The Journey of Life

May 8th, 2015

Across deserts and oceans, over snow capped mountains and through forests of tall, green trees, through marsh land and over city walls, through rain, wind, snow and sunshine, on we journey.

Life goes round and round, up and then down, inside and out, left and then right, spinning us round and then shooting us up in the air and throwing us back down. It’s an incredible journey on a winding road, twisting this way and that way, around roundabouts, up hills and then back down the other side, down dead ends and out into wide spaces.

We carry a suitcase full of hopes and dreams and collect more baggage as we travel onwards. We collect lucky charms and scars from the people that we meet. Some of them become companions, joining us on our journey, some for part of the way and some to the end.

As we travel our minds, bodies and souls grow and the blank pages of our book of life fill with the words it writes, until we come to the end of our journey and reach our final resting place. This is the journey of life.


Pepped Up Veg

November 13th, 2014

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The usual colds are starting to go round now and I’ve been feeling a little under the weather of late, trying to fend off sneezes and snivels. I’ve been taking the herbal remedy Echinacea, which really seems to be effective, along with vitamin C and zinc. Last night after another day at work I felt the need for a real boost of vegetables so I opted for a healthy dinner of low fat turkey steaks and a huge bowlful of sautéed vegetables, pepped up with garlic and a good few drops of Tabasco Sauce. I have to say it was really tasty and great to feed a cold with; the vegetable dish is definitely one I’m going to be repeating through the winter months.

You really don’t need a recipe for this as you can opt for any amount and combination of vegetables you like, but I’ll tell you what I did to give you a guideline. It was just me for dinner last night but I did make a huge portion with lots of broccoli as I seem to be having something of a love affair with it of late, which is great as it’s so good for you. I heated some olive oil over a medium heat in a big stir fry pan and chopped and threw in one red pepper, one leek, one small onion and a whole head of broccoli including the stalk. The stalk is perfectly edible and, so I’ve discovered, really tasty with a contrasting texture to the broccoli head so I always make a point of using it now. I just trim the sides with a sharp knife to ‘peel’ it and then chop it into small cubes. I added a crushed garlic clove to the vegetables and sautéed them until they were al dente. I then added drops of Tabasco Sauce until I was happy with the taste and kick. The turkey steaks I just sliced, seasoned and pan fried in olive oil until cooked through. To be honest the meal would easily have fed two people but it was so good I had two portions; so much for my intention of saving some for lunch today!

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