Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cats certainly have personality!

Mushrooms in a Sesame Bun

Carole's Chatter: Mushrooms in a Sesame Bun

I've done Mushrooms on Toast  before but this time I had a couple of sesame seed tom thumb buns left over – so needs must.

I used Portobello mushrooms.  I fried them in a mixture of butter and garlic oil – having sliced them first.  I added one red chilli finely chopped – next time I'd make that half a chilli. 

When the mushrooms were just cooked I added a squeeze of lemon juice, a crumble of blue cheese, a dollop of cr̬me fraiche, salt and pepper and a splash of pinot noir Рnote the exact measurements here!

Served on a buttered bun they made a nice little lunch.

Monday, 3 August 2015

That's the Auckland skyline - one for the commonplace book

Help Me Make It Through the Night by Kris Kristofferson

I have clear memories of a cousin of mine singing this song as one of his party pieces (along with Tie a Yellow Ribbon).  Kris Kristofferson wrote some great songs – but, in my opinion, isn't actually much of a singer – apologies to his fans.

Other great Kristofferson songs included  Me and Bobby McGee

Given the song dated from 1970 some of the lyrics were considered to be somewhat scandalous!

Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose and let it fall
Layin' soft upon my skin
Like the shadows on the wall
Come and lay down by my side
'Till the early morning light
All I'm takin' is your time
Help me make it through the night
I don't care what's right or wrong
I don't try to understand
Let the devil take tomorrow
Lord, tonight I need a friend
Yesterday is dead and gone
And tomorrow's out of sight
And it's sad to be alone
Help me make it through the night

To hear/see Sammi Smith performing the song, click here for a YouTube clip.