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OK Tokyo 2020 I Am Ready

I’ll try to keep this short but if you watched the Rio 2016 track cycling you’ll be aware that Team GB nearly cleared up with 12 medals (6 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). Five more gold medals than the USA, six more than Russia, seven more medals than second placed Netherlands and ten more […]

By |August 18th, 2016|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Sweden: For the Love of a Herring

♫ ♪ ♫ “In the stormy seas and the living gales, Just to earn your daily bread you’re daring, From the Dover Straits to the Faroe Islands, As you’re following the shoals of herring.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ T. Duggins

Herrings, Sardines, Pilchard, Sill, Sprat, Smelts… it is confusing as they are all related but all […]

By |December 18th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

WWI German U-boat 23, S.V. Dirigo and Coca-Cola

It all started several weeks ago on one very, very hot August afternoon.

I had a site meeting in my garden with my builder, his name is Vincent. It usually amounts to several cold beers and a chin-wag about bricks and life in general. On this occasion there was an old excavated Coca-Cola bottle that […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Get to know your Onions

Onions, I love them raw or cooked and I would never dream of a day without them – they are a staple in my kitchen. An onion is at the heart of every good meal, I say. And salad. And soup. And onion bhajis.

About onions

Onions belong to the Allium family and are related to […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Walk Like a Jamaican | Goat Curry Recipe

Jamaican goat curry makes use of fiery scotch bonnet chillies, something I wouldn’t ordinarily see in rural Andalucía but thanks to my last visit to Granada I still have a few left in my freezer.

After the abolition of slavery in the 1800s thousands of migrants flocked from India to work in the Caribbean plantations […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Purple is the New Orange | Purple Carrots

In Málaga province the village of Cuevas Bajas (population 1,600) has a fiesta celebrating the purple carrot – La Fiesta de la Zanahoria Morá. It is around the first week of December and it is a unique celebration of purple carrots.

The unique colour of purple carrots reflects their health giving properties which includes vitamin […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

The Most Expensive Socks in the World

For two consecutive years I have joined Marbella 4 Days Walking, which is an organised walk of 80km over four days starting at Puerto de Marbella and venturing up into the Sierra Blanca.

In 2014 I retired with blisters, 60km had taken its toll on my feet.

However, this year I was determined to avoid foot […]

By |October 25th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Perfect Yorkshire Puddings

During my recent charity walk, my walking buddy, Fran, asked me whether I have a recipe for Yorkshire Puddings. She is French after all and they don’t know about these things, do they? Well, the answer is that I do.

There’s a few of things to remember.

Make the mix and store it overnight in the […]

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Bob Dylan and Scarlet Rivera

A few years ago one of my sons asked me if I knew anything about Bob Dylan’s song “Hurricane” – of course I did.

In 1975 Bob Dylan co-wrote a song about the false imprisonment of the American boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Carter and another* were charged with murder in 1966 and were subsequently found […]

By |September 27th, 2015|Andalucia|0 Comments|

Chicken Casserole with far too much White Wine

The day time temperature has dropped to 24.5°C which means it is chilly by usual standards so a casserole is called for with plenty of wine (in the casserole). This feeds two peckish people who are feeling the cold.

2 chicken legs, cut into thighs and drumstick, skin removed, bones-in
Olive oil
1 x 75cl bottle dry […]

By |September 17th, 2015|Andalucia|2 Comments|