own Nutrient Dense Superfoods for Pennies” by Ken Rohla — Hyacinth Research (Reblog)

foodandthought In his first talk at our event, Ken Rohla, a researcher and natural health educator certified by Hippocrates Health Institute, lectures on “How to Grow Your Own Nutrient-Dense Superfoods for Pennies.” Rohla specializes in rejuvenation and cellular regeneration using cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom. This talk was given on Saturday, February 21st at the Food & Thought…

“How to Grow Your Own Nutrient Dense Superfoods for Pennies” by Ken Rohla — Hyacinth Research

*Our dietary needs have never been more important…

London In Silhouette — A Poem

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Return of the rhyme.

*Whatever is happening to us this year and over the previous few years, we will overcome.

Haikus for Health No.1

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*It was the ancient Greeks who cultivated the idea of a healthy body in a healthy mind. Is this correct?

January Diets Are Not For Me

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Come January and a plethora of dietary advice hits us like an Alpine avalanche.

You know the score, you’ve overeaten for a week or more and you dread getting on the scales each morning, right?

Well, I for one don’t really believe in diets. I think you have to mindful all year round, including Christmas. Sure you can eat a bit more, but I often skip breakfast, or have something really light at that time, if I know I’ll be partaking in a feast at night. I might drink more water too.

A week or ten day’s overindulgence could take weeks to put right in terms of losing that weight you’ve rapidly put on. So I simply don’t do it. I am not perfect by any stretch, I just say no to that extra drink, I don’t get drunk and I rarely overeat – even at Christmas.

Ultimately, prevention is so much better than cure. A ‘diet’ for me is for life, not just for January.

copyright Francis Barker 2020

It’s like Marmite? ‘The Ashes’ Yeast Extract Battle for Breakfast

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The two contenders going head to head – but how different are they?

Well, I love Marmite… but I prefer Vegemite just that teeny bit more! Sorry.

For years my only love was Marmite, in the yeast extract stakes, at any rate.

And then one day, not too long ago, I decided to get some – horror of horrors – Vegemite! Naturally I’d heard the name before, even heard it in some 1980s Australian rock song, but being a bit of a traditionalist and a stick-in-the-mud, I’d never taken the plunge into that particular version of yeast extract.

What’s more, to be fittingly topical, it’s The Ashes (England versus Australia at cricket) again this summer, that battle between leather and willow, weather permitting; a tense battle of minds, of whether to sledge, or not to sledge. So what about comparing dear old Blighty’s version with the Antipodean?

Well, to settle an argument with myself, I decided to compare the two makes side by side, in one sitting, if you will. And my findings were surprising.

I’m not an expert on taste, I just know what I like. Sticking to tradition to start with, I plumped for Marmite first. Fine, lovely, just how I like it. Then came the Vegemite and… wait a minute! You know, it wasn’t the same. Did I detect, I mean was there just a little trace of a taste of… chocolate? Dark chocolate at that. OK, it was somehow different, a bit.

Either way, I sat down with a cup of tea to wash it all down and collect my thoughts. And whether I could taste chocolate or not, I came away with the startling, unpatriotic conclusion that I preferred the Australian! Yes, Vegemite won by a nose, the tip of a tongue.

I just hope that England can do better this summer.