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My Andaluz patio

My Andaluz patio: The beginning

♫ ♪ ♫ “That’s life (that’s life), that’s what all the people say
You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune
When I’m back on top, back on top in June.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ Frank Sinatra

I’ve dreamt about sitting here, often. And now I am, a glass of […]

Blogging from Andalucia

I normally post stuff on Facebook. Randomly. And although it is a good way of keeping in touch with friends and family somebody suggested I should create a blog which I ignored until last year.

So for reasons unknown I used Blogger to create my blog but now it is my own hosted site created […]

The Flexible Chef: A better version

Hola and welcome to my new blog. I am happily working away migrating my blog from Blogger to here. I hope it gives you a better experience and me more umphhhh. But please, please be patient.

And as things develop you can find food related items under Blog and my daydreaming and other stuff under Reflections…

Gracias […]

Pickled as a Newt

The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. Pickled as a newt is an English phrase for being pissed.

Pickling is the process of preserving food in brine or vinegar and this method has been used for thousands of years, particularly in India and other parts of Asia.

In Fiji, for example, […]

Multicultural gathering

Curry. What better way to bring people together.

In rural Spain it is not easy to pop out for what in the UK is the most common takeaway, curry.

So a few days before setting off to India I held a curry night at Casa Adora attracting nationalities from UK, France, Belgium and Spain. Oh and […]

Time for a change of hair style

Now I admit that I haven’t an awful lot of hair but what I do have grows extremely quickly. I put this down to a diet of red wine, garlic and lemons.

My preferred hair dresser in Spain, and I don’t mind giving them a plug, is Jesus Caño Peluquerias in Martos. They have two shops but I […]

Delhi Belly or Montezuma’s Revenge what would you do?

I keep pinching myself that I am off to India with an old git on Monday.

Soon Tony Cartwright and I will be boarding the AVE high speed train in Cordoba bound for Madrid but a thought occurred to me as I read (again) The Rough Guide to India…

At best 50% of visitors to India suffer from travellers’ […]

Trainspotting in India

I do charity work.

Every Sunday I accompany my friend, Diabetic Tony, around the local bars in our little village in the Sierra Sur region of Spain’s Andalucía and whilst doing so one sunny Sunday in November he mentioned his ambition to visit India but had never had the opportunity to go there with a […]

I haven’t blogged much lately which is due to two reasons:

1. I am being dry (Dry January – for charity), except Sunday’s when I have special dispensation as I do other charity work on the Sabbath. And when you are dry you do not have much enthusiasm – trust me.

2. I am planning a trip to India next month. Well, the flights are booked […]

There are more chickens than people in the world

Apparently there are around 19 billion chickens in the world and I have no idea who counts them. It goes without saying that China leads the way with 371 million, even Bermuda boasts 30,000 chicks.So I am thinking… if there are 19 billion chickens knocking around why are there people starving in some parts […]