From August, 2015

Next stop – Italy

I really must stop blogging about food. Anyway. Here’s my Italian inspired meal tonight: spaghetti cooked in garlic, red chilies, olive oil, butter, a pinch of salt, some basil, black pepper, water and chicken stock; then some spinach; and finally coated with gorgonzola. All washed down and enjoyed with a glass of red wine, and the mellifluous tones of songstress Sade.

Okra stew

My dinner tonight is Sierra Leone inspired okra stew, made by my Mum and her friend. The hardest part of this stew is cutting up a whole lot of okra into tiny pieces. But it’s worth it as it melts into the sauce. Chunks of beef (or it could be lamb) and cuts of fresh mackerel have gone in – usually we add salmon and/or sea bass but the mackerel works well. The finishing touch is a generous-ish sprinkle of palm oil, accompanied by plain rice (I’ve added spinach to this one) or fu-fu (cassava mixed with water). Yum.

Sparkling writing

I’m currently taking a MOOC on writing (massive open online course) with edX and the University of Queensland. The lecturer surprised me with the information that the words ‘grammar’ and ‘glamour’ are related, as they both derive from the Greek word ‘grammatikos’ meaning letter. Apparently, the narrowing of grammar to mean the ‘rules of language’ only came into being during the late seventeenth century. I’m enamoured of and intrigued with the idea of grammar being closely linked to the word ‘glamour’. I’d like to make my writing ‘pop’. I do adapt my writing styles to various forms of marketing materials.…